7 Top Stocks for 2013

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For the article, click here: http://mot.ly/11PVbvY. We asked seven of our top analysts from our Real-Money Stock Picks program for their best stock recommendations for 2013 and beyond.

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7 Top Stocks for 2013

  1. Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFM). Thecompany’s innovation; visionary management;positioning to take advantage of growinghealthy eating and sustainability trends; androom for major future store growth make it ahigh-conviction stock for long-term portfolios.
  2. Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN). Devon Energy hasa diversified portfolio of growth opportunities,a strong balance sheet, and a returns-focusedmanagement that seeks to maximize per-sharegrowth.
  3. Tile Shop Holdings (NYSE: TTS). With just 70stores or so, the company still has thepotential to build out across the U.S. Led by along-tenured founder this company earnsbetter per-store margins than Chipotle.
  4. eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY). The dominant player inits space that also owns perhaps one of thebest companies in payments – PayPal. Thispowerful one-two punch should have eBaygenerating strong returns for many years tocome.
  5. Western Refining (NYSE: WNR). This oil refinertakes advantage of the price differentialbetween two different markets. Based oncurrent price and expected cash flows, themarket seems to be thinking that this pricedifferential will collapse sooner rather thanlater. Motley Fool analyst Jim Mueller believesthat the market is mistaken in the near term.
  6. Arcos Dorados Holdings (Nasdaq: ARCO). Stillhas rapidly growing traffic and sales in localcurrencies and I suspect the strong USdollar drag on results will start to diminish thisyear.
  7. Lazard (NYSE: LAZ). This investment bankoffers investors a variety of near- and longer-term catalysts. A newly shareholder-focusedmanagement team, cost-cutting efforts, andthe ever-tenacious activists at Peltz & Co. aretargeting capital allocation and highershareholder returns.

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