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Stocks with Biggest Gains in 2011

January 03, 2012 | About:
Looking back in 2011, I think quite a few investors would like to see what has performed the best in the year in terms of capital gains for their shareholders. Here are the the four stocks with biggest gains in the year:

Golar LNG Limited (GLNG). The stock was priced at $9.60 in the middle of 2010, then it started the year 2011 at $15 per share. At the end of the year, it closed at $44.4 per share, delivering the yearly gain of 196%. In addition, the investors received 88 cents per share dividend for the whole year. GLNG, the mid-stream liquefied natural gas company incorporated in Bermuda, engaged in transportation, regasification and liquefaction and trading of LNG. The rise of GLNG might due to the high demand from Asia combined with days-rate up because of the little supply of liquefied natural gas ships. At the market valuation of $3.5 billion in market capitalization, it was very expensive at 127x earnings, nearly six times book value and 42.4x cash flows.

Valhi (VHI). At the beginning of 2011, the stock was only $21 per share, and it closed the year at $62 per share, delivering a gain of more than 190%. Besides, VHI has paid out the dividends 49 cents for the year. VHI is famous for the consistent dividend payment to its shareholders over the last 10 years, the only year it omitted its dividend was dated back in the first quarter of 2006. VHI is a holding company which operates in three business segments: chemicals, component products and waste management. At the current price, VHI is trading at 39.4x P/E, 10.8x book value and 25.1x P/CF.

Parkvale Financial (PVSA). PVSA started the year 2011 at $9.1 per share, and it close the year (on Dec. 30, 2011, to be exact) at $24.57 per share, delivering the gains of 170%. PVSA is a unitary savings and loan holding company. The primary assets consisted of the stock in the Parkvale Savings Bank, equity securities and cash. In the new year, it completed a merger with FNB Corporation and ceased trading as a listed security. The merger had valued PVSA at around $130 million total, at 19.1x P/E, and one and a half times the book value.

Sturm, Ruger & Company (RGR). The stock was traded at $15 per share in the beginning of 2011, and it closed at $34, making the investors a 127% gain, plus the total dividends for the year 43 cents per share. RGR is in the business of designing, manufacturing and selling firearms to domestic customers. It has two main segments: firearms and investment castings. The firearms segment is to sell rifles, pistols, revolvers and short guns in the U.S., The investment castings manufactures and sells steel investment castings. At the market capitalization of $650 million, the market values RGR at 18.5 times earnings, nearly five times the book value and the cash flow yield is at nearly 8%.

This is not the recommendation to buy, hold or sell the stocks mentioned in this analysis. Anyone who wishes to buy, hold or sell the stocks has to do his/her own analysis at his/her own risk.

About the author:

Anh Hoang
Money manager into global equities, especially with US and Vietnam markets. CFA level 3 candidate. Lecturer for Stalla - CFA course in Vietnam

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