Best Stocks to Buy Now: Sidestep Market Volatility with These Plays

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Best stocks to buy for the week ending May 16, 2014: Last week, Money Morning focused on how to make money in a volatile market.

Three of our highlighted investments are companies that can actually benefit from rising interest rates. One pick is a stock in the Russian tech industry that's a great buy now thanks to bad news flowing out of the country. We gave readers a gold investing "cheat sheet" that will help to make a big difference in your overall portfolio performance in 2014. And we focused on an energy exchange-traded fund (ETF) that provides instant diversification within the booming sector - it will play like a call option on energy with no expiration date.

Get these plus more of our latest, best stocks to buy.

Money Morning's List of Best Stocks to Buy Now

  • When retail investors flee a bad-news market, most of the stocks tend to fall with the tide. That allows investors to purchase strong, profitable stocks at discounted prices. Today, one of the most prevalent bad-news markets is Russia. "All the news concerning Ukraine, the Crimea, and Vladimir Putin has investors just about trampling one another to get out of Russian stocks," Patalon said. "And that's a big mistake." Especially when it comes to Russian tech stocks. Roughly half of the 140 million citizens in "Russia proper" are now online - one of the highest percentages in the world. We found a Russian tech stock to buy now that's offering massive upside potential - it's commonly referred to as the "Google of Russia"...
  • It's commonly held wisdom that stock markets go to heck in a hand basket when interest rates rise. So, the thinking goes, you'd be better off selling ahead of time before that happens. "No doubt it's tempting to head for the hills with rates at historical lows, but it pays to do your research before you hit the 'sell' button," Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald told readers on Friday. He recommended three companies that can actually benefit from rising rates - they tap into global money flows that continue unabated.
  • There's a massive shift happening in the solar power industry. You see, solar power's high price has prevented customers and utility companies from going green with solar - and has also kept solar companies from being good stocks to buy. But that's about to change. According to Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors, the prospect of affordable solar power may not be as far off as it once was - and he gave readers three stocks setting up to be big long-term solar winners...