It's time to go global in my periodic quest for stealth blue chips,
an effort I launched in October 2003 . These stocks would have all the characteristics that investors want in a blue chip -- without the big price tags. So far, I'd call the portfolio of 11 stocks a success: Through Feb. 4, the worst performer since I picked these stocks is Kinder Morgan Energy Partners ( KMP), and it had gained 2.7%. The best gain was 107.9% from Penn National Gaming ( PENN). The average gain for the 11 picks was 30.9%. All 11 are U.S. companies, and each will thrive or dive with the U.S. economy. Today I'll pick 12 stocks whose fortunes are pegged to the global economy. I'm calling this portfolio, which I plan to regularly revisit, my global stealth winners.