When I last wrote about Weyerhaeuser (NYSE:WY), its agreement to acquire Plum Creek Timber was ten days old, and several uncertainties surrounded the company as well as its intended transaction. Both its and Plum Creek’s shares were trading oddly, suggesting that investors expected (implausibly) that the price to which it had already agreed might be raised. In fact, the price distortion that....More>>>
William Patalon III
In our latest “Stock Talks” video – about miner Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG), issued back on March 9 – we told you that the best time to buy gold stocks was before they started their rally.
Our timing, it seems, couldn’t have been better.
Gold jumped again this week – on Wednesday, gold prices rallied to their highest....More>>>
March 20, 2017: The S&P 500 closed relatively flat on the day, down 0.20% and 4.80 points to 2,373.46. Separately the DJIA closed down ever so slightly 0.04% on the day at 20,906.54, down approximately 8.08 points. Overall the market was relatively mixed on Monday with most sectors flat or trading down. Notable winners to kick off the week were major airlines and agricultural chemicals;otherwise,....More>>>
The price of gold is up thanks to the Federal Reserve, just like we predicted.
The FOMC raised rates on Dec. 13, as expected. In the days leading up to the meeting, the U.S. dollar rallied, and gold sold off.
But then both of these reversed direction, with the dollar retreating and the gold price rallying.
For those of us watching this space....More>>>
Sometimes I discuss stocks which sit out of my comfort zone, simply because they have a few characteristics which could be of interest to any kind of investor but don’t necessarily fit my portfolio. For example a blue chip stock which has features of positive capital gains combined with interesting dividend. In this case I am talking about Accenture (NYSE:ACN). A little bit more than a year....More>>>
Even George Soros’ billions can’t help him out of the latest bind he’s in with his home country’s nationalistic government.
Just today, the Hungarian parliament passed a new law that could force George Soros-funded Central European University (CEU) to close its doors after 26 years.
Image Caption: George Soros speaking in Munich, March 20, 2014.
Big U.S. banks like Morgan Stanley (MS), Goldman Sachs (GS), Citigroup (C) and Bank of America (BAC) have completed their Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR, submissions and now investors will wait to see how much capital the Fed allows them to return to shareholders. Credit Suisse analyst Susan Roth Katzke and team offer their thoughts:
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China’s trading venues have skyrocketed in number from 300 in 2011 to over 1,000 in 2017, and one of the newest exchanges to open is the China Donkey Exchange.
Editor’s Note: For investors looking to play trends in China, this could be the newest form of speculative investment. We have a better way to play the Asian market and will share that in just a bit.
One of the joys of investing in stocks is watching dividend payments roll in quarter after quarter. Giant capital gains from growth stocks may be more exciting, but a reliable and growing stream of dividend payments, reinvested in more stocks, unleashes the true power of compounding. Dividends have accounted for nearly half of the total return of the S&P 500 Index over the past 25 years. You....More>>>
Stocks fell today in tandem with U.S. Treasury bonds, raising concerns that the market might not be able to withstand higher interest rates.
The S&P 500 fell 0.3% to 2,133.04 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 29.65 points, or 0.2%, to 18,169.68. The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.7% to 5,215.97. 10-year Treausry notes fell as their yields rose....More>>>