Start At The Top

3/26/2012


When you go to a restaurant, do you ask your waiter to recommend one of the average dishes? Of course not. You want the best.

At the Forecasts we feel the same way. Historically, we have limited our new buys to stocks with Quadrix Overall scores of at least 80, or roughly the top one-fifth of our research universe of more than 4,400 U.S.-traded stocks. But when it's time to fish or cut bait, we give preference to stocks with the very best scores.

The highest-scoring basket, which on average contained stocks scoring 97 or higher, averaged a 12-month total return of 18.6%. The next-best basket (average score of 95) averaged 16.9% returns. The five highest-scoring baskets earn the highest average returns. And among those top five, the higher the Overall score, the higher the returns. Below, we list five recommended stocks from the top basket.

BEST OVERALL SCORERS
Company (Price; Ticker)
Quadrix
Overall *
Apple ($606; AAPL)
100
CF Industries ($184; CF)
100
AGCO ($50; AGCO)
99
Apache ($106; APA)
99
Cisco Systems ($21; CSCO)
97
* Percentile ranks, 100 the best.

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