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Wal-Mart to Raise Wages for 100,000 U.S. Workers

By Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Wal-Mart Kicks-Off Next Round of Wage IncreaseWal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE/WMT) will raise minimum wages for more than 100,000 of its U.S. workers in some departments. This is the second time the world’s largest retailer has announced a wage hike this year. (Source: Reuters , June 2, 2015.) Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is engaged in the operation of retail stores and membership clubs. The Wal-Mart U.S. segment includes the company’s mass merchant concept in the United States, operating .

Why These Housing Stocks Are Still Attractive

By Friday, September 5, 2014
Why I Still Believe Housing Is AttractiveIn spite of some doom and gloom scenarios for the housing market, so far it has been full steam ahead as the sector continues to blaze along since bouncing out of the Great Recession in 2008. With interest rates and mortgage rates continuing to be relatively low, and with the jobs market producing more than 200,000 new jobs monthly, the ingredients are there for continued strength in the housing market, .

My Top Investment Strategy for a Stalling Stock Market

By Friday, March 21, 2014
How to Guarantee a Selling Price for Your StockThe current stock market sentiment is bullish and based on the charts, there are indications that the market wants to go higher, especially technology and small-cap stocks. The S&P 500 is eyeing another record-high and it may just reach it by the time you read this. While stock market investor sentiment continues to display bullish new highs and new lows, there’s also a sense that the road to higher gains .

Why I Believe the S&P 500 Could Easily Reach 2,000 in the Upcoming Months

By Tuesday, March 11, 2014
S&P 500 at 2,000 and Buying Opportunity on the WayIt’s amazing how the stock market can easily reverse course from bad to good and vice versa. When the threat of Russia invading Crimea picked up, the stock market retrenched; but it didn’t last long, as the subsequent withdrawal of Russian troops led to a stock market in the following days that drove the S&P 500 to yet another record-high and the NASDAQ to its highest point in 14 years. .

The Opportunity Coming to the Luxury Retail Stocks

By Friday, February 28, 2014
The Pros and Cons I See in the Retail Sector Right NowWe all know how bad this winter has been so far. The harsh weather across the majority of the country has impacted jobs growth, commerce, housing, and consumer spending. Of course, with the spring season on the horizon, we’ll soon see if the weak economic metrics mentioned were really an aberration due to the weather—or a sign of further slowing to come. From what I can tell right now, we .

Investment Opportunities Left in Housing After Weak January Sales?

By Thursday, February 27, 2014
Housing Market Area with the Best Investment OpportunitiesThe harsh winter conditions have negatively impacted the housing market, but the underlying long-term fundamentals appear to be in place and have not worsened. If the economic renewal continues, my sense is that the housing market will strengthen as we move along this year, which means continued opportunities in the housing market—but where? While we were straddled with soft housing starts (-16%) and building permits (-5.4%) in January, homebuilders continue .

Why the Winter Storm Is Skewing More Than Jobs Growth

By Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Winter Storm Skewing More Than Jobs GrowthOld Man Winter appears to be killing the retail sector and the economic renewal. Extreme cold and nasty weather has engulfed about 70% of the country, reaching as far south as Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas, which don’t traditionally experience winter weather. All that nasty weather means less driving to the malls and shops, which, judging by the numbers, appears to have been the case over the last two months. .

Why I’m So Cautious About 2014

By Friday, January 17, 2014
170114_PC_lombardiDon’t for a second believe consumer spending in the U.S. economy is improving! J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE/JCP) has announced it will be closing 33 stores in the U.S. economy. By doing this, the retailer will save about $65.0 million a year starting in 2014. 2,000 employees will be let go. (Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc., January 15, 2014.) Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE/M) is also closing stores. Best Buy .

Stock Market’s Dependence on Easy Money Weakening?

By Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Why a Storm May Be Brewing in the Stock MarketThere’s a significant cold spell out there in the Mid-East and Northeastern parts of the country. At the same time, the stock market has cooled down a little, beginning the year on a cautious note. I recently discussed my views for the stock market going forward and while it’s early on, the ability to move higher will largely depend on the economic renewal and its impact on what the Federal .

My Favorite Restaurant Stocks This Holiday Season

By Thursday, December 19, 2013
Restaurant Sector Bullish in 2014The holidays are just around the corner, and for the restaurant sector, that means big business, as people shop, dine, and head to the theaters. From fast food outlets like McDonalds Corporation (NYSE/MCD) to steakhouses like Ruths Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ/RUTH), the holidays are a key time for the restaurant industry and a buying opportunity for investors in this sector. The upward move in the sector has been strong, as .
Aug. 31, 2015
Trailing 12-month EPS for Dow Jones companies (Most Recent Quarter) $1014.15
Trailing 12-month Price/earnings multiple (Most Recent Quarter)

17.44

Dow Jones Industrial Average Dividend Yield 2.71%
10-year U.S. Treasury Yield 2.14%

Immediate term outlook:
The bear market rally in stocks that started in March 2009, extended because of unprecedented central bank money printing, is coming to an end. Gold bullion is up $1,000 an ounce since we first recommended it in 2002 and we are still bullish on the physical metal.

Short-to-medium term outlook:
World economies are entering their slowest growth period since 2009. The Chinese economy grew last year at its slowest pace in 24 years. Japan is in recession. The eurozone is in depression. With almost half the S&P 500 companies deriving revenue outside the U.S., slower world economic growth will negatively impact revenue and earnings growth of American companies. Domestically, America’s gross domestic product grew by only a meager 2.3% in the second quarter, which will negatively impact an already overpriced equity market.

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