Louis' Blog Archive
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.
September 2, 2021
Despite the fact that I’m no fan of August, I have to say the month was surprisingly strong. In fact, in late August, we saw small-cap stocks find their second wind. Even better, I expect that the second half of September will be strong as well, since quarter-end window dressing will commence, along with the 90-day ETF rebalancing that tends to boost fundamentally superior stocks in the final days of the month.
August 31, 2021
It’s been an unusually strong August for the stock market, particularly since the option expiration day on August 20. But what’s even more interesting is that stocks haven’t been strong across the board. Take Monday’s trading action, which was an illustrative example of what’s been going on lately.
August 30, 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 74 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.
August 28, 2021
The second-quarter earnings season is almost done, but it certainly is going out with a bang! We have a few stragglers that will be reporting over the next two weeks, including Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (ZM), which is up to bat with its results next Monday, August 30, after the market close.
August 27, 2021
One of today’s most vital but growing industries is cybersecurity. Consider this: There were 93% more ransomware attacks in the first half of 2021 than in the same period last year. Ransomware attacks are a type of malware attack in which a hacker threatens to publish the victim’s personal data or block access until a ransom is paid.
August 26, 2021
August was certainly a wild month for the stock market! The S&P 500 and Dow notched new highs, which were shortly followed by big selloffs. However, the selling always came on light volume, which is why I was never worried.
August 24, 2021
Yesterday was a very big day for Pfizer (PFE) and BioNTech SE (BNTX): The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the companies’ COVID-19 vaccine for folks ages 16 and up. This is an important milestone, not only for PFE and BNTX, but for the nation as a whole.
August 23, 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 97 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.