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You gotta love theaudacity of this recent Seeking Alpha series about the #1 stock in the world. It started when SA contributor Mike Nadel kickedoff a brisk discussion with two simple questions:
1. If you could onlyown one company in your portfolio, which would it be? Why? (Part 1)
2. If you had $25,000to invest TODAY in one company and you planned to hold it for 10 years or more,which company would you buy? Why? (Part 2)
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The stocks variouscontributors actually picked both are and aren’t important. What’s bothentertaining and instructive is how they justify their choices. Obviouslyquestion 1 is the most absolute, thought-experiment version, and question 2gets at a more realistic investment scenario. Either way, it’s remarkablyclarifying to explain the qualities of your absolute-favorite kind of stockpick – using actual stocks, not fantasy ones, as your model.
The hot list includeslots of all-time stock favorites like Disney ($DIS), Johnson & Johnson($JNJ), Coca-Cola ($KO) and of course, Apple ($AAPL). But it also includesquite a few names that – to me at least – came as something of a surprise:medical-device manufacturer Medtronic ($MDT), pharma giant Gilead Sciences($GILD) and Ventas ($VTR), a real estate investment trust in the medical field,among many others.
Naturally I’m curiousto know which stock you folks would select. Would the stocks on SA’s list makeyour final cut – or would you opt for different ones?
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