Why Bad News May Be Good News for This Sector

Typically, the stock market doesn’t mind when a company announces layoffs. In a bull market, it can be a sign that a company is finding ways to do the same (or more) work with fewer people. But in a bear market, it’s often treated as bad news, even as it lowers costs. That’s particularly true in financial markets, where companies can be quick to hire and quick to right-size when the market changes. Right now, the market has sold off shares of ...
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Market Pullback Offers a Year-End Buying Opportunity for This Industry-Leading Tech Play

Stocks had a pretty strong rally on reports that the Federal Reserve would lower the rate at which it increases interest rates. But that rally ended as traders realized that rates would still rise—and a slower pace would allow the increases to continue for longer. However, we’re likely closer to the end of the rate hike cycle than the beginning. And for investors looking for year-end buys, it could be time to pick up some beaten-down names, particularly in big tech. That ...
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Pick Up This Company Benefitting from Tech Trend Shifts

There’s always some technological revolution going on somewhere. The past decade has seen a number of trends, and those growing trends have been great for investors in the right place. One of the most interesting trends today is the shift by major automakers from conventional gas-powered cars to hybrids and electric vehicles. While some challenges remain, it’s clear that investors like the trend overall, and rising EV sales tend to prove a boost for share prices. One company seeing its EV sales ...
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This Proven Strategy Will Keep Investors in the Game For 2023

Some traders are betting the worst is over for markets. That’s based on the view that the Fed will start tapering its interest rate hikes. But as long as interest rates are being hiked, they’ll continue to weigh on stocks. For investors who don’t want to get whipsawed while this plays out, there are a number of investment strategies to focus on instead. The simplest and arguably best is simply to buy and hold dividend-paying stocks in industry-leading companies. While such a ...
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This Surprising Cloud Services Player May Outperform

The past few years have seen a number of companies come to compete for cloud services. Most have focused around providing the hardware itself. That oligopoly looks fairly secure. But there’s still a rich environment for cloud services providers to benefit. Some are new players to the tech space, built up quickly over a few years. Other players aren’t new to the tech space, but have adapted with the times. One of those latter players is performing surprisingly strongly now. That company ...
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As Cyber Monday Grows, Grab a Winner

Cyber Monday’s growing influence over retail sales encompasses both the sale of physical goods from retailers online, as well as services that can be made online. The latter category, without storage or shipping costs, can be a higher profit-margin center for companies with such services. With this year’s holiday spending underway, a few early winners from Cyber Monday have emerged. And investing in those companies could make profits even beyond the holiday season. For instance, Electronic Arts (EA) saw some best-selling games ...
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This Holiday Season, look for the Retailers That Don’t Need a Bargain

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone. It’s likely that the biggest bargains in retail for the holiday season have already been made. Sales appear to be higher, but adjusted for inflation, overall volumes may be lower. One way traders can wade through the opportunities in retail in the coming weeks is to look for companies that didn’t have excess inventory to clear, or needed to resort to massive discounts this holiday season. One potential winner is already emerging: Decker ...
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Add This Big Tech Stock to Your Holiday Shopping List

The past year has been brutal for tech companies. That’s true of both early-stage small-cap stocks or large-cap established names. But for those who have been patient, this year’s selloff has set the stage for a future rally – meaning it may be time to start buying in tech. Investors can start by buying the big-cap names. These are the companies that have the cash flow and market share to thrive right now, and aren’t as dependent on market conditions as ...
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