While U.S. equities continue their sideways skid just below the Dow 20,000 threshold — a level that has provided intractable for the last five weeks — buyers aren’t sitting still. Since the New Year, vigorous new interest has been seen in biotech stocks as hopes build for president-elect Donald Trump’s plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, potentially improving both cost....More>>>
The Trump administration has fired the first broadside in its insane battle against bilateral trade imbalances. And its aim was not what most people expected. Canada, not China, is the target of the Trump trade team’s wrath.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has just announced a new 20% tariff on imports of Canadian softwood lumber. The US currently imports about $5.66 billion worth of....More>>>
T. Boone Pickens is one of the best energy investors on Earth, and right now hes quietly accumulating a position in one little-known pipeline company – Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE:EPD).
The oilman made a fortune in the energy patch; first as a wildcatter through the 1960s, then as a corporate raider in the 1980s, and most recently as a trader through his hedge fund BP Capital.....More>>>
We continue to believe that financial stocks are quite undervalued as well. During the quarter we made a new investment in Ally Financial (NYSE:ALLY). Ally was founded nearly a century ago as General Motors Acceptance Corporation. Its purpose then was to provide financing to GM dealers and retail customers. Today, Ally is no longer owned by GM. It serves a wide variety of dealers (including Ford,....More>>>
High-grade bonds should be the bedrock of your fixed-income port颅folio. But tremors in bonds can rattle other parts of the market that investors view as alternative sources of income, such as preferred stocks.
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Preferreds fall in the bond proxy camp. Although preferreds trade like stocks do, with prices hovering at about $25 a share, they....More>>>
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) is an American conglomerate with investments in a variety of businesses from American Express to Coca-Cola. It reported Q3 earnings last week, which were in line with analysts expectations, as the group revealed a 7% increase in operating profit compared to the same period last year.
Althoughthe group revealed mixed performance from its various subsidiaries,....More>>>
Chesapeake Energy’s (NYSE:CHK) decision to reduce its preferred shares is another attempt at making the capital structure simpler and more efficient. The company is converting a total of 328,977 preferred shares of different issues into around 18.8 million common shares. The news does not come alone. It is paired with the decision from the board to reinstate preferred dividend which was discontinued....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>>>
” Even as I approach the gambling hall, as soon as I hear, two rooms away, the jingle of money poured out on the table, I almost go into convulsions.” /Fyodor Dostoevsky
The newly legislated entry into the global gaming market by Japan has raised prospects of a $30 billion market forming within the first five years of operation. As the implications of this game changing development....More>>>
A week ago, we published a story about a problem surfacing with the Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone 6 lineup, especially the iPhone 6 Plus. So-called Touch Disease was rendering Apples first generation of larger smartphone useless and the company had no fix. Now reports say Touch Disease occurrences are surging to the point where it is the single biggest iPhone issue that Apple Stores have to deal with.