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Stocks climbing to 10 times their original price are rare breeds -- but they're not impossible to find. Especially when you have Fools for friends.
The market's best stocks include companies that have risen dozens of times in value by taking advantage of the market's weaknesses. These aren't penny stocks; they're viable companies with sound business prospects that are achieving phenomenal returns. Finding just one or two of these monstrously successful firms can help you establish a winning portfolio.
Stalking the monster
To find tomorrow's winners, we've enlisted the help of more than 170,000 monster trackers at Motley Fool CAPS. We've compiled a list of the most successful CAPS members, dubbed All-Stars, whose picks have doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled in price. Then we've plucked out some of their recent picks for stocks they find equally promising.
Recent Stock Pick
|ClickSoftware (Nasdaq: CKSW )||
|Fronteer Gold (NYSE: FRG )||
|Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM )||
Score is how many percentage points that pick is beating the S&P 500.
Of course, this is not a list of stocks to buy -- or, for those monster stocks that our CAPS All-Stars have already found, sell. Just consider them starting points for your own further research of extreme buying opportunities.
In search of Bigfoot
My Foolish colleague Rick Munarriz had a good reason to hate his local cable company, Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA ) , after being jerked around on a service call. But we've all had a utility or appliance company promise to show up within a certain 2- or 4-hour window but arrive hours later ... or not at all!
ClickSoftware aims to eliminate the "cable guy syndrome" by managing a company's workforce for optimal productivity and utilization. Indeed, utilities and telecoms have been some of ClickSoftware's best customers in recent years, with FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE ) and Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE ) just two of more than 150 customers.
As the industry's primarily responsible for it growing revenues 17% in 2009, sales were up only 5% in the third quarter due to timing issues on orders. The software specialist fully expects revenues to jump 19% in the fourth.
The CAPS community remains pretty confident as well, with 98% of those who've rated ClickSoftware believing it will turn in market-beating performances. You can just click to add it to your watchlist and have all the Foolish news and analysis aggregated for you in a single place.
A good reception
The guys running around the country on the Science Channel's Meteorite Men show could probably use some help from the prospectors at Fronteer Gold.
If you've ever seen the show, you know it's about two guys with metal detectors in unforsaken lands searching out small nuggets of space rock. Many times they endure long fruitless searches or turn up a couple of pebbles.
Contrast that to the folks at Fronteer who seem to have a nose for turning up profitable gold prospects. Two of the Fool's top resources gurus, Christopher Barker and Toby Shute, have found Fronteer's Long Canyon and Northumberland projects to be some of the country's top most profitable mines. CAPS investor HollowMountain would be hard-pressed to disagree:
Fronteer is [literally] sitting on a goldmine- Long Canyon is a large (and growing) deposit in a historically gold-producing area, and the resources they have found are cheap to recover. Plus, it is in a very mining-friendly district with experts in the field already living in the area, and permitting new projects seems to be a priority for the local and federal government there. To top it off, they can expand in literally every direction [after] having bought out [their] only competitor.
Let us know on the Fronteer Gold CAPS page whether having a golden divining rod makes for a good investment.
Everyone's allowed to make a mistake once in awhile. The best people learn from them before they become an albatross and move beyond them. So Qualcomm's decision to kill off its FLO TV initiative was the right thing to do rather than let it hang around and serve as a drain. After all, Qualcomm is still reaping a windfall from having its chips in the iPhone and Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG ) Droid.
Considering that the smartphone market remains one of the hottest sectors around and analysts expect Apple alone to sell 60 million iPhones next year, Qualcomm can let the chips fall where they may on its failed TV effort.
Almost 2,000 CAPS members have weighed in on Qualcomm, and 94% believe it will outperform the broad market averages. Join with them on the Qualcomm CAPS page and let us know whether the chipmaker is more hustle or flow.
A chance for scary growth
It takes more than a few All-Star picks and a quick pitch to make buy or sell decisions, so start your own research on these stocks on Motley Fool CAPS and find other opportunities with monster potential.