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20 Stocks with the Potential to Pop (Oct 2009)

20 Stocks with the Potential to Pop

It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or will it go down? To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation.After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed, which is perhaps the best guideline for predi
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It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or will it go down? To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation.

After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed. From the entire S&P 500, which stocks are analysts expecting to have the biggest pops? With data from ThomsonReuters, we took a look at which stocks have mean consensus estimates farthest above their stock prices (as of market close on 9/30/09).

So, which stocks do analysts on average predict will have the biggest pop? Click ahead to find out!

By Ariel Nelson & Paul ToscanoPosted 1 Oct 2009

20. Massey Energy (MEE)

Price Target: $34.63Closing Price (9/30): $27.89Potential to Pop: 24.1%

Price Target: $34.63
Closing Price (9/30): $27.89
Potential to Pop: 24.1%

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19. Snap On Inc. (SNA)

Price Target: $43.33Closing Price (9/30): $34.76Potential to Pop: 24.7%

Price Target: $43.33
Closing Price (9/30): $34.76
Potential to Pop: 24.7%

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18. Plum Creek Timber Co. (PCL)

Price Target: $38.20Closing Price (9/30): $30.64Potential to Pop: 24.7%

Price Target: $38.20
Closing Price (9/30): $30.64
Potential to Pop: 24.7%

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17. Family Dollar Stores (FDO)

Price Target: $33.10Closing Price (9/30): $26.40Potential to Pop: 25.4%

Price Target: $33.10
Closing Price (9/30): $26.40
Potential to Pop: 25.4%

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16. Apollo Group (APOL)

Price Target: $92.83Closing Price (9/30): $73.67Potential to Pop: 26.0%

Price Target: $92.83
Closing Price (9/30): $73.67
Potential to Pop: 26.0%

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15. Denbury Resources (DNR)

Price Target: $19.10Closing Price (9/30): $15.13Potential to Pop: 26.2%

Price Target: $19.10
Closing Price (9/30): $15.13
Potential to Pop: 26.2%

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14. O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY)

Price Target: $45.66Closing Price (9/30): $36.14Potential to Pop: 26.3%

Price Target: $45.66
Closing Price (9/30): $36.14
Potential to Pop: 26.3%

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13. Kroger (KR)

Price Target: $26.09Closing Price (9/30): $20.64Potential to Pop: 26.4%

Price Target: $26.09
Closing Price (9/30): $20.64
Potential to Pop: 26.4%
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12. XTO Energy (XTO)

Price Target: $52.35Closing Price (9/30): $41.32Potential to Pop: 26.7%

Price Target: $52.35
Closing Price (9/30): $41.32
Potential to Pop: 26.7%

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11. Exelon Corp (EXC)

Price Target: $63.29Closing Price (9/30): $49.62Potential to Pop: 27.5%

Price Target: $63.29
Closing Price (9/30): $49.62
Potential to Pop: 27.5%

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10. Wellpoint (WLP)

Price Target: $60.90Closing Price (9/30): $47.36Potential to Pop: 28.6%

Price Target: $60.90
Closing Price (9/30): $47.36
Potential to Pop: 28.6%

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9. Iron Mountain (IRM)

Price Target: $32.48Closing Price (9/30): $25.04Potential to Pop: 29.1%

Price Target: $32.48
Closing Price (9/30): $25.04
Potential to Pop: 29.1%

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8. UnitedHealth Group (UNH)

Price Target: $32.48Closing Price (9/30): $25.04Potential to Pop: 29.7%

Price Target: $32.48
Closing Price (9/30): $25.04
Potential to Pop: 29.7%

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7. Cephalon Inc. (CEPH)

Price Target: $76.63Closing Price (9/30): $58.24Potential to Pop: 31.6%

Price Target: $76.63
Closing Price (9/30): $58.24
Potential to Pop: 31.6%
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6. Dean Foods Co (DF)

Price Target: $23.86Closing Price (9/30): $17.79Potential to Pop: 34.1%

Price Target: $23.86
Closing Price (9/30): $17.79
Potential to Pop: 34.1%

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5. Sprint Nextel (S)

Price Target: $5.35Closing Price (9/30): $3.95Potential to Pop: 35.5%

Price Target: $5.35
Closing Price (9/30): $3.95
Potential to Pop: 35.5%

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4. McGraw-Hill Companies (MHP)

Price Target: $37.50Closing Price (9/30): $25.14Potential to Pop: 49.2%

Price Target: $37.50
Closing Price (9/30): $25.14
Potential to Pop: 49.2%

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3. MetroPCS Communications (PCS)

Price Target: $14.00Closing Price (9/30): $9.36Potential to Pop: 49.6%

Price Target: $14.00
Closing Price (9/30): $9.36
Potential to Pop: 49.6%

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2. SLM Corp (SLM)

Price Target: $13.29Closing Price (9/30): $8.72Potential to Pop: 52.4%

Price Target: $13.29
Closing Price (9/30): $8.72
Potential to Pop: 52.4%

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1. Moody's Corp (MCO)

Price Target: $32.25Closing Price (9/30): $20.46Potential to Pop: 57.6%

Price Target: $32.25
Closing Price (9/30): $20.46
Potential to Pop: 57.6%

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