Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2014

LONDON — Quindell Portfolio  (LSE: QPP  ) — a provider of software, consultancy and technology outsourcing expertise in the insurance, telecommunications and related sectors — released its annual report for the year ending Dec. 31, 2012, this morning.

The headline figures are certainly very impressive — revenue increased 904% to 137.6 million pounds, up from 2011’s 13.7 million pounds; gross sales grew 1,154% to 171.9 million pounds; pre-tax profit is up 915%, at 41.2 million pounds; and there was a 148% rise in basic earnings per share, to 1.17 pence.

The impressive growth has come from a strategy of partnership followed by acquisition in its core markets — in 2012 Quindell bought or achieved a controlling interest in a number of companies, including Silverbeck Rymer, Pinto Potts and The Compensation Lawyers (all legal services firms specializing in personal injury claims), Ai Claims Solutions (a leading outsourcer of motor insurance claims management), IT-Freedom (an insurance sector software solutions company), Quintica (a technology specialist in the telecommunications sector in Africa and the Middle East), Overland Health (a provider of physiotherapy, psychological counselling and injury case management), and Quindell Property Services, which the company says will enable it to provide “disruptive outsourcing and technology solutions to the property insurance market place”.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2014 : Hercules Offshore Inc.(HERO)

Hercules Offshore, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides shallow-water drilling and marine services to the oil and natural gas exploration and production industry in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and internationally. Its services comprise oil and gas exploration and development drilling, well services, platform inspection, and maintenance and decommissioning services in various water provinces. As of May 10, 2011, the company owned and operated a fleet of 50 jackup rigs, 17 barge rigs, 65 liftboats, 3 submersible rigs, and 1 platform rig. It serves national oil and gas companies, integrated energy companies, and independent oil and natural gas operators. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Hercules Offshore (NASDAQ: HERO) shares reached a new 52-week low of $4.95. Global Hunter downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral and cut the price target from $12.00 to $6.00.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Equities Trading DOWN
    Shares of Hercules Offshore (NASDAQ: HERO) were down 10.96 percent to $5.12. Global Hunter downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral and cut the price target from $12.00 to $6.00.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Hercules Offshore (NASDAQ: HERO) dropped 14.43% to $4.92. Global Hunter downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral and cut the price target from $12.00 to $6.00.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2014: Interval Leisure Group Inc.(IILG)

Interval Leisure Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides membership and leisure services to the vacation industry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Membership and Exchange, and Management and Rental. The Membership and Exchange segment offers travel and leisure related products and services to owners of vacation interests, and others primarily through various membership programs, as well as related services to resort developer clients. As of December 31, 2011, its Interval Network comprised approximately 2,600 resorts located in approximately 75 countries, as well as had approximately 1.8 million vacation ownership interest owners enrolled as members. The Management and Rental segment offers hotel, condominium resort, timeshare resort and homeowners association management, and vacation rental services to vacationers and vacation property owners. As of the above date, this segment provided management and rental services to approximately 60 vacation properties and hotels. Interval Leisure Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 is headquartered in Miami, Florida.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    Calling all cash flows
    When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2014: Portugal Telecom SGPS S.A .(PT)

Portugal Telecom, SGPS, S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services in Portugal, Brazil, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. It offers fixed line telephone, Internet protocol television, and direct-to-home satellite pay-TV services; and mobile telecommunications services, such as voice, data, and Internet-related multi-media services primarily for mobile phones, smart phones, tablets, and laptops. The company also provides enterprise services, including data and business solutions, as well as information technology/information system and business process outsourcing services. In addition, it provides engineering solutions and training services in telecommunications; postal network services; consultant negotiation services; public telecommunication services and telebroadcasting services; call center services; mobile cellular services; and development and consultancy services in the areas of electronic commerce, contents, telecommunications, and info rmation technology. Further, it engages in the purchase, management, administration, sale, and investment consultancy of real estate properties; business advisory board service installment, consultation, administration, and business management; and pension fund management,. Additionally, the company provides wholesale services comprising leased lines, interconnection, unbundled access to its local loops, broadband asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL), wholesale line rental, access to ducts, transmission of television and radio signals, and international carrier services. The company also publishes directories; provides portal services; and sells telecommunications equipment. As of December 31, 2010, it had approximately 4.9 million telephone and ADSL access lines in service. The company was formerly known as Portugal Telecom, SA and changed its name to Portugal Telecom, SGPS, S.A. in December 2000. Portugal Telecom, SGPS, S.A. was founded in 1994 and is based in Lisbon , Portugal.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Buckingham]

