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Whether you're looking at the shopping mall or the stock market, you've never seen so many great bargains. But while holiday shopping season comes every year, you can't count on seeing this buying opportunity for great companies every year.

To help you make your shopping list, we looked at 10 companies our Foolish writers believe stand out from the rest. But to decide which one was the best, we left the call to you -- by asking our Motley Fool CAPS community to vote for their favorite stock. Let's look at the winners.

Running neck and neck
In a close race, honorable mention goes to three stocks that just missed the top three. Cemex (NYSE: CX  ) , Intuitive Surgical (Nasdaq: ISRG  ) , and Southern Copper (NYSE: PCU  ) have all gotten hurt by the slowing economy.

When the recession ends and construction picks up, prospects for both cement and copper will undoubtedly improve. And while Intuitive Surgical proved not to be quite as recession-proof as some had hoped, it also stands to see big gains once medical facilities start ramping up their budgets once again.

A crude awakening
Third place goes to Petrobras (NYSE: PBR  ) . As the price of oil has fallen further than a deepwater drill-bit, most oil stocks have followed suit. But with Petrobras' new oil discoveries off Brazil's coast, CAPS members think no one's in a better long-term position to capitalize once energy prices start heading higher again.

An Apple a day keeps the losses away
Your second-place choice was Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) . The always-popular iPod maker has hit the skids recently as shareholders worry about whether consumers can keep shelling out for Apple's hot products. But CAPS members agree that as long as the pipeline stays full of great new ideas, fans will keep buying them -- and send the stock higher as well.

Bringing good things to life
And your top pick for the best bargain stock for Black Friday was... General Electric (NYSE: GE  ) . Sure, GE's financing arm has seen better days. But with support from Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE: BRK-B  ) Warren Buffett, CAPS members see a vital vote of confidence -- and betting against the Oracle of Omaha hasn't turned out well for most investors over the long haul.

Want to learn more about which stocks are true bargains -- or value traps you should avoid? Try out Motley Fool CAPS for yourself. Becoming a member is free, and you'll be surprised at how much you'll learn about becoming a better investor.

Fool contributor Dan Caplinger has seen his portfolio get burned, but not by these stocks. He owns shares of General Electric and Berkshire Hathaway. Petroleo Brasileiro is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. Berkshire Hathaway is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation. Intuitive Surgical is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers selection. Cemex, Berkshire Hathaway, and Apple are Motley Fool Stock Advisor selections. The Fool owns shares of Cemex and Berkshire Hathaway. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. The Fool's disclosure policy comes free of charge.

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  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2008, at 2:36 PM, CrankyTexan wrote:

    Dan Caplinger, you wrote, "Intuitive Surgical proved not to be quite as recession-proof as some had hoped."

    Really? When exactly did Intuitive Surgical announce that their business has been affected by the economy? Do your homework before you start talking about companies.

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2008, at 12:19 PM, rmiers1 wrote:

    Intuitive Surgical is just one of many super stocks being manipulated by a system that allows the financials and the hedge funds to kill their stocks. Black becomes Red in moments after a successful conference call. I have owned the stock for three years and watched the manipulators work their evil time after time again.

    It is unfortunate that the SEC has allowed this, and that wall street has encouraged it (for it is they who profit).

    They have done it so much that they have wrecked the economy. No one corrected them in the start so they grew bolder and the leverage grew higher. The funny thing is that no one will go to jail. The great train robbery was less than a thousand of a million of a million of a simple penny.......and they are giving the recovery money to the participants of the robbery.

    Other than that, "Goodnight Mrs Calabash, wherever you are"

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