InvestorPlace » Daniel Putnam http://investorplace.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:34:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 PFF: Why You Should Give Preferred Stocks Another Look http://investorplace.com/2014/04/preferred-stocks-pff/ http://investorplace.com/2014/04/preferred-stocks-pff/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:46:38 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=505535 Preferred stocks and iShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF (PFF) offer high yields and a favorable risk-reward profile. It's time to give the PFF ETF another look.

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It’s Time to Sell High-Yield Bonds http://investorplace.com/2014/03/high-yield-bonds-to-sell-hyg-jnk/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/high-yield-bonds-to-sell-hyg-jnk/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:00:17 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=494171 High-yield bonds and ETFs such as HYG and JNK, have delivered great five-year returns, but there's no longer enough return potential to offset the risks.

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FXI: The Largest China ETF, But Not the Best http://investorplace.com/2014/03/fxi-largest-china-etf-best/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/fxi-largest-china-etf-best/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:41:45 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=493361 The iShares China Large-Cap ETF (FXI) dominates the universe of China ETFs, but its huge weighting in financials is a key drawback. You have better options.

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Gold Stocks Are Up 35%. Now What? http://investorplace.com/2014/03/gold-stocks-gdx/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/gold-stocks-gdx/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:01:17 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=490055 Gold stocks have surged from their December low, benefitting ETFs such as GDX. With strong gains already in the books, can the rally in miners continue?

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Is the Bill Gross & Mohamed El-Erian Spat a Reason to Avoid Pimco Funds? http://investorplace.com/2014/03/bill-gross-mohamed-el-erian-pimco-funds/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/bill-gross-mohamed-el-erian-pimco-funds/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:23:43 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=488925 The financial press has gobbled up news of the split between Pimco's Bill Gross and Mohamed El-Erian. Is this turmoil a reason to avoid Pimco funds?

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5 Blue-Chip Stocks to Avoid http://investorplace.com/2014/03/5-blue-chip-stocks-to-avoid/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/5-blue-chip-stocks-to-avoid/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:32:04 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=488232 These five blue-chip stocks are down, sure ... but the lack of any meaningful upside potential means there's no reason to buy at current prices.

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Is It Too Late to Buy the Rally in Small Caps? http://investorplace.com/2014/03/small-caps-small-cap-stocks/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/small-caps-small-cap-stocks/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:00:47 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=486727 Small cap stocks have delivered stellar returns in 2014, but the rally may be getting overextended. Is there any opportunity left for small caps?

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How to Profit From Insider Buying http://investorplace.com/2014/03/profit-insider-buying/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/profit-insider-buying/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:21:08 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=486443 Stocks with insider buying outperform the broader market over time, but how can investors put this information to work in their own portfolios?

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5 Stocks to Buy in March http://investorplace.com/2014/03/5-stocks-to-buy-march/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/5-stocks-to-buy-march/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:26:26 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=485446 This month's list of stocks to buy includes some energy plays, but also a couple of contrarian ETF plays -- all of which looks set for outperformance in the month ahead.

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2 Factors that Argue for a March-April Rally http://investorplace.com/2014/02/stock-market-march-april-rally-vix/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/stock-market-march-april-rally-vix/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:52:17 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=482635 Strong historical stock market returns in March-April, together with a sub-14 VIX, argue for continued stock market gains in the next two months.

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5 Stocks to Sell in March http://investorplace.com/2014/02/5-stocks-to-sell-march-tsla-hsy/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/5-stocks-to-sell-march-tsla-hsy/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:40:40 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=482031 After February's rally, it's time to take money off the table in stocks whose prices are improving faster than fundamentals. See 5 stocks to sell in March.

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You Can’t Make a Case for Emerging Markets http://investorplace.com/2014/02/emerging-markets-eem-vwo-spy/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/emerging-markets-eem-vwo-spy/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:46:33 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=478326 Fund companies tell investors that stocks in emerging markets provide high returns and diversification, but does this claim hold up to scrutiny?

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How Bad Weather Affects the Stock Market http://investorplace.com/2014/02/bad-weather-stock-market/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/bad-weather-stock-market/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:10:27 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=477284 How bad weather affects daily stock market performance: What can individual investors learn from the stock market's tendency to underperform on cloudy days?

