I went out on a limb last week, and now it's time to see how that decision played out.I predicted that Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE ) would close higher on the week. The provider of natural gas fueling solutions for transportation has been posting narrowing losses, and Wall Street was eyeing a 35% surge in revenue. The company was a solid report. Revenue came in a little light, but bottom-line results improved nicely. Shares of Clean Energy Fuels moved slightly higher on the week. I was right. I predicted that the tech-heavy Nasdaq would outperform the Dow Jones Industrial Average. (DJINDICES: ^DJI ) . This has been a tricky call lately, so how did it play out this time? Well, the market had a strong run this week, fueled be encouraging economic news. Secondary stocks led the way, with the Nasdaq soaring 1.7% on the week. The Dow managed to close just 1% higher. I was right. My final call was for Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI ) to beat Wall Street's quarterly profit target. The investor in several middle-market companies has been posting blowout quarterly results over the past year, and I was banking on seeing the trend continue. Analysts were looking for a profit of $0.36 a share during the quarter, but Compass Diversified failed to beat the prognosticators. I was wrong.
Two out of three? I'll take it. That makes me eight of nine over the past three weeks.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Nexen Inc.(NXY)
Nexen Inc. operates as an independent energy company worldwide. The company?s Conventional Oil and Gas segment explores for, develops, and produces crude oil and natural gas from conventional sources. This segment operates in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, and offshore West Africa, Colombia, and Yemen. Nexen?s Oil Sands segment develops and produces synthetic crude oil from the Athabasca oil sands in northern Alberta. The company?s Shale Gas segment explores for and produces unconventional gas from shale formations in northeastern British Columbia. Nexen Inc. was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Mercury Computer Systems(MRCY)
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing systems and software for specialized defense and commercial computing markets. The company operates in two segments, Advanced Computing Solutions (ACS) and Mercury Federal Systems (MFS). The ACS segment provides high-performance computing solutions, such as single board computers, digital signal processors, and integrated subsystems to the aerospace and defense, semiconductor, and commercial computing markets. This segment also provides microwave sub-assemblies to address needs in EW, SIGINT, ELINT, and high bandwidth communications subsystems; and software and customized design services for military and commercial applications. The MFS segment focuses on services and support work with the Department of Defense and federal intelligence and homeland security agencies, including designing and engineering intelligence, surveillance, and re connaissance (ISR) capabilities to address threats to the U.S. forces. It offers a range of engineering architecture and design services that enable clients to deploy computing capabilities for ISR systems on an accelerated time cycle. The company has operations in the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
Best Consumer Stocks To Watch For 2014: Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated(COKE)
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production, marketing, and distribution of nonalcoholic beverages, primarily products of The Coca-Cola Company. The company offers sparkling beverages, such as energy drinks; and still beverages, including bottled water, tea, ready-to-drink coffee, enhanced water, juices, and sports drinks. It holds cola beverage agreements and allied beverage agreements, under which it produces, distributes, and markets sparkling beverage products of The Coca-Cola Company in certain regions. The company also distributes and markets still beverages of The Coca-Cola Company, such as POWERade, vitaminwater, and Minute Maid Juices To Go, as well as produces, distributes, and markets Dasani water products under still beverage agreements. In addition, it holds agreements to produce and market Dr Pepper. Further, the company distributes and markets various other products, including Monster energy productsand Sund rop, as well as its own products, such as Country Breeze tea, diet Country Breeze tea, and Tum-E Yummies, a vitamin C enhanced flavored drink, Bean & Body, and Simmer and Bazza energy tea. Additionally, it produces beverages for other Coca-Cola bottlers; and provides restaurants and other immediate consumption outlets with fountain products. The company sells and distributes its products directly to retail stores and other outlets, including food markets, institutional accounts, and vending machine outlets. It operates in North Carolina, South Carolina, south Alabama, South Georgia, middle Tennessee, western Virginia, and West Virginia. The company was founded in 1902 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Team Health Holdings Inc.(TMH)
