While the S&P 500 has had a decent year thus far, the five stocks that are the focus of today’s article – the five worst-performing S&P 500 stocks of the year thus far – have lost between 29% and 45%. Are they all stocks to be avoided – or are there some possible opportunities amongst them? The author examines what has gone wrong at each of the companies – and separates out the possible winners from the likely value traps. CLICK HERE.
In today’s article, the author highlights five companies that he believes are attractive based on their low price-to-sales ratios. Among them is a manufacturer of towing and recovery equipment that the author states is “a little stock that intrigues me…So far as I can tell, not a single Wall Street analyst covers this stock.” For more on this particular company – and the other four companies that appear attractively valued from a price-to-sales ratio standpoint – CLICK HERE.
In regards to the pattern day trader rule (which seemingly limits the trading activities of smaller traders), the author of today’s article states “It’s far more complicated than most people think — and it’s advantageous for pennystockers and other day traders who don’t trade on margin.” What is the pattern day trader rule, why is it widely misunderstood by traders – and how can it actually be helpful to them rather than a hindrance? CLICK HERE.
2017 saw near-record low stock market volatility. In 2018, however, the author of today’s article notes, “fear is back – and so are healthy prices for writing options.” He proceeds to outline a number of options-writing strategies that can be used in volatile markets to “generate income and/or limit losses from an investment portfolio” – from the most conservative strategies (covered calls and collars) to the most risky (naked puts). For more – including why the author advises “Never write naked” – CLICK HERE.
While the broad energy sector has performed nicely this year, today’s article highlights one of the sector’s subindustries where even better returns can be found: exploration and production stocks. The author notes that these stocks (and related ETFs) “are usually more correlated to oil prices than integrated oil stocks. That is a curse when crude prices fall, but a gift when oil rallies. Crude is one of this year’s best-performing commodities, prompting the outperformance by exploration and production ETFs over more traditional energy sector fare.” For some E&P ETF plays – including one for “adventurous” traders – CLICK HERE.
In today’s article, the author outlines the criteria and process he employs to screen for bargains among dividend champions – companies that have increased their dividend for 25 or more consecutive years. After detailing his screening process, he identifies the 22 dividend champions that pass the screen and which may be worthy of further research as promising dividend growth stocks. For more, CLICK HERE.
While the analyst interviewed in today’s article acknowledges that “There are a lot of signals that would suggest this is probably not the greatest time to be investing in resources”, he argues that “this actually may be setting up one of the greatest opportunities that we’ve had in a couple of generations to be allocating to the resource market.” For his case as to why a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in resources may be in the offing, his thoughts on gold, oil and more – and some specific resource companies he likes – CLICK HERE.
It may not feel that way, but the chief investment strategist at BlackRock reminds investors that 2018 has actually been a return to normal in the markets after a not-so-normal 2017 – and in their Midyear Global Investment Outlook, BlackRock’s senior strategists conclude that “Even if ‘normal’ means more uncertainty and greater overall risk, investors have a lot to look forward to between now and the end of 2018.” For the strategists’ advice for individual investors – including which stocks with “fortress balance sheets” to consider targeting and what looks attractive in the bond market – CLICK HERE.
The positive take on the marijuana boom, according to the author of today’s article? “There will almost certainly be marijuana millionaires. These millionaires could include both the business owners and the shareholders.” The less-positive take? Despite what would appear to be a simple investment thesis, the author points out that things are actually far from simple and suggests that the marijuana boom “could also be the most challenging environment for stock market investors since the internet bubble of the late 1990’s.” For more, CLICK HERE.
Today’s article highlights three investments that are probably not on your radar but which you may want to consider. The first is a stock that is (literally) garbage, the second is a group of exchange-traded funds, and the third is a stock that is a leader in its industry, currently sports an attractive valuation, and could benefit from a key rival suffering a setback. For more on these three potential investments, CLICK HERE.