This segment is from Tuesday's edition of 'Digging for Value', in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy & materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays & Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy & materials sectors @TMFEnergy.

What a year it has been for investors in the stock market! Simply investing in an S&P 500 index fund like the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEMKT:SPY) would have treated you quite kindly, to the tune of a 25% return. That doesn't even hold a flame to our "Top Stock of 2013", Core Laboratories (NYSE:CLB) which returned more than 70% excluding dividend payments. Analysts, Taylor Muckerman and Joel South, got the chance to visit with company management earlier this year. Tune in below for reasons they believe made Core Laboratories so successful.

If you missed out on Core Laboratories, don't let it happen again in 2014

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