Fortune 40: Stock picks to retire on

Forty stock picks inspired by the greatest investors of all-time: From the deepest values to solid growth, these shares can make retirement dreams come true.

MSFT: The numbers
Market Cap $294 billion
Total Return YTD (June 11) 1.2%
Total Return Last 12 Months 38.7%
Earnings Growth (Next Five Years) 12.0%
P/E (Pasts 12 months) 21.3
P/E (Next Year's Estimate) 17.6
Dividend Yield 1.3%
Source: Baseline, as of June 11, 2007.
Bargain Growth
The world's No. 1 software company is best known for its Windows operating system and Office software suite. But with these core markets maturing, Microsoft is targeting services for growth, looking to transform its software applications into Web-based services for enterprises and consumers.

The company is also working to extend its reach beyond the traditional desktop PC and server markets. The Xbox console system, Windows Mobile for portable devices, Windows Media Center, and the IPTV platform are examples of Microsoft's strategy to be at the core of the digital home.
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