Investing and Analysis

S&P Report Card: Earnings Look Pretty Good With 75% of Results In

We have seen earnings results from just over 75% of S&P 500 members and so far the results have been pretty good. Looking at the overall numbers, 71.2% of the companies have beaten EPS estimates, 9.8% have matched, and 19% have missed their estimates. Historically, 65% of companies beat estimates so the quarter has been a little better than the ...

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The Oil Market Slowdown

China reported earlier today that there was a decrease in the daily number of deaths from coronavirus. While this is certainly good news, there is no way of knowing whether the trend will continue. Many markets have been affected, and the oil market continues to suffer from it. Oil Prices Slip At 2:00 pm, oil is showing a slight dip ...

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Apple’s Revenue Warning and Leading Indicators Reports Cause Flashbacks

Over the weekend I was writing a weekly update to my newsletter subscribers and I was looking at the economic calendar for this week. One of the reports due out this week is the Leading Indicators report for January. I went back and looked at where the readings have been over the last five months and that caused me to ...

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The Fear Withered Quicker Than the Rose

Many, many years ago when I was in high school, I had to choose a poem to read and interpret in front of my English class. I was an athlete and our particular class had a number of athletes in it. This was also the honors English class, so it wasn’t a bunch of dumb jocks in the class. In ...

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Tesla Mania Hits Wall Street

If you invest in and pay attention to investment news for a long enough period, you will get to see a true mania play out before your own eyes. We hear the stories about the Tulip Mania that hit Holland in the 1600’s and how the price of a single tulip bulb fetched prices as high as 10 times the ...

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Earnings a Bit Rough for Older Companies

This week is an incredibly busy one for earnings reports. In fact, it’s probably the biggest week of the earnings season. I think I read that 145 of the 500 stocks in the S&P 500 will report this week. While the majority of attention will be given to the likes of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook, there were a few ...

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The Danger of Buying Stock Based on Trends

Emotions continue to play a large part in investing and real estate prices. There is little doubt that what is happening to cause the current elevated value of stock prices and home prices is being caused by emotions. As long as people can make a profit – or believe that they can – it is apt to continue. At some ...

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Banks Get Earnings Season Off to a Good Start, Stocks are Flat

The latest earnings season kicked off last week with big banks getting things started. JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), Citigroup (NYSE: C), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) all reported results last week and for the most part, the reports were better than expected. JPMorgan, Citi, and Bank of America beat their earnings estimates while the troubled ...

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A Rising Tide May Lift All Boats, but Not All Boats are Seaworthy

In the past, I have shared my investment philosophies and what I look for in stocks. I want companies that are growing earnings and revenue, they have good management efficiency measurements (ROE, Profit Margin, Etc.), and they are trending higher. I also want stocks that have some skepticism toward them because I believe for a trend to be maintained, there ...

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Is It Time to Invest in Bitcoin Again?

There is little doubt that you have heard about cryptocurrency – the major one being Bitcoin. Predictions are abounding that Bitcoin value may be over $20,000 per coin sometime this year. Of course, that remains to be seen, but it is also an investment opportunity that you may not want to miss. If it holds up, this may be the ...

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