Look for Market-Beating Returns in Off-the-Beaten Path Names

Investors tend to gravitate towards great companies. Those companies tend to dominate their industry, and tend to grow massive. That makes it easier for investors to justify owning. While we’re fans of big-name tech companies thanks to their high profit margins and industry positioning, many more off-the-radar companies can be big winners too. That’s especially true getting out of well-known tech and consumer brand name companies and into infrastructure and industrial stocks. These companies manufacture many of the products needed for other ...
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Stick With Industry Winners, Even When They’re Being Cautious

The economy continues to slow. While that’s starting to show up in declining year-over-year inflation rates, the market is warning about a recession in several ways. Big businesses are one of the places where the alarm has been sounded. That’s because a few companies have announced layoffs, of anywhere from 5 to 30 percent of their workforces. Typically, a company that can do more with less can fare well over time, however. One of the most recent companies to announce layoffs is ...
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Play This Stealth Winner in the Cloud Space

In any sector or trend, a few companies come to dominate. The headline names may attract considerable attention, but the real returns can often be in the companies providing the infrastructure behind it. These “pick and shovel” plays may lack for an exciting story, but when it comes to investing, a boring idea that’s profitable tends to have a better valuation than going after the exciting story. In the cloud services space, server processors make the most attractive story. Rather than focus ...
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This Tech Industry Leader Offers High Appreciation Potential and a High Dividend

Investors often see a trade-off between high growth opportunities and income. However, in a market selloff, growth names can go on sale. And when they do, any dividend that they may be paying can become much larger than average. Striking a balance between the two involves looking at where some of the best bargains lie under current market conditions. But investors looking for growth and income have a growing number of opportunities right now. One such opportunity is in Qualcomm (QCOM). The ...
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Go Where the Growth Is Now, Even If You’re Early

There’s an old Wall Street saying that they don’t ring a bell at the top. That’s also true of the bottom for the stock market, a sector, or individual companies. The best that investors can do is look for companies that are growing during a tough time – and increasing their market share. These companies will survive, and likely be rewarded for their growth, even if that takes time to play out with a new bull market. One company we’ve seen play ...
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Market Share Trumps Market Fears

A great company is one that comes to dominate its market. Some industries may have an oligopoly, with a few big players dividing the space up somewhat evenly. Others may have one or two big players that dominate the market. Either way, when there’s a bear market, these industry leaders will sell off with other stocks. And short-term hits to profitability can lead to enough fear to make for a compelling value moving forward, particularly for patient investors. Such a case is ...
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To Thrive in Volatile Markets, Look for Recession-Resistant Businesses

Investors tend to spend bull markets looking for opportunities in high-growth areas. But the economy isn’t always moving at full blast. For slower times, it may be prudent to focus on businesses that aren’t as cyclical, opting instead for companies more likely to be recession resistant. There are many sectors that fit the bill. Some are heavily regulated like utilities and telecoms. Others are more open, such as consumer goods. One niche of the consumer goods space is pet supplies. There’s a ...
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This Takeover Target May Continue to Thrive on Its Own

The stock market’s love of mergers and acquisitions has slowed in the past year, amid rising interest rates and declining stock prices. But there have been a few deals announced. Mergers can make companies bigger overall by providing an immediate and established source of revenue. Some deals will end up garnering regulatory scrutiny. Regulators want to ensure that a company doesn’t come to dominate the market it’s in via acquisitions. The FTC has come out against Microsoft’s (MSFT) proposed acquisition of gaming ...
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