Large-Cap Companies

“Large-cap companies” is a phrase used to represent the largest companies listed on a stock market as measured by total capitalization. A company’s stock market capitalization is determined by multiplying its fully diluted common shares outstanding by the value of its share price.


A positive bias remains to current stock market action. Earnings are still modest, but for the most part, many are positive. The S&P 500 Index did an excellent job recovering from a small (Federal Reserve/market-misread-induced) consolidation in June. Since the…

Who has all the money these days? While the government has most of it and can make more of it when it wants, it also owes a lot of money. Rather, large corporations are best off these days, and they…

Hindsight is always 20/20 when it comes to the stock market, and it’s impossible to be right with your picks all of the time. Recently, in this column we’ve been looking at a number of large-cap companies that I view…

A number of large-cap, international companies reported third-quarter earnings that were below expectations. On the stock market, their shares went down accordingly and so did earnings outlooks for the rest of the year. But for a number of these companies,…

On the day of the Federal Reserve’s announcement regarding targeted low interest rates and a new bond-buying program, the stock market started out strong, only to sell off by the end of the day. This has happened countless times over…

The S&P 500 index is down almost 100 points, or about six percent, since stock market highs in September and October. The broader stock market has pulled backed meaningfully, but it is not yet in correction territory. I think it’s…

The S&P 500 is up against a bit of a wall and has to convincingly break 1,465 again, which it achieved in mid-September, in order to accelerate. A lot of corporate earnings have been decent, but quite a few are…

There are still all sorts of blue chips trading right at their 52-week highs; some are trading at their all-time highs. And the best part about this is that these companies are not expensively priced on the stock market. Colgate-Palmolive…

On a lot of occasions, the stock market sells off on the reality of its expectations, but it hasn’t since the Federal Reserve announced a third round of quantitative easing (QE3). The main stock market indices are holding up very…

The stock market rally continues, and it’s great; that is of course, if you own the right companies. For the most part, the best wealth creation over the last few years has come from large-cap, dividend paying stocks that are…

A lot of smaller companies and micro-cap stocks are now reporting their quarterly earnings, and a lot of the numbers are pretty good. I’ve noticed particular financial strength in a number of micro-cap technology companies, along with good trading action…

To be honest, I’m surprised the stock market has been so strong; the S&P 500 Index broke 1,400 so quickly. It’s amazing to me that after a mediocre earnings season, when earnings expectations were revised lower, the stock market has…

Ever since the beginning of June, when the stock market came out of its correction, there has been seesaw-trading action with three meaningful peaks and valleys in the S&P 500 Index. We’re now working on the fourth, and who knows…

Unless we get a major shock like war or something related to the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, I don’t think the stock market is going to experience a lot of further downside. Stock prices might drift and then trade…