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Was Our Top Stock of 2013 Better than Yours?

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

The market stormed out to huge gains across 2013, leaving investors on the sidelines burned. However, opportunistic investors can still find huge winners. The Motley Fool's chief investment officer has just hand-picked one such opportunity in our new report: "The Motley Fool's Top Stock for 2014." To find out which stock it is and read our in-depth report, simply click here. It's free!


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  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 5:25 PM, PhilSylvester wrote:

    Are you or Motley Fool going to actually buy the top pick in 2014? If not, what is the point? Per the disclosure at the bottom of the article, neither you nor the Motley Fool owned the top pick of 2013. Why recommend it as a top pick if you don't have the conviction to recommend it in an official service or real money portfolio?

  • Report this Comment On January 16, 2014, at 1:47 PM, greatgrapes wrote:

    Core Laboratories (CLB) was selected as top stock for 2013 but isn't even mentioned in the extensive list of top stocks in your January 2014 issue of Motley Fool Stock Advisor. Why? What has changed about that stock? I bought it on your advice at $132.00 and still own it now at about $190.00. I was thinking I should hold it for long term. Should I sell it now and buy one of the more recent selections? Maybe I missed your advice on this in one of your letters.

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Taylor Muckerman
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Taylor is an Associate GM in our Fool International operations. Prior to that he covered all things Energy + Materials as an analyst. Over the years, he has built an investing skill set to rely on when evaluating companies inside and out. While at the Fool, he has made appearances on CNBC and Fox Business. In addition, he completed his MBA at the University of Maryland and will sit for the Level II CFA Exam.

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