Team Health Holdings, Inc. provides outsourced healthcare professional staffing and administrative services to hospitals and other healthcare providers in the United States. It recruits and contracts with healthcare professionals who then provide professional services within third-party healthcare facilities. The company offers a range of services, including recruiting, scheduling, and credential coordinating for clinical and non-clinical medical professionals; coding, billing, and collecting fees for services provided by medical professionals; providing experienced medical directors; administrative support services, such as payroll, professional liability insurance coverage, continuing medical education services, and management training; claims and risk management services; and standardized procedures. It provides outsourced physician staffing and administrative services in emergency medicine, inpatient services, anesthesiology, pediatrics, temporary staffing, primary car e clinics and occupational medicine, and other hospital-based functions. The company also offers healthcare management physician-related services within a military treatment facility setting; and non-physician staffing services to military treatment facilities, including services, such as para-professional providers, nursing, specialty technicians, and administrative staffing. In addition, it provides medical call center services comprising physician after-hours call coverage, community nurse lines, emergency department advice calls, physician referral, class scheduling, appointment scheduling, and Web response. The company serves approximately 730 civilian and military hospitals, clinics, and physician groups in 47 states with a team of approximately 7,100 healthcare professionals, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses. Team Health Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Union Pacific Corporation(UNP)
Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. It has approximately 31,953 route miles linking Pacific Coast and Gulf Coast ports with the Midwest and eastern United States gateways, and provides several corridors to Mexican gateways. The company offers freight transportation services for agricultural products, including whole grains and related commodities, food, beverage products, corn for ethanol products and its by-products, animal feeds, fruits and vegetables, frozen meat, and poultry products; and automotive products, such as imported and finished vehicles, and automotive parts and materials. It also provides transportation services for chemicals, such as industrial chemicals, plastics, and liquid petroleum products; energy products comprising coal and coke; industrial products, including lumber products, paper and consumer goods, furniture and appliances, and nonferrous and i ndustrial minerals, as well as steel and construction products, such as rock, cement, and roofing materials; and intermodal containers. Union Pacific Corporation was founded in 1862 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Robert Holmes]
Analyst William Greene says Union Pacific is one of the firm's best ideas as it is one of the most compelling stocks in freight transportation.
"We are bullish on the rail industry's advantage over its truck competitors including lower unit costs for high tonnage freight and greater customer captivity," Greene writes. "Given UNP's particularly favorable exposure to the key themes underpinning our rail thesis, we believe UNP will see secular EPS growth."
Greene specifically highlights Union Pacific's latent pricing power, its operating leverage to long-term volume growth, and long-term productivity improvement.
Greene's base case calls for a 26% rise in share price next year, although his most bullish outlook for Union Pacific has the stock up 38% next year. His most bearish scenario has the stock down 12% next year.
- [By Rebecca Lipman]
Through its subsidiary it provides rail transportation services in North America. Market cap of $48.89B. EPS growth (5-year CAGR) at 17%. According to Morgan Stanley: "We are bullish on the rail industry's advantage over its truck competitors including lower unit costs for high tonnage freight and greater customer captivity."
- [By Jonas Elmerraji]
2013 has been a strong year for shares of Union Pacific (UNP). Shares of the $70 billion railroad stock have rallied almost 19% this year, buoyed by overall strength in the transports sector. UNP is the largest railroad on the continent, with more than 32,000 miles of track that links 23 states, Canada and Mexico. That scale puts the firm in a strong position to grab more freight volume as the economy warms up.
While oil prices have dipped recently, they're still on the high end of their historic range, and that actually bodes well for railroads. In general, rail shipping costs around one-fourth as much as trucking does per ton shipped, a cost advantage that typically sends customers setting aside the convenience factor of truck freight once fuel prices get past a certain point. The firm's hefty commodity exposure is a little less attractive right now, but that hasn't stopped Union Pacific from posting impressive revenue numbers lately.
UNP has a deep economic moat. Railroad assets aren't easily copied by rivals – and they're extremely costly to maintain. While that does mean that UNP has some hefty fixed costs to overcome, its scale easily makes up for that drawback. With much better efficiency than the firm had just a couple of years ago, Union Pacific looks well positioned for 2013. We're betting on shares of this Rocket Stock this week.
- [By Richard Young]
Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) has paid a dividend on its shares every year for 112 years. On Nov. 17, Union Pacific’s board announced a dividend increase of 26%. That was the second dividend increase of 2011, raising the quarterly dividend to 60 cents a share, up from 38 cents at the beginning of the year. Union Pacific is aiming to pay out more.
