Sell These 5 Stocks on the Verge of Bankruptcy

Remember Lehman Brothers? MF Global? Washington Mutual? Investors must have a short-term memory with the stock market nearing all-time highs again. Warning signs are all over the place, and these five companies on our Bankruptcy Watchlist might not exist by this time next year. Sell while you still can! With the stock market trading near […]

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How to Short Gold and Oil

Recent geopolitical events have focused investors’ attention on gold and oil and both have recently taken substantial hits in price. Many investors were lured into gold on July 2, when a “golden cross” appeared on the chart for the spot price of the yellow metal.  A golden cross is formed when the 50-day moving average […]

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4 Stocks That Could Easily Post Double-Digit Gains by Christmas

With many stocks at all-time highs and the market’s valuation constantly in question, value stocks are getting harder to find. Stocks trading well beneath their 52-week highs but that otherwise look fundamentally sound offer the best opportunity for upside potential while simultaneously offering downside protection. The S&P 500 closed at a record high of 1,992.37 […]

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3 Healthcare REITs for Above Average Yield and Growth Prospects

My research into dividend paying stocks reaches into all types of companies including real estate investment trusts (REITs), master limited partnerships (MLPs), business development companies (BDCs), publicly traded partnerships (PTPs) and regular old corporations with a variety of domestic and international organizational characteristics. One point that I find to be of great interest is the […]

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3 Homebuilders to Play the Housing Recovery

After a recent “stall”, the housing market is starting to see some strong “green shoots” in recent months. May’s adjusted annual pace of 504,000 new home sales was the fastest print in six years. Pending home sales for May also took its highest monthly jump in four years.  Homebuilder confidence recently came in at its […]

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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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