Insiders Are Still Buying These Under The Radar Stocks

My regular readers on know that I am not sanguine on the overall market in the near term.  There are myriad reasons for this short term pessimism.  Geopolitical concerns seem to be multiplying by the week, Europe is stuck in neutral again and the Federal Reserve is about to end its last easing program in […]

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4 High-Yield, Small-Cap Oil and Gas Producing MLPs

I have been running with a theme this week that for income stock investors, dropping down to the small cap end of the high-yield spectrum will generate higher yields compared to the large cap peers in the same industry sectors. There are several reasons for this phenomenon: Small-cap companies are often much younger without the […]

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Buy These 3 Stocks to Profit from the M&A Boom

The market appears to be caught up in the euphoria of the bustling M&A market, to the point that they are overlooking the fact that with big deals comes big deal breaks. The current level of M&A is at the highest level since 2007, being driven by large corporate cash balances and low interest rates. […]

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What’s Happening to Retail and the Consumer?

Consumer sentiment dropped to a nine month low on Friday as the August University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment widely missed expectations and dropped to 79.2 from last month’s 81.8. The report came on the heels of Wednesday’s July retail sales report which was also a disappointment. Although economists were expecting an increase of 0.2 percent, […]

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3 Resilient Tech Stocks to Add to Your Portfolio

Stocks in general took a bearish turn for most of August, but they’ve experienced a mini-recovery over the past two weeks. The broad-market S&P 500 remains in a downtrend, though, as do industrial stocks like the blue-chip components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Tech, by contrast, has been resilient, and tech stocks look like […]

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3 Under-the-Radar, High-Yield, Small-Cap REITs

My hunt and follow up research for income stocks focuses on finding higher-yielding stocks that should increase the dividends paid over time. I have no limits when it comes to size of companies or what sector or type of business structure. However, some structures, such as real estate investment trusts (REITs) have a natural advantage […]

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3 Lodging Sector Stocks for Yield and Value

I have been lightening up on the real estate investment trusts (REITs) within my income portfolio recently. The sector has been buoyed by the unexpected fall in interest rates so far in 2014 and REITS have been one of the strongest sectors of the market so far this year. The decline in interest rates is […]

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New Economic Numbers Suggest a Big Move is Near

Sometimes the market gets it wrong. These times are prefect buying opportunities for discipled investors. Hiring is the strongest it’s been in nearly a decade, with businesses and consumers growing more and more confident about the economy. There’s a lot of data pointing to a strong and growing economy. Last week’s jobless claims were down […]

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3 ‘Old Economy’ Small Caps to Buy Today

The exuberant bull market of the past year has redefined traditional terms like “value” and “growth,” just as low interest rates have redefined “high yield.” With market caps still swollen, the old definition of “small caps” – previously defined as stocks with between $300 million and $2 billion in market capitalization – has been adjusted […]

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Why Ebola and Ukraine Could Lead to Emerging Market Weakness

Emerging markets could be under increased stress due to slowing global growth, geopolitical problems in Ukraine and the Ebola epidemic. Pay close attention to the responses given by stock market analysts when they are asked about the outlook for emerging markets. How many attempt to completely dodge the question? It is also interesting to note […]

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Growing Dividends or Falling Stock Prices: Pick a Side

The last couple of weeks have shown how a handful of negative news items can lead to very unpleasant stock market results. Especially galling were those market days that, after a down day, started the morning with a nice positive pop in stock prices and then through the day the market gradually moved from a […]

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The Best Stock to Profit from the Income Inequality Market

“Wealth Inequality” has been one of the main topics of conversation among the media and political pundits throughout 2014. Unfortunately, given we have over three months to the mid-terms; this is likely to remain a core theme among both among political commentators and other talking heads throughout the rest of the year. I do not […]

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3 Stocks for Big Dividends From High Gas Prices

Although the price of a gallon of gas has dropped a bit from the mid-summer highs, where I live the price is still 60 cents per gallon higher than back in the Spring. A cure for the pain at the gas pump is to buy shares of refining companies that profit from high gasoline prices. […]

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