Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2014

[ September 18, 2012 | Author: admin | Weather: | Mood: normal]

If you’re looking for a stock that could double over the next 12 months, your best bet is biotechnology. Using the Google (GOOG) screener, I found that 51 stocks with a market capitalization greater than $50 million had returned one-year gains of at least 100%. But what’s even more interesting is that biotechnology stocks account for 18 or 35% of the 51 stocks trading with at least a 100% gain over the last year. The top 5 gainers in the market, over the last year, are biotech stocks, and 9 of the top 20 were biotech. Therefore, it’s safe to say that if you’re looking for a stock with quick upside potential, biotechnology should be the first place you look. However, it can be difficult to identify the stocks that have this level of upside potential, which is what this article will attempt to identify.

This article is actually a two part series that will look at 10 stocks in the biotechnology industry that present the most upside potential from its current position. The stocks on this list are numbered from 10-1, with #1 having the most potential based on a number of possible factors, which include: clinical trials, low valuations, and even the likelihood for being acquired. The goal is to find the absolute most undervalued biotech stocks in the market that could very well return gains of more than 100% over the next 52 weeks.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2014:L.S. Starrett Company (The) (SCX)

The L.S. Starrett Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of industrial, professional, and consumer products worldwide. Its products include precision tools, electronic gages, gage blocks, optical and vision measuring equipment, custom engineered granite solutions, tape measures, levels, chalk products, squares, band saw blades, hole saws, hacksaw blades, jig saw blades, reciprocating saw blades, and M1 lubricant and precision ground flat stock. The company also offers hand measuring tools and precision instruments, such as micrometers, vernier calipers, height gages, depth gages, electronic gages, dial indicators, steel rules, combination squares, granite surface plates, and custom and non contact gaging items; and precision video-based metrology, specialty motion devices, and custom engineered systems for measurement and inspection. In addition, it provides data collection solutions. The L.S. Starrett Company markets its products thro ugh distributors primarily to companies in the metalworking industry; and automotive, aviation, marine, and farm industries, as well as do-it-yourselfers and tradesmen, such as builders, carpenters, plumbers, and electricians. The company was founded in 1880 and is headquartered in Athol, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • By Michael

    This is another technology stock with great potential.  With each new release of an iPhone or iPad device, the stock continues to climb.  They have the “wow” factor down and I don’t see this changing any time soon.  Their new server farm in Charlotte, NC just went online as iCloud.  I think this is going to make a huge long term difference.  But in the short term, you have very regular releases of new versions of their flashy devices.  As long as they keep that up, the stock will continue to rise.  Although Steve Jobs is no longer here with us, he probably left a road map for Apple to fol low for the next 3-5 years.  The question will be whether Tim Cook will be able to execute on those plans.

  • By Scott Rothbort

    Apple(AAPL), which I included on my previous list of low-PEG stocks, remains one of the cheapest stocks around. The stock has still managed to increase in value over 16% this year, despite falling 12% since reaching an all-time high in October.

    The iPhone 4S is a huge success. In 2012, the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are likely to get introduced. The company’s computers continue to grab market share away from Windows-based systems. The December quarter is expected to be the company’s best ever. Earnings are expected to grow by 25% in 2011 and 12% in 2012. Yet the stock trades at just under 10 times 2012 earnings.

    Apple’s raw beta is 0.77

    Apple shows up on recent lists of 5 Gadget Stocks for the Holidays and 9 Top Goldman Sachs Stocks for 2012.

  • By Andrew

    I am a huge believer in Apple’s brand internationally and I think they still have more room to grow than people think.  We all know the Iphone 5 is coming out and I think the sales will be insanely good.  People buy these products not only because they are great, but because they are the only fashionable computer item on the market.  Many people have no problem at all paying the large premium for Apple’s stuff just to look cool.  That’s not the reason everyone does it but it’s a reason that all the challenger companies won’t be able to touch a large % of Apple’s core user base.  Apple is in a league of their own and will stay that way for the foreseeable fut ure.  Any Apple naysayer makes very weak arguments against the investment.  Some people buy computers to get the most bang for their buck.  Apple users proudly pay the big premium.  That’s why they keep beating expectations on Wall S treet.  They don’t pay a dividend but certainly could at any time.  They are a cash cow already sitting on a mountain of cash.  I can see the company going over $500 before the end of 2012.  Very strong buy.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2014:BankFinancial Corporation (BFIN)

