Inflation Is Down, But Not Out – Invest with Companies Keeping Retail Prices Down

The latest inflation data continues to slow. Prices are now rising at their lowest rate in two years. But they’re still rising. And inflation is cumulative. So chances are, we’ll still have to deal with rising costs for everyday goods. Many consumers are shifting their spending from brand-name products to store-brands. The price is a bit lower, and sometimes those products are even made in the same factories. One company that creates store brands is TreeHouse Foods (THS). The private label food ...
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The AI Trade Has Room to Run In the Right Places

Every day brings several reports about companies embracing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Some may see a genuine long-term opportunity. Others may see an opportunity to turn their share price around as the market loves this current tech trend. While big-name tech stocks have largely moved higher, there’s now some potential pockets of overvaluation with the biggest moves so far. That’s creating an opportunity for smaller plays, particularly for companies already rolling out AI tools. One such player is Salesforce (CRM). The company ...
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This Mega-Cap Tech Giant May Lead Markets Higher Next

The past few weeks has seen an explosion of interest in artificial intelligence (AI) and chipmaker stocks. That’s allowed a few big-cap tech names to lead the overall market higher. And since the stock market is weighted by market cap, it may have even kept stocks from dropping so far this year. With the move higher fizzling out, it’s possible that investors are looking to new leaders to keep the 2023 rally going. One company looks set to take the leadership ...
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Growth at a Reasonable Price Rarely Goes Out of Style

Most investment analysis tries to put a company into either a growth category, or a value category. Fortunately, some stocks offer both at the same time. With some sectors of the market rallying strongly and value out of reach, being able to buy value while also seeing a move higher is huge. And with a solid valuation, the share price can move higher from both higher earnings growth and a higher valuation multiple as the company grows. One company exhibiting this growth ...
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Use Bad News as an Opportunity to Buy

Companies often fall quickly on bad news. Sometimes, the news is terminal for the company, like a bank being seized and closed down. But most of the time, bad news hits a share price harder than it needs to. That creates a buying opportunity. It’s just important to separate permanent bad news from temporary bad news. As long as a company can continue operating, it’s likely to overcome its challenge and move higher in time. Right now, cryptocurrency exchanges have taken a ...
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It’s Time to Buy Stocks Near Lows Now

While the market has held up well thanks to the strong performance of tech stocks, that trend won’t last. It’s possible the overall market could decline as tech stocks shift lower. But we could also see a rotation out of tech and into other sectors. That’s why several parts of the market look attractive now. Many sectors didn’t join the market’s rally, or have since moved to re-test lows from last year. They could be a potential buy. For instance, the telecom ...
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This Fearful Part of the Market Has Pockets of Safety

While stocks have trended higher this year overall, investors have been unpleasantly surprised by a series of bank failures. While it’s been largely quiet in the past few weeks, many small and regional banks remain beaten down. That’s creating an opportunity for investors. Why? While there may still be more bank failures ahead, many names in the space are safe. And because they’ve been beaten down so heavily, they now trade at a steep discount. For instance, regional bank Citizens Financial Group ...
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Consider this Small Cap Play for the AI Revolution

While the stock market has rewarded companies moving into the artificial intelligence (AI) space this year, the ride hasn’t been a smooth one. That’s actually a good thing for investors. Pullbacks create buying opportunities. And the important thing for investors is to buy smaller AI companies that can see big growth – and share price appreciation – over time. That means looking for companies that have small market caps – under $100 billion – which takes a lot of household tech ...
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