10 Best Stocks 2014

The gold mining industry is watching its production costs surge amid rising energy prices, inflation and increasing labour costs.

Now, Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX, Stock Forum), the world’s largest primary gold producer, says its total cash operating cost could increase 13% to 22%. Meanwhile, Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM, Stock Forum), another key gold stock, expects to see a 6%-to-14% rise in costs applicable to gold sales.

The industry is hoping that rising gold prices will buoy the hike in production costs. An annual survey of industry predictions by the London Bullion Market Association forecasts gold could top $2,000 an ounce this year.

The outlook – made by 26 leading precious metals analysts from the world’s largest bullion-dealing banks and trading houses – underscores bullish speculation of gold prices in the broader market.

All but two forecasters predicted that gold would surpass $1,900 an ounce this year, while 7 3% of those surveyed believe gold will top $2,000 an ounce.

10 Best Stocks 2014:Lon & St.lawrnce Inv (LSLI.L)

London and St. Lawrence Investment Company PLC is a publicly owned self managed investment trusts. The firm invests in public fixed income markets. It makes its investment in British government securities and other bonds, approved investment trusts, authorized unit trusts, and other financial securities. London and St. Lawrence Investment Company PLC was founded in 1957, and is based in Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • By Scott Rothbort

    Apple(AAPL), which I included on my previous list of low-PEG stocks, remains one of the cheapest stocks around. The stock has still managed to increase in value over 16% this year, despite falling 12% since reaching an all-time high in October.

    The iPhone 4S is a huge success. In 2012, the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are likely to get introduced. The company’s computers continue to grab market share away from Windows-based systems. The December quarter is expected to be the company’s best ever. Earnings are expected to grow by 25% in 2011 and 12% in 2012. Yet the stock trades at just under 10 times 2012 earnings.

    Apple’s raw beta is 0.77

    Apple shows up on recent lists of 5 Gadget Stocks for the Holidays and 9 Top Goldman Sachs Stocks for 2012.

  • By Scott Rothbort

    Apple(AAPL), which I included on my previous list of low-PEG stocks, remains one of the cheapest stocks around. The stock has still managed to increase in value over 16% this year, despite falling 12% since reaching an all-time high in October.

    The iPhone 4S is a huge success. In 2012, the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are likely to get introduced. The company’s computers continue to grab market share away from Windows-based systems. The December quarter is expected to be the company’s best ever. Earnings are expected to grow by 25% in 2011 and 12% in 2012. Yet the stock trades at just under 10 times 2012 earnings.

    Apple’s raw beta is 0.77

    Apple shows up on recent lists of 5 Gadget Stocks for the Holidays and 9 Top Goldman Sachs Stocks for 2012.

  • By Michael

    This is another technology stock with great potential.  With each new release of an iPhone or iPad device, the stock continues to climb.  They have the “wow” factor down and I don’t see this changing any time soon.  Their new server farm in Charlotte, NC just went online as iCloud.  I think this is going to make a huge long term difference.  But in the short term, you have very regular releases of new versions of their flashy devices.  As long as they keep that up, the stock will continue to rise.  Although Steve Jobs is no longer here with us, he probably left a road map for Apple to fol low for the next 3-5 years.  The question will be whether Tim Cook will be able to execute on those plans.

10 Best Stocks 2014:Cheviot Financial Corp (CHEV)

Cheviot Financial Corp. operates as the holding company for Cheviot Savings Bank that provides a range of banking services in Ohio. It offers various deposit products, including passbook and statement savings accounts, interest-bearing demand accounts, non-interest-bearing demand accounts, NOW accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit. The company also originates one- to four-family residential real estate loans, multi-family residential real estate loans, residential mortgage loans, construction loans, commercial real estate loans, business lines of credit, and consumer loans. As of April 23, 2010, Cheviot Financial Corp. operated six full-service offices in Hamilton County, Ohio. It also has operations in southeastern Indiana and northern Kentucky. The company was founded in 1911 and is based in Cheviot, Ohio. Cheviot Financial Corp. is a subsidiary of Cheviot Mutual Holding Company.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • By Curtis

    Even though Apple’s stock has now reached the $420 price range (for just one share!), many analysts believe that AAPL is one of the most undervalued large-cap stocks.

