Best Investments For 2014
Is there anything worse than buying into a stock that was “sure” to go up a few percent and then holding on and watching the price erode for years? It’s gut-wrenching. I’ve done it, too. I used to trade in and out of risky companies and refused to take a loss, hoping the stock would “come back” someday. Someday didn’t usually arrive. But I’ve reformed: Now I buy for the long term and let the businesses work for me. Allow me to explain and then offer you seven stocks that make an airtight core that can create wealth forever.
A simple question
Are you really in the market for the long term? Here’s a quick test: “I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.” Would you agree or disagree? That’s the buying strategy of superinvestor Warren Buffett. If you’re prepared to buy and hold for five years, only the most well-positioned companies will do.
A long-term perspective changes everything: Think years into the future, if not decades. You’ll need to rely on companies that have dominant franchises, absolutely indispensable products, and capable managers to drive returns. That positioning (and the confidence that comes with it) means you don’t have to worry about next week because the future is going to rock for years to come. You can even take a stock’s decline in stride and realize that it makes a great buying opportunity because the price really will come back and then soar even higher over the years.
These are stocks you can hold forever. And if the markets did close for years, well, these securities below (except one) pay solid and growing dividends, too. So let these guys do the work for you.
Best Investments For 2014: CNOOC Limited(CEO)
CNOOC Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, production, and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and other petroleum products. The company?s oil and natural gas properties are located in offshore China, which include Bohai Bay, western south China Sea, eastern south China Sea, and east China Sea, as well as in Indonesia, Iraq, and other regions in Asia; and Oceania, Africa, North America, and South America. As of December 31, 2010, the company had net proved reserves of approximately 2.99 billion barrels-of-oil equivalent, including approximately 1.92 billion barrels of crude oil and 6,458.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas. It also provides bond issuance services; and has a joint venture with Bridas Energy Holdings. CNOOC Limited was founded in 1982. The company is headquartered in Central, Hong Kong, and is considered a Red Chip company due to its listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. CNOOC Limited is a subsidiary of China National Of fshore Oil Corporation.
- [By Robert Hsu]Through all of 2010’s ups and downs in the global markets, China stood out as a major player on the world stage. In fact, right now China’s economic growth is matched by no other major economy in the world, and the wealth potential there is life-changing.
That’s why my top stock pick is China National Offshore Oil Company (NYSE: CEO) — China’s offshore exploration and production energy giant and the most dynamic of China’s Big Three state-owned energy giants.
- [By Dave Friedman]Institutional investors bought 1,474,410 shares and sold 1,532,340 shares, for a net of -57,930 shares. This net represents 0.00% of common shares outstanding. The number of shares outstanding is 44,669,199,980. The shares recently traded at $187.66 and the company’s market capitalization is $82,478,290,357.81. About the company: CNOOC Limited, through its subsidiaries, explores, develops, produces, and sells crude oil and natural gas.
Best Investments For 2014: Brooks Automation Inc.(BRKS)
Brooks Automation, Inc. provides automation, vacuum, and instrumentation solutions for semiconductor manufacturing, life sciences, and clean energy markets worldwide. The company?s Brooks Product Solutions segment provides a range of products critical to technology equipment productivity and availability. This segment?s products include atmospheric and vacuum tool automation systems, atmospheric and vacuum robots and robotic modules, and cryogenic vacuum pumping, thermal management, and vacuum measurement solutions, which are used to create, measure, and control critical process vacuum applications. Its Brooks Life Science Systems segment offers automated sample management systems, including automated sample storage, automated blood fractionation equipment, sample preparation and handling equipment, consumables, parts, and support services to various life science customers, including pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, biobanks, national laboratories, rese arch institutes, and research universities. The company?s Brooks Global Services segment provides a range of support services, including on and off-site repair services, on and off-site diagnostic support services, and installation services to enable the customers to maximize process tool uptime and productivity. This segment also offers spare part support services to end-user customers. Brooks Automation, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
Best Investments For 2014: Pacific Capital Bancorp(PCBC)
Pacific Capital Bancorp operates as the bank holding company for Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, National Association, N.A. that provides various commercial and consumer banking services to households, professionals, and businesses. It offers depository services, such as checking accounts, interest-bearing checking or NOW accounts, money market accounts, individual retirement accounts, savings deposits, and certificates of deposit. The company provides loan products, including commercial and industrial loans, commercial real estate loans, lines of credit, letters of credit, asset based lending, construction loans, and land acquisition and development loans to small business and middle market commercial clients; residential real estate loans, home equity lines and loans, and consumer loans to individual clients; and small business administration loans for working capital, business acquisitions, acquisition of real estate, growth capital, and equipment financing. It also offers safe deposit boxes, travelers? checks, money orders, foreign exchange services, and cashiers? checks, as well as provides trust and investment advisory services; investment reviews, analysis, and customized portfolio management for separately managed accounts; full service brokerage; trust and fiduciary services; equity and fixed income management; and real estate and specialty asset management. As of December 19, 2011, the company operated 47 retail branches in the central coast of California. It also operates loan production centers, automated teller machines, and customer contact call centers, as well as offers services through online banking. The company was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California.
Best Investments For 2014: Ceradyne Inc.(CRDN)
Ceradyne, Inc. engages in the development, manufacture, and market of technical ceramic products, ceramic powders, and components in the United States and internationally. Its products include lightweight ceramic armor and combat helmets for soldiers and other military applications; ceramic industrial components for erosion and corrosion resistant applications; ceramic powders, including boron carbide, boron nitride, titanium diboride, calcium hexaboride, zirconium diboride, and fused silica, which are used in manufacturing armor and a range of industrial and consumer products; evaporation boats for metallization of materials for food packaging; and ceramic diesel engine components. The company also offers functional and frictional coatings primarily for automotive applications; translucent ceramic orthodontic brackets; ceramic crucibles for melting silicon in the photovoltaic solar cell manufacturing process; ceramic-impregnated dispenser cathodes for microwave tubes, las ers, and cathode ray tubes; specialty glass compositions for solar, electronic, industrial, and health care markets; ceramic missile radomes for the defense industry; and fused silica powders for precision investment casting. In addition, it provides neutron absorbing materials; nuclear chemistry products for use in pressurized water reactors and boiling water reactors; boron dopant chemicals for semiconductor silicon manufacturing and ion implanting of silicon wafers; ceramic bearings and bushings for oil drilling and fluid handling pumps; ceramic micro-reactors used to process chemicals; and PetroCeram sand filters for oil and gas recovery. The company serves the United States government; prime government contractors; and solar energy, oil and natural gas exploration, and nuclear energy companies; and industrial, automotive, diesel, and commercial manufacturers. Ceradyne, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is based in Costa Mesa, California.
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