Apple’s stock price doesn’t recover, pot stocks experience a bitcoin-like implosion, and the price of oil remains under $75 all year. These are some of the “bold and perhaps unpopular” market predictions the author of today’s article is making for the year ahead – and while he acknowledges that some of these predictions may be sources of disagreement, he notes that they each highlight important issues for investors and hopefully cause the reader to “at least think about the other side of the trade and prepare your portfolio accordingly for the year ahead.” For more, CLICK HERE.
The final three months of the year have historically been strong for utility stocks. This year, however, in light of rising interest rates, rather than making his usual recommendation for how to make a seasonal bet on utilities, the author of today’s article has a different recommendation, stating that, with this approach, “If there is indeed a powerful year-end rally, you’ll see strong gains right away. And if instead things go the other way, you’ll have entered powerful all-weather stocks at prices that should ensure an average 10 percent total return over the next 3 to 5 years as well as a rising stream of income.” For more, CLICK HERE.
Wall Street is even more enthusiastic in its outlook for smaller companies next year than it was for this year as the Trump administration got underway. A key reason for this is the belief that small-cap companies will benefit disproportionately from tax reform. Today’s article highlights 18 small-cap stocks that analysts expect to see gains of at least 50% in the next year – including four stocks that analysts expect to more than double in price. To read more, CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article posits that, in the current environment, “it could be beneficial to look for stocks that show signs of improving fundamentals that could be at the beginning of new up trends.” To identify stocks matching this profile, the author screened for cheap (trading under $5) stocks exhibiting improving fundamentals (improvement in both sales and earnings in the last quarter) and where there is evidence that traders believe a price turnaround is sustainable. Only four stocks passed this screen. To read about these four stocks, CLICK HERE.
Shares of Amazon hit $1,000 on May 30 – and the author of today’s article believes that – if its stock price can keep going up at 40% a year – Amazon will hit $2,000 in 2019. But is this level of growth sustainable? The author argues that “companies that sustain 20% or higher growth after they hit $10 billion in revenue share four traits – which [Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos] brings to life”. What are these four factors that have the author confident that investors should expect Amazon stock to hit $2,000 in 2019? CLICK HERE to find out.
The author of today’s article has long subscribed to the investing principle that stock prices follow earnings. However, while he still considers earnings growth to be a reliable indicator, he is “becoming convinced that an even better leading indicator may exist” – one that investors might be wise to consider adding to their arsenal. What is this indicator – and how does it help to explain the success of companies such as Apple and the failure of companies such as Groupon? CLICK HERE to find out.
The January Effect – “a seasonal increase in stock prices during the month of January” – is the subject of today’s article. Specifically, the article looks at how “understanding the cause of the January effect points to a potential trading strategy.” After examining what the research shows about the factors involved in the January Effect, the authors use this information to identify a trading strategy. This strategy yields six stocks to consider. To find out what these six stocks are – all small cap stocks trading at less than $5 and experiencing short-term pullbacks in long-term up trends – and for more on the January Effect, CLICK HERE.