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Big Banks Take a Licking, Small Banks Keep Ticking.

If you don’t care for banks or bankers, you’re in good company.German behemoth Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB) is the latest target of global ire as it faces $14 billion in fines related to its role in the mortgage market meltdown. That has brought the short-selling vultures circling with 39 million shares currently sold short, nearly […]

Bullish on Home Builders

With several home builder-related stocks in the Profit Catalyst Alert and Growth Stock Strategist portfolios, my heart sank with the latest release of housing data from the Census Bureau. The data for August showed declines across the board. Existing home sales, new home starts and building permits all dropped below July estimates. After mopping the […]

Fed Punts, But It Should Have Hiked

I’ll give this to the Federal Reserve, it is independent. The Fed turned a deaf ear to a growing chorus of economists and Wall Street analysts saying that the economy can withstand a modest uptick in short-term interest rates, and it didn’t feel compelled to raise rates this week.  Instead it left the target range […]

How to Play the Internet Ad Explosion

Wednesday was a good day for the markets, but a great day for a company called The Trade Desk. It was also a day that bodes well for one of my Profit Catalyst holdings.Smart investors are looking for a way to capitalize on the explosive growth in Internet advertising, and on Wednesday Internet ad firm […]

Are Mega Mergers Going to Die on the Vine?

We may be living in the “Year of the Mega Deal,” but the latest announced merger may signal an era is coming to an end.Bayer’s (OTC: BAYRY) proposed takeover of Monsanto (NYSE: MON), is a transaction valued at $66 billion including debt, making it the biggest deal of the year and the largest transaction ever […]

Welcome to the Tantrum Zone

After stocks nosedived last Friday following hints that the Federal Reserve would raise rates, every word from Fed Governor Lael Brainard’s speech Monday were scoured, sifted and sniffed for meaning.Fortunately, sulky investors received this pacifier: Brainard said the case for a preemptive rate hike was “less compelling.” For clarity, in Fedspeak that’s the equivalent of Ronald […]

Technical Nuggets: Bond Market Panic Triggers Stock Decline

Investors may have some big decisions to make in the next few days as the stock market reacts to an increasingly likely rate hike from the Fed, perhaps as soon as next week. So, in this column, let’s take a look at the stock market and identify the major reason why it took such a beating […]

Apple’s Twisted Logic

Like most people, I listen to music while on the treadmill at the gym. What I don’t enjoy is untangling the knot of headphone cords that somehow forms during the five minute walk from my house to the YMCA.It’s not a major aggravation, but I have considered wireless headphones to fix the problem. Maybe other […]

Money Making Mergers

Two important stories you may have missed: New Pipeline Giant Prepares For Energy Rebound When a sector goes through a brutal correction, weaker companies go broke or get acquired, leaving the strongest ones in great shape for the next growth cycle. An even more compelling story is when strong ones merger—– and that’s what happened yesterday in the […]

The Mr. Roboto Bull Market

We may be at the beginning of what futurists have deemed the Second Machine Age.This would be a new era of intelligent machines, robots and artificial intelligence systems that leap from science fiction to reality, and do things that until recently only humans could do. The motivation to invest in such technology: declining labor productivity […]

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