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Volatility is back with a vengeance, as uncertainty reigns the markets. While the European sovereign-debt situation appears to have calmed down for the time being, one thing is for certain -- Europe's problem is a long-term problem and one that is sure to flare up again in the near future.

Meanwhile, rocky economic data on the domestic front is calling the recovery into question and bringing its own twists and turns to the market. Add it all up, and there's a strong likelihood of continued volatility for the foreseeable future.

But environments such as these present the greatest opportunities for investors with serious stock watch lists. Pullbacks create more attractive entry points. If you research and build a list of stocks you want to own, you need only wait to pounce until each stock reaches your preferred price. The stock market's current turbulence should provide you with opportunities to do exactly that.

To start assembling my very own stock wish list, I used the Fool's CAPS screener to find premium companies such as ExxonMobil, which has outperformed the S&P 500 by 9.8% per year on average for the past 10 years.

To help you find some of the market's best stocks for your watch list, I used the following criteria:

  • A market cap greater than $10 billion, which suggests stability.
  • A current ratio of at least 1, to ensure sufficient liquidity to meet current liabilities.
  • A return on equity north of 15%, to demonstrate efficiency and profitability.
  • Four- and five-star ratings (out of five) from our 165,000-member CAPS community.  

I particularly liked these nine companies that passed the screen. Consider looking into them further, to see whether they warrant your investment dollars:


Return on Equity (TTM)

Market Cap (in billions)

Current Ratio

CAPS Rating (out of 5)
















Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO  )





Corning (NYSE: GLW  )





Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN  )





International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM  )





Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM  )





Unilever (NYSE: UL  )





Source: Motley Fool CAPS as of July 27.
TTM=trailing 12 months.

The CAPS screener can suggest all kinds of promising companies, but running a screen should be only the first step in your stock research. Come and join our CAPS online investing community (it's totally free!) to delve further into these companies to see whether they're right for your portfolio.

Further Foolishness:

Fool contributor Jennifer Schonberger does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned in this article. You can follow her on Twitter. Accenture and 3M are Motley Fool Inside Value recommendations. ABB and Unilever are Motley Fool Global Gains picks. Unilever is a Motley Fool Income Investor selection. The Fool owns shares of Devon Energy. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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  • Report this Comment On July 29, 2010, at 10:31 AM, shivy1 wrote:

    I really like the articles you guys have and the fundamental reasons you give to justify picks. What I don't like at all is the amount of praise and emphasis you punt on CAPS. I created a virtual portfolio that has CAPS stocks with ratings of 4 and higher against CAPS stocks with ratings below 2. So far the latter has outperformed CAPS with ratings with 4 or higher by 6.7%. This is just to show that CAPS can mean nothing.

  • Report this Comment On July 29, 2010, at 8:44 PM, plantman2010 wrote:

    I agree about the emphasis on CAPS. A lot of dog stocks rated really high. Also agree on the articles. Really appreciate those.

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