Investing in a growing company is one of the most exciting ways to play the stock market. Doing so can make you feel as if you have a hand in helping a company achieve new levels of success. The following six companies are on the cutting-edge of their respective fields, and deserve to be in the spotlight not only as potential investment options, but also because the services they provide are so innovative and unique.
In the digital realm, San Antonio Texas-based Rackspace Hosting offers cloud computing services and 24/7/365 customer service. Cloud computing is an industry term used to describe a network of interlinked computers. Rackspace uses the concept to help digital business people grow their online presence and maximize Internet profit. The company’s net revenue was $389 million in Quarter 3 of 2013.
With locations in New Castle PA and across the US, Vivint is a security company revolutionizing the way homeowners secure their properties. Vivint offers alarm systems for fires, burglary, flood, and severe weather. The company has also received considerable media attention, though, for their “smart” home automation and energy management services. More specifically, Vivint home security allows you to control door locks, thermostats, smoke alarms, medical devices, and security cameras remotely from a smartphone or tablet. As of December 31, 2012, Vivint had 400 million in sales.
Celgene is a biopharmaceutical company earning national press for two of its important medicines. These are Thalomid and Revlimid, two drugs used to treat multiple myeloma, a malignant blood disease. Celgene is currently developing other therapies to combat cancer and various immunological ailments, so their natural profile is only expected to grow. Celgene’s net revenue grew from $561 million in the 3rd quarter of 2012 to $669 million in the Quarter 3 of 2013.
Another biopharmaceutical to keep an eye on is ViroPharma, which specializes in drugs to treat infections and viral diseases. Their most popular invention is an antibiotic called Vancocin, made for people suffering from staph infections. ViroPharma recently acquired a number of smaller drug companies, so their revenue of $660 million in 2012 is only expected to grow.
For those interested in the precious metals trade, Silver Wheaton purchases leftover silver from mining companies at cheap prices. The company then sells this silver on the open market for big profits. Currently, this Canadian company has over 14 long-term silver purchasing agreements, buying silver at $4 an ounce. Silver Wheaton, which has sold over 26 million ounces of silver, posted record numbers in the first and second quarters of this year.
If the restaurant world appeals to you more than silver mining, Smashburger, a fast-casual burger chain with over 130 locations nationwide is an investment to consider. Smashburger specializes in high-quality, great-tasting, and affordable burgers. The company brought in revenue of $39.4 million in 2012.
Although America still finds itself in a recession, these six companies have found effective, profitable ways to grow their businesses and revenue. Whether its a “fast-casual” burger chain, a “smart” security company, or a multi-platform hosting company, this list of six surging companies promises to augment your stock portfolio.