10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014
There’s no foolproof way to know the future for Miller Industries (NYSE: MLR ) or any other company. However, certain clues may help you see potential stumbles before they happen — and before your stock craters as a result.
A cloudy crystal ball
In this series, we use accounts receivable and days sales outstanding to judge a company’s current health and future prospects. It’s an important step in separating the pretenders from the market’s best stocks. Alone, AR — the amount of money owed the company — and DSO — the number of days’ worth of sales owed to the company — don’t tell you much. However, by considering the trends in AR and DSO, you can sometimes get a window onto the future.
Sometimes, problems with AR or DSO simply indicate a change in the business (like an acquisition), or lax collections. However, AR that grows more quickly than revenue, or ballooning DSO, can, at times, suggest a desperate company that’s trying to boost sales by giving its customers overly generous payment terms. Alternately, it can indicate that the company sprinted to book a load of sales at the end of the quarter, like used-car dealers on the 29th of the month. (Sometimes, companies do both.)
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: Desert Energy Ltd(DSN.AX)
Desert Mines and Metals Limited engages in the exploration of uranium, iron ore, copper, gold, and nickel in Australia. It holds interest in the Camel Hills project through a joint venture with Aurora Minerals located in Western Australia. The company was formerly known as Desert Energy Limited and changed its name to Desert Mines and Metals Limited in December 2011. Desert Mines and Metals Limited is based in Belmont, Australia.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: First Capital Bancorp Inc.(VA)
First Capital Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for First Capital Bank that offers a range of banking and related financial services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, and individuals in Richmond, Virginia metropolitan area. The company?s deposit products include checking, individual retirement, negotiable order of withdrawal, and savings accounts, as well as other time deposits of various types, ranging from daily money market accounts to longer-term certificates of deposit. Its loan portfolio comprises short-to-medium term commercial loans, such as secured and unsecured loans for working capital, business expansion, and purchase of equipment and machinery; and consumer loans comprising secured and unsecured loans for financing automobiles, home improvements, education, and personal investments. The company also originates fixed and floating-rate mortgage, and real estate construction and acquisition loans. In addition, it offers safe deposi t boxes, cash management services, traveler?s checks, direct deposit of payroll and social security checks, automatic drafts for various accounts, online banking services, small and medium-sized businesses courier services, and automated teller machine services. As of May 10, 2011, the company operated seven branches. First Capital Bancorp, Inc. is headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia.
Best Stocks To Watch For 2014: Steven Madden Ltd.(SHOO)
Steven Madden, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, designs, sources, markets, and sells fashion-forward name brand and private label footwear for women, men, and children. It offers wholesale footwear under the Steve Madden Women?s, Madden Girl, Steve Madden Men?s, Steven, l.e.i., Elizabeth and James, Olsenboye, Stevies, Big Buddha Shoes, Madden, Betsey Johnson shoes, Report, and Superga to department stores, mid-tier department stores, better specialty stores, and independently owned boutiques in the United States. The company also provides wholesale handbags and accessories under the Daisy Fuentes, Olsenboye, Steve Madden, Steven by Steve Madden, Betsey Johnson, Betseyville, and Big Buddha brand names, as well as sells cold weather accessories, fashion scarves, wraps, and other trend accessories primarily under the Cejon and Steve Madden brand names to department stores and specialty stores. As of December 31, 2011, it operated 84 retail stores, including 73 Steve Ma d den full price stores, 6 Steve Madden outlet stores, 3 Steven stores, 1 Report store, and 1 e-commerce Website. In addition, the company licenses its Steve Madden and Steven by Steve Madden trademarks for use in connection with the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of cold weather accessories, sunglasses, eyewear, outerwear, bedding, hosiery and women?s fashion apparel, jewelry, and luggage, as well as licenses Betsey Johnson and Betseyville trademarks for sale of apparel, jewelry, swimwear, eyewear, watches, fragrances, and outerwear. Steven Madden, Ltd. distributes its products through its retail stores and e-commerce Website in department stores, specialty stores, luxury retailers, national chains, and mass merchants in the United States; and through special distribution arrangements in Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Mexico, Australia, Central and South America, and India. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Long Island City, New York.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: Industrial Services of America Inc.(IDSA)
Industrial Services of America, Inc. engages in recycling stainless steel, ferrous, and non-ferrous scrap, as well as provides waste services. The company operates in two segments, Recycling and Waste Services. The Recycling segment collects, purchases, processes, and sells stainless steel, and ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal to steel mini-mills, integrated steel makers, foundries, and refineries. It purchases ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals from industrial and commercial generators of steel, iron, aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and other metals, as well as from scrap dealers and retail customers who deliver these materials directly to the company?s facilities. This segment also processes scrap metal through its sorting, shearing, shredding, cutting, and baling operations. In addition, it purchases, processes, and sells stainless steel, nickel-based, and high-temperature alloys. Further, this segment?s scrap recycling operations consist of collecting, sortin g , and processing various grades of copper, aluminum, and brass. The Waste Services segment provides waste management services, including contract negotiations with service providers, centralized billing, invoice auditing, and centralized dispatching. It also rents, leases, sells, and services waste handling and recycling equipment. This segment represents contracts with retail, commercial, and industrial businesses to handle their waste disposal needs, primarily by subcontracting with commercial waste hauling and disposal companies. The company offers its services primarily in the United States and Canada. Industrial Services of America, Inc. was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: SatCon Technology Corporation(SATC)
