How Google’s $13 Billion Spending Plans Affect the Stock

Google Inc. is planning to spend $13 billion this year on data centers and offices across the U.S., Chief Executive Sundar Pichai recently announced according to The Wall Street Journal. In a blog post, Mr. Pichai said the investments would give Google the capacity to hire tens of thousands of employees and create more than 10,000 new construction jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia. The new investments will give Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., GOOGL -0.85% real-estate assets in 24 states, including data centers in 13 communities, he said. Mr. Pichai said 2019 will mark the ...
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Jump Start Your Income Today

Investing is a lifetime journey, and getting started can feel frustrating. That can be the case with income investing, where the first dividend check might just be for a paltry few dollars. While growing a dividend over time can lead to a powerful return, if you’re looking for high income now, there are plenty of opportunities available that can start showing you a much larger pile of cash relative to what you put in. These high-yield plays, typically paying in the 5-10 percent range, are companies that tend to be structured to pay out most of their income to shareholders. There are ...
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Twitter’s Plunge Could Be a Trading Opportunity

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) has a market cap of more than $22 billion and is an important company. As one commentator recently noted, “Twitter makes and breaks careers. It makes and breaks lives. Perhaps most saliently, the platform shapes news cycles, which, in turn, shape how people see the world. Because journalists spend disproportionate time on the website relative to most of their audience, outlets increasingly amplify Twitter’s viral stories, and seemingly without questioning their broader relevance. It’s a pattern that distorts perception on both sides of the political spectrum, and everywhere in between.” But is also a volatile stock and the ...
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Buy Now, Get More than You Paid In Later (Year After Year)

There’s an ancient Chinese saying: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. It may seem like stocks go nowhere for long periods at a time. But many companies can use those periods to continue growing their dividends for shareholders. When that happens, buyers see the amount of cash they get rise every year. Over a long enough timeline, they could even see dividends rise to a point where they get more cash payouts every year than what they originally paid. This secret is a simple math equation known as the “yield on cost.” ...
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FAANG Earnings: Bullish for Investors?

FAANG stocks have been the market leaders. This is the group of tech stocks that includes Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Alphabet (parent company of Google). Recently, several of the companies released earnings and their results could have a significant impact on the short term trend of the stock market. Facebook Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) beat expectations. CNBC reported: “Here’s how the company did compared with what Wall Street predicted:
  • Earnings: $2.38 per share, vs. $2.19 forecast by Refinitiv consensus estimates
  • Revenue: $16.91 billion, vs. $16.39 billion forecast by Refinitiv consensus estimates
  • Daily active users: 1.52 billion, vs. 1.52 billion forecast by Refinitiv ...
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Buying is Only Half of Investing

Most investment research is based on one thing, and one thing only: Finding the best opportunities to buy. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a good thing in and of itself. After all, if you don’t make a good buy in the markets, you’re pretty much guaranteed to lose money. But what happens when things go well? That’s where the trouble starts. That’s because most investment research doesn’t tell you anything about when to sell a position you hold—whether it’s gone up or down. Many investors use rules like stop-loss orders. But that also causes them to lose their shares while a stock’s price is ...
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Starbucks Could Deliver Gains With Limited Risk To Investors

Starbucks is an $80 billion company and has grown steadily over the years. It’s five year average growth in sales is 10.7% while the one year growth is reported at 10.4%. The consistency could make the stock attractive to investors. But, as always, the latest report can confirm or change opinions about a stock. The latest report from Starbucks seems to be bullish. CNBC reported, “shares of Starbucks rose … after the company reported better than expected sales and earnings growth … with customers spending more on their lattes and Frappuccinos." This move pushed the stock back towards the upper edge of ...
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The Crown Jewels in the Stock Market Kingdom

Companies come and go. The last component of the original Dow Jones Index, General Electric, got booted last year. But you could have been out of that name for far longer if you had followed a simple rule: Only invest in companies that deliver increasing income to shareholders every year by increasing their dividend. Following that rule would have gotten you out of a lot of stocks before they really took a dive—and kept you in some of the best wealth-building stocks of all time. In the end, researching the market for stocks that deliver great returns to investors over time will often ...
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