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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
24
Ida Hansen
Like Southwest, Spirit Airlines is Soaring, Too!
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Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) are both doing very well in an economic environment that featues strong growth and falling oil prices. Strong economic growth just took the Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE: DIA) over 18,000. When the economy is expanding, the number of passengers for airlines is increasing. That increases […]

Dec
11
Tim Lambert
Wal-Mart Remains a Profitable Holding
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While Big Oil stocks like Chevron (NYSE: CVX) and ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) should reward long term investors, the short term performance has been painful.  That is much the same for the stock markets overall as both the Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE: DIA) and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (NYSE: SPY) have been doing […]

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
26
Ida Hansen
Will its Real Estate Save Sears?
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Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), which has the Sears and KMart department stores, is a very volatile stock. While the beta for the overall stock market is 1, the beta for Sears Holding is 2.79. That means that the share price for Sears Holding moves up and down almost three times as much as the […]

Nov
21
Ida Hansen
Is it Time to Shift to Small Caps?
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It is hardly news that there has been a bull market for equities since March 2009. There have been a few dips along the way, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE: DIA) and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (NYSE: SPY) continue to perform well.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up for the […]

Oct
25
Ida Hansen
The Big Cat Roars Back!
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There have been many articles detailing the virtues of Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) as a growth, value, and income stock. This week, Caterpillar was a momentum stock, rising more than 4.6 percent (chart below). The reason for the short term surge was Caterpillar reporting better earnings than expected by Wall Street.  Concerns about global growth pounded […]

Oct
17
Tim Lambert
Will Carl Icahn Turn Apple into a Safety Stock?
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There is no denying that uber investor Carl Icahn has been very, very good for the shareholders of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE: DIA) and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (NYSE: SPY) are down.  But Apple is up for the last quarter, six months, and year of market action […]

Oct
15
Ida Hansen
Embrace Dividend Aristocrats in Times of Turmoil
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It is certainly not news that both the Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE: DIA) and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (NYSE: SPY) are off in recent market action.  There could be even more declines ahead: no one knows for sure, that is to be true.  What is known is the dividend history of Dividend […]