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Archive Monthly Archives: January 2020

Iran Retaliates With Missile Strike: 3 Defense Stocks to Buy

Iran executed a ballistic missile attack targeting two Iraqi airbases that were hosting U.S. and allied troops late in the night on Jan 7. More than dozen missiles were launched in retaliation to the U.S. airstrike on Baghdad airport that killed Iran’s top commander General Qasem Soleimani.As expected, defense stocks jumped once the share market […]

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Why Did People Buy Stocks In The 1920s?

The Roaring 1920s were great, and it would be our good fortune to reprise them in this decade of the 2020s. All this about the “excesses” of the 1920s causing the Great Depression of the 1930s—how silly it is. In short order, beginning in 1930, we had the Smoot-Hawley Tariff, an income-tax increase led by […]

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Something Rare Is Happening Among Popular Technology Stocks

A noteworthy observation in the stock market this year is that popular technology stocks are outperforming broader indexes.Could 2020 be the year of FAAMNGs — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix ​and Google parent company Alphabet?The answer is “yes” if current trends continue. However, the year is still young. There is many a slip ’twixt the cup […]

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3 Stocks to Buy That Will Hit New All-Time Highs in 2020

U.S. stocks had reached all-time highs before a selloff on Friday. But somewhat surprisingly, many stocks in the market still trade below past peaks.Indeed, entire sectors like energy and retail have missed out on the bull market of the past few years. Some financial stocks — most notably Citigroup (NYSE:C) — still haven’t returned to […]

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Softbank May Sell Some Alibaba Stock; Should Retail Investors Follow Suit?

Softbank Group (OTCMKTS:SFTBY), whose stake in Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) is worth more than Softbank’s entire market cap, is reportedly considering selling some Alibaba stock. Softbank would use the proceeds to fund the repurchase of its own shares. Is Softbank desperate? Or is BABA stock expensive at the moment?I think it’s a little of both. Here’s why. Masayoshi Son […]

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These 3 “Strong Buy” Financial Stocks Are Primed for Rapid Growth, Say Analysts

When world events hit the news, investors start to get nervous. Will a Mid-East airstrike push stocks lower, or oil higher? Will the change last, or will trading revert to normal after a few days? These normal questions, but they can sometimes push rational investors into irrational trades.CNBC crunched some numbers on the effects of […]

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2019 Was Warren Buffett’s Worst Year In A Decade

Warren Buffett’s bets missed the broader record bull market in 2019 by a long shot.Berkshire Hathaway, the company led by the famed value investor, ended 2019 in the green but still fell short of an important measure of success for the company’s shares.In 2019, shares of Berkshire Hathaway ended the year up 11%, while the […]

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This Basket Of Dividend Growth Stocks Can Help Your Portfolio Stand Out In 2020

Analysts at Goldman Sachs are highlighting a “dividend growth basket” of stocks at a time when valuations for the U.S. stock market have shot up to their second-highest level since June 2002.In the firm’s recent “U.S. Weekly Kickstart” report Jan. 3, the analysts, led by David Kostin, recommended investors be cautious and look for “growth […]

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UBS Predicts A ‘V-Shaped’ Year Where Stocks Drop, Then Recover Back To Where They Are Now

One of the biggest market bears on Wall Street has become less pessimistic, now expecting a volatile year where the S&P 500 takes a round trip.Francois Trahan, head of U.S. equity strategy for UBS, raised his 2020 target on the S&P 500 to 3,250 from 3,000, seeing the market decline in the first half of […]

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50 Worst Performing S&P 500 Stocks Of 2019

When the S&P 500 (SPY) returns around 30%, there are not a lot of losers. In this article, I want to highlight the worst performing decile of the S&P 500. Notably, not even 50 companies generated negative total returns on the year. Like with this article’s companion piece on the 50 Best Performing S&P 500 […]

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