Expectations are made to be shattered…at least that’s apparently the case for the five companies highlighted in today’s article and their earnings expectations. These five companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 – including a design software maker, a video-game maker and an oil explorer “have beaten earnings expectations the past four straight quarters by an average of 50% or more, according to a USA TODAY analysis from S&P Global Market Intelligence.” To see which five companies have been “eat[ing] profit forecasts for breakfast”, as well as how much they have beaten expectations by on average, CLICK HERE.
“With the weather warming and summer approaching, many of us will be headed outdoors, to enjoy the sun, beach and water sports within the next few months.” Are you looking to get your portfolio in shape for the summer months? Today’s article highlights a plethora of summer-oriented stocks to consider. From boating stocks (e.g. West Marine) to sunscreen makers (e.g. Edgewell Personal Care Co.) to theme and water parks (e.g. Cedar Fairs) to technology wearables (e.g. Fitbit), CLICK HERE to see what fun-in-the-sun stocks experts are recommending.
Who wants to be a millionaire (by retirement)? Today’s article takes the position that “almost anyone can become a millionaire if they make a commitment to save early in their career and stick with it over several decades.” But what else should savvy investors be doing (and avoiding) in the aim of accumulating $1 million by retirement? What special considerations are there for job changers? And what sort of retirement lifestyle should one realistically envision even if this financial goal is achieved? CLICK HERE to read more.
“Study after study has shown that stocks that pay dividends – and grow them every year – are the best way to beat the market. These payouts also give you ‘bear insurance’ because they can tide you over when your investments hit a rough patch.” Today’s article highlights three companies – an automaker, a financial and a hotel operator – with stocks that – based on several stringent criteria – the author believes are “undervalued gems poised to double their payouts in the next five years”. To see what these three stocks are, as well as the author’s analysis of each, CLICK HERE.
“To be sure, online shopping is going to continue to grow. But I believe that the best of the traditional retailers will not only survive but will thrive as they leverage their strong brands to put together an appealing combination of online and brick-and-mortar shopping experiences.” In today’s article the author highlights five traditional retailers that “have good brands and relatively strong balance sheets, pay a decent dividend and have stocks trading well below their 12-month highs”. To see who these five retailers are, CLICK HERE.
“It’s mid-April and investors are focused on earnings season, oil prices and the Federal Reserve’s next move on interest rates, but for those willing to take a little bit of a longer view, Morgan Stanley offered up a list of 30 stocks…that are its best bets for the next three years.” Today’s article highlights Morgan Stanley’s assessment of “the best franchises for investors to get behind for the next three years”, based on factors such as competitive advantage, business model, growth and governance. For a complete listing of the 30 franchises that made the cut, as well as the firm’s scorecard for each, CLICK HERE.
“Shipping stocks have been in the doghouse in recent years. A prolonged slowdown in the global economy…has taken its toll on sea-transportation volumes and shipping rates…But things have been changing recently…While it is still too early to determine whether the turnaround in the shipping industry is for real, investors may want to go bargain hunting in shipping stocks….” Today’s article highlights two shipping stocks that “pay a good dividend” and which may “reward investors who wait long enough for the industry recovery to become sustainable.” What are these two stocks and why might they be good buys? CLICK HERE to read more.
“It’s that time of year again: Earnings season is upon us and U.S. companies are about to release a deluge of quarterly results. In general, investors are braced for some pretty miserable results…However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some standouts.” Today’s article highlights 10 stocks “that could soar on positive earnings in the coming weeks”, including Alphabet (formerly Google), Amazon, Burlington Coat Factory and Fitbit. Why are these companies generating positive expectations, and what other companies may be notable standouts in an otherwise bleak earnings season? CLICK HERE to find out.
“The most oft-cited investing rule? Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Or as investment professionals like to state: Diversify your assets…But is there an easy way to diversify your portfolio in a day and age when there are tens of thousands of investments from which to choose? The easy answer is yes.” Today’s article outlines several options to consider when it comes to diversifying your portfolio. What are the differences between target-date funds and target-risk funds? What percentage of one’s equity portfolio does one expert recommend U.S. investors have in foreign stocks? And what funds “are designed to help investors avoid some of the most common investment mistakes”? CLICK HERE to find out.
“Fears of interest rate hikes are fading, and stocks are back in rally mode. But there’s a potential headwind looming for Wall Street: a dearth of profit growth plaguing Corporate America.” Today’s article examines the so-called “earnings recession” that has descended on Wall Street: “In the final two quarters of 2015, companies in the broad, large-company Standard & Poor’s 500 index have seen earnings contract — not grow. And analyst estimates for the first two quarters of 2016 also point to negative earnings growth.” What specifically are analysts forecasting profit-wise for the rest of 2016, and why might this year’s profit storyline be “a tale of two halves”? CLICK HERE to read more.