BankFinancial Corporation operates as the holding company for BankFinancial, F.S.B., which provides commercial, family, and personal banking services in Illinois. It accepts deposit accounts, such as savings accounts, NOW accounts, checking accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, and IRAs and other qualified plan accounts. The company?s loan portfolio consists of investment and business loans, including multi-family, nonresidential real estate, commercial, construction and land loans, and commercial leases, as well as one-to-four family residential mortgage loans comprising home equity loans, lines of credit, and other second mortgage loans. It also provides financial products and services consisting of cash management, funds transfers, bill payment and other online banking transactions, automated teller machines, safe deposit boxes, wealth management, and general insurance agency services. In addition, the company offers investment, financial planning, a nd other wealth management services; and sells life insurance, fixed annuities, property and casualty insurance, and other insurance products on an agency basis. It provides its products and services through banking offices and an Internet Branch. As of December 31, 2009, it operated 18 full-service banking offices and 3 express branch facilities in Cook, DuPage, Lake, and Will Counties, Illinois. The company was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Burr Ridge, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • By Scott Rothbort

    Apple(AAPL), which I included on my previous list of low-PEG stocks, remains one of the cheapest stocks around. The stock has still managed to increase in value over 16% this year, despite falling 12% since reaching an all-time high in October.

    The iPhone 4S is a huge success. In 2012, the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are likely to get introduced. The company’s computers continue to grab market share away from Windows-based systems. The December quarter is expected to be the company’s best ever. Earnings are expected to grow by 25% in 2011 and 12% in 2012. Yet the stock trades at just under 10 times 2012 earnings.

    Apple’s raw beta is 0.77

    Apple shows up on recent lists of 5 Gadget Stocks for the Holidays and 9 Top Goldman Sachs Stocks for 2012.

  • By Curtis

    Even though Apple’s stock has now reached the $420 price range (for just one share!), many analysts believe that AAPL is one of the most undervalued large-cap stocks.

    Despite the loss of Steve Jobs last year, Apple has continued to gain value, and the trend is expected to continue through 2012 with the hotly anticipated iPad 3 and iPhone 5 releases. In fact, AAPL is predicted to hit $510 per share in the next year.

  • By Jonas

    It seems everyone is abuzz with Apple these days. They have a good product, lots of vision, and decent value in share price. But why would I buy this on a market pullback? Apple trades close to the S&P 500 (SPY) as well it should since Apple makes up a huge part of the S&P 500 market cap. However, shares of Apple have higher relative strength than the market. This means that while Apple shares will surely fall with the price during a pullback, they will also rebound quicker and rise farther with the next leg up.

    If the market pulls back, I’d wait for the 1,365 – 1,370 level to be hit and then grab some shares of Apple.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2014:Ingles Markets Incorporated (IMKTA)

Ingles Markets, Incorporated operates a supermarket chain in the southeast United States. Its supermarkets offer food products, including grocery, meat and dairy products, produce, frozen foods, and other perishables; and non-food products, such as fuel, pharmacy products, health and beauty care products, and general merchandise, as well as provides private label items. The company?s stores also offer products and services, such as home meal replacement items, delicatessens, bakeries, floral departments, video rental departments, and greeting cards, as well as a selection of organic, beverage, and health-related items. In addition, it engages in the fluid dairy processing and shopping center rental businesses. The company operates 203 supermarkets, including 74 in Georgia, 69 in North Carolina, 36 in South Carolina, 21 in Tennessee, 2 in Virginia, and 1 in Alabama. As of September 24, 2011, it operated 74 in-store pharmacies and 70 fuel centers; owned and operated 70 shop ping centers of which 58 contain an Ingles supermarket; and owned 94 additional properties that contain a free-standing Ingles store; and owned 13 undeveloped sites. The company was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • By ANDREW

    I am a huge believer in Apple’s brand internationally and I think they still have more room to grow than people think.  We all know the Iphone 5 is coming out and I think the sales will be insanely good.  People buy these products not only because they are great, but because they are the only fashionable computer item on the market.  Many people have no problem at all paying the large premium for Apple’s stuff just to look cool.  That’s not the reason everyone does it but it’s a reason that all the challenger companies won’t be able to touch a large % of Apple’s core user base.  Apple is in a league of their own and will stay that way for the foreseeable fut ure.  Any Apple naysayer makes very weak arguments against the investment.  Some people buy computers to get the most bang for their buck.  Apple users proudly pay the big premium.  That’s why they keep beating expectations on Wall S treet.  They don’t pay a dividend but certainly could at any time.  They are a cash cow already sitting on a mountain of cash.  I can see the company going over $500 before the end of 2012.  Very strong buy.

