No. 6: Linn Energy

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Linn Energy ( LINE) is a natural gas exploration and production company with properties located in the U.S., primarily in the Midcontinent, California and Permian Basin.

Over the past year, the stock has surged 60.4%, while its peers have gained around 56%. The stock offers an attractive dividend yield of 7.14%, ahead of Anadarko Petroleum ( APC), Denbury Resources ( DNR), Pioneer Natural Resources ( PXD), Cimarex Energy ( XEC) and Forest Oil ( FST).

Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the company to report earnings per share of $1.42 for 2010 and $1.65 for 2011, a significant turnaround from a loss of $2.48 per share in 2009. Of the seven analysts covering the stock, six recommend buying it and one rates it a hold.

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