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One of my favorite pastimes is creating outside-the-box stock portfolios for InvestorPlace readers. Recently, I read the New York-based research firm Morning Consult’s special report “Most Trusted Brands: The State of Consumer Trust.”  Using its brand tracking platform, Brand Intelligence, Morning Consult conducted consumer surveys between September 2019 and December 2019, coming up with an
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BP (NYSE:BP) stock offers great value for investors. This energy producer’s dividend yield is 6.3% and its forward price-to-earnings ratio is under 12 times. Source: TK Kurikawa / Shutterstock.com That is a great bargain. Moreover, the company appears to be able to afford the high dividend payments that it is making. For example, in the
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U.S. equities are pulling back on Thursday as the worries over a global contagion out of China spreads. New cases have been reported in places like Scotland and the U.S. The worry is that officials will have no choice but to lock down travel to prevent the disease from spreading, which would dampen global growth.
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Ahead of earnings season, U.S. stocks seem a little wobbly. Mixed trading has dominated the last three sessions, with broad market indices basically flat on Wednesday. Source: Shutterstock That trading makes some sense. The impeachment trial is garnering the headlines. And this earnings season is important while recent history suggests U.S. stocks could make a
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Earnings season is officially underway. And as is customary, bank stocks led the way. One reason for this is that bank stocks have been shown to reflect the health of the broader U.S. economy. When banks are making money from lending it means consumers and businesses are seeking loans. Borrowing can have a ripple effect
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A worker prepares to load a silicon wafer machine in a clean room at the Texas Instruments semiconductor fabrication plant in Dallas, Texas. Jason Janik | Bloomberg | Getty Images Take a look at the companies making headlines after the bell. Texas Instruments – Texas Instruments’ stock fell 1% in extended trading on Wednesday after
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For many years following the burst of the dot-com bubble, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned a reputation as a sleepy investment. While it wouldn’t destroy your portfolio due to shoddy business practices causing volatility, Microsoft stock was hardly exciting. But in the last five years, that narrative has shifted: can this momentum continue into 2020 and beyond?
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After at least several dozen headlines affirming the phase-one U.S.-China trade deal in recent weeks, markets continue to float higher. And as more bullish investors participate in the market, fair valuations are of little concern. Slowing growth for companies whose stock prices are at 52-week highs is getting ignored, too. When the market’s optimism gets
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This bull market, now nearly eleven years old, has been marked by a preference for growth over value. Particularly over the last few years, “cheap” stocks, at least by traditional fundamental metrics, quite often have stayed cheap. Expensive stocks seemingly only get more expensive. Source: Shutterstock To market skeptics, that split is the sign of
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The middle of the winter season The futures market is oversold Sellers lurking above in natural gas It has been nothing short of a winter of discontent for the bulls in the natural gas futures market. As the withdrawal season approached in early November, the uncertainty of the average temperatures during the winter season caused
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Kazakh sanitary-epidemiological service worker uses a thermal scanner to detect travellers from China who may have symptoms possibly connected with the previously unknown coronavirus, at Almaty International Airport, Kazakhstan January 21, 2020. Pavel Mikheyev | Reuters Fears that China’s latest coronavirus could disrupt travel and commerce, and slow economic growth sent a chill through global
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