stock-picking

Why I Would Buy This $1,000 Stock Over a $10.00 Stock

By Monday, September 30, 2013

Why I Would Buy This $1,000 Stock Over a $10.00 StockI 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 online travel stocks than priceline.com. But when you are stock picking, you should look at the comparative valuation and growth metrics, and … Read More

The Best-Kept Secret for Stock Market Success

By Thursday, March 14, 2013

Secret for Stock Market SuccessThis 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 circles around the abundance of statistics, as is the case in trading stocks, but there are major and subtle differences. In fact, … Read More

Stock Picking: Why a Good Batter in Baseball Would Not Be Successful in It

By Friday, August 17, 2012

Stock Picking Why a Good Batter inThis is an exciting time of the year, as we near the end of the baseball season with the race to the playoffs heating up. Success in baseball swirls around the abundant statistics, as is the case in trading stocks, but there are major and subtle differences. In fact, the key to achieving stock market success is more akin to pitching than batting.

Let me explain. In baseball, the ultimate … Read More

S&P 500 Threatening to Break Lower

By Thursday, July 26, 2012

S&P 500 ThreateningOne 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 the S&P 500 chart.

In January, I noted the S&P 500 could test 1,400 this year, writing that how much the index … Read More

Who Benefits in an Economy and Stock Market Like Today’s?

By Thursday, July 19, 2012

Benefits in an Economy and Stock MarketIf 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 much stock picking; you could have just bought the NASDAQ Composite. Now, in a slow growth environment, making money from the stock … Read More

What’s the Future for Best Buy?

By Thursday, June 21, 2012

Future for Best BuyOne 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 significant market share to online retailers. Consumers prefer to touch the product in the store and purchase the goods at home. Best … Read More

Why Stock Trading Is Like Baseball

By Friday, April 20, 2012

stock market rallyI 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 batter would likely be to hit over .300—that is three hits for every 10 at bat for you baseball neophytes. Of course, … Read More

Stock Picking Now? What’s the Rush?

By Friday, March 16, 2012

big-cap companiesWhen 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 speculation the same way I would create a portfolio of big-cap companies—by building a handful of holdings. For speculating, I would allocate … Read More

Not Interested in Large-cap Stocks? Why You Should Be

By Friday, January 20, 2012

Large-cap StocksIf 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 rewarded shareholders tremendously well. This stock market performance should be studied in business schools.

For a large-cap stock and Dow Jones … Read More

The Market Strategy You’ll Want to Use Later this Year

By Thursday, January 19, 2012

Market StrategyStock 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 build longer-term investments in good companies at attractive valuations. As an equity speculator, you can’t fight the stock market; you can only … Read More