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BOSTON ( TheStreet ) -- Goldman Sachs ( GS ) updated its Conviction Buy List , a compilation of the Wall Street bank's favorite U.S. stocks, for 2011. Investors ought to review the following 10 picks, which offer the greatest 2011 upside potential, according to Goldman. Below, the stocks are ordered by return potential, from plenty to most. 10.
BOSTON ( TheStreet ) -- Fidelity literally means "loyalty," and that's what the largest U.S. mutual-fund company paid to its top two stock picks in 2010, as indicated by the combined $25 billion invested in Apple ( AAPL ) and Google ( GOOG ) . Apple, the maker of the iPad tablet and iPhone smartphone, and Internet search engine Google held down the biggest positions in a ranking of the Boston-based company's $579 billion stock portfolio at year-end for the second year in a row. Last year, Apple was the biggest, and in 2009 it was Google, according to data collected on Fidelity's 177 equity mutual-fund portfolios, based on reports issued by the privately held firm as recently as Oct. 30, and summarized by Morningstar.
( click to enlarge ) Today was another AMAZING day for Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG) ! The stock finished the day up 9.78% on huge volume of over 835.000 shares traded and is already up more than 20% since my initial alert on twitter.
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Since its bottom on March 6 of last year, the S&P 500 has made a historic rally -- about 65% -- rivaling what we saw coming out of the Great Depression in 1938. However, if you take a gander at the years following 1938, you see -- after that big market rebound -- that stocks were relatively flat for a handful of years, including about 10% declines in both 1940 and 1941. If you were an investor back then, you were left twiddling your thumbs, merely hoping for additional gains from the market at some point. These days, we're more fortunate. The market may end up being flat for a few years after its recent jump, but stock options, launched in the 1970s, give even a conservative investor ways to profit when a stock is flat. The benefits of covered calls The most common option strategy to profit if a stock stays flat, or goes down modestly, is also the most conservative: covered calls.