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Feb
19
Jonathan Yates
Is Apple now Just a Dividend Stock?
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It used to be that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) did not even pay a dividend. The thinking among management was that cash was better off going into researching and developing new products, or acquiring other companies. There was little consideration as to sharing the cash flow with shareholders in a dividend.  Like so many other high […]

Oct
9
Jonathan Yates
What Does the Yellen Nomination Say About the Stock Market?
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The nomination of Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen to replace Chairman Ben Bernanke is very bullish for the stock market.  Yellen is pro-growth, which means she favors the Federal Reserve buying trillions in American Treasury securities and others to finance the US Federal budget deficit.  That keeps interest rates low, which helps to keep […]

Oct
8
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Bullish News from China for Farm Stocks
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Writing in Forbes magazine, Lee Kaun Yew, the former Prime Minister of Singapore, stated that by 2020, the gross domestic product of China should be equal to that of the United States.  After that, the gross domestic product of China will increase faster than America’s, Yew predicted in his piece, “Once China Catches Up: What […]

Oct
7
Jonathan Yates
North American Energy Assets Benefit from South African Law
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The recent move by South Africa to protect its oil company, Sasol (NYSE: SSL), from foreign competition has major firms such as Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-B) in opposition.  As detailed in a previous article on this site, this is another problem for Royal Dutch Shell for its operations in […]

Oct
4
Jonathan Yates
Will Gold Recover as the US Government Stumbles?
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As the US Government shutdown continues, the future becomes brighter for gold and silver stocks such as Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX), Wishbone Gold PLC (OCTBB: WISHY); and exchange traded funds such as SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSE: SLV).   Gold and silver assets traditionally rise in value when there is […]

Oct
3
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Paychex Results Shows Strength of Workforce Sector
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Paychex (NASDAQ: PAYX) just reported very strong results for the quarter.  The earnings for Paychex demonstrate how robust the $100 billion workforce industry is in the United States.  Doing especially well are companies in the $29 billion demand labor segment of the industry such as TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI) and Labor SMART (OCTBB: LTNC). Specializing in […]

Oct
2
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Stocks Rise as US Government Falls: There is a Lesson in That for Investors!
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When asked when was the best time was to buy stocks, billionaire investor Shelby Davis would always reply, “Whenever you have the money.” That the stock market rose on the first day of the US Government shutdown demonstrates the faith of investors in the stock market.  Traditional thinking would be that the stock market would […]

Oct
1
Jonathan Yates
Buy High Yield Utility Stocks When Interest Rates Rise
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Due to the low interest rate environment, utility stocks such as Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ: OTTR), Westar Energy (NYSE: WR), and Execelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) are all up for the year.  But due to concerns about interest rates rising, the share prices are off in recent trading.  Should the stock prices fall more, it could […]

Sep
30
Jonathan Yates
Will the Australian Natural Resource Sector Soon Boom Again?
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There is no greater beneficiary of international trade around the world than the Australian natural resources sector.  That is especially true for Chinese economic production, as there is a huge demand for commodities around.  Economic growth in the United States and Europe also contributes to lifting prices of commodities around the world, too.  With China […]

Sep
27
Jonathan Yates
Another Legendary Investor Bullish on Farm Stocks
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In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Jeremy Grantham became the latest legendary investor to advocate stocks in the farming sector.  He joins others such as George Soros and Jim Rogers.  Grantham is bullish on farming stocks, particularly those having to do with fertilizer, due to the tremendous growth in China and other emerging markets. […]