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20 Stocks with the Potential to Pop Q4 2010

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. From the entire S&P 500, which stocks are an
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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 furthest above their stock prices (as of market close on 11/4/10).

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

By Ariel Nelson & Paul ToscanoPosted 4 Nov 2010

20. Flowserve (FLS)

Potential to Pop: 31.5% Mean Price Target: $129.00 Closing Price (8/26): $98.08 Number of Analysts: 8 High Estimate: $150 Low Estimate: $100
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Potential to Pop: 30.5%
Mean Price Target: $129.00
Closing Price (8/26): $98.84

Number of Analysts: 8
High Estimate: $150
Low Estimate: $100

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19. SLM Corp (SLM)

Potential to Pop: 31.3% Mean Price Target: $16 Closing Price (11/4): $12.19 Number of Analysts: 7 High Estimate: $19 Low Estimate: $14
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Potential to Pop: 30.6%
Mean Price Target: $16
Closing Price (11/4): $12.25

Number of Analysts: 7
High Estimate: $19
Low Estimate: $14

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18. CONSOL Energy (CNX)

Potential to Pop: 30.8% Mean Price Target: $50.29 Closing Price (11/4): $38.45 Number of Analysts: 18 High Estimate: $67 Low Estimate: $39
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Potential to Pop: 30.8%
Mean Price Target: $50.29
Closing Price (11/4): $38.45

Number of Analysts: 18
High Estimate: $67
Low Estimate: $39

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17. Marshall & Ilsley (MI)

Potential to Pop: 34.5% Mean Price Target: $7.58 Closing Price (11/4): $5.63 Number of Analysts: 20 High Estimate: $9.50 Low Estimate: $5.00

Potential to Pop: 32.0%
Mean Price Target: $7.58
Closing Price (11/4): $5.74

Number of Analysts: 20
High Estimate: $9.50
Low Estimate: $5.00

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16. JPMorgan Chase (JPM)

Potential to Pop: 37.5% Mean Price Target: $52.57 Closing Price (11/4): $38.24 Number of Analysts: 23 High Estimate: $60 Low Estimate: $44
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Potential to Pop: 32.1%
Mean Price Target: $52.57
Closing Price (11/4): $39.80

Number of Analysts: 23
High Estimate: $60
Low Estimate: $44

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15. Gamestop (GME)

Potential to Pop: 34.1% Mean Price Target: $26.54 Closing Price (11/4): $19.79 Number of Analysts: 16 High Estimate: $34 Low Estimate: $18
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Potential to Pop: 33.0%
Mean Price Target: $26.54
Closing Price (11/4): $19.95

Number of Analysts: 16
High Estimate: $34
Low Estimate: $18

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14. Goodyear Tire (GT)

Potential to Pop: 34.8% Mean Price Target: $14.03 Closing Price (11/4): $10.41 Number of Analysts: 8 High Estimate: $16 Low Estimate: $11.75
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Potential to Pop: 33.7%
Mean Price Target: $14.03
Closing Price (11/4): $10.49

Number of Analysts: 8
High Estimate: $16
Low Estimate: $11.75

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13. Cabot Oil & Gas (COG)

Potential to Pop: 33.7% Mean Price Target: $42.63 Closing Price (11/4): $31.89 Number of Analysts: 15 High Estimate: $56 Low Estimate: $24
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Potential to Pop: 33.8%
Mean Price Target: $42.63
Closing Price (11/4): $31.86

Number of Analysts: 15
High Estimate: $56
Low Estimate: $24

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12. Tyson Foods (TSN)

Potential to Pop: 33.1% Mean Price Target: $20.67 Closing Price (11/4): $15.53 Number of Analysts: 11 High Estimate: $27 Low Estimate: $16
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Potential to Pop: 34.1%
Mean Price Target: $20.67
Closing Price (11/4): $15.41

Number of Analysts: 11
High Estimate: $27
Low Estimate: $16

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11. Micron Technology (MU)

Potential to Pop: 34.0% Mean Price Target: $11.51 Closing Price (11/4): $8.59 Number of Analysts: 21 High Estimate: $18 Low Estimate: $7
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Potential to Pop: 34.5%
Mean Price Target: $11.51
Closing Price (11/4): $8.56

