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Wall Street has high hopes for these stocks in 2016

2015 was a rocky year for investors, and so far the new year has been anything but smooth, as China-related fears continue to rock global markets.

With the new year comes a new list of analyst recommendations for which stocks will wind up being the top-performers during the year. Unfortunately, no one can see the future, so we have to weed through all the noise and try to pick out a handful of stocks that have the greatest potential to perform well in an otherwise rocky market.

Investors have been spoiled in recent years by a strong bull market, but the bull market is showing signs of weakness, and now more than ever it is important to put in the extra time and work needed to make sure that your portfolio is in tip-top shape for the upcoming year.

The following five stocks are all top analyst picks for the upcoming year, and if the stocks are able to live up to expectations, they could provide a nice boost for shareholders during the year.

Let’s take a closer look at each stock, and what is working in their favor that could drive shares to market-beating returns in 2016.

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Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes is a financial writer who has been with the Fresh Brewed Media family since 2004. Over the course of his tenure with Fresh Brewed Media, he has worn many hats, including portfolio manager, options analyst, and writer. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Accounting and got his start in finance working as a stock trader for six years at Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Va.