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Monster Beverage (MNST), known as Hanson Natural until Jan. 9, markets and distributes popular brands of beverages such as Monster Energy Drinks and Hansen Natural. Hansen Natural produces soda, juice, lemonade, tea and flavored water.

Energy drinks are one of the fastest growing segments of the soft drink market, much as the handcrafted beer market is for the beer business. The most popular energy drink in the market place is Red Bull, which is owned by a privately held an Austrian company. Monster is second in market share behind Red Bull. Energy drinks sell for anywhere between $2 and $3 per can and hence have a much more robust profit margin that soda.

Monster Beverage increased earnings by 34% in 2011 and is expected to do so by 23% in 2012. The stock sells for 30 times 2012 earnings. The company carries no debt and as of the most recent quarter held nearly $800 million of cash and short-term investments. The company's stock split 2-for-1 in the middle of February.

As of the most recently reported period, Monster Beverage is one of the top holdings of Renaissance Technologies.

-- Written by Scott Rothbort in Millburn, N.J.

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At the time of publication, Rothbort was long CBOU, SAM and MNST, although positions can change at any time.

Scott Rothbort has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is the Founder and President of LakeView Asset Management, a registered investment advisor specializing in customized separate account management for high net worth individuals. In addition, he is the founder of TheFinanceProfessor.com, an educational social networking site; and, publisher of The LakeView Restaurant & Food Chain Report. Rothbort is also a Term Professor of Finance at Seton Hall University's Stillman School of Business, where he teaches courses in finance and economics. He is the Chief Market Strategist for The Stillman School of Business and the co-supervisor of the Center for Securities Trading and Analysis.

Mr. Rothbort is a regular contributor to TheStreet.com's RealMoney Silver website and has frequently appeared as a professional guest on Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg Television, Fox Business Network, CNBC Television, TheStreet.com TV and local television. As an expert in the field of derivatives and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), he frequently speaks at industry conferences. He is an ETF advisory board member for the Information Management Network, a global organizer of institutional finance and investment conferences. In addition, he is widely quoted in interviews in the printed press and on the internet.

Mr. Rothbort founded LakeView Asset Management in 2002. Prior to that, since 1991, he worked at Merrill Lynch, where he held a wide variety of senior-level management positions, including Business Director for the Global Equity Derivative Department, Global Director for Equity Swaps Trading and Risk Management, and Director for secured funding and collateral management for the Global Capital Markets Group and Corporate Treasury. Prior to working at Merrill Lynch, within the financial services industry, he worked for County Nat West Securities and Morgan Stanley, where he had international assignments in Tokyo, Hong Kong and London. He began his career working at Price Waterhouse from 1982 to 1984.

Mr. Rothbort received an M.B.A., majoring in Finance and International Business from the Stern School of Business, New York University, in 1992, and a B.Sc. in Economics, majoring in Accounting, from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, in 1982. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Mr. Rothbort is married to Layni Horowitz Rothbort, a real estate attorney, and together they have five children.

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