In a recent report, Oppenheimer asked analysts that cover different ares of the stock market each to choose his or her single top stock pick in the space based on the fundamentals of the company.
Here are the stocks that these ten analysts chose.
1. Rupesh Parikh, CFA (food, grocery & consumer products): Whole Foods Market Inc WFM 0.81%
Parikh believes the company is best positioned to gain share in the rapidly-growing natural and organic food spaces.
2. Brian Nagel, CFA (hardlines): Lowe’s Companies Inc LOW 1.53%
Nagel believes that the company will be a major beneficiary of the continuing U.S. housing market recovery.
3. Brian Bittner (restaurants): Darden Restaurants Inc DRI 0.54%
Bittner sees major upside to the company’s consensus earnings projections through 2016.
4. Anna Andreeva (specialty retailing): Lululemon Athletica Inc LULU 0.79%
Andreeva admits that the company is controversial, but sees double-digit growth opportunities in both store square footage and online sales.
5. Bernard Colson (master limited partnerships): Cross America Partners CAPL 0.48%
Colson believes that CST’s purchase of CAPL’s General Partner has created major value.
6. Fadel Gheit (oil & gas): Valero Energy Corp VLO 3.05%
Gheit feels that the market has priced the stock about 20 percent below where it should be based on 2015 earnings and free cash flow estimates, and he believes that the fundamentals of the U.S. refining market remain strong.
7. Robert DuBoff (oil & gas): Newfield Exploration Co NFX 2.63%
DuBoff likes the opportunities that the company’s transition to a more targeted North American unconventional liquids strategy will provide in the future.
8. James Schumm (oil & gas): Halliburton Co HAL 1.29%
Schumm feels that Halliburton is well-positioned to weather the difficult oil pricing environment and continue its legacy of value creation for shareholders.
9. Chris Kotowski (commercial & investment banking, private equity): CIT Group CIT 1.36%
Katowsky likes the company’s excess capital, undervalued stock and recent acquisition of OneWest.
10. Ben Chittenden (regional banks/specialty finance): Discover Financial Services DFS 0.39%
Chittenden believes that the company’s market share gains and strategic diversification initiatives are under-appreciated by the market.
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