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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

Six Mature Companies with Earnings Momentum into 2015

By Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Earnings Momentum into 2015Large-cap earnings were pretty good this quarter, just like they were in the second quarter of this year.

The Walt Disney Company (DIS) was one of them. Notable in the company’s solid fiscal fourth-quarter and year-end results was its huge jump in profitability.

While total fiscal 2014 sales grew eight percent to a record $48.8 billion, earnings grew a whopping 22% to a record $7.5 billion on the back of … Read More

Two Micro-Caps Suggesting Fourth-Quarter Earnings Boost

By Monday, November 10, 2014

Micro-Cap Stocks Suggesting Fourth-Quarter Earnings BoostLots of corporate earnings are still streaming in for the third quarter, though mostly among smaller-cap companies. Top-line growth certainly isn’t robust, but it’s not bad either. The surprise I’ve noticed in third-quarter reporting has been the profitability. There has been plenty of double-digit comparable earnings growth on single-digit sales reported.

One micro-cap company that just reported a solid quarterly performance is Blount International, Inc. (BLT).

This Portland, Oregon-based company … Read More

Dow Jones Transportation Stocks Suggesting Bullish Fourth Quarter?

By Friday, November 7, 2014

Where Are Stocks HeadedIn terms of stock market direction, the Dow Jones Transportation Average recently pushed through to another new record-high. The index retrenched along with the broader market in early October, but it fought back hard to just over 8,800.

Within the index, countless stocks have been doing well. Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK) slumped to $42.00 in the lead-up to its earnings report. Now, it’s almost $55.00 a share after reporting … Read More

Two Off-the-Radar Stocks with Record Results

By Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Two Good Stocks Reporting Strong Third-Quarter ResultsWith the winter months just around the corner, Douglas Dynamics, Inc. (PLOW) is looking forward to as much snow falling as possible.

Based in Milwaukee, Douglas Dynamics is one of the many small- and micro-cap companies reporting very good earnings based on solid domestic demand.

This company manufactures commercial snow plowing equipment and parts that attach to vehicles.

Not only did Douglas Dynamics report a record third quarter for 2014, … Read More

While Markets Stall, This Stock Is Flourishing

By Monday, November 3, 2014

Stock Is FlourishingIt looks like large-cap technology stocks, especially those related to online businesses, are experiencing a slowing down of what’s traditionally been some very solid growth.

Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN), Netflix, Inc. (NFLX), LinkedIn Corporation (LNKD), and Groupon, Inc. (GRPN) have all been under pressure.

Many pure-play online businesses are still struggling to turn a profit, and investor sentiment towards these stocks has changed.

Yet in this marketplace, dividend-paying blue chips continue … Read More

These Poor 3Q Earnings Reports Foretell 2015’s Economy

By Friday, October 31, 2014

Poor 3Q Earnings Reports Foretell 2015’s EconomyAccording to research by UC Berkeley, in 2012, the top one percent of income earners in the U.S. earned 22.5% of all the income. The bottom 90%, on the other hand, earned less than 50% of all the income. (Source: Pew Research Center, January 7, 2014.) Income inequality in the U.S. economy is the highest it has been since 1928. The rich are getting richer, and the poor are seeing … Read More