Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now

Delta posted a $558 million profit for the last quarter of 2013, as more passengers climbed aboard, then paid more to fly.

Delta ended the year with a profit of 65 cents per share, not counting special items. The overall profit for 2013 was $2.7 billion, excluding special charges. That was a 74% or $1.1 billion jump compared with 2012.

“Across the board, this was an outstanding quarter and year,” Richard Anderson, Delta’s CEO, said in an earnings call with investors.

The airline’s end-of-the-year profit came as passenger traffic grew 2% in the last three months of 2013. Delta boosted its number of available seats by 2.9%. Passenger revenue for the last three months of 2013 rose by 6.1%, or $451 million compared with that quarter the previous year.

The airline made gains from higher fares, its yield growing by 4%.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp (KOG)

Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (Kodiak) is an independent energy company focused on the exploration, exploitation, acquisition and production of crude oil and natural gas in the United States. Kodiak has developed an oil and natural gas asset base of proved reserves, as well as a portfolio of development and exploratory drilling opportunities on high-potential prospects with an emphasis on oil resource plays. The Company’s oil and natural gas reserves and operations are primarily concentrated in the Williston Basin of North Dakota. As of January 31, 2012, it had approximately 169,000 net acres under lease, including 157,000 net acres in the Bakken oil play in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana. In January 2012, the Company acquired Williston Basin oil and gas producing properties and undeveloped leasehold. On January 10, 2012, it acquired certain oil and gas leaseholds, overriding royalty interests and producing properties located in North Dakota. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Arjun Sreekumar]

    This technique of spacing wells closer together — known as downspacing — is also yielding encouraging results for Kodiak Oil & Gas (NYSE: KOG  ) , another Bakken driller that’s currently evaluating 800-foot spacing and 600- to 650-foot spacing between wellbores as part of its Polar Pilot projects. Initial results from these pilot programs suggest that the company will be able to unlock additional drilling locations through tighter-density drilling without interfering with existing wells

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    We get asked about Kodiak (NYSE: KOG) a lot. It’s one of those that you look back and would like to have owned over the past five years. Kodiak has indeed been a “10-bagger” over the past five years, and the company has risen from relative obscurity to become one of the 10 largest oil producers in the Bakken.

  • [By gurujx]

    Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (KOG): CFO, Secretary and Treasurer James P. Henderson Sold 100,000 Shares

    CFO, Secretary and Treasurer James P. Henderson sold 100,000 shares of KOG stock on 12/27/2013 at the average price of $11.25. James P. Henderson owns at least 364,780 shares after this. The price of the stock has decreased by 5.6% since.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Big Earnings Movers: First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) is up 17.4% at $59.07 after crushing estimates after-hours on Thursday. American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) is down 6.5% at $48.28 after an earnings decline. Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: KOG) is down 4.9% at $12.38. Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) is down 1.6% at $118.03 after reporting disappointing results.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Royal Bank Of Canada(RY)

Royal Bank of Canada provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking, and transaction processing services under the RBC name worldwide. Its Canadian Banking segment offers personal financial services, business financial services, and cards and payment solutions. The company?s Wealth Management segment provides wealth and asset management, and estate and trust services to affluent and high net worth clients through distributors, as well as directly to institutional and individual clients in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Its Insurance segment provides various life and health insurance, including universal life, accidental death and critical illness protection, disability, long-term care insurance, and group benefits; and property and casualty insurance comprising home, auto, and travel insurance, as well as wealth accumulation solutions; and reinsurance products through retail ins urance branches, call centers, independent insurance advisors and travel agencies, financial institutions, and career sales force. The company?s International Banking segment offers various financial products and services to individuals, business clients, and public institutions in the U.S. and Caribbean. This segment also provides global custody, fund and pension administration, securities lending, shareholder services, analytics, and other related services to institutional investors. Royal Bank of Canada?s Capital Markets segment engages in the trading and distribution of fixed income, foreign exchange, equities, commodities, and derivative products for institutional, public sector, and corporate clients; and involves in investment banking, debt and equity origination, advisory services, corporate lending, private equity, and client securitization businesses. The company was founded in 1864 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Will Ashworth]

    Kuchar Sponsor Stock: Royal Bank of Canada (RY)

    Of these five players, Kuchar sits the highest in the 2014 FedEx Cup standings in 15th place. Although he too has missed a cut in nine tournaments played so far, he has managed to finish in the top 10 on six occasions, leading to $1.7 million in winnings leading up to the Masters.

