Louis' Blog Archive
June 22, 2020
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 48 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.
June 20, 2020
Way back in the early 1900s, there was a huge pushback against the meat industry and its unsanitary conditions. In fact, you might have seen Upton Sinclair’s revolutionary book on the topic, The Jungle, which detailed the disturbing conditions workers faced in the meat factories. The Jungle was so eye-opening that it sparked reforms which led to the Meat Inspections Act and the creation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Well, more than a century later, the meat industry is back under fire again.
June 19, 2020
Who’d have ever thought, years ago, that United Airlines (UAL) would get booted out of the Nasdaq 100? Heck, even six months ago, you might not have believed it. But here we are. UAL is no longer among the 100 “largest domestic and international non-financial companies listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market based on market capitalization,” as Nasdaq defines the index.
June 18, 2020
Mortgage refinancing sure is a hot topic these days. And not just among ordinary Americans looking to shave a few bucks off their monthly payment – but among stock-pickers, too. That’s the perspective I’d like to bring you today.
June 16, 2020
It’s nice to see strong upside on good news, like the May retail sales report. But that doesn’t mean the market is done oscillating. When it does, I don’t want you to worry. I want you to be happy – because this is a great time to be a stock picker.
June 15, 2020
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 60 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.
June 13, 2020
It was a tough first-quarter earnings announcement season for the stock market. The S&P 500’s earnings fell 13.6%, the lowest decline since 2009. Sales were also weak, up a measly 0.8%. And only 64% of the companies posted an earnings beat. For the second quarter, earnings are supposed to decline a stunning 43.3%, with revenue down 11.5%.
June 12, 2020
How we turn the lights on in our home has come a significantly long way since Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb in 1879. And so has all the other infrastructure that keeps a household running, for that matter! In 1925, only half of U.S. homes used electric power. By 2019, one in four U.S. homes had gone completely electric – including heating and cooking.
June 11, 2020
Well, folks, this was one of those very difficult days on Wall Street that remind us: The market’s not quite out of the woods yet. While the Nasdaq did break out to new highs just yesterday, stocks as a whole – as measured by the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index – are about 10% off the February highs.
June 9, 2020
Frankly, airlines are still down in the dumps, compared to where they were as recently as February. But the situation is evolving rapidly. So, with American Airlines (AAL) leading the way back into the skies – and back into stock portfolios – let’s revisit the question I asked on May 1: “Are Airline Stocks a Bargain Buy Now?”