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Best Stocks To Invest In 2013

A few months ago, I sent a report to readers of my Top 10 Stocks advisory covering my “10 Best Stocks to Hold Forever.”

It’s quickly becoming one of the most popular pieces of research in StreetAuthority’s history.

Simply put, these are the 10 stocks that we think you can buy today and basically hold for the rest of your life.

When you own them, you don’t have to worry about events such as inflation or deflation, bear markets or recessions… flash-crashes or rising interest rates.

Don’t just take my word for it — the numbers speak for themselves…

Since I went public with my 10 “Forever” stocks in mid-July,

— They’ve returned 10.0% on average, compared with a 0.3% gain in the S&P 500.

— Nine out of 10 are in the green, and our biggest winner is up 20.9%.

— Seven are already showing double-digit returns.

— Four have announced dividend increases.

I’m not telling you this to brag about my success as an analyst. My job is to help investors make money, so I want to show you why these stocks are outperforming… and what makes them worthy of their “Forever” status.

Before I go on though, let me be forthcoming by telling you I simply can’t reveal my full list of 10 “Forever” ideas here. This wouldn’t be fair to my Top 10 Stocks subscribers.

But if you want to find “Forever” stocks of your own, then you don’t necessarily need my list.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2013: DTE Energy Company(DTE)

DTE Energy Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an electric and natural gas utility company in Michigan. It also involves in non-utility operations. The company?s Energy Utility segment engages in the generation, purchase, distribution, and sale of electricity in southeastern Michigan. It generates electricity from various fuels, including coal, as well as from nuclear and hydro facilitates. As of December 31, 2010, this segment owned and operated approximately 674 distribution substations and approximately 412,100 line transformers; and supplied electricity to 2.1 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers in southeastern Michigan. The company?s Gas Utility segment engages in the purchase, storage, transmission, distribution, and sale of natural gas in Michigan. As of December 31, 2010, this segment?s distribution system included approximately 19,000 miles of distribution mains, 1,036,000 service lines, and 1,319,000 active meters. It also o wned approximately 2,000 miles of transmission lines that deliver natural gas; and supplied natural gas to approximately 1.2 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers throughout Michigan, as well as to approximately 17,000 customers in Adrian, Michigan. The company?s non-utility operations include natural gas pipelines and storage; unconventional gas exploration, development, and production; power and industrial projects, and coal transportation and marketing; and energy marketing and trading operations. Its customers include electric utilities, merchant power producers, integrated steel mills, and industrial companies. DTE Energy Company was founded in 1995 and is based in Detroit, Michigan.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Martin]Deutsche Telekom AG is a diversified telecommunications & Information technology company operating in 5 areas: Germany, the United States, Europe, Southern and Eastern Europe. The company has a solid strategy in place to become the largest 4G network in the United States, increase its annual revenue to $3 billion by 2014 & increase its profit margins while decreasing churn. Currently, the company’s stock trades at almost 19 times earnings and sports a nice 6.52% dividend yield. The company has a market cap of almost $43 billion and it trades on the Frankfurt stock exchange. For the 3rd quarter of 2010, the company generated Euro 4.8 billion of free cash flow from which Euro 4 billion was paid in dividends. While this represents a high payout ratio, most companies in the telecommunications sector are known to pay a large portion of their cash to shareholders as dividends, in a bid to increase shareholder value.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2013: Dragon Oil(DGO.L)

Dragon Oil plc engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas properties in Turkmenistan, Yemen, and Tunisia. Its principal producing asset includes a 100% interest in the Cheleken Contract Area, located in the eastern section of the Caspian Sea, offshore Turkmenistan. As of December 31, 2011, it had proved and probable reserves of 658 million barrels of oil and condensate; 88 million barrels of oil and condensate contingent resources; 1.5 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves; and 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas contingent resources. The company was incorporated in 1971 and is headquartered in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. Dragon Oil plc is a subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company Limited L.L.C.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2013: MetroCorp Bancshares Inc.(MCBI)

MetroCorp Bancshares, Inc. operates as a holding company for MetroBank, National Association; and Metro United Bank engages in the commercial banking activities in Texas and California. It provides various deposit products and services, including checking and savings accounts, money market accounts, money market accounts, noninterest-bearing demand deposit transaction accounts, and interest-bearing NOW accounts, as well as time deposits comprising certificates of deposit and individual retirement accounts. The company also offers a range of loan products, such as commercial and industrial loans to wholesalers, manufacturers, and business service companies; commercial mortgage loans to finance the purchase of real property; residential mortgage loans; loans for the construction of residential and non-residential properties; loans for commercial properties, that include multi-family, office, industrial, warehouse, and retail centers; and consumer loans, which comprise automo bile loans, lines of credit, and other personal loans, as well as involves in various government guaranteed lending programs. In addition, it provides trade finance loans and letters of credit to facilitate export and import transactions for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as offers ATM cards, debit cards, and online banking services. The company operates 13 branches in Houston and Dallas, Texas metropolitan areas; and 6 branches in the San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, California metropolitan areas. MetroCorp Bancshares, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2013: Rediff.com India Limited(REDF)

