From McDonald's to Microsoft, Furchtgott-Roth's 10 Stocks to Watch in 2014

Monday, 30 Dec 2013 10:05 AM

By Dan Weil

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Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, compiled a list of 10 stocks to consider buying in 2014 for MarketWatch.

1. Devon Energy. This company will benefit from North America's energy boom, the former chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor says. "Devon is a low-risk investment."

2. Chesapeake Energy. The same investment theme holds for Chesapeake, she notes.

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3. AES. It's an international energy generation and distribution company. Developing countries will have need for its wares.

4. McDonald's. Furchtgott-Roth likes its 3.4 percent dividend yield, among other things.

5. Pfizer. The pharma company will benefit from an aging U.S. population with a longer life span, Furchtgott-Roth, argues.

6. Intel. "Many forms of technology, such as personal computers, data centers, tablets, smartphones, automobiles and medical devices, rely on Intel processors," she states.

7. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions. It works mostly with the U.S. government. "Even though the military-industrial complex is shrinking, lean-running companies such as Kratos are going to win more government contracts as the military continues to evolve," Furchtgott-Roth writes.

8. Microsoft. The company has positive long-term earnings and dividend outlooks.

9. Wells Fargo. "The company boasts a well-diversified business model and strong positive cash flow," she writes.

10. Wal-Mart. It has room to expand overseas, Furchtgott-Roth says.

As for the overall stock market, while major indices hit record highs again Friday, some experts warn against excessive bullishness.

"While current levels still put valuations at reasonable levels, investors should note that there is abundant skepticism around, as short interest on S&P 500 components has been rising since May," Todd Salamone, director of research at Schaeffer's Investment Research, tells MarketWatch.

"In other words, plenty of people are hedging or plainly betting against the market."

Editor’s Note: 5 Reasons Stocks Will Collapse . . .

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