  • By Andrew

    I am a huge believer in Apple’s brand internationally and I think they still have more room to grow than people think.  We all know the Iphone 5 is coming out and I think the sales will be insanely good.  People buy these products not only because they are great, but because they are the only fashionable computer item on the market.  Many people have no problem at all paying the large premium for Apple’s stuff just to look cool.  That’s not the reason everyone does it but it’s a reason that all the challenger companies won’t be able to touch a large % of Apple’s core user base.  Apple is in a league of their own and will stay that way for the foreseeable fut ure.  Any Apple naysayer makes very weak arguments against the investment.  Some people buy computers to get the most bang for their buck.  Apple users proudly pay the big premium.  That’s why they keep beating expectations on Wall S treet.  They don’t pay a dividend but certainly could at any time.  They are a cash cow already sitting on a mountain of cash.  I can see the company going over $500 before the end of 2012.  Very strong buy.

  • By Jonas

    It seems everyone is abuzz with Apple these days. They have a good product, lots of vision, and decent value in share price. But why would I buy this on a market pullback? Apple trades close to the S&P 500 (SPY) as well it should since Apple makes up a huge part of the S&P 500 market cap. However, shares of Apple have higher relative strength than the market. This means that while Apple shares will surely fall with the price during a pullback, they will also rebound quicker and rise farther with the next leg up.

    If the market pulls back, I’d wait for the 1,365 – 1,370 level to be hit and then grab some shares of Apple.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2014:Central Garden & Pet Company (CENT)

Central Garden & Pet Company produces and sells products for the pet, and lawn and garden supplies industries primarily in the United States. The company?s pet supplies products comprise products for dogs and cats, including edible bones, premium healthy edible and non-edible chews, dog and cat food and treats, leashes, collars, toys, pet carriers, grooming supplies, and other accessories; products for birds, small animals, and specialty pets, such as food, cages and habitats, toys, chews, and related accessories; animal and household health, and insect control products; products for fish, reptiles, and other aquarium-based pets comprising aquariums, furniture and lighting fixtures, pumps, filters, water conditioners, food and supplements, and information and knowledge resources; and products for horses and livestock. It sells its pet supplies products under the Adams, Altosid, Aqueon, Avoderm, BioSpot, Breeder?s Choice, Coralife, Farnam, Four Paws, Interpet, Kaytee, Ken t Marine, Nylabone, Oceanic Systems, Pet Select, Pre-Strike, Pinnacle, Super Pet, TFH, Zilla, and Zodiac brand names. The company?s lawn and garden supplies products include grass seed; wild bird feed, bird feeders, bird houses, and other birding accessories; weed, grass, ant and other herbicide, insecticide, and pesticide products; and decorative outdoor lifestyle and lighting products, such as pottery, trellises and other wood products, and holiday lighting products. It offers its lawn and garden supplies products under the AMDRO, GKI/Bethlehem Lighting, Grant?s, Ironite, Lilly Miller, Matthews Four Seasons, New England Pottery, Norcal Pottery, Pennington, Over?n Out, Sevin, Smart Seed, and The Rebels brand names. It sells its products principally to independent pet and garden distributors, national and regional retail chains, grocery stores, mass merchants, home improvement centers, nurseries, and garden supply retailers. The company was founded in 1955 and is based in Wal nut Creek, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • By Scott Rothbort

    Apple(AAPL), which I included on my previous list of low-PEG stocks, remains one of the cheapest stocks around. The stock has still managed to increase in value over 16% this year, despite falling 12% since reaching an all-time high in October.

    The iPhone 4S is a huge success. In 2012, the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are likely to get introduced. The company’s computers continue to grab market share away from Windows-based systems. The December quarter is expected to be the company’s best ever. Earnings are expected to grow by 25% in 2011 and 12% in 2012. Yet the stock trades at just under 10 times 2012 earnings.

    Apple’s raw beta is 0.77

    Apple shows up on recent lists of 5 Gadget Stocks for the Holidays and 9 Top Goldman Sachs Stocks for 2012.

  • By Scott Rothbort

    Apple(AAPL), which I included on my previous list of low-PEG stocks, remains one of the cheapest stocks around. The stock has still managed to increase in value over 16% this year, despite falling 12% since reaching an all-time high in October.

    The iPhone 4S is a huge success. In 2012, the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are likely to get introduced. The company’s computers continue to grab market share away from Windows-based systems. The December quarter is expected to be the company’s best ever. Earnings are expected to grow by 25% in 2011 and 12% in 2012. Yet the stock trades at just under 10 times 2012 earnings.

