Best Stocks To Buy For 2013: Minerals

[ December 24, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 31006 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

When short sellers start circling the wagons, they can drive a stock down and keep it down for quite some time.  That goes even for a company that has no debt — and has been consistently increasing shareholders' equity.  One such company also has high margins and generates impressively high returns on invested capital. Over the past four years, this company has maintained a return on invested capital (ROIC) of 35% or higher.  This company is Vera Bradley (NYSE: VRA), which, with a short interest of more than 50%, is one of the most shorted stocks in the market. While VRA has more than disappointed investors over the past 12 months, the market could be offering investors a great entry point for the long term. The short interest in Vera comes as competition in the women's accessories market has been heating up. The success of Michael Kors (NYSE: KORS) over … Continue reading

[ September 23, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 31944 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) — Short-sellers hate being caught short a stock that reports a blowout quarter. When this happens, we often see a tradable short squeeze develop as the bears rush to cover their positions to avoid big losses. Even the best short-sellers know that it’s never a great idea to stay short once a bullish earnings report sparks a big short-covering rally. >>5 Stocks Under $10 Poised to Pop in June This is why I scan the market for heavily shorted stocks that are about to report earnings. You only need to find a few of these stocks in a year to help enhance your portfolio returns — the gains become so outsized in such a short time frame that your profits add up quickly. That said, let’s not forget that stocks are heavily shorted for a reason, so you have to use trading discipline and sound money management … Continue reading

[ May 29, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 97681 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Combining nice dividends with a growing industry that comprises roughly one-fifth of the nation’s GDP should make for an attractive stock — in theory. Unfortunately, the theoretical doesn’t always translate well in the real world. While there are quite a few solid dividend stocks in the health care sector, not all of them are as good as they might seem. In fact, some of them might be downright scary. Here are two health-care stocks that could have investors shaking in their boots over the next few years. Mayan calendar deja vuSky-high dividend yield? Low payout ratio? PDL BioPharma (NASDAQ: PDLI  ) checks these items and more off an investor’s list. The company’s 7.8% yield ranks as one of the highest in the entire stock market. Its payout ratio of 41% is quite attractive. Unfortunately, PDL’s situation is reminiscent of the Mayan calendar hoopla from last year. The difference with PDL is … Continue reading

[ May 29, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 62140 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) — While most investors spend the week jawing over the upcoming Twitter (TWTR) IPO, you can take some solace from knowing that the biggest gains come from something a little less exciting: cash. >>5 Big Trades to Take Now That may seem like a strange combination. After all, cash is supposed to be a drag on your portfolio, not a performance booster. But you don’t have to take my word for it; over the last decade, the top tier of cash-rich stocks worldwide generated total returns of 297%. That’s triple what the S&P 500 earned over the same period. Yes, cash is still king this year. Part of that stellar outperformance has to do with what cash enables companies to do. Capital gains are great, but historically speaking, the majority of portfolio growth comes from other sources. Dividends, share buybacks, and debt repurchases all inject value directly into … Continue reading

[ May 28, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 41231 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

It had appeared that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) had bottomed out in April after hitting $385 just days before earnings. When the company reported its most recent figures, it took time for investors to digest the new information since Apple made a shockingly large increase to its capital return program and also said it would be partially be funding it with debt. Shares rallied as high as $465 over the following weeks, a gain of 21% from those lows, as investors seemingly began to appreciate the $50 billion in additional planned share repurchases that Apple would be making through 2015. However, Apple has now given up nearly all of those gains since then and traded below $389 this morning — just a few dollars away from tapping a fresh 52-week low. With shares revisiting those lows, let’s revisit Apple’s dirt-cheap valuation. Apple’s earnings multiple is now back into single-digit territory, trading … Continue reading