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U.S. stock prices are at all-time highs. Nonetheless, the best investment opportunities are still out there. Investing in the stock market isn’t easy with equity prices nearing new heights. However, there are still good investment opportunities if you know where to look. You just have to be willing…

One group of stocks with continued good potential for capital gains are the restaurant stocks. It doesn’t take much for things to turn up for these stocks, whether it is lower gas prices, a hair more disposable income, or a change in sentiment among consumers to spend on…

While the economic data have continued to come in worse, the S&P 500 has strengthened over the past few months. What is the stock analysis that can justify such a move, and is it sustainable? These two questions are critical for those interested in investing in stocks. There…

The sovereign debt issue in Europe is a direct threat to the U.S. stock market. It’s been like this for the last year, and it is likely to stay like this well into 2012. Prior to the European sovereign debt crisis, U.S. equity investors didn’t really care about…

It’s pretty clear that the economy will be in a slow growth state for quite some time and the most important economic statistic to follow will be consumer spending. We know that the economy is going to be lackluster for the next several years, because government spending will…

It’s funny how investor sentiment can change on a dime. An expectation gets created for a solution to a problem, the action occurs, then it’s okay for investors to buy stocks. Institutional investors—or traders more particularly—always do this. It’s the game of the equity speculation business and it’s…

The big U.S. banks must be ecstatic. After 100 people at the Federal Reserve ended their review of major U.S. banks, the Fed concluded that some of the largest banks in this country could increase their dividends, buy back shares and repay government loans. JPMorgan Chase & Co.…

The New Year has started positively and it looks like we could be set for another up year. The key is to make sure you are well-diversified. I would like to discuss the concept of asset allocation as a critical part of any prudent portfolio management strategy. Asset…

A few months back, I turned bullish on U.S. retail stocks. Specifically, on these pages, back on February 22, 2010, I said, “The chart of the Dow Jones U.S. Retail Stock Index looks well positioned to break above its 2007 high.” The DJ Retail Stock Index was then…

While initial public offering (IPO) activity in the U.S. has hit historical lows, the IPOs in Asia have soared to record high levels. Asian equity markets are flooded with new offerings, partly prompted by emerging markets’ soaring economies and partly by record-low bond yields. Since the beginning of…

— "The Financial World According to Inya" Column, by Inya Ivkovic, MA I truly believe that capitalism and socialism can coexist and are not mutually exclusive. Perhaps the years of perpetuating the American Dream have pre-programmed our collective psyche not to trust anything that is not implicitly meant…

— "Ahead of the Street" Column, by Mitchell Clark, B. Comm. The list of companies beating Wall Street expectations continues to grow. I think the market overreacted a bit to the lackluster news from the big banks. Of course, political talk of breaking up the big banks just…

— Calling The Trend Column, by George Leong, B.Comm. In my last commentary, I talked about guidelines you can use to make you a better investor and trader and, in the process, turn profits. The stock market is no doubt one of the most exciting forums through which…

— by Mitchell Clark, B. Comm. It doesn't seem like there's much news that can stop this stock market. Even with a shaky start to the week, the broader market climbed back, as institutional investors keep buying. According to data provided by the National Stock Exchange, which is…

— by George Leong, B. Comm. Are you looking for growth in the U.S. market? The Hispanic population is the biggest ethnic minority in the United States and it is expected to become even more significant. President Obama is looking at opening up dialogue with Cuba. He is…

It is easy to define profitable investing. It simply means finding profitable companies. Defining further profitable companies is also easy, but actually finding such companies is the tricky part of the process. So, let's start with the easy part -- what defines a profitable company? In our little…

Remember Cbeyond Incorporated (NASDAQ/CBEY)? This growing technology company is doing great in this market and despite its high valuation, just keeps on going up. I first wrote about this company in this column in September of last year. The stock was trading around $25.00 per share. Now, the…