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Laszlo Birinyi, who bought Apple at $7 in 1997, says RIM is a Top Pick for 2012

Laszlo Birinyi, President of Birinyi Associates says Research in Motion is one of his top five picks for 2012. Today on CNBC's Squawk Box, he recalled making Apple Computer a top pick for 1998.
Laszlo Birinyi, President of Birinyi Associates, says Research in Motion is one of his top five picks for 2012. Today on CNBC's Squawk Box, he recalled making Apple Computer a top pick for 1998.

Add another one to the list. It’s been a nightmare year for Research in Motion, but some believe the negativity on the stock is overdone.

Joining noted value investor Donald Yacktman, who began picking up shares of RIM this past summer, is Laszlo Birinyi. Birinyi’s firm, Birinyi Associates, has returned nearly 18% so far this year.

On Tuesday, Birinyi appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box to unveil his top five picks for 2012.

To the apparent surprise of the Squawk Box hosts, Birinyi is bullish on Research in Motion. He says the company has been beaten down, but has a brand and a loyal devotees.

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Birinyi recalled that he appeared on the 1997 year-end special of the late Louis Rukheyser’s Wall St. Week, where he picked Apple Computer at $7.

Birinyi joins a growing chorus of analysts and fund-managers who believe the Waterloo-based device maker is undervalued. On Monday, Scotia Capital analyst Gus Papageorgiou reiterated his “outperform” rating on RIM, calling the stock “absurdly oversold”.

On November 3rd, shares of RIM fell below book value for the first time in nine years. Book value, of course, is what you get when you add up a company’s assets, such as cash, real estate and inventories, and subtract its liabilities. At the end of Q2, which ended ended Aug. 27, RIM had a book value of $18.92 a share. The stock fell as low as $16.98 on November 25th.

Shares of Research in Motion on the TSX closed today up 5.5% to $17.95.

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Cantech Letter founder and editor Nick Waddell has lived in five Canadian provinces and is proud of his country's often overlooked contributions to the world of science and technology. Waddell takes a regular shift on the Canadian media circuit, making appearances on CTV, CBC and BNN, and contributing to publications such as Canadian Business and Business Insider.

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