    We have been positive on Portugal Telecom (PT) and its domestic turnaround, as well as its 25% ownership stake in Brazilian telecom provider Grupo Oi, for some time.

  • [By Brian Pacampara]

    Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool’s free investing community, telecommunications company Portugal Telecom (NYSE: PT  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2014: Eaton Vance Limited Duration Income Fund (EVV)

Eaton Vance Limited Duration Income Fund is a closed-ended fixed income mutual fund launched and managed by Eaton Vance Management. The fund invests in the fixed income markets of the United States. It seeks to invest in the securities of companies operating across the diversified sectors. The fund invests in senior, secured floating-rate loans, mortgage-backed securities, and corporate bonds that are rated below investment grade quality, known as junk bonds with an average duration of 3.47 years and average quality BBB/BBB-. It benchmarks the performance of its portfolio against the S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index, the Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Index, and the Barclays Capital U.S. Intermediate Government Bond Index. Eaton Vance Limited Duration Income Fund was formed on May 30, 2003 and is domiciled in the United States.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Aloisi]

    The following chart takes a comparative look at some widely held ETFs/CEFs holding different types of bonds. The objective is to visualize not only how much these products cost, but also to break down the percent of total yield depleted by management fees. I define total yield as current annualized yield plus net fees – in other words the yield of the fund if there were no management fees attached. The funds we will examine are aforementioned BND, iShares 20+ Treasury Bond (TLT), iShares High-Yield Corporate (HYG), Nuveen Municipal Value (NUV), Eaton Vance Limited Duration (EVV) and Alliance Bernstein Global High-Yield (AWF).

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2014: Swift Energy Company(SFY)

Swift Energy Company engages in acquiring, exploring, developing, and operating oil and natural gas properties. It focuses on inland waters and onshore oil and natural gas reserves in Louisiana and Texas. As of December 31, 2010, the company had estimated proved reserves of 132.8 million barrels of oil equivalent. Swift Energy Company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    Q: Could you offer any insight/comment on Swift Energy, which seems to be moving towards oil from natgas?

    Swift Energy (NYSE: SFY) is an oil and gas producer with operations primarily in Texas and Louisiana. Like Halcon, the company’s share price has been battered over the past two years, down 61 percent, but unlike Halcon, Swift seemed to turn a corner in the second half of 2013. In comparing the two, Swift is in better shape financially (less leveraged and a better cash flow position) and has less downside risk. Swift has done a good job of growing both oil and gas reserves, as well as production in the Eagle Ford.

    Swift’s production has grown while the share price has languished. Source: Swift Presentation    

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    Right now I know that silver miners like Pan American Silver (PAAS) and Coeur Mining (CDE) are very cheap on an asset basis. I know that oil and gas producers like Swift Energy (SFY) and WPX Energy (WPX) are priced as if no one will ever use the stuff again. I know that small banks like Cape Bancorp (CBNJ) and Essa Bancorp (ESSA) are crazy-cheap — and if the world does not end, those stocks will be a lot higher in a few years.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2014: Parametric Technology Corporation(PMTC)

