Investing Like Iron Man

Investing Like Iron Man

If you are familiar with comic book heroes who have graduated to full-length Hollywood feature films, then you know who “Iron Man” is. You also likely know that Robert Downey, Jr. is the actor who portrays Iron Man, as well as (obviously) the man in the film who built and operates the metal robotic suit/armor → Read More

How Qualcomm Dominated Mobile From Start To Finish

How Qualcomm Dominated Mobile From Start To Finish

Our regular readers will recall that I wrote about Qualcomm Incorporated (QCOM) so recently that the price graphs I included were as of November 15th, when the stock price stood at $72.17.  I am proud to report that, as of Noon today (November 26nd) the price stock at $72.96.  As I’m sure you have quickly → Read More

What Stock Powers The Mobile Trend?

What Stock Powers The Mobile Trend?

The other day, I ran across a couple of interesting charts and decided to send them, without any context, on to an overseas colleague to solicit some analysis from him regarding what significance these charts might hold. Here are the two charts: My colleague’s response was very swift, as well as utterly concise: “QCOM”.[1] I → Read More

Pick The Direction, Trade Accordingly

Pick The Direction, Trade Accordingly

Wednesday’s market decline looked worse than it was. Thursday’s decline drew more attention. The headlines were dire, but I heard on the market summary that the homebuilders had strong up days. D.R. Horton (DHI) had a 5.7% up day on a strong reversal, Lennar (LEN) was up 5.1%, and KB Home (KBH) was up 5.2%. → Read More

How to Find Stocks with Economic Moats

How to Find Stocks with Economic Moats

How would you like to own a portfolio that is steered by analysts at a firm that is well-established and respected within the investment industry – analysts who monitor (on a regular basis) company developments and value and make portfolio adjustments as needed.  More importantly, the most distinctive characteristic within this portfolio is “competitive advantage”! → Read More

How Bernanke Boosts Markets

How Bernanke Boosts Markets

Within the past week, Ron Haydt caught my attention (during a market brief) when he wondered aloud how long the iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM) had been trending upward. That started me thinking about our very long-lived market move upward from March 8, 2009, a move that I confess caught me very much by surprise → Read More

What is a Dell Worth?

What is a Dell Worth?

Back in my childhood years, “Dell” brought to mind one thing: “The Farmer in the Dell” nursery rhyme.  When I was in grade school and junior high, Dell Comics was a major purveyor of my (then) favorite reading material.  As I moved through high school and college, Dell was a publishing company (it currently publishes → Read More

Where the Party is Still Going On

Where the Party is Still Going On

I would love to hand you a helmet and a flak jacket and say prepare for the worst. Yesterday, EBAY dropped 6.7%, Intel 3.7%, Sherwin-Williams 8.3%, Amphenol 9.7%. Marketwatch.com’s home page has numerous articles with titles of “Google shares tumble after profit, revenue miss targets”, “Microsoft feels PC pinch…”, “The party may be over for → Read More

How To Buy 10 Top Stocks All At Once

How To Buy 10 Top Stocks All At Once

The explosive growth of ETFs over the past few years has been impressive CHART: the chart above shows the growth in the number of ETFs since 2001. Note that ETFs doubled between 2001 and 2005. Here is the growth in the number of ETFs between the following years and the end of 2012: [1] From → Read More

Looking “Inside” INTEL

This image below shows the INTEL DH61AG “Apple Glen” Motherboard. It is just one example of past Intel innovation.  Back in 2009-10, home theater machines struggled to overcome issues like poor integrated graphics performance, power consumption, thermals, noise and size. Thanks to Intel, most of those issues were addressed by January 2010, through the release of → Read More

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