Corporate Profits

Also referred to as “corporate earnings” and “company earnings:” 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.


Earlier this month, Jeremy Siegal, a well-known “bull” on CNBC, took to the airwaves to predict the Dow Jones Industrial Average would go beyond 18,000 by the end of this year. Acknowledging overpriced valuations on the key stock indices are…

The Chinese economy had been growing at about 10% a year, like clockwork, for years. Now, China is in the midst of an economic slowdown, with growth expected to come in this year at 30%–50% below China’s five-year average growth…

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As the realization that the political structure in America is steering far more leftward sets in, businesses and investors are beginning to fear the substantial increase in dividend and capital gains taxes. Many investors have been searching for dividend yield…

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Earlier this year, I introduced a popular key indicator—the Baltic Dry Index—that measures the shipping rates of transporting bulk dry commodities worldwide. It is considered a key indicator because it gauges the demand of the basic raw material inputs that…

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Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ/YHOO), one of the former leading technology stocks, has been plagued with a stock price that just hasn’t moved for quite a long time, as opposed to several other technology stocks that have had significant price appreciation. Not…

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The retail sector is a difficult area for many firms to generate strong corporate profits. Corporate profits tend to be at the whim of the fickle consumer. This is true for many firms in the retail sector, except for NIKE,…

The recent sale of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” for almost $120 million is a clear indication of the market sentiment regarding hard assets. The sale took place at Sotheby’s Holding, Inc. (NYSE/BID) auction house, one of a few firms whose…

When it comes to investment strategy, many U.S.-based firms simply take the approach of blaming cheap foreign labor everywhere else and throwing up their hands as if there’s nothing they can do. That’s not much of a long-term investing strategy.…