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Top 10 Sliver Stocks To Own For 2014: Wright Medical Group Inc.(WMGI)
Wright Medical Group, Inc., an orthopedic medical device company, engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of devices and biologic products for the extremity, hip, and knee repair and reconstruction. The company also provides surgical solutions for the foot and ankle market. The reconstructive devices are used to replace knee, hip, and other joints and bones that are deteriorated or damaged through disease or injury; and biologics are used to replace damaged or diseased bone to stimulate bone growth and to provide other biological solutions for surgeons and their patients. Wright Medical Group, Inc. offers products in the extremity reconstruction, biologics, knee reconstruction, and hip reconstruction market sectors. It sells its products primarily through a network of employee sales representatives and independent sales representatives in the United States, as well as through a combination of employee sales representatives, independent sales representatives, and stocking distributors in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia, Australia, and Canada. The company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Arlington, Tennessee.
Top 10 Sliver Stocks To Own For 2014: PFB Corporation (PFBOF)PFB Corporation (PFB) is a Canada-based company. The Company, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the manufacturing of insulating building products made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) materials and marketing these products in North America. Its main brands include PlastiSpan EPS Product Solutions; Advantage ICFS, Insulspan SIPS, Riverbend Timber Framing and Precision Craft. Expandable polystyrene resin is manufactured at PFB�� polymer plant located in Crossfield, Alberta, for use in downstream EPS manufacturing operations. Plasti-Fab EPS Product Solutions supply the EPS foam core material used to manufacture Insulspan SIPS. Riverbend Timber Framing structures are typically sold with an accompanying Insulspan SIPS enclosure package. Advantage ICF Systems are insulating concrete forming systems that are employed to build insulated foundations and walls from concrete in both residential and commercial markets. On February 1, 2011, the Company acquired Precision Craft Group. Advisors' Opinion:
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PFB is a leading North American manufacturer of expanded polystyrene (EPS, aka "Styrofoam") building products such as insulated concrete forms and structural insulated panels. The stock trades infrequently, and did not trade at all on December 28th, so I will be using the midpoint of the bid and ask for the purpose of measuring its return over the coming year. At $5.53, PFB pays a 5.75% annual yield.
The stock price has fallen significantly after the planned purchase of NOVA Chemicals' Performance Styrenics business as a move towards vertical integration with the acquisition of the EPS manufacturer. This deal fell though, and many investors sold the stock, driving it down from the mid $7 range to the mid $5 range where it is today. Already a good value, PFB stands to gain from continued recovery in the housing market or any increase in investor recognition. However, since the stock is so illiquid, larger investors will probably want to substitute one of my upcoming alternative picks for PFB, while small investors should limit themselves to good-til-cancelled limit orders to avoid paying over the odds for their shares.
Hot Bank Companies To Watch In Right Now: Fab-Form Industries Ltd. (FBF.V)
Fab-Form Industries Ltd. develops, manufactures, and distributes fabric-based technology to form concrete footings, foundations, and walls for building structures. The company manufactures forming products using poly membranes to form and damp-proof concrete. Its products include Fastfoot footing forms, Fastbag point load footing forms, and Fast-Tube column forms. The company operates in Canada and the United States, and Europe. Fab-Form Industries Ltd. was incorporated in 1995 and is headquartered in Surrey, Canada.
Top 10 Sliver Stocks To Own For 2014: United Security Bancshares(UBFO)
United Security Bancshares operates as the bank holding for United Security Bank that provides a range of commercial banking services primarily to the business and professional community, and individuals in California. Its deposit products comprise personal and business checking accounts and savings accounts, interest-bearing negotiable order of withdrawal accounts, money market accounts, and time certificates of deposit. The company?s loan portfolio consists of real estate mortgage, commercial and industrial, and real estate construction loans, as well as agricultural, lease financing, and consumer loans with a focus on short and medium-term obligations. In addition, it offers a range of specialized services, which include online banking, safe deposit boxes, ATM services, payroll direct deposit, cashier's checks, traveler's checks, money orders, and foreign drafts; and various specialized financial services, including wealth management, employee benefit, insurance, and l oan products, as well as consulting services. As of December 31, 2009, United Security Bancshares operated 11 banking branches, 1 construction lending office, and 1 financial services office in Fresno, Madera, Kern, and Santa Clara counties. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Fresno, California.
