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Jan
8
Ida Hansen
Time to Buy BDCs?
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A Business Development Company (BDC) is a public corporation that helps small- and mid-sized companies with financing.  What is appealing to income investors is that BDCs must pay out 90 percent of its taxable income each year to investors in dividends.  That can result in high dividend yields from such BDCs as Apollo Investment (NASDAQ: […]

Jan
5
Ida Hansen
Will 2015 be the First Year America feels Bullish?
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE: DIA) and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (NYSE: SPY) have been on a bull market stampede since March 2009. But the overall American economy has not been feeling as bullish. The policies under Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke favored the stock market.  Low interest rates made stocks more […]

Dec
30
Ida Hansen
Caterpillar Stays True to Form, Up for Year
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For patient, savvy investors looking for long term gains, Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) is a very appealing stock for a variety of factors. Caterpillar, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE: DIA), is the world’s largest heavy equipment maker. It is also a very volatile stock.  The beta for Caterpillar is 1.65.  That means […]

Dec
29
Ida Hansen
BP PLC Increasing Production!
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For those looking for bullish indicators in the energy sector, BP BPC (NYSE: BP) just announced plans to increase oil production by 900,000 barrels a day by 2020. BP PLC is the second largest oil company, Big Oil in every way with operations around the world. Like so many others in the oil and natural […]

Dec
23
Ida Hansen
Southwest Airlines Continues Soaring
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There is much to be said for investing in the best-run companies in a sector, such as Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV). Many previous articles on this site have been bullish on Southwest Airlines. Southwest Airlines is up for the last month, quarter, six months, and year of market action.  For 2014, Southwest Airlines has soared […]

Dec
19
Ida Hansen
Royal Dutch Shell is Bullish: Should all Long Term Investors be Buying?
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Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A) is continuing to expand in areas such as Africa and the Arctic, among others, even with the falling price of oil and natural gas. The largest oil and natural gas firm in the world, Royal Dutch Shell is “Big Oil” by every meaning. But its stock price is not as […]

Dec
10
Tim Lambert
BP PLC is Restructuring: Time to Buy?
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BP PLC (NYSE: BP), the second largest energy company in Europe, is down for the last week, month, quarter, six months, and year of market action. For 2014, BP PLC is down by nearly 17 percent. This is the same with other oil and natural gas firms like Chevron (NYSE: CVX), ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), and […]

Dec
9
Tim Lambert
Like ExxonMobil, Chevron is Big Oil with Big Appeal for Long Term Investors
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Chevron (NYSE: CVX) is like ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) in that it is a “Big Oil” company that has not spun off units like so many others. As a result, Chevron, again like ExxonMobil, has not fallen in recent stock market action like so many other energy companies. Chevron is down for the last week, month, […]

Dec
2
Ida Hansen
BHP Billiton is at 52-Week Low: Time to Buy?
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BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) is the world’s largest natural resources company with operations spanning the globe from its headquarters in Melbourne, Australia. It is very profitable, more than three times the average of around ten percent for a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (NYSE: SPY). But that still has not prevented BHP […]

Nov
25
Tim Lambert
Half-Decade Bull Market has Johnson & Johnson Going Strong
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Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), the drug and consumer product maker, is a classic blue chip that all should all have in their portfolio, That is shown in that more than two-thirds of the stock is owned by institutional investors such as mutual funds, pensions groups, and others. It is always a bullish when institutional […]