2013 was an incredible year for investors, but has this amazing run-up left any climbing room for stocks in 2014? In this video, five of our analysts around Fool HQ answer the question, "What is one stock to watch in 2014?" They discuss�Twitter (NYSE: TWTR ) ,�Bank of Internet (NASDAQ: BOFI ) ,�Extendicare (NASDAQOTH: EXETF ) ,�Potash Corporation (NYSE: POT ) , and�Intel (NASDAQ: INTC ) , and why these five stocks could be poised to outperform in 2014, even as the market continues to reach all-time highs.
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Top Valued Stocks To Own For 2016: Grana y Montero SAA (GRAM)Grana y Montero SAA is a Peru-based holding company primarily engaged in the four business areas: Construction and Engineering Industry, Real Estate, Oil Services, and Operation of Public Concessions and Business Support Services. Through its subsidiaries, the Company provides such services as the development and management of real estate properties and leisure facilities; the exploration, production and sale of oil, natural gas and its derivates; the storage and distribution of combustibles; information technology services; engineering consultancy; the operation and maintenance of rails and roads concessions; as well as the execution and management of projects related to the generation of electric power; among others. The Company owns such subsidiaries as GMD SA, Concar SA, Survial SA, Norvial SA and Promotores Asociados de Inmobiliarios SA, among others. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By alicet236]
Grana y Montero SAA (GRAM) Reached the Five-Year Low of $20.90
The prices of Grana y Montero SAA (GRAM) shares have declined to close to the five-year low of $20.90, which is 17.3% off the five-year high of $22.14. Grana y Montero SAA is owned by four Gurus we are tracking. Among them, four have added to their positions during the past quarter. Zero reduced their positions. Grana y Montero SAA was established in Peru on August 12, 1996 as a result of the equity spin-off of Inversiones GyM S. Grana Y Montero Saa has a market cap of $2.75 billion; its shares were traded at around $20.90 with a P/E ratio of 24.60 and P/S ratio of 1.24.
Best Managed Healthcare Companies To Buy Right Now: FirstEnergy Corporation(FE)
Firstenergy Corp. operates as a diversified energy company. The company, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, involves in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity, as well as energy management and other energy-related services. It serves approximately 6 million customers within 67,000 square miles through 10 utility operating companies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Maryland. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Akron, Ohio.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The market is heading higher today, with small-company stocks outperforming large, despite mixed economic data. American Express (AXP), Tyson Foods (TSN), First Energy (FE), Priceline�(PCLN) and Hillshire Brands (HSH) have helped lift stocks.
- [By David Dittman]
FirstEnergy Corp (NYSE: FE) is perhaps the riskiest play among the six stocks listed in the table. FirstEnergy is coming off a 34.5 percent dividend cut announced in January 2014 following a ��horough��study of the company�� businesses. The board concluded that a dividend rate ��ligned��with revenue and earnings generated by regulated operations ��ill provide the best path forward for FirstEnergy.��/p>
- [By Justin Loiseau]
FirstEnergy plays management musical chairs
Following the retirement of two long-term leaders, FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE ) announced this week that it's switching up high-level management in all four of its states' regulated utilities operations. Although the moves reflect positive promotions throughout, a management makeover of this scale could influence FirstEnergy's short-term efficiency or long-term strategic direction.
- [By Justin Loiseau]
Cutting back on coal
Both Duke Energy stock and AEP stock have long relied on coal, clean or not, to power their profits. But some historically coal-centric utilities are calling it quits. FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE ) counts on coal for around 64% of its total generation capacity�and had to idle several of its power plants last year as cheap natural gas prices and EPA regulations cut out coal's competitiveness. In early 2012, the utility announced plans to retire a whopping 3,400 MW of coal-fired power generation, more than a quarter of its current capacity.�
Best Managed Healthcare Companies To Buy Right Now: Sovran Self Storage Inc.(SSS)
Sovran Self Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, ownership, and management of self-storage properties in the United States. The company?s self-storage properties offer storage space to residential and commercial users, as well as offer outside storage for automobiles, recreational vehicles, and boats. As of February 15, 2007, it owned and managed 328 properties, consisting of approximately 20.3 million net rentable square feet in 22 states. Sovran Self Storage has elected to be treated as a REIT for federal income tax purposes and would not be subject to income tax to the extent it distributes at least 90% of taxable income to its stockholders. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Williamsville, New York.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Rich Duprey]
Self-storage REIT�Sovran Self Storage (NYSE: SSS ) announced today its second-quarter dividend of $0.53 per share, a 10% increase from the payout it made to investors last quarter of $0.48 per share.
