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20 Stocks With the Potential to Pop

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 about 16 percent, with less than half (197) 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 September 21, 2012. All data in this story is sourced from Capital IQ and Thomson Reuters.

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

By Giovanny Moreano & Paul Toscano
Posted 21 Sept 2012

20. Occidental Petroleum Corp (OXY)

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Potential to Pop: 24.5%Mean Price Target: $108.81 Closing Price (9/21): $87.39 YTD change: -6.73% Number of Analysts: 21 High Estimate: $137Low Estimate: $86
Photo: AP

Potential to Pop: 24.5%
Mean Price Target: $108.81
Closing Price (9/21): $87.39
YTD change: -6.73%

Number of Analysts: 21
High Estimate: $137
Low Estimate: $86

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19. Aetna (AET)

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Potential to Pop: 25.5% Mean Price Target: $49.47 Closing Price (9/21): $39.41 YTD change: -7.09% Number of Analysts: 16 High Estimate: $59 Low Estimate: $40
Photo: Grendel|khan | Wikipedia

Potential to Pop: 24.9%
Mean Price Target: $49.47
Closing Price (9/21): $39.60
YTD change: -6.14%

Number of Analysts: 16
High Estimate: $59
Low Estimate: $40

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18. Noble Corp (NE)

Potential to Pop: 26.67% Mean Price Target: $47.26 Closing Price (9/21): $37.66 YTD change: +26.67% Number of Analysts: 32 High Estimate: $57 Low Estimate: $37
Image source: noblecorp.com

Potential to Pop: 25.3%
Mean Price Target: $47.26
Closing Price (9/21): $37.72
YTD change: +24.82%

Number of Analysts: 32
High Estimate: $57
Low Estimate: $37

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17. WPX Energy (WPX)

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Potential to Pop: 27.6% Mean Price Target: $21.69 Closing Price (9/21): $17 YTD change: -5.67% Number of Analysts: 8 High Estimate: $31 Low Estimate: $12
Photo: wpxenergy.com

Potential to Pop: 26.3%
Mean Price Target: $21.69
Closing Price (9/21): $17.17
YTD change: -5.50%

Number of Analysts: 8
High Estimate: $31
Low Estimate: $12

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16. The Hartford (HIG)

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Potential to Pop: -2.63% Mean Price Target: $65.60 Closing Price (9/21): $67.37 YTD change: +19.32% Number of Analysts: 12 High Estimate: $31 Low Estimate: $20
Photo: Steve Miller | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Potential to Pop: 26.4%
Mean Price Target: $24.50
Closing Price (9/21): $19.39
YTD change: +19.32%

Number of Analysts: 12
High Estimate: $31
Low Estimate: $20

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15. Robert Half Int’l (RHI)

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Potential to Pop: 28.5% Mean Price Target: $34.07 Closing Price (9/21): $26.51 YTD change: -6.01% Number of Analysts: 14 High Estimate: $40 Low Estimate: $23
Photo: rhi.com

Potential to Pop: 27.3%
Mean Price Target: $34.07
Closing Price (9/21): $26.76
YTD change: -5.97%

Number of Analysts: 14
High Estimate: $40
Low Estimate: $23

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14. Devon Energy (DVN)

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Potential to Pop: 27.8% Mean Price Target: $77.94 Closing Price (9/21): $60.97 YTD change: -1.13% Number of Analysts: 24 High Estimate: $110 Low Estimate: $65
Photo: Jimmy Jeong | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Potential to Pop: 27.5%
Mean Price Target: $77.94
Closing Price (9/21): $61.13
YTD change: -1.40%

Number of Analysts: 24
High Estimate: $110
Low Estimate: $65

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13. Owens Illinois (OI)

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Potential to Pop: 26.4%Mean Price Target: $24.36 Closing Price (9/21): $19.28 YTD change: +0.72% Number of Analysts: 11 High Estimate: $34 Low Estimate: $20
Photo: Mike Fuentes | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Potential to Pop: 27.8%
Mean Price Target: $24.36
Closing Price (9/21): $19.07
YTD change: -1.60%

Number of Analysts: 11
High Estimate: $34
Low Estimate: $20

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12. Nabors Industries (NBR)

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Potential to Pop: 26.6% Mean Price Target: $19.59 Closing Price (9/21): $15.48 YTD change: -9.17% Number of Analysts: 22 High Estimate: $32 Low Estimate: $15
Photo: Daniel Acker | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Potential to Pop: 28.0%
Mean Price Target: $19.59
Closing Price (9/21): $15.30
YTD change: -11.76%

Number of Analysts: 22
High Estimate: $32
Low Estimate: $15

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Pictured: A Nabors Industries Ltd. crude oil drill rig.

