Oil prices have risen above $50 since OPEC’s agreement to cut production. Energy-related names like National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) have risen with it. The stock is up about 20% in the month of December. NOV will likely trade with oil, yet some of us still follow earnings fundamentals, including the rating agencies. The company’s Q3 revenue fell sequentially by 5%, while EBITDA....More>>>
Retirement investing is not what it used to be. In the old days, one could just invest in the safe stocks to buy, in blue chips, in a nice ladder of bonds, and do just fine.
Alas, the market has significantly changed. Much of this is due to the historically low interest rates weve had.
The problem with the Federal Reserves attempt to goose the economy is that it killed bond yields,....More>>>
There’s a new powerful entrant in the battle for financial data supremacy: Blackstone.
The private equity firm has agreed to buy a majority stake in Thomson Reuters’ financial and risk unit for $17 billion, putting it in direct competition with Bloomberg.
Bloomberg and Thompson Reuters provide financial data and other services to bankers, investors and regulators. Other....More>>>
The once-sluggish U.S. dollar is roaring back with vengeance. For the 90 days ended May 15, the PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish ETF (NYSE: UUP) returned 4.7 percent.
While dollar strength is not yet pummeling international developed market equities, a familiar theme is emerging — Some currency hedged exchange-traded funds tracking developed equity markets are topping their unhedged....More>>>
JPMorgan analyst C. Stephen Tusa and team take a look at valuations among industrial stocks, including General Electric (GE), Honeywell International (HON), Ingersoll-Rand (IR), United Technologies (UTX), andDanaher (DHR), and find that the sector is “too expensive.” They explain:
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We enter the stretch run on ’16 in a different mindset....More>>>
President Trump could soon kill a major trade deal with Mexico and Canada if huge compromises aren’t made this week.
Round 6 of the renegotiation of NAFTA, the pact between Mexico, Canada and the U.S., starts Tuesday in Montreal, Canada.
No major progress has been made on key issues through the first five rounds. Only one more round after this week is scheduled, and Trump....More>>>
Whatever you want to call it – pot, weed, ganja, grass – more and more investors are growing curious about marijuana’s future and related investment opportunities. Indeed, the industry has progressed to the point where the medical use of marijuana is gaining greater acceptance.
Within the last six years ago, the number of Americans who support legalizing medical marijuana....More>>>
Mosaic (MOS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after announcing that it would buy Vale’s (VALE) fertilizer unit.
Mosaicdropped 1.1% to $27.77 today, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.2% to 2,262.53.
Barron’s Dimitra DeFotis covered the deal over at Emerging Markets Daily:
Global agricultural chemicals giant Mosaic (MOS) is buying....More>>>
On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap China based online retailstockLightinthebox Holding Co (NYSE: LITB) as a long/buy trade:
LITB has been on our watchlist for a while now, but gave us that clinching signal today. That is, after pushing up and off an entanglement of moving average lines (which made a few bullish crosses this week, by the way), LightintheBox....More>>>
When an industry enjoys significant growth, individual stock valuations often rise with the tide. This firm’s inability to grow profits amidst record industry revenues raises a red flag. Add in significant competition, lagging margins, and an overvalued stock price, and it’s hard to justify any bull case. Nevertheless, this stock is up 48% over the past year. For these reasons and more,....More>>>