Despite Increasing Competition, Netflix to Remain Tops in Streaming

By Friday, January 23, 2015

Netflix to Remain TopsNetflix, 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, 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

Best Technology Stocks: Three Tech Stocks with Great Potential in 2015

By Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tech Stocks 2015
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… Read More

NASDAQ 5,000 Just Around the Corner?

By Friday, November 21, 2014

NASDAQ Index to Hit 5000Thinking back to early 2000, I thought the NASDAQ stock market would eventually trade at 5,000, but I wasn’t sure about how long it would take. Well, now it looks like the answer at the time would have been around 15 years.
After a decent run this year, the NASDAQ stock market is trading within 300 points, or 6.2%, of the magical 5,000-point level. The index is leading the broader… Read More

Strategies for Investing in These Chaotic Markets

By Friday, October 24, 2014

Strategies for Investing
Here we go again. Just when the stock market is moving lower and forecasting a potential correction, we see buying emerging, driving the bears back to the woods.
The reality is that I was looking for the S&P 500 to potentially correct 10%, down to around 1,792, something that has not materialized in about two years. It would, in my view, represent a good buying opportunity to accumulate shares at… Read More

Off-the-Radar Company Delivering Attractive Earnings

By Monday, October 13, 2014

One Off-the-Radar Company with Attractive ResultsOn the day that the DOW, S&P 500, and NASDAQ Composite dropped two percent on global growth worries, once again, several companies reported very good numbers.
But investors are paying less attention to corporate results and more attention to economic news from around the world that suggests that the only mature economic engine running at any positive speed currently is the U.S. economy.
PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) had another good quarter…. Read More

Strategies to Protect Your Capital While Investing in This Market

By Friday, October 10, 2014

How Investors Can Deal with the Current MarketThere are no secrets to dealing with the current stock market malaise. The key is to simply understand, manage, and deal with the inherent risk. I’m not talking just about the domestic risk, but also the economic risk from Europe and China, along with the geopolitical risk in Syria and Ukraine.
As you probably all know, the stock market hates uncertainty and there’s plenty of it. Until the uncertainties dissipate,… Read More

Stock Market: Four New Warning Signs Emerge

By Friday, September 19, 2014

New Warning Signs EmergeAccording to the Investment Company Institute, investors have been taking money out of U.S. equity funds since April of this year.
Between April and July of 2014, investors pulled $32.0 billion from long-term stock market mutual funds that invest in U.S. stocks. While August’s monthly figures are not available, looking at weekly data, it appears investors ran away from the stock market in August as well. (Source: Investment Company Institute… Read More

Two Blue Chips with Excellent Upside

By Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Top Blue Chips Offering More Capital GainsThere’s good resilience to this market. On most days, the NASDAQ Composite is still beating both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average comparatively, which is bullish. Lots of stocks are pushing new highs and many seem to be breaking out of their previous near-term trends.
NIKE, Inc. (NKE) is a large-cap, dividend-paying company that I view as attractive for long-term investors.
The stock has been in consolidation, trading… Read More

Jumping on the Risk Bandwagon? Think Again

By Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The stock market has an underlying strength to it, seemingly only to be undone by geopolitical events. Fed action always has the potential to shock the system. Negative economic news isn’t fazing this market. On the back of a pretty decent second quarter, many corporate outlooks predict another year of decent growth, particularly with earnings. While the stock market retrenched recently, positive days are still led by the Dow Jones Transportation Average, the Russell 2000 Index, and the NASDAQ components, which are traditionally positive for broader sentiment. Some speculative fervor has come back to two stock market sectors that are traditionally volatile—biotechnology stocks and restaurant stocks. But there really isn’t an underlying trend to latch onto. Jumping on the bandwagon of risky stocks seems unwise considering the stock market is at an all-time record-high. This is a market where equity investors have to be highly selective and wait for the right opportunities to present themselves, if you’re considering new positions at all. This can be in the form of a specific sector theme (like oil and gas, for example) or looking for good companies that have retrenched for their own specific reasons. In any case, with the stock market at a record high, it’s difficult to find value, and new positions become entirely reliant on market momentum, not necessarily individual corporate achievement. There are very few companies that I would consider now, but within the context of a long-term stock market portfolio, investors want their money to be put to work. In equities, I still think that portfolio safety is the name of the game. This is a market that hasn’t experienced a material price correction for five years. There have been retrenchments and price consolidations, but no reset, no revaluation that would make stock market investors with cash want to jump into a marketplace still beset with huge monetary stimulus and strong balance sheets—a marketplace still extremely favorable to equities. Companies for consideration at this time that fit into my earnings (and dividends) safety list include Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and 3M Company (MMM). There should be exposure to oil and gas in this short list, too. Previously, I liked Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP), but with news that this high-yielding limited partnership is being bought out by Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI), I’m looking for a solid new pick in this sector. (See “This Company’s $70.0-Billion Acquisition a Boon for Investors.”) A lot of investors are more risk-tolerant than these mature enterprises might present. But institutional investors are still skittish; they are still buying earnings safety in this stock market. Accordingly, dividend-paying blue chips remain highly correlated to the broader market and for the investment risk, given that this market could experience a 20% correction at any time for a multitude of reasons, new buyers of equities should consider stocks offering earnings and dividends safety. In the equity market—which is a secondary market with a pricing mechanism subject to fear, greed, and the herd mentality—capital preservation is a worthy investment goal. So far in this bull market, blue chips have performed exceedingly well relative to the rest of the stock market and they are still where institutional investors want to be.The stock market has an underlying strength to it, seemingly only to be undone by geopolitical events. Fed action always has the potential to shock the system. Negative economic news isn’t fazing this market.
On the back of a pretty decent second quarter, many corporate outlooks predict another year of decent growth, particularly with earnings.
While the stock market retrenched recently, positive days are still led by the Dow Jones… Read More

Why You Shouldn’t Overhaul Your Portfolio Right Now

By Friday, August 15, 2014

Stocks Rolling Over Signal TroubleBiotechnology stocks and the Russell 2000 began rolling over at the beginning of July, followed by transportation stocks at the end of the month.
It’s definitely a signal that the stock market is tired, but after such a strong breakout performance in 2013, the market still hasn’t experienced a material price correction in quite some time.
Second-quarter earnings came in mostly as expected and many blue-chip stocks sold off on… Read More