The Pros' Picks: Richard E. Cripps

COMPANY* SYMBOL PRICE** P-E RATIO***
ALLTEL AT 45.29 14
Telephone company thrives with financial flexibility in less competitive rural areas.
BANK OF AMERICA BAC 75.85 11
Priced right after announcing acquisition of FleetBoston Financial. Dividend yield tops 4%.
EOG RESOURCES EOG 45.72 17
Big natural gas producer will benefit from declining domestic supply. Increasing dividends.
GENERAL ELECTRIC GE 30.11 19
Its consolidation plays in entertainment, medical products and financial services will start to pay off.
PEPSI BOTTLING PBG 23.77 14
Attractively priced after sell-off in 2003. Management moving to grow free cash flow by double-digits.
SMITHFIELD FOODS SFD 22.25 16
Pork producer peddles protein to low-carb appetites. Management works for shareholder wealth.
UNITEDHEALTH UNH 54.47 15
An innovative grower, with a strong balance sheet, in growing field of health insurance. Will benefit from Medicare changes.

* Panelists, or their firms, may have financial interests in these stocks. Cripps's firm

is seeking compensation from Alltell for investment-banking services

** Dec. 12

*** Based on forecast earnings for fiscal 2004

Data: Bloomberg Financial Markets, I/B/E/S

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