The Bigger The Better After beginning the year in a steady uptrend, stocks are now bouncing around. This volatility is not necessarily unfavorable as long as current economic trends continue although it tends to terrify those whose investments are hampered by their emotions. The remedy for market volatility is twofold. First, use market dips to […]
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Market Rallies Are Not Sell Signals Some investors remind me of animals that have been abused and now resist offers of kindness. A majority of investors surveyed in a recent CNBC poll reported that they mistrust stocks to some degree, as if they had been mistreated. This distrust continues despite stocks being up 65% in […]
Friendly Corporate Divorces Corporate mergers and acquisitions often produce more publicity than profits. Companies moving in the opposite direction through spin-offs or split-ups can be more profitable for shareholders. Whether the failures or successes of these maneuvers have parallels to human marriages and divorces is beyond the scope of this column. I sometimes think that […]
The Beat Goes On The market still has the wind at its back. For the first two months of 2012, the S&P 500 rang up a 9% gain, far ahead of its record for more than the last two years. It continues to outshine the Dow Jones Industrial average, a reverse from last year’s fearful […]
An Apple a Day Keeps the Down Market Away Apple (AAPL-$445) crushed Wall Street analysts’ earnings estimates. It did this the old fashioned way, not through juggling its accounting as many banks do, but through developing and marketing superior products. One hopes that this would subdue those chattering financial commentators who spent much of […]
The Quiet Rally Stocks continue a stealth rally, quietly moving to their best levels in five months. The market has recently been untroubled by bad news from Europe, even receiving some sparks of good news like another small downtick in the unemployment rate. Quarterly earnings season kicked off with a few decent reports while trading […]
Living With Uncertainty Stock columns at this time traditionally try to forecast the year ahead. Currently, the only certainty is that there will be continued uncertainty and accompanying volatility. That is more of a useful forecast than it might sound. Investors will do better if they accept that stocks will be buffeted by winds from […]