Tomorrow's Monster Stocks

Stocks that climb to 10 times their original price are a rare breed -- 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 over the past decade. These aren't penny stocks; they're viable companies with sound business prospects, achieving phenomenal returns every year. Finding just one or two of these monstrously successful companies can help you establish a winning portfolio.

Stalking the monster
To find tomorrow's monster stocks, we'll enlist the more than 110,000 investors at Motley Fool CAPS. We've compiled a list of the most successful CAPS players, 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.

Player

CAPS Rating

Monster Stock

CAPS Score*

Recent Stock Pick

CAPS Rating

(Out of 5)

vonwao

99.88

Walter Industries (NYSE: WLT  )

410.96

Melco PBL Entertainment (Nasdaq: MPEL  )

****

forbes10

99.87

Mechel

488.46

Huaneng Power International (NYSE: HNP  )

*****

johnnyr99r

99.85

James River Coal (Nasdaq: JRCC  )

749.23

Alexco Resource (AMEX: AXU  )

*****

muirmm

99.74

Canadian Solar (Nasdaq: CSIQ  )

422.73

CompuCredit (Nasdaq: CCRT  )

**

*CAPS score is the number of points a pick is beating (trailing) the S&P 500 since the time of the pick.

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 research.

Not exactly a gamble
The tiny island off of China known as Macau has quickly become a hot gambling destination, and top-notch casinos and gaming houses are flocking to it to capitalize on the wealth pouring in. Investors have also taken notice that Macau has replaced Las Vegas as the destination to gamble, and top-rated CAPS All-Star TMFDeej finds that there are macroeconomic issues at play that could push Melco PBL Entertainment, a premier Macau gaming company, to further heights:

I am being very careful about investing in Chinese companies, but this trend will certainly be your friend when investing there. One stock that I really like right now is Melco (MPEL). It operates casinos in Macau. Think Las Vegas in China, but bigger. MPEL has been performing remarkably well lately and it is just becoming profitable, yet it has been hurt by the general sell-off in casino and Chinese stocks lately. Even if MPEL's earnings don't rise as quickly as many analysts estimate, and I personally think that they will rise even faster with its new City of Dreams project close to being complete, the currency effect of the yuan rising versus the dollar should be enough to generate outstanding returns for investors.

Not to your credit
Having the top regulators at the FTC and FDIC mug your business for alleged fraud is never much help in promoting your company, yet subprime credit card marketer CompuCredit finds itself in the crosshairs of both. Still, if the company's stock has been knocked down far enough and the claims being made against it seem to lack credibility, the opportunity for this stock to rebound off the lows remains high.

Even so, those are some pretty high hurdles to leap over, and if government pressure wasn't enough, CAPS investors like JoyofMoney note that in this current environment it's still going to be difficult to make money:

Why this stock thinks that it will comeback and increase from the -3.45 2008 Earnings Per Share Estimate up to a 2009 1.18 Earnings Per Share Estimate (an increase of 4.63) in one year when Income is at a negative multi-million dollar figure defies common sense. That would be one heck of a growth spurt in a market where tightening of credit seems to be prevalent. This marketing entity was recently fined for misleading marketing tactics. --- Not an affirming feeling in this arena. Sounds more deserving of a KOD - Kiss of Death to me.

A chance for scary growth
Now you can drill down and fill us in on these stocks that the All-Stars see as achieving monster growth. Agree with their views? Tell us on CAPS. If you don't agree, let us know that, too! Let's hear if you think these are tomorrow's monster stocks that have been uncovered today.

Melco is a Global Gains recommendation. Huaneng Power International is both an Income Investor and Rule Breakers selection. CompuCredit is a Stock Advisor recommendation. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days.

Fool contributor Rich Duprey owns shares of CompuCredit and Walter Industries, but does not have a financial position in any of the other stocks mentioned in this article. You can see his holdings here. The Motley Fool disclosure policy keeps the door to its closet firmly shut at night … just in case.


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