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Best Company To Invest In 2013

Now, I know that lots of my readers are already yelling at their computer screens — “Buy and hold is dead!” goes the cry, and that has certainly been increasingly the sentiment of the market over the last few years … especially since, in so many stocks, “buy and hold” has meant “buy and watch them go down over time.”

Any inflexible strategy is bound to have problems and down years … heck, even the flexible ones have down years … but still, there’s a certain part of me that loves “buy and hold.” Missing the worst days and the worst crashes in the market is great if your stop losses get you out before the bottom hits, but not missing the best days has historically been more important, if only because those who sell as their stocks go down are generally terrible at buying back in before the stock or market has fully rebounded or recovered (no not you — I mean everyone else).

In a world where I have no confidence in the overall direction of the market, I can at least have some confidence in big businesses with stable earnings, growing revenues, and growing dividends. Maybe we can’t hold them forever, but most of my best picks over the long haul have been stocks that I’ve held through up and down markets (and watched the dividends compound dramatically, in some cases) … and my biggest mistakes have mostly been selling stocks that, after I sold them, beat the market handily. That said, I also have held on to my share of stinkers for far too long, so maybe this is just a psychological flaw for your friendly neighborhood Gumshoe.

Best Company To Invest In 2013: Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.(FDP)

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces, transports, sources, markets, and distributes fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables worldwide. It also offers prepared fruit and vegetables, juices, beverages, snacks, and poultry and meat products. The company provides various fresh-cut fruit products, such as bananas, pineapples, melons, tomatoes, grapes, apples, pears, peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, citrus, avocados, blueberries, kiwi, strawberries, plantains, mangos, and fruit cocktail; and fresh-cut vegetable products primarily consisting of potatoes, onions, bell peppers, and cucumbers, as well as prepared salads, such as coleslaw and potato salad. In addition, Fresh Del Monte Produce engages in ocean freight; and manufacture of plastics and box products comprising bins, trays, bags, and boxes. It offers fresh produce under the DEL MONTE, UTC, and Rosy brands; and prepared fruits and vegetables, juices, beverages, and snacks under the DEL MON TE, Fruit Express, Just Juice, and Fruitini brands. The company markets and distributes its products to retail stores, food clubs, wholesalers, distributors, and foodservice operators. Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. was founded in 1886 and is based in George Town, Cayman Islands.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Zacks]Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (FDP) announced an earnings per share surprise of 110% for its first quarter, fueled by product line restructuring and tighter cost controls. Adjusted earnings per share of 84 cents jumped from the prior year’s 28 cents and eclipsed the consensus of 40 cents. Net sales decline slightly due to aggressive efforts to improve the North American performance of its “Other Fresh Produce” business segment.

    Shares of the fruit and vegetable company gained approximately 16.5% last week as 52-week highs were reached on Apr 30 and May 1. Earnings estimates for this year have moved forward in the past seven days to $1.06. Fresh Del Monte Produce is encouraged by its best quarter in two years, and believes it is seeing the beginning of a turnaround that will leave it well-positioned for long-term growth.

Best Company To Invest In 2013: Huron Consulting Group Inc.(HURN)

Huron Consulting Group Inc. provides operational and financial consulting services in the United States. Its Health and Education Consulting segment develops and implements solutions to help clients address financial management, strategy, operational and organizational effectiveness, research administration, and regulatory compliance; and offers consulting services related to organization performance improvement, revenue cycle improvement, turnarounds, merger or affiliation strategies, labor productivity, non-labor cost management, information technology, patient flow improvement, physician practice management, interim management, clinical quality and medical management, and governance and board development to hospitals, health systems, physicians, managed care organizations, academic medical centers, colleges, universities, and pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. The company?s Legal Consulting segment provides strategic and management consulting, cost managem ent, and technology and information management, including matter management, records, document review, and discovery services to assist law departments and law firms. This segment also offers V3locity solution, which delivers streamlined e-discovery process; and IMPACT solution that delivers sustainable cost reductions. Its Financial Consulting segment assists corporations with accounting and financial reporting matters, and provides financial analysis in restructuring and turnaround situations, as well as consults with companies in the areas of corporate governance, Sarbanes Oxley compliance, and internal audit. Huron Consulting Group Inc. serves various industries, including healthcare, education, professional services, pharmaceutical, technology, transportation services, telecommunications, financial services, electronics, consumer products, governmental, energy and utilities, and industrial manufacturing. The company was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Chicago, I llinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Zacks]Huron Consulting Group Inc. (HURN) is a leading provider of financial and operational consulting services that gained 15.4% last week. The company reported first-quarter earnings per share of 55 cents on revenues of $116 million. Earnings bettered the consensus by approximately 7.8% and surged from the previous year, while revenues soared 87% from the first quarter of 2006’s $62.2 million. Huron Consulting Group reached a 52-week high on May 3 while earnings estimates for this year improved 1.3% in the past seven days. The company continues to experience increased demand across its service offerings, and is optimistic that it will continue for the remainder of 2007. Huron Consulting Group believes it is well-positioned for this year and beyond, as evidenced by the decision to boost its full year outlook.