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Utility Stocks: There’s No Need to Chase This Rally http://investorplace.com/2014/02/utility-stocks-xlu/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/utility-stocks-xlu/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:41:34 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=476868 Utility stocks have outperformed so far this year, but the move isn't based in fundamentals. Don't rush into XLU and the utilities sector just yet.

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Start Browsing Consumer Staples Stocks for Fairly Priced Defense http://investorplace.com/2014/02/consumer-staples-xlp/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/consumer-staples-xlp/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:05:18 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=474184 The consumer staples sector has underperformed in 2014, bringing valuations down to more reasonable levels. The time to buy the sector is nearing, but...

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Natural Gas Is the Secret Driver of This Market http://investorplace.com/2014/02/natural-gas-stock-market/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/natural-gas-stock-market/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:46:48 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=473459 Stocks and natural gas have moved with an almost perfectly negative correlation in 2014. What does natural gas reveal about the stock market outlook now?

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Healthcare Stocks: No Longer a Sure Thing http://investorplace.com/2014/02/healthcare-stocks-xlv/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/healthcare-stocks-xlv/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:50:11 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=473333 Healthcare stocks have outperformed in recent years, but investors need to be selective with valuations that now are at richer levels.

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The 3 Charts That Matter Most Right Now http://investorplace.com/2014/02/3-charts-sp-500-treasury/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/3-charts-sp-500-treasury/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:38:19 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=472737 Is this stock market downturn a buying opportunity or the start of a larger correction? These three charts might hold the key to what's next.

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What Traders Can Learn From Super Bowl Sunday http://investorplace.com/2014/01/traders-can-learn-super-bowl-sunday/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/traders-can-learn-super-bowl-sunday/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:12:48 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=471168 Traders and sports gamblers occupy two different worlds, but they share many secrets to success. What five tips could traders learn from Super Bowl betting?

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Don’t Sweat the Fed http://investorplace.com/2014/01/fed-policy-markets/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/fed-policy-markets/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:36:00 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=470634 For all the attention given to Federal Reserve policy, the Fed has little latitude to surprise the financial markets in 2014.

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5 Stocks to Sell in February http://investorplace.com/2014/01/stocks-to-sell-ewj-t/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/stocks-to-sell-ewj-t/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:02:48 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=469315 Risk has re-entered the market, and that means investors should be looking to lighten up their loads. Here are five stocks to sell.

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The Rally for Retail Stocks Might Be Over http://investorplace.com/2014/01/is-the-rally-in-retail-stocks-over/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/is-the-rally-in-retail-stocks-over/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:56:37 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=466369 Retail stocks have slumped badly in 2014. Is this just a blip, or have retailers lost their market leadership role for good?

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Mining Stocks Are Dangerous, Sweet Valuations or Not http://investorplace.com/2014/01/mining-stocks-vale-bhp-rio-fcx/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/mining-stocks-vale-bhp-rio-fcx/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:48:05 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=465671 Mining stocks feature low valuations, improving earnings and strong recent performance, but the potential for bad news out of China remains a major risk.

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Buy VIX Calls for Cheap Protection http://investorplace.com/2014/01/vix-calls-cheap-protection/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/vix-calls-cheap-protection/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:54:47 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=463609 The combination of a depressed VIX and steady stock market gains means that volatility is cheap. Now's the time to buy VIX calls to protect yourself.

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Emerging Markets: Value Opportunity or Trap? http://investorplace.com/2014/01/emerging-markets-value-trap-vwo/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/emerging-markets-value-trap-vwo/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:17:36 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=462887 Stocks in emerging markets are trading at a deep discount to the rest of the world, but this doesn't mean it's time to buy just yet.

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The S&P’s Most Dramatic Performances of 2013 (And What They Taught Us) http://investorplace.com/2014/01/sp-dramatic-performances/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/sp-dramatic-performances/#comments Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:59:03 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=457351 We look at 2013's best and worst performers in the S&P 500, as well as what that might say about returns in 2014.

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Why Dividend Stocks Could Bounce Off the Mat in 2014 http://investorplace.com/2013/12/dividend-stocks-tapering-2014/ http://investorplace.com/2013/12/dividend-stocks-tapering-2014/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:18:58 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=452257 Higher-yielding dividend stocks lagged in 2013, but income plays could revive in the year ahead now that the Fed has finally started tapering.

