Now that summer is upon us and the first-quarter earnings season is clearly in the rearview, many of the top firms on Wall Street are making some changes to the lists of their high-conviction stock picks for clients for 2018. Although markets have been relatively quiet for the past month, it makes sense to examine the lists and make some changes as the rest of the year could have additional volatility....More>>>
Following past boom/bust cycles, the oil business appears to have bottomed in February 2016 at $27 a barrel. The bruising multi-year bust in crude oil prices was the biggest reason for the world stock market sell-off from late 2015 to early 2016 of roughly 15% overall. The cruel irony of ultra-low prices is its disruptive effect on regular exploration activity. A short-term oil market depression....More>>>
Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA) is an online CRM (customer relationship manager) that must be doing something right because is up against a much bigger and formidable competitor like Salesforce (NYSE:CRM), as well as other much bigger companies like SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) and Oracle (NYSE:ORCL).
It can be instructive to look at the relative performance. First, the stock price development over the last....More>>>
The market is filled with stocks. Ever since bond yields went to zero as the Federal Reserve tried to rescue the economy from the mortgage crisis, it has forced people to go further out on the risk curve in order to get the income they had been used to getting from bonds.
Risk is the foremost concern of my stock advisory newsletter, The Liberty Portfolio. Most investors unknowingly take on....More>>>
There are few large oil and gas companies that have more fully embraced the Green Revolution in energy than Statoil (STO). As many might expect from a Scandinavian company, Statoil also engages in a number of other socially responsible practices that may endear the company to some investors. The company should not only be limited to socially responsible investors however, as some of these practices....More>>>
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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>>>