Finding a traditional retailer worth buying these days is a daunting task. All you hear about is how Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is killing brick-and-mortar retail. Shopping habits are changing. It's so easy to compare prices from one retailer to the next, then simply have the one with the best pri
Despite rising consumer confidence, a lot of factors are plaguing the U.S. economy of late. We note that the market is currently caught between weaker-than-expected March employment data, President Donald Trump’s airstrike against Syria and new policies from Federal Reserve (‘Fed
Boeing (NYSE:BA) has been a favorite of mine in the mega-cap space for some time as I’ve liked the company’s fundamentals. But even more than that, its capital return strategy has been extremely attractive as Boeing takes excess capital and returns it in the billions via a sizable dividend and buyback. I love well-executed buybacks because they can provide a....More>>>
(Philip Moeller writes about health care insurance issues affecting older Americans and their families and is the author of Get What’s Yours for Medicare. This is the first in his series of Q and As about Medicare. If you have Medicare questions you’d like him to answer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The comparison between Snap (NYSE:SNAP) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is inevitable. Snap went public this past Thursday, and the stock has been up 65% from the IPO price of $17/share in a matter of days. Meanwhile, the Menlo Park company went public in May 2012 and, unlike Snap, its IPO (priced at $38/share) struggled to gain traction in the early days. FB’s shares lost about half their market....More>>>
After a stellar 2016, U.S. stocks again seem to be caught in volatile trading as Trump takes office. Amid such a backdrop, investors’ are looking for steady income along with some growth attributes. For them, picking stocks that not only pay dividends but also consistently increase their payout appears a winning strategy.
This is because stocks with a strong history of dividend growth....More>>>
On Monday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap electronic payment transaction stock USA Technologies, Inc (NASDAQ: USAT):
The trigger for the short position in USA Technologies is mostly the recent cross of the 100-day moving average line under the 200-day moving average line. There’s some context, however, that goes along with it. Although far from perfect,....More>>>
American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) reportedfourth-quarter and full-year 2016 results after markets closed Thursday. The midstream giant posted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.88 per share on revenues of $8.02 billion. In the same period a year ago Amex posted EPS of $0.89 on revenues of $8.39 billion. Consensus estimates called for EPS of $0.98 and revenues of $8.09 billion.
It was just over a year ago that I wrote about Kinder Morgan Inc. and its debt and what I thought the company needed to do (here, here and here). The stock was below $17 at the time, it fell to a closing low of just above $12 in late January and is now back above $21 having paid 50 cents in dividends.
The credit markets have also rewarded the company. I am loathe to....More>>>
It doesn’t matter what Trump thinks or says. It matters what he does, and more importantly, what federal regulators do. Such is the patient suffering of AT&T (NYSE:T). Just what am I talking about here? WE learned today that allegedly Trump has expressed reservations and opposition to the AT&T and Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) deal. Supposedly Trump contended that the merger would concentrate....More>>>
U.S. ended a holiday-shortened session with gains on Friday, with major indexes extending their string of record closes and chalking up their third straight weekly advance.
Equities have been in an uptrend since the presidential election earlier this month, with investors betting that President-elect Donald Trumps economic proposalsincluding massive corporate tax cuts and financial and environmental....More>>>
When Costco Wholesale (COST) announced its fiscal first-quarter earnings in December, its shares rose 1.3%, despite initial disappointment. And next month, Costco will release its December sales, which should show whether that reaction was justified. Baird’s Peter Benedict and team offer a preview:
Modeling December “core” comps (ex-gas/FX) of....More>>>
Jiangnan Group (OTC:OTC:JNGHF) is one of the largest manufacturers in China of electricity wires and cables. At first, this seems like a very boring commodity industry that seems heavily exposed to a potential bubble. But taking a closer look reveals an industry with very attractive economics (if you are a large player) where peers tend to get high earnings multiples. And that tends towards consolidation.....More>>>
We went looking for big-name stocks with above-average dividend yields and below-average price-earnings ratios. Some on Wall Street call them YARP stocks, for yield at a reasonable price. With help from research firm Morningstar, we found eight promising YARP stocks for dividend investors, including the three technology companies below.
See Also: 12 Stocks Paying Dividends for 100 Years....More>>>
In a survey of American workers released last week by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, only 37% said they were somewhat or very confident that the Social Security system will continue to provide benefits of at least equal value to the benefits received by retirees today.
Do you have a program to help you with your finances at work? April 3rd is Employee Benefits Day so this month is the perfect time to ask your HR department about your financial wellness benefit -- one of the “four financial Fs” Americans need to know in 2017
We write this introduction early Friday, with the fate of the U.S. House of Representatives vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) yet to be determined. While any prediction we utter to the result will look stupid soon enough, we can say that this is surely not going to be the end of po
Peer to peer (P2P) lending has taken off in recent years. Various fintech companies such as Lending Club, Prosper and Funding Circle and many more have shown that there's a business directly connecting those that are looking to borrow with individuals willing to lend. This is previously a busines