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Don’t Kill Yourself Interpreting Dow Jones’ Charts http://investorplace.com/2013/12/dow-jones-pitfalls-technical-analysis/ http://investorplace.com/2013/12/dow-jones-pitfalls-technical-analysis/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:39:42 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=448605 The Dow Jones Industrial Average is making a triple-top on an inflation-adjusted basis. Here are two reasons why it just doesn't matter.

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The Top 6 Stock Charts to Watch in December http://investorplace.com/2013/12/top-stock-charts-watch-december/ http://investorplace.com/2013/12/top-stock-charts-watch-december/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:24:48 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=444059 The stock charts of five midcap companies and one international ETF point to lucrative trading opportunities in December.

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Are You Prepared for a Stronger Dollar? http://investorplace.com/2013/12/prepared-stronger-dollar/ http://investorplace.com/2013/12/prepared-stronger-dollar/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:03:18 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=442381 What happens to the stock market if the U.S. dollar rallies? This question isn’t getting much press, but dollar strength could surprise the markets in 2014.

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Financial Stocks: A Winning Bet for Fed Tapering http://investorplace.com/2013/11/financial-stocks-winning-bet-fed-tapering/ http://investorplace.com/2013/11/financial-stocks-winning-bet-fed-tapering/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:37:32 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=440843 Financial stocks have performed very well during periods of rising bond yields thus far in 2013. What does this tell us about financials' 2014 outlook?

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Will This Be a December to Remember for Stocks? http://investorplace.com/2013/11/will-december-remember-stocks/ http://investorplace.com/2013/11/will-december-remember-stocks/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:00:46 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=438861 The "Santa Claus Rally" has been one of the most reliable seasonal trends of the past 30 years. Will Santa Claus pay the stock market another visit in 2013?

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5 Broken Momentum Stocks, 1 Easy Way to Protect Yourself http://investorplace.com/2013/11/momentum-stocks-tsla-nflx-gme-lgf/ http://investorplace.com/2013/11/momentum-stocks-tsla-nflx-gme-lgf/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:27:46 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=440105 How can you participate in the upside of momentum stocks and still limit downside risk? This technical indicator can point the way.

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How to Trade Thanksgiving Week http://investorplace.com/2013/11/trade-thanksgiving-week/ http://investorplace.com/2013/11/trade-thanksgiving-week/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:17:23 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=438524 Thanksgiving week brings lower trading volume for the stock market, but not lower volatility. Find out how traders can make money in the week ahead.

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It’s Not Too Late to Buy Red-Hot Industrials http://investorplace.com/2013/11/industrials-industrial-stocks/ http://investorplace.com/2013/11/industrials-industrial-stocks/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:16:59 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=437005 Industrials have surged to market-beating gains in 2013, led by the defense, aerospace and transportation sectors, and the outperformance could continue.

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12 Stock Charts to Watch Right Now http://investorplace.com/2013/11/12-stock-charts-watch/ http://investorplace.com/2013/11/12-stock-charts-watch/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:44:23 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=437440 A look at several stock charts right now shows eight potential breakout buys, as well four stocks that could be vulnerable in coming weeks.

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What Valuations Are Trying to Tell Investors Right Now http://investorplace.com/2013/11/defensive-sectors-xlu-xlp-xlv/ http://investorplace.com/2013/11/defensive-sectors-xlu-xlp-xlv/#comments Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:54:34 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=434670 Based on current valuations, the defensive consumer staples, utilities and healthcare sectors remain expensive. Where can you find better opportunities?

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3 Reasons to Give Tech Funds the Ol’ Heave-Ho http://investorplace.com/2013/11/tech-funds-technology-stocks-xlk/ http://investorplace.com/2013/11/tech-funds-technology-stocks-xlk/#comments Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:02:06 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=434347 The technology sector doesn't measure up to the broader market in terms of earnings, valuations or beta. So why invest in tech ETFs such as XLK?

