Shares of global payments giant Visa (NYSE:V) have been on fire in 2019, rising 35% through the first six months of 2019 to fresh all-time highs. The catalyst? Broadly favorable macroeconomic and market conditions, which have simultaneously supported continued healthy consumer spending trends and a richer valuation for Visa. Source: Shutterstock In the long run, Visa
U.S. equities continue to show an upward bias on Monday, with the S&P 500 holding above the 3,000 level while the Dow Jones Industrial Average remains north of the 27,000 level. Impressive gains all around as Wall Street continues to look past things like uneven economic data and an inverted yield curve to focus instead
One of the biggest contributing factors for Donald Trump’s electoral victory in 2016 was fear. Like a marketing expert, the then-real estate mogul tapped into underlying industrial blue-collar concerns about job displacement; hence, we heard topics such as coal that haven’t been raised in quite some time. But the overriding reality is that nominally, nothing
Target (NYSE:TGT) shares have been on fire in 2019. Shares in the retailer are up 35% year-to-date, from about $66 in January to approximately $87 today. While the stock continues to trade a lower valuation than its peers, investors have more confidence in its future prospects. Source: Shutterstock Regarding the future, Target faces many headwinds.
Walmart (NYSE:WMT) has invested a couple of billion dollars in its e-commerce business, and the business has expanded meaningfully for a couple years, providing a positive catalyst for Walmart stock. Source: Shutterstock But WMT is still losing money on its e-commerce effort, according to a report released by the tech website Recode. Between that report
This year has been an interesting one in the markets. Growth has been generous in different sectors, bonds have rallied along with stocks, and tech and income stocks have both been rallying. Throughout it all, investors are rooting for the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates, which would be a sign of a slowing economy.
Square (NYSE:SQ) stock has made significant progress in terms of business growth (both organic and inorganic) in the last 12-months. Source: Shutterstock However, SQ stock has been largely sideways for an extended period. SQ Stock is currently trading at the same levels as it was towards the end of August 2018. I believe that the
The 2010’s were the decade when the electric vehicle (EV) revolution got started. At the start of the decade, electric vehicles were essentially non-existent. Over the course of the next ten years, several things happened, all of which sparked more widespread EV adoption. Global legislation started promoting EV purchases in an effort to combat carbon
General Electric (NYSE:GE) shareholders have so far had a good year in 2019. Year-to-date, GE stock is up over 34%. Source: Shutterstock Most of the yearly gains came in the first two months of the year as investors seemed to believe that management would be able to create shareholder value in the long run. Between March
It’s not terribly easy out there for income investors at the moment. Dividend stocks to buy are tough to find. Equity markets are at all-time highs, meaning valuations are stretched — and dividend yields are lower. Treasury yields have fallen amid expectations for a Fed rate cut: getting income from bonds is no easy task,
So far in 2019, stocks have experienced a stellar growth spurt. We are now at record levels, with the S&P 500 trading up 19% year-to-date. The question is, can the rally continue? According to Barclays, the answer is ‘yes’. The firm now sees a 65% chance of a ‘melt-up’ with the S&P 500 surging a
Arch Capital Group (NASDAQ:ACGL) is a global insurer and reinsurer that formed just after the dotcom bubble in 2001. ACGL had nothing to do with the dotcom crash. As an insurer, it was more in the line of fire when the insurance industry, especially reinsurers, got hammered in 2008. And if you look at the
Since rallying to above the $170 level at the start of July, Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) stock quickly retreated, trading recently around $160. Investors are getting nervous about NVDA despite its preemptive launch of its RTX Super Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). Even though Nvidia is stealing the headlines ahead of Advanced Micro Devices’ (NASDAQ: AMD)
The stock market is having its best year since 1997. Retail stocks, though, didn’t get an invite to the party. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is up a whopping 18%. As for retail stocks, the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is up a meager 3%. Let’s put this in context. The unemployment rate in the U.S.
Let’s face it. Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) stock has not been a winning bet over the past five years. During this period, XOM stock has delivered an annualized total return of -2.3%, hardly lighting the world on fire. But the fact that XOM stock has delivered a 14% total return in 2019 through July 5,is evidence
You’ve saved $1,000 from your part-time job while going to school to get that college degree you’ve always wanted. You want to invest it. The question is where to safely put it so that it grows to be worth more than $1,000 in a few years. Do you look for stocks to buy? Do you purchase
On its face, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) stock is risky. Facebook stock suffered the largest one-day loss of market value in history last year, after it warned during its second-quarter earnings report that its spending would increase. And FB stock from time to time has been rocked by regulatory pressure and scandals. Source: Shutterstock Despite all that,
Just a few days ago Nick Licouris, an investment advisor with wealth management form Gerber Kawasaki, posed an interesting idea: that entertainment giant Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) should acquire video game name Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI). It was a semi-self-serving suggestion. Gerber Kawasaki holds 90,000 shares of ATVI in its portfolio and would enjoy the upside of
Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) has had a Jekyll-and-Hyde year on the markets. Up 40% year to date through July 2, NFLX stock hasn’t had much momentum in the past three months, delivering a mere 2% equity increase to shareholders. Source: Shutterstock It’s hard to feel sorry for Netflix shareholders when they’re up 40% on the year and
A survey by Bank of America Merrill Lynch showed that fund managers are the most bearish they’ve been since the market crashed back in 2008. The survey, carried out in June, included the opinions of 230 fund managers — and 87% of them worried that the economy was late in its cycle. The result has