Top Performing Stocks To Buy For 2014

While Syria is itself not a major oil producer, any military strike by the United States on Syria in retaliation for the Assad regime’s suspected chemical attacks would likely increase oil prices worldwide.

The reason is that an American military intervention into the country’s civil war might disrupt oil deliveries in the Mideast, especially in the Suez Canal, through which close to three million barrels of total oil (crude oil and refined products) travel daily (according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration for 2012). The Iranian government has also suggested that an American attack could lead to a retaliatory strike on Israel, which is rushing to distribute gas masks to its population.

In a televised press conference early Friday afternoon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the evidence was “clear and compelling” that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad had in fact used chemical weapons in an attack on Syrian opposition-controlled neighborhoods outside Damascus on Aug. 21. Calling Assad “a thug and a murderer,” Kerry said 1,429 Syrians, including many civilians and hundreds of children, were killed in that attack last Wednesday, and that the regime had used chemical weapons on its own people multiple times this year. (The government has made available a document relating its evidence of the attack.)

Top Performing Stocks To Buy For 2014: Lithia Motors Inc. (LAD)

Lithia Motors, Inc. operates as an automotive franchisee and retailer of new and used vehicles in the United States. The company sells new and used cars, and trucks; offers replacement parts; provides vehicle maintenance, warranty, paint, and repair services; and arranges related financing, service contracts, protection products, and credit insurance. As of February 22, 2013, the company offered 27 brands of new vehicles and various brands of used vehicles in 87 stores, as well as online at Lithia.com. Lithia Motors, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is based in Medford, Oregon.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lithia Motors (LAD) fell8.3% to $63.31 despite beating earnings forecasts on lower guidance.

    Monarch Casino & Resort (MCRI) fell 15% to $18.71 after revenue missed forecasts today.

  • [By Namitha Jagadeesh]

    Ladbrokes Plc (LAD) sank 8 percent to 190.3 pence after the U.K. gambling company forecast 2013 operating profit at the lower end of analysts’ estimates because of weaker-than-projected trading in the first quarter. Analysts in a Bloomberg survey had predicted operating profit of 188 million pounds ($288 million) to 215 million pounds.

Top Performing Stocks To Buy For 2014: Pebblebrook Hotel Trust(PEB)

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, through Pebblebrook Hotel, L.P., operates as a real estate investment trust. The company acquires and invests primarily in hotel properties located in the United States. It holds interests in the Doubletree Bethesda Hotel and Executive Meeting Center located in Bethesda, Maryland; Sir Francis Drake Hotel located in San Francisco, California; and InterContinental Buckhead Hotel located in Atlanta, Georgia. As a REIT, the company is not subject to federal income tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Marc Bastow]

    Hotel properties real estate investment trust Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB) raised its quarterly dividend 44% to 23 cents per share, payable April 15 to shareholders of record as of March 31.
    PEB Dividend Yield: 2.58%

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    In a perfect world, an investor could simply look at a company’s history and its plausible earnings forecasts, and jump in (or out) knowing the stock’s current price basically made sense with respect to past and future performance. We don’t live or trade in a perfect world though. In the world we’re actually in right now, most stocks, sectors, and industries have run up far beyond a justifiable value… perhaps except for hotel and lodging REIT stocks Host Hotels and Resorts Inc. (NYSE:HST), Strategic Hotels and Resorts Inc. (NYSE:BEE), and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB).

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Hotel operator Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB  ) announced today its second-quarter dividend of $0.16 per share, the same rate it paid last quarter after raising the payout 33% from $0.12 per share.

Top Performing Stocks To Buy For 2014: Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (TNDM)

Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc., incorporated on July 1, 2008, is a medical device company with an approach to the design, development and commercialization of products for people with insulin-dependent diabetes. The Company designed and commercialized its flagship product, the t:slim Insulin Delivery System, or t:slim, based on its technology platform and consumer-focused approach. Its technology platform features Micro-Delivery Technology, a miniaturized pumping mechanism, which draws insulin from a flexible bag within the pump’s cartridge rather than relying on a syringe and plunger mechanism. The Company also applies the science of human factors to its design and development process, which seeks to optimize its devices to the intended users, allowing users to successfully operate the devices in their intended environment.

The Company developed t:slim to offer the specific features that people with insulin-dependent diabetes seek in a next-generation insulin p ump. The Company designed it to have the look and feel of a modern consumer electronic device, such as a smartphone. It is the insulin pump to feature a high resolution, color touchscreen. It is also the slimmest and smallest durable insulin pump on the market, and can easily and discreetly fit into a pocket, while still carrying a cartridge with 300 units of insulin.

The Company designed its flagship product, t:slim, to have the look and feel of a modern consumer electronic device, such as a smartphone. t:slim is the slimmest and smallest durable insulin pump on the market. With its narrow profile, which is similar to many smartphones, t:slim can easily and discreetly fit into a pocket. Its technology platform allows for the use of a vivid touchscreen and easy-to-navigate software architecture, which provide users simple access to the key functions of t:slim directly from the Home Screen. Insulin pump users can quickly learn how to efficiently navigate t:slim