  • [By Will Ashworth]

    CM Rating: 7

    Royal Bank of Canada (RY)

    Dividend Yield: 3.9%

    Royal Bank of Canada (RY) is having an excellent 2013. Its adjusted net income for the first nine months of the year through the end of July was up 12.3% to C$6.3 billion, and is expected to grow by 8.7% in Q4 to C$2.2 billion.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Physicians Realty Trust (DOC)

Physicians Realty Trust, incorporated on April 9, 2013, is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is a self-managed healthcare real estate company. The Company is engaged in acquiring, developing, owning and managing healthcare properties that are leased to physicians, hospitals and healthcare delivery systems. The Company invests in real estate that is integral to providing healthcare services. The Company’s properties are located on a campus with a hospital or other healthcare facilities or strategically located and affiliated with a hospital or other healthcare facilities. The Company’s principal investments will include medical office buildings, outpatient treatment facilities, acute and post-acute care hospitals, as well as other real estate integral to healthcare providers. The Company’s initial portfolio will consist of 19 medical office buildings located in 10 states with approximately 528,048 net leasable square feet. Effective August 27, 2013, P hysicians Realty Trust acquired an undisclosed hospital, located in Plano, Texas, an owner and operator of hospital. In September 2013, Physicians Realty Trust completion of the sale-leaseback of the surgical hospital and adjacent medical office building occupied by the Foundation Surgical Hospital of El Paso, L.L.C. In October 2013, Physicians Realty Trust announced the completion of the acquisition of the Foundation Outpatient Care Building located in Oklahoma City, OK. Effective January 8, 2014, Physicians Realty Trust acquired an undisclosed ambulatory surgery center, located in Great Falls, Montana. In February 2014, the Company’s operating partnership, Physicians Realty L.P., closed on the purchase and leaseback of four medical office buildings to an Atlanta, Georgia-based family medical practice.

The Company’s Surgical Hospital-New Orleans, Louisiana property is a 57,000 square foot, 42-bed acute care surgical hospital with six operating rooms. The hosp ital specializes in ortho/neuro spine surgery, orthopedics, ! weight loss surgery and other scheduled general surgery procedures. Surgical Hospital and Medical Office Building-El Paso, Texas property is a 77,000 square foot, 40-bed acute care hospital with six operating rooms. The Company’s initial portfolio was acquired or developed by healthcare real estate funds managed by B.C. Ziegler & Company (Ziegler), a specialty investment banking firm focused on the healthcare industry, and another subsidiary of The Ziegler Companies, Inc. As part of its formation transactions, the Ziegler Funds will contribute their ownership interests in these properties to its operating partnership.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Marc Bastow]

    Healthcare REIT Physicians Realty Trust (DOC) was right up their with Ford in raising its quarterly dividend 25%, to 22.5 cents per share, payable Feb. 7 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 24.
    DOC Stock Dividend Yield: 7.02%

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Full Circle Capital Corporation (FULL)

Full Circle Capital Corporation is a business development company and operates as an externally managed non-diversified closed-end management investment company. It invests in debt and equity securities of smaller and lower middle-market companies with annual revenues between $3 million and $75 million. The company primarily invests in various categories of debt comprising asset-based senior secured loans, subordinated or unsecured loans, and mezzanine loans. It seeks to invest in a range of industries with a focus on media, communications, and business services. The company primarily seeks to invest between $3 million and $10 million. However, it can also make larger investments.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Wolfe]

    Full Circle Capital Corp (FULL)

    Over the past week there were two insiders making four buys into Full Circle Capital.  These buys come as the company’s price has hit its lowest price since Nov. 2011.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Global Sources Ltd.(GSOL)

