Don’t Miss This $8 Billion Spin Off

Professional traders are always on the lookout for special situations in the stock market.  Special situations are far and few between, but they can greatly increase the odds of investing success. One of the most sought after special situations in the entire stock market is when a company divests or sells off a sector or division to another company. These divestments are extremely beneficial to both the company doing the selling and the company buying the sector or division. The reasons for this are multiple.  At the most basic level, the company doing the selling is getting rid o...
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Put A Collar On This Market

The major stock indexes are acting toppy and economic fear reigns supreme around the globe.  Most investors are very confused about whether or not to take profits or to hold on for greater gains. There are strong signals that the bull market is coming to an end. Even many professional traders are confused about what to expect next. The index of fear known as the VIX has spiked to near 20 within the last seven trading days.  Also, the VIX has moved above its 200 week simple moving average for the first time since the start of the year. A combination of climbing interest rate fears ...
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Time To Buy Utility Stocks

Buying weakness and selling strength is the hallmark of the professional investor. Successful investors follow this mantra religiously, while their less successful brethren rarely ever buy weakness and sell strength in the stock market.  In fact, consistently struggling investors often do the opposite of the rules followed habitually by winning investors. The reason for this fact is simple.   It is because it is difficult to buy weak stocks.  It is much easier to buy stocks that are “hot” at the moment and moving higher. This is despite research and real life evidence making it ve...
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You Need To Know This IPO

I am always on the lookout for the next hot stock and investing idea.  My interest in the market is 24/7, so even when I am having fun, I am thinking about potential investment ideas and companies. I recently visited BestBuy to purchase a case for my laptop.  On the way to the back of the store, I passed by a large section of the sales floor that I had not seen previously.  This section was dedicated to home automation.  I could not believe the multiple companies and devices that are dedicated to this new idea.  Home automation is the ability to control your dwellings systems either aut...
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The Missing Link Of Technical Analysis

All disciplines have that one key feature that brings everything together.  Without this item, the process just doesn’t seem to work correctly. This fact is particularly true for technical analysis.  The indicators and charts just don’t appear to work right without this often overlooked feature of technical analysis.   While it is often talked about among traders and even in mainstream financial media, it is often disregarded by traders and investors. This feature of technical analysis is so critical for your success that I refer to it as the “missing link”. The reason many traders a...
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3 Cheap Dividend Stocks Under $10

I have interacted with a countless number of investors, traders, and other stock market participants over the years.  These conversations have revealed certain primary issues and problems affecting the majority of stock market traders and investors. These fundamental issues have nothing to do with knowledge or investing skills.  In fact, I am often very impressed with the knowledge and skillset of many beginning investors.  The real problem is far simpler than building a knowledge or skill set. The primary issue I have discovered that plaques a broad majority of new investors is not havi...
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Turn Your Stocks Into A Cash Machine

Many investors are finding this market extremely difficult to trade.  There is increasing volatility in both directions but no real directional bias since March.  In fact, the stock market barometer of the Dow Jones Industrial Average hasn’t moved out of a 650-point channel over the last four months. Most things are looking very bullish in the economy, and the stock market should be taking off to the upside.   However, bearish international pressure combined with domestic interest rate fears have put a lid on the stock market bulls. Both the traditionally bullish and bearish stoc...
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 You Need To Own This Hated Dividend Stock

Every investor wants to know the secret to getting wealthy in the stock market.  Many wrongly assume that the secret is to locate the next hot stock and plunge into the shares with all your capital.  Indeed, if you catch the right stock, this tactic can and does work.  However, the risk factors are simply gigantic.  While a few hot stocks do go on to greatness by making their investors very wealthy, the majority simply just languish in mediocracy, slowly decline, or even plunge in value. Most stock market investors try to mitigate the chances of buying hot stocks that quickly become dud...
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Do You Know This Free Profitable Trading Tool?

The coolest thing about the stock market is the great diversity of ideas on the best way to make money.  Every investor has their favorite tactic and method to extract profits from changing prices.  The interesting thing is that every method works but only some of the time. The above means to be successful for the long run; you need to have an arsenal of styles and tactics to apply as the market’s volatility changes. Most importantly, understanding the two primary market philosophies is the first step in developing your investing plan. There are many different styles of trading.  Howe...
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Could This Company Be The Next Starbucks?

$5.00 for a cup of coffee?  You must be kidding me!  That was my and many others reaction when first made aware of the hyper-successful Seattle coffee chain, Starbucks (Nasdaq:SBUX). In fact, less than two decades ago, anyone who would have even suggested that consumers would happily pay $3.00, $4.00, or even $6.00 a cup for fancy coffee based drinks would have been laughed out of the room.  Well, today, those prices are common with millions of consumers thinking nothing of partaking in such high priced coffee on a daily or even several times a day basis. These once believed to b...
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