Thanks largely to the antics of former CEO Aubrey McClendon, Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK ) has been one of the most maligned names in the energy sector. McClendon leveraged the company's future with debt, intertwined his personal finances with the company's, and engineered a land-buying program that received significant amounts of bad press topped off with negative portrayal of the industry in Matt Damon's movie, "Promised Land." The result has been a nearly 40% slide in Chesapeake Energy stock over the past two years.
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Natural gas on the rise
Despite the bad press, the overall position of the natural gas industry has never looked more promising. Companies ranging from Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE ) to Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A ) are beginning to initiate programs that rely heavily on natural gas. In the case of Clean Energy, the company is undertaking a major push to create a corridor of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, filling stations across the country to allow trucks to carry freight on LNG power rather than diesel. This type of transition is likely to eventually trickle down to passenger vehicles, which currently are not fully viable as an LNG alternative. While Chesapeake Energy stock once benefited from the company's partial ownership of Clean Energy, that stake is likely to be sold to help meet debt obligations.
Top Freight Companies To Buy For 2014: Sea Green Capital Corp. (SGS.V)
Sea Green Capital Corp., a development stage company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of resource properties in Canada. It primarily explores for gold and base metal deposits in Quebec and Ontario. The company holds 20% interest in 9 claim blocks covering 1,328 hectares in Godfrey and Jessop townships, west of Timmins; 50% interest in 4 mining claims comprising 11 units in Ogden Township, located to the south west of Timmins; 70% interest in the Casa Berardi Project located in Quebec; and owns interest in 33 claims in the Township of Beschefer in Quebec. It also holds an agreement to acquire a 70% interest in 2 blocks of mining claims located in the White Gold District of the Yukon. Sea Green Capital Corp. is based in Toronto, Canada.
Top Freight Companies To Buy For 2014: Northgate(NTG.L)
Northgate plc, an investment holding company, engages in the rental of light commercial vehicles in the United Kingdom, Spain, and the Republic of Ireland. It offers vehicle hiring and fleet management services. The company also sells former rental vehicles to retail and trade customers; and provides workshop and insurance services. In addition, it provides online vehicle hiring and vehicle monitoring services to its customers. The company operates a fleet of approximately 60,900 vehicles from 65 sites in the United Kingdom and Ireland; and a fleet of approximately 48,900 vehicles from 32 sites in Spain. It serves a range of industries comprising construction, distribution, local authorities, manufacturing and engineering, public utilities, retailers, and wholesalers and business services. Northgate plc was founded in 1981 and is based in Darlington, the United Kingdom.
Top Cheap Companies To Invest In Right Now: Pan-united Corporation Ltd (P52.SI)
Pan-United Corporation Ltd operates as an integrated logistics and infrastructure company primarily in Singapore and China. It supplies basic building materials, such as cement, granite aggregates and related products, ready-mixed concrete, and refined petroleum products to the construction and marine industries. The company also provides shipping services, including bulk/coastal shipping/affreightment services, ship management and ship agency services, and trading services; and operates a fleet of tugboats and barges primarily on charter of affreightment basis. In addition, it operates a port and regional hub for steel, pulp and paper, and logs, as well as containerized general bulk, general cargoes in break bulk, and project cargoes; and provides warehousing and bonded warehousing, processing, steverdoring, transshipment, and third party logistic services. Pan-United Corporation Ltd was founded in 1958 and is based in Singapore.
Top Freight Companies To Buy For 2014: Meridian Interstate Bancorp Inc.(EBSB)
Meridian Interstate Bancorp, Inc. operates as a holding company for East Boston Savings Bank that provides various financial services to consumers and businesses in Massachusetts. The company offers various deposit products, including non-interest-bearing demand deposits comprising checking accounts; interest-bearing demand accounts, such as NOW and money market accounts; savings accounts; and certificates of deposit, as well as commercial checking accounts. It also provides various loan products, which include commercial real estate loans, one to four family residential loans, multi-family real estate loans, construction loans, home equity lines of credit, commercial business loans, and consumer loans, as well as involves in the purchase and sale of loan participation interests. In addition, the company offers non-deposit products consisting of mutual funds, annuities, stocks, and bonds through a third party broker-dealer; and long-term care insurance through a third-part y insurance company. It operates 21 full-service locations and 2 loan centers in the greater Boston metropolitan area. The company was founded in 1848 and is based in East Boston, Massachusetts. Meridian Interstate Bancorp, Inc. is a subsidiary of Meridian Financial Services, Incorporated.
Top Freight Companies To Buy For 2014: Wolseley Plc(WOS.L)
Wolseley plc engages in the distribution of plumbing and heating products, and building materials to the professional contractors primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Nordic region, and central Europe. The company supplies plumbing, heating, and air conditioning products comprising baths, showers and accessories, sanitaryware, brassware, bathroom furniture, boilers and burners, radiators and valves, hot water cylinders and flues, control equipment, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, heat pumps and solar equipment, plastic pipes and fittings, and copper tubing and fittings. It also distributes building materials, such as insulation, plaster and plasterboard, roofing materials, bricks, blocks and aggregates, tiles and flooring, timber products, doors and frames, glass, beams, trusses and frames, hardware and tools, and cement. In addition, the company supplies civils/waterworks products, such as drainage pipes, and associated supplies and covers; underground pressure pipes; small bore pressure pipes and fittings; carbon and stainless steel pipes, and valves and fittings; and other pipes, valves, and fittings. Further, it distributes electrical cables and cabling accessories, controls and switchgears, wiring accessories, lighting, data networking supplies, and cable management products, as well as engages in the installation, maintenance, and management of customer inventory. As of July 31, 2011, the company operated 3,837 branches in 23 countries. Wolseley plc was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland.
Top Freight Companies To Buy For 2014: Cedar Woods Properties Ltd (CWP.AX)
Cedar Woods Properties Limited engages in property investment and development activities in Australia. It develops and sells lots and units at its residential estates in Western Australia and Victoria. The company�s property portfolio also includes apartment projects, integrated housing developments, business parks, mixed use developments, and various large scale master planned communities. Cedar Woods Properties Limited was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in West Perth, Australia.