Best Company To Invest In 2013: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company(CTB)

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets replacement tires in North America and internationally. It operates in two segments, North American Tire Operations and International Tire Operations. The North American Tire Operations segment produces and distributes passenger car and light truck tires, as well as tires for racing, medium trucks, and motorcycles to independent tire dealers, wholesale distributors, regional and national retail tire chains, and other large automotive product retail chains. This segment sells its products through three own retail stores. The International Tire Operations segment manufactures and markets passenger car, light truck, motorcycle, light vehicle tires, radial and bias medium truck tires, and racing tires and tire retread material to markets worldwide. The company was founded in 1913 and is based in Findlay, Ohio.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Zacks]Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (CTB) reversed a year-ago loss with first-quarter earnings of 33 cents. The result also bettered the consensus by as much as 312%. Total sales moved forward 16% to $689 million, versus $597 million in the first quarter of 2006. Cooper Tire & Rubber said it continued to benefit from the cost reduction and profit improvement initiatives announced last September. Furthermore, it was helped by improved price and mix in North America, and increased tire unit sales in Europe and Asia.

    Shares of the company gained 12% last week, making it one of the top-performing Zacks #1 Rank companies. It also reached a 52-week high on the day of its report. Looking forward, Cooper Tire & Rubber expects to build on the momentum of the first quarter, as conditions and opportunities suggest a strong 2007. Over the past seven days, earnings estimates for this year have moved forward approximately 25% to 98 cents.

Best Company To Invest In 2013: Life Partners Holdings Inc(LPHI)

Life Partners Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, Life Partners, Inc., operates in the secondary market for life insurance in the United States. It facilitates life settlement transactions by identifying, examining, and purchasing the policies as agent for the purchasers. The company?s financial transactions involve the purchase of life insurance policies at a discount to their face value for investment purposes. It serves institutional purchasers, which include investment funds designed to acquire and hold life settlements; and retail purchasers, such as high net worth individuals. The company was founded in 1971 and is based in Waco, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Zacks]Life Partners Holdings, Inc. (LPHI) is engaged in the secondary market for life insurance. The company gained almost 27.5% last week to become the top-performing Zacks #1 Rank company. It was also a top performer in the week ended Apr 20. Over the past month, earnings estimates for the year ending February 2008 are up approximately 22.7%.

    Life Partners Holdings began this month by reached 52-week highs each day from May 2 through May 4. Last month, the company announced that it expects net income to surge 215% for fiscal 2007. This is attributed to an exceptional increase in net income beginning in the third quarter and continuing into the fourth quarter. For its fiscal fourth-quarter, earnings per share are expected at 22 cents, which would mark significant advances from both the year-ago performance and Wall Street expectations. The company plans to officially report its earnings later this month.

Buffet Stocks For 2013

A few days ago I read a few articles that started off by saying, “J.P. Morgan names Facebook, eBay, Priceline and Pandora as its top picks among Internet stocks for 2013.”  That was followed by a link to read more.

I was initially a little perplexed – so much so that I clicked on the link so that I could understand J.P. Morgan’s rationale for selecting these as top picks.

