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Top 20 European Stocks for Crisis Time: Strategist

Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

With investor caution at unprecedented highs and no end in sight to Europe’s debt crisis, one investment manager thinks he has the definitive list of stocks that will maximize returns despite market volatility.

Peter Garnry, equity strategist, Saxo Bank, said that, despite the gloomy macro-economic picture, equities still represent one of the best way for investors to make money as bond yields offer investors little or nothing as seen by Germany’s offering of zero percent interest on its two-year Schatz earlier this week.

Garnry’s methodology is to sift through stocks and identify those that are “decoupled from the market.”

Saxo Bank looks for European stocks in which returns generally are aren’t tied to the movement of the overall stock market, and then factors in quality variables such stable or rising earnings per share estimates and high return on invested capital.

Garnry’s top 20 picks are:

1. Coloplast
2. Paddy Power
3. Admiral
4. Intertek
5. Viscofan
6. William Hill
7. Next
8. Edenred
9. Yara International
10. Novo Nordisk
11. Rightmove
12. Ladbrokes
13. Cie Generale d’Optique Essilor International
14. London Stock Exchange
15. Cobham
16. Zodiac Aerospace
17. Nokian Renkaat
18. Lanxess
19. Rotork
20. Swedish Match .

Garnry acknowledged that his list was not exhaustive, and of course would not guarantee returns, but “this approach quantifies the stocks that are least likely to move in tandem with the Stoxx 600.”

At the same time, “all of the companies listed in the second table have a high return on invested capital, which is normally a sign of quality in the underlying business,” he wrote in a research note.

—By CNBC Associate Editor Shai Ahmed

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