The first 100 days in office sets 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 members 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 ChrisGraley, who sports a top 99.64 member rating. A member since January 2008, ChrisGraley currently has 187 active picks on CAPS out of almost 1,250 stock picks made. Achieving 72% accuracy, ChrisGraley has attracted 94 "groupies," CAPS members 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

China Marine Food Group (NYSE: CMFO)





China Security & Surveillance Technology (NYSE: CSR)





Ciena (Nasdaq: CIEN)





FTI Consulting





Great Lakes Dredge & Dock





Hellenic Telecommunications Organization





Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT)





Tetra Tech





Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFMI)





Yamana Gold (NYSE: AUY)





Source: Motley Fool CAPS.
*Price when call was made. Current score is how many points a member is beating (lagging) the S&P500 index from the time of the call.

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

Degree of risk
Mid-tier gold miner Yamana Gold has been known as a low-cost leader, a position that helped it nearly triple in value over the past year and a half since the Fool's gold guru Christopher Barker identified it as undervalued. Surprisingly, though, it has still lagged the performance of industry giants like Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX). Despite disappointing fourth-quarter results, Christopher believes it's still one yawanna keep around.

Yet lower-than-anticipated production levels have investors wondering whether Yamana will be able to make its targeted 12% levels for 2010 and 2011. It had higher-than-expected costs at its Jacobina mine in Brazil and its El Penon operations in northern Chile. While the gold miner says there hasn't been any meaningful damage to those mines from the devastating earthquakes that rocked Chile, its Minera Florida mine there is in need of repair, and one has to wonder whether Yamana's expenses will rise.

Investors are reassessing their opinion of Yamana. The CAPS community dropped it from a four-star rating down to a middling three stars. All-Star member FreeMortal still believes macroeconomic forces will push gold miners higher in the future:

I'm not so much of a gold bug, but I believe that the changing economic climate, lose monetary policy of not just the US, but most of the industrialized world, and recent central bank actions will push gold up a bit more. 

Which is exactly why Superdrol isn't enamored of Yamana as an investment -- because too many people use gold as a trading vehicle, but don't invest in it:

May outperform in the short-term, but unhedged (gambling) gold producers combined with lack of past profitability, strength of the dollar, pressure on commodities, the end result is these falling back to the ground.

Gold isn't an investment, it never has been. It is a trading tool, nothing more, nothing less. It's a shame people consider gold an 'investment'. Couldn't be further from the truth.

While CAPS members may be reassessing their opinion of the miner, they're still fully behind it. More than 3,600 members of the CAPS community have weighed in on Yamana's future, and more than 96% believe it will outperform the broader market averages. Head over to the Yamana Gold CAPS page and leave your own nugget of opinion.

A one-in-a-hundred 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. Since it's free to sign up, why not use this opportunity to take your best shot?

Microsoft is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick. Whole Foods Market is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection. China Marine Food Group is a Motley Fool Global Gains recommendation. Motley Fool Options has recommended a diagonal call position on Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services today, free for 30 days.

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