The U.S. stock markets have experienced two strong years of back-to-back gains; the S&P 500 soared approximately 30% in 2013 and a solid 13% in 2014; and the Dow Jones Industrial Average recently topped 18,000 for the first time ever. With the Federal Reserve expected to barely increase interest rates in the second half of 2015, the stock market looks to be the investment of choice for income-starved investors this year—and technology stocks in 2015 may be your best bet…. Read More
Facebook’s Rocky Start (Before Its Revenue Platform Made Headway)
Starting with just 20 or so initial profiles scattered around Harvard in 2004, Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ/FB)… Read More has since morphed into the world’s most important marketing platform, now with 1.3 billion active users.
Every day, disciples of Facebook log into their profiles and browse, comment, like, post, and share. Those daily interactions are a marketer’s dream. Find out what’s trending and popular, and target your advertising to a captive audience.
SpaceX IPO the Final Frontier?
Is an initial public offering (IPO) the final frontier for SpaceX? Investors might be interested in gravitating toward a SpaceX IPO, but the company doesn’t seem to be in any rush to jettison private life.
SpaceX, a sort of private NASA, was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk. No one-hit wonder, Musk is also famous for starting successful firms like PayPal and Tesla Motors, Inc…. Read More
The stock market action on Wednesday indicates the high anxiety amongst investors, traders, and institutional money, suggesting it may be vulnerable to some near-term selling.
Stock Market Vulnerable to the Downside
Despite recent record advances by the DOW and the S&P 500, along with the rumors of more gains to come, there was always a sense that the stock market was vulnerable to the downside. The markets seemed to have pushed aside the overhanging uncertainties domestically and in the global economy to instead focus on the Federal Reserve and interest rates…. Read More
With indecisive stock market action, biotechnology stocks continue to show their speculative strength. It’s a market sector that continues to be very strong, albeit highly speculative.
Of course, where there’s growth, there are also higher valuations and many of the large-cap biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies are richly valued.
Three Biotech Stocks with Momentum in a Slow Market
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY)… Read More is one of these richly valued companies. The stock just leapt strongly higher on new approval of its “Opdivo” treatment for lung cancer.
Current Investing Environment Positive for Stocks, but for How Long?… Read More
It’s really tough to quantify this stock market. Even with mediocre domestic and international economic news and lackluster corporate news, we’re now at NASDAQ 5,000 again.
Clearly, the fundamental backdrop remains mildly positive for equities, with continued low interest rates and a global central banking system set on helping capital markets any way they can.
The two stock market indices to follow closely remain the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Russell 2000 Index.
The stock market continues to ride higher as we approach the 15th anniversary of the high of the NASDAQ, prior to the subsequent sell-off that drove sellers to the exits in a frantic dash.
The situation looks different this time around, but you have to wonder about the rapid ascent of the stock market in February after the negative January. The advance in the stock market this month should not be a surprise, given the historical record shows the S&P 500 edging higher each February in the majority of the last decade…. Read More
Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ/NFLX) got my attention on Tuesday after announcing a massive fourth quarter, reminding me why I have been bullish on the stock for so long. Threatened by emerging rivals such as Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ/AMZN), Hulu, and Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ/YHOO)… Read More, Netflix proved why it is the “Best of Breed” in video steaming and everyone else is a “wannabe” for now.
Content Is King in the Streaming Business (And Netflix Knows It)
If you use Netflix, you would have noticed the increased content, specifically the original programming, the company had promised and is now delivering.