Some stocks simply have such great potential that "everyone" knows they are a good buy today. Yeah, we wish.

If we knew beforehand that Hansen Natural (NASDAQ:HANS) was going to return more than 29,000% over the past decade, we'd have mortgaged the house to the hilt. If we had the inside scoop that Chico's FAS (NYSE:CHS) was an 8,900% winner in that time period, we'd have mortgaged your house!

In fact, if investing were so easy, we'd all be millionaires. It's easy to see after the fact which companies have been the winning investments. What we need is a way to know beforehand which companies will become the next Microsoft or Wal-Mart, growing tens of thousands of percent in value over the years. But there hasn't been a way -- until now, that is.

More than 30,700 professional and novice investors are continuously polled on Motley Fool CAPS for their opinions on which stocks will beat the market and which will lose to it. While it's often a tug-of-war between the bulls and the bears, we've identified dozens of stocks that were unanimously chosen to outperform the market.

That's no small feat. Thousands upon thousands of companies have been rated, and convincing arguments can, and are, made on both sides. For example, Motley Fool Hidden Gems recommendation Select Comfort (NASDAQ:SCSS) is a top-rated stock where more than 3,700 CAPS investors have rated the company. Yet while nearly 3,500 of them think the stock will beat the market, that still means more than 200 CAPS investors don't.

So when you come across a stock that everyone thinks is going to outperform, you've got something special, and we as investors ought to take notice.

Here are a handful of those "obvious" investments.




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Cal-Dive (NYSE:DVR)




Mueller Water (NYSE:MWA-B)




Tele Norte Leste Participacoes (NYSE:TNE)




As always, none of the companies on this list should be considered formal recommendations, but rather starting points for further research. What we've done is narrowed your workload by focusing on those companies CAPS investors are universally expecting to beat the market.

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CAPS players are dismissing rising interest rate concerns in Brazil. Latin American stock indexes dropped a couple of weeks ago on concerns that global interest rates were on the rise although analysts had been expecting them to fall. CAPS investors are backing telecommunications provider Tele Norte's chances of enjoying the fruits of the economic expansion as well as rumors of a buyout by Portugal Telecom SGPS.

The economy of Brazil expanded at a rate of 4.3% in the first quarter. The Brazilian real has climbed 10% against the dollar this year alone, and is up by more than 83% since 2003. Still, the one-day drop two weeks ago was the largest in a regional index since the drop in the Asian markets that caused widespread panic in February. While Tele Norte fell with the rest of them, it has since gained back most of that territory. It seems the confidence CAPS has placed in the telecom has been well deserved.

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Fool contributor Rich Duprey owns shares of Mueller Water and Wal-Mart, but does not have a financial position in any of the other stocks mentioned in this article. You can see his holdings here. Wal-Mart and Microsoft are recommendations of Motley Fool Inside Value. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.