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Our Take on 2001's Best-Performing Stocks

Many are selling above our fair value estimates.

In a tumultuous year for stocks, most equity investors had to cope with losses, rather than gains. But for those fortunate enough to own shares in a handful of security-software companies, online travel firms, and online florists, it was definitely a year to remember. (In fact, two stocks from this group, Office Depot (ODP) and Service Corp. International (SRV), were holdings in our Tortoise Portfolio, a model portfolio that appears in Morningstar StockInvestor.)

Now that these stocks have already had huge runups, we think more caution is warranted. Although companies such as  and (FLWS) still have good prospects for growth, price risk is becoming much more of an issue; as the table below illustrates, many of these stocks are now selling above Morningstar's estimate of their fair value and therefore receive below-average star ratings. To find out more about our take on 2001's standouts, Premium Members can click on the Analyst Report links below.

 Top-Performing Stocks in 2001*

2001 Return
( % )

Fair Value
( $ )  has good growth potential, but the stock is too pricey. Read the full  Analyst Report. 578.2 1 17
Network Associates  is clearly in better hands under new CEO George Samenuk. Read the full  Analyst Report. 517.2 1 17  has combined an efficient business model with good management decisions. Read the full  Analyst Report. 409.1 3 7
We think (PCLN) is one of the better choices among travel stocks. Read the full  Analyst Report. 343.3 3 6
We'd wait for Expedia's (EXPE) price to settle down before buying. Read the full  Analyst Report. 324.7 1 30

NVIDIA (NVDA) shares look ridiculously overvalued. Read the full  Analyst Report.

308.6 1 36 (FLWS) is one of the few e-commerce stocks worth watching. Read the full  Analyst Report. 278.2 1 12
Chico's FAS (CHS) still looks great to us. Read the full  Analyst Report. 185.3 3 43
Service Corp. International's (SRV) problems look grave. Read the full  Analyst Report. 185.1 3 4
We think Office Depot (ODP) looks fairly valued. Read the full  Analyst Report. 160.2 3 17
* Table includes the top-performing stocks in Morningstar's coverage universe.
Data is through 12-31-01.

Morningstar Analysts does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.