Chris Versace is the editor of PowerTrend Brief — a FREE, weekly electronic newsletter. He also writes PowerTrend Profits, a paid monthly newsletter that helps individual investors profit through buying shares of companies poised to win big in the 8 PowerTrends, as well as writes the PowerTrader trading service that seeks to deliver short-term gains using stocks, ETFs and options. Chris has been ranked an All Star Analyst by Zacks Investment Research. He also appears regularly on radio and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily and many other publications.
In my previous column, I shared the first five of 10 questions that you must be able to answer before you decide whether or not to buy a share of stock in a particular company.
For any new investor, or even for an experienced one, it can be tempting to buy the latest hot stock without doing much homework. As Ive learned the hard way during the last 22 years, more often that not that only leads to trouble.
As you probably know, there are several parts that drive the U.S. economy manufacturing, business investment, government spending and so on. One of the biggest is consumer spending.
During the last few weeks and certainly the last few days, weve seen uncertainty come roaring back into the stock market. Leading the uncertainty brigade was the now seemingly drawn-out Greek drama, which has the European Union (EU) and Greece back at the negotiating table.
With the books on the June quarter now closed, it is worth noting that, in many ways, it was expected at the outset to be better than the March quarter. However, as we learned, that wasnt in the cards. For a variety of reasons, the second half turned out to be weaker than expected, and this was clearly reflected in the performance of the major stock market indices. The S&P 500, my preferred benchmark, closed the first half of the year up a paltry 0.2%. Lets be honest. Thats essentially flat for the first six months of the year.
There have been a lot of questions raised about the direction and speed of the global economy.
Greece has been the focal point of the headlines and the stock market so far this week with a game of will it or wont it leave the euro zone. This renewed bout of uncertainty and what it could mean has once again sent turmoil through the markets.
It looks like the mergers & acquisitions (M&A) wave is continuing, particularly in the telecommunications space, given the recent news that Dish Network (DISH) and T-Mobile USA (TMUS) are in discussions to merge.
We recently closed the books on the month of May, and that means we are now two-thirds of the way through the current quarter and nearly halfway through 2015.
Whenever I give a presentation or conduct a talk, I am invariably asked about my view on initial public offerings (IPOs). Whether or not you invest in them, the accompanying S-1 filing offers a wealth of information on the company, its industry, who its suppliers are and how the newly public company looks to compete.
Last weeks Las Vegas MoneyShow provided the opportunity for me to have fascinating conversations during the conference, where I made several presentations, hosted a few panel discussions and capped it all off by appearing on Making Money with Charles Payne on FOXBusiness, which broadcasted live.
This week is shaping up to be a busy one for investors. Amid the continued earnings reports and economic data that sit on our investing plate, we now have a potential musical chairs game of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity on our hands.
During the last few months, Ive grown increasingly bullish on the euro zone, and subscribers to my PowerOptions Trader service are reaping the benefits big time.
We entered last week with a punch list skewed toward corporate earnings and some economic data, but what we got during the week served as a reminder that the stock market still can offer some unexpected surprises.
One of the big investing mantras is to buy what you know. That has certainly worked out well, but I would contend there are several pain points that offer fantastic investing opportunities that you dont have to experience.
The Growth & Dividend Report know that weve been able to book some stellar gains during the last few years by looking at the world through PowerTrend eyes.
Youre probably an avid investor. Even if you arent, and youre just trying to sharpen your skills, there are a number of ways to do so. Sure, you can read as many annual reports, corporate filings and press releases as you can carry, but there are other aspects that can help you become a better investor.
Theres an old investment saying that you should buy what you know. If we did that, it surely would limit the number of companies in which we invest. Maybe that wouldnt be such a bad thing, but perhaps a better strategy would be to buy things you understand.
During the many years that Ive been investing and analyzing industries to determine which stocks will be winners in the coming months and years, Ive learned a number of things. One of them is to pay attention to the calendar.
Many were caught off guard with last Fridays Producer Price Index reading for February, which came in at -0.5% vs. expectations of 0.3%.