By George Leong, B.Comm. | August 22, 2014
The housing market picked up steam in July after some stalling in the first half of the year, which was negatively affected by bad winter conditions in the first quarter. Housing starts surged 15.7% to a seasonally adjusted 1.09 million units in July, the market’s highest production in eight months. This break of one million units is key. Plus, the lagging building permits number was equally strong at an annualized … Read More
By Michael Lombardi, MBA | May 8, 2014
Is silver presenting an even greater investment opportunity than gold bullion?
It’s been well documented in these pages that demand for gold bullion is increasing and supply is declining due to lower prices. The silver market is going through the exact same thing.
Last year, the Indian government decided to curb demand for gold bullion in that country by increasing the duty on gold imports. This resulted in a significant … Read More
By Mitchell Clark, B.Comm. | January 15, 2014
The great thing about noodles is that they’re cheap—and this is also what makes a restaurant chain selling noodles a very good investment opportunity.
Restaurant stocks should always be on any speculative investor’s radar. Consumers’ tastes change, disposable incomes change, and so on…but there is always fervor to eat out, especially at the right price point.
The latest buzzword in the world of chain restaurants is “fast casual,” a combination … Read More
By George Leong, B.Comm. | December 17, 2013
The market demand for initial public offerings (IPOs) is strong, as investors search for additional sources of opportunities to make money.
While there have been some poor-performing IPOs this year, there have also been numerous stocks that have debuted to stellar gains. With strong market conditions for new issues, we are seeing a rise in the flow of companies wanting to come to the capital markets and take advantage of … Read More
By George Leong, B.Comm. | December 13, 2013
While there continues to be a widening of the income gap between the rich and the poor in the world, companies like MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE/MA) continue to make a lot of money from every transaction made using their credit cards. Recently, MasterCard announced it would be splitting its shares on a 10-for-one basis while also increasing its quarterly dividend by 83%. MasterCard is also looking to buy back up to … Read More
By Mitchell Clark, B.Comm. | December 3, 2013
The Walt Disney Company (DIS) just doubled its equity market capitalization over the last 24 months. It is a stunning performance and a breakout from its long-term trend.
What stood out in the company’s latest quarter was its earnings growth. Profitability is improving substantially due to increased spending at theme parks.
Once again, Disney’s parks and resorts business segment grew strongly, up eight percent in the recent quarter to $3.7 … Read More
By George Leong, B.Comm. | November 26, 2013
The second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, debuted in theaters last Friday to heightened anticipation. The early bet is the film could set a new box office record.
Whether the lofty expectations pan out or not, believe it or not, there is more than one investment opportunity you can take advantage of to make money on the success of The Hunger Games series and other major … Read More
By Mitchell Clark, B.Comm. | October 25, 2013
Well, it turns out that third-quarter earnings were pretty good for E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company (DD). The company surprised with solid volume growth and its cash balance soared.
DuPont recently broke out of a two-year-long stock market consolidation. Still yielding around three percent, this position is not expensively priced, and its latest numbers were very good, considering the size and maturity of this business.
The company’s … Read More
By George Leong, B.Comm. | September 16, 2013
I love the smell of coffee brewing in the morning—and in the afternoon and evening. As you can tell, I do enjoy my coffee—but I also like watching some of the market’s top coffee stocks.
At the top of my watch list in the coffee sector is Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ/SBUX), just because of its strong brand recognition not only in the United States but worldwide. Whether it’s in Asia, Europe, … Read More
By George Leong, B.Comm. | May 2, 2013
Technology stocks underperformed the S&P 500 and Dow in the first quarter of the year, but that’s no big deal, as I continue to see technology as a market leader.
The month of April saw some buying return to technology stocks, with the NASDAQ managing to outperform the S&P 500—that’s a start.
While we have seen momentum dissipate from technology stocks and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL) lose some of its shine, … Read More