Satcon Technology Corporation, a clean energy technology company, provides utility-grade power conversion solutions for the renewable energy market, primarily the large-scale commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic markets worldwide. The company designs and delivers power conversion solutions that enable producers of renewable energy to convert clean energy into grid-connected electrical power. It also offers system design services and solutions for management, monitoring, and performance measurement to improve capital investment, and quality and performance over the lifespan of an installation. The company?s products include PowerGate Plus, a utility-ready photovoltaic inverter; Equinox, a power conversion solution built on the foundation of PowerGate Plus; Prism, an integrated 1 or 1.25 megawatt medium voltage solution; Solstice, a power harvesting and array management solution; Energy Equity Protection, which comprises Satcon design services, APEX project manag ement, preventative maintenance and warranty programs, and system uptime guarantees; and other legacy power products, including static transfer switches, static voltage regulators, frequency converters, and AC arc furnace line controllers from 5 kilowatts to 100 megawatts. It sells its products and services through direct sales personnel, as well as distributor arrangements. Satcon Technology Corporation was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: DealerTrack Holdings Inc.(TRAK)
DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. provides software solutions to the automotive retail industry in the United States and Canada. The company offers DealerTrack DMS, an open platform to integrate and manage functions of store operations. It also provides sales and finance solutions, including DealerTrack Credit Application Network to transmit a consumer?s credit application information to lenders; BookOut to look up used automobile values; DealerTrack Compliance to sign, store, and protect customer and financing activity; DealerTrack eContracting to obtain electronic signatures, and transmit contracts and contract information electronically to lenders; DealTransfer to transfer transaction information; CreditOnline to submit credit application data online; SalesMaker, a desking system; DealerTrack eMenu to present insurance and other aftermarket product options in a menu format; and DealerTrack Aftermarket Network that offers real-time aftermarket contract rating and quote generat ion. In addition, the company provides inventory solutions, such as DealerTrack eCarList, an inventory management and distribution platform; and DealerTrack AAX, an inventory optimization and analytics system. Further, it offers processing solutions, such as DealerTrack OLRS that provides do-it-yourself version of department of motor vehicle processing; DealerTrack RegUSA for cross-border vehicle transactions; DealerTrack Electronic Lien & Title (ELT) to manage ELT; DealerTrack?s Title and Collateral Administration, a title management solution; and DealerTrack eDocs to digitize contracts and submit them electronically. Additionally, it provides data services; and on-demand credit application and contract processing services to indirect automotive finance industry in Canada. The company serves dealers, lenders, original equipment manufacturers, third party retailers, agents, and aftermarket providers. DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Lak e Success, New York.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: Rowan Companies Inc.(RDC)
Rowan Companies, Inc. provides onshore and offshore oil and gas contract drilling services in the United States and internationally. The company offers its contract drilling services through its fleet of 28 self-elevating mobile offshore drilling platforms and 30 deep-well land drilling rigs. The company was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
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Rowan provides offshore contract oil and gas drilling. The company is building three new drilling ships and recently announced a three-year contract for the first one. It seems likely that the company will have no problem finding work for the other two ships as well. The stock had a rough Spring, but recovered to levels close to its 52-week high in September before sliding during the Fall, but it has been moving higher since the start of 2013. The company has a five-year EPS growth rate of 36.22% and is trading at 118% of its 52-week low.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: Stats Chippac Ltd (S24.SI)
STATS ChipPAC Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides semiconductor packaging design, bump, probe, assembly, test, and distribution solutions. The company offers packaging services, including leaded, laminate, memory card, and wafer level chip-scale packages (CSPs) to customers with a range of packaging solutions; turnkey services for various electronics applications; and redistribution layers, integrated passive devices, and wafer bumping services for flip-chip and wafer level CSPs. It also provides package design; electrical, mechanical, and thermal simulation; and measurement and design of lead-frames and laminate substrates. In addition, the company offers test services comprising wafer probe and final testing on various test platforms; various semiconductors for mixed-signal, radio frequency, and analog and high-performance digital devices; and test-related services, such as burn-in process support, reliability testing, thermal and electrical characterization, dry pack, and tape and reel. Further, it provides pre-production and post-production services consisting of package development, test software and related hardware development, warehousing, and drop shipment services. Additionally, the company offers advanced packages, including stacked die, system-in-package, and flip-chip, as well as BGA packages and wafer level CSPs. It serves omputing, communications, and consumer markets. The company has operations in Singapore, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan. STATS ChipPAC Ltd. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Singapore.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: GeoGlobal Resources Inc. (GGR)
GeoGlobal Resources Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration and development of oil and natural gas reserves in India, Israel, and Colombia. It has activities in four geological basins located offshore and onshore in India; one geological basin located offshore in Israel; and one geological basin located onshore in Colombia. The company has exploration rights pursuant to PSCs with the government of India are located in the Krishna Godavari Basin offshore and onshore in the State of Andhra Pradesh in south eastern India; the Cambay Basin onshore in the State of Gujarat in western India; the Deccan Syneclise Basin onshore in the State of Maharashtra in west central India; and the Bikaner-Nagaur Basin onshore in the State of Rajasthan in north western India. It also has exploration rights pursuant to licenses located in the Levantine Basin located off the coast of Israel. As of December 31, 2011, the company had interests in approximately 1,609,645 net acres . GeoGlobal Resources Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: Flanigan’s Enterprises Inc.(BDL)
Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. operates a chain of full-service restaurants and package liquor stores in south Florida. It operates restaurants under Flanigan?s Seafood Bar and Grill name, which offers alcoholic beverages and full food services; and package liquor stores under Big Daddy?s Liquors name that provides brand name and private label liquors, beer, and wines. As of April 2, 2011, the company operated 24 units that consists of restaurants, package liquor stores, and combination restaurants/package liquor stores; 1 adult entertainment club; and franchised 5 units comprising 1 restaurant and 4 combination restaurants/package liquor stores. Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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