Businesses are grouped in a market sector, which denotes that they all provide a similar good or service. Grouping businesses together allows investors an easier opportunity to research and investigate each company amongst its peers. An investor can then compare earnings ratios, price-to-book ratios, and other metrics all within one defined sector of the economy. It’s difficult to compare businesses in separate industries, as they would have unique growth prospects. A mature industry such as that of railroad companies can’t expand at the same rate as Internet companies and therefore the fundamental metrics are not the same and can’t be compared at face value.
This market is definitely looking tired after such a strong run since mid-October.The performance of transportation stocks has been noticeable this year. The Dow Jones Transportation Average has actually outperformed the NASDAQ Composite year-to-date. In my mind, when there’s leadership from this group, it’s a compelling,. Read More
When we looked at Biogen Idec Inc. (BIIB) in late April, the biotechnology company was trading around $218.00 a share. Now, it’s trading between $230.00 and $240.00 or so and is still a big momentum bet.The company recently raised its forecast as its multiple sclerosis (MS) drug, known as “TECFIDERA,” is now the leading MS therapy. Read More
In these pages, I recently discussed the amazing returns in the benchmark Nikkei 225 index in Japan and how the country is following America’s example, printing money to fuel the economy.The fact is that Japan is finally beginning to see some results from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aggressive strategy to inject $2.4 trillion into. Read More
Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ/RIMM; TSX/RIM) appears to be rising from the ashes, as investors dive back into the stock of the once-fabled maker of the “BlackBerry.” For Research In Motion (RIM), it has been quite the journey after the investment community, including myself, thought the end was near for this former Wall Street. Read More
One of the most often talked about parts of the economy is the real estate market sector. Because real estate is such a large and important part of the economy, naturally, many eyes are focused on whether or not this market sector can and will rebound from its deep decline.While we have certainly seen a strong bounce off the bottom, there. Read More