Why share buybacks deserve more respect

Dividends are in fashion with investors right now, and that’s always a good thing. Creative accounting can produce false impressions of prosperity and hide embarrassing financial problems. But accounting can’t create cash for this year’s dividend, let alone conjure up a history of past dividends… Read More

Stock broker jargon is a bad guide to investment decisions

Every industry and group has its own special jargon. This specialized language always has the same purpose. It simplifies communications within the industry, and helps make insiders feel they are part of a tightly knit community. It also helps the group pursue its goals. It… Read More

The potential pitfalls of a sector rotation strategy

Some investors follow a “sector rotation” approach to investing. That’s when you try to hop from sector to sector, underweighting or overweighting their holdings in certain sectors of the stock market depending on a forecast of the stage of the economic cycle, or other factors.

Sector… Read More

U.S.A. stock market: PetSmart earnings rise in latest quarter

PetSmart Inc., Nasdaq symbol PETM, operates 1,192 pet stores in the U.S. and Canada. It also has 184 in-store PetsHotel dog and cat boarding facilities.

PetSmart is one of the stocks we analyze in Wall Street Stock Forecaster, our newsletter for U.S.A. stock market investing.

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Stock market picks: Foreign-exchange losses weigh on Aastra’s results

Aastra Technologies, symbol AAH on Toronto, develops and markets products and systems for accessing communication networks, including the Internet. Its technology is centered around business telephone systems, and includes products that integrate traditional and mobile phones.

Aastra is one of the aggressive stock market picks we… Read More

Stock market picks: AT&T earnings rise on strong wireless demand

AT&T, symbol T on New York, was the exclusive U.S. carrier for the Apple iPhone, until Verizon started selling it in February. However, AT&T is rapidly upgrading its wireless networks, which should help it hang on to its current iPhone customers.

Despite iPhone competition from Verizon,… Read More