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2013 is Finally in the Books but 2014 Doesn't Look Much Better

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

A spat between Russia and Belarus through the fertilizer market into a state of flux late in 2013. PotashCorp of Saskatchewan (NYSE: POT  ) caught the brunt end of the backlash, as it saw the price of its namesake fertilizer drop 27% in the fourth quarter. It will be interesting to see the viewpoints of competitors like Agrium (NYSE: AGU  ) and Mosaic (NYSE: MOS  ) when they both report later in February. One thing is for certain though, and that is that 2014 is going to be a year of transition for the potash fertilizer market.

2014 will have it's bright spots, and we believe this could be the brightest

There's a huge difference between a good stock and one like our "Top Stock of 2013" that returned over 70% in the market last year. The Motley Fool's chief investment officer has selected his No. 1 stock for 2014, and it's one that he believes could keep the trend rolling. You can find out which stock it is in the special free report "The Motley Fool's Top Stock for 2014." Just click here to access the report and find out the name of this under-the-radar company.

 


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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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