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The Best Stocks For 2014 – The Best And Worst Stocks Of 2014

The best stocks to buy in 2014 are easy to name in hindsight. After all, back at the beginning of the year we were talking about stocks like Amazon.com, Inc.

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(AMZN) and Wynn Resorts, Limited (WYNN), which could do no wrong in 2013 … and since have watched these big-name investments crash and burn big-time in 2014.

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Industry:AirlinesMarket Cap:$27 billionYTD Return:126%

Much like the aforementioned Delta, Southwest Airlines Co (LUV) has had a roaring 2014, with shares more than doubling. To make matters even more impressive, this comes after a gain of 85% last year.

The reason Southwest has been red-hot again is the same as with DAL — a combination of less competition, increased ticket demand and a drop in fuel prices.

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But what makes LUV so much better than Delta? Well, perhaps the simple fact that Southwest remains one the best-run airlines out there, as both a model of efficiency and continued dominance at the top of customer satisfaction surveys. For instance, to start the year, the American Customer Satisfaction Indexonce again put Southwest on the top of the heap, tied with JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU) but marking its third consecutive year in the No. 1 spot.

When your industry has a tailwind and you’re the favorite among all customers, it’s hard not to have a great year. And that’s just what Southwest has done in 2014.

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Jeff Reevesis the editor oflisbdnet.comand the author ofThe Frugal Investor’s Guide to Finding Great Stocks.As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Write him ateditor
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