A 1-in-100 Investor

The first 100 days in office sets the tone for any new president. Similarly, Motley Fool CAPS keeps an eye on how well investors do in their first 100 days. Some of our best -- we call them All-Stars -- have achieved scores of 100 on stock selections in their first 100 days on CAPS. In this column, we're looking at our best members who made some of their best stock selections early on and seeing which ones they think will be best next.

One of our highest-rated CAPS members is dwot, with a 99.97 member rating. A member since October 2006, dwot has 69 active picks out of more than 1,400 stock picks made. Achieving 88% accuracy, dwot has also attracted more than 1,100 "groupies," CAPS members who've listed this investor as one of their favorites.

Here are a few of dwot's most recent stock selections and how they were rated.

Stock

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Call

Price*

Current Score

3Com (Nasdaq: COMS  )

**

Underperform

$7.37

(0.49)

Agnico-Eagle Mines (NYSE: AEM  )

***

Underperform

$57.12

5.04

American Apparel (NYSE: APP  )

**

Underperform

$2.97

(3.31)

Ameriprise Financial

**

Underperform

$38.49

(1.27)

Ampco-Pittsburgh

****

Underperform

$29.23

(4.00)

Ares Capital (Nasdaq: ARCC  )

***

Underperform

$11.45

(8.86)

Blackboard (Nasdaq: BBBB  )

***

Underperform

$41.40

(9.03)

Bob Evans Farms

*

Underperform

$25.31

(16.90)

Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP  )

*

Underperform

$67.45

(3.56)

Bunge (NYSE: BG  )

***

Underperform

$62.57

0.72

Source: Motley Fool CAPS; *Price when call was made. Current score is how many points by which a member is beating (lagging) the S&P 500 index from the time of the call.

Let's take a look at what other CAPS members are saying about a few of these stocks and whether they agree with this top player's assessment.

Degree of risk
With global events once again worrying traders, gold prices are rising as investors find gold more attractive. The yellow metal is going for more than $1,100 an ounce again, which could stave off crises for miners such as Agnico-Eagle Mines.

The miner recently reported it would face slightly higher costs next year as it faced pressures ranging from geological issues to higher labor costs. CAPS member DaveOfDukeIPO worried that if gold fell below $1,000 an ounce -- and in recent weeks, it looked like it was heading in that direction -- Agnico-Eagle would need to resort to cash-raising strategies to meet its financial needs.

Operating and capital costs guidance for next year and longer term fell short of expectations, as did the gold producer's production forecast. Agnico-Eagle could need to raise additional debt or equity funding if the 2010 average gold price drops below $1,000 per ounce.

The Fool's Christopher Barker hasn't changed his mind about the potential for this miner. While it might not be his best stock for 2010, as it was for 2009, he's still looking for it to excel.

Head over to the Agnico-Eagle Mines CAPS page and add your own wisdom about this top miner.

A 1-in-100 opportunity
Some of the smartest members in the CAPS investor intelligence community have made their mark, but it pays to start your own research on these stocks on Motley Fool CAPS. Read a company's financial reports, scrutinize key data and charts, and examine the comments your fellow investors have made -- all from a stock's CAPS page.

As hockey great Wayne Gretzky once noted, "You miss 100% of the shots you never take." At Motley Fool CAPS, every investor's opinion counts. It's free to sign up, so why not use this opportunity to take your best shot?

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Fool contributor Rich Duprey does not have a financial position in any of the stocks mentioned in this article. You can see his holdings. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


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