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With the long-in-the-tooth bull market rolling along, it’s getting harder for investors to find undervalued stocks with great upside potential. Or rather, it’s more difficult because investors continue to look in the same place over and over again. Some of the more interesting stocks out there are trading…

Google Inc. (NASDAQ/GOOG) traded above $800.00 on February 19, and I still can’t believe I missed out on an early investment opportunity when the stock first debuted at $100.00 in August 2004. The company has become the king of the Internet space and the favorite of retail and…

Israel is the “Silicon Valley” of the Middle East. The country is not widely known as a place to find high-growth technology companies, but the reality is that this small and dynamic country of 7.9 million people, nestled on the Mediterranean Sea, is just that. The country has…

I’m not a big eater of fast foods, but as a business, this market offers some good opportunities for investors, namely with the top three operators: McDonalds Corporation (NYSE/MCD), YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE/YUM!), and rising star Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE/CMG). The mainstay in the group is McDonalds,…

When consumer spending on fast foods slows, you have to take note. This is the case with McDonalds Corporation (NYSE/MCD), a bellwether for the fast food industry, after the maker of the “Big Mac” reported some recent stalling in its global same-store revenues. The stock fell after the…

The tech-laden NASDAQ fared the best in November with a 1.1% advance, which was well ahead of the 0.3% gain in the S&P 500 and 0.5% decline in the DOW. Yet technology and growth stocks have not fared in the equities market since the end of the first…

There’s been plenty of talk around here regarding gold and whether the precious metal is heading for $2,000. In my view, the current global risk will support and drive gold higher. (Read “The Stock Market Event You Need to Guard Against Right Now.”) For any gold investor, the…

What the heck is going on with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL)? The stock has corrected 25.5% since trading at a record high of $705.00 on September 21. Don’t panic yet, as my stock analysis is that we are seeing some portfolio adjustments and profit-taking by institutions and retail investors…

Hindsight is always 20/20 in the investment business, and one of my biggest regrets is not investing in MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE/MA), which turned out to be an outstanding wealth creator on the stock market. I always follow and research what I call the “best stocks” in the marketplace…

What if I were to tell you that Israel is the Silicon Valley of the Middle East? The country is not widely known as a place to find high-growth technology companies, but the reality is that this small and dynamic country of 7.9 million people nestled on the…

On the stock market, gold stocks recovered from their recent correction, but they are still lagging the recovery in the spot price of gold. The same goes for silver stocks, whose stock market performance is even more behind the spot price action. Institutional investors have lost a lot…

If you’ve been stock picking the last little while, you know it’s tough just to keep your buck, let alone make one. Stock picking is a lot easier when there’s wind at your back. During the technology bubble of the late 1990s, you didn’t even need to do…

The stock market may seem trendless but corporate earnings are holding up okay. It’s very early days in this earnings season, but the financial sector’s performance was impressive. However, the stock market yawned at the news, with institutional investors more worried about the U.S. and Chinese economies and…

Two decades ago, everyone was making money from the stock market. There was a boom, and some of the best stocks were in the technology sector, mostly due to the proliferation of the Internet. You didn’t even need to own the best stocks; just owning the index was…

Some of the best stocks in the market are also the best business brands. Even in bad stock market conditions, many have turned out to be excellent wealth creators, and not just long-term, but over the last few years—and months. You might consider Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ/SBUX) to be…

Institutional investors want to be buyers in this stock market. Nobody is expecting runaway capital gains by any stretch, but, for the most part, institutional investors have no other asset in which to speculate with a similar risk profile. While U.S. Treasuries are safe, their returns are miniscule.…

One of my benchmark stocks for the stock market and the technology sector in particular is Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ/ORCL). The same way a company like Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE/HPQ) would represent the retail technology industry, Oracle represents that corporate, institutional software sector and is a leader within the entire…

Here’s how the fable goes… Jim is in the boardroom talking to his three young analysts about where the mutual fund they manage should place its billions of cash, as the firm recently exited some equity positions. “Where are we going to park those couple of billion we…