Business Notes: Jan. 13, 1986

WALL STREET The Best Picks of '85

The value of U.S. common stocks in 1985 climbed by a record $462 billion. While that was enough to spread some profits around to a lot of investors, the biggest winners were shares that started the year very cheap. Most energy stocks did not do very well last year because of the world petroleum glut, but Texas International, an oil and gas concern, rose the furthest among the 2,312 issues listed on the New York Stock Exchange. It jumped by more than 400%, from 1 1/8 to 5¾. Reason: a deal to develop oil...

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