The best stocks to buy today depends so much on your individual financial situation. To get a good read on where you stand, read our 13 Steps guide. It walks you through topics like establishing an emergency fund, asset allocation, when it makes sense to buy stocks, etc. Now, onto the 20 stock ideas. Here were two large companies that had 401 (k) plans and matching stock purchase plans for many of their employees. What the employees didn't know was that management was lying to their employees, investors and the public about the company's finances.