Michael French

All Posts

  • 3 Big Coal Stocks To Buy, 2 To Avoid

    By Michael French - January 31, 2012 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, PCXCQ.PK, BTU

    Coal is primarily used to create electricity and steel, two of the most highly valuable resources in the U.S. Both of these products tend to see an increase in use as the economy begins an upturn. However, recent concern over the possibility of a slower than expected economic recovery has pushed coal stocks down over the past few months. If you believe that the economy is picking up, now more »

  • Can These 5 Stocks Make You Rich?

    By Michael French - January 31, 2012 | Tickers: ATPAQ.PK, F, INTC, SIRI

    Investing is all about risk and rewards; the more risk an investor inherits the greater the rewards they expect to receive. Don’t be mistaken, I am not a risk seeker in fact I’m quite the opposite. However, I believe in the long term, a portfolio with a little exposure to risk will provide investors with higher returns than a conservative portfolio constructed of solely value stock.  By constructing more »

  • 4 Great Buy Ideas Trading Under $40, 1 To Avoid

    By Michael French - January 31, 2012 | Tickers: CVS, MDT, SLW, SIRI, VOD

    Of the many things that may determine a great stock, price is always a very subjective factor in determining the success of a company. There are many stocks on the market selling for under $40 per share that hold their weight in the market and promise gains either in the short or long term. Buying low price stocks can be extremely lucrative if you find companies that are on the more »

  • 3 High Yield Stocks to Buy, 2 to Avoid

    By Michael French - January 31, 2012 | Tickers: NLY, CTL, FTR, WIN

    Some people have trouble picking profitable stock. While everyone wants to be Warren Buffett, not all traders have a strong formula for picking big gainers. The good news is that dividend stocks offer investors the opportunity to select shares in companies that make regular payments; some of these payments can be quite impressive when compared to their share price. Five high yielders to consider buying now are Frontier Communications Company more »

  • After Earnings: 2 Bank Stocks to Consider Buying, 1 to Avoid

    By Michael French - January 31, 2012 | Tickers: FFIN, ONB, TCB

    All banks are not created equal. The Wall Street Journal today makes a compelling case for why many analysts have low expectations for bank stocks. The authors discuss European exposure, and ill timed acquisitions. These are issues that bedevil certain money center banks, to be sure. But one point the article also raised is that banks are suffering margin pressure due to the Federal Reserve maintenance of short term interest more »

  • Will These 5 Stocks Boost Yields in 2012?

    By Michael French - January 31, 2012 | Tickers: BAC, CSCO, HPQ, NOK, RIG

    Equity investors in United States equities in 2011 saw the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index end nearly equal to where it began the year. This lack of reward was further insulted by periodic bouts of volatility, thus investors may actually be sitting on losses depending when they elected to invest.  For the investor looking to reduce volatility in face of limited capital appreciation the only option within equities is more »

  • 5 Dividend Stalwarts To Consider

    By Michael French - January 30, 2012 | Tickers: LMT, LOW, TROW, WAG, WSO

     Investors should stay away from companies with wavering fundamentals that pay impressive dividends.  In fact, sometimes companies pay dividends to distract investors from basic value such as poor growth, dismal earnings and additional risks. Below are five companies that have a history of strong dividend payments. In this article, I assess each to determine if they can continue the trend.

     Watsco, Inc. (NYSE: WSO)

    Shares of the electronics wholesale company more »

  • 5 Undervalued "Buy" Ideas For This Week

    By Michael French - January 30, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BBRY, EBAY, HES

    Some people associate cheap with an inferior product or service. Though this may be the case in certain circumstances, sometimes investors can find just the opposite with stocks. There are a few exceptional stocks trading relatively cheap; investors can find double or even ten baggers by screening through undervalued stock. Remember, most companies are priced cheap as a result of past performance, bleak outlook or even both. Our job as more »

  • 3 Small Banks with Very Big Dividends

    By Michael French - January 30, 2012 | Tickers: AF, BAC, NYCB, PBCT

    The large cap financial like JP Morgan (JPM), Citigroup (C) and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) have been making a lot of headlines.  Improving balance sheets and rising profits are what they want you to believe.  The reality is lingering issues with losses and bad investments, stagnant revenue growth and profits based on manipulative accounting. The banking sector, as reflected by the financial Spyder (XLF) has been trending sideways since more »

  • Play $100 Oil with These 6 Energy Stocks

    By Michael French - January 30, 2012 | Tickers: WLL

    Assuming that the US economy continues to rebound during this period of recovery and Europe settles their fiscal concerns, now could be the perfect time to buy oil stocks. The price of crude oil dipped in the past few months thanks in part to the European debt crisis and chaos in Libya, but appears to be rising again. After a 52 week low of $76.50 in October 2011, oil more »

  • 5 Dividend Champions To Pick Up In 2012

    By Michael French - January 30, 2012 | Tickers: MO, EMR, XOM, FRT, LO, PEP, RAI, BFS, WRE

    With a stock market that's been pretty flat and looks set to remain that way, we have to turn our attention to dividend producers to generate income and growth. I have picked a group of 5 diversified stocks that I believe will make an impact in 2012. Please use my research as a starting point for your own due diligence.

