Top Stock Picks from S&P David Braverman of Standard & Poor's says stocks now offer a good opportunity -- and names some favorites from S&P's 5-STARS list
With corporate earnings and the economy improving, it's a good time for stocks, says David Braverman, senior director of Standard & Poor's Portfolio Advisers. And Braverman has highlighted 10 names drawn from the approximately 90 stocks now classified as strong buys, or 5-STARS, in S&P's Stock Appreciation Ranking System (STARS). They are: American Standard (ASD ), Anheuser-Busch (BUD ), Career Education (CECO ), Chelsea Property Group (CPG ), Cisco (CSCO ), Exxon Mobil (XOM ), FedEx (FDX ), Intel (INTC ), Lennar (LEN ), and Reliant Resources (RRI ).
As the holiday season nears, Braverman notes that home-improvement companies may be among the retailers benefiting and adds that S&P prefers Lowe's (LOW ), which is ranked 4-STARS or accumulate. S&P also thinks well of drugstore chains CVS (