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.

HPC: The numbers
Market Cap $2.1 billion
Total Return YTD (June 11) -8.3%
Total Return Last 12 Months 17.4%
Earnings Growth (Next Five Years) 10.0%
P/E (Pasts 12 months) 13.6
P/E (Next Year's Estimate) 10.6
Dividend Yield 0.0%
Source: Baseline, as of June 11, 2007.
Small Wonders
Hercules
Formerly the nation's largest explosives producer, this century-old firm now uses its muscle to produce specialty chemicals to strengthen products such as paper, paint, and textiles. The products are obscure - wet-strength resins and sizing for the paper industry, natural gums for the food industry, and non-woven fibers and textile yarns for use in diaper products and upholstery.

But they're crucial components for key goods in developed and developing countries alike. And with nearly 40 production facilities dispersed across the globe, Hercules should benefit as global economies expand.
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