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Monaco Coach Corp.’s stock price has performed well the last few months, although it has not reached the heights attained by two of its peers, Thor and Winnebago.
However, Monaco was the only RV industry firm named to SmartMoney Magazine’s list of the 10 best stocks for the next 10 years.
The investment community apparently took note of the article because Monaco’s stock gained $1.55 a share today (April 12) to close at $27.80.
Monaco’s 52-week high is $30.70.
The company deliberately lowered its stock price with a three-for-two stock split last September. Monaco said it wanted to lower its stock price to make its shares affordable to more investors.
SmartMoney is published by Dow Jones Inc., which also publishes The Wall Street Journal. In the article, James B. Stewart writes, “Monaco aims at the high-end RV buyer, a market that should grow significantly over the next decade.”
Stewart describes a Monaco Signature Series diesel pusher that includes a “42-inch built-in Sony plasma TV, faux-granite floors, Corian shower walls and Ralph Lauren decor. We suspect the allure of such comfortable mobility will survive the inevitable fluctuations in gas prices and interest rates.”
Monaco’s earnings are expected “to surge 61% this year and double by 2003,” wrote Stewart, whose stock growth portfolio outlined in the first edition of SmartMoney 10 years ago has gained 564% in value since then.
Details of Stewart’s stock-picking methods can be viewed by visiting www.smartmoney.com.
Growth stocks are defined as companies whose earnings will, on average, increase at rates faster than the rate of growth of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).