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20 Stocks with the Potential to Pop

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20 Stocks With The Potential To Pop

It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or 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. With data from Thomson Reuters, CNBC.com took a look at
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It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or 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.

So far this year, the S&P 500 is up nearly 8.58 percent, with less than half (211) of the index components outperforming the overall market. Stocks with positive performance this year, CNBC’s Analytics teamlooked at the ones that have average consensus estimates farthest above their current stock prices. Companies which have seen their values drop by more than 10 percent YTD are excluded from this list, in order to compensate for any time lag in analyst estimates. All values including analysts’ estimates are as of the market close on July 2, 2012.

So, which stocks are analysts expecting to have the biggest pops? Click ahead to find out! 

By Giovanny Moreano & Paul Toscano
Posted 2 July 2012

20. CBRE Group (CBG)

Potential to Pop: 40.78%Mean Price Target: $22.75Closing Price (7/2): $16.16Number of Analysts: 4High Estimate: $21Low Estimate: $4
Photo: CBRE.com

Potential to Pop: 40.78%
Mean Price Target: $22.75
Closing Price (7/2): $16.16

Number of Analysts: 4
High Estimate: $24
Low Estimate: $21

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19. Unum Group (UNM)

Potential to Pop: 40.82%Mean Price Target: $27.29Closing Price (7/2): $19.38Number of Analysts:12High Estimate: $36Low Estimate: $22
Photo: Unum.com

Potential to Pop: 40.82%
Mean Price Target: $27.29
Closing Price (7/2): $19.38

Number of Analysts:12
High Estimate: $36
Low Estimate: $22

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18. QEP Resources (QEP)

Potential to Pop: 40.93% Mean Price Target: $41.39 Closing Price (7/2): $29.37 Number of Analysts: 14High Estimate: $58 Low Estimate: $34
Photo: qepres.com

Potential to Pop: 40.93%
Mean Price Target: $41.39
Closing Price (7/2): $29.37

Number of Analysts: 14
High Estimate: $58
Low Estimate: $34

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17. Noble Corp (NE)

Potential to Pop: 41.01% Mean Price Target: $45.7 Closing Price (7/2): $32.41 Number of Analysts: 30High Estimate: $61 Low Estimate: $36
Photo: noblecorp.com

Potential to Pop: 41.01%
Mean Price Target: $45.70
Closing Price (7/2): $32.41

Number of Analysts: 30
High Estimate: $61
Low Estimate: $36

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16. Pioneer Natural Resources Co (PXD)

Potential to Pop: %44.44Mean Price Target: $125.26Closing Price (7/2): $86.72Number of Analysts:25High Estimate: $150Low Estimate: $92
Photo: PXD.com

Potential to Pop: %46.19
Mean Price Target: $125.26
Closing Price (7/2): $85.682

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

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15. Devon Energy Corp (DVN)

Potential to Pop: 44.93%Mean Price Target: $82.8Closing Price (7/2): $57.13Number of Analysts: 25High Estimate: $114Low Estimate: $67
Photo: Jimmy Jeong | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Potential to Pop: 44.93%
Mean Price Target: $82.8
Closing Price (7/2): $57.13

Number of Analysts: 25
High Estimate: $114
Low Estimate: $67

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14. Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD)

Potential to Pop: 45.39%Mean Price Target: $8.36Closing Price (7/2): $5.75Number of Analysts: 29High Estimate: $14 Low Estimate: $4
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Potential to Pop: 45.39%
Mean Price Target: $8.36
Closing Price (7/2): $5.75

Number of Analysts: 29
High Estimate: $14
Low Estimate: $4

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13. National Oilwell Varco Inc (NOV)

Potential to Pop: 45.42%Mean Price Target: $93.65Closing Price (7/2): $64.40Number of Analysts: 23High Estimate: $128Low Estimate: $71
Photo: Craig Hartley | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Potential to Pop: 45.42%
Mean Price Target: $93.65
Closing Price (7/2): $64.40

Number of Analysts: 23
High Estimate: $128
Low Estimate: $71

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12. Citigroup (C)

Potential to Pop: 47.09%Mean Price Target: $40.39Closing Price (7/2): $27.46Number of Analysts: 24High Estimate: $50Low Estimate: $23
Photo: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Potential to Pop: 47.09%
Mean Price Target: $40.39
Closing Price (7/2): $27.46

