We’ll start with the obvious. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been a popular pick thus far, especially in the wake of its recent struggles.
Barron’s: “Apple is still going strong, even as the company’s shares have traded down 23%, to around $540, from a September peak of $705. None of the recent investor concerns — lower margins, supply constraints, management changes, iPad competition, and the iPhone 5 map fiasco — are major. …
Even after implementing a dividend — now providing a 1.9% yield — and a modest buyback program, Apple should build cash at a rate of $40 billion annually. There’s room for a higher dividend and a more aggressive share-repurchase program in 2013.”
TheStreet: “The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures.”
Yahoo! Finance: ‘The way Apple stock is priced right now, current investors are not being rewarded for growth. However, that means new investors can buy the stock without paying a premium for growth.”