When it comes to exchange-traded funds to consider for the next year, today’s article highlights some ideas as identified by pros in the ETF industry, noting that “Two respondents think that after a strong run, investors might do better to look outside the U.S. for returns. One, perhaps not surprisingly, thinks his own fund is best positioned to grab investor interest in the value trade, now that there seems to be more runway in the business cycle. And another is wondering whether that will prompt investors to become less cautious.” For more, CLICK HERE.
“The two stocks that contributed the most to 2019’s total stock-market returns also hold that position for the entire decade,” notes the author of today’s article, who further notes that “The two companies didn’t just dominate. They actually intensified their hold over the past decade”. For these two stocks – as well as the other top contributors to stock-market returns since 2009 – CLICK HERE.
As analysts unveil their top stock picks for 2020, it’s also worth examining how their top picks for 2019 ended up performing. Today’s article does just that, identifying the top 20 Wall Street picks for 2019 among large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap stocks (based on the number of “buy” or equivalent analyst ratings and implied upside potential at the beginning of the year) and their total returns through mid-December. How did analysts’ stock selections do – and how does this analysis “shed light on one of the problems with Wall Street”? CLICK HERE.
According to the editor of one top-performing newsletter, “the low-and-declining interest-rate environment is setting the stage for attractive returns, especially for dividend stocks with value characteristics”. As such, he performed a special screen of the dividend stocks held by his newsletter’s portfolios, selecting for yield, value and quality. For the 25 dividend stocks that passed this screen, CLICK HERE.
Warren Buffett has called it “probably the single best measure of where valuations stand at any given moment” – and right now that measure (which the author of today’s article calls “The Buffett Yardstick”) is indicating that “investors are paying such a high price they are likely to receive essentially nothing in return over the coming decade, including dividends.” Moreover, while potential returns may be non-existent, potential risk may be at a historic high. Could this be “one of the worst risk-to-reward setups in history”? CLICK HERE.
Think of them as the building blocks of tech: application programming interfaces (APIs), which today’s article notes have experienced a “Big Bang” in the age of cloud computing. And while many API-focused companies remain private, there are a number of publicly traded companies in the space that have been generating impressive returns. For more on these companies that may be of interest to savvy investors looking to get in early on the API trend, CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article sees this current period as the early innings of the “end of the oil age” and advises that, “For those who want to own oil stocks, there are certain oil stocks that could give total returns approaching doubles and triples in the next several years.” After outlining a number of key points regarding oil for investors to be aware of now and going forward, he highlights his “dirty dozen” favorite oil stocks for 2019 – eight oil producers in the Permian Basin and four oil plays in other regions. For more, CLICK HERE.
Cup and handle. ABCD. Flag patterns. The author of today’s article notes that, while these shorter-timeframe chart patterns “may not look like anything at first, compared to typical continuation or reversal patterns…they can lead to powerful returns in a very short amount of time as they unfold.” So how can short-term traders find and take advantage of these weirder-looking (but potentially powerful) patterns? CLICK HERE.
Fear-driven selloffs in the market are powerful phenomena, but, as the author of today’s article notes, “for those who can tune out the fearful noise and focus on the fundamentals of beaten down, high-quality companies, great returns can be at hand.” He proceeds to highlight what he sees as an irrational selloff in process right now – and which may present an opportunity. Specifically, this is the selloff among asset managers, where many of the most well-known names are down double digits from their 52-week highs. For more, CLICK HERE.
The top 10 best performing stocks of this bull market have all seen cumulative total returns of at least 10,000% (with the best performing stock seeing a cumulative total return of 39,000%!) – and you have probably never heard of many (or even most) of them. Instead, today’s article notes, “the best performers over the nine-plus years of this bull market have generally been smaller, more obscure companies — in many cases, downright boring ones.” What are these stocks whose growth has been off the charts, even as they have been off most investors’ radars? CLICK HERE.