The market outlook may not be brilliant for the year ahead, and that makes selections of favored stocks especially interesting to watch.
"We went into this looking for stocks that didn't need a rising economic tide to do well in 2008," Fortune Magazine writer Jon Birger told CNBC.
Near the top of Fortune's list this year is video-game maker Electronic Arts
"It's a bit of a turnaround story," Birger said, citing "two key acquisitions in the role-playing game space and the adventure game space."
The list even includes land in Florida -- specifically in top landholder St. Joe.
"The stock has been crushed," he said. "We have no idea when the Florida real-estate market will bounce back -- but I do know it will bounce back."
Fortune also likes Dick's Sporting Goods. Birger believes there's a lot of room for the company to grow.