    Despite the loss of Steve Jobs last year, Apple has continued to gain value, and the trend is expected to continue through 2012 with the hotly anticipated iPad 3 and iPhone 5 releases. In fact, AAPL is predicted to hit $510 per share in the next year.

  • By Scott Rothbort

    Apple(AAPL), which I included on my previous list of low-PEG stocks, remains one of the cheapest stocks around. The stock has still managed to increase in value over 16% this year, despite falling 12% since reaching an all-time high in October.

    The iPhone 4S is a huge success. In 2012, the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are likely to get introduced. The company’s computers continue to grab market share away from Windows-based systems. The December quarter is expected to be the company’s best ever. Earnings are expected to grow by 25% in 2011 and 12% in 2012. Yet the stock trades at just under 10 times 2012 earnings.

    Apple’s raw beta is 0.77

    Apple shows up on recent lists of 5 Gadget Stocks for the Holidays and 9 Top Goldman Sachs Stocks for 2012.

  • By Smith

    Temporarily becoming the most valuable company in the world last week, Apple has not been hurt very much by the recent bear market. In fact, for a great read about Apple’s story, consider taking a look at this article. With household names like iPad and iPhone, we all know that Apple is valuable … but the question is how valuable?Answering a question like that isn’t easy, but we believe the answer is up – way up. In fact, when compared to Google (GOOG)’s valuation metrics, this isn’t even that unreasonable. Apple’s price to earnings, price/earnings to growth, and price to sales ratios are 14.91, 0.61, and 3.45 respectively. Google’s numbers in these same categories are 20.34, 0.84, and 5.45 – all much higher. While competitors like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Research in Motion (RIMM) may be a bargain for those hunting sub-8 price to earnings ratios, AAPL is still a good place to be. Th e most recent news affecting Apple has been Steve Jobs’s crazy new plans for company headquarters, but needless to say this will not have a huge impact on AAPL stock price. What will though is whether the company can keep up its knack for fresh technology that consumers love. While some may call this blind faith, we see it as an investment opportunity.The best time to buy AAPL stock is before their next biggest thing is announced – and that time is right now.

10 Best Stocks 2014:R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD)

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company provides pre-media, printing, logistics, and business process outsourcing products and services to private and public sectors worldwide. The company operates primarily in the commercial print portion of the printing industry, with related product and service offerings designed to offer customers solutions for communicating their messages to target audiences. Its products and related service offerings include magazines, catalogs, retail inserts, books, directories, financial print, direct mail, forms, labels, office products, statement printing, pre media, and logistics services. The company also offers business process outsourcing services that comprise transactional print and outsourcing services, statement printing, direct mail, and print management services; and product configuration, customized kitting, and order fulfillment for technology, medical device, and other companies. It distributes its products to end-users through the United Sta tes postal services, retail channels, electronically, or by direct shipment to customer facilities. R.R. Donnelley & Sons was founded in 1864 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • By Scott Rothbort

    Apple(AAPL), which I included on my previous list of low-PEG stocks, remains one of the cheapest stocks around. The stock has still managed to increase in value over 16% this year, despite falling 12% since reaching an all-time high in October.

    The iPhone 4S is a huge success. In 2012, the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are likely to get introduced. The company’s computers continue to grab market share away from Windows-based systems. The December quarter is expected to be the company’s best ever. Earnings are expected to grow by 25% in 2011 and 12% in 2012. Yet the stock trades at just under 10 times 2012 earnings.

    Apple’s raw beta is 0.77

    Apple shows up on recent lists of 5 Gadget Stocks for the Holidays and 9 Top Goldman Sachs Stocks for 2012.

  • By ANDREW

    I am a huge believer in Apple’s brand internationally and I think they still have more room to grow than people think.  We all know the Iphone 5 is coming out and I think the sales will be insanely good.  People buy these products not only because they are great, but because they are the only fashionable computer item on the market.  Many people have no problem at all paying the large premium for Apple’s stuff just to look cool.  That’s not the reason everyone does it but it’s a reason that all the challenger companies won’t be able to touch a large % of Apple’s core user base.  Apple is in a league of their own and will stay that way for the foreseeable fut ure.  Any Apple naysayer makes very weak arguments against the investment.  Some people buy computers to get the most bang for their buck.  Apple users proudly pay the big premium.  That’s why they keep beating expectations on Wall S treet.  They don’t pay a dividend but certainly could at any time.  They are a cash cow already sitting on a mountain of cash.  I can see the company going over $500 before the end of 2012.  Very strong buy.

