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Buy These 2 MLPs with 9.7% Yields for Merger Profits

Buy These 2 MLPs with 9.7% Yields for Merger Profits

July 24, 2014 was a big day for the small, high-yielding upstream MLP sector. In a sector dominated by $10 billion market cap Linn Energy LLC (Nasdaq: LINE), the rest of the handful of companies were valued in the $1 to $3 billion range. With business models that require these oil drillers to acquire assets […]

3 Tech Stocks to Buy on Shareholder Activism

3 Tech Stocks to Buy on Shareholder Activism

I find it quite amazing how shareholder activism has evolved over the last few decades. In the 1980’s the primary activist agents were corporate raiders that acquired a significant stake in a company and then push for what was called “greenmail” at the time – basically for the company to buy back their position at […]

These 3 Stocks Could Fall by More Than 25% This Year

These 3 Stocks Could Fall by More Than 25% This Year

Stock market valuations have gotten so far out-of-hand that the Federal Reserve has been chided by fellow international bankers at the BIS (Bank of International Settlements) and the IMF (International Monetary Fund), which aren’t exactly known as paragons of financial restraint. Now even Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen has expressed concern: “Valuation metrics in some sectors […]

Top 3 Ways to Profit From the Tax Inversion M&A Craze

Top 3 Ways to Profit From the Tax Inversion M&A Craze

Tax inversions are fueling the latest merger and acquisition craze. The euphoria surrounding tax inversions is that it allows U.S. based companies to get a lower tax rate. The U.S. corporate tax rate can be as high as 40%, which is nearly double the global average. Inversions allow U.S.-based companies to relocate via acquisitions that […]

3 Energy Stocks to Buy on Real Growth

3 Energy Stocks to Buy on Real Growth

One of the hallmarks of the rally in the stock market over the past year and a half has been driven by multiple expansion and not by earnings growth. The market has rallied some 40%, including dividends, over the past 18 months while earnings have only improved approximately 10% over that same time frame. In […]

Sell These 5 Stocks Ahead of Next Week’s Earnings

Sell These 5 Stocks Ahead of Next Week’s Earnings

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 […]

3 Stocks to Buy When the Market Corrects 10%

3 Stocks to Buy When the Market Corrects 10%

Thursday last week, July 17, the stock markets gave investors a taste of what may be the early signs of a true market correction, which would be a drop in the major market indexes of at least 10%. Since the bottom of the last bear market, there have been three 10% or greater corrections, in […]

3 Crash-Proof Stocks to Add to Your Portfolio

3 Crash-Proof Stocks to Add to Your Portfolio

“Defensive stocks” are stocks with business operations that aren’t highly correlated to the economic cycle. For this reason, “defensive stocks” are often referred to as non-cyclicals. These stocks tend to perform well during economic downturns, and they usually hold up better during a market correction. For investors and traders who aren’t yet willing to pull […]