Barron’s Top 10 Stocks for 2012: Time to Redeem Last Year’s Choices

Barron’s is out with their 10 Favorite Stocks for 2012. Hopefully the picks are better than last year. Barron’s 10 stock selections for 2011 fell 6.9% on average, compared with a 1.9% drop in the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY), dragged down by GM (NYSE:GM), JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) and United Continental (NYSE:UAL).

Here’s all the details for last year’s stocks:

ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) +8.9%
United Continental (NYSE:UAL) -17.9%
JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) -23.7%
Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) -5.7%
Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) +7.2%
Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) -8.2%
Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) +15.4
General Motors (NYSE:GM) -43.0%
Entergy (NYSE:ETR) -0.3%
PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) -2.11%

Here’s how Barron’s 10 Favorite Stocks for 2012 are performing now:

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRKA): BRKA shares recently traded at $113,971.99, down $3, or 2.59%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $98,952.00 to $131,463.00. Volume today was 250 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 65,586 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 16.23, while trailing earnings are $7,023.27 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX): FCX shares recently traded at $38.16, down $1.57, or 3.95%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $28.85 to $61.35. Volume today was 5,961,905 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 24,019,100 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 6.67, while trailing earnings are $5.72 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG): PG shares recently traded at $64.09, down $0.88, or 1.35%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $57.56 to $67.72. Volume today was 3,047,109 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 9,699,050 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 16.28, while trailing earnings are $3.94 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET): MET shares recently traded at $30.81, down $0.98, or 3.08%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $35.38 to $48.72. Volume today was 2,536,099 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 11,262,100 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 5.77, while trailing earnings are $5.34 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA): CMCSA shares recently traded at $22.96, up $0.28, or 1.23%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $19.19 to $27.16. Volume today was 7,912,121 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 19,505,700 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 16.52, while trailing earnings are $1.39 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Sanofi-Aventis (NYSE:SNY): SNY shares recently traded at $34.77, down $0.76, or 2.14%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $30.98 to $40.75. Volume today was 1,082,909 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 3,907,370 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 14.57, while trailing earnings are $2.39 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Seagate Technology. (NASDAQ:STX): STX shares recently traded at $16.13, down $0.03, or 0.19%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $9.05 to $18.60. Volume today was 3,785,127 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 10,572,000 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 14.73, while trailing earnings are $1.10 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Vodafone Group plc (NASDAQ:VOD): VOD shares recently traded at $27.11, down $0.17, or 0.62%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $24.31 to $29.75. Volume today was 2,967,280 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 8,786,700 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 12.73, while trailing earnings are $2.13 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Royal Dutch Shell PLC Royal Dut (NYSE:RDSA): RDSA shares recently traded at $,. They have traded in a 52-week range of $ to $. Volume today was shares versus a 3-month average volume of shares. The company’s trailing P/E is , while trailing earnings are $ per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>