Must Read Microsoft’s Painful (but Profitable) Restructuring

by Tom Sandford

Sadly, investors aren’t the only victims of Wall Street. On July 17, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella announced 18,000 layoffs in a bid to make the company more competitive. Even with the news of deep job cuts, Microsoft’s shares jumped. In fact, shares are up 19% year to date. But why? Aren’t layoffs a bad omen?

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Demand Is Still in Control

by Christopher Rowe

Today’s chart is the granddaddy of all technical stock market indicators: the New York Stock Exchange Bullish Percent Index (NYSE BPI). A BPI tracks the percentage of stocks that are on point-and-figure “Buy” signals.

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Just In The Oxford Club’s Private Wealth Seminar in Quebec: Day Two

by Alexander Moschina

After two action-filled days, The Oxford Club’s Private Wealth Seminar in Quebec has come to an end. As attendees bid their farewells to Alex, Marc, Steve et al., I’ve slipped away to write this account of the day’s events while they’re still fresh in my mind.

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Double-Digit Income and Growth? No Problem

by David Fessler

Recently I went looking for the best candidates for both growth and income in the energy industry for 2014. I used the proprietary stock screener I developed for my research service Peak Energy Strategist. I call the screener the Peak Energy Indicator, or PEI. I used the PEI to scour the 114 energy master limited partnerships (MLP) available to investors. It identified just three. Read On…

Must Read Microsoft’s Painful (but Profitable) Restructuring

by Tom Sandford

Sadly, investors aren’t the only victims of Wall Street. On July 17, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella announced 18,000 layoffs in a bid to make the company more competitive. Even with the news of deep job cuts, Microsoft’s shares jumped. In fact, shares are up 19% year to date. But why? Aren’t layoffs a bad omen? Read On…

Is Your Stock Portfolio Threatening the Nation?

by Alexander Green

The stock market hit another all-time high this week. If you're an investor, that's cause to celebrate. For others, it's a reason to grumble. Why? Because rising asset values increase economic inequality, enhancing the wealth of the "haves" and leaving the "have-nots" further behind. Don't scoff. This is becoming a major issue in this country. Read On…

Tuck Your Portfolio Into Some Comfy Hotel Stocks

by Tom Sandford

Hotels handled $17 billion in transactions last year. This year, analysts expect that to top $25 billion. As a result, hotels have been able to increase rates. The positive effects are showing up in reports and earnings statements, and investors are lining up. Here are the stocks of hotel chains with a knack for getting heads in beds. Read On…

Why Investors Have It Better Than Ever

by Alexander Green

At an investment conference last week, Scientific American columnist and Skeptic magazine founder Michael Shermer argued that we are living in the best of times. Living standards have never been higher. The human life span has never been longer. Educational attainment has never been greater. And violent crime is in a long-term cycle of decline. Yet some in the audience disagreed... Read On…

The Banks Are Manipulating Silver Prices

by Sean Brodrick

The big banks have smashed gold and silver lower this week, and after that shellacking, you'd have to be crazy to buy precious metals, right? Yeah. Crazy like a fox. If you're smart, you're going to put on your big-boy pants and buy silver right now. And I'll show you why. Read On…

How to Buy at a Market High

by Christopher Rowe

If you're afraid to buy at a market high, then you might be terrified right now. The level of bullishness among professional advisors is historically high, and that's often a sign that markets are near significant tops. But as I often say, "Overbought doesn't mean over." Read On…

Lower Gas Prices and a Million New Jobs

by David Fessler

Thanks to hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling, the United States has at least a century's worth of natural gas and is producing as much crude oil as it did in the 1970s. And we have enough coal to last more than 200 years. So why aren't U.S. companies exporting more of our surplus? Read On…

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