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Gold Is on Sale for 75% Off

This week I attended the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, the world’s biggest mining conference. And I found bargains galore… bargains that you can scoop up.

To be sure, mine is a contrarian view. Gold and silver miners have been in a bear market for years now. They’re...

27Apr2014 | | Comments Off on Gold Is on Sale for 75% Off | Continued

Confidence Game

Have you ever stuck with a losing stock position because you were overly confident that the Street had it wrong and it was sure to come back? The painful mistake is so clear… in hindsight.

This is because trading and investing psychology is the single-strongest indicator of stock market profits...

15Mar2014 | | Comments Off on Confidence Game | Continued

What Mike Tyson Can Teach You About Investing

You might not think of Mike Tyson as a mentor when it comes to running your portfolio.

After all, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world has never demonstrated any great money management skills. In fact, he has been a wildly controversial figure both inside and outside the...

14Mar2014 | | Comments Off on What Mike Tyson Can Teach You About Investing | Continued

Technical Tuesday: How to Detect Stock Market Tops

As I noted last week, bull market tops are often characterized by a breakdown of the sector that had led the market higher (like tech stocks in 2000 or financial stocks in 2007).

Another clue in our hunt for the top is the concentration of leadership to individual sectors. When we get near...

7Mar2014 | | Comments Off on Technical Tuesday: How to Detect Stock Market Tops | Continued

Why You Shouldn’t Trade the Russian Occupation

Talk about whiplash…

News over the weekend that Russian troops had occupied Crimea caused hair-trigger traders to hit the exits hard on Monday. Fearful a hot war would develop in Ukraine, equity markets swooned worldwide.

The next day, however, Putin announced he was “not going to...

6Mar2014 | | Comments Off on Why You Shouldn’t Trade the Russian Occupation | Continued

The One Thing You Need to Know About Bonds

Bond investors today fall into one of three categories: smart, scared or oblivious.

Let’s take the last group first. Whenever you hear someone say they plunked money into a long-term bond fund because it returned 12% annually for the last 30 years, all you can do is sigh.

The old boilerplate...

6Mar2014 | | Comments Off on The One Thing You Need to Know About Bonds | Continued

Gold’s Irresistible Forces

What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? We’re about to find out in the gold markets.

The irresistible force is Chinese gold demand, which is surging along with its price. Gold flirted with $1,300 on Thursday. (Much higher demand from India could be coming shortly,...

6Mar2014 | | Comments Off on Gold’s Irresistible Forces | Continued

The Rise of a New and Dangerous Breed of Hackers

My wife and I got a letter in the mail a couple of weeks ago. It was from Neiman Marcus. It began with these sobering words, “We deeply regret and are very sorry that some of our customers’ payment cards were used fraudulently after making purchases at our stores.”

It was all stupidity...

2Mar2014 | | Comments Off on The Rise of a New and Dangerous Breed of Hackers | Continued

Why You Shouldn’t Bail on This Market

The market has teetered in recent weeks. And the volatility has caused some investors to head for the sidelines. They are almost certainly making a mistake.

To time the market correctly, you have to make not one great call but two. And the consequences of getting either wrong can be grave.

Let’s...

23Feb2014 | | Comments Off on Why You Shouldn’t Bail on This Market | Continued

Is This Market Tanking?

There are a lot of scared investors out there right now. After what seemed like five years of stocks doing nothing but rising, investors are worried after the latest drop.

Last week I spoke at the World Money Show in Orlando. After my presentation, I had lively conversations with many of the...

21Feb2014 | | Comments Off on Is This Market Tanking? | Continued

Great News for Your Portfolio

The dollar rose nicely in 2013, even hitting a five-year high against the yen last month. But there are good reasons to believe the greenback has further to go.

And that is good news for your stock portfolio.

When I started forecasting a higher dollar a few years ago, most readers were...

21Feb2014 | | Comments Off on Great News for Your Portfolio | Continued

In Praise of So-Called “Junk” Bonds

It’s time to set the record straight about bonds, specifically high-yield bonds.

Since the bad ol’ days in the 1980s, when Michael Milken and his cronies at DLJ ruined the reputation of high-yield bonds – that’s where the term “junk bonds” came from – they have been the whipping...

19Feb2014 | | Comments Off on In Praise of So-Called “Junk” Bonds | Continued

Good News for Stock Pickers

August 23, 2013
The decline in correlations has become a trending topic among stock market strategists. The monthly returns of individual U.S. stocks are diverging from the Russell 1,000 index. Depending on who you ask, this is either a positive occurrence for stock pickers or a sign that fund...

13Nov2013 | | Comments Off on Good News for Stock Pickers | Continued

AAII Sentiment Survey: Investor Attitudes Remain Volatile

June 6, 2013

Individual investor’s short-term outlook for stocks remains volatile, as is evident by the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Bullish sentiment fell 6.5 percentage points and bearish sentiment rose 9.3 percentage points.

Bullish sentiment,...

