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I was looking at the chart of priceline.com Incorporated (NASDAQ/PCLN) the other day, as the stock surpassed the $1,000 level. But why would I consider paying so much for a stock when there are cheaper comparables in the same online travel space? It’s true; there are less expensive…

This is an exciting time of the year if you are a fan of baseball. With the start of the Major League baseball season starting in a few weeks, I’m raring to go. The interesting thing about baseball is its similarities to the stock market. Success in baseball…

One piece of stock market advice for you at this time—be careful. Success in stock picking is trading in the right direction, while also making sure you have a defensive strategy should the trade turn against you, and using puts as a hedge. I see some danger on…

If you’ve been stock picking the last little while, you know it’s tough just to keep your buck, let alone make one. Stock picking is a lot easier when there’s wind at your back. During the technology bubble of the late 1990s, you didn’t even need to do…

One of the largest electronic retailers in the world, Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE/BBY), is at a crossroads. The future is looking bleak, at least according to investor sentiment, for what was once a mighty organization. Large format retailers have been difficult for stock picking as they’ve lost…

I love watching baseball—America’s favorite pastime. Success in baseball also swirls around the statistics, as it does in trading stocks, but there are major differences. In fact, achieving stock market success is more like pitching than batting. Let me explain why. In baseball, the ultimate utopia for every…

When you think about speculating in the stock market, everyone wants the same thing: the biggest capital gain in the shortest amount of time. Of course, if it were easy to be a consistent stock picking winner, everyone would be doing it. I like to approach stock market…

If you want to see an outstanding performance from a large-cap stock, all you have to do is pull up a long-term chart on McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE/MCD). It’s kind of odd to think that a mature business like burger flipping could be so profitable, but this company has…

Stock picking in a market with very little tailwind makes life much more difficult compared to a bull market. This is obvious. But in any market, there are opportunities in differing market sectors. There’s always the opportunity for short-selling and near-term momentum trading. There’s also the opportunity to…

One of the best things you can do as a serious equity investor is to review big stock market winners, even if you didn’t own them. It’s the same thing that professional athletes do. A golfer will review past golf tournaments. A race car driver will watch old…

The overall stock market bias continues to be bearish. The selling capitulation remains in effect. Just take a look at what happened on Wednesday: DOW down over 500 points S&P 500 down over 100 points NASDAQ down over 50 points The fact that we have yet to see…

The economy might be lackluster and there is a risk of another recession, but the stock market is fairly priced and the outlook for corporate earnings continues to be solid. The gyrations of the stock market are based on fear—fear of a future without growth. Small-cap companies are…

I know this might sound a bit off the wall, but it’s my opinion… The recent correction in the market has little to do with Standard & Poor’s downgrading of the U.S. credit rating. After all, if we look at it, after the downgrade, U.S. Treasury bills rallied—more…

Now that the S&P 500 Index is below 1,300 again, it’s time to worry. This index has been trading in a tight range ever since the beginning of the year and it hasn’t been able to break out past 1,350 in any meaningful way. On the support side,…

In a much-anticipated initial public offering (IPO), Dunkin' Brands (NYSE/DNKN) was set to debut on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. The company owns two big-name franchises — Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins — and could be much sought after. Dunkin' Donuts, the maker of the “Boston Cream” donuts, and…

Stocks are in rally mode, with the key stock indices battling back to above their respective 50-day moving averages. There is some euphoria surfacing, but I believe it is somewhat overdone. My investment advice is that, before you get too ambitious and chase stocks higher, you need to…