Apple Tops BetterInvesting Magazine's Top 100 Stocks Held by Members

     Apple Tops BetterInvesting Magazine's Top 100 Stocks Held by Members

PR Newswire

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich., March 13, 2013

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --BetterInvesting members
held an estimated $103.5 million of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) stock at the end of
2012, as the company remained atop BetterInvesting Magazine's Top 100, a list
of stocks most widely held by the association's members. McDonald's (MCD),
Caterpillar (CAT) and Starbucks (SBUX) also made significant moves up to the
top of the list, which employs information provided by the
investment club accounting service.

"Many of our members are long-term holders of Apple," says Adam Ritt, the
magazine's editor and BetterInvesting's director of communications. "The
company made a significant move to No. 3 on the list at year-end 2010 from No.
27 the year before. And back when the stock was under $100 in late 2008-early
2009, many investment clubs and their members were adding Apple to their
portfolios, as they recognized the company's growth prospects and reasonable

Clubs are actively evaluating Apple's prospects for the next several years,
with buy and sell activity recently at high levels. "Apple led in both buying
and selling activity in February," Ritt said, citing data from,
which is operated by BetterInvesting subsidiary and developer of investment
club software ICLUBcentral.

BetterInvesting members typically seek well-managed companies with a
demonstrated history of growing sales and earnings at relatively high rates
and whose stocks are selling at reasonable prices. These long-term investors
use BetterInvesting's online stock analysis tool and desktop program Toolkit 6
to evaluate a company's historical financial performance and investment

Meanwhile, McDonald's moved up from No. 16 to No. 6; Caterpillar, from No. 21
to No. 8; and Starbucks, from No. 28 to No. 18. The entire top 10 for 2012 is:

1.Apple (AAPL)
2.General Electric (GE)
3.Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
4.Ford Motor Company (F)
5.Microsoft (MSFT)
6.McDonald's (MCD)
7.PepsiCo (PEP)
8.Caterpillar (CAT)
9.Intel (INTC)
10.Exxon Mobil (XOM)

"Though these are all large companies," Ritt said, "clubs particularly seek
high-quality small and midsize companies." Bio-Reference Laboratories (BRLI),
at No. 41 on the list, is one such example, moving up from No. 101 the year
before. Other small and midsize companies in the Top 100 include Buffalo Wild
Wings (BWLD), Celgene (CELG), Coach (COH), FactSet Research Systems (FDS),
Fastenal (FAST), Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), LKQ Corporation (LKQ), Quality
Systems (QSII) and Stericycle (SRCL).

The full list of Top 100 companies, along with Nos. 101-200, is in the April
issue of BetterInvesting. Subscriptions are available at the BetterInvesting
store, with smartphone/tablet versions at the iTunes, Google Play and Amazon

About BetterInvesting

BetterInvesting is a national nonprofit organization that has been empowering
individual investors since 1951. Founded in Detroit, the association (formerly
known as National Association of Investors Corporation) was borne out of the
conviction that anyone can become a successful long-term investor by following
commonsense investing practices. BetterInvesting has helped more than 5
million people become better, more informed investors by providing webinars,
in-person events, easy-to-use online tools for analyzing stocks and mutual
funds, a monthly magazine and a community of volunteers and like-minded
investors. For more information about BetterInvesting, visit its website at or call toll free (877) 275-6242.

SOURCE BetterInvesting

Contact: Adam Ritt, Director of Communications, BetterInvesting,
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