It's rare to find a stock that everybody loves without finding a corresponding stratospheric stock price. For example, Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) gets lots of love, but it's arguably the most expensive stock in its sector today, and it only gets three CAPS stars (out of five). Thanks to the performance-weighted intricacies of the CAPS rating formula, we have a way to find exactly the sort of brilliance that evades the mighty Goldman.

Here's a selection of top picks in the CAPS community today. All of them have a five-star rating, and all get 100% thumbs-up ratings from our users.


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Metalico (AMEX:MEA)










PartnerRe (NYSE:PRE)





Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC)





Omega Navigation Enterprises (NASDAQ:ONAV)





Data taken from CAPS and Yahoo! Finance on Oct. 15.

Though all these stocks are similar in their community acceptance and reasonable valuations, they're very different in other respects. Lincoln National and Ball have been in business for more than a century each, while the other two were founded in the 1990s. Metalico and Ball are metalworkers -- one recycles scrap material, and the other makes beverage cans and spaceships. You prefer earthbound ships? Omega runs a fleet of double-hull tankers out of Greece. And so it goes.

AMEX stocks rarely get the Street respect they might deserve, and Metalico is the kind of tiny superstar that the Wall Street regulars might miss. CAPS All-Star alicerice88 says the "company has good fundamentals and is a low-priced, long-term speculation." Another All-Star says the growth expectation here is well into the 20% range, adding that the short positions in this small-cap shooter have been reduced lately.

Allow me one more All-Star quote -- after all, these top players have proven their mettle with their picks, and you might do well to listen when they speak. sandvig likes PartnerRe because of its similarities with dual Foolish newsletter pick Montpelier Re (NYSE:MRH), and because "the insiders are buying" right now.

Dive into CAPS and explore these top picks further. Maybe you disagree with the bullish sentiment in some cases. Well, let us know! Click right on over and tell us why we shouldn't love these companies to pieces -- or why we should.

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Fool contributor Anders Bylund holds no position in any of the companies discussed here. He is another CAPS All-Star, ranked No. 6,571 out of more than 65,000 players as of this writing. You can check out Anders' holdings if you like, and Foolish disclosure will make your day, every day.