Wall Street analysts agree: these 5 stocks will be unstoppable in 2023

We are entering the new year with an almost unchanged macroeconomic background and, according to many, we are likely to face a recession. However, investors can maintain a healthy portfolio by focusing on quality stock selection. So today we'll take a look at what successful Wall Street analysts are recommending.

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Although 2023 still may not be all that positive at first, conditions are expected to improve as the year progresses and we may finally be out of the woods.

In this context, analysts are picking stocks that can prosper. But which 5 stocks do they trust the most?



Analyst Brian White picks Alphabet as the clear choice, which has proven more resilient than its peers in the digital advertising market over the past year. In addition, the company could mitigate the impact on its business with strong growth from Google Cloud.

White said that "the challenging period is coming to an end, but the agonizing headwinds will persist into 2023," But Alphabet is prepared for this - it has begun to significantly reduce its spending.

"In my view, Alphabet is well positioned to take advantage of the long-term trend of digital advertising, participate in the shift of workloads to the cloud, and benefit from digital transformation," White said, justifying his stance on Alphabet's 2023 outlook. He reiterated a buy rating on the stock with a $135 price target.

The analyst noted that Alphabet has achieved 23% annual revenue growth and 27% operating profit growth over the past five years. Coupled with its dominant position in search engines with a leadership position in digital advertising, White believes the stock should trade at a healthy premium to the technology sector over the long term.

Brian White and his prediction success rate:

White is a 5-star analyst on TipRanks, standing at 71st among more than 8,000 analysts tracked. Moreover, 62% of his ratings have been profitable, with each rating delivering an average return of 17.2%.



Analyst Ivan Feinseth of Tigress Financial Partners says Verizon is well positioned to benefit from continued growth in 5G wireless subscriptions and new growth opportunities in fiber and fixed broadband.

Feinseth expects that Verizon's "size advantage" and its prospects for rapid 5G high-speed deployment in the US should drive further wireless subscriber growth.

Verizon boasts a strong balance sheet and cash flow generation capabilities that allow the company to invest in spectrum expansion and other growth initiatives. In addition, a healthy financial position helps the company maintain a compelling dividend yield and consistent dividend increases.

"In addition, the company's expected near-term economic operating cash flow (EBITDAR) generation of $54.53 billion provides it with significant cash to fund its 5G high-speed network build-out, spectrum purchases, other growth initiatives, strategic acquisitions and continued dividend increases," said Feinseth, who holds the 283rd position among more than 8,000 analysts on TipRanks.

Ivan Feinseth and his predictions:

The analyst reiterated a Buy rating and $64 price target (adjusted lower from $68) on VZ stock.

  • Notably, 58% of Feinseth's ratings generated earnings, and each rating yielded an average return of 10.3%.



Universal database platform provider MongoDB is among Feinseth's other buy picks, which he thinks is a great addition to the portfolio. Feinseth said the "cutting-edge structure of open source database software" is attracting more and more new customers.

Despite lowering the price target to $365 from $575, the company is well positioned to benefit from the gradual increase in enterprise IT spending as companies adopt the highly customizable and scalable database-as-a-service MongoDB, Feinseth said.

"Growth in the cloud is driving demand for scalable, customizable and developer-friendly database architectures that will continue to drive growth in MDB's subscription-based revenue model. This will lead to continued acceleration in business performance trends, resulting in higher return on capital (ROC), which will drive significant growth in economic profit and long-term shareholder value creation," Feinseth said, justifying his position on MDB stock.

STAAR Surgical Company


Medical technology company STAAR Surgical Company is benefiting from solid demand for refractive corrections (surgical corrections of eye conditions) worldwide. In addition, BTIG analyst Ryan Zimmerman believes that favorable demographic trends, including an aging population and rising myopia cases, are also increasing demand for STAAR's products.

In early December, the company announced that its CEO, Caren Mason, would retire by the end of the month. Mason has thus been replaced by Thomas Frinzi, who previously served as Johnson & Johnson's head of the vision unit and president of Abbott Medical Optics.

Zimmerman said Frinzi's appointment may reassure investors due to his 40 years of experience in medical optics. The news was very positive, which weighed on the stock earlier this year, with investors having high hopes for Frinzi because of his extensive experience in the industry.

The analyst is also optimistic about the demand environment for STAAR products at various points in time. "Next-generation lenses into new markets should drive near-term growth, while expanded indications and presbyopia will drive long-term growth for the company," noted Zimmerman, who reiterated a Buy rating on the stock with an $80 price target.

What is this analyst's prediction success rate?

Zimmerman ranks 861st among more than 8,000 analysts tracked on TipRanks. Moreover, 44% of his ratings were profitable, with each rating generating an average return of 7.2%.

Papa John's International


Personally, I am quite surprised by the selection of this particular stock. But let's take a look at what analysts are attracted to this company.

It is the fourth largest pizza delivery restaurant chain in the United States. The stock has weakened significantly over the past year due to challenges in the UK and inflationary pressures, but its longer-term outlook remains resilient. BTIG analyst Peter Saleh noted that in these times when inflation is high and a recession is on the horizon, lower-income consumers are spending less on dining out. That's why Papa John's value propositions are attracting new diners with lower incomes.

After surveying more than 1,000 Papa John's customers, Saleh found that only a low single-digit percentage found menu prices too expensive, even after the company raised prices 3-4 times in 2022. Encouraged by these trends, the analyst slightly raised his expectations for domestic sales in the next quarter.

Saleh reiterated a Buy rating on the stock with a $100 price target.

"We believe the new management has the right strategies in place to orchestrate a turnaround; these efforts have already translated into improved operating efficiencies, stronger franchisee alignment, and better net unit growth, where we expect them to continue to increase in 2022/23. We see several near- and long-term levers to drive shareholder value that have begun to unfold and will allow Papa John's to outperform its peers once again, leading to our Buy rating," Saleh said.

How is Peter Saleh doing in terms of predictions?

Saleh is ranked 524th among more than 8,000 analysts on TipRanks. Each of his 59% successful ratings earned an average return of 10.3%.

  • Take the article as inspiration, we all know all too well how predictions often go. If any of the companies catch your eye, you still need to analyse properly before making an investment. Think about it.

Please note that this is not financial advice. Every investment must go through a thorough analysis.

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