2. EV Energy Partners ( EVEP) owns and operates oil and gas properties.

Quarter: EV Energy Partners swung to a third-quarter loss of $2.8 million, or 23 cents, from a profit of $204 million, or $10.14, a year earlier. Revenue fell 49% to $30 million. The balance sheet holds $25 million of cash and $292 million of debt. During the past three years, revenue has doubled annually, on average.

Performance: EV Energy Partners returned 183% in the past year, trouncing U.S. indices. It sells for a price-to-book ratio of 1.3 and a price-to-cash-flow ratio of 5.7, significant discounts to industry averages. Of four analysts covering the partnership, three advocate purchasing units and one says to hold them. Raymond James ( RJF) expects them to appreciate 19% to $38. They yield 9.5%.

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