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2011 Top S&P Stocks: No. 21 Starbucks

Starbucks stock perked up nearly 37 percent in 2011 year to date, making it the No. 21 top stock in the S&P 500.

“Their traffic numbers continue to get better and better. Thep actually have growth, not just in the U.S. but internationally,” said trader Pete Najarian. “The just seem to be doing everything right.”

Starbucks entered December near its 52-week high of $44.69; its low was $30.75. In midday trading, it was priced just under $44 per share.

Najarian noted that the coffee retailer recently moved into the juice market with a recent acquisition and that its store prices, which increased along with a temporary coffee spike, have not come back down, leading to a greater profit margin.

“We might have a little bit of a pullback,” said J.J. Kinahan, chief derivatives strategist for TD Ameritrade. “It’s had an incredible run since October.”

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January $41 puts are selling for $1, he added.

Trader Steve Grasso was bullish, predicting it would top $44.70.

“Stocks that are up around their 52-week high have been making new 52-week highs,” he said.

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Trader disclosure: On Dec. 2, 2011, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders: Najarian is long AAPL; Najarian is long C; Najarian is long JPM calls; Najarian is long WFC calls; Najarian is long INTC; Najarian is long YHOO; Najarian is long PFE; Najarian is long TEVA; Brown is long VOD; Brown is long SBUX; Kinahan is long Cq long GS through options; Grasso owns AKS; Grasso owns AMR; Grasso owns ASTM; Grasso owns AVAV; Grasso owns BA; Grasso owns BAC; Grasso owns D; Grasso owns LIT; Grasso owns MHY; Grasso owns PFE; Grasso owns PRST; Grasso owns S; Grasso owns XLU;

Steve Grasso
Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own CSCO

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own CUBA

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own GERN

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own GM

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own HPQ

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own HSP

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own HSPO

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own JPM

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own MET

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own MSFT

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own MU

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own NYX

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own PRST

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own RDC

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own UAL

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own WFT

Stuart Frankel & Co. and its partners own XRX

Colin Gillis
RESEARCH IN MOTION (RIMM): Investment banking (next 3 months): BGC Financial LP and/or its affiliates, expect to receive, or intend to seek, compensation for investment banking services within the next three months from all of the companies referenced within this report.

Vic Alboini
Alboini and a group of shareholders own 10% of RIMM shares

Rich Ilczysyn
Ilczyszyn is long gold

Ilczyszyn is long Oil

Ilczyszyn is long Euro

Fadel Gheit
VALERO (VLO): Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. expects to receive or intends to seek compensation for investment banking services in the next 3 months from VLO.

George Davis
RBC is a market maker in European currencies

Catherine Arnold
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The analyst(s) responsible for preparing this research report received compensation that is based upon various factors including Credit Suisse's total revenues, a portion of which are generated by Credit Suisse's investment banking activities.

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