If you are looking for the best growth stocks to buy now, this list of stodgy stalwarts from top sectors is worth checking. For one, all of them have strong near-term growth prospects. Second, some of them provide meaty dividends as well. The two worries that roiled stocks in the fourth quarter of 2018 have eased in the… Read More »
Buy and hold or “don’t buy a stock if you don’t want to own it for the next 10 years” are commonly mentioned as worthwhile maxims to live by to succeed as an investor. While those maxims hold, translating them to “buy and forget about it” commonly becomes a recipe for disaster. The performance of supermarket stocks aptly… 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 »
In 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.… Read More »
Operating metrics for wireless companies are improving as pricing has firmed as pricing has firmed and customer churn has moderated. Stocks in the wireless group have been on a tear. Is it time for investors to bail out of this group? During the go-go days of the late 90s, capital was cheap and wireless service providers invested heavily… 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 »
Certain industries or groups, at times, get hit hard providing venturesome contrarian investors opportunities to earn outsized profits. Contrary investors with the courage and conviction to get into automotive and retailing shares at the depth of the Great Recession have made it out like a bandit. Fidelity Select Automotive Fund (FSAVX) and SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) are… Read More »
The largest U. S. online brokerage firm Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW) has cut commission rates on stock trades. Retail investors will pay $8.95 per online stock or non-Schwab exchange-traded fund (ETF) trade. The new rate represents a $4 per trade discount to the previous rate or savings of 31%. The lower rate hitherto available only to active, high… Read More »
Stocks have recently made new 2009 highs. Volatility has declined. As confidence in the economy and financial markets improves, initial public offerings are increasing. The pace of corporate transactions is picking up as well. A surging stock market and rising capital market activity are often good for firms in the investment management business. Yet, large financial services firms… Read More »
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