"This is a bank that shouldn't be suffering from Ireland or Portugal," he said, adding that he finds its yield of more than 5 percent attractive.
General Motors makes his list because, Birinyi says, "business is doing a little better than people perceive," even though he said "it's a long shot."
Another long shot is Research in Motion . "It's been beaten down. It's a brand, it's got fans, and it's got its products," he said, noting that back in 1998 he told CNBC one of his picks was the nascent Apple.
Finally, Birinyi likes Hermes International , which he called the "most iconic brand in the world."
"It was up 60 percent last year," he says. "At one point it was the best performing stock in the Stoxx 600."
Birinyi said that on balance top picks for 2011, including Hermes, Prudhoe Bay, Priceline, Cummins and Ralph Lauren , are up 16 percent as of late Monday.
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Laszlo Birinyi owns shares of the companies mentioned.