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.

VFC: The numbers
Market Cap $10.4 billion
Total Return YTD (June 11) 13.8%
Total Return Last 12 Months 45.4%
Earnings Growth (Next Five Years) 10.0%
P/E (Pasts 12 months) 18.6
P/E (Next Year's Estimate) 15.6
Dividend Yield 2.4%
Source: Baseline, as of June 11, 2007.
Deep Value
VF Corp.
VF Corp. is quietly stitching together a highly profitable apparel empire. Once highly dependent on the mature and low-margin jeans business, VF in recent years has been diversifying to jumpstart sales. Since 2003, VF has spent about $1.5 billion to acquire a variety of companies including Nautica and Vans.

Along with The North Face, these new additions comprise a formidable portfolio of lifestyle brands, which generally carry higher gross margins than VF's historical core offering of mass-market apparel. Another plus is that VF owns fewer than half of its factories, down from more than 60% in 2000, allowing it to operate a lower-cost and more flexible supply chain.
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