  • By Kevin M. O’Brien

    Apple Inc. (AAPL) will reach $500.00/share at some point in 2012. I view Apple as trading at an extreme discount right now. I am expecting to see a run-up in price ahead of the company’s next earnings call on January 17, 2012. I am also expecting that this earnings release is going to be absolutely fantastic. It would be a wise choice to block out all the negative rumors and sentiment surrounding Apple right now. This is a stock that is so attractively priced right now that it will not stay at this level for very long. Check back with me after January 17th next year.

10 Best Stocks 2014:Republic First Bancorp Inc. (FRBK)

Republic First Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Republic First Bank that offers banking services to individuals and businesses. It accepts various deposit products that include consumer and commercial deposit accounts, including checking accounts; interest-bearing demand accounts; money market accounts; certificates of deposit; savings accounts; sweep accounts; and individual retirement accounts, as well as provides lockbox services. The company?s loan portfolio comprises secured and unsecured commercial loans, real estate loans, construction and land development loans, automobile loans, home improvement loans, mortgages, home equity and overdraft lines of credit, and other products. It opertaes through six Philadelphia offices and seven suburban offices in Plymouth Meeting, Bala Cynwyd, Ardmore, and Abington located in Montgomery County; Media located in Delaware County; and Haddonfield and Voorhees, located in Southern New Jersey. The company was founde d in 1987 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • By Jonas

    It seems everyone is abuzz with Apple these days. They have a good product, lots of vision, and decent value in share price. But why would I buy this on a market pullback? Apple trades close to the S&P 500 (SPY) as well it should since Apple makes up a huge part of the S&P 500 market cap. However, shares of Apple have higher relative strength than the market. This means that while Apple shares will surely fall with the price during a pullback, they will also rebound quicker and rise farther with the next leg up.

    If the market pulls back, I’d wait for the 1,365 – 1,370 level to be hit and then grab some shares of Apple.

  • By Kevin M. O’Brien

    Apple Inc. (AAPL) will reach $500.00/share at some point in 2012. I view Apple as trading at an extreme discount right now. I am expecting to see a run-up in price ahead of the company’s next earnings call on January 17, 2012. I am also expecting that this earnings release is going to be absolutely fantastic. It would be a wise choice to block out all the negative rumors and sentiment surrounding Apple right now. This is a stock that is so attractively priced right now that it will not stay at this level for very long. Check back with me after January 17th next year.

  • By Scott Rothbort

    Apple(AAPL), which I included on my previous list of low-PEG stocks, remains one of the cheapest stocks around. The stock has still managed to increase in value over 16% this year, despite falling 12% since reaching an all-time high in October.

    The iPhone 4S is a huge success. In 2012, the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are likely to get introduced. The company’s computers continue to grab market share away from Windows-based systems. The December quarter is expected to be the company’s best ever. Earnings are expected to grow by 25% in 2011 and 12% in 2012. Yet the stock trades at just under 10 times 2012 earnings.

    Apple’s raw beta is 0.77

    Apple shows up on recent lists of 5 Gadget Stocks for the Holidays and 9 Top Goldman Sachs Stocks for 2012.

10 Best Stocks 2014:Talbots Inc. (The) (TLB)

The Talbots, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and direct marketer of women?s apparel, accessories, and shoes in the United States and Canada. The company offers its merchandise under misses, petites, woman, and woman petite sizes, as well as provides accessories, such as fashion jewelry, scarves, handbags, and footwear. It operates retail stores, upscale outlets, and surplus outlets under the Talbots name. As of October 29, 2011, the company operated 551 Talbots stores in 46 states and Canada. The Talbots, Inc. also markets its products online through its Web site, talbots.com, as well as through catalogs. The company was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • By ANDREW

    I am a huge believer in Apple’s brand internationally and I think they still have more room to grow than people think.  We all know the Iphone 5 is coming out and I think the sales will be insanely good.  People buy these products not only because they are great, but because they are the only fashionable computer item on the market.  Many people have no problem at all paying the large premium for Apple’s stuff just to look cool.  That’s not the reason everyone does it but it’s a reason that all the challenger companies won’t be able to touch a large % of Apple’s core user base.  Apple is in a league of their own and will stay that way for the foreseeable fut ure.  Any Apple naysayer makes very weak arguments against the investment.  Some people buy computers to get the most bang for their buck.  Apple users proudly pay the big premium.  That’s why they keep beating expectations on Wall S treet.  They don’t pay a dividend but certainly could at any time.  They are a cash cow already sitting on a mountain of cash.  I can see the company going over $500 before the end of 2012.  Very strong buy.

