On the count of three, everybody panic!
OK, not really. As shrewd investors know, wildly vacillating markets often provide outstanding buying opportunities as share prices swirl like cows in a tornado. But when chaos abounds, it's hard to keep track of what companies you like, which look like bargains, and which have made the jump from "vaguely intriguing" to "screaming buy." As one guest of our marathon live chat (a truly valiant effort, guys!) wrote, "Days like this underline the usefulness of a watchlist. I saw a couple tempting bargains on mine today."
As head of Fool.com, I've had the chance to interview most of our Foolish analysts over the past year about the stocks they're watching, and I've slipped many of the most compelling ideas onto my personal watchlist. Without further ado, here are the companies on my watchlist that seem most interesting at the moment.
Has lumber hit the floor?
In my analyst chats, Lumber Liquidators
Similarly, analyst Eric Bleeker raved about storage giant EMC
A dividend not to be trashed
In January, my colleague Jeremy Phillips not only praised Waste Management
All three of these companies are on my watchlist, and I'll be buying shares in at least one of them as soon as the Fool's trading guidelines allow. You should get them on your watchlist, too. If you don't have a watchlist, you need to start one now. Just click one of the links.
Roger Friedman doesn't own shares in any of the companies he mentioned ... but he will. Oh yes, he will. The Motley Fool owns shares of Waste Management and EMC. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Waste Management. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.