Why Ebola and Ukraine Could Lead to Emerging Market Weakness

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 […]

Growing Dividends or Falling Stock Prices: Pick a Side

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 […]

3 Stocks for Big Dividends From High Gas Prices

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. […]

5 Stocks Selling for Cheap After Earnings

5 Stocks Selling for Cheap After Earnings

We’re just over halfway through the second quarter earnings season. And the numbers have been good. Perhaps too good. With nearly 80% of the companies that have reported thus far having beat Wall Street’s expectations, the market has come to expect an earnings beat from every company. As a result, just a minor earnings miss […]

2 Dividend Growth Stocks for 40% Gains

2 Dividend Growth Stocks for 40% Gains

I stay constantly and quietly amused by the financial news networks. All of the talk is about day-to-day events and every up or down day has big meaning if you have to talk about it for a living. Yet I rarely see (OK, never) mention of one type of stock market investment that has produced […]

Profit from China’s Economic Development With These 2 ETFs

Profit from China’s Economic Development With These 2 ETFs

Since early May, most of the commentary concerning China’s economy has been relatively upbeat, while at the same time, providing some apprehensive discussion about the downside risks which lie ahead. The June, 2014 edition of the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report had this to say about China’s economy: Growth for China is expected to […]

3 Gold Miner Stocks to Buy – And 3 to Avoid

3 Gold Miner Stocks to Buy – And 3 to Avoid

As of the end of last week, gold prices are down 46% from their September, 2011 peak. The share prices of gold miners, which normally trade in tandem with gold, are also down 46% from their highs – but they’re up 39% year-to-date, in a rare instance in which gold-miner stocks have significantly outperformed gold. […]

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 […]

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 […]