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US Stock Market: V-Shaped Rally Continues for Ninth Week

The major U.S. equities indexes finished higher last week. The S&P 500 Index was up for the fourth straight week, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and NASDAQ Composite posted their ninth consecutive weekly gains. In another bullish side, the emerging market indexes outperformed the larger-cap indexes. Furthermore, downside risks continued to be dampened. According […]

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Another Great Trade That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Those who read my articles know that my investment philosophy revolves around trading against the constraints and biases of other investors. If everyone wants something shiny, I’m happy to sell it to them and buy underpriced assets to profit off their bias. I didn’t think about it a ton when I read it the first […]

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Stocks And Bonds Unlikely To Keep Rising Together

SummaryIt is well-known that stocks have had a spectacular start to the year. What is less remarked on is how well defensive assets have performed.Gold is up approximately 2.5%, and a broad index of U.S. bonds is up about 1%.Stubbornly low bond yields are starting to look out of place against an increasingly “risk-on” market.Suddenly, […]

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This Never Happened In The 1974, 2001, And 2008 Bear Markets

January Close Provides InsightThe chart below shows the S&P 500 (SPY) closed above the monthly Bollinger Band centerline (a.k.a. center band) on January 31, 2019. The January print occurred after the S&P 500 closed below the centerline in December, but above the lower Bollinger Band.1973-74 Bear MarketAs shown in the 1973-74 version of the same […]

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Microsoft: Reaching For Infinity And Beyond

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is one of the most well-known companies in the entire world. In a perpetual race against Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) for “Most Valuable Company,” Microsoft has been able to make a name for itself over the past 44 years based on its product line and its openness to growth and innovation.As a […]

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3 Rules For Using Margin Safely And Profitably

As I explained in my portfolio update 63, I’m now focused on paying down margin and thus won’t be buying stocks in my real money portfolio for the foreseeable future.However, I did recently sell three high-risk stocks since I’ve decided to follow a more DVDGP style (low-risk) approach. Those sales included Uniti Group (UNIT) and […]

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General Electric’s Shake-Up Will Add Value

SummaryEarlier this year, the management team at General Electric announced plans to change around its Renewable Energy segment.This plan will help the conglomerate to reduce costs and position it to better capitalize on opportunities.Industry data, combined with this shake-up, suggests the firm may finally begin taking solar opportunities seriously.If so, this would position the business […]

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Comprehensive Research And Due Diligence: Here’s How I Do It!

SummaryMy due diligence process starts by taking a quick review and assessment of a company’s fundamental qualities and valuation.Snap On, Inc. is worthy of a more comprehensive research effort.F.A.S.T. Graphs analyze out loud video going through my research process.IntroductionI have been writing a series of articles on attractively valued research candidates available in the various […]

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What A Real Blue-Chip REIT Looks Like Might Surprise You

SummaryIn his book Investing in REITs, the late and great Ralph L. Block called blue-chip REITs the “king of the jungle.”Blue-chip REITs have already established impressive track records, which are out there and open for everyone to see.So, you’d better believe management wants to keep that legacy going.These proverbial kings jealously guard their kingdoms, from […]

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Micron: Too Much, Too Soon

For whatever reason, investors desperately want to own Micron Technology (MU) in the midst of a memory industry slump. The stock has surged about $10 off the lows despite the company not even printing a negative quarter so far. Updated industry data continues to support my previous investment thesis of avoiding the stock for now.Memory […]

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