6. Qualcomm ( QCOM), which has patents on and makes components that are used in most all mobile wireless communications devices, is on Wells Fargo's "priority" stock list and gets a "buy" rating from S&P and Goldman Sachs. 7. EMC ( EMC) is the leader in data storage and is jumping into cloud computing, one of the industry's latest trends. It gets a "strong buy" five-star rating from S&P and shows up in several well-known mutual funds' top holdings. 8. SAP ( SAP), cited by Deutsche Bank ( DB) as one of its top European stock picks for 2012, dominates the world market for enterprise resource planning software. The company's shares have a three-year average annual return of 22% and a market value of $70 billion. 9. Akamai Technologies ( AKAM) makes products that speed the delivery of content and applications over the Internet. S&P gives it its highest rating of five stars and a "strong buy" recommendation. 10. McDonald's ( MCD) is the world's largest fast-food chain and is on multiple "buy" lists for its steady earnings growth.