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Sometimes it's okay to be a gold digger, especially if it means you can own a piece of BlackRock.
The New York-based firm is the world's largest asset manager, with nearly $3.8 trillion under management.
BlackRock ( has been particularly successful thanks to its dominant presence in the ETF market. BlackRock's iShares, the world's biggest ETF provider, led the industry in 2012 by raking in more than $85 billion of the record $263 billion that investors plowed into ETFs. And analysts expect that demand for ETFs to continue to fuel BlackRock's growth. )
Though the stock climbed more than 15% last year, JPMorgan analysts say Blackrock "is still one of the best positioned asset managers with a still attractive stock price." They have a target price of $262 on the stock, up more than 10% from its current level.
Plus, BlackRock is sharing the wealth. Earlier this year, the firm's board boosted BlackRock's quarterly dividend to 2.8% and expanded its share buyback program by 7.5 million shares.