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China's Growth Rate Remains On Track, But It's Aiming For The The Wrong Target

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:54:00 -0500

To the question, "are the figures accurate?" the simple answer is, probably not. Recent revelations notwithstanding there have always been doubts about methodologies and the reliability of inputs. Nevertheless, even if the figures aren't entirely trusted, there are few who doubt the broad direction.


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Why Don't Free Markets Always Work?

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:04:00 -0500

Capital controls have helped several state-run Asian economies such as in China to grow successfully for the past few decades. But as China integrates itself into the global financial system, it will have to liberalize its markets! Will liberalization help China the same as it did to Southeast Asia?


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Indians Are Worse Off Under Modi

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:47:00 -0500

As Modi heads to Davos, only 3% of Indians consider themselves thriving compared to 14% three years ago.


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These 5 High-Yield Funds Are Traps For "Dumb Money"

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:37:00 -0500

The global ETF market now boasts more than $4.5 trillion in assets, and a large part of the appeal has been driven by dirt-cheap fees. But many of these fund’s fees are cheap for a reason...


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Africa & Haiti: Global Rankings For Human Freedom

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:30:00 -0500

To say that President Trump’s recent alleged remarks about African countries and Haiti ignited a firestorm would be an understatement. But, aside from the denials that the president ever uttered the offending remarks, one thing has been missing: an objective look at African countries and Haiti.


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What Happened To Stocks During The 2013 Shutdown

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:24:00 -0500

So what happened to the stock market during the government shutdown in 2013? Are there any technical signs now to think that something similar will occur or will the market just ignore it?


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3 Funds That Clobber ETFs And Yield Up to 8%

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:04:00 -0500

I’m about to show you 3 funds to buy for the raging bull market we’ll see in 2018.


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Investors Should Avoid Risk And Embrace Uncertainty

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:02:00 -0500

This piece is about a stock miss from ten years ago, and what I learned from it.


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Neil Hennessy Expects Bull Market To Continue In 2018

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:12:00 -0500

If you're evaluating and rebalancing your portfolio for the coming year, you might want hear the 2018 market outlook of Neil Hennessy, the head Hennessy Funds, whose midcap fund topped the Russell Midcap Index.



Don't Let The Fear Of Bubbles Burst Solid Investment Opportunities

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:57:00 -0500

The fear of bubbles is real, but avoiding all richly priced assets because of that fear can be costly.


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Key Trends To Watch In Texas Instruments' Q4

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:25:00 -0500

Texas Instruments is set to report its Q4 2017 earnings on January 23. The company reported strong numbers for Q3, as both revenue and EPS beat expectations driven by strong demand in the automotive and industrial segments.



The Home Heating Debate Heats Up As Temperatures Plunge In Texas

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:22:00 -0500

The Texas grid recently hit a new winter peak record of about 65,731 megawatts (MW). If Texas' residential heating were 100% electrified, as many climate change mitigation strategies call for, that peak might have been closer to 90,000 MW, about 10,000 more megawatts than we have.


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J&J Likely To Post Solid Q4 Led By Ramp Up In Oncology Drug Sales

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:48:00 -0500

Johnson & Johnson is set to report its Q4 2017 earnings on January 23, and we expect the company to post solid numbers, primarily led by continued growth in oncology drug sales, which saw growth of 25% in the previous quarter.



Key Trends To Watch As Verizon Reports Q4 Results

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:33:00 -0500

Verizon is scheduled to publish its Q4 2017 results on January 23, reporting on a quarter that likely saw the carrier continue its momentum in the postpaid wireless space. In this note we take a look at what to expect when Verizon reports its numbers.



What To Expect From Netflix's Q4

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:33:00 -0500

Netflix is set to announce its fourth quarter results on Monday, January 22. Despite the intensifying competition in the over-the-top streaming market, we expect Netflix to report growth in revenues and subscribers across both the domestic and international markets.



Key Takeaways From IBM's Q4

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:33:00 -0500

IBM posted its Q4 results on January 18. For the first time in several years, IBM’s revenues grew as its systems division reported excellent growth amid the shift to cloud computing services.



Trump Administration Requests $0 In Funding For Consumer Protection Agency

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:31:00 -0500

Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney requests $0 in quarterly funding.


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How To Make Debts Disappear?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:43:00 -0500

Asian economies developed through a strategy called window guidance, where governments require central banks and commercial banks to offer cheap loans to certain industries. Although this method can drive up debt, these countries also utilize capital control to keep debt in check!