Buffet Stocks For 2013: Northern Oil and Gas Inc.(NOG)

Northern Oil and Gas, Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas properties in the Williston Basin Bakken play, the United States. As of June 30, 2011, the company?s principal assets included approximately 158,046 net acres located in the northern region of the United States; and 439 gross wells. Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. is based in Wayzata, Minnesota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Conrad]Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. Com (AMEX:NOG): This equity had 22,650,533 shares sold short as of Aug 31st, as compared to 23,479,470 on Aug 15th, which represents a change of -828,937 shares, or -3.5%. Days to cover for this company is 21 and average daily trading volume is 1,081,891. About the equity: Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company is currently focused on the Rocky Mountain regions of the United States.

Buffet Stocks For 2013: Becton Dickinson and Company(BDX)

Becton, Dickinson and Company, a medical technology company, develops, manufactures, and sells medical devices, instrument systems, and reagents worldwide. The company?s BD Medical segment produces medical devices that are used in various healthcare settings. This segment?s products include needles, syringes, and intravenous catheters for medication delivery; prefilled IV flush syringes; syringes, pen needles, and other drugs to treat diabetes; prefillable drug delivery systems; anesthesia needles and trays; sharps disposal containers; and closed-system transfer devices. Its BD Diagnostics segment provides products for the safe collection and transport of diagnostics specimens, as well as instrument systems and reagents to detect various infectious diseases, healthcare-associated infections, and cancers. This segment?s products consist of integrated systems for specimen collection; safety-engineered blood collection products and systems; automated blood culturing systems; molecular testing systems; microorganism identification and drug susceptibility systems; liquid-based cytology systems for cervical cancer screening; rapid diagnostic assays; and plated media. The company?s BD Biosciences segment produces research and clinical tools that facilitate the study of cells and their components. This segment?s products comprise fluorescence-activated cell sorters and analyzers; monoclonal antibodies and kits for performing cell analysis; reagent systems for life science research; cell imaging systems; laboratory products for tissue culture and fluid handling; diagnostic assays; and cell culture media supplements for biopharmaceutical manufacturing. It markets its products through independent distribution channels and independent sales representatives to healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry, and the general public. The company was founded in 1897 and is headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rahemtulla]A relatively new position for Warren Buffett, this company makes all sorts of medical supplies. Buffett has been making an across-the-board bet on medical companies. He owns Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Sanofi Aventis (SNY). And now the smallest company among the medical stocks he invests in is Becton Dickison. The company just recently increased its dividend, making it the 37th year in a row that it increased its payout. At 14 times earnings, this one has room to grow, particularly with an aging Baby Boomer population requiring more me dical care.

Buffet Stocks For 2013: Torch Energy Royalty Trust(TRU)

Torch Energy Royalty Trust, a grantor trust, holds net profits interests, to receive payments from the working interest owners. Its working interest owners include Torch Royalty Company, Torch E&P Company, Samson Lone Star Limited Partnership, and Constellation Energy Partners LLC. The trust is entitled to receive 95% of the net proceeds attributable to oil and natural gas produced and sold from wells on the underlying properties, including Chalkley Field in Louisiana; the Robinson?s Bend Field in the Black Warrior Basin in Alabama; Cotton Valley Fields in Texas; and Austin Chalk Fields in central Texas. Torch Energy Royalty Trust was founded in 1993 and is based in Wilmington, Delaware.

Buffet Stocks For 2013: La Doria(LDO.MI)

La Doria SpA engages in the production and marketing of food products in the vegetable and juices processing sector primarily in Italy, the United Kingdom, and the Scandinavian countries. Its products include tomato-based products, fruit juices, and canned vegetables and pasta. The company offers peeled, chopped, and cherry tomatoes; tomato puree; traditional and mixed fruit juices; pulses, such as beans, chick peas, and lentils; minestrones and soups; and carrots and legumes. It also markets canned tomatoes, fruits, fishes, shrimps, pet food, and other products. The company sells its products under the La Doria, LA ROMANELLA, VIVI G, and VIVI G BIO brand names. La Doria SpA was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Angri, Italy.

