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20 Stocks with the Potential to Pop (Q4 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 12/4/09).

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

By Ariel Nelson & Paul ToscanoPosted 4 Dec 2009

20. Southwestern Energy Co (SWN)

Closing Price (12/4): $42.95Price Target: $58.05Potential to Pop: 35.2%

Closing Price (12/4): $42.95
Price Target: $58.05
Potential to Pop: 35.2%

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19. El Paso Corp (EP)

Closing Price (12/4): $9.50Price Target: $12.90Potential to Pop: 35.8%

Closing Price (12/4): $9.50
Price Target: $12.90
Potential to Pop: 35.8%

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18. Fluor Corp (FLR)

Closing Price (12/4): $42.57Price Target: $58.68Potential to Pop: 37.8%

Closing Price (12/4): $42.57
Price Target: $58.68
Potential to Pop: 37.8%

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17. Range Resources Corp (RRC)

Closing Price (12/4): $45.37Price Target: $62.46Potential to Pop: 37.7%

Closing Price (12/4): $45.18
Price Target: $62.46
Potential to Pop: 38.2%

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16. Iron Mountain (IRM)

Closing Price (12/4): $23.99Price Target: $33.33Potential to Pop: 38.9%

Closing Price (12/4): $24.00
Price Target: $33.33
Potential to Pop: 38.9%

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14. (Tied) Halliburton Co (HAL)

Closing Price (12/4): $27.8Price Target: $38.73Potential to Pop: 39.3%

Closing Price (12/4): $27.81
Price Target: $38.73
Potential to Pop: 39.3%

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14. (Tied) KB Home (KBH)

Closing Price (12/4): $13.54Price Target: $18.95Potential to Pop: 40.0%

Closing Price (12/4): $13.60
Price Target: $18.95
Potential to Pop: 39.3%

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13. Macy's (M)

Closing Price (12/4): $15.95Price Target: $22.31Potential to Pop: 39.8%

Closing Price (12/4): $15.98
Price Target: $22.31
Potential to Pop: 39.6%

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12. Gannett Co (GCI)

Closing Price (12/4): $10.16Price Target: $14.5Potential to Pop: 42.7%

Closing Price (12/4): $10.29
Price Target: $14.5
Potential to Pop: 40.9%

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11. Electronic Arts (ERTS)

Closing Price (12/4): $16.11Price Target: $22.93Potential to Pop: 42.3%

Closing Price (12/4): $16.20
Price Target: $22.93
Potential to Pop: 41.5%

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10. MEMC Electronic Materials (WFR)

Closing Price (12/4): $12.68Price Target: $18.05Potential to Pop: 42.4%

Closing Price (12/4): $12.75
Price Target: $18.05
Potential to Pop: 41.6%

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9. Pactiv Corp (PTV)

Closing Price (12/4): $24.16Price Target: $ 34.3Potential to Pop: 42.0%

Closing Price (12/4): $24.16
Price Target: $ 34.3
Potential to Pop: 42.0%

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8. MetroPCS Communications (PCS)

Closing Price (12/4): $6.62Price Target: $9.38Potential to Pop: 41.7%

Closing Price (12/4): $6.60
Price Target: $9.38
Potential to Pop: 42.1%

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7. Lennar Corp (LEN)

Closing Price (12/4): $12.31Price Target: $17.82Potential to Pop: 44.7%

Closing Price (12/4): $12.43
Price Target: $17.82
Potential to Pop: 43.4%

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6. Novell Inc (NOVL)

Closing Price (12/4): $3.94Price Target: $5.83Potential to Pop: 48%

Closing Price (12/4): $4.06
Price Target: $5.83
Potential to Pop: 43.6%

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5. Gamestop Corp (GME)

Closing Price (12/4): $21.33Price Target: $30.73Potential to Pop: 44.1%

Closing Price (12/4): $21.33
Price Target: $30.73
Potential to Pop: 44.1%

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4. Tenet Healthcare (THC)

Closing Price (12/4): $4.72Price Target: $6.87Potential to Pop: 45.6%

Closing Price (12/4): $4.75
Price Target: $6.87
Potential to Pop: 44.6%

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3. Apollo Group (APOL)

Closing Price (12/4): $54.79Price Target: $80.69Potential to Pop: 47.3%

Closing Price (12/4): $54.76
Price Target: $80.69
Potential to Pop: 47.4%

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2. Quanta Services (PWR)

Closing Price (12/4): $18.24Price Target: $27.09Potential to Pop: 48.5%

Closing Price (12/4): $18.34
Price Target: $27.09
Potential to Pop: 47.7%

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1. Chesapeake Energy (CHK)

Closing Price (12/4): $22.5Price Target: $34.19Potential to Pop: 52.0%

Closing Price (12/4): $22.57
Price Target: $34.19
Potential to Pop: 51.5%

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