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To See Where Stocks Are Headed, Look at These Two Indicators

By Monday, February 9, 2015

See Where Stocks Are HeadedTo see where the stock market is headed in 2015, we don’t have to look much past these two important economic factors: the U.S. dollar and the economy, both domestically and outside the U.S.
Rising U.S. Dollar to Impact U.S. Equities
After the Great Recession, to drum-up sales, U.S. companies focused their attention elsewhere in the global economy. With the U.S. dollar sliding lower in value back then, American companies… Read More

February Looking Up for Stocks?

By Friday, February 6, 2015

February StocksFebruary appears to be setting up to be a month of romance with the stock market after the DOW blasted up 521 points in the first two sessions of the month.
Now, you must be wondering about how the stock market is playing, given the turmoil and volatility we witnessed in January that drove the key stock market indices to below their respective 50-day moving averages (MAs). The only thing… Read More

Railroad Stocks the Best Market Predictor for Investors?

By Friday, November 14, 2014

Railroad Stocks the Best Market Predictor for InvestorsIt really is a great time to be in the railroad business. Cash flow is abundant and these stocks are poised for more capital gains.
While coal shipments have been a weak spot for railroad companies, virtually all other major customer sectors are producing excellent comparable growth.
And that growth is directly reflected in share prices. Railroad stocks have been—and continue to be—on a tear.
When the broader market corrected… Read More

Two Micro-Caps Suggesting Fourth-Quarter Earnings Boost

By Monday, November 10, 2014

Micro-Cap Stocks Suggesting Fourth-Quarter Earnings BoostLots of corporate earnings are still streaming in for the third quarter, though mostly among smaller-cap companies. Top-line growth certainly isn’t robust, but it’s not bad either. The surprise I’ve noticed in third-quarter reporting has been the profitability. There has been plenty of double-digit comparable earnings growth on single-digit sales reported.
One micro-cap company that just reported a solid quarterly performance is Blount International, Inc. (BLT).
This Portland, Oregon-based company… Read More

Money Supply Strongly Suggests Higher Inflation Ahead

By Friday, November 7, 2014

Money Supply Strongly Suggests Higher Inflation AheadAsk even an amateur economist, and they will tell you this: an increasing money supply eventually leads to inflation. It’s a simple concept; the more paper money there is in the system, the less it’s worth and the less it buys.
And this is exactly what is happening in the U.S. economy. The money supply is growing at a fast rate when compared to historical averages.
Consider the chart below… Read More

Dow Jones Transportation Stocks Suggesting Bullish Fourth Quarter?

By Friday, November 7, 2014

Where Are Stocks HeadedIn terms of stock market direction, the Dow Jones Transportation Average recently pushed through to another new record-high. The index retrenched along with the broader market in early October, but it fought back hard to just over 8,800.
Within the index, countless stocks have been doing well. Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK) slumped to $42.00 in the lead-up to its earnings report. Now, it’s almost $55.00 a share after reporting… Read More

Two Off-the-Radar Stocks with Record Results

By Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Two Good Stocks Reporting Strong Third-Quarter ResultsWith the winter months just around the corner, Douglas Dynamics, Inc. (PLOW) is looking forward to as much snow falling as possible.
Based in Milwaukee, Douglas Dynamics is one of the many small- and micro-cap companies reporting very good earnings based on solid domestic demand.
This company manufactures commercial snow plowing equipment and parts that attach to vehicles.
Not only did Douglas Dynamics report a record third quarter for 2014,… Read More

While Markets Stall, This Stock Is Flourishing

By Monday, November 3, 2014

Stock Is FlourishingIt looks like large-cap technology stocks, especially those related to online businesses, are experiencing a slowing down of what’s traditionally been some very solid growth.
Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN), Netflix, Inc. (NFLX), LinkedIn Corporation (LNKD), and Groupon, Inc. (GRPN) have all been under pressure.
Many pure-play online businesses are still struggling to turn a profit, and investor sentiment towards these stocks has changed.
Yet in this marketplace, dividend-paying blue chips continue… Read More

3Q14 Earnings Results Suggest Strength into 2015?

By Monday, October 27, 2014

3Q14 Earnings Results Suggest Strength into 2015Corporate earnings are flooding in, and while there are always disappointments—typically in not meeting Wall Street expectations—the numbers are pretty good.
The stock market was relieved when conglomerates started reporting. 3M Company (MMM) saw its share price pop almost five percent higher after beating estimates and reporting a solid improvement in U.S. market demand.
I continue to like this position for long-term, income-seeking investors. (See “Off-the-Radar Company Delivering Attractive Earnings.”)… Read More

Crushed Oil Sector a Profitable Opportunity?

By Friday, October 24, 2014

Crushed Oil Sector
The big news so far this earnings season isn’t corporate financial results but the price of oil, which continues to be under pressure.
Domestic production has finally caught up to spot prices and combined with reduced expectations for the global economy, oil prices continue to be vulnerable.
Resource investing is inherently volatile; risk related to commodity-based investing is always higher. But as oil prices have given oil stocks a well-deserved… Read More

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