10Oct2013 | | Comments Off on AAII Sentiment Survey: Investor Attitudes Remain Volatile | Continued

Slightly Less Optimism and Slightly More Pessimism

May 16, 2013

Individual investors are slightly less optimistic and slightly more pessimistic than they were a week ago, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Even with the changes, the sentiment readings are close to their historical averages.

Bullish...

7Jul2013 | | Comments Off on Slightly Less Optimism and Slightly More Pessimism | Continued

Individual Investors Stay Pessimistic – AAII Sentiment Survey

April 18, 2013

Individual investors remain pessimistic about the short-term outlook for stocks, even though bullish sentiment did improve in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey.

Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next...

2May2013 | | Comments Off on Individual Investors Stay Pessimistic – AAII Sentiment Survey | Continued

Steel Industry Stock Outlook – March 2013 – Zacks Analyst Interviews

About the Steel Industry

Given the unique combination of strength, formability and versatility in steel; it is deployed across various industries including construction, transport, electrical appliances, food packaging and others. Steel products are classified into four broad...

11Mar2013 | | Comments Off on Steel Industry Stock Outlook – March 2013 – Zacks Analyst Interviews | Continued

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism at Second-Highest Level of 2012

December 20, 2012

Bullish sentiment rose to its second-highest level of the year, as bearish sentiment fell for the fourth time in the past five weeks in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey.

Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise...

23Dec2012 | | 0 comments | Continued

New 401(k) Information

If you have a 401(k) plan, you should have received new documentation by today. Though it may seem like more fine type and regulatory jargon, the new documentation is actually expanded information about performance, fees and expenses. Be sure to read it.

The expanded information is mandated...

31Aug2012 | | 0 comments | Continued

Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Earns Dosage Approval

Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc. (RBGPY) recently announced that it has received approval for two new dosages (4mg and 12 mg) of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual film from the US Food and Drug Administration...

30Aug2012 | | Comments Off on Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Earns Dosage Approval | Continued

(CY) Cypress Semiconductor Revises Ramtron Proposal

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY) has raised its all-cash bid to buy all of Ramtron International Corp.'s (RMTR) outstanding stock for $2.68 per share, a...

24Jun2012 | | Comments Off on (CY) Cypress Semiconductor Revises Ramtron Proposal | Continued

AAII Sentiment Survey: Bullish Sentiment Rises to a Six-Week High

June 14, 2012

Bullish sentiment rose to a six-week high, while bearish sentiment plunged in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey.

Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, jumped 6.6 percentage points to 34.0%....

18Jun2012 | | 0 comments | Continued

(KSS) Kohl’s Beats Expectations and Raises Dividend

Kohl’s Corporation (KSS) reported its operating earnings of $1.81 per share in the fourth-quarter 2011, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. The earnings, however, surpassed the prior-year quarter’s earnings by 9%.

The...

23Feb2012 | | 0 comments | Continued

(DD) E.I. du Pont de Nemours Inks $100M Deal with Yingli

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Com (DD) inked a $100 million deal with the Chinese solar energy technology manufacturer Yingli Green Energy (YGE), whereby DuPont will supply...

15Feb2012 | | 0 comments | Continued

Stock Market News for January 17, 2012 – Market News

The New Year had begun on a bright note for investors with the markets witnessing positive momentum on its first trading day of the year. However, the markets have suffered from uncertainty in the weeks that followed after the lingering European debt crisis came back into focus.

With the American...

17Jan2012 | | 0 comments | Continued

AAII Sentiment Survey: Bearish Sentiment above Average for 4th Week

December 8, 2011

Bullish sentiment rebounded in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey, but bearish sentiment stayed above average for the fourth consecutive week.

Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rebounded...

9Dec2011 | | 0 comments | Continued

Thanksgiving Holiday – Turmoil in Europe Continued

While the U.S. was focused on feasting, football and shopping, the turmoil in Europe continued. The situation there continues to deteriorate. No longer are the problems confined to the small, relatively insignificant economies around the Mediterranean. This week, they even spread to Germany, where...

28Nov2011 | | 0 comments | Continued

U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Fall Again

Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance fell again this week. This week they fell by 10,000 but only after the previous week was revised up by 3,000. So regardless if you count it as a drop of 10,000 or 7,000, we are still at 390,000. That was better than the expected level of 400,000.

We...

10Nov2011 | | 0 comments | Continued

U.S. Initial Labor Claims Fall Below Key 400,000 Level

Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance finally broke below the key 400,000 level. This week they fell by 9,000, but only after the previous week was revised up by 4,000. So regardless if you count it as a drop of 9,000 or 5,000, we are still at 397,000. This was slightly better than the expected...

3Nov2011 | | 0 comments | Continued

U.S. September 2011 New Home Sales Top Expectations

New Home Sales rose by 5.7% in September from August, to a rate of 313,000. Relative to a year ago, sales are down 0.9%. While the monthly increase is more than welcome, it is still a very dismal rate of new home sales.

There was a slight upward revision to the July numbers of 1,000 to 296,000....

28Oct2011 | | 0 comments | Continued