Top 10 Sliver Stocks To Own For 2014: KMG Chemicals Inc.(KMGB)
KMG Chemicals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture, formulation, and distribution of specialty chemicals in the United States and internationally. The company offers electronic chemicals that include high purity wet process chemicals, such as sulfuric, phosphoric, nitric, and hydrofluoric acids; and ammonium hydroxide, hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, and various blends of chemicals that are used to clean and etch silicon wafers in the production of semiconductors. It also provides wood treating chemicals, including penta blocks, flakes, and solutions, as well as a byproduct of penta production that are used primarily to treat electric and telephone utility poles, protecting them from mold, mildew, fungus, and insects; and creosote products, which are used as wood preservatives for railroad crossties and utility poles. The company markets its animal health products under the trade names of Zymace, Lactomace, Protomace, Proxitane, Avenger, Rabon, Ravap, Patriot, and Annihilator. KMG Chemicals, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is based in Houston, Texas.
Top 10 Sliver Stocks To Own For 2014: Magellan Minerals Ltd (MNM.V)
Magellan Minerals Ltd., a mineral exploration company, engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties, primarily gold in Brazil. Its primary gold exploration projects include the Coringa project comprising 23,554 hectares and the Cui煤 Cui煤 project with mineral exploration licenses totalling approximately 44,000 hectares, both located in the state of Par谩 in northern Brazil, as well as the Pocon茅 property located in southern Mato Grosso state. The company also holds interests in a gold exploration property in Nevada. Magellan Minerals Ltd. was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
Top 10 Sliver Stocks To Own For 2014: Oncothyreon Inc .(ONTY)
Oncothyreon Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of therapeutic products for the treatment of cancer. Its primary product candidate, Stimuvax is in two phase III clinical trials for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. The company is also developing PX-866, a small molecule that is in phase II trials for various cancer indications. In addition, it engages in the preclinical development of ONT-10, a cancer vaccine; and ONT-701, a pan-inhibitor of the B-cell lymphoma-2 family of anti-apoptotic proteins. The company operates primarily in the United States and Canada. Oncothyreon Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
Top 10 Sliver Stocks To Own For 2014: Acacia Research Corporation(ACTG)
Acacia Research Corporation, through its subsidiaries, acquires, develops, licenses, and enforces patented technologies in the United States. It assists patent owners with the prosecution and development of their patent portfolios; protection of their patented inventions from unauthorized use; generation of licensing revenue from users of their patented technologies; and enforcement against unauthorized users of their patented technologies. The company owns or controls the rights to approximately 200 patent portfolios, which include the United State?s patents and foreign counterparts covering technologies used in various industries. Acacia Research Corporation was founded in 1992 and is based in Newport Beach, California.
Top 10 Sliver Stocks To Own For 2014: China Lodging Group Limited (HTHT)
China Lodging Group, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and manages a chain of hotels in the People?s Republic of China. It operates HanTing Express Hotel that targets knowledge workers and value-conscious travelers; HanTing Seasons Hotel, which targets mid-level corporate managers and owners of small and medium enterprises; and HanTing Hi Inn for budget-constrained travelers. As of March 31, 2011, the company had 473 hotels consisting of 259 leased-and-operated hotels and 214 franchised-and-managed hotels; and 162 hotels under development, including 74 leased-and-operated hotels and 88 franchised-and-managed hotels. China Lodging Group, Limited was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People?s Republic of China.
Top 10 Sliver Stocks To Own For 2014: StellarOne Corporation(STEL)
StellarOne Corporation operates as the bank holding company for StellarOne Bank that provides various retail and small business banking, commercial banking, consumer lending, mortgage banking, and wealth management services to individuals, and small and middle-market businesses in Virginia. It generates various deposit products, including demand and time deposit accounts, money market accounts, checking accounts, certificates of deposit, and savings accounts. The company?s loan portfolio comprises consumer and commercial real estate loans, real estate and construction loans, commercial lines of credit, commercial term loans, home equity loans, consumer loans, and commercial, financial, and agricultural loans. It also provides credit cards, automated teller machine networks, and telephone and Internet banking, and online bill payment services. In addition, the company provides various wealth management and personal trust services, including estate administration and employ ee benefit plan administration, and planning specifically addressing the investment and financial management needs of its customers. As of December 31, 2009, StellarOne Corporation operated 56 financial centers, 1 loan production office, and approximately 60 automated teller machines in New River Valley, Roanoke Valley, Shenandoah Valley, and central and north central Virginia. The company was formerly known as Virginia Financial Group, Inc. and changed its name to StellarOne Corporation in February 2008. StellarOne Corporation was founded in 1911 and is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia.