earnings

Why Positive Large-Cap Earnings Don’t Suggest a Strong Stock Market in 2015

By Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Large-Cap Earnings NumbersAfter a slow start to the reporting season, large-cap companies are peppering the Street with good numbers. The stock market may be in consolidation, but a number of companies have announced solid earnings reports so far. But even these positive results don’t suggest a strong market for all of 2015.
Large-Caps Reporting Good Earnings Numbers
Alcoa Inc. (AA)… Read More produced a darn good quarter, with 2014 fourth-quarter sales up 14% over

Early 4Q14 Earnings News Suggests Slow 2015

By Monday, January 12, 2015

Early Earnings Revealing Slow Growth for Stocks in 2015Financial reports are trickling in, and it’s exactly what the market needs—a fresh dose of news, straight from the horse’s mouth. Unfortunately, the numbers aren’t forming a rosy picture of a strong market in 2015 so far. Instead, early 4Q14 earnings news suggests a slow year ahead. (more…)… Read More

2015: Why It Won’t Be a Good Year to Own Stocks

By Monday, December 22, 2014

2015 Good Year to Own StocksWhen you take all the fluff out of the markets, like artificially low interest rates and other easy monetary support from the Federal Reserve, we need to realize (at the end of the day) that stocks trade on a fundamental called corporate earnings. And going into 2015, as I’ll detail below, corporate earnings are weak at best. (more…)… Read More

4Q14 Earnings Reports: Will They Boost Stocks Higher in Early 2015?

By Monday, December 22, 2014

Earnings to Boost Stocks Higher in Start of 2015Looking ahead to 2015, the first and most obvious news the marketplace will be looking for is fourth-quarter earnings.
Even before oil prices experienced their material sell-off, fourth-quarter earnings were looking good, as corporate reporting in both the second and third quarters of 2014 estimated a solid finish to the year.
Now that oil prices are lower, they’re likely going to pad earnings for a number of industries in 2015…. Read More

Beauty Company ULTA Signaling Strong Upcoming Earnings Season?

By Friday, December 19, 2014

Strong Upcoming Earnings SeasonWhatever the news that causes the equity market to gyrate, I’m reminded that the most important news for investors is what underlying businesses say about their operations. Amidst all the turmoil and shocks that can affect the broader market, a good, underlying business that has the liquidity will always get recognized by the investing marketplace. And one growing company that’s a good example of a more confident consumer is ULTA… Read More

More Good Earnings; Can the Momentum Last?

By Friday, December 5, 2014

Good EarningsThere are lots of earnings reports still pouring in, and many of them are pretty decent. But while we round out 2014, I wonder if the momentum in stocks can last into 2015.
Tiffany & Co. (TIF) didn’t beat the Street’s consensus on either revenues or earnings, but the stock pushed higher to a new record-high anyway after the company confirmed its fiscal 2014 full-year outlook.
The company’s latest quarterly… Read More

Microsoft Expecting Its Strongest Quarter

By Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Microsoft Expecting Its Strongest QuarterOne company that is consistently seeing its earnings estimates tick higher is Microsoft Corporation (MSFT). The stock has basically doubled since the stock market breakout at the beginning of 2013, and the company has been increasing its dividends significantly.
Microsoft’s current quarterly dividend, payable in early December, is $0.31 a share, representing an 11% gain over the previous quarterly dividend.
The company’s revenues still have a lot of momentum. In… Read More

Two Major Concerns About Overvalued Stock Market Prices

By Monday, November 17, 2014

Stock Market 60 OvervaluedThe amount of money investors are borrowing to buy stocks is skyrocketing.
In September of this year, margin debt on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) stood at $483.87 billion—a new record-high. When the stock market was forming a top in 2007, margin debt was at a “then” record-high of $329.51 billion. Margin debt on the NYSE is now 47% higher than just before the previous big market sell-off. (Source:… Read More

Airgas: One Company with Strong Potential for Stock Market Investors

By Monday, November 17, 2014

Airgas for Reasonable, Consistent GrowthIncome-seeking investors, who are typically more likely to be risk-averse, are now having difficulty finding value in a stock market that’s gone up tremendously.
The huge reduction in the spot price of oil has certainly offered up more value than when the price was steadily around $100.00 a barrel.
Although not cheap by any means, I like Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI), which is in the process of acquiring its limited… Read More

Wal-Mart Sales Concerns Bad Sign for Retail Sector This Holiday Season?

By Friday, November 14, 2014

Bad Sign for Retail Sector This Holiday SeasonIn two weeks from today, all eyes will be on Black Friday and the official beginning of the holiday shopping season, which for some in the retail sector is the most critical time of the year.
While I do expect consumers to be out and spending in full force, I’m not sure about the retail sector and margins. The decline in gasoline prices should help add some money to the… Read More

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