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Once Again…It’s On! Here We Go! Top Stock Picks for 2015.

Every December, the financial media publishes and broadcasts the predictions of Wall Street analysts and money managers who offer their top stock picks for the year to come.

When people ask me what I think about the predictions or what the markets will do, I tell them bluntly, “I have no idea!  Your guess is as good as mine.”

To evaluate these predictions, I highly recommend doing the following easy and educational exercise, which I’ve been doing for over a decade:

Step 1: Create a file – either physical or virtual – to capture these predictions.

Step 2: Fill the file with all the financial predictions you see and hear about in magazines and on TV and web sites.

Step 3: Review those predictions in December and ask, “How correct were they?”

To make it easy for you, here are some links to articles featuring money managers and their Top Stock Picks for 2015:

CNN Money – Top 7 Stock Picks for 2015

Kilpinger - 10 Stock Picks for 2015

MarketWatch - 10 Great Stocks for 2015 From 3 Market Wizards

Barron's - Our 10 Favorite Stocks for 2015

The Street.com - Bank of America's 10 Top S&P 500 Stocks to Buy for 2015

Forbes - 15 Great Stocks for 2015

Money Magazine - 12 Great Stocks for 2015

I plan to do a quick write up at midyear and at yearend on the following picks to see how the analysts and managers have done overall.

Barron's - Our 10 Favorite Stocks for 2015

Price on
  General Motors GM $34.91
  Bank of America BAC $17.89
  Boeing BA $129.98
  Micron Technology MU $35.01
  American Airlines AAL $53.63
  Google GOOGL $530.66
  Royal Caribbean Cruises RCL $82.43
  Fluor FLR $60.63
  Macy’s M $65.75
  Gilead Sciences GILD $94.26
Forbes - 15 Great Stocks For 2015   
  Rogers Communications RCI $38.86
  FirstMerit Corp. FMER $18.89
  Kellogg K $65.44
  SpartanNash SPTN $26.14
  Merge Healthcare MRGE $3.56
  American Vanguard AVD $11.62
  Blackstone/GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund BSL $16.74
  Yamana Gold AUY $4.02
  Coach COH $37.56
  Diplomat Pharmacy DPLO $27.37
  Zeltiq Aesthetics ZLTQ $27.91
  Denny's DENN $10.31
  Concurrent Computer CCUR $7.09
  Foot Locker FL $56.18
  Credit Acceptance Corp. CACC $136.41
Money Magazine - 12 Great Stocks for 2015:
  Bank of America BAC $17.89
  Oracle ORCL $44.97
  Apache APA $62.67
  Marriott Vacations Worldwide VAC $74.54
  Brinker International EAT $58.69
  Toro TTC $63.81
  Hospira HSP $61.25
  Akamamai Technologies AKAM $62.96
  Inogen INGN $31.37
  West Marine WMAR $12.92
  Identiv INVE $13.89
  RTI International Metals RTI $25.26

Here’s to 2015.

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