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Aug
28
John Murphy
Buy BHP at a Discount for the Long Term
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BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP), the world’s largest natural resources company is down for the last week, month, and quarter of market action (chart below). As the business of BHP Billiton is natural resources, that means China is its biggest customer.  China is reporting problems in its housing sector as reported by the Financial Times, so […]

Mar
24
John Murphy
In a World of Turmoil, Where to Invest?
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When major oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell (RDS-B) and Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY) are selling off assets in troubled areas according to an article in the Financial Times, investors are naturally placing a premium on stability.  The crisis in the Ukraine is making that even more important.  That is why more are turning […]

Feb
18
John Murphy
Private Equity Faring Poorly in Alternative Energy
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Preqin, a financial research company, recently reported that those private equity groups that had invested in alternative energy were vastly underperforming the market.  That cannot be said for the private equity groups and others that have been buying up shares of United States Oil (NYSE: USO), the exchange traded fund for oil.  United States Oil […]

Nov
20
Tim Lambert
If Growth is Low, Demand for Staffing Sector will be High
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There is a recent survey of economists that predict sluggish growth ahead. While that is bearish for some sectors, it is bullish for companies in the staffing industry.  That has already been witnessed in the performance of companies such as Team Health Holdings (NYSE: TMH), Stifel Financial Corp (NYSE: SFN), and Labor SMART (OTC: LTNC). […]