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2012 Stock Market Forecast (Investments)

11/30/2011 09:08 AM ET

2012 Stock Market Forecast - 2012 speaks of energy stock and a growing technology market that will surely bring high returns next year. Here are a few companies to check out.

Cree Inc. (CREE) is a semiconductor equipment company based in Durham, North Carolina. The company has experienced tremendous growth in the last few years with a long-term growth rate of 22%. Cree reported year-over-year EPS growth of 133% and revenue growth of 59%.

Atlantic Power (ATP) - The company sells power primarily to electric utilities in major U.S. markets under long-term contracts. Atlantic Power has reorganized its stock share structure, has been listed on the Toronto exchange and expects a NYSE-listing shortly. The company owns and manages 14 power generating plants and an 85-mile electric transmission line in the US.

Flagstar Bancorp (FBC) - Flagstar is a good speculative investment idea for 2012 with 165 bank branches in Michigan, Indiana, and Georgia. The stock was trading for over $140 a share before the financial crisis; the stock fell to $5 a share last May, and it is now under $1.50. But there is some good news coming out because their quarterly revenues tripled to $459 million, and the bank is expected to be marginally profitable next year.

Marvell Technology Group (MRVL) clearly fits the bill of a stock that is currently unloved by Wall Street. As a matter of a fact, there’s not much at all that Wall Street likes about the company. This stock has potential in the coming year.

Dollar Tree (DLTR) is one of the largest discount retailers, which is in high fashion right now, and 2012 could be a good time to capitalize on the macro-level trend toward value-driven consumption as consumers battle too much debt.

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