Stocks to buy

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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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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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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Up 30% in the past year, global apparel giant Nike (NYSE:NKE) hasn’t lost its step. Source: TY Lim / Shutterstock.com The best part — it’s still a strong buy.  Not only are we seeing plenty of momentum in Nike stock, analysts love it. Goldman Sachs’ Alexandra Walvis upgraded the stock to a “buy” rating, citing
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Chinese e-commerce companies seem to be on a roll. Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) has been trending higher over the last few months, and JD.com (NASDAQ:JD) is not far behind. After an extended period of consolidation, JD.com stock has climbed 27% over the last three months. Source: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com I believe that, from a technical perspective,
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The past five years have not been good for buyers of value stocks.  The iShares S&P 500 Growth ETF (NYSEARCA:IVW) delivered a return of more than 70% between 2015 and 2019 compared to a 41% return for the iShares S&P 500 Value ETF (NYSEARCA:IVE). Overall, value stocks have been underperforming their growth brethren since at
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January has already seen impressive gains in broader markets, and shareholders in the Atlanta-based airline Delta (NYSE:DAL) stock have also enjoyed a year-to-date gain of about 6%. Source: VanderWolf Images/Shutterstock.com In the U.S, four major carriers — American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL), United Continental Holdings (NASDAQ:UAL), Delta and Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) — control about 70% of the domestic market. Furthermore,
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For a boring company like Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), it enjoyed a solid performance in 2019. Last year, Cisco stock returned nearly 17% for stakeholders. Granted, it’s not an earth-shattering figure. As a telecommunications equipment specialist, Cisco isn’t exactly a sexy organization. However, it’s a name you may want to keep in the backburner. Source: Anucha
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In case you hadn’t noticed, America is having a delivery dilemma. What started out as a quaint thing called “shopping from home” has grown into perhaps the dominant industry of this generation. E-commerce is not only changing the way consumers shop, but it’s also changing how they spend their leisure time. And increasingly those consumers
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As the old adage puts it, the most dangerous words in investing are, “this time is different.” For years, that wisdom would have steered investors away from Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) stock. Source: Shutterstock After all, Plug Power has been one of the market’s longest-running serial disappointers. Since inception, Plug Power has accumulated a deficit over
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With another year in the books, it’s astonishing that the broader markets are again near all-time highs. Just from gambling on probabilities, you’d expect the major indices to have at least modestly corrected by now. As it stands, many investors are gun shy about betting on large-capitalization companies. To offer an alternative, may I suggest
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Last year wasn’t encouraging for investors in cannabis stocks. And despite the company’s comparatively strong revenues, Aphria (NYSE:APHA) stock was collateral damage as risk-off sentiment dragged the sector lower. The so-called Cannabis 2.0, in which edibles and vaping products were expected to drive marijuana-market revenues in Canada in late 2019, simply didn’t pan out and
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