  • By Curtis

    Even though Apple’s stock has now reached the $420 price range (for just one share!), many analysts believe that AAPL is one of the most undervalued large-cap stocks.

    Despite the loss of Steve Jobs last year, Apple has continued to gain value, and the trend is expected to continue through 2012 with the hotly anticipated iPad 3 and iPhone 5 releases. In fact, AAPL is predicted to hit $510 per share in the next year.

  • By Michael

    This is another technology stock with great potential.  With each new release of an iPhone or iPad device, the stock continues to climb.  They have the “wow” factor down and I don’t see this changing any time soon.  Their new server farm in Charlotte, NC just went online as iCloud.  I think this is going to make a huge long term difference.  But in the short term, you have very regular releases of new versions of their flashy devices.  As long as they keep that up, the stock will continue to rise.  Although Steve Jobs is no longer here with us, he probably left a road map for Apple to fol low for the next 3-5 years.  The question will be whether Tim Cook will be able to execute on those plans.

10 Best Stocks 2014:Venoco Inc. (VQ)

Venoco, Inc., an independent energy company, primarily engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, and development of oil and natural gas properties primarily in offshore and onshore California. The company holds interest in various fields comprising South Ellwood, Santa Clara Federal Unit, West Montalvo, Dos Cuadras, Beverly Hills West, and Santa Clara Avenue fields in southern California; and onshore Monterey shale formation, which consist of the Sevier field in southern California. It also holds interest in Willows and Greater Grimes fields in Sacramento basin. As of December 31, 2011, the company had proved reserves of approximately 95.9 million barrels of oil equivalents. Venoco, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • By Scott Rothbort

    Apple(AAPL), which I included on my previous list of low-PEG stocks, remains one of the cheapest stocks around. The stock has still managed to increase in value over 16% this year, despite falling 12% since reaching an all-time high in October.

    The iPhone 4S is a huge success. In 2012, the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are likely to get introduced. The company’s computers continue to grab market share away from Windows-based systems. The December quarter is expected to be the company’s best ever. Earnings are expected to grow by 25% in 2011 and 12% in 2012. Yet the stock trades at just under 10 times 2012 earnings.

    Apple’s raw beta is 0.77

    Apple shows up on recent lists of 5 Gadget Stocks for the Holidays and 9 Top Goldman Sachs Stocks for 2012.

  • By ANDREW

    I am a huge believer in Apple’s brand internationally and I think they still have more room to grow than people think.  We all know the Iphone 5 is coming out and I think the sales will be insanely good.  People buy these products not only because they are great, but because they are the only fashionable computer item on the market.  Many people have no problem at all paying the large premium for Apple’s stuff just to look cool.  That’s not the reason everyone does it but it’s a reason that all the challenger companies won’t be able to touch a large % of Apple’s core user base.  Apple is in a league of their own and will stay that way for the foreseeable fut ure.  Any Apple naysayer makes very weak arguments against the investment.  Some people buy computers to get the most bang for their buck.  Apple users proudly pay the big premium.  That’s why they keep beating expectations on Wall S treet.  They don’t pay a dividend but certainly could at any time.  They are a cash cow already sitting on a mountain of cash.  I can see the company going over $500 before the end of 2012.  Very strong buy.

  • By Jonas

    It seems everyone is abuzz with Apple these days. They have a good product, lots of vision, and decent value in share price. But why would I buy this on a market pullback? Apple trades close to the S&P 500 (SPY) as well it should since Apple makes up a huge part of the S&P 500 market cap. However, shares of Apple have higher relative strength than the market. This means that while Apple shares will surely fall with the price during a pullback, they will also rebound quicker and rise farther with the next leg up.

    If the market pulls back, I’d wait for the 1,365 – 1,370 level to be hit and then grab some shares of Apple.

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