    When being number two is'nt all that bad more »

  • After Earnings: 2 Bank Stocks to Buy, 1 To Skip

    By Michael French - January 30, 2012 | Tickers: FNFG, GSBC, HBHC

    The reporting season on banks is finally winding down. Today I am going to look at three banks that have used their relative financial strength to acquire assets in order to grow their balance sheets. These purchases often skew results in the short term, but the hope and expectation is to grow assets and earnings over the long run during an era when growing assets through loaning money is difficult more »

  • Retirees: 5 Safe Stocks For Your Portfolio

    By Michael French - January 30, 2012 | Tickers: AA, MCD, PFE

    Many people consider the stock market to be a tool for young investors. While heavy speculating is best left to those who have the most time to recoup any big losses, Wall Street is a great tool for more seasoned traders to supplement pensions or Social Security payments. Older investors typically choose stable, growth-oriented stocks or dividend payers to limit their liability while still making gains. Among this kind of more »

  • How Much Further Can Bank of America Fall From Here

    By Michael French - January 30, 2012 | Tickers: BAC

    Financial giant Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) has suffered through rocky times and is trading around $7.29, with a 52-week high of $14.95 and low of $4.92. The company still has major issues it is combating. While the share price bounced off a floor at about $5.00 a share investors have to ask if it could it fall below this level? How much further can more »

  • 8 Next Tech Growth Kings (Part 2)

    By Michael French - January 30, 2012 | Tickers: CRM, TZOO, WBMD, XLNX

    This is a continuation from Part 1.

    Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) – This has been a long-time favorite of many investors and is unusual in that the company has a nearly perfect twin, Altera Corp. (ALTR). While there are some critical differences that are discussed below, the similarities present an argument that both stocks should be included in a long-term core portfolio.

    In terms of valuation metrics, XLNX has a price-to-earnings more »

  • 8 Next Growth Kings in Tech (Part 1)

    By Michael French - January 30, 2012 | Tickers: STEC, SYNA, TSL, TYL

    The biggest names in technology have long been synonymous with growth, performance and stability. Often garnering names like the Four Horsemen or other equally recognizable monikers, technology stocks appeal to investors not just for their obvious name recognition, but because of what they represent. Names at the top of the tech growth food chain have historically been some of the strongest performers in the market.

    Still, there is a time more »

  • 3 Companies Ready to Beat the Market

    By Michael French - January 29, 2012 | Tickers: AEE, AEO, CNP, DUK, DRE

    2011 ended with lingering fears of global and US growth.  So far, I have seen very little to lift the markets.  The European crisis is expected to negatively impact the global economy.  Domestic growth in the US is being revised down and the foreclosure crisis is expected to continue for some time.  The number of new foreclosures dropped sharply in 2011.  This decline is due primarily to moratoriums and reviews more »

  • 3 Regional Banks Report: Should You Buy?

    By Michael French - January 29, 2012 | Tickers: CBSH, FMER, HBAN

    Many regional banks are continuing to report earnings this season. We continue to see that those banks that lost money in 2008 and 2009 are only marginally profitable today, while those that had steadier performance are on more solid footing today. Earnings in the fourth quarter are proving more difficult to come by for many banks than in the previous quarter, as the temporary easy fix of taking cash from more »

  • Can These REITs Keep Paying Big Dividends?

    By Michael French - January 29, 2012 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, AINV, ARR, CIM, MFA

    For years now, REITs have been seen as an investment vehicle to generate a stable and consistent income stream for investors.  Since they are required to pay at least 90% of their taxable income in the form of dividends, they have been an attractive option for income-minded investors. 

    Many investors make the mistake of making broad statements with regards to REITs.  In fact, they are very complex and very different more »

  • 7 Retail Stocks Ready to Soar

    By Michael French - January 29, 2012 | Tickers: DXLG, COST, M, JWN, TGT, TJX, WTSL

    Retail is known to underperform during tough economic times, primarily because consumers cut back on unnecessary spending such as clothes, home furnishings, accessories, etc.  But, during good economic times, these stocks tend to perform very well because consumers are again willing to open up their wallets as they have a better outlook for the overall economy.   When the economy improves, you can profit by adding some portfolio exposure to retail more »

  • Page 1 of 5