As 2011 comes to a close, it's a great time to look back at what happened to the stocks that interest you. By making sure you know the important things that a company accomplished -- as well as the setbacks it experienced -- you can make a better decision about whether it's a smart investment for your portfolio.
Today, let's take a look at CVR Partners
Stats on CVR Partners
|Total Return Since IPO||43.4%|
|Market Cap||$1.68 billion|
|Sales, Trailing 12 Months||$255 million|
|Net Income, Trailing 12 Months||$85 million|
|CAPS Rating (out of 5)||*****|
Source: S&P Capital IQ.
Why did CVR Partners do well this year?
CVR Partners emerged onto the scene in the middle of one of the best environments in years for the fertilizer industry. The master limited partnership, in which parent CVR Energy
Even though it has a short history as an independently traded entity, CVR Partners has gotten off to a fast start. In order to stand up to bigger, better-established competitors like PotashCorp
CVR Partners has three key advantages over many of its competitors, though. One is that it's located near the main line of Union Pacific
All of those advantages have helped give shares a big boost in 2011. And as if that weren't enough, you're also getting a 10% dividend yield right now. That's not guaranteed to last, but as long as the industry stays hot, CVR Partners is well-positioned to profit from it.
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