Number of Analysts: 24
High Estimate: $50
Low Estimate: $23

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11. The Hartford Financial Services GroupInc (HIG)

Potential to Pop: 47.22%Mean Price Target: $25.69Closing Price (7/2): $17.45Number of Analysts: 13High Estimate: $33Low Estimate: $20
Photo: Steve Miller | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Potential to Pop: 47.22%
Mean Price Target: $25.69
Closing Price (7/2): $17.45

Number of Analysts: 13
High Estimate: $33
Low Estimate: $20

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10. Caterpillar (CAT)

Potential to Pop: 49.00% Mean Price Target: $124.68 Closing Price (7/2): $83.68 Number of Analysts: 19High Estimate: $142 Low Estimate: $95
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Potential to Pop: 49.00%
Mean Price Target: $124.68
Closing Price (7/2): $83.68

Number of Analysts: 19
High Estimate: $142
Low Estimate: $95

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9. Fluor Corp (FLR)

Potential to Pop: 49.18%Mean Price Target: $73.35Closing Price (7/2): $49.17Number of Analysts: 20High Estimate: $83Low Estimate: $63
Photo: Fluor.com

Potential to Pop: 49.18%
Mean Price Target: $73.35
Closing Price (7/2): $49.17

Number of Analysts: 20
High Estimate: $83
Low Estimate: $63

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8. Micron Technology (MU)

Potential to Pop: 52.21% Mean Price Target: $9.97 Closing Price (7/2): $6.55 Number of Analysts: 27 High Estimate: $12 Low Estimate: $6
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Potential to Pop: 52.21%
Mean Price Target: $9.97
Closing Price (7/2): $6.55

Number of Analysts: 27
High Estimate: $12
Low Estimate: $6

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7. Metlife (MET)

Potential to Pop: 52.51% Mean Price Target: $46.76 Closing Price (7/2): $30.66 Number of Analysts: 17 High Estimate: $60Low Estimate: $40
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Potential to Pop: 52.51%
Mean Price Target: $46.76
Closing Price (7/2): $30.66

Number of Analysts: 17
High Estimate: $60
Low Estimate: $40

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6. Teradyne (TER)

Potential to Pop: 52.89% Mean Price Target: $21.42 Closing Price (7/2): $14.01 Number of Analysts: 12High Estimate: $26 Low Estimate: $15
Photo: Teradyne Inc.

Potential to Pop: 52.89%
Mean Price Target: $21.42
Closing Price (7/2): $14.01

Number of Analysts: 12
High Estimate: $26
Low Estimate: $15

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5. Owens Illinois (OI)

Potential to Pop: 54.92% Mean Price Target: 29.45 Closing Price (7/2): $19.01 Number of Analysts: High Estimate: $ Low Estimate: $
Photo: Mike Fuentes | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Potential to Pop: 53.87%
Mean Price Target: $29.45
Closing Price (7/2): $19.14

Number of Analysts: 11
High Estimate: $38
Low Estimate: $22

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4. Freeport-McMoRan (FCX)

Potential to Pop: 55.56% Mean Price Target: $52.16 Closing Price (7/2): $33.53 Number of Analysts: High Estimate: $ Low Estimate: $
Photo: fcx.com

Potential to Pop: 53.96%
Mean Price Target: $52.16
Closing Price (7/2): $33.88

Number of Analysts: 19
High Estimate: $66
Low Estimate: $40

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3. Western Digital (WDC)

Photo: westerndigital.com

Potential to Pop: 57.71%
Mean Price Target: $47.06
Closing Price (7/2): $29.84

Number of Analysts: 18
High Estimate: $61
Low Estimate: $30

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2. LSI Corp (LSI)

Potential to Pop: 67.84% Mean Price Target: $10.7 Closing Price (7/2): $6.38 Number of Analysts: High Estimate: $ Low Estimate: $
Photo: LSI.com

Potential to Pop: 61.66%
Mean Price Target: $10.33
Closing Price (7/2): $6.39

Number of Analysts: 15
High Estimate: $14
Low Estimate: $6.50

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1. Denbury Resources (DNR)

Potential to Pop: 67.03% Mean Price Target: $14.74 Closing Price (7/2): $24.62 Number of Analysts: High Estimate: $ Low Estimate: $
Photo: Denbury Resources Inc.

Potential to Pop: 64.46%
Mean Price Target: $24.62
Closing Price (7/2): $14.97

Number of Analysts: 17
High Estimate: $33
Low Estimate: $18

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