The first 100 days in office set the tone for any new president. Similarly, Motley Fool CAPS keeps an eye on how 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. We're looking at our best players who made some of their best stock selections early on, and seeing which companies they think will be best next.

One of our highest-rated CAPS members is DANSTLMO, who sports a near-perfect 99.92 member rating. A member since July 2008, DANSTLMO currently has 59 active picks on CAPS out of almost 300 stock picks made. Achieving 77% accuracy, DANSTLMO has also already attracted 11 "groupies," CAPS players 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.


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Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)















General Electric (NYSE:GE)





General Motors (NYSE:GM)





Goldman Sachs





Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)










Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX)





Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC)





Source: Motley Fool CAPS. *Price when call was made. Current score is how many points a member is beating (lagging) the S&P 500 index from the time of the call.

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

General Motors
January's car sales will make it more difficult for General Motors -- and Chrysler, too, for that matter -- to bravely assert they’re capable of profitability when Congress reviews their plans and progress at the end of March. GM suffered a staggering 58% drop in car sales compared to a year ago, while Chrysler saw a devastating 66% decline. Car rental agencies and fleet purchasers are looking for a bailout of their own, seeking access to easy credit to fund their purchases of cars.

CAPS member jeterml views GM as dying a slow death:

I think they are in a slow death spiral, just like it's sister supplier Delphi. Less innovative than [Ford] and the culture is so stubborn, they just can't change quick enough.

The recent announcement that Microsoft was laying off 5,000 employees may have come as a bit of a surprise, but the company’s not doing so well at the moment. Client software revenue fell 8% from the year-ago quarter as consumers shifted to lower-priced netbooks. More than 5 million netbooks were sold in 2008, according to the market analysts at Gartner, and Mr. Softy has a large presence there to be sure, but Linux still ships on 30% of the netbooks sold.

CAPS member ametts1 admits Microsoft's operating-system issues are holding it back, but suggests there's more to the Redmond giant than just operating systems:

While I don't necessarily disagree with those who say Microsoft will never again enjoy the dominance it once had, it's hard to ignore that A) the overwhelming majority of the world's desktop computers still run Windows, and B) this stock has been beaten down to historic levels.

It's likely that the technology sector will lead the market's recovery, and rising tides raise all boats. Pent-up demand from aging WinXP systems will also contribute to boost this stock significantly. And don't forget there is more to [Microsoft] than the [operating system] -- there's also XBoxes, MSN, applications, etc.

A 1-in-100 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, and since it's free to sign up, why not use this opportunity to take your best shot?

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