Whether it's the corporate lunchroom, your cubicle, or the local watering hole after work, there are regular places we gather to discuss news, sports, or -- if you're like us -- stocks. Here at Motley Fool CAPS, we gather around the virtual water cooler daily to rate stocks and delve into their merits as investments.

Our 130,000-strong CAPS community -- where members give the thumbs-up or thumbs-down to about 5,200 stocks -- has earned its points by seeking out the businesses it thinks will outperform the market. Below, we'll take a look at some of the top stocks in CAPS that draw the most comments and whether you think they'll continue their winning ways.

Stock

CAPS Rating (5 Stars Max)

No. of Calls

% Outperform Calls

Beazer Homes (NYSE:BZH)

*

1,005

31%

Jones Soda (NASDAQ:JSDA)

**

876

82%

Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS)

**

1,451

81%

Palm (NASDAQ:PALM)

*

1,296

45%

SanDisk (NASDAQ:SNDK)

***

1,699

92%

A tall drink of water
If it were a fruitcake, you'd call it regifting. In furniture, it's repurposing. Whatever you call it, turning the blast furnaces of the old Bethlehem Steel mill in Pennsylvania into a casino is a long-odds bet for Las Vegas Sands. At the moment, the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is limited to slot machines, but if Pennsylvania legalizes table games, it could turn out to be a winning hand.

It's a dicey time for casinos. MGM Mirage (NYSE:MGM) and Wynn Resorts have been coming up losers in Las Vegas lately, while Macau properties have experienced their share of declines.

Still, investors like chicky401 like the reinvention of the repositioned steel mill.

Las Vegas casinos will always do good. That and Bethlehem Sands is scheduled to open May 22nd 2009, given they pass the two test nights. Their grand opening with promotions is supposed to be in June but they open to public May 22.

Dial P for winner
It's not out yet, but the Palm Pre has been generating enough discussion that it seems both sides of the debate really think it is an iPhone killer. On one hand are Palm's proponents, typically investors who can't bear to see anyone gainsay their stock, while the other hand features Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) fanatics accustomed to pretenders proclaiming that the latest smartphone iteration will knock the iPhone off its perch.

Perhaps the success of the BlackBerry in the most recent surveys has some Apple watchers casting a wary look over their shoulders. Yet whether the Pre is a success or not, Palm's stock is going to have a hard time living up to the hype. CAPS All-Star member ypcheng concedes he has been confounded in the past by Palm, but still thinks it will have a hard time living up to the reputation.

I picked it to go down twice and was wrong both times. It is still the biggest loser on my record. May be the third time is a charm. Oh yes, there is too much hype on Pre. The company has terrible fundamentals. As they said, you just can't fight the market. But, I have to keep on trying.

Gather 'round
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