Best Managed Healthcare Companies To Buy Right Now: SVB Financial Group(SIVB)
SVB Financial Group, a diversified financial services company, provides various banking and financial products and services. The company offers deposit products, such as traditional deposit and checking accounts, certificates of deposit, money market accounts, and sweep accounts, as well as lockbox and merchant services; and lending products and services, including traditional term loans, equipment loans, asset-based loans, revolving lines of credit, accounts-receivable-based lines of credits, capital call lines of credits, and credit cards. It also provides cash management products and services comprising wire transfer and automated clearing house payment services, collection services, disbursement services, electronic funds transfers, and online banking services. In addition, the company offers foreign exchange services; letters of credit, including export, import, and standby letters of credit; investment services and solutions; brokerage; asset management; investment a dvisory services, such as outsourced treasury services; and non-banking products and services, such as funds management, venture capital/private equity investment, and equity valuation services. Further, it provides private banking services comprising mortgages, home equity lines of credit, restricted stock purchase loans, and other secured and unsecured lending services. As of March 09, 2012, the company operated 26 offices in the United States and 7 offices internationally. It serves customers in the technology, venture capital/private equity, life science, wine, and clean tech industries. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By John Maxfield]
Given that you clicked on this article, it seems safe to assume you either own stock in SVB Financial (NASDAQ: SIVB ) or are considering buying shares in the near future. If so, then you've come to the right place. The table below reveals the nine most critical numbers that investors need to know about SVB Financial stock before deciding whether to buy, sell, or hold it.
Best Managed Healthcare Companies To Buy Right Now: Books-A-Million Inc.(BAMM)
Books-A-Million, Inc. operates as a book retailer in the southeastern United States. The company operates superstores and traditional bookstores that offer a selection of hardcover and paperback books, magazines, and newspapers. It also offers other merchandise, including gifts, cards, collectibles, magazines, music, DVDs, and electronic accessories, as well as coffee, tea, and other edible products. The company markets its products under the trademarks of Books-A-Million, BAM! Books-A-Million, Bookland, Books & Co., Millionaire?s Club, Sweet Water Press, Thanks-A-Million, Big Fat Coloring Book, Up All Night Reader, Read & Save Rebate, Readables Accessories for Readers, Kids-A-Million, Teachers First, The Write-Price, Bambeanos, Hold That Thought, Book$mart, BAMM, BAMM.com, BOOKSAMILLION.com, Chillatte, Joe Muggs Newsstand, Page Pets, JOEMUGGS.com, FAITHPOINT.com, Faithmark, Joe Muggs, Anderson?s Bookland, Snow Joe, Summer Says, On the John University, OTJU, American Whole sale Book Company, AWBC, and NetCentral. It also offers its products over the Internet at Booksamillion.com. As of August 11, 2011, the company operated 231 stores in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Books-A-Million, Inc. was founded in 1917 and is based in Birmingham, Alabama.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By John Udovich]
Vitamin Shoppe Inc (NYSE: VSI), Books-A-Million, Inc (NASDAQ: BAMM) and Perfumania Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: PERF) have the dubious distinction of being�the worst performing small cap�specialty retail stocks for this year (according to Finviz.com) with losses of 4.85% and�3% and a gain of 0.61%, respectively, since the start of the year (See my previous article: This Year�� Best Performing Small Cap Specialty Retail Stocks? UNTD, TA & HZO). I should mention that the definition of specialty retail stocks might vary from one stock screener to another, but what�� clear is that these three small cap retail stocks have been heading in the wrong direction for investors for much of this year. �With that in mind, what sort of performance should investors expect from these small cap specialty retail stocks on Black Friday and for the all important holiday season? Here is what you need to be aware of:
Best Managed Healthcare Companies To Buy Right Now: Gardner Denver Inc. (GDI)
Gardner Denver, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets engineered industrial machinery and related parts and services primarily in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia. It operates in two segments, Industrial Products Group and Engineered Products Group. The Industrial Products Group segment offers rotary screw, reciprocating, and sliding vane air and gas compressors; positive displacement, centrifugal, and side channel blowers; and vacuum pumps for use in manufacturing, transportation and general industry, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and engineered system applications. This segment also markets and services complementary ancillary products. The Engineered Products Group segment designs, manufactures, markets, and services pumps, compressors, liquid ring vacuum pumps, reciprocating pumps, diaphragm vacuum pumps, water jetting systems, and related aftermarket parts used in oil and natural gas well drilling, servicing, and producti on, as well as in medical and laboratory, and industrial cleaning and maintenance. It also offers liquid ring pumps for various applications, such as water removal, distilling, reacting, flare gas recovery, efficiency improvement, lifting and handling, and filtering, principally in the pulp and paper, industrial manufacturing, petrochemical, and power industries. In addition, this segment designs, manufactures, markets, and services other fluid transfer components and equipment, including loading arms, swivel joints, storage tank equipment, dry- break couplers, and tank truck systems for the chemical, petroleum, and food industries. The company sells its products through independent distributors and sales representatives, as well as directly to OEMs, engineering firms, packagers, and end users. Gardner Denver, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is based in Wayne, Pennsylvania.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Eric Volkman]
Gardner Denver (NYSE: GDI ) results for the company's Q1 have been unveiled. For the quarter, revenue was $514 million, a 15% drop from the $604 million in the same period the previous year. Net income saw a steeper decline over that time frame, by 17%, to $46 million ($0.93 per diluted share) from Q1 2012's $55 million ($1.08).
- [By Seth Jayson]
Calling all cash flows
When you are trying to buy the market's best stocks, it's worth checking up on your companies' free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That's what we do with this series. Today, we're checking in on Gardner Denver (NYSE: GDI ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.