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Nov
14
Ida Hansen
The Big Cat Powers Ahead
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Many previous articles have focused on the appeal of Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), the world’s largest heavy equipment manufacturer. Caterpillar is up for the last week, month, and year of market action (chart below). It is a play on global growth.  China, India, Brazil, and other countries need the equipment and services from Caterpillar to develop […]

Nov
6
John Murphy
Since the Republicans did Well, Buy Dividend Stocks!
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A previous article, “No Matter What Happens at the Polls, Buy Dividend Stocks,” laid out the case for buying stocks with strong dividend components, no matter which party did well in the mid-term elections in the United States on November 4, 2014. Well, the Republicans had a great night.  That makes the case for dividend […]

Nov
6
Ida Hansen
With Lower Taxes Coming, Check out Canon!
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The election in the United States was good for the Republican party, which should result in lower taxes. That makes consumer good stocks such as Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), and others more attractive.  With more discretionary income, or spending money, Americans will be able to buy more products.  This is a major reason […]

Nov
4
John Murphy
No Matter What Happens at the Polls, Buy Dividend Stocks!
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No matter what happens after Americans vote today, long term investors should continue buy stocks with a history of increasing the amount of the dividend such as Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), and Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), among others. The bull market has been going on for more than five years, so it is difficult […]

Oct
30
Tim Lambert
Big Earnings from Big Oil as Shell Beats The Street!
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There is a reason that Royal Dutch Shell (RDS-A) is up for the week, but down for the last month, quarter, and six months of market action (chart below). Royal Dutch Shell just reported higher earnings for the third quarter. As a result, it is up more than 2.6 percent for the last week of […]

Oct
30
Ida Hansen
With Quantitative Easing Ending, Buy Dividend Aristocats!
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Actually, investors for the long term should always buy “Dividend Aristocrat” stocks such as Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), and Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), among others. A Dividend Aristocrat is a stock that has increased its dividend annually for at least the past 25 years. Dividend stocks should be a part of every portfolio, not […]

Oct
28
Tim Lambert
Will BHP Follow CAT?
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Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), the world’s largest equipment maker, has rebounded strongly due to better growth numbers from around the world. It would seem natural that would be happening soon with BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP), the largest natural resources company on the planet. But BHP Billiton is down for the last week, month, quarter, six months, […]

Oct
27
John Murphy
Is Big Oil Back?
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It has been a rough patch for Big Oil stocks such as BP PLC (NYSE: BP), Chevron (NYSE: CVX), and ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), in recent market action. ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil and natural gas company, is off for the last quarter and six months of trading (chart below). That is the same for BP […]

Oct
23
John Murphy
Buy Stocks for Growth, Value, and Income
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With the Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE: DIA) down for the last quarter and six months of market action, it can be difficult to remain positive about stocks (chart below).  The performance of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (NYSE: SPY) makes it even more challeng to be bullish.  But as Warren Buffett, Shelby Davis, […]

Oct
20
Tim Lambert
Is BP Offering the Best of Both Worlds for Long Term Investors?
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BP PLC (NYSE: BP) is a Big Oil stock, the second largest in Europe. Like other oil and natural gas stocks such as ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), the world’s largest, and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A), the biggest in Europe, BP PLC has fallen.  BP is down for the last week, month, quarter, six months, and […]