Global Sources Ltd. operates as a business-to-business media company primarily in greater China. It provides sourcing information to volume buyers and integrated marketing services to suppliers. The company offers trade information using online media, print media, and face-to-face events. Its products and services comprise online product information and listing services; organizing trade shows; and advertising and marketing creative services; trade publications in print and digital formats; and china sourcing reports. The company uses English-language media to facilitate trade from Greater China to the world, as well as utilizes Chinese-language media to enable companies to sell to, and within, Greater China. It delivers information on approximately 5.7 million products and approximately 262,000 suppliers annually through 14 online marketplaces, 13 monthly print and 18 digital magazines, approximately 90 sourcing research reports, and 73 specialized trade shows a year in 9 cities. The company was founded in 1970 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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 Global Sources (Nasdaq: GSOL  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Gem International Resources Inc (GI)

Gem International Resources Inc. (Gem International) is a Canada-based junior natural resource company. The Company is primarily engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties with its principal focus on diamond, gold and other precious metals. The Company is in exploration-stage and has interest in mineral properties located in Canada and Tanzania. The Company owns more than 105 mining claims comprised of approximately 240,172 acres located in the Lac de Gras Property located approximately 260 kilometers northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Its Kolandoto Diamond Property is located in the Shinyanga region of Tanzania. Kolandoto property consists of approximately10 primary mining licenses covering a total area of approximately 247 acres. The Shinyanga Property consists of more than 105 primary mining licenses covering a total area of approximately 2,743 acres. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Victor Selva]

    In January 2014, Forest acquired Toronto-based Aptalis, a privately held U.S.-based specialty Gastrointestinal (GI) and Cystic Fibrosis Company, for $2.9 billion in cash from its shareholders, including TPG, the global private investment firm. The deal looks attractive especially keeping in mind the fact that Namenda will be facing generic competition from 2015. The acquisition will also give Forest the opportunity to build its presence in Europe and strengthen its GI and CF portfolios.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: HyperSolar Inc (HYSR)

Hypersolar, Inc., incorporated on February 18, 2009, is developing renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, including seawater and wastewater. Unlike hydrocarbon fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas, where carbon dioxide and other contaminants are released into the atmosphere when used, hydrogen fuel usage produces pure water as the only byproduct. The Company’s technology includes HyperSolar H2Generator. Its nano-size particle is designed to mimic photosynthesis and contains a solar absorber that generates electrons from sunlight, as well as integrated cathode and anode areas to readily split water and transfer those electrons to the molecular bonds of hydrogen.

The HyperSolar H2Generator consists of the following primary stages: Reactor Vessels, Hydrogen Compressor and Hydrogen Storage. The reactor vessels resemble transparent rectangular boxes containing water and billions of nanoparticles suspended in solution. When exposed to sunli ght, hydrogen gas will bubble up into an air gap on top for separation and collection. Produced hydrogen gas will be compressed for space efficient storage. Hydrogen can be stored in compressed gas tanks or chemical canisters depending on the application. The HyperSolar H2Generator will be a self-contained renewable hydrogen production system that requires only sunlight and any source of water.

The Company competes with Air Products and Chemicals Inc. and Air Liquide.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Udovich]

    Small cap hydrogen fuel stocks Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS), FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL), HyperSolar Inc (OTCMKTS: HYSR) and HydroPhi Technologies Group, Inc (OTCMKTS: HPTG) are some of the lesser known small caps that are working with hydrogen fuel or hydrogen fuel cell related technology. I should say that small cap hydrogen stocks are not for risk adverse investors as there are considerable unanswered questions about hydrogen fuel related technology and whether it can be a viable green technology given the fueling infrastructure needed along with the energy and expense involved in creating hydrogen (Note: None of these small cap stocks are profitable at ). But any new technology will pose the same types of risks for early stage investors – especially if its so-called green technology. 

