Corporate earnings are also referred to as “company earnings” and “corporate profits:” basically, the amount of money a company makes in certain period of time. The price/earnings multiple is still the most common tool used to value a company. The stock market values a company based on the amount of money—the earnings and profits—the company has after all expenses, including taxes, have been paid. In a stock market where stocks are traded at an average of 12 times earnings, a company making $1.00 a share per year would be valued at $12.00. All things being equal, the more money a public company makes, the higher its stock price.
One sector of the domestic economy that should continue to produce solid corporate earnings is transportation stocks.Higher freight volumes, higher freight prices not affecting demand, and lower fuel prices are a solid combination that should boost the bottom line for airlines, freight companies, and railroads.Similar industry. Read More
Going back to the lackluster corporate earnings from early reporters that I talked about in my last article, today, I’m taking a closer look at NIKE, Inc. (NKE), which appears to be outperforming the market so far in 2015.Current Economic and Stock Market ActionIn the fourth quarter of 2014, corporate earnings didn’t particularly. Read More
Is it finally happening? Are investors coming to the realization that the stock market is fully valued as corporate earnings are declining and general economic conditions in the U.S. are deteriorating faster than at any time in the last five years? I believe the smart money figured this out long ago, but the masses will go down with the. Read More
As this issue goes to press, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down for the year. Yes, 70 days into the year, we’ve seen the stock market move up to new highs and we’ve seen stocks move back down. The bottom line is that stocks are lower today than when the year opened. This is consistent with my 2015 outlook that stocks are overpriced. Read More
Since the beginning of the year, key stock indices have been experiencing wild swings. One day they are up significantly, and the next day, all the gains made are lost. The opposite is true, too; one day down big-time, and the next day back up.In the past, we have seen this sort of pattern develop when stocks or commodities are forming a top.. Read More