During the week of Feb. 18th, TheStreet.com readers searched for 10 stocks more than any others. This week, new entrant Yamana Gold (AUY) joins the list, reflecting the continuing rally in gold prices.
Research associate Patrick Schultz makes the Buy, Sell or Hold call on them below, in the order of their popularity.
: Where did that Apple joy go? Where are all the Apple fanatics? I don't know the answer to those questions, but I can say that Apple is actually becoming a solid "value" play. When is the last time you heard that about Apple? The stock has a long-term growth rate of 22%, and it is now trading at a forward PE of 18 times (giving a PEG of 0.81). I would wait for AAPL to dip below $110 on some panic selling, and then it's buy time. --
: I liked it
last week, and I still like it this week. It is all about striking a balance between safety and growth. The bountiful dividend yield provides a level of safety and support in this rough market environment. And Verizon's FiOS initiative adds a growth catalyst that will drive the stock higher. --
: Just like clockwork, GOOG sold off after the technical bounce we have been discussing for the past couple of weeks. In the near term, I see GOOG trading in a holding pattern. Mr. Google is tired and needs to rest. --
: Here is a very simple situation to understand. If spot gold prices spike higher, and you are not a gold company that overly hedged your future gold production, then your stock price goes higher. Gold has been on fire and so has AUY. Buy now? No, I don't like these price levels. The stock had a big run and I would wait for a pullback under $15 to pull the trigger. --
: Sticking with the game plan by picking at this stock in lower increments. I would buy some at this level and wait for lower prices to buy more. ---
: Altria has been a consistent visitor to the Power Stock Rankings list for the past few weeks, but not much has changed. It is all about the upcoming break up. Altria is splitting itself up into two separate companies -- the international business unit will be the growth side and the slower growth domestic business. There is enormous value to be unleashed through this breakup and I would be in ahead of it. --
: I am surprised that Microsoft has not rallied at all. The specter of the
acquisition has scared many long time investors out of this core holding. Many fear that Steve Ballmer will raise his bid for Yahoo! and don't like the overall strategy of pursuing the search company. I politely disagree and think Mr. Softee is a bargain here. --
: This small cap diagnostic stock is a play on flu detection. This year's flu season started very slow, but fortunately for QDEL's shareholders (unfortunate for the general population), it has spiked in recent weeks. Your cough is music to QDEL's ears. --
: I have been negative on CROX since the stock was trading in the 40's. I am not changing my mind here. Did you see those terrible inventory numbers? Ouch. --
: HPQ reported a very good quarter and a collective sigh of relief came from the Street. After poor reports from
and Google, investors were bracing for another weak tech report.
HPQ pleasantly surprised to the upside beating consensus by a nickel and guiding higher for the year. All these positive numbers propelled the stock higher. However, I would not chase the stock up here. HPQ is a definite winner in the hardware space, but with the pervasive market volatility, I can see HPQ trading down to the $44 area. --
Patrick Schultz is a research associate at TheStreet.com. In keeping with TSC's editorial policy, he doesn't own or short individual stocks. He also doesn't invest in hedge funds or other private investment partnerships. He has previously obtained Securities licenses under the NASD?s Series 7, Series 24, Series 52, and Series 63 exams and has worked in the financial markets on various trading desks in addition to trading for his own account. Schultz appreciates your feedback;
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