Stock Market Analysis

Stock Market Sees Worst Decline Since September 2011

By Monday, June 4, 2012

unemployment rateThere were no proverbial May flowers this year when it came to the stock market, with the month showing the worst decline since September 2011. The NASDAQ fell 7.19% in May and 8.54% from the end of the first quarter. The DOW, S&P 500, and Russell 2000 lost over six percent in May. The DOW is up a mere 1.49% for the trailing 12 months, but will likely see a … Read More

Is This the Time to Buy Stocks?

By Friday, December 23, 2011

"Buying Opportunity: Timing’s Everything"Looking towards 2012, many investors are worried about their assets. Europe is in disarray, the U.S.debt is continuing to balloon, unemployment levels remain high, and no real concrete steps have been taken by political leaders to stem the negative sentiment. With all of this pessimism, in my opinion, this is a great buying opportunity for the long-term investor to acquire solid companies.

Generally speaking, you want to buy when people … Read More

The Ironic and Soon to Be Short-lived
Rush to U.S. Treasuries

By Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Here’s how the fable goes…

Jim is in the boardroom talking to his three young analysts about where the mutual fund they manage should place its billions of cash, as the firm recently exited some equity positions.

“Where are we going to park those couple of billion we have raised?” Jim asks of the young analysts.

Bobby says, “Let’s not buy bank issued CDs. Banks really haven’t come clean with … Read More

What You Can Learn From the Solar Energy Market Meltdown

By Thursday, December 15, 2011

For the most part, good timing results in the majority of your investment returns, whether you’re investing in the broader stock market or in a specific market sector. The problem, of course, is that nobody can predict the future and trying to time the stock market is extremely difficult. (See The Best Stock Market Advice I Know: Get Ahead of the Business Cycle.)

How to Pick the Best Stocks
That Pay Dividends

By Wednesday, December 14, 2011

As we all know, this is a very difficult stock market in which to make investments, based on major trends in the global economy. And, even if you identify, research and feel confident about an investment theme or trend on which to speculate, outside shocks like the eurozone debt crisis can blindside your holdings. Without question, the current environment continues to be a difficult one for stock market investors.

Trading Opportunities: Why Nothing
Looks Great at this Time

By Monday, November 21, 2011

It’s a crazy trading environment out there. Whether you are in bank stocks, gold stocks, silver stocks, or even cyclical stocks, the stock market risk is high at this time, as we just completed a volatile week of trading. The European debt crisis is keeping buyers on the sidelines and waiting for something magical to happen. The economic recovery is showing improvement here, but, with a high unemployment rate and declining home prices, it will continue to be a difficult path.

The Next Stock Market Winners:
Technology’s the Place to Be

By Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Everyone is looking for the next stock market winners, such as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL), priceline.com Incorporated (NASDAQ/PCLN), or Google Inc. (NASDAQ/GOOG). While gold and gold stocks have provided some of best performing stocks, I continue to feel that technology will be the place to be as an investment opportunity for growth investors going forward.

Europe’s Debt Crisis Continues to Pound Domestic Investor Sentiment—Who Has the Power Now?

By Friday, November 11, 2011

It’s not a good situation to have your own domestic investor sentiment strongly influenced by the reality in an economy that’s far away. The U.S. stock market is at the point now where it could be making real gains based on its own solid corporate fundamentals.The debt crisis in Europe continues to be a thorn in the side of domestic stock market investors and, to be very frank, the richer European countries are getting fed up with the less well managed countries that created the debt crisis on their own. From my perspective, I think that U.S. institutional stock market investors are attributing too much credence to Europe’s story—it’s a debt crisis that only Europeans … Read More

Marketplace Paralyzed by the Euro: Will it or Won’t it Fall Apart?

By Monday, November 7, 2011

The world’s debt crises (that’s plural!) have being going on for years now and it will be several more years before Europe gets a handle on its situation. The U.S. debt crisis was mostly about subprime housing mortgages, while Europe’s debt crisis (mostly Greece at this time) is about sovereign debt. Greece has experienced too much government spending with too little taxable income to pay the bills, and the European … Read More

Three Big Money Profit Stocks

By Monday, October 17, 2011

The American corporate profit machine is in full swing: Stock market darling Google Inc. (NASDAQ/GOOG) reported late last week that its third-quarter profit hit $2.73 billion on sales of $9.72 billion. Earnings and revenue grew 26% and 33%, respectively, from the same period of last year.