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.
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%.
Like many growth-centric investors, earlier this week I watched Apples (AAPL) Spring Forward event looking for the latest and greatest new offering from Apple.
I look forward to the Chairmans Letter penned by Warren Buffett inside Berkshire Hathaways (BRK.A) annual report. The latest one, which recaps 2014, was released over the weekend, and, as usual, Buffett offers some insight into the company as well as sage advice for investors.
Now, I think youd agree with me when I say we all like it when the market climbs, along with our individual stocks. Who wouldnt? What we do need to be mindful of, however, is when things might change.
It may be a slow-moving creature, but when the federal government adopts a new product, service or technology, it means a pronounced pick-up in overall adoption.
I attended and presented at the World MoneyShow in Orlando, Florida, last week. It was great meeting with investors, hearing their takes, as well as their concerns about the market slowing growth and a stretched market valuation.
Pain points, be they short or longer term in duration, represent great investments if you identify those poised to profit from the pain.
There are many components that go into being a smart investor. From reading whatever you can get your hands on when it comes to industries and companies to not being afraid to do the number-crunching valuation homework.
It became interesting for investors as European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi stepped up to the monetary stimulus plate during the past week. To use baseball analogies, investors will watch policy to see if he hits a home run with his policy initiatives, strikes out or hits something in between, such as a stand-up double?
Im always looking for catalysts. These are the events, meetings or product launches that can be real tipping points for a company and its shares.
Everyone rejoiced last year, not because of world peace, which would be nice, but because of the sharp drop in at-the-pump gas prices.
If youre still a crock pot investor one who buys a stock and forgets about it heres a lesson from Standard & Poors that should make you think twice about that outmoded way of investing...
While the Federal Reserve helped kick off whats shaping up to be a Santa Claus rally in the stock market this year, the last week also served as a strong reminder about the downside to the ever-increasing digital and connected world in which you and I live.
Youve probably noticed the sharp snapback in the stock market during the last few weeks. My question to you is: what have you been doing about it?
Last week, we closed the books on November, and it was clearly a winning month for stocks, with all three of the major indices putting in mid-single-digit percentage gains quite the reversal from the September-to-mid-October sell-off!
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.