Leading the way with 80% year-to-date gains is Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Green Mountain's business practices (specifically its accounting, which has faced SEC scrutiny) have always kept me at bay. Not to mention, hedge-fund manager David Einhorn has a sizable short position on the company. Einhorn is not known to be wrong very often.
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Nevertheless, those who placed their bets on this company are sitting pretty, if a little jittery. Because I couldn't rest easy heading into 2014 with 80% gains on the table and believing that things can get better. The odds are that they won't. For now, Green Mountain's much maligned management deserves plenty of credit for having regained the Street's trust.
Along those lines, I would worry about Diamond Foods
ConAgra is interesting for a multitude of reasons. Now, I've heard disappointment about the company's 11% gains. But we have to keep this performance in the context of where this company has been. ConAgra has never really been a consistent outperformer. And this year was no different. Management is still working to synergize the value they envisioned from the Ralcorp acquisition.
Given their valuations relative to Campbell Soup
I don't deny that Annie's management has done exactly what the Street has demanded, which is to grow the top line. But I can't overlook that the company is relatively young with limited history of execution. In that regard, I believe Hain Celestial
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All told, there isn't a perfect formula to timing the entry and exit points in these stocks. But I have noticed over the years that depressed companies or those that have fallen out of favor with the Street can easily rebound, as both Green Mountain and Diamond Foods have shown. But that's not always a guarantee.
On the flipside, there are companies like Kraft's
At the time of publication, the author held no position in any of the stocks mentioned.
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