Take a look at the long record of outperformance on my relative strength chart for UNP. Over the last five years, UNP has outperformed the S&P by over 150%.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Acme Packet Inc.(APKT)
Acme Packet, Inc. provides session delivery network solutions that enable the delivery of voice, video, data, and unified communications services and applications across Internet protocol (IP) networks. Its Net-Net product family consists of session border controllers that control session delivery across defined border points; session managers, which manage user access and interface application servers; multiservice security gateways for securing session delivery of data and voice services over untrusted Internet and wireless fidelity access networks; and diameter signaling controllers. The company?s Net-Net products also comprise session-aware load balancers that scales border control for SBC, MSG, and DSC deployments; session routing proxies that route sessions to/from access and interconnect borders; application session controllers for enabling server applications to initiate and control sessions; and session recorders, a complete software-based IP session recording so lution, which performs session recording for the session delivery network. In addition, it offers purpose-built hardware platforms, including Net-Net 3820, 4500, 9200, and 14000; and Net-Net Central, a management platform that delivers configuration and fault, and performance and security management for its session delivery networks. Further, the company offers products that provide core session delivery network functions inside data centers as software products; and pre-installation and post-installation, and training services. Acme Packet, Inc. markets and sells its products and support services through distribution partners and sales force. It serves local exchange and long distance providers, international service providers, cable operators, Internet telephony service providers, voice application service providers, wireless service providers, enterprises, contact centers, universities, and government agencies worldwide. Acme Packet, Inc. is headquartered in Bedford, Mass achusetts.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: J. W. Mays Inc.(MAYS)
J.W. Mays, Inc. owns and operates commercial real estate properties in the United States. Its properties are located in Brooklyn, Jamaica, Levittown, Massapequa, and Fishkill, New York, as well as in Circleville, Ohio. The company was founded in 1924 and is based in Brooklyn, New York.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Safeway Inc.(SWY)
Safeway Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food and drug retailer in North America. The company operates stores that provide an array of grocery items, food, and general merchandise, as well as features specialty departments, such as bakery, delicatessen, floral, and pharmacy, as well as coffee shops and fuel centers. It also offers SELECT line of products that include baked goods, sparkling ciders and lemonades, salsas, whole bean coffees, frozen pizzas and entrees, and fresh and dry pastas and sauces, as well as an array of ice creams, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts; O ORGANICS line, which comprises milk, chicken, salads, juices, and entrees; Lucerne line of dairy products; Eating Right line of better-for-you products; Bright Green line of home care products; Total Pet Care line of pet foods and pet care products; and Value Red line of value-priced paper goods. As of December 31, 2009, Safeway operated approximately 1,725 stores in California, Oregon, Wash ington, Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, the Chicago metropolitan area, and the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba/Saskatchewan. In addition, the company owns and operates GroceryWorks.com Operating Company, LLC, an online grocery channel, doing business under the names Safeway.com, Vons.com, and Genuardis.com; and Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc., which provides third-party gift cards, prepaid cards, telecom cards, and sports and entertainment cards to North American retailers for sale to retail customers. Additionally, it engages in gift card businesses in the United Kingdom, France, Mexico, and Australia. Further, the company, through a 49% ownership interest in Casa Ley, S.A. de C.V. operates 156 food and general merchandise stores in Western Mexico. The company was formerly known as Safeway Stores, Incorporated and changed its name to Safeway Inc. in February 1990. Safeway was founded in 1915 and is based in Pleasanton, California.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: San Marco Resources Inc(SMN.V)
San Marco Resources Inc., an exploration mining company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of precious metal properties in Canada and Mexico. It explores for copper, silver, gold, and base metals. The company holds interest in the Alwin Copper project comprising 4 mineral claims and 3 crown granted mineral claims with an area of approximately 576 hectares, and a mining lease in British Columbia. It also has interests in projects located in Mexico, including the La Buena project comprising approximately 8,500 hectares in northern Zacatecas; the Tecomate project covering approximately 12,290 hectares in Durango State, and the Los Carlos project totaling 280 hectares in Sonora State. San Marco Resources was incorporated in 2005 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Peoples Financial Corporation(PFBX)
Peoples Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for The Peoples Bank, which provides banking products and services to individuals and small to middle market businesses in Mississippi. The company offers deposit services, such as interest bearing and non-interest bearing checking accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit, and IRA accounts, as well as non-deposit funds management accounts. It also provides loan products, such as business, commercial, real estate, construction, personal, and installment loans. In addition, the company offers personal trust, agencies, and estate services, including living and testamentary trusts, executorships, guardianships, and conservatorships. Further, it provides benefit accounts, which include self-directed individual retirement accounts, as well as provides escrow management, stock transfer, and bond paying agency accounts to corporate customers. Additionally, the company offers other services, including saf e deposit box rental, wire transfer services, night drop facilities, collection services, cash management, and Internet banking services. As of December 31, 2010, it operated 15 branches in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, and Stone Counties; and 51 automated teller machines. The company was founded in 1896 and is headquartered in Biloxi, Mississippi.