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Raymond James unveils 15 stock picks for '09



Davidhenwoodrayjay In this stock market climate, this is either an act of courage or lunacy. St. Petersburg's Raymond James' equity research department released its popular "Analysts’ Best Picks" list for 2009 to Raymond James’ financial advisors for their exclusive use with clients. The list, according to RayJay's David Henwood, chief investment officer, highlights individual stocks that Raymond James’ analysts expect to produce superior overall results during the upcoming year.

Now that's a tall order when so many Fortune 100 corporations saw their stock prices tank in 2008. This year’s Analysts’ Best Picks list includes 15 stocks that have undergone a screening process. Stated Henwood: "The lists have outperformed the S&P 500 index – an unmanaged index of 500 widely held stocks – by an average of 27.1 percent annually over the past decade."

So, drum roll.... Here are those picks Raymond James made public Wednesday:
• Altera Corp. (ALTR:NASDAQ)
• AmerisourceBergen Corp. (ABC:NYSE)
• AutoZone, Inc.(AZO:NYSE)
• CONSOL Energy Inc. (CNX:NYSE)
• Copa Holdings, S.A. (CPA:NYSE)
• Covance Inc. (CVD:NYSE)
• Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (DLR:NYSE)
• Hewlett-Packard (HPQ:NYSE)
• The Home Depot Inc. (HD:NYSE)
• New York Community Bancorp (NYB:NYSE)
• Noble Corp. (NE:NYSE)
• Plains Exploration & Production Co. (PXP:NYSE)
• Reinsurance Group of America, Inc. (RGA:NYSE)
• Republic Services, Inc. (RSG:NYSE)

(Photo of David Henwood by Cherie Diez of the St. Petersburg Times.)

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:23am]


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