11. Apache Corp (APA)

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Potential to Pop: 27.3% Mean Price Target: $113.52 Closing Price (9/21): $89.17 YTD change: -0.89% Number of Analysts: 26 High Estimate: $140 Low Estimate: $95
Photo: apachecorp.com

Potential to Pop: 28.1%
Mean Price Target: $113.52
Closing Price (9/21): $88.59
YTD change: -2.20%

Number of Analysts: 26
High Estimate: $140
Low Estimate: $95

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10. LSI Corp (LSI)

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Potential to Pop: 27.2% Mean Price Target: $9.45 Closing Price (9/21): $7.43 YTD change: +26.72% Number of Analysts: 16 High Estimate: $11 Low Estimate: $7
Photo: LSI.com

Potential to Pop: 29.9%
Mean Price Target: $9.45
Closing Price (9/21): $7.28
YTD change: +22.35%

Number of Analysts: 16
High Estimate: $11
Low Estimate: $7

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9. Denbury Resources (DNR)

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Potential to Pop: 30.4% Mean Price Target: $22.61 Closing Price (9/21): $17.34 YTD change: +16.36% Number of Analysts: 19 High Estimate: $33 Low Estimate: $18
Photo: Denbury Resources Inc.

Potential to Pop: 30.2%
Mean Price Target: $22.61
Closing Price (9/21): $17.36
YTD change: +14.97%

Number of Analysts: 19
High Estimate: $33
Low Estimate: $18

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8. AES Corp (AES)

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Potential to Pop: 29.7% Mean Price Target: $14.53 Closing Price (9/21): $11.20 YTD change: -6.00% Number of Analysts: 8 High Estimate: $17 Low Estimate: $12.50
Photo: Getty Images

Potential to Pop: 30.7%
Mean Price Target: $14.53
Closing Price (9/21): $11.12
YTD change: -6.08%

Number of Analysts: 8
High Estimate: $17
Low Estimate: $12.50

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Pictured: The AES Corporation 495-megawatt Alamitos natural gas-fired power station in Long Beach, California.

7. Unum Group (UNM)

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Potential to Pop: 30.3% Mean Price Target: $26.12 Closing Price (9/21): $20.05 YTD change: -4.18% Number of Analysts: 13 High Estimate: $36 Low Estimate: $21
Photo: Unum.com

Potential to Pop: 31.3%
Mean Price Target: $26.12
Closing Price (9/21): $19.89
YTD change: -5.60%

Number of Analysts: 13
High Estimate: $36
Low Estimate: $21

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6. MetLife Inc. (MET)

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Photo: Keith Bedford | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Potential to Pop: 31.6%
Mean Price Target: $45.91
Closing Price (9/21): $34.87
YTD change: +11.83%

Number of Analysts: 16
High Estimate: $56
Low Estimate: $42

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5. Southwest Airlines (LUV)

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Potential to Pop: 30.2% Mean Price Target: $11.64 Closing Price (9/21): $8.94 YTD change: +4.21% Number of Analysts: 14 High Estimate: $18 Low Estimate: $8.40

Potential to Pop: 31.7%
Mean Price Target: $11.64
Closing Price (9/21): $8.84
YTD change: +3.27%

Number of Analysts: 14
High Estimate: $18
Low Estimate: $8.40

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4. Ford Motor (F)

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Photo: Kostas Tsironis | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Potential to Pop: 32.9%
Mean Price Target: $13.82
Closing Price (9/21): $10.40
YTD change: -3.35%

Number of Analysts: 17
High Estimate: $20
Low Estimate: $10

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3. Anadarko Petroleum (APC)

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Potential to Pop: 34.9% Mean Price Target: $97.16 Closing Price (9/21): $72.01 YTD Change: -4.61% Number of Analysts: 28 High Estimate: $129 Low Estimate: $78.50
Photo: andarko.com

Potential to Pop: 35.1%
Mean Price Target: $97.16
Closing Price (9/21): $71.93
YTD Change: -5.76%

Number of Analysts: 28
High Estimate: $129
Low Estimate: $78.50

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2. Teradyne (TER)

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Potential to Pop: 43.6% Mean Price Target: $21.11 Closing Price (9/21): $14.70 YTD Change: +8.80% Number of Analysts: 14 High Estimate: $26Low Estimate: $14
Photo: Teradyne Inc.

Potential to Pop: 44.6%
Mean Price Target: $21.11
Closing Price (9/21): $14.60
YTD Change: +7.12%

Number of Analysts: 14
High Estimate: $26
Low Estimate: $14

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1. Micron Technology (MU)

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Potential to Pop: 46.1% Mean Price Target: $9.43 Closing Price (9/21): $6.45 YTD Change: +2.54% Number of Analysts: 28 High Estimate: $12 Low Estimate: $5.80
Photo: Matthew Staver | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Potential to Pop: 48.2%
Mean Price Target: $9.43
Closing Price (9/21): $6.36
YTD Change: +1.11%

Number of Analysts: 28
High Estimate: $12
Low Estimate: $5.80

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