New Opportunities Tend to Be Undervalued in Bear Markets

As the market goes, so do most individual stocks. That’s especially true for early-stage companies or new combinations with a limited market history. A bull market can mean a new company will tend to be valued highly, likely even higher than it’s worth. But a bear market can mean a new stock will likely be undervalued until it can prove its mettle (or until the market changes to bullish again). One new name on the market now is Warner Brothers Discovery (WBD) ...
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Stick With Commodity Plays as the Boom Continues

After a massive surge higher in a number of commodities as Russia invaded Ukraine, prices for many such goods have come back down a bit. But company executives remain bullish on the space, and with ongoing tensions in many parts of the world, not to mention high inflation, the commodity bull market appears here to stay. Investors who buy top commodity stocks now, even with shares near 52-week or even multi-year highs, can continue to play this trend higher. One space that ...
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For the Best Profits, Follow Consolidating Industries

When an industry is new, many companies will flourish. Over time, the market will determine the best winners in the space. It could come from a better product, a better brand, a better business model, or simply lower costs. Over time, that leads to consolidation as weaker players go out of business and smaller players are bought out. Investors who buy ahead of an offer can make money on the company being acquired. But owning the industry leader over time can ...
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Strong Earnings Will Continue to Beat a Weak Economy

Investors remain concerned as inflation is running at its hottest since 1981, and as commodity prices have spiked higher, weighing on the overall economy. But no matter how good or bad the economy has been, individual companies that have been able to grow their earnings can thrive in any market. That’s especially true when a company is in a space where poor performance in a weak economy is expected. One such example is American Airlines (AAL). The company reported that its first-quarter ...
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Downgrades For Top Companies Offer a Counter-Intuitive Buying Opportunity

Wall Street analysts tend to be quick to upgrade stocks that are rallying, and quick to downgrade a stock after it’s fallen. Traders who take the opposite tack tend to cash out during a rally, and tend to end up buying in when shares are at a bargain price. With many companies already down heavily, it’s no surprise that downgrades continue to trickle in, even though the worst may have passed for the stock market for some time. Case in point? Nvidia ...
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The Best Market Defense Is… A Good Defense Stock

Historically, defense stocks haven’t necessarily related to the defense and aerospace industry. However, in today’s economic and geopolitical climate, it’s not a bad place to look. The space has tended to consistently outperform the overall stock market, and even with a spike in recent weeks, shares of many big names haven’t reached an overvalued level right now. That points to further moves higher, even if geopolitical tensions calm down. One such name in the space is General Dynamics (GD). The defense company ...
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In the Retail Trade, Stick with This Key Metric

Every sector has a key metric that may be more important than things like earnings or profit margins in the short-term. For instance, the restaurant industry may look at how many times its tables turn over customers during the course of an evening. For retailers, the key metric is same-store sales. It cuts through the false growth that could be reported if a company is expanding by opening new locations, even if it may be cannibalizing existing locations. One company capable of ...
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It’s Time to Prepare for Food Shortages with an Industry-Leading Stock

The one-two punch of rising fuel prices and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is having a major effect on agricultural commodities. It’s simply becoming too expensive to grow certain crops given the costs involved, or simply because rich farmland is now in a warzone. Food prices have already been trending up thanks to higher levels of inflation, but that could go much higher in the year ahead. That’s why investors looking to stay long on stocks could fare well with companies all ...
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