Earlier this week, we were hit with yet another winter storm here outside of the Washington, D.C., area, and, true to form, many things came to a girding halt. We can add this to the other winter storms that have taken their toll on the economy in the current quarter, but as I shared with subscribers to my PowerTrend Profits investing newsletter, most of that will be temporary. As we have seen in the past, this slowdown likely will create a burst of pent-up demand once the warmer weather rolls around.
During my snowed-in time, I was fortunate enough to more»
Subscribers to my investment newsletter PowerTrend Profits have heard me talk about how misleading a number of economic metrics can be. That’s why, as part of my normal, everyday data-point gathering, I read, peruse and examine a slew of articles, websites and financial reports. The strategy is to string together enough data points to have a cohesive view not only of what’s going on, but what is more than likely to happen in the coming months.
The first step is to understand what is really going on in the economy. A case in point is the mainstream media’s “reporting” on more»
The last few weeks have been far more than just interesting. We’ve been barraged by a number of winter storms that are taking their toll on January economic data. We’ve already heard of disappointing January car and trucks sales. We received official word this week that January housing activity was slower than expected. Given the severity of the winter weather, was any of that really a surprise to you?
I should hope not.
But as I have informed subscribers of my investment newsletter PowerTrend Profits, the stock market in 2014 is going to be very different from the stock market of more»
Many investors are fans of dividends because of the income stream they provide. Whether you choose to live off of those dividend payments or reinvest them to help grow your wealth and investing capital, monthly, quarterly or annual dividend payments are an added bonus for investors, but there are other reasons to be bullish when it comes to dividends. For example, the ability of a management team to consistently pay a quarterly dividend points to favorable cash flow generation. Even better is what I discussed with you last week — dividend dynamo companies that have such strong business models that more»
It’s been a rough time of late — questions are being raised about growth prospects, both for the global economy and the stock market. We’ve had more companies issue negative outlooks than we have had in some time, while the latest round of economic data has been weaker than expected. It boils down to people being once again worried about growth.
All of this has taken a toll on the major stock market indices, leaving the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 550 points from where it was just two weeks ago. Also down big are both the S&P 500 more»
One of the more frequent questions I get from investors like you, as well as the institutional ones I have known for many years, is: how do I decide if something is a short-term or long-term opportunity? It is a timely question, even when the stock market is humming along like it did in the last half of 2013. But these days, with the return of volatility to the market, it’s even more crucial to understand the differences between the two. It is even more important not to mistake one for the other, since that situation can lead to disastrous more»
If you’re wondering why the stock market has gotten significantly choppier in 2014 after that strong fourth-quarter rally in 2013, the answer is simple: Investors are getting increasingly nervous.
Why are they getting nervous, you might ask?
A key reason may be disconnect between lackluster results for a majority of December 2013 quarterly corporate earnings reports and the stock market’s strong year-end rise. The stock market thus is caught in a wait-and-see mode. Here’s the question that many of the people I talk to on the floor of the NYSE are pondering: Is it just a handful of companies that are having more»
We’ve started to hear the fallout from the 2013 holiday shopping season during the last few weeks. Let me tell you, it’s not looking pretty. A number of retailers — Sears, The Gap (GPS), JC Penney (JCP), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) and Pier 1 Imports (PIR), among others — cut their respective outlooks due to disappointing holiday season. That news has been followed with dire stories about the state of Sears, as well as fresh layoffs and store closures by the struggling JC Penney. The consumer electronics front did not fare much better, given dire more»