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Housing Looks Solid

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:03:00 -0500

Recent increases in home prices have prompted anxieties about another housing bubble. Such fears are misplaced. The market rests on solid foundations.


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David Einhorn Buys Twitter, Time Warner, Ensco

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:02:00 -0500

Investor gives new lineup of new stocks


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Microsoft's Path To A $1 Trillion Market Cap

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:52:00 -0500

Microsoft’s stock recently hit an all-time high, and its market capitalization reached over $700 billion. Some analysts on Wall Street have recently predicted that the company’s market cap could reach $1 trillion in the coming years


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How Apple Could Maintain Its Valuation If It Decided To Cut iPhone Pricing

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:44:00 -0500

The iPhone business remains the biggest driver of Apple’s valuation, accounting for over 50% of the stock price per our estimates. The iPhone’s high ASPs and margins are especially crucial to this valuation, and Apple has been raising iPhone prices over the years


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Aalok Devkota Shows Warren Buffett's Style Can Work For Chinese Stocks

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:00 -0500

A lot of fast growing Chinese companies look cheap next to comparable western companies. Aalok Devkota has adapted Warren Buffett's value investing approach to select Chinese stocks. His investment in TAL Education Group has returned 279% in 2 years. Here's what he has learned.


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House Bill Seeks To End War On Marijuana, Spark Recovery Instead

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:23:00 -0500

A companion bill to the senate's Marijuana Justice Act would end cannabis' Controlled Substance status and foster healing in communities prohibition has hurt most.


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Banks Will Be Slammed In The Next Crisis, And That May Be Good News

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:40:00 -0500

Will the government help banks in the next financial crisis?


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The Important Question Your Financial Advisor Or Robo-Advisor May Not Be Answering

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:20:00 -0500

Advisors and robo-advisors generally ask clients 5 simple questions, maybe 6 – punch in your age, your current investable assets, annual investable income, the investment horizon, your risk appetite, that’s it. There is other important information you may be missing.



Gauging Capital One's Sensitivity To The Fed's Planned Rate Hikes

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:55:00 -0500

To understand how the Fed’s rate hike process directly impacts the financial performance of Capital One, we have created an interactive model to quantify the gains or losses in the valuation, revenues and profits based on whether or not the Fed follows through on its plan


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Trump's Economic Scorecard: One Year Since Inauguration

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500

One year after his inauguration, what's the status on making America great again?


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How Do Asian Companies Grow?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:12:00 -0500

Asian manufacturing companies have been running the show in the international market for the past few decades. No wonder why everything seems to have come from Asia! But these colossal markets are not the result of free markets, but rather from state control. Let's see how this process works.


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Is Bitcoin A 'Busted Flush' As Price Falls 20% Below $10K Mark?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:19:00 -0500

With the price of Bitcoin, the 'Big Daddy' of cryptocurrencies, falling below $10,000, as regulators in Asia and Europe circle and call for restrictions on trading will the current rout continue and where could the digital currency tread next?


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Schlumberger Likely To Post Strong Q4 Backed By Commodity Recovery

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:08:00 -0500

Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company, is set to begin the earnings season for the industry by releasing its December quarter and full year 2017 financial performance on January 19.


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Why We Revised Our Price Estimate For U.S. Steel to $38

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:49:00 -0500

The Trefis price estimate for U.S. Steel was recently revised upward, primarily due to changes to the tax rate forecast.



Why E-Trade's Interest Income Is Its Largest Value Driver

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:43:00 -0500

E*Trade Financial fared well in 2017, with over 20% growth in revenue in the first 9 months of the year and a more than 40% surge in its stock price over the year. We attribute this growth primarily to revenues from interest earning assets.


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How Sensitive Is T-Mobile's Valuation To Changes In Its Postpaid Market Share?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:38:00 -0500

T-Mobile’s impressive growth in the postpaid phone space has helped the company more than triple its stock price over the last five years. The carrier’s postpaid phone market share, as a percentage of the overall U.S. wireless market, has grown from around 7% in 2012 to about 10% in 2017


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How Significant Is The Residential Business For SunPower?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:33:00 -0500

SunPower‘s residential business has faced some headwinds in recent years, amid sluggish shipments, particularly to the U.S. market where regulatory uncertainty surrounding net metering and lower electricity prices have impacted shipments growth.


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Analysts: Bitcoin's Sharp Decline A Temporary Pullback

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:10:00 -0500

Bitcoin plunged lately, but is this pullback only temporary?


