The Making of S&P's Magnificent Ten

Here's how S&P comes up with its portfolio of top-ranked stocks that its analysts believe hold the most potential for growth in the coming months

Top 10 lists are a staple of American culture. Pop music fans have the Billboard charts. TV viewers have David Letterman's nightly offering. And equity investors have Standard & Poor's Top Ten Portfolio, a list of stocks that have S&P's highest investment ranking and strong potential for price appreciation.

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