The following five stocks are positioned to make big moves this year, and if you don't pay close attention then you may miss your window of opportunity. Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) is poised to continue its rise with the release of the latest hot new device, Ford Motors (NYSE:F) will prove after years of speculation that it is undervalued and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX) stands to gain from emerging new economies in Asia and Africa. SandRidge Energy Inc (NYSE:SD) looks favorable amid growing concerns that a conflict between Iran and the West could send oil prices through the roof and the Silver Wheaton Corporation (NYSE:SLW) will reap the rewards of its rapid growth over the last several years. All of these stocks are positioned to move, but which is the most reliable and sure bet of the group?
Sirius XM radio is on the rebound from a tailspin that left the company at rock bottom in 2008, and is positioned to prove itself again after back to back years in the black. The coming release of the SiriusXM Lynx satellite radio receiver is placing Sirius back in the limelight as consumer interest in the company is piqued while people await the release of the device. It is portable and handheld, with the ability to record up to 200 hours of music, remind users of when their favorite programming is scheduled to start and connect to users' Bluetooth devices.
Ford Motors is positioned for a huge gain in 2012 with the release of its new Ford Fusion, which gets an estimated 47 MPG in the city and puts Ford ahead of Toyota (NYSE:TM) and Hyundai in the battle over fuel efficiency. Ford was the only American automaker to reject government bailout funds and paved its own path back to profitability as far back as 2009. Over the past two years, the automaker has been greatly undervalued and the recent news of its newest victory over Toyota (Ford surpassed Toyota's consumer quality ratings years before) will rally the support and attention that the company needs to see an explosion in its share price.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold meets around 12% of the global demand for copper and has assets in North America, South America, Africa and Indonesia. The major miner is currently looking at development of a copper and cobalt deposit in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and will capitalize on China's continued need for copper as the nation tries to keep its economic growth from slowing. Many of the conditions needed for this stock to take off depend on the political climate in Asia and Africa but under the right circumstances, Freeport-McMoRan share prices will reach for the sky.
SandRidge Energy Inc specializes in the collection of natural gas and in oil and gas treatment. This puts the Oklahoma based company in a position of prominence as the United States is threatened by diplomatic tensions with Iran-- which threatens to shut off the Strait of Hormuz in response to economic sanctions the West has imposed on the nation. SandRidge has access to an oil field services business in the Midwestern United States which makes the company a key player if the United States is forced to ramp up its domestic production of oil.
Silver Wheaton is a spinoff of Wheaton River Minerals that has a focus on longer term silver purchase contracts. The volatility of silver makes this stock questionable, but its prior growth has established consistency and 2012 is working out to be the perfect year for the company to make a major move. While this stock isn't my first choice, it is still worthy of observation as it could begin to move.
Only two stocks on this list won't be relying on outside political or economic factors to cause it to move this year, and Ford Motors is the more consistent of the two. It is my opinion that the stock is severely undervalued and that the market will correct this error in 2012, particularly in light of a plagued Toyota that is permitting a domestic automaker comeback. While Freeport-McMoRan and SandRidge show quite a bit of promise, each stock's success in 2012 relies on too many outside factors for me to be comfortable with taking a position in either company. Every stock on this list presents a plausible possibility of making a move but only Ford Motors looks like a sure thing.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.