Basic material stocks such as Rowan Companies (NYSE: RDC), Allied Nevada Gold (NYSEMKT: ANV), and Alcoa (NYSE: AA) have not been rewarding to investors in recent months, even though the markets have reached new heights. It may be a good time to go long in these stocks, however, as the U.S. economy has started giving signals that the worst is behind us.
Rowan Companies’ strong indicator
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As the markets trade at all time high levels, it is becoming more and more difficult to get value bargains. As a result, the focus is shifting to finding decent companies with strong earnings potential. These picks of course come at relatively higher levels than what investors were able to lay their hands on six months ago. Federal-Mogul (NASDAQ: FDML), Textron (NYSE: TXT), and Remy International (NASDAQ: REMY) are some more »
Economic recession is not a common phenomenon, however, recessions do occur every few years. Investors can reap rich dividends by assuming one is imminent and creating a portfolio of recession-proof stocks such as EZCORP (NASDAQ: EZPW), CONN’S (NASDAQ: CONN), and Hertz (NYSE: HTZ). These companies not only offer prospects of recurring cash flows but also a degree of certainty regarding the same. Here is a closer look:
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A rising tide in the stock market has taken stocks such as Popular (NASDAQ: BPOP), Penske Automotive (NYSE: PAG), and East West Bancorp (NASDAQ: EWBC) to new levels but there may be more long term upside left in these stocks.
Popular surges after Q2 results
Puerto Rico based regional bank Popular surged after announcing exceptionally strong quarterly results. Despite being a regional bank, Popular Inc has a relatively large footprint more »
Stocks breaking out of a negative or declining trend can often lead to sustained rallies. United Rentals (NYSE: URI), Kodiak Oil & Gas (NYSE: KOG), and Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) are among movers that have given indications of such reversals. However, some may be false alarms.
United Rentals’ sales surging
In a matter of two months, United Rentals has seen a high of $59 and a low of $46. The company more »
A share repurchase is an excellent tool to shore up share prices and the effect increases dramatically when an activist investor is involved. Navistar International (NYSE: NAV), Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ: SWHC) and Suncor Energy (NYSE: SU) are such stocks where value is still to be unlocked.
Navistar International’s investors strike deal
Navistar International is one of the oldest truck making companies still around in the United States. Although this more »
Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke lifted the mood of the markets as he announced that the end of the quantitative easing is still some time off in the future. This acted as a sentiment booster for interest rate-sensitive sectors such as housing, which fell some time ago when markets assumed that the central bank was about to wind up the stimulus program. Included among the prominent gainers are NVR (NYSE: NVRmore »)
At a time when major banking corporations are stifled by the expectations of stricter capital rules, regional banking stocks such as Popular (NASDAQ: BPOP), Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ: HBAN), and PNC Financial Services (NYSE: PNC) continue to make headway.
To be on the right side of the fence, regional banks actually never lost their appeal, but they now stand an even greater chance of attracting bigger investors as many would be more »
Stocks of luxury brands Coach (NYSE: COH), Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL), and Michael Kors (NYSE: KORS) have declined or have remained steady in recent months, reflecting divided opinion on these stocks. While the market believes these stocks need a correction, it may just be a blessing in disguise as discounted entry levels can be used to create fresh long positions.
Coach stock makes ground in China
After losing tremendous weight in recent months, gold and silver stocks are looking leaner and fit for a rally. There are some fundamental reasons behind this positive take on precious metal stocks such as First Majestic Silver (NYSE: AG), Alamos Gold (NYSE: AGI) and AuRico Gold (NYSE: AUQ). Here is a closer look:
First Majestic surged (but then fell)
First Majestic Silver has a majority of mining operations based in more »
Leasing is a profitable business to be in and its importance cannot be highlighted enough in times of market uncertainties. With interest rates set to go up again, companies may find the ‘lease versus own’ analysis leaning in favor of the former. Leasing and rental companies such as Aaron’s (NYSE: AAN), McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ: MGRC), and TAL International (NYSE: TAL) should be closely watched for important updates:
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Value investing proponent Benjamin Graham said stock markets behave like voting machines, but in the long term they act like weighing machines. This statement has withstood several tests and has been amply exemplified by no one else but Warren Buffett. Markets often tend to react in extreme directions and create opportunities this way. Recent slides in the prices of Titan International (NYSE: TWI), CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI), and Delek (NYSE: DKmore »)
Among airline stocks, JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLUNASDAQ: JBLU)) surged recently after reports surfaced that the company is being targeted for a buyout by David Neeleman, who is tipped to be contemplating a merger between JetBlue and his start-up carrier Azul Linhas Aereas. The unconfirmed news not only lifted JetBlue but also worked wonders for Allegiant Travel (NASDAQ: ALGT) and Republic Airways (NASDAQ: RJET). While acquisitions usually unlock huge upside, there more »
Pandora Media (NYSE: PNYSE: P)), SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR), and Yelp (NYSE: YELP) are specific technology plays trending higher in recent days. However, these stocks may be better suited to investors with high risk appetite.
California based Internet radio provider Pandora Media has been upgraded to “outperform” from “market perform” by analysts at Cowen. The broker also increased the price target to $22 from $15 in a major vindication to more »
Last week’s sell off saw some big names falling off the cliff. Stocks that gained handsomely in the rally so far, such as Gulfport Energy (NASDAQ: GPOR), Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD), and Walgreen (NYSE: WAG) were natural targets for investors to dump. However, this does not necessarily mean there is anything wrong with these stocks. Here is a closer look.
Gulfport Energy has made huge strides in recent years more »
Modine Manufacturing (NYSE: MOD), Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), and First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) are stocks with news which have recorded big price movements lately. However, it is seldom the case of ‘all news is good news’ for listed public companies. Here is a closer look at these big-moving stocks:
Benefiting from the automotive recovery
Modine Manufacturing -- a supplier of thermal management systems and components to automakers -- has moved up in more »
Hot-selling homebuilder stocks such as D.R. Horton (NYSE: DHI), Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL), and Lennar (NYSE: LEN) have seen a fantastic rally last year amid increasing signs of a recovering U.S. economy. However, as every rally must come to an end, Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke acted to put an abrupt end to the rally in these stocks by sending clear signs that the expansionary monetary policy at more »
U.S. equity markets are down after the Federal Reserve chief made it clear that its bond buying program will slow. Meanwhile, concerns about shrinking manufacturing in China failed to offer any help to markets.
This scenario cannot be seen as a positive for equity markets but it doesn't mean you should stop investing in the markets. Private equity firms appear to be cheap and profitable. Don't believe more »
Successful corporate turnarounds can substantially increase shareholders’ wealth and there are enough examples in the recent past of such fundamental improvements in operations. OmniVision (NASDAQ: OVTINASDAQ: OVTI)) is one such company and encouraging developments at Research In Motion (NASDAQ: BBRY) and Nuance (NASDAQ: NUAN) indicate these may be next in line. Here is a closer look:
Research In Motion Recovery in Stocks This Year
Research In Motion is not a company more »
Stocks with positive news momentum often chart rallies on the bourses and sometimes turn out to be multibaggers. Investors are thus advised to keep a close eye on news flow. Stocks such as Gannett (NYSE: GCI), Belo (NYSE: BLC), and LIN TV (NYSE: LIN) have been abuzz with tons of news. Here is a closer look:
Share Of Gannett Surges After Acquisition Announcement
Shares of Gannett surged last week after more »
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