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Jan
7
Ida Hansen
ExxonMobil is at 52-week low: Time to Buy?
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Not only is ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), the world’s largest oil and natural gas entity, trading at its 52-week low, it is substantially below what legendary investor Warren Buffett paid for his shares. ExxonMobil is down for the last week, month, quarter, six months, and year of market action (chart below). Over the last six months […]

Jan
2
Ida Hansen
Do not Try to Time the Market!
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2014 was another bull market year with both the Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE: DIA) and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (NYSE: SPY) doing well.  As with any time period, certain sectors did well with others disappointing.  Oil and natural gas plunged, as did the exchange traded funds, United States Oil (NYSE: USO), and […]

Dec
31
Ida Hansen
Suncor Energy is Up for Week and Month
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The carnage in the energy sector has been deep and wide with United States Oil (NYSE: USO), a major exchange traded fund for oil, and United States Natural Gas, (NYSE: UNG), a major exchange traded fund for natural gas, off significantly. While that has been the story for many individual oil and natural gas stocks, […]

Dec
16
Ida Hansen
What a Surprise that a Schoolboy did not Make $72 million Trading Stocks!
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Mohammed Islam is a 17-year old schoolboy in New York City who claimed he made $72 million dollars trading stocks and other securities during recess at school. His story, based on a “life-long passion” for trading, received a great deal of media attention in New York magazine and other outlets. Of little surprise to anyone […]

Dec
8
Tim Lambert
Buy Now, Don’t Try to Time Market for Stocks, Study Shows
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All investors should read Dan Weiner’s article in Kiplinger’s about market timing for equities. Basically, the article states that is it best to don’t even try to time the stock market as it does not work!!! The most important lesson from the excellent piece in Kiplinger’s, which is a fine personal magazine, is to get […]

Dec
4
John Murphy
Are Trains the Big Winner in the Oil Boom?
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There are many reasons why legendary investor Warren Buffett favors railroads. But greater oil production has never listed as one of those factors. But train stocks such as CSX (NYSE: CSX), Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) and Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) have all done very well due to greater fuel production in the United States. This […]

Dec
3
Tim Lambert
Many Expect Oil to Fall More, Making ConocoPhillips more Appealing for Long Term
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Like many other major oil stocks, ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is down for the last week, month, quarter and six months of market action. For the last 52 weeks, ConocoPhillips has dropped, too (chart below). Projections are that ConocoPhillips and other oil and natural gas stocks will continue to fall.  The exchange traded fund for oil, […]

Nov
22
John Murphy
BP PLC is Worth the Wait!
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Legendary investor Warren Buffett has done very well over the decades buying shares of blue chip companies such as American Express (NYSE: AXP) and Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) that were down in the short term due to temporary problems. That is a major reason why “The Oracle of Omaha” is worth of $50 billion! That is […]

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 […]

Nov
17
John Murphy
Wal-Mart is a Holiday Gift for Long Term Investors
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With the holiday shopping season approaching, so is the peak sales period for retail companies such as Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT). The largest retailer in the world, Wal-Mart has been a very pleasant gift to long term investors. The fact that legendary investor Warren Buffett is a major shareholder Wal-Mart manifests its appeal.  It has many […]