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By Michael Lombardi, MBA — Today's Profit Confidential column What a day for the stock market yesterday.Just between Apple, Yahoo!, Goldman Sachs and Johnson & Johnson, the market got $11.4 billion in earnings announcements Tuesday. Quarterly earnings reports have been very strong this season.Maybe the market should be…

— "The Financial World According to Inya" Column by Inya Ivkovic, MA Last week demonstrated just how deeply vulnerable markets still are. First, the market reacted violently to the crisis in Greece, clearly demonstrating that every player on the global stage can cause the falling domino effect. Further…

— "Ahead of the Street" Column, by Mitchell Clark, B. Comm. The list of companies beating Wall Street expectations continues to grow. I think the market overreacted a bit to the lackluster news from the big banks. Of course, political talk of breaking up the big banks just…

— The Financial World According to Inya Column, by Inya Ivkovic, MA Weak economic data appear simply unstoppable. The latest consumer and employment numbers made it very difficult to muster optimism about what awaits us in the second half of the year. Now investors are looking towards corporate…

Not too long ago, I wrote about DeVry, Inc. (NYSE/DV) which runs DeVry University, Advanced Academics, Ross University, Chamberlain College of Nursing and Becker Professional Review. This company has distinguished itself with a long-term track record of operational growth and financial success for stockholders. Some people aren't enthusiastic…

In my last column, I wrote that I was getting more bullish on the stock market's prospects. This is especially the case with large-cap stocks trading around their all-time highs. There are still, however, a lot of risks in this economy and the real estate market is going…

It's fascinating to witness the equity markets go from panic to boom times in such a short period of time. It wasn't too long ago (just a couple of months) that the broad market averages were tumbling based on a credit crunch in the subprime sector of the…

There's still a long way to go before the housing market finds a new equilibrium. No interest-rate cut from the Federal Reserve will be strong enough to turn this sector around on a dime. The real estate market had a good run and now it's time for it…

Just last week I talked about the continued economic recovery in Japan and how it has benefited the stock markets and consumer spending. Japan is the second-largest economy in the world, with an estimated 2006 GDP at $4.218 trillion. The country's jobless rate fell to 3.7% in June…

The numbers are pouring in now, and there's a lot of good news out there. As far as the bad news goes, there hasn't been much in the way of major disappointments, only companies that are just slightly missing expectations. One of my longtime favorite speculative companies just…

I can't tell you how great it is to follow successful companies that report solid financial growth. For the CEO or business owner, an enterprise is his or her art form. The investors are the financiers, and in return for their money, they get a share of the…

I’d like you to know about a great American success story. This small company has experienced lots of operational turmoil but has finally found its stride and is now doing great. I wrote about this company three times last year and once in early February this year. I’ve…

Long-time readers of this column will know that I like to follow large-cap, bellwether stocks in order to develop a sense of the economy and the stock market. One bellwether that you absolutely must follow is General Electric (NYSE/GE). This company just reported fourth quarter revenues that grew…

Well, here we are in the middle of earnings season and things don't look that bad. There's been some disappointments, but there always are. On balance, I think it's fair to say that corporate earnings remain robust. If its one market sector that I've been impressed with it's…

If it's one business I don't understand it's the auto parts business. When I go to my mechanic, he keeps the old parts that he replaced and sells them to a recycler. You might say that an automobile repair shop is at the forefront of recycling. Just about…

It's a difficult market to be a new investor right now. On the one hand, corporate earnings are coming in great, showing excellent profitability growth at both large-cap and small-cap companies. On the other hand, there's the nagging worry about inflation and rising interest rates, and the reality…

Wow! I love thinking about investment themes. For me, I like to get my head around a solid economic trend and then seek out the best related investment opportunities. Long-time readers of this column will know of my affinity for the pet care industry. It is an investment…

Hats off to November, so far! October saw a decline in market momentum, but the markets' ability to hold has been encouraging. Now, with only six weeks to go before we bid 2005 goodbye, stocks appear to have regained some renewed momentum on a more upbeat view towards…

I recently purchased a wireless keyboard and mouse combination from the Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE/BBY) store around the corner from me. I thought it was a terrific deal. Regularly priced at $99.95, I purchased the combo package for $29.95. However, while I benefited, Best Buy was not…

The news is out, and it is not good for Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE/BBI) -- the nation's biggest movie-rental chain. Facing stiff competition from on-line movie rental businesses and the rapidly growing trend of "Video on Demand," Blockbuster has been scrambling to halt a decline in its business.  But…