In light of another dismal earnings season, how about a good news sales story? How about twelve of them? Today’s article identifies twelve “companies that have achieved something remarkable – boosting sales every quarter for 15 straight years.” While past performance – even such remarkable past performance – does not guarantee the same will hold true in the future, the author suggests these represent “a dozen quality companies to consider for long-term investments.” To see which twelve S&P 500 companies have increased sales for 60 straight quarters, CLICK HERE.
“As the stock market approaches fresh record highs, investors are on a hunt for stocks that won’t cost them much, but will have plenty of upside in the future…Where can investors find opportunity?” Today’s article puts this question to Sarat Sethi of Douglas C. Lane & Associates who states, “Stock picks should have solid balance sheets, bigger than market dividend, lower multiples, strong management teams, the ability to keep cutting costs, and growing top line.” Sethi then identifies three stocks – an automaker, a chipmaker and a retailer – that he views as meeting these criteria. To see which three stocks Sethi is recommending for value hunters, CLICK HERE.
“There hasn’t been a more unpopular industry lately than energy. Wall Street avoids these stocks like they’re members of a leper colony, but their mistake could be your opportunity.” Today’s article highlights what the author views as five “out of favor stocks that pay dividend yields up to 7.6%, and also possess solid management and undervalued businesses.” These energy stocks may be shunned at the moment but the author believes they may be great value pick-ups for investors if purchased at the right moment. So what are these five stocks, and when does the author believe will be the right moment to get in on them? CLICK HERE to find out.
“Since the start of the year, the stock market has been swinging wildly, and some investors may be willing to try just about anything to protect their portfolios, including strategies that don’t often work.” Today’s article argues against the use of two common portfolio protection strategies, which may do more harm than good to your portfolio in the long run. Why does the author believe investors should stop using stop-loss orders and put aside put options? And what two simple practices does the author argue are “the best portfolio protection tools for long-term investors”? CLICK HERE to find out.
“If your working career is over – or almost over – your advisor may be telling you to cut back on stocks, or exit the market entirely… Instead of ducking out on stocks, here’s a better idea: ‘go passive’ by putting at least some money in ETFs – particularly those holding companies focused on ‘shareholder yield’ or returning cash to investors through dividends and share buybacks.” In today’s article the author highlights three ETFs – including one real estate investment trust (REIT) ETF – that may be good investments for retirees and soon-to-be retirees based on dividends and buybacks. To read more, CLICK HERE.
“Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are a more reliable source of income than many comparable high yielding stocks in volatile sectors like energy. That’s because REITs are legally required to hand over the bulk of their income to investors. This unique structure…makes REITs an attractive addition to an income-producing portfolio.” Today’s article highlights five REITs which “pay an average yield of nearly 3%”, dividends that the author views as “secure, and growing thanks to expanded operations and improving profitability.” What does the author view as the strengths of a portfolio composed of these five stocks, and which REIT is “the best performer for this year thus far”? CLICK HERE to read more.
“The kids are old enough to drive themselves to band practice, and you’re planning an anniversary getaway with your spouse. Life is good. But college bills loom, and you’re neglecting your retirement accounts as you sock away money for college.” Today’s article outlines “4 aggressive moves” you can make in your 40s to help achieve long-term financial security. Why does the author recommend starting contributions to a Roth IRA if you haven’t already? Why might putting off saving for retirement in favor of helping to finance your children’s college education be a bad idea? Why might it be wise to ensure you remain (or become) “technologically nimble”? CLICK HERE to read more.
Today’s article highlights four companies that, in the next 14 months, will join the ranks of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats – “companies in the index that have hiked their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years. It boils down to performance: in the last decade, this vaunted group has returned an average of 10.3% a year (including dividends), compared to just 6.3% for the S&P 500 as a whole. It’s also a list that doesn’t change much.” So are the four soon-to-be members worth investing in? For the author’s assessment of each and his ranking of them from worst to first, CLICK HERE.
“Small and mid-sized companies are often overlooked by many or even most investors. That’s unfortunate because there are many excellent investment opportunities that can be found in these equity classes. However, an argument could be made that between the small and mid-cap equity classes, the best and perhaps less risky investment opportunities are found in mid-caps.” Today’s article provides an overview of ten “interesting and attractively valued mid-sized companies for growth or total return” (including the entertainment company AMC Networks and Panera Bread), as well as an “Investment Thesis” for each. To learn about these ten companies, CLICK HERE.
“With the S&P 500 back near breakeven after this winter’s flame-out, valuations are again ticking higher. But no matter where the broader market’s headed, there are always top-quality dividend payers on sale. The key is to comb through unloved sectors and tease out strong businesses that have been tossed out with the laggards.” Today’s article highlights two companies – JPMorgan Chase and Union Pacific – that the author believes have been unfairly punished by investors but which, he asserts, “won’t be long in detention, [as] these businesses are too good, with management teams that are too shareholder friendly, to stay down for much longer.” For the author’s comprehensive assessment and forecast for each, CLICK HERE.