The first 100 days in office set the tone for any new president. Similarly, Motley Fool CAPS keeps an eye on how well investors do in their first 100 days. Some of our best -- we call them All-Stars -- have achieved scores of 100 on stock selections in their first 100 days on CAPS. In this column, we're looking at our best players who made some of their best stock selections early on and seeing which ones they think will be best next.

One of our highest-rated CAPS members is EnergyCzar79, who sports an impressive 99.88 member rating. A member since just August 2008, EnergyCzar79 currently has 147 active picks on CAPS out of more than 740 stock picks made. Achieving 78% accuracy, EnergyCzar79 has already attracted 13 "groupies" -- CAPS players who've listed this leading investor as one of their favorites.

Here are a few of this top member's most recent stock selections and how they were rated.


CAPS Rating (out of 5)



Current Score

Atlas Energy Resources (NYSE:ATN)















ION Geophysical





National Oilwell Varco





Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU)





Pengrowth Energy Trust (NYSE:PGH)





Teck Cominco (NYSE:TCK)





Texas Instruments





United States Natural Gas (NYSE:UNG)





Source: Motley Fool CAPS. *Price when call was made. Current score is how many points a member is beating (lagging) the S&P 500 index from the time of the call.

Let's take a look at what other CAPS members are saying about some of these stocks and whether they agree with this top player's assessment.

Degree of risk
Before today, it was only the tech wreck in the earlier part of this decade that had brought Intel's shares this low. But the chip industry leader reported some less-than-thrilling earnings the other day.

While sales fell further than is typical for the first quarter, CEO Paul Otellini also indicated that Intel was ready to take charge and lead the way out of the muck of the market bottom. The problem is that you can never tell when you're really rebounding, and there are other systemic problems that Intel can't cure that may make the situation as clear as, well, mud. Yet it's also enough for some smart Fools to suggest that within six months, we'll see clear evidence of the turnaround in effect.

Certainly, Intel's market dominance allows investors to feel confident that even in difficult economic periods like these, the chipmaker will prevail. CAPS member Garyestein, for example, looks at its 80% market share and deep management talent and has no hesitation about the long-term success of an investment:

Intel still has an 80% market share there Atom processor is positioned for the Netbook Market. There Margins will proablably never again be as high as they once where. However I am confindent in there managements ability keep costs inline and be a profitable company no matter what the market brings them.

Similarly, Dzerzhinsky thinks the chance to branch out from PCs provides Intel with an opportunity to expand its reach:

Unabashed leader, and better able to endure than competitors. Plus the company is looing to expand its business in new areas as witnessed by recent plans with GE in the medical device field.

A 1-in-100 opportunity
Some of the best and smartest members in the CAPS investor intelligence community have made their mark, but it pays to start your own research on these stocks on Motley Fool CAPS. Read a company's financial reports, scrutinize key data and charts, and examine the comments your fellow investors have made, all from a stock's CAPS page.

As hockey great Wayne Gretzky once noted, "You miss 100% of the shots you never take." At Motley Fool CAPS, every investor's opinion counts. And since it's free to sign up, why not use this opportunity to take your best shot?

National Oilwell Varco is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. Intel is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation. Atlas Energy Resources is a Motley Fool Income Investor recommendation. The Fool owns shares of Intel. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days.

Fool contributor Rich Duprey owns shares of Intel but does not have a financial position in any of the other stocks mentioned in this article. You can see his holdings here. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.