Louis' Blog Archive
September 18, 2021
The holidays may be a few months away, but one glance at the headlines shows that Christmas has come early for gadget lovers. Amid much fanfare, Apple Inc. (AAPL) unveiled a number of new products that will hit shelves over the next few months. Let’s take a look at the highlights and determine whether or not AAPL stock is a buy right now.
September 17, 2021
As the world hunkered down for the pandemic, individuals and companies around the globe turned to the internet to stay connected and keep business up and running. And thanks in part to the fifth generation of wireless technology known as 5G, internet speeds have not only kept pace with the surge in demand but have accelerated.
September 16, 2021
Imagine you receive a text message that looks off. You’ve had cybersecurity training at work and know not to click on or download links in texts coming from random numbers or email addresses. But herein lies the rub: now you don’t have to do anything except receive a text and you could still get infected by some of the latest, ultra-sophisticated spyware known as “zero-click exploits.”
September 14, 2021
Many folks know that I’m a car guy. I even have a collection of sports cars at my Florida home. So, you can imagine how excited I was for the IAA Mobility 2021 event in Munich last week. But cool cars aside, there was another running theme during the IAA Mobility event: concerns over the growing chip shortage.
September 13, 2021
During these busy times, it pays to stay on top of the latest profit opportunities. And today’s blog post should be a great place to start. After taking a close look at the latest data on institutional buying pressure and each company’s fundamental health, I decided to revise my Portfolio Grader recommendations for 129 big blue chips. Chances are that you have at least one of these stocks in your portfolio, so you may want to give this list a skim and act accordingly.
September 11, 2021
GameStop Corp. (GME) has had quite an interesting year so far, rising to fame (and new highs) after a group of Redditors decided to “stick it to the man” and bid up GME. GameStop’s surge was a fascinating example of a “short squeeze.” Simply put, when traders “short” a stock, they borrow shares of the stock they think will fall over a given timeframe. If the stock drops, they give back the shares and collect the difference between the initial borrowed price and the actual sale price.
September 10, 2021
The big economic news this week was that the European Central Bank (ECB) decided yesterday to reduce its $2.2 trillion bond-buying program at a “moderately lower pace” as the economy bounces back to life and inflation takes hold in the eurozone. However, ECB President Christine Lagarde was careful about the phrasing when she spoke to reporters after the meeting. “The lady isn’t tapering,” she said. Instead, the decision is a “… recalibration of the pandemic emergency purchase program for the next three months.”
September 9, 2021
There’s a growing consensus around the globe that COVID-19 may become a permanent fixture among diseases we have to combat on a continual basis, like the flu. Part of the problem is that the virus continues to mutate into troublesome variants — including the Delta variant that’s grabbed headlines for weeks — particularly in countries or areas with low vaccination rates, according to Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program.
September 7, 2021
Despite the three-day break, it appears that Wall Street is still digesting the disappointing jobs report from Friday. The S&P 500 and Dow both opened lower this morning, while the NASDAQ and Russell 2000 were relatively flat. Specifically, the Labor Department revealed that only 235,000 payroll jobs were created in August. In comparison, economists were expecting 720,000 new payroll jobs, so that was a massive miss.
September 3, 2021
In the wake of Hurricane Ida, hundreds of thousands of people across the southern U.S. were left without power. However, some were able to stay on the grid thanks to the help of in-home generators. Hurricane season is a great reminder of why generators are so important, especially as natural disasters are on the rise across the country. From wildfires out in California to hurricanes in Louisiana, generators are vital for homes as the nation’s power grid gets even more vulnerable and archaic.