Investors are pouring money into index funds. According to the Wall Street Journal, index funds received a record $400 billion-plus in new assets in 2016. Almost all index funds simply own stocks in proportion to their size. Is there a better way?
Investing in a market capitalization-based index is perfectly reasonable, but it means that a small number of stocks with the highest market capitalization comprise the bulk of the popular indices. For example, the ten largest companies held in the S&P 500 make up nearly 20 percent of the total value of the index. Market cap weighted indices tend to be highly concentrated in a few large companies. As a result, a market cap weighted index exposes investors to significant individual company risk.
There is another way. An equally weighted index can provide investors with much more diversified stock market exposure. As its name implies, an equally weighted index simply applies equal weightings to each company in cluded in the index. For example, each company held in the S&P 500 would be assigned a weight of two-tenths of a percent. This clearly reduces single stock risks, and is a sound way to build a core stock market exposure. While the cap weighted index ensures you will earn a rate of return equal to the average investor, the equally weighted index ensures you will earn a rate of return equal to the average stock.
how to invest in gold: Galapagos NV(GLPG)
- [By Stephen Mack]
Galapagos NV (Nasdaq: GLPG) is our big winner so far, gaining 578.8% since Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon shared his recommendation with Money Morning readers in April 2012. The S&P 500 has gained 75.4% in the same time. Bill has renewed his recommendation for the Belgian biotech several times over the years, saying in 2016 that it has “an established history of piling on gains.” With an average gain of 110% a year, it’s hard to argue with that.
- [By David Zeiler]
Bill Patalon’s initial stock pick was Galapagos NV (Nasdaq ADR: GLPG), a Belgian biotech company.
Patalon was attracted to Galapagos’ strategy to target “orphan diseases,” afflictions that strike rarely and so often go ignored by the Big Pharma companies. He also liked that Galapagos had more than 50 drug discovery programs underway, and that it already had licensing agreements with several bigger players in the industry.
how to invest in gold: American Express Company(AXP)
- [By Paul Ausick]
American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded down 1.28% at $79.31. The stock’s 52-week range is $57.15 to $82.00. Volume was just above the daily average of around 4 million shares. The credit card issuer had no specific news.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
When you look at the stocks that have led us higher–Goldman Sachs (GS) , JPMorgan (JPM) , Travelers (TRV) , United Health (UNH) , Walt Disney (DIS) , American Express (AXP) , Verizon (VZ) , Boeing (BA) , Caterpillar (CAT) and Chevron (CVX) , all up more than 10%–you come up with stocks where there just aren’t a lot of profit-takers.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
American Express (NYSE:AXP) helped pioneer the charge card industry, and even now, the company’s brand carries an aura of affluence that rivals have struggled hard to try to duplicate. Yet American Express has fallen back from all-time highs over the past couple of years, and the loss of its branded-card partnership with retail giant Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) was a high-profile setback that forced the card company to retrench and seek out new alliances.
- [By Paul Ausick]
The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) which traded down 1.06% at $71.02. The stock’s 52-week range is $50.27 to $73.35. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 4.9 million shares. The credit card company had no specific news Friday.
- [By Paul Ausick]
American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded up 0.95% at $83.00. The stock’s 52-week range is $57.15 to $83.28, a new 52-week high posted this morning. Volume was around 35% below the daily average of about 3.5 million shares. The company had no specific news.
- [By Paul Ausick]
American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded down 1.90% at $80.36. The stock’s 52-week range is $57.15 to $82.00. Volume was about 25% below the daily average of around 4.1 million shares. The company revealed a new Platinum card this morning that increased rewards to cardholders.
how to invest in gold: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.(MRVL)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Friday’s regular session.
- [By Chris Neiger]
Specifically, GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO) and Marvell Technology (NASDAQ:MRVL) caught my eye recently. The two companies are hardly pure-plays in the IoT (there aren’t many of those), but each is betting on the Internet of Things in its own way, and each looks a bit overpriced right now.
