10 Best Stocks for 2014

The InvestorPlace Best Stocks for 2014 contest includes 10 stock picks from a group of money managers, market experts and financial journalists competing against each other for the best return throughout all of 2014. The year-to-date returns below will be based on market close Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Throughout the year, the contributors will regularly offer updates on the good, the bad and the unexpected as it relates to their Best Stocks for 2014 pick.

Questions about the Best Stocks for 2014 picks or contributors on the list? Email us at editor@investorplace.com or engage in the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #beststocks.

MAJOR INDICES - PERFORMANCES
DOW:
S&P 500:
NASDAQ:
1
Tesla Motors (TSLA)
Tesla Motors (TSLA)
48%
Return
Buy Price: $150.43
Ending Price: $222.41
Industry: Automaking
Kyle Woodley
Investor:
2
Emerge Energy Services LP (EMES)
Emerge Energy Services LP (EMES)
30%
Return
Buy Price: $41.55
Ending Price: $54.00
Industry: Diversified Energy
Jon Markman
Investor:
3
FleetCor Technologies (FLT)
FleetCor Technologies (FLT)
27%
Return
Buy Price: $117.17
Ending Price: $148.71
Industry: Business Services
4
Fortegra Financial (FRF)
Fortegra Financial (FRF)
21%
Return
Buy Price: $8.27
Ending Price: $9.97
Industry: Insurance
Hilary Kramer
Investor:
5
Financial SPDR (XLF)
Financial SPDR (XLF)
15%
Return
Buy Price: $21.49
Ending Price: $24.73
Industry: Financial
6
Vanguard Div. Appreciation ETF (VIG)
Vanguard Div. Appreciation ETF (VIG)
9%
Return
Buy Price: $74.15
Ending Price: $81.16
Industry: Dividend Fund
7
Citigroup (C)
Citigroup (C)
4%
Return
Buy Price: $52.07
Ending Price: $54.11
Industry: Banking
Greg Harmon
Investor:
8
ProShares Short MSCI Emer. Mkts. ETF (EUM)
ProShares Short MSCI Emer. Mkts. ETF (EUM)
0%
Return
Buy Price: $26.30
Ending Price: $26.33
Industry: Emerging Markets
9
Banco Santander (SAN)
Banco Santander (SAN)
0%
Return
Buy Price: $8.33
Ending Price: $8.33
Industry: European Banking
Bryan Perry
Investor:
10
MTN Group (MTNOY)
MTN Group (MTNOY)
-6%
Return
Buy Price: $20.00
Ending Price: $18.87
Industry: Telecommunications