Parametric Technology Corporation develops, markets, and supports product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions and services that help companies design products, manage product information, and enhance product development processes worldwide. Its PLM solutions comprise Windchill, an Internet-based content and process management solution for managing data and relationships, processes, and publications; Arbortext, an enterprise solution to manage complex information assets that enhance their customer support and service center information delivery processes; Creo View, which enables enterprise-wide visualization, verification, annotation, and automated comparison of various product development data formats; and Integrity that coordinates and manages various activities and artifacts associated with developing software-intensive products. The company?s desktop solutions include Creo Parametric, a family of three-dimensional product design solutions based on a parametr ic, feature-based solid modeler that enables changes made during the design process to be associatively updated throughout the design; Creo Elements/Direct, a family of computer aided design and collaboration software used for customers to meet short design cycles and to create product designs; Mathcad, an engineering calculation software solution, which combines a computational engine, accessed through conventional math notation, and with a full-featured word processor and graphing tools; and Arbortext to help customers improve documentation accuracy, speed time to market, reduce translation requirements, and lower publishing costs. In addition, it provides consulting, implementation, training, maintenance, and computer-based training products. Parametric Technology sells its products and services through direct sales force and third-party resellers and other strategic partners. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Needham, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Markus Aarnio]

    Autodesk’s competitors include Adobe Systems (ADBE), Dassault Systemes SA (DASTY.PK), and Parametric Technology Corporation (PMTC). Here is a table comparing these companies.

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    PTC (NASDAQ: PMTC  ) results for the company’s Q2 have been released. For the quarter, non-GAAP revenue was just under $315 million, which bettered the $302 million the company posted in the same period the previous year. Net profit also saw an increase, advancing to $49.6 million ($0.41 per diluted share) from Q2 2012’s $35.9 million ($0.30).

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2014: Adams Golf Inc.(ADGF)

Adams Golf, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, assembles, markets, and distributes golf clubs for various skill levels primarily in the United States and internationally. Its products comprise Speedline Fast 12 drivers, Fast 12 LS drivers, Speedline Fast 12 fairway woods, Idea a12 OS irons and hybrids, Idea a12 hybrids, Idea Pro a12 irons and hybrids, Idea Tech V3 irons and hybrids, Redline irons, Idea a7 and a7 OS irons and hybrids, and Speedline 9088 UL drivers. It also develops products under the Yes! Putters, Women’s Golf Unlimited, Lady Fairway, and Square 2 brands. In addition, it offers a range of golf bags, hats, and other accessories. The company sells its products to on- and off- course golf shops, sporting goods retailers, and mass merchants, as well as to international distributors. Adams Golf, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is based in Plano, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Geoff Gannon]

    Adams Golf (ADGF) was a net-net. It got bought out by Adidas. By the way, it’s not the only net-net to get bought out this year. Swank (SNKI) was also a net-net that looks like it’s going to be bought out. Last I heard, they received an alternative proposal during their “go shop” period and haven’t acted on it. The Ben Graham: Net-Net Newsletter’s model portfolio doesn’t own either stock. Though we do own another net-net where a company in the same industry bought a block of shares. Who knows what that means. But clearly net-nets sometimes attract control buyers.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2014: Sinovac Biotech Ltd.(SVA)

Sinovac Biotech Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the research, development, manufacture, and commercialization of vaccines against the hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza viruses in the People’s Republic of China. It offers Healive, an inactivated hepatitis A vaccine; Bilive, a combination of hepatitis A and B vaccine; Anflu, a split virus influenza vaccine; and Panflu, a vaccine against the influenza A H1N1 virus. The company’s pipeline vaccine candidates include a split viron vaccine, which completed Phase II clinical trials for the H5N1 influenza virus; and a SARS vaccine, which completed Phase I clinical trials for the SARS virus. In addition, its pipeline vaccine candidates that completed the pre-clinical trials comprise human vaccines for EV71, pneumococcal conjugate, haemophilus influenzae type b, meningitis, Japanese encephalitis, chickenpox, mumps, and rubella diseases, as well as rabies vaccine for humans and animals. The company markets and sell s its vaccine products directly to the provincial and municipal disease control and prevention centers. It has a patent license agreement with the National Institutes of Health; distribution agreements with LG Life Sciences, Ltd. and Glovax C.V.; and a pandemic influenza vaccine co-development agreement with the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Sinovac Biotech Ltd. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Louis Navellier]

    LGND is a strong buy at today’s price.