Rediff.com India Limited provides online Internet based services in India and to the global Indian community. The company’s Websites consist of channels relevant to Indian interests, such as cricket, astrology, matchmaker, and movies; content on various matters, which include news and finance; search facilities; and a range of community features consisting of e-mail, chat, messenger, photo/video sharing capabilities, e-commerce, blogs, broadband wireless content, and mobile value-added services to mobile phone subscribers in India, as well as online advertising and online shopping services. It also publishes two weekly newspapers, ?India Abroad? and ?India in New York? for the Indian-American community based in the United States and Canada. The company?s target client base for advertising and sponsorships include global companies doing business in India, domestic corporations, and small and medium enterprises. As of March 31, 2010, it had 89.5 million online registered use rs. The company was formerly known as Rediff Communication Private Limited and changed its name to Rediff.com India Limited in February 2000. Rediff.com India Limited was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Mumbai, India.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2013: Terra Energy Corp(TT.TO)

Terra Energy Corp., a junior exploration and production company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of petroleum and natural gas in Western Canada. Its operations are primarily located in northeastern British Columbia and the Peace River Arch region of Alberta. As of December 31, 2011, the company had interests in 117 net producing and 280 net non-producing oil, natural gas, and other wells. Terra Energy Corp. is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2013: Huntington Bancshares Incorporated(HBAN)

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated operates as the holding company for The Huntington National Bank that provides commercial, small business, and consumer banking services. The company?s Retail and Business Banking segment offers various financial products and services, including checking, savings, and money market accounts, certificates of deposit, consumer loans, and small business loans and leases; and investments, insurance, interest rate risk protection, foreign exchange hedging, and treasury management services to consumer and small business customers. Its Regional and Commercial Banking segment provides commercial lending; depository and liquidity management products; treasury management solutions; equipment and technology leasing; international services; and capital markets services, such as interest rate risk protection, foreign exchange hedging and sales, trading of securities, mezzanine investment capabilities, and employee benefit programs to government, not-f or-profit, health-care, and publicly traded entities. The company?s Automobile Finance and Commercial Real Estate segment offers financing for the purchase of automobiles, and new and used vehicle inventory by automotive dealerships; and financing for land, buildings, and other commercial real estate owned or constructed by real estate developers, automobile dealerships, or other customers. Its Wealth Advisors, Government Finance, and Home Lending segment provides investment management; investment servicing; custody, and corporate trust and retirement plan services; and administrative and operational support to fund to high net worth customers. It also offers online, mobile, and telephone banking services; and operates approximately 1,300 automated teller machines. As of December 31, 2011, the company had 652 branches located in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Huntington Bancshares Incorporated was founded in 1866 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Derek Hoffman]Huntington Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ:HBAN) generated double-digit profit growth and beat Wall Street’s expectations. Net income increased 25.57% to $159.3 million (19 cents per diluted share) in the quarter versus a net gain of $126.86 million in the year-earlier quarter.

    Huntington Bancshares Inc. reported adjusted net income of 19 cents per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.17.

Banks Pull Back on Debit Card Fees

After witnessing the backlash by consumers and politicians when Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) last month introduced plans for new debit card fees, most other big U.S. banks are opting not to impose similar charges.

After eight months of consumer testing, JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) has decided not to charge customers who use their debit cards to make purchases, joining U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), Citigroup (NYSE:C), PNC Financial (NYSE:PNC), KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) in its decision. None of the banks have said they made their decisions because of public outcry over Bank of America’s fees.

“We looked at all options and quickly decided it didn’t fit with our overall strategy,” said David Bowen, who runs the consumer-product business at Key.

Banks have been piling fees onto customer accounts in an attempt to recovery billions of dollars in revenue that will be lost due to new restrictions on debit cards, credit cards, and overdraft fees. Most big banks have already eliminated free checking for customers not meeting certain criteria.

Bank of America plans to start charging customers $5 a month if they use their debit cards to make purchases. SunTrust Banks (NYSE:STI) will also be tacking on a $5 monthly fee on some debit card users, while Regions Financial (NYSE:RF) is charging $4 a month on some accounts. Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) is testing a $3 monthly debit card fee in five states.

Because Dodd-Frank will reduce by roughly half the amount that banks are permitted to charge merchants for debit card transactions, many banks are looking for a way to make up that revenue elsewhere. Banks are expected to lose more than $6 billion in annual revenue as a result of the new rules.

However, the new fees might backfire — many politicians, members of Congress, and even President Obama have spoken out against them, while many customers have threatened to close their accounts and move to other institutions. Community banks and credit unions have been encouraging consumers to move to smaller financial institutions that don’t charge such fees.

Aware of the possible repercussions of debit-card fees, many banks will likely increase charges in other areas to make up lost revenue, while some will instead focus on winning over more customers and convincing them to sign up for more financial products.