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The Gruesome Truth About Actively Managed Mutual Funds http://investorplace.com/2013/10/the-gruesome-truth-about-actively-managed-mutual-funds/ http://investorplace.com/2013/10/the-gruesome-truth-about-actively-managed-mutual-funds/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:48:09 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=426888 The data confirm an ugly truth about mutual funds: There's no reason for self-directed investors to own actively managed funds over index funds.

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Gold Mining Stocks – 3 Reasons the Worst is Over http://investorplace.com/2013/10/gold-mining-stocks/ http://investorplace.com/2013/10/gold-mining-stocks/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:52:31 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=425192 Gold stocks have been the market's worst performing sector in the past year, but it may finally be safe to buy miners again. Here are three reasons why.

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4 Reasons Why It’s Safe to Buy Bonds Again http://investorplace.com/2013/10/4-reasons-safe-buy-bonds/ http://investorplace.com/2013/10/4-reasons-safe-buy-bonds/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:07:04 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=424349 With concerns about tapering and the debt ceiling now in the rear-view mirror, there's little standing in the way of the bond market.

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Wall Street’s Focus Will Return to Earnings http://investorplace.com/2013/10/stocks-fairly-valued-2014-earnings/ http://investorplace.com/2013/10/stocks-fairly-valued-2014-earnings/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:18:52 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=423760 Stocks are fairly valued if 2014 earnings estimates hold up, but any slippage in global growth could leave this market looking expensive.

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Is There EVER a Good Time to Buy an Inverse ETF? http://investorplace.com/2013/10/ever-good-time-buy-inverse-etf/ http://investorplace.com/2013/10/ever-good-time-buy-inverse-etf/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:45:23 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=422640 Inverse ETFs are tough to trade, but a disciplined approach can help investors overcome the odds and profit over time.

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For the Rally to Continue, These 3 Sectors Need to Rebound — and Soon http://investorplace.com/2013/10/xlf-xlp-xlu/ http://investorplace.com/2013/10/xlf-xlp-xlu/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:30:05 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=421898 The broader market remains near record territory, but the XLF, XLU and XLP are making lower highs. Here's what that means for the rally's sustainability.

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5 Signs That Investors Just Can’t Get Enough Risk http://investorplace.com/2013/10/5-signs-investors-just-cant-get-enough-risk/ http://investorplace.com/2013/10/5-signs-investors-just-cant-get-enough-risk/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:04:55 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=421646 Investors have displayed an insatiable appetite for higher-risk assets in recent weeks. What does this mean for the market as a whole?

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The Top 10 Stock Charts to Watch in October http://investorplace.com/2013/09/the-top-10-stock-charts-to-watch-in-october/ http://investorplace.com/2013/09/the-top-10-stock-charts-to-watch-in-october/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:22:58 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=412143 Put these 10 companies on your watch list for October: Their stock charts indicate that big moves could be on the way.

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Consumer Staples: Is More Pain on the Way? http://investorplace.com/2013/09/consumer-staples-xlp-ko-pm-kmb-k/ http://investorplace.com/2013/09/consumer-staples-xlp-ko-pm-kmb-k/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:10:21 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=412129 Consumer staples stocks have lagged the broader market since the beginning of May. What will it take to get the staples sector moving higher again?

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Yes, You Can Still Make Money in Bonds http://investorplace.com/2013/09/bonds-tlt-hyg-bnd/ http://investorplace.com/2013/09/bonds-tlt-hyg-bnd/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:07:46 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=408927 The third-quarter outperformance of high-yield bonds and other credit-sensitive bond market segments might hold a clue about what's to come.

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September Says It All: Boom Times for the Rest of 2013 http://investorplace.com/2013/09/does-a-september-gain-preclude-fourth-quarter-pain/ http://investorplace.com/2013/09/does-a-september-gain-preclude-fourth-quarter-pain/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:16:58 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=408082 Since 1980, a positive September has raised the odds of a strong showing for the stocks in the fourth quarter. Will this pattern hold in 2013?

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Does QE Really Matter for Gold? http://investorplace.com/2013/09/does-qe-really-matter-for-gold/ http://investorplace.com/2013/09/does-qe-really-matter-for-gold/#comments Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:31:24 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=406003 The conventional wisdom is that quantitative easing boosts the price of gold, but this assertion isn't supported by gold's actual performance results.

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