    Apple’s raw beta is 0.77

    Apple shows up on recent lists of 5 Gadget Stocks for the Holidays and 9 Top Goldman Sachs Stocks for 2012.

  • By Smith

    Temporarily becoming the most valuable company in the world last week, Apple has not been hurt very much by the recent bear market. In fact, for a great read about Apple’s story, consider taking a look at this article. With household names like iPad and iPhone, we all know that Apple is valuable … but the question is how valuable?Answering a question like that isn’t easy, but we believe the answer is up – way up. In fact, when compared to Google (GOOG)’s valuation metrics, this isn’t even that unreasonable. Apple’s price to earnings, price/earnings to growth, and price to sales ratios are 14.91, 0.61, and 3.45 respectively. Google’s numbers in these same categories are 20.34, 0.84, and 5.45 – all much higher. While competitors like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Research in Motion (RIMM) may be a bargain for those hunting sub-8 price to earnings ratios, AAPL is still a good place to be. Th e most recent news affecting Apple has been Steve Jobs’s crazy new plans for company headquarters, but needless to say this will not have a huge impact on AAPL stock price. What will though is whether the company can keep up its knack for fresh technology that consumers love. While some may call this blind faith, we see it as an investment opportunity.The best time to buy AAPL stock is before their next biggest thing is announced – and that time is right now.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2014:Shenandoah Telecommunications Co (SHEN)

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company, a diversified telecommunications company, provides regulated and unregulated telecommunications services to end-user customers and other communications providers in the southeastern United States. It offers a suite of voice, video, and data communications services; and sells telecommunications equipment. The company?s Wireless segment provides digital wireless service to a portion of a four-state area covering the region from Harrisburg, York, and Altoona, Pennsylvania to Harrisonburg, Virginia. It owns 149 towers and leases tower space to other wireless communications providers in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. This segment also offers personal communications services through a digital wireless telephone and data network. Its Wireline segment provides regulated and unregulated telephone services and leases fiber optic facilities primarily in the northern Shenandoah Valley. This segment also offers information s ervices and Internet access to customers in the northern Shenandoah Valley and surrounding areas. In addition, it is involved in the resale of long distance service for calls placed to locations outside the regulated telephone service area by telephone customers. As of December 31, 2011, this segment had approximately 1,410 dial-up customers and 12,351 digital subscriber line customers, as well as served approximately 10,483 long distance customers. The company?s Cable Television segment provides coaxial cable-based television service in the portions of Shenandoah County, Virginia, as well as in communities in West Virginia, southern and southwestern Virginia, and western Maryland. It had approximately 137,238 cable revenue generating units. The company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Edinburg, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • By Andrew

    I am a huge believer in Apple’s brand internationally and I think they still have more room to grow than people think.  We all know the Iphone 5 is coming out and I think the sales will be insanely good.  People buy these products not only because they are great, but because they are the only fashionable computer item on the market.  Many people have no problem at all paying the large premium for Apple’s stuff just to look cool.  That’s not the reason everyone does it but it’s a reason that all the challenger companies won’t be able to touch a large % of Apple’s core user base.  Apple is in a league of their own and will stay that way for the foreseeable fut ure.  Any Apple naysayer makes very weak arguments against the investment.  Some people buy computers to get the most bang for their buck.  Apple users proudly pay the big premium.  That’s why they keep beating expectations on Wall S treet.  They don’t pay a dividend but certainly could at any time.  They are a cash cow already sitting on a mountain of cash.  I can see the company going over $500 before the end of 2012.  Very strong buy.

  • By Curtis

    Even though Apple’s stock has now reached the $420 price range (for just one share!), many analysts believe that AAPL is one of the most undervalued large-cap stocks.

    Despite the loss of Steve Jobs last year, Apple has continued to gain value, and the trend is expected to continue through 2012 with the hotly anticipated iPad 3 and iPhone 5 releases. In fact, AAPL is predicted to hit $510 per share in the next year.

  • By Kevin M. O’Brien

    Apple Inc. (AAPL) will reach $500.00/share at some point in 2012. I view Apple as trading at an extreme discount right now. I am expecting to see a run-up in price ahead of the company’s next earnings call on January 17, 2012. I am also expecting that this earnings release is going to be absolutely fantastic. It would be a wise choice to block out all the negative rumors and sentiment surrounding Apple right now. This is a stock that is so attractively priced right now that it will not stay at this level for very long. Check back with me after January 17th next year.

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