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The stock market returned to focus on earnings reports during the week ending May 8.
Risk-on trades flourished in the early part of the week. This rally, however, started to unravel by the end.
Earnings reports are an important factor affecting stock prices. The S&P 500 quarterly earnings parade starts in a few weeks. How is the 2nd quarter earnings outlook shaping up for different sectors and stocks? The S&P 500 companies are set to report their second-quarter earnings reports in a few weeks. During the first quarter, S&P 500 quarterly earnings… Read More »
The third quarter was a good one for investors. The S&P 500 gained 15% as stock price volatility declined, risk appetite rose, and confidence in financial markets seemingly improved – a milieu in which online stock trading companies should normally thrive. However, earnings reports from leading online trading brokers Charles Schwab (SCHW), TD Ameritrade (AMTD), and E*Trade Financial… Read More »
In a trend that represents a reversal from the excessive capital spending that characterized the late 1990s, many corporations have quietly been accumulating cash on their balance sheets over the past few years. In August CFO Magazine reported that cash and marketable securities made up about 15% of total capital employed at the end of 2003, up from… Read More »
Year 2009 has been tough for many investors. Investors who panicked in March and fled from equities to cash have watched their monies earn abysmally low returns while stock prices took off. The S&P 500 is now up 64% from its 2009 bottom, making it difficult for cash-laden investors to decide if it is right to return to… Read More »
Cash-Rich Sector Plays, I discussed how software companies, health-care providers, and apparel retailers stand out as high-cash play opportunities. What a firm is likely to do with excess cash depends on the company and its situation. Some may initiate or increase dividend payments and share buybacks, while others may use the cash for organic growth or acquisitions. The… Read More »
Earnings growth expectation is among the more important factors influencing the course of stock prices. With that in mind, here is how third quarter EPS growth expectations are currently lining up: Source: FactSet Research Analysts’ consensus third quarter EPS estimates imply 4.6% growth for S&P 500 companies in aggregate. Third quarter EPS in all sectors is predicted to… Read More »
Education Services and Online Colleges With the S&P 500 up 79% from the March 2009 bottom, one strategy to score home runs is to follow contrarian investors and look for best stocks in beaten down or out-of-favor sectors. In the first part of this two-part article, I outlined two ideas for contrarian investors: Medical devices with Medtronic (MDT)… Read More »
Comments on Federal Reserve’s policy made by Chairman Ben Bernanke at Jackson Hole, WY on August 27 have recently had a major influence on the course of stock and commodity prices. Bernanke acknowledged high unemployment levels, slow growth, and tight credit availability are restraining growth in household spending. He added that the Federal Reserve would engage in another… Read More »