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U.S. Economic Outlook for 2015: Economy Strong but Markets Unstable

By Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Economic Picture for 2015 Not RosyStrong Economic Data Points to Growth in 2015?

As 2014 winds down, many investors are wondering what the economic outlook for 2015 will be. If you look at the U.S. economic data that’s been trickling in, 2015 looks like it could be a very strong year.

The U.S. announced strong third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 3.9%. This extends the recent trend of strong quarter-over-quarter GDP growth; in the … Read More

Should Investors Be Listening to What Costco’s Numbers Say?

By Monday, December 15, 2014

Why Investors Should Listen to What Costco Is SayingThere are lots of great benchmark stocks to consider, and I’m not talking in terms of potential investments—they can help shape your market view and expectations for corporate earnings, too. One such company that’s worth following is Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), which is a very good retail operator and a proven wealth creator for stockholders.

Costco recently reported its numbers for its first fiscal quarter of 2015 (ended November 23, … Read More

Top Penny Stocks to Watch in 2015

By Thursday, December 11, 2014

Three Top Penny Stocks to Watch in the New YearThree Penny Stocks Poised to Perform Well in 2015

Falling Oil Prices Create Uncertain Market

The U.S. stock markets may still be trading near record-highs, but there is a lot of uncertainty in the market now. That’s because oil prices have taken a serious hit recently. Not only is this wreaking havoc on the broader market, but it’s also creating long-term uncertainty. This is creating a new opportunity for penny Read More

Toro, LifeLock: Two Small Companies in Growth Mode

By Monday, December 8, 2014

Two Small Companies in Growth ModeThere are lots of good businesses with continued price momentum in this market. The business cycle is right for a lot of industries, but individual stock selection is key in an equity market at its high. Here are two great examples of two smaller companies that are in growth mode and getting the cycle right…. Read More

Stock Market Crash in 2015 is Coming, Despite Widespread Bullishness

By Friday, December 5, 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

More Good Earnings; Can the Momentum Last?

By Friday, December 5, 2014

Good EarningsThere are lots of earnings reports still pouring in, and many of them are pretty decent. But while we round out 2014, I wonder if the momentum in stocks can last into 2015.

Tiffany & Co. (TIF) didn’t beat the Street’s consensus on either revenues or earnings, but the stock pushed higher to a new record-high anyway after the company confirmed its fiscal 2014 full-year outlook.

The company’s latest quarterly … Read More

Weak Oil Prices a Boon for Trucking and Airlines

By Friday, December 5, 2014

Weak Oil Prices a BoonOil is a dirty investment at this time, with the fundamentals pointing to continued softness in oil prices, driven by strong supply and weak demand. But there may be investment opportunities in trucking and airline stocks.

Now the oil cartel, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), could have given prices a much-needed boost when it recently met, but it failed to do so. Some market pundits were expecting … Read More

9 Stocks That Could Benefit from Falling Oil Prices

By Thursday, December 4, 2014

Benefit from Falling Oil Prices9 Companies Stocks That Could Benefit from Falling Oil Prices

The Power of OPEC and a Stronger Dollar

The major indices may be at record levels, but the big news on Wall Street is oil. The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil has fallen approximately 55% since the middle of June to roughly $69.00 per barrel—the lowest level since May 2010. Weak oil prices are a mixed bag … Read More

Union Pacific, Transportation Stocks Cashing In on Lower Oil Prices Heading into 2015

By Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lower Oil Prices Heading into 2015Transportation stocks are still pushing higher, and the broader market won’t turn until this particular sector does first. The Dow Jones Transportation Average just broke 9,200 for another new record-high, and component companies have added price momentum due to lower oil prices.

Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK) leapt by more than 10 points after reporting solid third-quarter numbers and strong operational momentum in the month of October.

Union Pacific Corporation … Read More

Tricks Public Companies Have Mastered to Lure Investors

By Monday, December 1, 2014

Public Companies Have Mastered to Lure InvestorsHave companies in the key stock indices mastered the trick of luring investors into buying their stocks? On the surface, the profits at public companies seem to be rising. But when you dig deeper, you find massive financial engineering. Corporate earnings aren’t growing organically or by acquisition. Companies aren’t selling more of their products. They are reducing the number of shares they have outstanding to make per-share earnings look better…. Read More