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Disruptive ETFs: First Stop, Commodities

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:07:00 -0500

These disruptive ETFs could fundamentally change the way people gain access to certain parts of the market.



These ETF 'Pairs' Have A Story To Tell About Market Risk (And Reward)

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:13:00 -0500

I will highlight here are some ETFs that, through their returns and return patterns last year, tell us a lot about market sentiment and possibly where some extremely overvalued and undervalued market areas lie. You see, market sectors often move from one extreme to the other over time.


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Lousy Stocks Don't Always Underperform The Market

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:27:00 -0500

I present the Danger Zone highlights of 2017, followed by the lowlights.



7 Exchange-Traded Funds Outperforming The S&P 500

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:39:00 -0500

These sector ETFs are doing better the S&P 500 and set new highs. While three had daily key reversals.


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This Beaten-Down Sector Will Explode In 2018

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:19:00 -0500

There is a way to grab those steady rent checks without taking on a second job. The key isn’t owning physical real estate.


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The New Whole Foods Reportedly Adopts One Of Old Grocery's Most Condemned Practices

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:15:00 -0500

Reports suggest Whole Foods is mandating that its vendors pay fees to assure good shelf positions, display space and sampling in its stores, a practice — known in the industry as "slotting" — that is often blamed for the "me-too" assortment seen on supermarket shelves from location to location.


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China's Sports Industry Is Allegedly Growing Faster Than The National Economy

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:39:00 -0500

The Chinese National Bureau of Statistics reported growth as expected. But that's no surprise. So, what can you learn from this week's official report, even if you can't really trust it?


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Ripple Falls Below $1, Down 75% From All-Time High

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:53:00 -0500

What caused XRP's price to plunge below $1?


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Irrational Exuberance Turns Rational

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:33:00 -0500

On macro calls, nobody ever gets it all right for very long. Maybe, a year or 2. Neither does the naïve forecast that nothing changes much ever work. Black Swans do paddle into the picture, and economic cycles peak or bottom out.


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What To Expect From IBM's Q4

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:47:00 -0500

IBM is set to report its Q4 2017 earnings on January 18th. In this note we discuss what to expect from the earnings release.


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Violent Crime Has Dropped In Border States With Legal Cannabis: Study

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:45:00 -0500

A new study suggests that legalized cannabis may be reducing violence in states that border Mexico, where U.S.-bound drug traffic has caused countless deaths and raised trillions for cartels.


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What Are The Implications Of Wal-Mart's Sam's Club Closures?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:22:00 -0500

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) recently announced that it will be closing 63 Sam’s Club locations and potentially laying off thousands of employees. This was an unexpected move, as many workers were not given much notice.



What To Watch For In Charles Schwab's Q4 Earnings

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:11:00 -0500

Charles Schwab has had an impressive year so far. With three quarters reported, the brokerage’s revenue growth year to date has been nearly 16% and we expect this trend to continue when the company reports its fourth quarter earnings on January 17.


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How To Trade 7 Global Averages That Set New Highs

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:01:00 -0500

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite, Dow Transports and Russell 2000 set fresh all-time intraday highs on Jan. 16.


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Key Takeaways And Trends From JPMorgan's Q4

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:50:00 -0500

JPMorgan Chase reported better-than-expected results for the fourth quarter of 2017 late last week – giving investors a good idea of what to expect from other banks’ earnings figures over the coming weeks.


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2 Dividend Stocks You Should Buy In February

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:18:00 -0500

This article looks at two terrific dividend shares that could gallop higher next month.


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Bitcoin, Along With Other Cryptocurrencies, Collapse Over Crackdown Concerns

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:18:00 -0500

The threat of new regulation has sent Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies tumbling.


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Robert Frazier Raises Facebook's Target Price to $215

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:55:00 -0500

Facebook's newsfeed changes have scared short-term investors out of the stock. But Robert Frazier says new revenue streams and higher cost per click justify raising his 12 month target price to $215.


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IBM Forges Global Joint Venture With Maersk Applying Blockchain To 'Digitize' Global Trade

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:32:00 -0500

IBM - aka ‘Big Blue’ - is to form a global joint venture with the world’s largest container ship operator, A.P. Moller-Maersk, to apply Blockchain technology in a drive to "digitize" global trade, estimated to be worth around $4 trillion a year, and slash costs associated with documentation.


