ETFs offer broad access to U.S. blue chips

ETFs offer broad access to U.S. blue chips

These ETFs, like mutual funds, track major stock market indexes, but their low management fees set them apart.

SPDR S&P 500 ETF (New York symbol SPY; buy or sell through brokers; www.spdrs.com) holds the stocks in the S&P 500 Index; they consist of 500… Read More

Hang on to these tech leaders

These two tech firms continue to dominate their main markets. However, we feel their shares will make only limited progress over the next few months.
APPLE INC. $117 (Nasdaq symbol AAPL; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 5.3 billion; Market cap: $620.1 billion;… Read More

Q: Pat: Could you please give me your opinion on two American closed-end funds: Liberty All-Star Equity Fund and AllianzGI Equity & Convertible Income Fund? The yields are great on each fund and you are getting their holdings at a discount. Thank you in advance.

A: Liberty All-Star Equity Fund, $5.22, symbol USA on New York (Units outstanding: 186.8 million; Market cap: $975.1 million; www.all-starfunds.com), is a closed-end fund that aims to combine the stock recommendations of three value-style and two growth-style investment managers.
The fund started up on October 31,… Read More

These tech stocks have hit new highs

In addition to Alphabet, we also like the outlook for these three tech leaders. However, after their recent price gains, only two are buys.
ADOBE SYSTEMS INC. $104 (Nasdaq symbol ADBE; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 497.2 million; Market cap: $51.7 billion;… Read More

TubeMogul is a great fit

ADOBE SYSTEMS INC. $104.08 (Nasdaq symbol ADBE; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (408- 536-6000; www.adobe.com; Shares o/s: 497.2 million; Market cap: $51.5 billion; No dividends paid) has bought TubeMogul (symbol TUBE on Nasdaq) for $540 million. That video-advertising business makes products that let advertisers better plan the… Read More

Adobe & Microsoft team up

ADOBE SYSTEMS INC. $108.39 (Nasdaq symbol ADBE; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (408-536-6000; www.adobe.com; Shares outstanding: 497.2 million; Market cap: $53.9 billion; No dividends paid) is now joining with Microsoft (symbol MSFT on Nasdaq and a recommendation of our Wall Street Stock Forecaster newsletter) to integrate each… Read More