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Stocks To Watch: Tech Giants Step To The Plate

Mega-cap tech companies Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Facebook, (NASDAQ:FB), Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) are all in line to report earnings. The sector has been under pressure over the last few months, although semiconductor stocks heated up over the last week with the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index up 4.4%. On the trade front, a Chinese delegation […]

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Nike Has Won The War

While it has been suspected since May, Nike (NKE) has finally inked a deal with MLB to be the official uniform and apparel provider for Major League Baseball. When this deal picks up, Nike will have rights to provide apparel for the three largest sports leagues in North America. With rival Under Armour (UAA) (NYSE:UA) […]

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Score Big With These 5 Small Cap REITs

What’s so great about small-cap REITs, those real estate investment trusts (or REITs) with market caps of $1 billion or less?For starters, they’re not large-cap REITs.Taken at face value, that last statement might seem obvious to the point of inanity. But look a little further and you’ll find it to be a powerful point, and […]

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AMD: Forget Crypto, Here Comes China!

For the first time, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook cut Q1 revenue guidance, citing poor iPhone sales in China. Cook’s rare move ignited a widespread worry of a trade war-induced recession. The fear of recession was further confirmed by Samsung Electronics’ (OTC:SSNLF) subsequent guidance of a lower quarterly operating profit for the first time […]

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Apple Earnings Preview: Buy The Fear Or Run For The Hills?

This could be the most important earnings release of the past several quarters for Apple (AAPL).In just about a week, on January 29th, the Cupertino-based company is scheduled to report the results of the crucial holiday season. Regarding the quarter itself, the edge has been taken off, following the company’s earnings warning issued early in […]

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What Happens When You Hit A Correction As A Dividend Growth Investor? Nothing!

Everybody will agree that 2018 was an “annus horribilis” on the market. The year-end results haven’t been that bad with the S&P 500 total return of -4.38%, but the Ultra-Bear cult would rather remind us that the S&P 500 lost 19.2% between September 20th and December 24th (bear lovers always have the superpower to identify weird […]

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JPMorgan Hits A Speed Bump On Its Way To 20% Upside

JPMorgan Chase (JPM) reported Q4 2018 results earlier this week with earnings missing the consensus analyst estimate by a considerable margin, as the reported EPS of $1.98 was way off the analyst estimate of $2.20. Despite the miss in Q4, JPMorgan’s overall financial performance has improved significantly over the last few years, and I believe […]

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How to be a Value Investor Without Picking Stocks

As top-down, big picture investors, we at Hillswick Asset Management avoid stock-picking, making ETFs a natural fit for our investment style. We are also value investors, preferring to tilt our portfolio towards Value as a factor.But isn’t value investing all about picking obscure stocks shunned by other investors?  Not necessarily.In this article, we would like […]

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You Can’t Bank On AT&T Like That

SummaryAT&T combines many positives that income investors usually seek.AT&T will not make you rich in a short period of time.Expecting 100,000 in annual dividend proceeds is not realistic unless one has an ultra long-term view.ThesisAT&T (T) is one of the favorite income stocks for many retail investors, and rightfully so: The company combines a long […]

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Despite The Market Rally These Dividend Stocks Are Strong Buys

IntroductionAs I explained in my portfolio update 63, I’m now focused on paying down margin and thus won’t be making changes to my real money portfolio for the foreseeable future. In fact, I’ve now realized the wisdom of Buffett’s warning against using margin.My partner Charlie says there is only three ways a smart person can go […]

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