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These 9.7%+ Dividends Are Perfect For 2018

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:41:00 -0500

What if I told you that you could reap huge dividends and quick upside from … the weather?


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How The AgTech Investment Boom Will Create A Wave Of Agriculture Unicorns

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:34:00 -0500

One of the oldest industries in the world is about to become one of the most innovative. What kinds of changes and transformations are happening in the world of agtech investments?


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Bipartisan REFER Act Targets Sessions' War On Cannabis In High Style

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:40:00 -0500

A cleverly named house bill would nip federal funding for cannabis interference in the bud.


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Tony Mitchell Is Buying Facebook On Friday's Pullback

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:22:00 -0500

After the market closed last week Thursday, Facebook announced changes to their newsfeed, prioritizing social engagement over viral videos. On Friday, the stock pulled back $8.40 closing at $179.37. Tony is using this 4.5% pullback to buy more FB.


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The Economy Is Running Out Of Room

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:08:00 -0500

The economy is running out of ready capacity for expansion. It may not mean an immediate end to this expansion. This year looks good, in fact. But it does signal the beginning of the expansion's end.


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Obama's Federal Debt Grew At A Slower Rate Than Reagan, H.W. Bush Or W. Bush

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:04:00 -0500

President Obama’s Federal debt actually grew at a slower annual rate than any of the Republican Presidents even though there were events that started before he became President


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No Trade War With China, Barclays Predicts

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:34:00 -0500

Trade war with China? Don't bet on it.


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3 BDCs With Shocking Yields Up To 12%

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:12:00 -0500

BDCs are one of the market’s top sources of yield. Unfortunately for income hunters, in 2017, this industry also was one of Wall Street’s greatest sources of disappointment.


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Why 2018 Will Be A Renaissance Year For Asia Tech IPOs, Undercutting New York

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:07:00 -0500

Ever since losing the mega e-commerce Alibaba listing in 2014 to New York, Hong Kong has been atoning for the colossal face-losing moment. However, 2018 may be the game-changing year to win over mega Chinese tech companies with the help of duel-class shares with weighted-voting rights.


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There's A Great Future In Plastics...For Oil

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:00:00 -0500

If EVs take over the car market, how will big oil companies pivot? Saudi Aramco is making plastics, in a joint venture with Dow at the Sadara Chemical Company.


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7 REIT Payouts Getting Set To Grow In February

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:07:00 -0500

It’s essential for core dividend holdings to consistently raise their payouts over time. Without a steady uptick in the regular dole, inflation starts gnawing into investors’ returns.


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Ether 'Most Promising' Crypto Hits Fresh, All-Time High

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:48:00 -0500

What pushed Ether to its latest all-time high?


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The Other Ugly Truth About Minimum Wage Hikes

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:48:00 -0500

Walmart is a for-profit enterprise company, not a welfare agency.


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Earnings Preview: What To Expect From Goldman Sachs On Wednesday

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 10:27:00 -0500

Goldman Sachs is expected to earn $4.90/share on $7.61 billion in revenue. Meanwhile, the so-called Whisper number is $4.98. The Whisper number is the Street's unofficial view on earnings


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Earnings Preview: What To Expect From Bank Of America On Wednesday

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 10:20:00 -0500

Bank of America is expected to report $0.44/share on $21.30 billion in revenue. Meanwhile, the so-called Whisper number is $0.48. The Whisper number is the Street's unofficial view on earnings.


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Earnings Preview: What To Expect From Netflix On Monday

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 10:12:00 -0500

Netflix is expected to report $0.41/share on $3.28 billion in revenue. Meanwhile, the so-called Whisper number is $0.43. The Whisper number is the Street's unofficial view on earnings.


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The Week Ahead: Investing Or Trading In 2018?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:32:00 -0500

2017 was the third best year in the current bull market as the SPY was up 26.37% in 2009 and 32.31% in 2013. Of course 2017 will likely go down in history for its lack of any significant corrections. But does that mean you will be better off as a trader than investor in 2018?


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U.S. Marshals To Hold Bitcoin Auction For $50 Million Worth Of Cryptocurrency

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:23:00 -0500

The U.S. Marshals are auctioning around 3,813 Bitcoins worth just over $50 million of the digital currency's present market price. The auction is in connection with a number of federal criminal, civil and administrative cases. Potential bidders have until January 19 to register their interest.


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Ford Beats Tesla

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:31:00 -0500

Ford's and Tesla's Fortunes are changing.


