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During the week of Feb. 25, readers searched for 10 stocks more than any others. This week, new entrant XTO Energy (XTO) joins the list on soaring natural gas prices. Research associate Patrick Schultz makes the Buy, Sell or Hold call on them below, in the order of their popularity.

1. Apple


: Just as I was questioning where all the Apple joy went last week, the stock spikes to over $130 on an upbeat presentation by Apple management. I am sticking with my position that AAPL is now a solid "value" play. With the premier consumer electronics brand, a long-term growth rate of 22%, and a forward PE of 19 times (giving a PEG of 0.86), I am a buyer here. --



2. Foster Wheeler


: A disappointing earnings report led to a dramatic selloff in shares of this infrastructure play last week. This situation is confusing as demand for global infrastructure build is red-hot, and FWLT should be a primary beneficiary of this secular trend. But the numbers don't show it. The question then is: Was the quarter a temporary blip or something bigger? It is too early to know the answer for certain, so let's wait for the stock to settle and reevaluate after we get some more data points. --



3. Google


: Just like Apple, Google is entering into "value stock" territory. It is trades 23x this year's consensus estimates of $20, with a long-term growth rate of 36% (PEG ratio of 0.56). However, the downside momentum is very strong, and I would not be aggressive in buying shares. Wait on a price point around $450 to start a position. --



4. XTO Energy


: I like natural gas stocks a lot, but it would be foolish to not sell given the huge run in the whole group. XTO traded to a low of $45.46 on Jan. 23 and has not looked back since. It is up over 40% in less than six weeks. Sell some here and look to get back in below $60. --



5. Verizon


: This mega-cap telcom player has had a nice little run. We have liked it for the past couple of weeks, and have been handsomely rewarded. At this price level, I don't want to be as aggressive. Wait for the dividend yield to spike over 5% before adding to position --



6. Sirius Satellite


: The endless wait for merger approval is now getting ridiculous. As a reminder, we are in the holding pattern as we continue to wait for government approval. I think the merger will be approved, and the stock offers a good risk/reward here. --






: Another week, another lower incremental price move to build up positions in the financial behemoth. This stock is being left for dead, but I think there is great long-term value for the non-trader types. --



8. Goldman Sachs


: Nobody believes or cares about anything the investment banks or brokerage houses say. The market is pricing in bad news for the Golden child in the very near future. The August 2007 lows in the mid $150s need to be tested before I can get interested in this name. It's too late to sell, but too early to buy. --




9. Microsoft


: Same story as last week. Many fear that Mr. Softee will raise its bid for



and end up overpaying for a second-tier company. The stock has shed over 20% of its value since the beginning of the year, and I think its way overdone. --



10. Mosaic


: Gotta love the Ag bull market. Here is all you need to know about the fertilizer and ag plays -- as the rest of the world gets wealthier, they will eat more protein (most people prefer a nice juicy steak over a bowl of rice). Did you know that it takes 8.3 grams of grains to make one gram equivalent of beef? The Agriculture cycle is huge with many more years of growth ahead. --



Patrick Schultz is a research associate at 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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