Let’s face it, not all of us have time to do exhaustive research to unearth great stocks like General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) or Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)

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 ranking of 80+ out of 100, meaning their picks are outperforming 80% of the 115,000-plus CAPS members. The top players have accuracy levels of well over 60%, so good that some have received media attention, so it pays to follow what they do.    

We can easily search for their top picks using the handy CAPS screener. For example, a search for:

  • At least 100 All-Star outperform picks
  • Insider ownership over 10%
  • And a dividend yield above 2%

… returned the following: 

Company Name

Current CAPS Rating (5 max)

Current Dividend Yield %

% Insider Ownership

Ambassadors Group (NASDAQ:EPAX)




Barrett Business Services (NASDAQ:BBSI)




Limited Brands (NYSE:LTD)




Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)




Steel Dynamics (NASDAQ:STLD)




Source: Motley Fool CAPS Data as of October 2, 2008

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

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Fool analyst Andrew Sullivan owns shares of Barrett Business Services but does not have a financial position in any of the other stocks mentioned in this article. Microsoft and Chesapeake Energy are Inside Value selections. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.