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.

AIT: The numbers
Market Cap $1.2 billion
Total Return YTD (June 11) 8.8%
Total Return Last 12 Months 24.8%
Earnings Growth (Next Five Years) 11.0%
P/E (Pasts 12 months) 15.6
P/E (Next Year's Estimate) 14.2
Dividend Yield 1.7%
Source: Baseline, as of June 11, 2007.
Deep Value
Applied Industrial Technologies
Founded in 1928, AIT originally supplied ball bearings to industrial customers. After a big sales slump in the mid-1980s, the company expanded its product line to include drive systems, rubber products, and fluid power components, allowing it to compete in a much bigger market.

It primarily sells these items through about 450 service centers throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Customers include both the maintenance repair operations and original equipment manufacturers. AIT also operates regional mechanical, rubber, and fluid power shops that perform services such as engineering design and conveyor belt repair.
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