Strike While the Pump Jack Is Cold: Oil and Gas Plays an Opportunity While Down?
With oil prices taking a beating, most investors interested in oil and gas are probably running for the hills or are taking a wait-and-see approach. (If you’re in the latter group, consider keeping an eye on the nine top oil and gas penny stocks for 2015 that we list here a little further down. Despite .
To find the best dividend-paying stocks in 2015, it might be a good idea to see what the 20th century’s greatest investor is holding…
Warren Buffett: World’s Wealthiest InvestorForbes just released its 2015 ranking of the world’s wealthiest 500 people. For Wall Street, the most interesting ones are those investors who have figured out the Street. At #85 is Abigail Johnson ($13.4 billion); #31 is Carl Icahn ($23.5 .
Xiaomi: China-Based Mobile Phone Upstart to Be Hottest IPO in 2015?
In the crowded mobile market with a brutally high barrier to entry, Xiaomi Technology Ltd. Co. has gone from zero to hero in just a few short years. With a $45.0-billion valuation, Xiaomi is expected to be the hottest initial public offering (IPO) in 2015.(1) And nothing warms the wallets of Wall Street like the idea of getting in .
Stock market advice for a market already at or near its all-time high is just guesswork. This market could crash on some material event, it could stay in consolidation for several quarters, or it could tick higher in anticipation of a better 2016.
What has happened is that expectations for corporate earnings have come down tremendously. So it doesn’t take much for the Street to be fairly pleased with mediocre .
The stock market was flat during the first half of 2015 due to economic and political uncertainties in Europe and a tumbling energy sector. Yet despite those discouraging facts, some companies were able to deliver an enormous return to their shareholders. Let’s take a closer look at the top five performing stocks in the S&P 500 during the first half of 2015.
Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ/NFLX), up 92.61%Netflix, .
Market pundits have warned about the May to October period as the worst for making money. My stock market guidance for you is simply to keep your options open to trade from both the long and short sides. If you dumped your positions in April, you would’ve missed out on decent moves in May and there could be more to come in June.
As I said, May saw the stock .
To gauge how overpriced a stock market is, I pay close attention to the valuations investors are giving to companies—how much they are willing to pay for every dollar a company makes.
Consider the recently debuted company Shake Shack Inc. (NYSE/SHAK). It has a price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple (i.e. how much investors are willing to give for every dollar of earnings) of 1,100. The industry this company belongs to has an .
As we near the mid-point of the year, just over a month away, my stock market advice is to adopt a cautious approach; especially on the buy side. If you are looking to add to a long-term portfolio, it’s likely fine to buy on stock market weakness. But for those with a shorter time horizon, you need to be careful, because the vulnerability of the downside is above average.
Pinterest: How This Hot Potential IPO Is Making Money
Frankly, I don’t know any men who have a Pinterest account, but I know a lot of women who do. And that’s one reason Pinterest makes money. It has the perfect demographic for advertisers, and now that it’s making money, Pinterest could be one of the more interesting initial public offerings (IPOs) of 2015.
While other social media platforms deal with .
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) 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, .
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.
Estimates Aug. 30, 2015
Trailing 12-month EPS for Dow Jones companies (Most Recent Quarter)