Will 2014 see these 6 companies continue to shine?

One thing the following six companies have in common is the impressive market positions they have achieved. In some cases this is because they are global leaders in their sector, while for others it is a clever niche or a disruptive competitor position.

Over the 2013 calendar year, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has gained 8.5% so far excluding dividends — a respectable (nearly) one-year return. In comparison, the following six stocks have gained between 31% and 102%! Importantly, there is a reasonably high likelihood that each firm will produce higher profits in 2014 which could make them worthy of attention by investors.

1. Amcor (ASX: AMC) has rallied 39% in 2013 but its outlook for 2014 is strong, with the planned demerger of Orora allowing management to become more focussed.

2. CSR (ASX: CSR) has rallied 31% as the housing market picks up. With the sector still in the early stages of the cycle there should be continued growth in volumes for CSR in 2014.

3. Ingenia (ASX: INA) has rallied nearly 72% as the market has become more comfortable with its business model. The company will continue to expand by acquisitions in 2014, which could be a catalyst to send profits and perhaps the share price higher.

4. Ramsay Health Care (ASX: RHC) has rallied 47.5% in 2013. The private hospital owner and operator continues to find acquisition opportunities, most recently through the acquisition of Psychiatric Hospital Group in France.

5. Slater and Gordon (ASX: SGH) has created enormous shareholder value in 2013 with the stock price up 102%. The recent expansion into the UK where the company hopes to repeat the success of its Australian business model has the potential to drive earnings growth through 2014 and beyond.

6. TPG Telecom’s (ASX: TPM) shares have risen 81% this year as the telco continues to take market share. The recent acquisition of AAPT is the latest in a string of moves to bolster the strength and breadth of the group.

Foolish takeaway

Last year’s winners are of course rarely next year’s top performers. However, the truly great long-term investments often perform year-in and year-out as they steadily build shareholder value.

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Motley Fool contributor Tim McArthur owns shares in CSR.

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