The World's Best Stocks: Experts Pick 10 Long-Term Buys

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Air LeaseBy Kathy Kristof

If you asked fund managers to name the world's best stocks a year ago, they would have bent your ear about dozens of companies in Europe and developing markets in Asia and Latin America. But slowing growth in emerging nations and continuing worries about the health of the euro zone have (with a few exceptions) left investment professionals looking to the U.S. for their best investing ideas.

To be sure, the domestic economy remains tenuous. But so, too, do economies in virtually every corner of the world. Meanwhile, the U.S. dollar continues to be considered a safe haven in a storm, and that's a plus for domestically oriented companies that don't have to fight the headwinds of declining currency values abroad.

That said, international sales play a key role in keeping today's best companies competitive both today and into the foreseeable future. "I am not confident that I can predict currencies any better than the market," says Mark Finn, manager of the T. Rowe Price Value Fund. "But I am interested in owning companies that can grow in emerging economies."

Here are 10 companies that many seasoned experts consider among the world's best. They're poised to grow and prosper for years, if not decades, to come. And so are their stocks. (All share prices are as of Sept. 24.)



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bob.boland

No thank you, I will keep my Chevron.. and it pays over 4%.

December 24 2012 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Al Walsh

The equity markets are heavily manipulated snake pits where the big boys routinely fleece small investors. Judging from the weak volumes, it looks like small investors are finally figuring it out. Good for them.

December 01 2012 at 3:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Al

The equity markets are heavily manipulated snake pits where the big boys routinely fleece small investors. Judging from the weak volumes, it looks like small investors are finally figuring it out. Good for them.

December 01 2012 at 3:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vlady1000

wow......I would say one or two of those listed may be OK, but not the others. A very poor list, IMO

October 01 2012 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vlady1000

wow......I would say one or two of those listed may be OK, but not the others. A very poor list, IMO

October 01 2012 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

How much are these companies worth? And how fast do you think a barrel of oil will drop when we adopt these systems?

"New fuel cell sewage gas station in Orange County, CA may be world's first"
(Video)
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/orange_county&id=8310315

"It is here today and it is deployable today," said Tom Mutchler of Air Products and Chemicals Inc., a sponsor and developer of the project.

October 01 2012 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lsloanpdx

POOR LIST FOR LONG TERM HOLDINGS. YOU WILL NOT GET RICH BY HOLDING FOR ONLY INCREASED SHARE VALUE.

YOU MUST INCREASE YOUR SHARES WHILE YOU ARE WAITING.

4 OF THE TEN HAD DIVIDENDS OF LESS THAN 2.4% AND 2 OF THESE HAD DIVIDENDS OF LESS THAN .02%.

DIVIDEND REINVESTMENT, ESPECIALLY IN A ROTH MEANS WHEN YOU RETIRE AND TAKE FROM THE ROTH THE DIVIDENDS AS WELL AS THE GROWTH NEVER PAY A TAX. (THE ORIGIONAL INVESTMENT CAME FROM ALREADY TAXED FUNDS).

THE AUTHORS NEED TO GO BACK AND PRESENT A LIST OF THE "10 BEST" WITH DIVIDENDS OF 3% OR MORE.

October 01 2012 at 12:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Jeff

How much are these companies worth? And how fast do you think a barrel of oil will drop when we adopt these systems?

"New fuel cell sewage gas station in Orange County, CA may be world's first"
(Video)
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/orange_county&id=8310315

"It is here today and it is deployable today," said Tom Mutchler of Air Products and Chemicals Inc., a sponsor and developer of the project.

October 01 2012 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply