Small caps usually lead bull markets higher and bear markets lower. Case in point: Small cap valuations have grown to their richest levels ever in 2014. In fact, earlier this year, small cap price-to-earnings ratios rose to their highest levels in history, dating back to the 1984 creation of the Russell 2000 Index of small […]
Blue Chip Stocks
Earnings season is underway, and so far the results have been mixed. Many high-profile companies have already reported, and several more are slated to between now and the end of this week – but a total of 1,567 companies will issue their quarterly earnings reports next week, between July 28 and August 1. The list […]
The S&P 500’s financial-sector components are the third-worst performing group of 2014, with only consumer-discretionary and telecommunications stocks performing worse. The big Wall Street firms that caused the financial crisis and received multi-billion-dollar bailouts are dragging down the sector as a whole. Nevertheless, there are some promising bank stocks with ample potential for growth, and […]
When you look at shipping stocks as dividend income investments, a good starting point includes a historical review. For about a 2 1/2 year period of time, from early 2006 until the fall of 2008, shipping stocks – especially the dry bulk shippers – were the darlings of Wall Street and investors were racking up both large dividends and rapid share price increases.