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In The Economic Sweet Spot: Why A Downturn Could Be Years Away

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:57:00 -0500

Where are we in the economic cycle? Some investors are worried about an impending losing streak, but we’ve actually entered the economic “sweet spot.”


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Here's What To Expect From Alcoa's Fourth Quarter Results

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:53:00 -0500

Alcoa (NYSE: AA) is set to report its fourth quarter earnings results on January 17. In this note we outline the major factors likely to impact the company’s results in Q4


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Here's Why Store Expansion Is Crucial For Starbucks' Valuation

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:43:00 -0500

Starbucks is expanding aggressively, especially in China, but the company has been grappling with slowing comparable sales growth at its existing stores. Based on its 2017 fiscal year results, the company has revised its comparable sales growth numbers to the range of 3% to 5%.


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Top 30 Tech Exits To Watch In 2018

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:42:00 -0500

Mergermarket’s annual prediction of which venture capital-backed companies are most likely to exit in the next 12 months.



Twitter Price Estimate Changed To $23 On Improving User Metrics

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:41:00 -0500

The Trefis price estimate for Twitter‘s stock was recently revised from $16 to $23, a change of around 40%. The company is focusing on acquiring more users for its platform and rolling out new video content and formats.



Venezuela Is In A 'Limbo Default'

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:38:00 -0500

Venezuela's no default default. Hard to see what saves it from an actual one as bondholders begin to organize.


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How Changes To The U.S. Tax Code Could Impact AT&T And Verizon

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:58:00 -0500

The U.S. government recently passed one of the biggest changes to the tax code in decades, as it seeks to increase investments and economic growth. Under the new tax bill, the corporate tax rate will be lowered to 21% from 35%, while the overall tax structure is also expected to be simplified.


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Cushing's Toudouze On Why Active MLP Investing Matters

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:28:00 -0500

Libby Toudouze, Portfolio Manager, Cushing Asset Management speaks with Julie Cooling, Founder & CEO, RIA Channel on the growth and outlook of U.S. energy infrastructure markets, MLPs, and opportunities for 2018.


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It's A Green Day For Crypto

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:49:00 -0500

Will South Korea ban crypto trading?


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The IPO Class Of 2018: Spotify, Dropbox And Other Unicorns Take Center Stage

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:28:00 -0500

Spotify will be a headliner in this year's IPO class with its non-IPO, and more billion-dollar companies are expected to debut amid a soaring stock market.


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Why 2018 Might Be A Good Year For Stocks

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:20:00 -0500

The market looks healthy as we move into 2018, but with such a long bull run, remember that a sell-off could come at any time


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Top Women Advisors' Best Stock Picks For 2018

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:35:00 -0500

What are the top stock picks for 2018 from advisors who happen to be women? We asked eight contributors to MoneyShow.com. Their answers may surprise you.


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Booming Markets Help BlackRock Cross $6 Trillion Mark, Strong Economy Bolsters JPMorgan Profits

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:59:00 -0500

Booming stock markets are leading to record profits at BlackRock. The same can't be said for Wall Street giants like JPMorgan, where profits are being carried by ordinary banking activity and the Federal Reserve, not trading.


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How To Earn 20%+ From Safe Bonds In 2018

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:40:00 -0500

No safe bond pays 10% itself, of course. But it is possible to generate double-digit yields from a portfolio of secure bonds.


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How Delivery Can Drive Growth For McDonald's

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:53:00 -0500

In late 2016, McDonald’s partnered with UberEATS to expand its door delivery initiative in the U.S. This partnership expanded significantly last year, and by the end of 2017 the company was track for 10,000 McDonald’s restaurants offering a delivery option.


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Bitcoin Price Tanks 14% As South Korean Regulatory Scare Rattles Market

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

The price of Bitcoin declined heavily yesterday following remarks by a South Korean minister that the government would ban trading of the cryptocurrency on exchanges in the country. It rattled markets before recovering some of the losses after it was discovered the ban might be some way off.


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A Look At Big Pharma's Value Sensitivity To Changes In Tax Rates

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:49:00 -0500

With the U.S.'s new tax law coming into effect, many companies will see a significant impact from changes in their effective tax rates (some more than others). In this note, we focus on some of the major pharmaceutical firms such as Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb.


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Investment Ideas For Rebalancing Value And Growth Portfolios

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:31:00 -0500

A rebalancing program that aligns with your investing philosophy can help address the inevitable shifts the market will deliver.


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