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
Loop Capital's Betsy Van Hees sees storage, networking, and connectivity as the 3 reasons why Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) will return to top-Line growth. She reiterated her Buy rating and $18 price target.
how to invest in gold: Ameresco, Inc.(AMRC)
- [By Manikandan Raman]
There also some lesser known clean energy stocks that may witness downward movement on potential Trump win on negative sentiment. They include Pattern Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ: PEGI), Enviva Partners LP (NYSE: EVA), TerraForm Global Inc (NASDAQ: GLBL), Renewable Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ: REGI) and Ameresco Inc (NYSE: AMRC).
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Ameresco Inc (NYSE: AMRC) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $6.05 after the company reported strong Q4 results.
Navigator Holdings Ltd (NYSE: NVGS) shares were also up, gaining 23 percent to $13.50 on better-than-expected quarterly earnings.
- [By Jason Hall]
WhenAmeresco Inc(NYSE:AMRC) reported financial and operating results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 on March 2, the market was ecstatic, pushing shares up more than 17% on a combination of beating analyst expectations for profits, a solid order backlog for future business, and continued optimism around infrastructure investment in coming years.
how to invest in gold: Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA (CFRHF)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
That’s good news to the luxury goods sector – from Swiss watches to high fashion and expensive cognac – for which Chinese consumers make up around 30 percent of all global sales. In a note to investors, analysts at investment firm Exane BNP Paribas expects growth to continue to trend upwards during 2017, with Swatch Group (OTCPK:SWGAY), Richemont SA (OTCPK:CFRHF), and Burberry (OTCPK:BURBY) the companies most likely to gain.
how to invest in gold: Sohu.com Inc.(SOHU)
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Sohu.com (SOHU) is a Chinese online media, search, gaming, community and mobile service group. This stock closed up 7.5% to $69.61 in Monday’s trading session.
Monday’s Volume: 4.90 million
Three-Month Average Volume: 1.01 million
Volume % Change: 351%
From a technical perspective, SOHU ripped sharply higher here with heavy upside volume. This move pushed shares of SOHU into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance at $67.80. Shares of SOHU are now quickly moving within range of triggering another breakout trade. That trade will hit if SOHU manages to take out Monday’s high of $69.71 to its 52-week high at $70.63 with high volume.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SOHU as long as it’s trending above Monday’s low of $66.95 or above that first breakout level of $67.80 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 1.01 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then SOHU will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $75 to $80.
- [By Matthew Smith]
Shares in Sohu.com (SOHU) continued their rapid rise, hitting yet another fresh 52-week high during the session, as the company announced the special dividend from Sohou yesterday (press release located here). Sohu.com will receive nearly $161.2 million in the transaction which is part of the overall $400 million deal with Tencent (TCEHY.PK) which was announced not too long ago. These are exciting times in the internet space as we move from computers to mobile devices, but China’s internet landscape looks like the ‘Wild West’ right now and we expect to see further deals as companies jockey for position in their respective niches and consolidation begins as the larger players look to step up growth and gain exposure to new business segments.
- [By Wayne Duggan]
Sogou is Baidu’s biggest rival when it comes to mobile search engine market share. The app is owned by Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ: SOHU), and its position as second fiddle to Baidu makes it most similar to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)’s Bing.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ: SOHU) is projected to report a quarterly loss at $0.57 per share on revenue of $406.50 million.
Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.99 per share on revenue of $149.88 million.
- [By R. Chandrasekaran]
The following stocks are rated Underweight:
Baidu. Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ: SOHU).
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- [By Belinda Cao]
Sohu.com Inc. (SOHU), which sold a stake in its search unit to Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700), advanced 11 percent for the week to $72.06. It retreated 5.9 percent Sept. 20. Tencent, Chinas biggest Internet company by market value, paid $448 million for a 36.5 percent stake in Sohus Sogou unit last week and merge its own search service with Sogou.