    Biotech Stocks to Buy: Sinovac Biotech (SVA)

    Sinovac Biotech LTD (SVA) is a Chinese biotech company that makes drugs to treat conditions such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza viruses. The just announced that the phase three trials of a new drug to fight a virus called EV-71 that causes neurological conditions such hand foot and mouth disease showed great promise. Phase III trial results  EV71 vaccine show that the drug had a 94.8% efficacy rate against EV71-related hand, foot, and mouth disease, and a 100% efficacy rate against EV71-associated hospitalization and against HFMD with neurologic complications.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Troubling is that it’s a new presence in humans, and while that makes its spread among the populace difficult, scientists fear that it’s gaining momentum. Sinovac Biotech (NASDAQ: SVA  ) , which was approved to produce vaccines several years ago, jumped almost 7% yesterday as it gears up to mass produce a vaccine to combat the new threat.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2014: SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY)

SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (the Fund) seeks to replicate the price and yield of the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index (the Index). The Index is designed to measure the performance of 50 highest dividend yielding S&P Composite 1500 constituents that have followed a managed-dividends policy of consistently increasing dividends every year for at least 25 years. These stocks have both capital growth and dividend income characteristics.

The Fund utilizes a passive or indexing approach and attempts to approximate the investment performance of its benchmark index, by investing in a portfolio of stocks intended to replicate the Index. SSgA Funds Management, Inc. acts as the Adviser of the Fund.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Vaughan Scully]

    Investors who would like to gain exposure to the Aristocrats may want to consider the ProShares S&P 500 Aristocrats ETF (NOBL), which tracks the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats index. The fund has attracted almost $12.5 billion in assets since launching in October, 2013. Also, State Street’s SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY) tracks the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats index.

  • [By J. Royden Ward]

    SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY) holds all the companies in the S&P 1500 Index which have raised their dividends every year for the past 20 years. The objective of SDY is to include companies which have increased their dividends consistently. Only 85 qualify out of 1,500 companies!

  • [By Namitha Jagadeesh]

    Experian (EXPN) lost 2.8 percent for the biggest decline on the FTSE 100 Index after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. recommended selling the credit-reference company’s shares. Speedy Hire Plc (SDY) tumbled the most since January 2009 after the construction-equipment leasing company reported accounting irregularities and its chief executive officer resigned. Barclays Plc (BARC) advanced 2.3 percent, pushing a gauge of banks higher.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    So if two single people each earned $200,000, they wouldn’t be subject to the Obamacare tax at all. But if they got married, then $150,000 of their total income of $400,000 would get taxed, with an additional tax liability of $1,350. Similar situations with investment income could lead to a much larger marriage penalty, as the investment tax rate is more than quadruple the rate for wages. Investors in dividend-oriented ETFs Vanguard High Dividend Yield (NYSEMKT: VYM  ) , SPDR S&P Dividend (NYSEMKT: SDY  ) , and iShares DJ Select Dividend (NYSEMKT: DVY  ) should therefore take care to consider tax-favored investment vehicles for their investments.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2014: Talisman Energy Inc.(TLM)

Talisman Energy Inc., an upstream oil and gas company, engages in the exploration, development, production, transportation, and marketing of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. It primarily operates in North America, the North Sea, and southeast Asia. The company was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jesse Solomon]

    Energy bet may not have paid off: The funds plowed over two billion dollars into Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Valero Energy Corporation (VLO, Fortune 500), Talisman Energy (TLM), and Cameron International (CAM, Fortune 500).

  • [By Arjun Sreekumar]

    In Pennsylvania, for instance, several hundred wells have been drilled but not completed because the takeaway capacity to get their production to market simply isn’t there. Several operators have been forced to drastically reduce their rig counts in the region. For instance, both EXCO Resources (NYSE: XCO  ) and Talisman Energy (NYSE: TLM  ) have just one rig each remaining in the Marcellus.