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Economic Depression in 2015 a Real Possibility for U.S.

By Thursday, November 27, 2014

Great Depression in 2015Are Conditions Ripe for a Great Depression in 2015?

It’s hard to imagine the world’s biggest economy could fall into a depression in 2015, let alone a recession. But the fact of the matter is that it’s a real possibility, no matter what the stock markets are saying.

Normally, you can look at the stock market and see it as a barometer for how well the U.S. economy is doing. … Read More

Stock Market Crash in 2015 is Coming, Despite Widespread Bullishness

By Thursday, November 27, 2014

U.S. Stock Market Crash in 2015Will the U.S. Stock Market Crash in 2015?

With the broader U.S. stock markets trading near record highs, it’s not a big surprise to hear that most analysts, economists, and investors are increasingly bullish about the stock market. The last thing you’d expect to hear is someone talking about a stock market crash in 2015.

And why would they? After all, the stock market has been moving steadily higher since … Read More

U.S. Economy: Four Indicators Paint Very Negative Picture

By Wednesday, November 26, 2014

U.S. Economy Four Indicators Suggest Stock MarketIf you think the U.S. economy is marching ahead just fine by looking at the stock market, you may be mistaken. Key stock indices hitting new all-time highs don’t mean conditions in the U.S. are better. In fact, the reality of the economic situation is the complete opposite. Several indicators I follow are ringing alarm bells, but there are four indicators ringing especially loud: rising homelessness, increasing food stamp use … Read More

Two Top Recession-Resistant Dental Businesses

By Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Two Top Recession-Resistant Dental BusinessesA lot of stocks don’t get into the headlines, but just because they aren’t an Apple Inc. (AAPL) or Facebook, Inc. (FB), it doesn’t mean they’re not good businesses. In fact, there are two dental businesses that are a great example of this.

Virtually everyone wants growth and the equity investing marketplace, which is mostly pooled money referred to as institutional, will pay for it, chase it, and trade it … Read More

Zoe’s: The Hot Restaurant IPO Investors Should Be Following

By Monday, November 24, 2014

Hot Restaurant IPO Investors Should Be FollowingIf there is one group of stocks that always seems to pay at the speculative end of the market, it’s restaurant stocks. And one company aggressive investors really need to have on their radar now is Zoe’s Kitchen, Inc. (ZOES).

Everything is a cycle, of course, but many money managers have sung the praises of this specific sector for years. Peter Lynch, the former manager of Fidelity’s Magellan Fund, invested … Read More

Japan Slides Into Recession Again; U.S. Next?

By Friday, November 21, 2014

Japan Slides Into Recession Again; U.S. NextIn the third quarter of 2014, the Japanese economy, the third biggest in the world, fell back into a recession. The country’s gross domestic product (GDP), quarter-over-quarter, declined 0.4% in the third quarter after it declined 1.9% in the second quarter of 2014. The annual GDP growth rate for the Japanese economy now stands at negative (-)1.6%. (Source: Japan Cabinet Office, November 17, 2014.)

At an annual rate of -1.6% … Read More

Bull Market to Continue on Near-Term Price Strength

By Friday, November 21, 2014

Bull Market to Continue on Near-Term Price StrengthThere is plenty of price strength in this bull market. It’s still coming from transportation stocks and dividend-paying blue chips.

There’s also been continued price strength among home improvement retailers. Lowes Companies, Inc. (LOW) recently soared on the stock market after beating Wall Street consensus with its latest earnings report. The stock has been on a tear over the last couple of years, just like The Home Depot, Inc. (HD)…. 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

Microsoft Expecting Its Strongest Quarter

By Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Microsoft Expecting Its Strongest QuarterOne company that is consistently seeing its earnings estimates tick higher is Microsoft Corporation (MSFT). The stock has basically doubled since the stock market breakout at the beginning of 2013, and the company has been increasing its dividends significantly.

Microsoft’s current quarterly dividend, payable in early December, is $0.31 a share, representing an 11% gain over the previous quarterly dividend.

The company’s revenues still have a lot of momentum. In … Read More

Two Major Concerns About Overvalued Stock Market Prices

By Monday, November 17, 2014

Stock Market 60 OvervaluedThe amount of money investors are borrowing to buy stocks is skyrocketing.

In September of this year, margin debt on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) stood at $483.87 billion—a new record-high. When the stock market was forming a top in 2007, margin debt was at a “then” record-high of $329.51 billion. Margin debt on the NYSE is now 47% higher than just before the previous big market sell-off. (Source: … Read More