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Archive Monthly Archives: December 2018

The Two Best-Performing U.S. Stocks Aren’t Getting Analyst Love

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and TripAdvisor Inc. are the two best performing stocks in the S&P 500 this year, but they aren’t getting much love from technology analysts.TripAdvisor Inc.’s 81 percent gain in 2018 is second only to AMD’s 95 percent rise in the index. While Wall Street has been skeptical on AMD for years, […]

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Here’s How to Survive a Stock Market Crash

A rise in the “risk free” rate of return (I’m looking at you, 3-month Treasury bills!) is an ongoing threat to stocks, but rising interest rates aren’t the only things that could derail stock investors.An ongoing trade war has caused the U.S. trade imbalance to worsen to levels last seen during the Great Recession, wage […]

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QQQ: Your Hidden Market Risk, Revealed

The current market conditions are anything but predictable. Bulls and bears have been trading punches since the start of the fourth quarter. The S&P 500 has shaved off 280 points, or 9.6%, since September 30th. However, the bulls have had a few runs of their own such as the 6.5% surge from October 29th through […]

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Putting the Sell-off in Perspective

Last week saw major swoons in the stock market and US Treasuries. As of this writing, the sell-off has been continuing. However, I still hold out hope that we could see stocks finish higher than where they are now by year end. Yes, Virginia, there still is the possibility of a “Santa Pause.”Examining the Causes […]

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Jim Cramer: Don’t Buy Tech ETFs, Buy Strong Tech Stocks

Is there any reason in the world that tech should bottom? Does it make any sense at all, when we see Facebook’s (FB) stock being poleaxed, Apple’s (AAPL) stock getting crushed, Alphabet (GOOGL) being listless, jarred by its CEO’s Congressional testimony and Amazon (AMZN) seemingly treading water despite great AWS results?I think the answer is […]

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3 Contrarian Value Stocks to Last You Through the Cold Winter Months

Winter is upon us. For some, that means little more than cold weather, shoveling, and holiday hangovers. But for investors, winter can be a great harvest, as December and January are some of the best months for average historical stock market returns.At the same time, ’tis not the season to be sitting in front of […]

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These 3 Retail Stocks Could Find Their Stride After Recent Trips

As retail stocks have pulled back to close 2018 even as they’ve reiterated or boosted their outlooks, a few companies’ shares stand out as possible winners.Those companies, according to Cowen & Co. analyst Oliver Chen, are Target (TGT), Kohl’s (KSS) and Ulta Beauty (ULTA). “We like these three stocks given the strong underlying consumer, not […]

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12 Stocks You Should Never Sell

Hopping in and out of stocks tends to do more harm than good to your portfolio. Fortunately, most of the time, investors are content to sit back and let time do the heavy lifting.Every now and then, however, an uninterrupted market-wide rally (such as the one we saw in 2017) followed by a couple of […]

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Take The S&P 500’s Death Cross With A Huge Grain Of Salt

If something doesn’t feel quite right about this past week’s weakness, you’re not crazy. The 4.6% loss the suffered by the SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (SPY) last week looks almost comically overdone. In fact, it was the worst showing since March, though just for the record, that March drubbing actually set up a nice […]

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2 Dividend Stocks to Buy on Sale

When stocks go down, it’s normal to have negative reactions or view that movement as a potential indication that a given company’s share price will continue to decline. Much of investing comes down to analyzing trends in order to make determinations about what’s likely to happen in the future, so it’s understandable that big stock […]

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