The 5 Best Stocks To Buy Now

Barron’s completed its 2019 Barron’s Roundtable where they asked 10 of Wall Street’s smartest investors for their 48 best investment ideas. We’ve gone through the list and narrowed it down to five specific stocks that are the best to buy right now. The five stocks that we’re going to look at were recommendations from Oscar Shafer, Mario Gabelli, Scott Black and Rupal Bhansali. As part of the analysis, we’re going to summarize the analysis done by these experts and provide our own analysis of their picks. Let’s get started with the list. 1. Dollar Tree Inc (DLTR)—Oscar Schafer, Chairman of R...
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Knowles Corporation An Undervalued Gem With An Explosive Catalyst

One of the best stocks to own over the last year wasn’t anything exciting… It didn’t have a cure for cancer or anything that was revolutionary. It wasn’t exactly the next Amazon.com or Apple either. But we’ve all used its products. In fact, between three and four billion of us use its products today. If you use a cell phone, it’s likely to contain its microphones or speakers. Yet, its stock trades at only $15.25 a share in what could be an $18.8 billion growth story. That company is Knowles Corporation (KN:NYSE). Considered the runaway leader in the voice assist space wit...
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Clouds Can Help Traders Spot Trends

Technical analysis is an established discipline dating back to at least the 1800s. Some techniques are even older with candlestick patterns being used to trade rice markets in eighteenth century Japan according to legend. However, candlesticks were lost for centuries to Western traders and only became popular after they were reintroduced to the world in the 1980s. They were brought to the attention of traders in Western markets by Steve Nison in his book, Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques, and Nison noted that based on his research, he believed the chart style was developed after 1850. ...
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Four Trump Trades to Benefit From the New President’s First Hundred Days

The election is finally over and we know who the next president will be. We also know that the first hundred days of a president’s term are among the most important. Political scientists agree that the first hundred days of a new president’s term are likely when their power and influence are at its greatest. This is when they have the chance to work with Congress to get things done, before rivalries develop. The deadline of 100 days helps to create a sense of urgency and urgency led to the origination of the term. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to emphasize his first hundred days when ...
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Four Biotechs to Buy Now

Elections can be hard on stocks. In the heat of the campaign, politicians often make promises and seek to assure voters they share many of the same problems that make life difficult for voters. At times, when trying to reassure voters, politicians seem to demonize industries. Financial stocks were a popular demon after the financial crisis. This year, drug makers became demons and targets of a few politicians in their speeches and tweets. To be fair, the CEOs of drug companies made easy targets this year. In February, Martin Shkreli, a 30-something hedge-fund manager turned pharmaceutica...
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Is the P/E Ratio the Best Way to Find Value?

Many investors look at the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio when deciding whether or not to buy a stock. They often believe that a low P/E ratio identifies value while a high P/E ratio indicates a stock should be avoided. Applying a test to identify value makes sense since buying undervalued stocks increase the probability an investment will be successful. But many investors fail to consider whether or not the P/E ratio is the best test for value. They might be relying on the P/E ratio just because it is popular and widely available. Researchers have actually looked at the question of which me...
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Ben Graham’s Rules for Cheap Stocks: Four Cheap Stocks Warren Buffett’s Teacher Might Buy

  Ben Graham is considered to be the founder of the value investing philosophy. He began investing in the 1920s, just in time to suffer large losses in the 1929 stock market crash. Graham decided to learn from the crash and began studying how to buy safe stocks. Within a few years, he coauthored the first book on the subject of value investing with a former student, David Dodd. That 1934 book, Security Analysis, is still found on the bookshelf of many investment professionals. Although Graham’s work is important on its own right, it was the work of another student, Warren Buffett, that would m...
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High Income Utility Stocks to Ease Election Jitters

Under normal circumstances, elections are often followed by selloffs in the stock market. Two examples many investors may remember are the selloffs that occurred in 2000 and 2008. Stocks were already in bear markets as those elections were held, but the selloffs that occurred after the votes were counted still seemed to catch many investors by surprise.   The circumstances associated with the 2000 election may have been unique. That year, a close election required several weeks of recounts and a decision by the US Supreme Court to finalize the results.  The uncertainty associated with the r...
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The Whole Truth About Moving Averages:

We’ve all seen the analyst on CNBC explain with a sense of authority that the S&P 500 index has just crossed above or below an important moving average (MA). We are led to believe this foretells a trend reversal but we never really see data supporting that idea after the statement is made. This leads to the logical question, “are analysts talking about MAs simply to have something to say or are MAs useful?” The answer, as so many answers are in the financial world, is that “it depends.” Sometimes MAs work spectacularly well. This was the case in 2008 when proponents note they warned of ...
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Five Cheap, High Quality Stocks Poised to Beat the Market:

Cheap has several possible meanings to stock market investors. A cheap stock can be one that trades at a low price. Other investors use the word “cheap” to indicate the stock is undervalued. Under that definition, a stock selling at $1,000 a share would be considered cheap if the investor believes the fundamental value of the stock is $1,500. In that case, they would believe they were buying assets valued at $1 for one-third off and paying $1,000 a share would be a bargain. In this post, we will use the first definition and look at stocks trading below $10. Low-priced stocks are capable of ...
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