Dow Jones Industrial Average

The DOW surged 128.87 points last Wednesday, and suddenly I heard suggestions that the market is primed for a strong rebound and that a bottom had been reached. After falling to 10,098 on October 13, the DOW rebounded over 300 points to break 10,400 last Wednesday. But, before…

I recently had lunch with a friend of mine who I describe as a pure speculator when it comes to trading. We were talking about the recent weakness of the DOW and the NASDAQ. He mentioned he was planning to short the DOW, as he expected it to…

When I look at companies to evaluate, one of the first things I do is examine their long-term charts. Companies that have strong long-term positive trends immediately catch my interest. Take a look at Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE/HDI), for instance. The maker of the "Harley," a true American icon,…

Recently, I came across another attractive company that fits into my eye care investment theme. I know it's a tough environment in which to consider buying stocks right now, but you might consider putting this company on your radar screen. Luxottica Group SpA (NYSE/LUX) is a large-cap, Italian…

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Oil is at risk of losing its influence. Not in the context of its importance as a commodity, but in its ability to affect investor sentiment. In the past, in the trek towards $60 per barrel, any big increase in price on any given day usually affected the…

Long-term success in the investment world is more about persistence than it is getting lucky. In regards to the stock market, time and patience are your most important assets. It takes courage to sit on the sidelines, watching and waiting for a good opportunity, but patience is almost…

Today, the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates again, bringing the Federal Funds rate to 2.25%, up significantly (125%) from the beginning of 2004. While most market watchers, especially real estate analysts, want us to believe that higher interest rates will not have a negative effect on the…

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 162 points yesterday. And while this big-cap stock index is still down from its high of the year, and well down from its all time-high of about five years ago, the index has been experiencing a respectable rally since late October. While…

Wall Street would like nothing better but for us to feel that all is well in the markets. But the earnings of the large companies that make up the popular stock indices like the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P tell a different story. Stocks sell on multiples…