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20 stocks with the potential to pop

20 Stocks With The Potential To Pop

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It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or down?

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 company produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed.

So far this year, the S&P 500 is up 16.6 percent, with about half (276) of the index components outperforming the overall market. CNBC's Analytics Team dug through the numbers to find the names with average consensus estimates that are farthest above their current stock prices.

All values are as of the market close on August 23, 2013.

So, which stocks are analysts expecting to have the biggest pops?

By Giovanny Moreano

Posted 23 Aug 2013

Data source: FactSet and Thomson Reuters