Sadly, there's no such thing as an ultimate buy signal when it comes to investing in stocks. Identifying companies with the wind at their back takes time, patience, and a good dose of due diligence.

There is, however, an easy way to increase your odds of finding the stocks that will beat the market. At Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's investing community of more than 115,000 members, we've found that five-star stocks, as a group, substantially outperform the broader market -- to the tune of 12 percentage points on an annualized basis from November 2006 to July 2008.

In order to fully capture the upside potential of those five-star stocks, it makes sense to identify them just as soon as they achieve five-star status. Fortunately, our CAPS screener now makes it possible to do this. Below, for example, is a list of companies that have been upgraded to five-star status from four stars just yesterday. These stock ideas are only a starting point, of course. Be sure to join us on CAPS to dig in even further.


All-Stars Saying Outperform

Schlumberger Limited (ADR) (NYSE:SLB)

2336 of 2408

Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. (NYSE:WHG)

148 of 154

Houston Wire & Cable Company (NASDAQ:HWCC)

421 of 439

Allianz SE (ADR) (NYSE:AZ)

175 of 183


iShares MSCI Hong Kong Index Fund (ETF) (NYSE:EWH)

309 of 319

Banco Itau Holding Financeira S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:ITU)

524 of 540

Data from Motley Fool CAPS, Oct. 17, 2008.

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