During the week of May 26, TheStreet.com readers searched for the following 10 stocks more than any others. This week, new entrants Joy Global (JOYG) and Trinity (TRN) - Get Report join the list as investors seek answers to their questions about the company's recent price action. Each week, research associate Patrick Schultz makes the Buy, Sell or Hold call on them below, in the order of their popularity.
Top 10 Most-Searched Stocks on TheStreet.com
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: Apple's shining path to $200 is taking a small breather. I still think it's a question of when and not if AAPL breaks the $200 barrier. I am so confident that if there is any weakness in AAPL shares, pounce on it. --
2. Broadwind Energy
: Broadwind Energy is a pure play on wind power and has had a big run recently. Last week, we went through a list of important caveats if you want to trade this speculative bulletin board stock. Be wary that BWEN will have huge and wild swings. This stock is not for the faint of heart, okay?
With all that said, the up move in BWEN shares is not surprising given the troubling and worrisome levels that energy prices have reached. Simply put, we need more energy and we'll take it in any form possible -- oil, natural gas, solar, wind, nuclear, or even dirty coal. Wind is a preferable and favored choice as it's a clean renewable form, but it will not be a panacea to our energy shortage. I would like shares of BWEN if they pulled back to the $20 area. --
3. Trinity Industries
: The stealth wind play of the market. To most investors, Trinity is a manufacturer of railcars for the railroad industry. But, it has a rapidly growing wind energy segment that is going to be a great upside catalyst over the next few years. With the recent pop in shares, I think investors are already beginning to view TRN as a play on wind power and not just railcars. I urge investors to continue to view TRN as a wind play. --
: We got a nice little trade in Visa over the past couple of weeks. V traded down into the mid-70's and has run over ten points. In the near-term, I would be looking to take profits at these levels and rebuild on any weakness. The transactions business is a global growth story with Mastercard and Visa leading the way. Yes, I do like Mastercard better for many reasons detailed in previous columns, but I have come around to the Visa story. I am looking for some weakness after this big run to jump back in. ----
5. Freeport McMoran
: Here is a little quiz from previous columns: if I say copper, what do you say? Yes, very good, you say FCX. Let's try that again. I say copper, you say FCX. Copper goes into everything this global boom wants, needs, and demands. So, I say copper you.... --
: The lifeblood of the global infrastructure boom is steel. With rapid economic growth in emerging markets (think BRIC countries), the hunger and demand for the commodity remains strong. Previously, I was hesitant on pulling the trigger on buying NUE, but the stock had a nice pullback and offers a solid risk/reward here. Time to get involved. --
7. Altria Group
: With the spinoff of
Philip Morris International
, MO is now a slow and safe domestic dividend play. Both stocks are great plays depending on what type of investment you are looking for. MO with its juicy 5.3% dividend yield is the conservative play while Phillip Morris International is the globetrotting high growth play. I like them both. --
: I am itching to recommend PBR. As I said last week, this Brazilian energy company is the most exciting and dynamic energy play on the globe. I believe it is the key "tell" in global energy markets. However, I am holding off on pulling the trigger as price discipline should always come ahead of an investor's strongest conviction . I suggest waiting for the $67 price level before buying and I think we will get that chance soon. --
9. Joy Global
: Econ 101 lesson of the day: if you can own a duopoly, do it. Joy Global and
are the most powerful global duopoly that nobody has ever heard of. These two companies are the builders of gigantic underground and surface mining equipment (think digging up coal here). As you might imagine, the businesses are on fire and the stock charts prove it. Yes, they both have run up big, but I think there is still plenty of upside ahead. Own the global duopoly, buy JOYG AND BUCY. --
: Holy cow, does this stock trade all over the place or what? We had some nice pops in shares of the financial behemonth, but we are now seeing some vicious downside. I still believe that the House of Pain, ehm, House of Citi will be significantly higher two years from now. Stick with the game plan and hang on for a very bumpy ride. --
Patrick Schultz is a research associate at TheStreet.com. 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 holds a bachelor's degree in applied economics from Cornell University.