Stock Investment Advice
Every Wednesday, we publish our “Investor Toolkit” series on TSI Network. Whether you’re a new or experienced investor, these weekly updates are designed to give you specific investing advice on the widest possible variety of topics. Each Investor Toolkit update gives you a fundamental tip and shows you how you can put it into practice.
Today’s tip: “The failure rate …read more »
Pat McKeough responds to many personal questions about specific stock market advice and other investment topics from the members of his Inner Circle. Every week, his comments and recommendations on the most intriguing questions of the past week go out to all Inner Circle members. And each week, we offer you one of the highlights from these Q&A sessions. While …read more »
New environmental regulations are forcing these two power companies to close their coal-fired plants or install new pollution-control equipment. However, regulators are reluctant to let them pass these costs on to their customers. Even so, both companies should be able to maintain their current dividends.
AMEREN CORP. $29 (New York symbol AEE; Income Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 242.6 million; …read more »
NCR CORP. $24 (New York symbol NCR; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 159.9 million; Market cap: $3.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.6; No dividends paid; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.ncr.com) has won a contract to install 10,000 of its self-checkout systems at more than 1,200 Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. These devices let shoppers pay for their purchases …read more »
SONY CORP. ADRs $10 (New York symbol SNE; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; ADRs outstanding: 1.0 billion; Market cap: $10.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.1; Dividend yield: 3.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.sony.com) has agreed to buy 11% of distressed Japanese camera maker Olympus for $640 million. In addition, the companies will work together on new medical-imaging equipment that includes …read more »
For many investors today, the name John Templeton might not be familiar except as half the name of big U.S. fund company Franklin Templeton (and it’s Ben Franklin’s face on the company logo rather than Templeton’s). But until a decade or so ago, John Templeton was as well-known and as highly regarded as Warren Buffett is today.
Templeton got his start …read more »
Here’s a remark overheard at a gathering of mutual fund managers. One mutual fund marketer commented offhandedly that, “It might be too early to buy, but it’s a great time to set up a few incubator funds.” It seemed to me that the comment said more about the mutual fund industry than it did about the market.
An “incubator fund” is …read more »
eBay has moved far beyond its original auction website business in the past 17 years. It’s now a complete e-commerce platform that helps merchants sell their goods and collect payments. Demand for the company’s services should keep rising, particularly in developing countries, where online shopping is growing and there are fewer traditional retailers to compete with. eBay now gets over …read more »
Investment research has changed a great deal since I first got involved in it in 1964, at age 16, when I got a part-time job as an assistant to an investment writer. Back then, and for many years after, you had to call or write companies to get them to mail annual and quarterly reports.
You had to dig through …read more »
Today’s market volatility and economic uncertainty around the globe is making some investors wonder how much cash they should hold.
My investment advice is to look at the longer term and not just at current conditions, or at today’s headlines. Remember, much of what we read today remains speculation.
I can think of three reasons why you might want to …read more »