ZAGG Lived Up to Its Name in 2011

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As 2011 comes to a close, it's a great time to look back at what happened to the stocks that interest you. By making sure you know the important things that a company accomplished -- as well as the setbacks it experienced -- you can make a better decision about whether it's a smart investment for your portfolio.

Today, let's take a look at ZAGG (NAS: ZAGG) . As a provider of accessories for handheld devices, ZAGG's fortunes rise and fall with the companies that make those devices. This year, the stock zigged and zagged dramatically before settling down to a nice gain for the year. Below, I'll take a closer look at the events that moved ZAGG's shares this year.

Stats on ZAGG

Year-to-Date Stock Return12.2%
Market Cap$253 million
Total Revenue, Trailing 12 Months$141 million
Net Income, Trailing 12 Months$11.7 million
1-Year Revenue Growth141.6%
1-Year Profit Growth71.8%
Short Interest (% of float)50.2%
CAPS Rating (out of 5)*

Source: S&P Capital IQ.

What was up with ZAGG this year?
ZAGG's big product is its invisibleSHIELD, a clear film that protects smartphone screens from scratches. The company also sells a wide range of other protective accessories. Given the rise of Apple's (NAS: AAPL) popular smartphones and other handheld devices, ZAGG has an ever-increasing potential market for its products. ZAGG has a close relationship with retailer Best Buy (NYS: BBY) , which accounts for a huge percentage of its total sales.

But many are skeptical of ZAGG's prospects going forward. Along with SodaStream (NAS: SODA) and Travelzoo (NAS: TZOO) , ZAGG is among just a handful of companies with more than half of its shares sold short.

Still, ZAGG doesn't seem to care about the shorts. It partnered up with Logitech (NAS: LOGI) to sell a keyboard case for Apple's iPad 2, and with products for non-Apple providers like Motorola Mobility and Research In Motion (NAS: RIMM) , ZAGG has all its bases covered.

Investors should expect continued volatility for the stock in line with how the smartphone industry does. But despite the zigs and zags, as long as handheld devices exist, ZAGG has a good chance of making money from them.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Dan Caplinger doesn't own shares of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Best Buy, and Logitech International. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of SodaStream International, Logitech International, Apple, and Travelzoo, as well as writing covered calls on Best Buy and Logitech and creating a bull call spread position on Apple. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool has a disclosure policy.

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