Some stocks simply have such great potential that "everyone" knows they're a good buy today. Right? Yeah, we wish.

If we knew beforehand that NVR (AMEX:NVR) was going to return more than 4,400% over the past decade, we'd have mortgaged the house to the hilt. If we had the inside scoop that Hansen Natural was a 31,000% winner in that time period, we'd have mortgaged your house!

In fact, if investing were so easy, we'd all be millionaires. It's easy to see after the fact which companies have been the winning investments. What we need is a way to know beforehand which companies will become the next Microsoft or Wal-Mart, growing tens of thousands of percent in value over the years. But there hasn't been a way.

Until now, that is.

More than 31,000 professional and novice investors have rated enough stocks on Motley Fool CAPS to earn a CAPS rating themselves, and we can check in on their opinions about which stocks will beat the market and which will lose to it. While it's often a tug-of-war between the bulls and the bears, we've identified dozens of stocks that the members of CAPS have unanimously chosen to outperform the market.

That's no small feat. Thousands upon thousands of companies have been rated, and convincing arguments can, and are, made on both sides. For example, Motley Fool Hidden Gems recommendation Portfolio Recovery Associates (NASDAQ:PRAA) is a top-rated stock with ratings from more than 2,000 CAPS investors. Yet while more than 1,970 of them think the stock will beat the market, that still means a few CAPS players don't.

So when you come across a stock that everyone thinks is going to outperform, you've got something special, and we as investors ought to take notice.

Here are a handful of those "obvious" investments.



CAPS Rating

Greif (NYSE:GEF)



Pharmaceutical Product Development (NASDAQ:PPDI)






XL Capital (NYSE:XL)



Omega Navigation (NASDAQ:ONAV)



As always, none of the companies on this list should be considered formal recommendations, but rather starting points for further research. What we've done is narrowed your workload by focusing on the companies that CAPS investors are universally expecting to beat the market.

Omega's alpha not tanking
CAPS players are dismissing the possibility that the world tanker market will change markedly in the foreseeable future. Charter hire rates are at all-time highs right now, and the market value for Omega Navigation's tankers are equally high. Even though there is heavy concentration of the maritime tanker company's business in the Asia-Pacific region -- which could expose it to not only economic decline but political unrest as well -- those concerns are back-burner issues.

Last month, CAPS investor egable wrote that Omega Navigation was at an "[e]xcellent price for this stock. Oil will be big money in the next 10 years. Beyond 10 years, maybe not so much as people move away from dirty techs. Great dividend does half the battle."

With its IPO now a year old, it seems the confidence the CAPS community has placed in it might very well be deserved.

Let's hear from you
How about you? We'd love to hear what you think about these companies, or any others you think are worthy "obvious" winning investments. If you want to add your 2 cents, sign up to join the Motley Fool CAPS community, which is 100% free.

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Fool contributor Rich Duprey owns shares of Wal-Mart but does not have a financial position in any of the other stocks mentioned in this article. You can see his holdings here. Wal-Mart and Microsoft are Motley Fool Inside Value recommendations. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.