Mattress FirmAs the name implies, Mattress Firm (NASDAQ:
RPXPatents have become a critical part of global competitiveness, particularly in industries like smartphones and health care. A big problem is that litigation can be extremely risky and expensive. But RPX (NASDAQ:
RPX's financials are attractive. In the third quarter, revenue spiked by 53% to $38.4 million and profit came to $7.9 million. The company also has $250 million in the bank. With the cash, the company can continue to buy more patents, which will increase subscription revenues and should lead to more members that come into the network.
TEA ) is trying to become the Starbucks of tea. The company sells more than 100 varieties of premium loose-leaf teas in its 196 locations across 39 states. The company's average transaction size is $36 (part of this is from the company's popular website). Teavana creates a so-called "Heaven of Tea" experience in its retail locations and calls its employees "teaologists." The tea market in the U.S. is about $5.2 billion and is growing at about a 6% annual clip. Overall consumption is low when compared to the rest of the world, so there should be room for continued growth. In the latest quarter, Teavana reported a 35% increase in sales to $33.4 million, and comparable-store sales were up 8.5%. Tom Taulli runs the InvestorPlace blog " IPOPlaybook" , a site dedicated to the hottest news and rumors about initial public offerings. He is also the author of and "All About Commodities." Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli . As of this writing, he did not own a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. Check out InvestorPlace.com's other looks back at 2011 and ahead to 2012 here . Related Articles: 10 best stocks for 2012
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