Saturday, November 29, 2014

Top 10 Dow Dividend Stocks for December

After an up-and-down October that saw Ebola fears, worries about the state of the European Union and slowing Asian growth all hit the market, the stock market has rallied, and the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average have notched record highs on several occasions.
With the current dividend yield of the S&P 500 sitting at a meager 1.86% and 10-year Treasuries sitting at just 2.25%, the stock market looks like a tempting place to invest your money. And what better place for a risk-shy income investor with a hankering for a bit of capital appreciation than the stodgy, blue-chip-heavy Dow Jones Industrial Average?

While not every stock in the Dow is a screaming yielder, you can find a lot of income on the higher end. For instance, even the worst of the top 10 dividend stocks in the Dow yields 2.8% — and once you get to the top, you’re looking at yields north of 5%! (more)

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There's Nothing 'Boring' About Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) Stock's Double-Digit Breakout Potential

In "One Up on Wall Street," Peter Lynch told investors that a key principle for finding winning stocks is selecting companies whose businesses are not particularly sexy or exciting.
Today's pick operates in what some may consider a "boring" market segment, but the stock is exciting to me because it has a strong chart and excellent fundamentals.

Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) is North America's largest automotive aftermarket parts provider.
With cars and trucks lasting longer than they used to, consumers put increased dollars into maintaining their existing cars, spurring demand for auto parts.  (more)

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5 Top Analyst Stocks That Could Double In Price: Penn Virginia Corporation (NYSE: PVA), Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ: HERO), Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU), Seabridge Gold, Inc. (NYSE: SA), Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCRX)

With the holiday-shortened week taking place, many equity investors have been very thankful for another tremendous year in the stock market. Still, one can only wonder what sort of upside the bulls are hoping for through the end of 2014 and into 2015 and beyond. 24/7 Wall St. has decided to comb through our recent analyst research records looking for some of the top stocks that analysts around Wall Street think can roughly double in price.

As a reminder, most stocks that are called on to double are far more speculative than traditional DJIA and S&P 500 stocks — although sometimes analysts get excessively ambitious in some of those companies as well. As we often say in our analyst calls in stocks under $10, some of the riskier stocks could even ultimately fail!  (more)

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A Hidden Gem Of Bill Gates' Portfolio Is Now A Bargain: Arcos Dorados Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARCO)

You know the old saying, "the rich get richer..." Well, when it comes to Bill Gates, it surely is true.
He amassed a multi-billion dollar fortune when he ran Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), and he's making a lot more money through his two investment firms, Cascade Investments and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust. (Credit also goes to a savvy right-hand man, Michael Larson, who by one recent account, has helped Gates grow his post-Microsoft nest egg to $82 billion from $5 billion.)
That's why so many investors track the ongoing portfolio moves by Gates, Larson and their team. Simply following in their wake can help generate solid portfolio gains. But there's a catch. These folks don't make short-term trades, they make long-term investments. I profiled that approach a few years ago as Gates and his team kept buying shares of AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), even as shares repeatedly hit new highs. (more)

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We Are Closing In On Absolute Panic In The Gold Market

On the heels of the news that more European central banks are coming under enormous pressure to repatriate their gold held abroad, today Egon von Greyerz said we are closing in on absolute panic in the gold market. Below are his comments about the stunning ramifications of what is transpiring.

Greyerz: “Eric, I think 2015 will be the year when the world finally discovers that the emperor has no clothes because there is a total disconnect between reality and financial markets around the globe. We have stagnant growth and there is no net investment anywhere in the West, and there is no investment in infrastructure in the West. Private debts are at record highs and public debts are even bigger, and none of this will ever be repaid. This is the backdrop even as financial markets hit new all-time highs....(more)

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Will $60 Oil Be The Black Swan? / Dave Kranzler / 
If it is, I don’t know of anyone who saw that coming.   I have been asserting over the past month or so that the plunge in the price of oil is the best indicator that the global economy - including and especially the U.S. economy – is collapsing.
There had been a bubble of sorts blown up in the shale oil industry.   Billions in junk bonds have been issued against what is turning out to be the latest of Wall Street’s financial engineering Ponzi schemes.   But what everyone seems to be overlooking is that the banks and private equity firms themselves are going choke on the billions in bank debt issued by the collapsing shale oil industry.
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