Cabot Oil & Gas: +101%

2011 was not a great year for the oil and gas business. The Oil Service Sector Index (OSX) has declined more than 10% so far in 2011. Natural gas prices remain weak and declined nearly 25% this year.

So why has Cabot Oil & Gas ( COG) jumped 101% this year? It all comes down to shale -- and in particular the Marcellus Shale.

In the third quarter, Cabot Oil & Gas achieve a record production of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale in Susquehanna County, Pa. Capacity is expected to increase in the Marcellus Shale, so despite falling natural gas prices, total revenue and profit are expected to rise.

Clearly, the rise in the company's share price is more about speculation in the future than current operating results as the stock sells for 56 times earnings and pays a miniscule dividend.

Cabot was one of the 10 Best-Performing S&P 500 Stocks of 2011 and shows up on a recent list of 20 Winning Stocks Set to Post New Highs in 2012.

To see these stocks in action, check out the High 5s for 2011 portfolio. And for the five biggest negative surprises of 2011, visit " 5 Big Surprise Loser Stocks of 2011."

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

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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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