Buffet Stocks For 2013: Computacenter(CCC.L)

Computacenter plc, through its subsidiaries, engages in the supply, implementation, support, and management of information technology (IT) systems in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Belgium. The company offers workplace systems, such as desktop, laptop, monitor, printers, peripherals, and consumables; datacenter and networking products comprising Intel and Unix servers, storage, networking, and security products; and professional, support, managed, and third party resold services. It also offers service desk solutions; SAP and Oracle infrastructure management services; device management, and C3 cloud-based IT services; network monitoring and management; datacenter hosting, and server and storage management; datacenter, network, and desktop maintenance; and installation, move, add, and change services. In addition, the company provides workplace strategy, desktop migration and virtualization, and software optimization services; structured cabling and intelligent in frastructure management systems services, IP Telephony and VoIP services, and application delivery and WAN optimization services; infrastructure virtualization, discovery and analysis, automation and orchestration services, as well as current state assessment, database optimization, server and storage consolidation, and datacenter relocation services; video and user collaboration, corporate e-mail and messaging, mobile workforce, and digital media and signage solutions; and network security, backup and recovery, data classification and optimization, replication, and secure remote access services, as well as archiving solutions. Further, it offers product fulfillment, supplier management and rationalization, and Web shop and e-commerce services; configuration and logistics, and release and deployment management services; recovery, disposal, and recycling services; and software licensing services. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Hatfield, the United Kin gdom.

Buffet Stocks For 2013: Imris Inc He Company] (IM.TO)

IMRIS Inc. provides integrated image guided therapy solutions that deliver information to clinicians during surgical or interventional procedures in Canada, the United States, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. The company designs, manufactures, and markets VISIUS Surgical Theatre, a multifunctional surgical environment that incorporates magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, CT imaging, fluoroscopy, computed tomography, and x-ray angiography into multi-purpose surgical suites to provide intra-operative imaging for medical applications. It also provides ancillary products and services. The companyÂ’s solutions serve the neurosurgical, cerebrovascular, and cardiovascular markets worldwide. IMRIS Inc. is based in Winnipeg, Canada.

Buffet Stocks For 2013: United Bancorp Inc.(UBCP)

United Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for The Citizens Savings Bank that provides various commercial and retail banking products and services in the northeastern, eastern, southeastern, and south central Ohio. Its deposit products include interest-bearing deposits, certificates of deposit, demand deposits, savings accounts, NOW accounts, and money market deposits. The company?s loan portfolio comprises commercial, real estate, installment, and consumer loans, as well as letters of credit and lines of credit. It also offers brokerage, night deposit, safe deposit box, and automatic teller machine services. United Bancorp provides banking services through its main office and stand alone operations center in Martins Ferry, Ohio; and 19 branches in Belmont, Harrison, Jefferson, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Athens, Hocking, and Fairfield counties, as well as in the surrounding localities. The company was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Martins Ferry, Ohio.

Top Stock Picks For 2013

In 2012, the stock markets had another wild ride. This seems to be the case every year since 2008. Between the eurozone crisis on a daily basis, politicians caring more about their own agendas than the public’s, and also then Steve Jobs passing away; there were plenty of stories in 2012.

For this article, I would like to get into how I think some stocks will perform and the markets as a whole will perform, both positive and negative.

Here is what to look for in 2013:

Top Stock Picks For 2013: Full House Resorts Inc.(FLL)

Full House Resorts, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manages, invests in, and owns gaming-related enterprises. The company holds interest in Gaming Entertainment (Delaware), LLC, a joint venture with Harrington Raceway, Inc., which has a management contract with Harrington Raceway and Casino that has approximately 1,800 slot machines and 40 table games, a 450-seat buffet, a dining restaurant, a 50-seat diner, and an entertainment lounge area located in Harrington, Delaware. It also owns and operates Stockman?s Casino, which has approximately 264 slot machines, 4 table games, and keno, as well as a bar, a dining restaurant, and a coffee shop situated in Fallon, Nevada. In addition, the company holds interests in Gaming Entertainment Michigan, LLC that has a joint venture with RAM Entertainment, LLC, which has a management agreement with the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians for the development and management of the FireKeepers Casino in Battle Cre ek, Michigan. Full House Resorts, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Top Stock Picks For 2013: United Envirotech Ltd (U19.SI)

