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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.

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: India Limited(REDF) 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 India Limited in February 2000. 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.

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.