Investing and Analysis

Brazil – Tomorrow Still Just a Day Away

Earlier this week (August 23), Brazil announced an ambitious plan to privatize ownership of some 57 state-owned assets in hopes of raising R$44 billion (about $13 billion US$.) Among the assets to be sold are fourteen airports, eleven electric transmission lines, and fifteen port terminals. Assuredly with advance notice of the government’s fiscal shape-up plan, S&P earlier this month removed ...

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The CRISPR Craze! Three Ways to Play in This Latest Biotech Innovation

CRISPR is a gene-editing technology that could help mankind eradicate some of the worst genetic diseases. The technology has only been around for approximately five years, it was discovered as a result of the work of Dr. Jennifer Doudna at the University of California-Berkeley and Emmanuelle Charpentier of Umea University of Sweden. The duo discovered the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technique ...

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McDonald’s Two Golden Arches

The traditional profit recipe for a dollar in the fast food burger business is that 30 cents should cover food costs, 30 cents should cover labor costs, 30 cents should cover occupancy costs, and ten cents should be left in profit. McDonald’s stock hit an all-time high in the summer and is well-positioned to go higher thanks, in part, to ...

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Insurance Runs

Insurance stocks have been steady all of this year and are well-positioned for the immediate future. The SPDR S&P Insurance ETF (NYSE Arca: KIE) is up over 18% year-over-year and has recently hit a record high since its debut 12 years ago. KIE tracks the S&P Insurance Select Industry with 50 stocks from the Insurance Brokers, Life & Health, Multi-Line, ...

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What is a Bitcoin and Why is it so Lucrative?

Are bitcoins a good investment?

What is Bitcoin? Other than something that sounds like the name a four-year-old would name his private parts, Bitcoin is a digital token that can be sent electronically from one user to another. Bitcoin is both the name of the network and the actual digital tokens. Unlike traditional payment networks like Visa or American Express, no single company or person ...

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‘Average Joe’ Indicator Flashing Warning Signs

I have been trading, studying and writing about the stock market for over 30 years now and one thing I have learned to appreciate more and more is sentiment analysis. While there are a number of sentiment tools that are measurable, one of my favorite indicators is one I have come to call the Average Joe indicator. What it boils ...

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Virtual Reality: The Safest “Next Big Thing” In Investing

If you have been investing for very long or even if you have just been studying the investment markets, you have probably heard one or two “next big thing” stories. Whether it was back in the 90s and the internet age, the silver market in 2011 or solar energy in more recent years. There always seems to be at least ...

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The Bulk of Companies Are Beating Earnings Estimates, But Reactions are Mixed on FANG Stocks

Wall Street is now past the half-way point of this earnings season and the results have been pretty impressive thus far in terms of beating expectations. Thus far, 286 members of the S&P 500 have reported results and according to FactSet, 73 percent have topped both the earnings and revenue estimates. While that stat is impressive, Zacks expresses earnings beats ...

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