Best Stocks To Buy For 2013: STB

[ November 22, 2013 | Author: Admin | Views: 69611 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Stock markets are stuck in neutral today as good economic data and earnings reports cancel out the bad. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) has hovered near flat most of the day and is down 0.11% as of 3:15 p.m. EDT, while the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) is off 0.23%. The bad economic news was a jump in new unemployment claims from 328,000 to 360,000 last week. This was worse than expected, but we’re still well below the unemployment claims we saw last year, if you’re looking for a silver lining. Meanwhile, April building permits rose to a seasonally adjusted 1.02 million, ahead of estimates, though housing starts declined to a seasonally adjusted 853,000 compared with 1.02 million in March. The housing market — particularly new-home construction — is key to an economic recovery. Add these figures to other economic indicators, and investors didn’t see much reason to buy … Continue reading

[ October 11, 2013 | Author: Admin | Views: 19102 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Ford’s Fiesta is a best-seller in Europe. Photo credit: Ford Motor Co. Ford’s (NYSE: F  ) Fiesta subcompact is a little car with many virtues. Unlike small Fords of decades past, this Fiesta is solidly built and handles like a premium car. What’s more, it gets good mileage, and it has a plush interior that goes way beyond most folks’ ideas of what an “econobox” is like. In the U.S., where gas is still cheaper than in many parts of the world, the Fiesta doesn’t get all that much love. Sales of the little Ford haven’t been bad, but they have long trailed those of its Focus sibling, which is a bigger car for not a lot more money. But in Europe, where gas is expensive and times are tough, the Fiesta has been getting a lot of love lately. Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Spreadtrum … Continue reading

[ July 3, 2013 | Author: Admin | Views: 18611 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Health insurer Aetna (NYSE: AET  ) , the third-largest insurance firm in the country, made a big splash last year when it announced the acquisition of fellow insurance firm Coventry (NYSE: CVH  ) for $5.7 billion. This week Aetna will close the acquisition and finalize the deal, pushing the company’s membership base higher by millions of members. This comes not a moment too soon for Aetna. A big membership base is a key strength headed into the post-Obamacare future for the insurance industry, as questions still remain about just how insurance reform will alter the landscape of this industry going forward. Motley Fool contributor Dan Carroll and health care analyst Max Macaluso tell you what you need to know about what Coventry’s inclusion will mean for Aetna’s future — and how the biggest players in the insurance industry are prepared to face health care reform. Hot Forestry Stocks To Watch For 2014: … Continue reading

[ May 11, 2013 | Author: Admin | Views: 72455 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

U.S. stocks finished a challenging week on a high note, with the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) gaining 0.9% and 0.1%, respectively, on Friday. The discrepancy in performance between the two was largely due to IBM’s heavy weighting in the price-weighted Dow. On the week, the S&P 500 lost 2.1% — its weekly loss since November. Consistent with the S&P 500′s daily gain, however, the VIX Index (VOLATILITYINDICES: ^VIX  ) , Wall Street’s fear gauge, fell 15%, to close just below 15. (The VIX is calculated from S&P 500 option prices and reflects investor expectations for stock market volatility over the coming 30 days.) Dell: Wrap it up. It’s priced to go Shares of PC and devices manufacturer Dell (NASDAQ: DELL  ) closed below Silver Lake Partners and Michael Dell’s $13.65-per-share acquisition offer this afternoon. The catalyst for the decline was the news that a … Continue reading

[ April 20, 2013 | Author: Admin | Views: 93022 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Energy has been one of the worst-performing sectors in the S&P 500 during the past year. While the broader market is up an impressive 13%, the energy sector has gained just 2.5%. That performance looks even worse when compared with the market’s most bullish sectors, with health care up 29% and so-called consumer defensive stocks (which include makers and retailers of food and household and personal goods) up 23%. But overall weakness in energy stocks is masking a lone group of standouts from the lackluster sector: refineries. In fact, this group of stocks hasn't just been strong relative to its energy peers — it has been one of the best-performing industries in the entire market in the past year. Take a look at the chart of two leading companies. Hot Defensive Companies To Buy For 2014: Questar Corporation(STR) Questar Corporation operates as an integrated natural gas holding company. The company … Continue reading