Alcoa: A dog stock or a top pick?

Sorting through the mountains of free investment advice on the web is enough to drive me crazy. That’s a short drive, but do the so-called experts really know what they’re talking about?

In today’s online check of companies with a local connection, I learned this about aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. – it was one of the dog stocks of 2011 and it’s a top pick for 2012.

Can they both be right? Maybe so, but you know what they say about free advice.