United Envirotech Ltd., an investment holding company, engages in the provision of environmental engineering services primarily in the PeopleÂ’s Republic of China, Singapore, and Malaysia. It offers engineering services, which include design, fabrication, installation, and commissioning of membrane based water and wastewater treatment systems; and undertakes turn key projects that comprise engineering, procurement, and construction services, or membrane system services. The company also invests in wastewater treatment plants under build operate transfer and transfer operate transfer agreements, as well as in industrial park wastewater projects. In addition, it is involved in the trade of pumps; and provision of operation and maintenance services on water and wastewater treatment facilities. The company provides its membrane based water and wastewater treatment, and reclamation solutions to the chemical, petrochemical, and industrial park sectors; and pharmaceutical, food a nd beverage, and textile and dyestuff industries. United Envirotech Ltd. was founded in 2003 and is based in Singapore.

Top Stock Picks For 2013: Hudson Resources Inc. (HUD.V)

Hudson Resources Inc., an exploration stage company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and evaluation of mineral properties. It primarily mines for rare earths, diamonds, and base metals, as well as specialty metals, such as niobium and tantalum. The company holds 100% interests in 2 exploration licenses comprising Naajat Mineral Claim and Sarfartoq Mineral Claim covering an area of approximately 687 square kilometers located in west Greenland. The company was formerly known as Tekwerks Solutions Inc. and changed its name to Hudson Resources Inc. in December 2002. Hudson Resources Inc. was incorporated in 2000 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

Top Stock Picks For 2013: Accuride Corporation New (ACW)

Accuride Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in designing, manufacturing, marketing, and supplying commercial vehicle components in North America. The company offers heavy- and medium-duty steel and aluminum wheels, light truck steel wheels, and military wheels; and wheel-end components and assemblies, such as brake drums, disc wheel hubs, spoke wheels, disc brake rotors, and automatic slack adjusters. It also provides truck body and chassis parts comprising bumpers, fuel tanks, battery boxes and toolboxes, front-end cross members, muffler assemblies, and crown assemblies and components, as well as fenders, exhaust components, sun visors, windshield masks, step assemblies, brackets, fuel tank supports, inner-hood panels, door assemblies, dash panel assemblies, and various other components. In addition, the company offers ductile and gray iron casting of transmission and engine-related components, which comprise flywheels, and transmission and engine-relate d housings and brackets; and ductile and gray iron casting of industrial components, such as flywheels, pump housings, small engine components, and other industrial components. Accuride Corporation markets its products under Accuride, Gunite, Imperial, and Brillion brand names. It serves heavy- and medium-duty truck, and commercial trailer original equipment manufacturers (OEM); and aftermarket suppliers, including OEM dealer networks, wholesale distributors, and aftermarket buying groups. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Evansville, Indiana.

Top Stock Picks For 2013: Loral Space and Communications Inc.(LORL)

Loral Space & Communications Inc. operates as a satellite communications company. The company?s Satellite Manufacturing segment designs and manufactures satellites, space systems, and components used for fixed satellite services, direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting, mobile satellite services, broadband data distribution, wireless telephony, digital radio, digital mobile broadcasting, military communications, weather monitoring, and air traffic management applications in commercial and government sectors. Loral Space & Communications Inc.?s Satellite Services segment provides broadcast, enterprise, and consulting services. This segment owns and leases a satellite fleet that provides high-bandwidth services to broadcasters, cable networks, and DTH service providers. It also offers satellite transmission services for the broadcast of news, sports, and live events coverage enabling broadcasters to conduct on-the-scene transmissions. In addition, this segment operates very smal l aperture terminal (VSAT) networks in North America, and manages various VSAT terminals at customer sites, as well as provides the installation and maintenance of the end user terminal, the VSAT hub, and satellite capacity services. Further, it offers Internet protocol-based terrestrial extension services; Ka-band two-way broadband Internet services; satellite capacity and end-to-end services for data and voice transmission to telecommunications carriers; fixed satellite services to the United States and Canadian governments; and satellite consulting services. The company also owns and operates an X-band satellite, which provides X-band communications services to government users. As of December 31, 2011, it had 12 in-orbit satellites and 2 satellites under construction. The company operates in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, Latin America, and Caribbean. Loral Space & Communications Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in New York, New York.