Stick With Inflation-Beating Companies Now Trending Higher

Quality, long-term stock holdings can deliver great returns for years on end. One sign that a company is a good investment is that it can raise prices year after year. As long as customers continue to buy, and earnings continue to grow, shares can rise. Some consumer goods companies have been impacted by the recent bout of inflation. The past few years have separated some of these companies into great holdings, while others haven’t performed as well. Seasoning and spice producer McCormick ...
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Board Battle or Not, this Brand Is Undervalued

The past few years have been painful for media companies. Shares soared as firms rolled out streaming services. But the high costs of content development and changing consumer tastes have led investors to put these stocks in the bargain bin. That’s an opportunity for investors today. Especially as media companies own considerable intellectual properties and brands that can likely lead to far higher valuations in the future. One potential winner in the short and long term is The Walt Disney Company (DIS) ...
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This Stock Could Soar as the Economy Nails the Soft Landing

Investors are gravitating towards the idea that the Federal Reserve is pulling off a soft landing. Aggressively raising interest rates is pushing inflation back down. But it’s doing so at a rate that isn’t leading to a recession. Ideally, that creates a scenario where the economy can continue to grow from a low-inflation base. That’s played out before, when the Fed’s moves in the early 1990s led to a soft landing that allowed the economy to take off in the late ...
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The AI Chip Boom Has More Room to Run

For the past 15 months, AI stocks have boomed. And companies related to that trade have soared. While many of these chipmakers are hitting new highs, there’s still room to run. That’s being seen by continued strong earnings. That indicates customers continue to demand the hardware needed to run today’s data-intensive AI programs. And as long as earnings continue to remain strong, the rally can continue indefinitely. One sign of continued strength is from memory chipmaker Micron (MU). Shares soared following a ...
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Companies Getting Big Funding Could Prove Big Winners

New technologies require massive amounts of capital for research, development, and production. The rise of AI-related trades also means that many chipmakers need to get better at making more advanced semiconductors, and more quickly. Companies in the sector working on that challenge are eligible for funding from the Chips Act, which is designed to increase semiconductor production in the United States and improve competitiveness. It could also be a sign that some chipmakers could be more successful in the years ahead. The ...
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In a Changing Legal Environment, Look for the Beneficiary

Laws change all the time. And lawsuits may not change laws, but they can impact how they’re interpreted. When there’s a big change, some groups stand to profit, while others stand to see a loss. Recently, a lawsuit and settlement changed how real estate listings would be handled by real estate agents. That could drive down the commission costs for buying and selling a home. But it could also mean that another group may profit. That group is real estate websites geared ...
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Buy Now as the Fear Declines In This Space

Last year’s rising bond yields made many defensive, dividend-paying stocks sell off. That’s because their yields needed to move higher to match rising bond yields. That trend largely peaked last October, but many stocks are still well off their old highs, or still look like a value today. That’s especially true for food and snack companies. These stocks were also impacted by the early results of new weight-loss drugs and their uncertainty on sales. That fear is now subsiding. That’s led one ...
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Buy Companies With Strong Earnings and Weak Guidance

Every company handles earnings season differently. Some companies will look to avoid big swings in earnings. Others won’t. And when it comes to guidance, some companies will always look at the glass as half full, others as half empty. When a company reports great earnings but is cautious on guidance, shares may sell off. If that happens, investors should get in, because over the long term, strong earnings are what drives shares higher. That situation just happened with software giant Adobe (ADBE) ...
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