institutional investors

Why Fed’s Interest Rate Increase Won’t Cause a Stock Market Collapse

By Friday, March 13, 2015

Rising interest ratesWith the broader stock market gyrating based on expectations of the Federal Reserve’s possible interest rate increase, the NASDAQ Biotechnology index and Russell 2000 are still holding up near their highs. A closer look at the current market dynamics suggests rising interest rates won’t be the cause of a stock market collapse.
Stock Markets Still Positive
The Dow Jones Transportation Average is in consolidation (since December of last year), down… Read More

Dividend-Paying Existing Winners the Place to Be for 2015?

By Monday, January 5, 2015

My Expectations for the Stock Market in Early 2015The lull between earnings seasons is always long and the marketplace is clamoring for something from which to trade off.
A number of companies have already reported good numbers and they are a good precursor for what’s to come.
This market is looking pretty tired and it’s been another double-digit year (mostly) after the tremendous performance in 2013. Accordingly, we may see stocks selling off even on earnings that beat… Read More

Railroad Stocks the Best Market Predictor for Investors?

By Friday, November 14, 2014

Railroad Stocks the Best Market Predictor for InvestorsIt really is a great time to be in the railroad business. Cash flow is abundant and these stocks are poised for more capital gains.
While coal shipments have been a weak spot for railroad companies, virtually all other major customer sectors are producing excellent comparable growth.
And that growth is directly reflected in share prices. Railroad stocks have been—and continue to be—on a tear.
When the broader market corrected… 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

Two Companies in the “Buy Zone” on Weaker Oil?

By Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How Spot Prices Could Affect Your Oil PicksIt really is quite amazing the amount that spot oil prices have dropped. Naturally, in a lot of areas, the price of gasoline has not dropped the same percentage.
Lower oil prices help a lot of industries. The railroads and airlines, for instance, should show a material gain in earnings in the fourth quarter due to the drop in fuel costs.
It’s not a game-changer for oil producers just yet,… Read More

What the Smart Money Is Doing Now

By Friday, October 3, 2014

Smart MoneyAccording to the Investment Company Institute, assets in institutional money market funds increased $17.19 billion to $1.69 trillion for the week ended on September 24, 2014. This was the biggest weekly increase in these money market funds in the last five months. (Source: Investment Company Institute web site, last accessed October 1, 2014.)
This is critical: when institutional investors sense the risk of a stock market sell-off in key stock… Read More

Mature Company Serving Up Grand Slam Results

By Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mature Company Serves Up Grand Slam ResultsThere’s a lot the stock market has to deal with these days, but that’s par for the course. Uncertainty, risk, and fear are basic components of equities these days. But good businesses are good businesses and NIKE, Inc. (NKE) hit a grand slam with its latest quarterly earnings.
This company’s been doing well for a number of quarters and this is a mature brand we’re talking about, not a fast-growing… Read More

Best Stocks Going Into 2015

By Monday, September 29, 2014

Stocks Going Into 2015A lot of good companies with solid investment prospects going into 2015 are pushing new highs in an otherwise trendless stock market before the end of another reporting period.
Market leaders have kept their momentum the last few years and are likely to keep doing so as earnings reliability and dividends keep investors buying.
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) continues to tick higher in this market. The position was $35.00 a share… Read More

Why These “Payroll” Stocks Look Interesting Now

By Friday, September 26, 2014

Payroll Stocks Look Interesting NowVery soon we’re going to hear the earnings news straight from the horse’s mouth. Quarterly earnings are beginning to trickle in and even if you aren’t interested in the stocks that you don’t own, corporate reporting is the most important market intelligence you can review.
For years, Paychex, Inc. (PAYX) was one of those companies that continually reported great financial results. It was a growth stock during the technology bubble… Read More

The Stocks to Watch as Small-Caps Stall

By Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stocks to Watch as Small-Caps StallDespite the choppy trading action before the end of the third quarter, a lot of the market’s best stocks are still ticking higher. And the positive trading action remains especially prevalent with large-caps and dividend-paying blue chips.
Big investors want earnings reliability and dividend income in a slow-growth environment. It’s a trend that began with the stock market’s breakout at the beginning of 2013 and it still has legs right… Read More

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