Stock Prices

Below I list five facts about the stock market, all very bullish cases for stock prices to rise in the immediate term. According to Bloomberg’s survey of 9,000 stock analysts, the S&P 500 companies will earn 18% more in 2011 than they did in 2010. Despite this, the…

Stocks fall, you go on the Internet, and news site after news site reports that the possible bankruptcy of Greece is pushing stock prices down. Throw in a few pictures of Greek police using tear gas to deter a crowd of 20,000 at Greece’s Parliament House, as they…

As we all know, the U.S. reached the maximum debt level at which it can borrow (its debt ceiling) earlier this week. The U.S. has borrowed $14.3 trillion and cannot borrow more unless Congress increases the debt ceiling limit. The government says that it has dipped into its…

— by Mitchell Clark, B. Comm. If timing is everything in stock market investing, then those investors who were buyers in March should be happy — very happy. Of course, this only applies to new positions. Most investors also lost a lot of money when the stock market…

— by Mitchell Clark, B. Comm. The stock market is trading on sentiment — that's it. This means that all prices are relative. So, when we get a big company reporting better-than-expected numbers, the numbers aren't really that good; they're only good relative to already reduced expectations. This…

Second-Quarter Profits Through the Roof — How About Stocks? — by Michael Lombardi, CFP, MBA Major U.S. companies have been releasing their second-quarter profit numbers and they are better than what stock analysts had expected. Here are five companies that earned $13.0 billion in profit this past quarter…

— by Michael Lombardi, CFP, MBA What a difference three months can make. In that time period, the new Administration in Washington has done the following: --- Created trillion-dollar annual deficits --- Doubled (or maybe even tripled) the money supply --- Promised $5.0 billion to $7.0 billion in…

— by Mitchell Clark, B. Comm. There's a lot for the stock market to deal with now and I don't think the bulls can get the upper hand over all the issues the market faces. It's not just the economic data, like housing prices or geopolitical events in…

When markets are jittery, there is always reluctance among investors to allocate too much capital to stocks because of the downside risk, especially investors who are more conservative.  For the more risk-adverse investors who may want both the security of T-Bills and the upside potential of stocks, there…

It seems to me that there's a push right now to improve battery technology. In my mind, the electric vehicle is the ultimate hybrid. Last year, I wrote in this column about an attractive battery producer in China. This company, called Advanced Battery Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ/ABAT), graduated to…

The year is 2005, and The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE/HD) stock is riding high at almost $45.00 a share. But despite strong earnings, the stock starts to break down in early 2006. Earnings continue to be strong, hitting $2.80 a share in 2007, as the stock continues moving…

Like most other investors, my expectations for 2008 have been dramatically reduced. It's very likely that we won't see any new uptrend in stock prices perhaps until after the Presidential election. As I've written before, it isn't that there is a lack of fast-growing, exciting companies in which…

One of my favorite companies just split its stock two-for-one. LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ/LKQX) operates in the auto parts business, which, I have to admit, is a somewhat unexciting and mature industry. It doesn't really matter in this particular case -- the stock doubled this year. Another company that…

The Fed action seems done for a while, so all we'll have to go on over the next several months are the normal economic data and corporate earnings. Hopefully, third-quarter earnings can reenergize this lackluster stock market and bring back some more confidence to investors. Periods like we're…

Is there any good news left in this marketplace? There is, but only on an individual basis. I really think that stock trading action over the next month or two is going to be very difficult. If there is a defining trend, the likelihood is that it will…

It's a pickle; there's no doubt about it. The stock market has now lost interest in the remainder of the second-quarter earnings season and is now teetering on a full-blown correction. It's all happened as fast as I expected. Global reaction to the U.S. credit situation isn't helping…

I hate to say it, but I don't like the tone of the stock market right now. There are a lot of good companies out there reporting solid financial results, and all we hear about is the bad news -- that is, those companies that missed estimates, and…

So far, things aren't looking so good. The stock market is really worried about large-cap technology stocks. IBM posted solid financial results, and so did Apple. But investors aren't enthused about the future. A few major disappointments of late have also helped to take the wind out of…

Ever wondered which stocks split most often? Stock splits generally occur when a positive trending stock price rises to levels that shut out investors who have less trading capital. The objective is to increase the float and liquidity of a stock, and thereby make it accessible to more…