Friday, January 2, 2015

Seven Dogs Of The Dow Buys For 2015

The Dow Jones Industrial Average set an all-time intraday high at 18,103.45 on Dec. 26, but there are seven components that are having losing years and qualify as being what’s called, the “Dogs of the Dow.”
Most strategists describe the Dogs of the Dow as the highest dividend paying stocks in the Dow 30. My twist is to also consider the dogs for the next year to be those stocks that declined in price in 2014.
Based upon both dividend and price performance here are the Dogs of the Dow for 2015:

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The Best Performing ETFs of 2014

Broad equity indexes managed to log in several record closes, while European stocks struggled to keep up with the U.S.‘s pace. In general, riskier corners of the market benefited from this year’s uptrend, which included several noteworthy performances from smaller, more volatile securities. Investors may be surprised, however, to learn how Treasury ETFs were some of the best performers of the year.

Below, we highlight 2014’s best ETF performers. Please note that this list excludes inverse and leveraged ETFs (see All ETFs) and the year-to-date returns are as of December 23, 2014: (more)

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Top Stock Picks for January: BBRY, GIB, SU,BB, GIB.A, IPL, SU, WJA

We asked our best analysts to share their favourite stocks this month. Here are their picks.
Robert Baillieul: Inter Pipeline Ltd (TSX: IPL) 
Inter Pipeline Ltd (TSX: IPL) is about as worry-free as they come. In short, if you’re tired of the market’s ups and downs, this is the sort of stock you want to own. Not only does the business see less volatility than most other companies, but it also can be counted on to pay big fat dividends.
Inter Pipeline owns energy pipelines, terminals, and storage facilities. These assets are like a toll bridge, shipping commodities across Western Canada. No matter which direction energy prices go, this company still gets paid.
In return for moving and storing these products, Inter Pipeline earns growing fees that are passed on to investors. Management has hiked its payout 10 times over the past decade. And today, the stock yields a tidy 4.4%. (more)

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Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ: MELI)

MercadoLibre, Inc. hosts online commerce platforms in Latin America. It offers MercadoLibre Marketplace, an automated online e-commerce service for businesses and individuals to list items and conduct their sales and purchases online in a fixed-price or auction-based format.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Mercado (Nasdaq: MELI) below with my added notations:
1-year chart of Mercado (Nasdaq: MELI)
MELI has formed a clear resistance at $130 (green), which was also a support prior. In addition, the stock is climbing a very short-term, uptrending support level (blue) over the last couple of weeks. These two levels combined have MELI stuck within a common chart pattern known as an ascending triangle.
Eventually, the stock will have to break one of those levels, and the stock’s overall movement implies a break lower.

The Tale of the Tape: MELI has an uptrending support and a $130 resistance level to watch. A long trade could be made on a breakout above $130. A break below the uptrending support, or on a rally up to $130, would be an opportunity to enter a short trade.
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5 Massive Upside Stocks for 2015: BA, CELG, GOOG, MGM, SCTY

24/7 Wall St. has evaluated many top outside stock picks for 2014 from Wall Street analysts and market pundits. With the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P hitting new all-time highs throughout 2014 and with the bull market now nearing its sixth year, we wanted to see which analyst picks in mid-cap to large-cap stocks offer the most upside.

We have taken five top stock picks from multiple brokerage firm analysts in this review. Again, these are only in active mid-cap or large-cap stocks in order to avoid the crazy calls, which we will cover later. Some of these stocks still have very big upside targets on the surface, which is why we have gone in depth on the research call and on the expectations for the year ahead.

One consideration to keep in mind about the broad market is that the Santa rally may have eaten into expected 2015 gains. With the Dow up about 11% and the S&P 500 up about 15%, the Wall Street strategists are just not seeing as much huge upside to the year-end or peak targets in 2015. The consensus estimates for the S&P 500 from the strategists imply gains of close to 6% for 2015, plus the dividend yields to consider. (more)
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