Let’s face it: Not all of us have time to do exhaustive research to unearth great stocks like US Bancorp (NYSE:USB) or eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY).

But that doesn’t mean we can’t follow and utilize the work of other smart investors. One way to do this is to track the stock picks of All-Star investors in CAPS, The Motley Fool’s interactive stock-rating database.

All-Stars have a player rating of at least 80 out of 100, meaning they're the best of our rated members. The top members often have accuracy levels of well over 60%. Some are so good they have received media attention, so it might pay to follow what they do.

We can easily search for the All-Stars' top picks using the handy CAPS screener. For example, a search for:

  • at least 100 All-Star outperform picks,
  • with insider ownership over 10%,
  • and a dividend yield above 2%

... returned the following:

Company Name

CAPS Rating ( out of 5)

All-Star Outperform Picks

Current Dividend Yield

Insider Ownership

Ambassadors Group (NASDAQ:EPAX)

*****

140

2.6%

11.1%

American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO)

*****

754

2.4%

11.5%

Barrett Business Services (NASDAQ:BBSI)

*****

234

2.1%

39.4%

International Bancshares Corporation (NASDAQ:IBOC)

*****

136

2.3%

24.9%

Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX)

*****

230

3.8%

10.9%

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Sept. 18, 2008.

You should always make the final decision on your own investments, but it feels a whole lot better knowing a lot of other smart people are on your side. Feel free to use the CAPS screener to find some more potential winners.

Ambassadors Group is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems Pay Dirt recommendation. International Bancshares is a Hidden Gems selection. US Bancorp and Paychex are Income Investor recommendations. eBay and American Eagle are Stock Advisor picks. The Fool owns shares of American Eagle. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days.

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