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Behind the marketing hype, I see companies that are struggling with their message to consumers. For Urban Outfitters and Kmart, this couldnt be happening at a worse time of year for them, given the importance of the holiday shopping season to retailers.
While Google was rather tight-lipped on the event, a NASA press release announced that a Google subsidiary called Planetary Ventures LLC will use the hangars for research, development, assembly and testing in the areas of space exploration, aviation, rover/robotics and other emerging technologies.
Several weeks ago, you were probably watching the stock market correct amid a confluence of concerns including slowing economic growth in China and the euro zone. Since then, weve seen the market rock back, climbing more than 11% in the process.
There are times when my reading turns over some interesting, but confirming, data points that reinforce a position Ive recommended to my subscribers or cement one of my PowerTrends.
So what did sway the market mentality? The notion the Federal Reserve may hold off finishing its quantitative easing (QE) tapering efforts.
As the stock market skids lower this week after several speed bumps have emerged in the global economy, there is one that could be more than a bump. Not to be a fear-monger, but according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ebola virus is killing 70% of the people who contract the disease.
With carbonated soft drinks accounting for significant pieces of revenue at Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Cott Corp., Dr. Pepper Snapple and others, these companies are facing a pain point, plain and simple.
There is no doubt the Alibaba IPO was a hot transaction not only was it the largest-ever IPO, but the shares quickly catapulted up to close their first day of trading at $93.89, a 38% gain from the companys offer price of $68 per share.
While large, established corporations are often able to afford the immense legal and accounting costs necessary to comply with Washingtons web of regulations, its smaller business that take the hit.
While I could ask you about money, odds are you would have an idea of what it is (currency) and how its used (transactional payments, saving and investing). A much better question to ask is if you think you have enough money...
Money. A simple word that, if you arent careful, can cause you a lot of problems. If not you, then maybe for a family member or a close friend.
How did investors get behind the shares at the right time? By understanding what the business was truly worth.
One of the easiest and simplest metrics that investors use to screen for, as well as value, stocks is the price-to-earnings ratio, better known as a stocks price-to-earnings (P/E). Of course, on its face, a P/E is nothing more than a snapshot in time, but what if I told you it was far more complicated than that?
The pullback also allowed me to recommend a new position to my subscribers, one that will benefit from a sleeper product being deployed by Apple (AAPL).
As you sit back and sift through the data, you’ll also notice that even though the stock market is setting new highs, the S&P 500 is up only 7.5% year to date. Even if the stock market replicated that return in the back half of 2014, it would mean a total return of 14-15%.
That’s the biggest difference between a photo and a movie — one is a snapshot of a moment in time, while the other is a story that unfolds over time. If you were a buy-and-forget-it investor, your style would resemble something like a photograph.
Remember that investing is a process, and only by performing this autopsy-like analysis will you understand what went right and why.
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