Top three 2009 stocks under $10.

Back in December, Frank Curzio, manager of the Stocks Under $10 portfolio, recommended three beaten-down well capitalized names that could pop in 2009.

Click on this video to see if Frank still likes these stocks.

First is IMAX ( IMAX). The stock got beaten up in 2008, but the company was expected to finally turn a profit in 2009. Lots of action directors and movie theaters are switching to the IMAX format because it generates three times the revenue. Curzio liked the stock under $3.

Winner or Loser?

IMAX recently posted weaker-than-expected results, a fourth-quarter loss of $9 million. Reportedly revenue was negatively impacted by the release date of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" getting pushed back to July 2009. Management reiterated that the company should become profitable in 2009 with a strong pipeline of 11 titles starting with "The Watchmen."

IMAX installed 32 new theaters in the quarter and reported a strong balance sheet: $27 million in cash, $10.5 million under its credit facility and solid operating cash flows.

Next is Del Monte Foods ( DLM). Thirty percent of sales come from one company, which is usually a negative. However, this one company is Wal-Mart ( WMT), one of the only retailers posting positive sales numbers. Also, a core business for Del Monte is pet food, a big growth market even in a recession. At the end of 2008, the company had several neutral ratings, but Curzio saw lots of upside potential. He liked the stock under $7.

Winner or Loser?

Company reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings with net income rising 14%. Pet food sales rose 15% and the company raised its 2009 earnings guidance. Profits were helped by cost-cutting measures, new products and strategic price plans. The stock got an upgrade at Keefe Bruyette & Woods to market perform from underperform.

And last up is DynCorp ( DCP). Back in December, this stock was trading in the $14 range, but Curzio still liked it. This infrastructure company had a multitude of government contracts which gave it earnings predictability. It had a market cap of $700 million and $6 billion in backlog. He liked the stock under $14.

Winner or Loser?

In its recent third quarter, DynCorp reported strong earnings with revenue soaring. Backlog increased to $6.6 billion, and the company also raised 2009 earnings guidance. Guidance for 2010 was a bit negative but DynCorp continues to grow. The company announced a $77 million contract from the U.S. Army for support services in Kuwait and a $45 million contract to provide aviation support to the U.S. Air Force.

DynCorp also has a big presence in Afghanistan, where President Obama increased troop presence, which will help offset future withdrawals in Iraq.
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