Number of Analysts: 21
High Estimate: $18
Low Estimate: $7

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10. Halliburton (HAL)

Potential to Pop: 37.5% Mean Price Target: $44.72 Closing Price (11/4): $32.95 Number of Analysts: 31 High Estimate: $55 Low Estimate: $35
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Potential to Pop: 36.1%
Mean Price Target: $44.72
Closing Price (11/4): $32.85

Number of Analysts: 31
High Estimate: $55
Low Estimate: $35

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9. PulteGroup (PHM)

Potential to Pop: 40.1% Mean Price Target: $10.91 Closing Price (11/4): $7.55 Number of Analysts: 11 High Estimate: $14 Low Estimate: $8.50
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Potential to Pop: 36.6%
Mean Price Target: $10.91
Closing Price (11/4): $7.75

Number of Analysts: 11
High Estimate: $14
Low Estimate: $8.50

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8. Quanta Services (PWR)

Potential to Pop: 35.4% Mean Price Target: $24.30 Closing Price (11/4): $17.95 Number of Analysts: 20 High Estimate: $30 Low Estimate: $18
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Potential to Pop: 36.7%
Mean Price Target: $24.30
Closing Price (11/4): $17.77

Number of Analysts: 20
High Estimate: $30
Low Estimate: $18

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7. Big Lots (BIG)

Potential to Pop: 43.2% Mean Price Target: $41.70 Closing Price (8/26): $29.13 Number of Analysts: 10 High Estimate: $48 Low Estimate: $33

Potential to Pop: 40.1%
Mean Price Target: $41.00*
Closing Price (8/26): $29.26

Number of Analysts: 10
High Estimate: $48
Low Estimate: $26

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*Big Lots (BIG) was adjusted due to include a significant downgrade made during the trading session on 11/4.

6. R.R. Donnelley (RRD)

Potential to Pop: 42.0% Mean Price Target: $26.00 Closing Price (11/4): $18.31 Number of Analysts: 4 High Estimate: $30 Low Estimate: $22

Potential to Pop: 40.5%
Mean Price Target: $26.00
Closing Price (11/4): $18.50

Number of Analysts: 4
High Estimate: $30
Low Estimate: $22

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5. Gannett Co. (GCI)

Potential to Pop: 40.4% Mean Price Target: $17.86 Closing Price (11/4): $12.72 Number of Analysts: 7 High Estimate: $25 Low Estimate: $13
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Potential to Pop: 40.8%
Mean Price Target: $17.86
Closing Price (11/4): $12.68

Number of Analysts: 7
High Estimate: $25
Low Estimate: $13

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4. Apollo Group (APOL)

Potential to Pop: 41.2% Mean Price Target: $50.06 Closing Price (11/4): $35.45 Number of Analysts: 16 High Estimate: $69 Low Estimate: $35

Potential to Pop: 41.5%
Mean Price Target: $50.06
Closing Price (11/4): $35.38

Number of Analysts: 16
High Estimate: $69
Low Estimate: $35

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3. Tenet Healthcare (THC)

Potential to Pop: 55.0% Mean Price Target: $6.67 Closing Price (11/4): $4.30 Number of Analysts: 15 High Estimate: $9.50 Low Estimate: $5.00

Potential to Pop: 41.8%
Mean Price Target: $6.34
Closing Price (11/4): $4.47

Number of Analysts: 15
High Estimate: $9.50
Low Estimate: $5.00

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2. Bank of America (BAC)

Potential to Pop: 60.3% Mean Price Target: $18.47 Closing Price (11/4): $11.52 Number of Analysts: 26 High Estimate: $26 Low Estimate: $13
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Potential to Pop: 51.5%
Mean Price Target: $18.36
Closing Price (11/4): $12.12

Number of Analysts: 26
High Estimate: $26
Low Estimate: $13

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1. H&R Block (HRB)

Potential to Pop: 62.5% Mean Price Target: $18.80 Closing Price (11/4): $11.65 Number of Analysts: 5 High Estimate: $25 Low Estimate: $12
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Potential to Pop: 59.9%
Mean Price Target: $18.80
Closing Price (11/4): $11.76

Number of Analysts: 5
High Estimate: $25
Low Estimate: $12

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