Best No Load Mutual Funds for 2011 and Top ETFs for 2011:
AlphaProfit to Provide New Recommendations
The AlphaProfit Focus and Core model portfolios will be reconstituted on March 31 with best no load mutual funds and top ETFs.
The S&P 500 is up 5.4% as the opening quarter of 2011 draws to a close. After advancing 6.9% in 2011 through February 18, stock prices came for some rough sledging. Uncertainty on the extent of economic damage from the massive earthquake in Japan and worsening political situation in Libya caused the S&P 500 to dip into negative territory for the year on March 16.
In recent trading sessions, stability has returned in a relative sense. Healthy dose of mergers and acquisitions, resumption of dividend payments by leading banks, easing worries of a nuclear crisis in Japan, and actions taken by the United Nations Security Council to protect Libyan civilians have helped stock prices regain their footing.
Commenting on the performance of different sectors, Dr. Sam Subramanian, Managing Principal of AlphaProfit Investments, LLC and Editor of the AlphaProfit's Premium Service Investment Newsletter said, 'Economically sensitive sectors generally fared well during the quarter while defensive ones lagged.'
'Energy was clearly the place to be. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) is up 17% for the quarter, substantially in excess of the 8% gain recorded by the next best performer Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI)', elaborated Dr. Subramanian.
Rising political tensions in the Middle East and a declining dollar caused oil to rise 14%.
U. S. integrated oil majors Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), and ExxonMobil (XOM) are all up healthy double-digits. Among independents, a 38% upside EPS surprise spurred EOG Resources (EOG) to a 31% gain while forecasts for higher production vaulted SandRidge Energy (SD) nearly 67%. In the oil services space, Pride International (PDE) received a $7 billion takeover offer from Ensco (ESV).
Healthy representation of investments in the top performing energy and industrial sectors enabled both the AlphaProfit Fidelity and ETF Core and Focus model portfolios to fare well during the first quarter.
Subscribers also scored handy gains from several AlphaProfit stock recommendations. Small-cap stocks DXP Enterprises (DXPE) and NACCO Industries (NC) produced gains of 21% and 13%, respectively in just three days each. Among large-cap stocks, Citigroup (C) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) recommendations reached their target sell prices to deliver readers gains approaching 20%.
Best No Load Mutual Funds for 2011 and Top ETFs for 2011
The AlphaProfit Core and Focus model portfolios will be repositioned with new recommendations of best no load mutual funds for 2011 and top ETFs for 2011 on Thursday, March 31.
Going forward, a combination of factors is likely to influence the course of stock prices.
Reports of uprisings in oil-rich countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, rising inflation, or softness in the U. S. housing market are among the negatives.
On the brighter side, U. S. corporations are enjoying the highest profit margins in 18 years. The robust pace of profit generation is enabling cash to pile on balance sheets at a rapid clip. This in turn is leading to greater merger and acquisition activity, higher dividend payments, and bigger stock buyback programs.
Dr. Subramanian points out that U. S. corporate news flow is favorable and the negatives for the most part are from abroad.
'While there are risks that we may see corrective phases in the coming months, 2011 continues to offer the possibility of being a good year in aggregate. As such, investors who invest in the right investments and capitalize on opportunities created by the market stand to be well-rewarded', says Dr. Subramanian.
Valuation, momentum, and news quality are the three elements of the investment selection and risk management process that helps AlphaProfit consistently pick winners with uncanny accuracy over both the long-term and short-term.
Compounding at an annual rate of 22.0%, a dollar invested in this selection process in 1994 is now worth $30.32 while a comparable investment in the S&P 500 is worth just $3.93.
During the past two years, the Fidelity and ETF Core and Focus portfolios have gained between 92% and 98%.
'As the bull market matures, we intend to pull on two levers, asset allocation and security selection, to help our readers preserve and add to gains. Asset allocation changes would be made with a view to capitalize on market-provided opportunities while securities would be selected with a view to invest in the best no load mutual funds for 2011 and top ETFs for 2011', concluded Dr. Subramanian.
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