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  • When It Comes To Stocks, Trust Fundamentals - Not Forecasts
    Thu, Apr. 2 AFSI, GTLS, OVTI 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Forecasts are everywhere in the stock market, but more often than not they are wrong.
    • Trust a stock's fundamentals and financials - not forecasts - when analyzing equities.
    • Here are five fundamentally and financially sound stocks that get high marks.
  • When It Comes To Investing, Don't Just Support Your Home Team
    Tue, Mar. 10 BBL, ITUB, LPL 2 Comments

    Summary

    • While other parts of the world have been struggling, the US economy has been strong over the past year or two.
    • That's led to US stocks outperforming international equities by a wide margin.
    • While attractive US stocks remain, don't get scared away by foreign stocks, many of which are selling on the cheap.
  • Don't Let Your Brain Ruin Your Returns
    Wed, Feb. 25 ENVA, JOY, KING 6 Comments

    Summary

    • Every investor -- even Warren Buffett -- is going to make mistakes on some stock picks.
    • The key to successful investing isn't being perfect on every pick -- it's keeping the right mindset so that you don't fall prey to dangerous emotions and biases.
    • Here are a number of common behavioral pitfalls that hurt investors, and tips for how to overcome them.
  • America's New Industrial Revolution
    Mon, Feb. 2 CMI, CR, DOW Comment!

    Summary

    • Once thought to be way past its prime, the US industrial sector is having a rebirth.
    • Industrial production was up sharply in 2014.
    • Industrials have outpaced the broader market since the start of the bull run, but bargains remain.
  • Who Should You Root For In The Growth Vs. Value Matchup?
    Dec. 31, 2014 NP, OUTR, PLUS 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Many commentators often describe growth and value as an "either/or" dynamic.
    • In reality, growth and value should work together in your investment strategy.
    • Here are five stocks that currently look attractive based on their combination of growth and value characteristics.
  • Going Beyond Peter Lynch's 'Buy What You Know' Advice
    Dec. 17, 2014 ALK, ATU, CACC 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Mutual fund legend Peter Lynch once said that individuals could get good stock ideas by considering the products and companies they knew and liked.
    • But Lynch also offered several other good tips to find attractive stocks that others might overlook.
    • Here are a few of Lynch's tips, and, for each, a stock that currently fits the bill.
  • Save The Glamour And Glitz For Holiday Decorations -- Not Your Investment Portfolio
    Dec. 5, 2014 AGCO, CBI, CRR 10 Comments

    Summary

    • Human beings are drawn to flash and glamour, but investing "glamour" stocks is often a recipe for failure.
    • Buying unexciting value stocks has proven to be a more successful strategy over the long haul than buying flashy glamour picks.
    • Value can be measured in numerous ways -- here's a look at how several different investing gurus assessed value.
  • How To Spot An 'Enduring Moat'
    Nov. 18, 2014 BCR, COH, GPS 4 Comments

    Summary

    • The "enduring moat" concept is one of Warren Buffett's greatest contributions to the investing world.
    • Buffett isn't the only one who has used a "moat"-like concept; gurus like Ken Fisher and Joel Greenblatt has embraced similar ideas.
    • By looking at a firm's fundamentals, you can see evidence of moats in different ways.
  • The Best Stock Market Guru You've Never Heard Of
    Nov. 3, 2014 ERA, GLF, OC 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Great investors come in all shapes and sizes.
    • Joseph Piotroski isn't even a professional investor, but he developed an exceptional methodology for picking stocks that has beaten the market over the long haul.
    • Piotroski used accounting-based metrics to separate financially sound high-book/market stocks from financially distressed high-book/market firms, and my Piotroski-inspired Guru Strategy does the same.
  • Why I'm Not Dumping Small-Caps
    Oct. 7, 2014 ACAT, AIR, HPY Comment!

    Summary

    • Small-cap stocks got hit hard in the third quarter.
    • But over the long haul, small-cap value stocks have far outperformed their peers.
    • I see the recent declines as a buying opportunity for attractively valued small stocks, not a reason to avoid small caps.
  • Gurus Agree: Low-Debt Firms Make Good Investments
    Sep. 21, 2014 ACAT, ACN, DW 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Debt can be a useful tool, but over-reliance on it can land a company in hot water.
    • The best investors of all-time looked carefully at a company's balance sheet and debt levels before investing in it.
    • Here are five low-debt firms that get high scores from my Guru Strategies.
  • Swimming Upstream To Beat The Market
    Sep. 5, 2014 CEO, MBT, MU 4 Comments

    Summary

    • History's most successful investors have beaten the market using a variety of strategies, but most tend to have a contrarian bent.
    • Among these gurus, David Dreman is known as the Dean of the Contrarians. He found that investor psychology created opportunities for contrarian investors.
    • Dreman targeted unloved stocks that had strong balance sheets and fundamentals, like these five.
  • Be Imperfect When You Pick Stocks
    Aug. 20, 2014 CTSH, EBIX, EDU 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Many investors think that great stock-pickers are right far more often than they are wrong.
    • The truth is that making money on a little over half your picks usually leads to very strong returns.
    • By accepting that you'll be wrong on a good amount of your picks, you don't panic when some picks miss the mark, letting you stick to a long-term plan.
  • The Truth Behind Stock Prices
    Aug. 4, 2014 BASFY, CVX, K 12 Comments

