10 Best Stocks for 2012

The InvestorPlace 10 Best Stocks for 2012 includes 10 long-term investments from a group of money managers, market experts and financial journalists. Returns will be based on market close Friday, Dec. 30. Throughout the year, the writers will regularly offer updates on the good, the bad and the unexpected as it relates to their best stock for 2012.

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MAJOR INDICES - PERFORMANCES
DOW:
S&P 500:
NASDAQ:
1
Capital One
Capital One
38%
Return
Buy Price: $42.13
Ending Price: $57.93
Industry: Credit Services
2
Turkcell
Turkcell
37%
Return
Buy Price: $11.76
Ending Price: $16.14
Industry: Wireless Communications
3
Banco Santander
Banco Santander
26%
Return
Buy Price: $6.47
Ending Price: $8.17
Industry: European Banking
Jim Jubak
Investor:
4
Hershey
Hershey
20%
Return
Buy Price: $60.38
Ending Price: $72.22
Industry: Consumer Staples
Jon Markman
Investor:
5
FedEx
FedEx
11%
Return
Buy Price: $82.98
Ending Price: $91.72
Industry: Delivery & Freight Services
6
Microsoft
Microsoft
6%
Return
Buy Price: $25.25
Ending Price: $26.71
Industry: Software
7
Alcoa
Alcoa
2%
Return
Buy Price: $8.54
Ending Price: $8.68
Industry: Aluminum
Jeff Reeves
Investor:
8
Caterpillar
Caterpillar
2%
Return
Buy Price: $88.20
Ending Price: $89.61
Industry: Farm & Construction Machinery
Dan Burrows
Investor:
9
Arcos Dorados
Arcos Dorados
-42%
Return
Buy Price: $20.53
Ending Price: $11.96
Industry: Restaurants
Josh Brown
Investor:
10
MAKO Surgical
MAKO Surgical
-49%
Return
Buy Price: $25.21
Ending Price: $12.85
Industry: Medical Equipment
David Gardner
Investor: