Refining Stocks Continued to Rally in December, Here's Why

Refining Stocks Continued to Rally in December, Here's Why

What happened? Shares of America’s largest independent refiners — Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO), Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC), and Tesoro (NYSE:TSO) — were up big this past month, with both Valero and Marathon posting double digit gains. This was despite the market for refining not exactly cooperating. So what? For refiners, one of the worst market conditions is → Read More

Realty Income Corporation's Biggest Win In 2016

Realty Income Corporation's Biggest Win In 2016

Retail real estate investment trust Realty Income (NYSE:O) performed well in 2016, despite a big pullback in the sector caused by the prospect of rising interest rates. However, the company did an excellent job of capitalizing on the strong sector performance throughout much of 2016. Here’s how Realty Income took advantage of its high stock → Read More

3 Reasons You Shouldn't Care What the Stock Market Does in 2017

3 Reasons You Shouldn't Care What the Stock Market Does in 2017

On the first trading day of the year, strategists and financial journalists were stepping over each other to pound the table with their view on the stock market in 2017. Here are three reasons you shouldn’t care what they have to say. 1. The market’s performance in any given year is random Over the past → Read More

Why 2017 Is the Year to Invest in Tobacco Stocks

Why 2017 Is the Year to Invest in Tobacco Stocks

Long-term investors have profited from the powerful performance that tobacco stocks have enjoyed over time. Companies like Altria Group (NYSE:MO), Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI), and Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) have delivered a combination of ample dividend income and substantial capital appreciation that have added up to strong double-digit average annual total returns. As a new year → Read More

Why Infinera Corp. Plunged More Than 50% Lower in 2016

Why Infinera Corp. Plunged More Than 50% Lower in 2016

What happened Shares of Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN) fell 53.1% in 2016, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The optical-networking expert had no problem churning out positive earnings surprises throughout the year, but those good tidings were always paired with weak forward-looking projections. So what In April, Infinera delivered 31% year-over-year revenue growth and 19% → Read More

5 Warren Buffett Stocks to Buy in January

5 Warren Buffett Stocks to Buy in January

Warren Buffett is one of the most widely followed investors in the world, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Buffett’s acumen for identifying winning businesses helped grow Berkshire Hathaway‘s (NYSE:BRK-A)(NYSE:BRK-B) book value by more than 19% annually over the past five decades. That’s an unbelievable track record that almost no one else can → Read More

Do I have enough savings for a secure retirement?

Do I have enough savings for a secure retirement?

This couple set sail for retirement My husband and I are retired, but aren’t sure whether we have enough in savings to see us through retirement. Is there a specific amount we should have? How can we tell how much is enough? –Diane I think you need to frame this issue a little differently. The → Read More

TransUnion and Equifax misled customers about credit scores, government says

TransUnion and Equifax misled customers about credit scores, government says

This is why you need to check your credit history Two of the biggest credit bureaus misled hundreds of thousands of people about the price and usefulness of the credit scores they sell, the government’s consumer watchdog agency says. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered TransUnion (TRU) and Equifax (EFX) to pay a total of → Read More

3 Stocks to Buy With Dividends Yielding More Than 4%

3 Stocks to Buy With Dividends Yielding More Than 4%

Dividends are an investor’s best friend, providing income on top of the potential for capital appreciation. But blindly buying high-yield dividend stocks without regard for the quality of the underlying company can lead to disaster. Thankfully, even with the U.S. stock market not particularly cheap relative to earnings, there are still some good high-yield dividend → Read More

How GoPro Inc Can Turn It All Around in 2017

How GoPro Inc Can Turn It All Around in 2017

2016 was a year GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO) and its investors would like to forget. The company started the year on the heels of a 2015 holiday season that included mis-pricing the GoPro Session, failing to add compelling features to the camera line, and overbuilding inventory. Most of the first half of the year was spent → Read More

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