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Ranking the 10 Best Stocks for 2012

8 of 10 experts' picks are at double-digit gains year-to-date

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No. 5: Capital One

Capital OneCurrent Return: +15%
: Philip van Doorn

In his initial article, “Capital One: Top Bank Stock Pick for 2012,” contributor Philip van Doorn makes the case that financials in general aren’t as bad as you think — and certain smaller banks like Capital One (NYSE:COF) are, in fact, ready to soar.

His reasons included “continued strength in earnings and a historically low valuation to forward earnings estimates and book value.” And those reasons continue to hold firm, delivering Philip’s pick impressive year-to-date returns of 17%.

It’s worth noting, too, that the broader financial sector has just been on a tear. Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) is up more than 43% so far in 2012, and Citigroup (NYSE:C) is up more than 25%.

There are real risks of financial stocks overheating, since earnings remain choppy amid persistent eurozone troubles and continued foreclosure problems. But the gains so far leave a very nice cushion in Capital One and other financial stocks.

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