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Fifth Third Bancorp (FFH)

Fifth Third Bancorp (the Bancorp), incorporated on October 7, 1974, is a diversified financial services company. As of December 31, 2011, the Bancorp had $117 billion in assets, operated 15 affiliates with 1,316 full-service Banking Centers, including 104 Bank Mart locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores, and 2,425 automated teller machines (ATMs) in 12 states throughout the Midwestern and Southeastern regions of the United States. The Bancorp operates in four business segments: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending and Investment Advisors. The Bancorp also has a 49% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC.

Commercial Banking

Commercial Banking offers credit intermediation, cash management and financial services to large and middle-market businesses and government and professional customers. In addition to the traditional lending and depository offerings, Commercial Banking products and services include global cash ma nagement, foreign exchange and international trade finance, derivatives and capital markets services, asset-based lending, real estate finance, public finance, commercial leasing and syndicated finance.

Branch Banking

Branch Banking provides a range of deposit and loan and lease products to individuals and small businesses through 1,316 full-service Banking Centers. Branch Banking offers depository and loan products, such as checking and savings accounts, home equity loans and lines of credit, credit cards and loans for automobiles and other personal financing needs, as well as products designed to meet the specific needs of small businesses, including cash management services.

Consumer Lending

Consumer Lending includes the Bancorp’s mortgage, home equity, automobile and other indirect lending activities. Mortgage and home equity lending activities include the origination, retention and servicing of mortgage and home equ ity loans or lines of credit, sales and securitizations of t! hose loans, pools of loans or lines of credit, and all associated hedging activities. Indirect lending activities include loans to consumers through mortgage brokers and automobile dealers.

Investment Advisors

Investment Advisors provides a range of investment alternatives for individuals, companies and not-for-profit organizations. Investment Advisors is made up of four main businesses: Fifth Third Securities (FTS), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of the Bancorp; Fifth Third Asset Management, Inc. (FTAM), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of the Bancorp; Fifth Third Private Bank; and Fifth Third Institutional Services. FTS offers full service retail brokerage services to individual clients and broker dealer services to the institutional marketplace. FTAM provides asset management services and also advises the Bancorp’s family of mutual funds. Fifth Third Private Bank offers holistic strategies to affluent clients in wealth planning, investi ng, insurance and wealth protection. Fifth Third Institutional Services provide advisory services for institutional clients including states and municipalities.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bloomberg]

    Mattel (MAT), the world’s largest toymaker, agreed to buy Mega Brands (MB) for $460 million, acquiring the biggest challenger to Lego A/S in the construction-toy market. Mattel is offering C$17.75 ($16) a share, according to a statement today, a 36 percent premium over yesterday’s closing price. The board of Montreal-based Mega Brands unanimously approved the transaction, and investors holding 39 percent of the stock, including Chief Executive Officer Marc Bertrand and Fairfax Financial Holdings (FFH), agreed to the deal. The purchase of Mega Brands, the world’s second-largest maker of snap-together blocks, will fill a product hole for Mattel. It doesn’t have its own construction line, locking it out of a $4 billion market in the U.S. and Europe. The category also is a bright spot in a toy industry that has seen growth stall in the U.S. Mattel considered starting its own construction line, then opted instead to buy Mega Brands because it would be faster and less risky, Mattel CEO Bryan G. Stockton said on a call with reporters. Mattel got its first taste of construction in 2012 when it debuted blocks for its Barbie brand through a licensing deal with Mega Brands. Mattel realized that replicating this kind of expertise would take years, Stockton said. ‘About Growth’ “This acquisition is all about growth,” Stockton said. “We see an opportunity to expand our brands in this category across boys, girls and preschool.” Mattel shares rose 0.8 percent to $37.44 at 10:34 a.m. in New York. They had declined 9 percent over the past year through yesterday. Shares of Montreal-based Mega Brands surged 36 percent to C$17.73 today in Toronto. Mattel is coming off a lackluster holiday season, with sales sinking 6.3 percent — the biggest quarterly drop since 2009. The El Segundo, California-based toymaker has looked to acquisitions to boost sales in the past. In February of 2012, it paid $680 million to buy HIT Entertainment, owner of Thomas the Tank Engine. It also acq

