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Taking Stock

Try To Remember The Kind Of September . . . As stocks exited the summer of 2014, the S&P 500 Index marked the year by closing at 2014. It backed off and is now around 1972; resumed momentum and September quarterly earnings reports should send it back by yearend above 2014 and...

Taking Stock

The Catalyst King Stocks sometimes get a catalytic boost from news of a spin-off or of an activist investor buying shares. Like stock splits, there are no immediate changes in the company’s financial status but the prospect of change encourages investors. General Electric...

Taking Stock

A Facebook in the Crowd Facebook is back in the headlines with its public stock sale coming in a week. This promises to be a very hot offering with most underwriters taking firm orders only from their larger customers. Those who can’t get in should take comfort in the knowledge...