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How to Analyze Energy Stocks

As the price of oil inches up energy stocks are becoming more attractive. But which energy stocks should you consider? Knowing how to analyze energy stocks is important in picking potential winners. Who is going to make a profit at $50 oil? When will large scale exploration and drilling resume? How will alternative energy stock fare as oil becomes cheaper. Where are niche markets in the energy sector? And, just how fast is the price of oil going to rise in world where many large economies are in or on the verge of recession?
Clean Energy Stocks
Usually clean energy like wind […]


How Do I Buy Cheap Stocks?

The old adage for successful stock investing is to buy low and sell high. But, how do you buy cheap stocks? Where do you find them and how do you pick the most profitable ones? A couple of weeks ago we asked the question, what is value investing? Value investing should always be on your mind when searching for cheap stocks.
A simple approach to value investing is to use a stock screening tool like the one in Google Finance to find stocks with low price to earnings ratios (P/E ratio) or price to book ratios and high dividends.
In short, what […]


Do Takeovers Create Value?

Takeovers of one company by another are often touted as a way to create value due to company synergies and to reduce cost by eliminating duplicated functions. But do takeovers create value? The Bayer offer to buy Monsanto for $62 billion brings this thought to mind. It may or may not succeed as noted in The Wall Street Journal which says that Bayer’s Monsanto bid has fallen flat.
One problem with conglomerates is that there is something to dislike for everyone. Bayer’s bid to buy U.S. seeds and pesticides company Monsanto risks suffering the same affliction, at least as far as […]


Do Value Stocks Outperform?

Value stocks are not just big companies are not necessarily companies with a strong recent track record. Rather value stocks are priced by the market below what their forward looking earnings should dictate. Value stocks are not always immediate winners. But do value stocks outperform over the long run? After all long term growth and dividends are typically why investors look to value stocks. Forbes published an interesting article about value stocks.
Value is not, never was and can never be just about low ratios. Anybody who sorts on the basis of P/E, Price/Sales, Price/Cash Flow etc. and simply buys stocks […]


How to Invest in the Energy Sector

The energy sector has taken a beating since the plunge in crude oil prices. Eventually all markets bottom out and there are profits to be made on the rebound. The question is how to invest in the energy sector in preparation for an eventual recovery. According to Investopedia the energy sector is a stock category that relates to producing or supplying energy.
This sector includes companies involved in the exploration and development of oil or gas reserves, oil and gas drilling, or integrated power firms.
Performance in the sector is largely driven by the supply and demand for worldwide energy. Energy producers […]


How Much Money Can You Make Investing in the Stock Market?

If you are looking to make money in the stock market you need to prepare. You need to develop a plan and you need to pay attention. Assuming that you learn the ropes and apply yourself how much money can you make investing in the stock market? Here are a few examples.
A Million Dollars Trading One Stock
Our sister site, published an article 5 years ago, How to Make a Million Dollars Trading One Stock.
How to make a million dollars trading one stock! This is a great idea if you can do it. Evaluating how this could be done is […]


What Is Value Investing?

Investment gurus often talk about value investing. What is value investing and is it a profitable approach to building your retirement nest egg or simply getting rich? Here is what Investopedia says about value investing.
[Value investing is t]he strategy of selecting stocks that trade for less than their intrinsic values. Value investors actively seek stocks of companies that they believe the market has undervalued. They believe the market overreacts to good and bad news, resulting in stock price movements that do not correspond with the company’s long-term fundamentals. The result is an opportunity for value investors to profit by buying […]


How Can Investing in Stocks Be Profitable?

We recently asked the question, should you sell Apple stock after the stock price fell. The stock sold for $130 a share a year ago and sells for $95 a share now. How can investing in stocks be profitable when a stock like Apple falls more than 25% in a year? If you look at the last five years of Apple you will see that the stock was selling for $50 a share five years ago, $100 a share four years ago and $60 a share three years ago before the stock rose steadily to the $130 range a year […]


Will Stocks or the Dollar Crash Next?

The dollar´s dramatic rise is over. So appears to be the U.S. post Great Recession stock market surge. The question is will stocks or the U.S. dollar crash next? Bloomberg Business reports what they call the real story behind the U.S. dollar‘s decline.
One of foreign exchange traders’ favorite rules of thumb hasn’t been working too well.
Currency pairs tend to loosely track the difference between yields on the two nations’ short-term sovereign bonds, often the two-year maturity. But that axiom would’ve impoverished anyone trading the Japanese yen against the U.S. dollar this year.
The world’s reserve currency is being driven not by […]


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