  • [By gurufocus]

    Prem Watsa, highly regarded CEO of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (FFH), wrote in March that “We continue to fully hedge our common stock portfolios as our concerns about the United States…” You would think he has been wrong with the hedging as he is losing money with them. But the last time he was losing with hedging was during the last bull market from 2004 to 2006. He then made a killing with the hedges in 2007 and 2008.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Vectren Corporation (VVC)

Vectren Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides energy delivery services to residential, commercial, and industrial and other contract customers in Indiana and west central Ohio. It offers natural gas distribution and transportation services, and electric distribution services; and owns and operates coal-fired and gas-fired electric generating facilities with an installed generating capacity of 1,298 megawatts. The company’s electric transmission system consists of 989 circuit miles of 345, 138, and 69 kilovolt lines, and 35 substations; and distribution system comprises 4,281 pole miles of lower voltage overhead lines and 372 trench miles of conduit containing 1,999 miles of underground distribution cable, 96 distribution substations, and 54,000 distribution transformers. In addition, it provides gas marketing, gas portfolio optimization, and other portfolio and energy management services to municipalities, utilities, industrial operations, schools, and healthcar e institutions; mines and sells coal; offers underground construction and repair, performance contracting, and renewable energy services; and invests in energy-related opportunities and services, real estate, and leveraged leases. Further, the company engages in transmission pipeline construction and maintenance; pump station, compressor station, terminal, and refinery construction; and hydrostatic testing services. It serves the automotive assembly, parts, and accessories; feed, flour, and grain processing; metal castings; aluminum products; polycarbonate resin and plastic products; gypsum products; electrical equipment; metal specialties; glass; steel finishing; pharmaceutical and nutritional products; gasoline and oil products; ethanol; and coal mining industries. As of December 31, 2011, it supplied natural gas services to approximately 993,300 customers; and electric services to approximately 141,600 customers. Vectren Corporation was founded in 1912 and is headquarter e d in Evansville, Indiana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Exelon (NYSE: EXC), down 1.2 percent, and Vectren (NYSE: VVC), off 2.3 percent.

    Top Headline
    Hillshire Brands Co (NYSE: HSH) announced its plans to buy Pinnacle Foods (NYSE: PF) for around $6.6 billion including debt. Hillshire will offer $18.00 in cash and 0.50 shares of its common stock for each Pinnacle share.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Exelon (NYSE: EXC), down 1.2 percent, and Vectren (NYSE: VVC), off 2.3 percent.

    Top Headline
    Hillshire Brands Co (NYSE: HSH) announced its plans to buy Pinnacle Foods (NYSE: PF) for around $6.6 billion including debt. Hillshire will offer $18.00 in cash and 0.50 shares of its common stock for each Pinnacle share.

  • [By Vita Nelson]

    Our strategy is to continue to invest on an ongoing basis through dividend reinvestment plans, such as those offered by our latest featured stock, Vectren (VVC).

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: iShares MSCI France ETF (EWQ)

iShares MSCI France Index Fund (the Fund) seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of publicly traded securities in the aggregate in the French market, as measured by the MSCI France Index (the Index). The Index seeks to measure the performance of the French equity market. The Index is a capitalization-weighted index that aims to capture 85% of the (publicly available) total market capitalization. Component companies are adjusted for available float and must meet objective criteria for inclusion in the Index. The Index is reviewed quarterly.

The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. The Fund’s investment advisor is Barclays Global Fund Advisors.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeff Reeves]

    So how can you play this trend? The iShares MSCI France ETF (EWQ) is one way, via a diversified fund that owns some of the biggest names in France. There’s also oil giant Total (TOT), which is headquartered in France but has a global flavor, as well as French healthcare giant Sanofi (SNY)

  • [By Tom Aspray]

    A few weeks ago, I focused on some of the euro countries’ debt levels, as well as the improvement in some of their manufacturing data. Their stock markets have continued to rally sharply as the iShares MSCI France (EWQ) is up over 13% since early July and is doing just slightly better than Germany (EWG).