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)
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2. If you had $25,000to invest TODAY in one company and you planned to hold it for 10 years or more,which company would you buy? Why? (Part 2)
The stocks variouscontributors actually picked both are and aren’t important. What’s bothentertaining and instructive is how they justify their choices. Obviouslyquestion 1 is the most absolute, thought-experiment version, and question 2gets at a more realistic investment scenario. Either way, it’s remarkablyclarifying to explain the qualities of your absolute-favorite kind of stockpick – using actual stocks, not fantasy ones, as your model.
The hot list includeslots of all-time stock favorites like Disney ($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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