    Summary

    • On a day-to-day basis, a myriad of factors drive stock returns.
    • Over the long term, a couple factors stand out in terms of stock return drivers, however: dividends and inflation.
    • Here are five picks that have solid dividends and the pricing power to keep up with inflation.
  • Greenblatt's Magic Formula: Quite Simple, But Far From Easy
    Jul. 18, 2014 BCR, EBIX, GME 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Joel Greenblatt's "Magic Formula" is one of the most elegant, simple investing approaches you'll find, using just two variables.
    • But the trick with the Greenblatt approach is staying disciplined when the strategy underperforms -- that's the hard part.
    • If you stick with it, the results show you can net some big gains.
  • Buy What You Know - But Do Your Homework, Too
    Jul. 9, 2014 AAPL, BWLD, GPS 6 Comments

    Summary

    • Mutual fund legend Peter Lynch said individual investors can "buy what they know" to get a leg up on professional investors.
    • But Lynch also warned that you shouldn't buy stock in a firm just because you like its products; you also have to do thorough fundamental and financial analysis.
    • Here are five stocks with popular products or services you probably know, and which also have strong fundamentals.
  • Buffett, Piotroski, And An Inflation-Beating Approach
    Jun. 20, 2014 LPL, PII, RIG 12 Comments

    Summary

    • While inflation hasn't kicked in since the Federal Reserve started quantitative easing, some signs are that it's finally picking up.
    • Warren Buffett years ago laid out a recipe for how companies can beat inflation.
    • Buffett's recipe was quite similar to my Joseph Piotroski-based model's criteria, so the model should be a good place to look for inflation-beating stocks.
  • Skies Look Friendly Once Again For (Some) Airline Stocks
    Jun. 9, 2014 ALK, CPA, DAL 6 Comments

    Summary

    • Since being deregulated in the late 1970s, a myriad of bankruptcies has made the airline industry a dangerous place for investors.
    • Some airlines have fared quite well in recent years, thanks to innovative thinking.
    • Many airlines are still loaded up with debt, so you need to be selective in picking airline stocks.
  • Have The Market Jitters? Try Some Earnings All-Stars
    May. 28, 2014 BWLD, FDS, GWW Comment!

    Summary

    • A number of factors have investors feeling jittery about the economy and stock market.
    • Given how bad investors tend to be at market timing, jumping in and out of the market is very risky.
    • If your fears are getting the best of you, consider focusing on some "all-weather" stocks rather than bailing on the market.
  • Five Retailers That Are Alive And Kicking
    May. 12, 2014 BBBY, BKE, FL 4 Comments

    Summary

    • The Federal Reserve's loose money policies have enabled many weak firms to stay alive longer than they should have.
    • Retailers have been one of the big beneficiaries.
    • With QE winding down, it's time to be very discriminating when buying shares of retailers.
  • For FutureFuel, The Future Is Now
    Apr. 26, 2014 FF 11 Comments

    Summary

    • Small growth stocks have gotten hit hard this year, but FutureFuel has bucked the trend.
    • The firm has been growing earnings and revenues at a stellar clip.
    • Its strong balance sheet also earns it high marks from several of my guru-inspired models.
  • 5 Stocks - Including Apple - With Moats To Keep The Competitors Out
    Apr. 8, 2014 AAPL, CA, MYGN 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Warren Buffett says good businesses have "economic moats" that give them a durable advantage over competitors.
    • Moats can include strong brand recognition, size that enables economies of scale, and high switching costs.
    • Here are five "moat" stocks that get approval from my Guru Strategies.
  • Amid Weak Expectations, AGCO Looks Like A Strong Buy
    Mar. 25, 2014 AGCO 9 Comments

    Summary

    • My Guru Strategies are triggering a Trade Alert on AGCO shares.
    • The stock has struggled amid falling food commodity prices.
    • But its fundamentals are strong, and it has been diversifying into emerging areas.
    • With expectations low, it's a good time to buy.
  • WSFS Financial: A 'GARP' Financial Stock In The Peter Lynch Mold
    Feb. 25, 2014 WSFS Comment!
  • Finding Contrarian Plays In A Not-So-Cheap Market
    Feb. 12, 2014 GME, HFC, NOV 2 Comments
  • Why HCI Is Still A Buy After Last Year's Gains (And Last Week's Losses)
    Jan. 29, 2014 HCI 23 Comments
  • The January Effect And Your Portfolio
    Dec. 20, 2013 DHX, MED 2 Comments
  • Forget Bubbles: Bargains Abound In This Overlooked Industry
    Nov. 27, 2013 AGCO, CAT, JOY 5 Comments
  • Why Coach Is Still A Nice Accessory For Your Portfolio
    Nov. 13, 2013 COH 4 Comments
  • The Time May Be Right For The Zweig Strategy
    Oct. 29, 2013 AFSI, CTSH, DKS 5 Comments
  • Embrace The Headwinds For HollyFrontier
    Oct. 17, 2013 HFC 21 Comments
  • 5 International Stocks Offering Big Value In Fearful Times
    Sep. 1, 2013 ACN, CEO, NTT 5 Comments