Investiv Daily

  • 08 Jan
    How solid is MAN’s value proposition?

    How solid is MAN’s value proposition?

    Over the last several years, one of the biggest benchmarks the Fed has used to evaluate the need to raise, lower or maintain their interest rate policy has been the employment rate. Every month, the market seems to hold its breath as a new set of unemployment and salary data is made available and everybody gets to wonder what the information means for the current economic climate and, therefore for interest rates. It seems like for the last year or so, the question has revolved around whether we’re nearing the Fed’s target for “full employment,” or are we already there? And will that force the Fed to adjust its policy about interest rates? More →

  • 07 Jan
    Is UFS a good value bet?

    Is UFS a good value bet?

    After closing out the year on a decidedly negative note, and leaving more and more investors guessing that 2019 could be the year the market, and the economy officially turns bearish, stocks generally rebounded over the last week. The market seems to have decided to use the market’s drop to near-bear market levels in December as a new opportunity to buy low and to start trying to build a fresh round of upward momentum. Half a dozen sectors are up more than 1% in the last week. One of those is the Materials sector, which based on the S&P 500 Materials Sector SPDR (XLB) is up 1.5% so far this year. More →

  • 04 Jan
    Is BBBY a bargain, or just cheap?

    Is BBBY a bargain, or just cheap?

    Warren Buffett is justifiably considered as one of the most successful investors of all time. The methods he employs to identify long-term investment opportunities have been thoroughly documented, by himself and others, and copied by value-oriented investors for decades. The annual reports he writes for Berkshire Hathaway are considered required reading in many investor quarters for the insights they give about his investing approach and its use under current market conditions, and market media outlets pay close attention to any opinions he renders about the economy or the market in general. More →

  • 03 Jan
    AAPL’s bad news could be GREAT news for QCOM – but probably not yet

    AAPL’s bad news could be GREAT news for QCOM – but probably not yet

    Early this morning, one of the biggest drivers of market volatility was Apple Inc. (AAPL), which disappointed investors by slashing their revenue forecast dramatically. AAPL appears to be trying to manage the conversation around the reasons for that, as they attributed the largest portion of the decline to weakness in China. That is clearly spooking the market today, as this news seems to add credence to the notion that China’s economic slowdown is starting to have a long-feared trickle effect on U.S. multinationals. There is an interesting element of the story, however that I think is being overlooked quite a bit by most investors and that could represent an interesting long-term opportunity. More →

  • 02 Jan
    ALK is a bargain-priced airline stock you shouldn’t ignore

    ALK is a bargain-priced airline stock you shouldn’t ignore

    One of the sectors that has led the entire stock market lower, and nearly to bear market levels is the transportation sector. Transportation is a sector that is normally expected to perform well when the economy is healthy, but as it has shown since the beginning of the last quarter of 2018, it can also lead the broad market as a bearish indicator when economic uncertainty and market fear increases. As measured by the S&P Transportation SPDR (XTN), the sector has declined by more than 18.5% since hitting its last major peak in late August of last year. That decline has really accelerated in the last month, as the sector has dropped almost 15% since the beginning of December. That has pushed a lot of stocks in this sector to levels not seen in the last two years. More →

  • 01 Jan
    VFC is down 28% from its peak – but that doesn’t make it a good buy yet

    VFC is down 28% from its peak – but that doesn’t make it a good buy yet

    Moving into a new year means new resolutions, new goals, and excitement for new opportunities that lie ahead. The end of 2018 marked the first year in a decade that the stock market closed in negative territory. The S&P 500’s decline for the entire year was a little more than -5%, which might not seem like too much of a big deal by itself; but the real story is the fact that after hitting its most recent all-time high in September, the market tested legitimate bear market territory before rallying back to close the year down 13% from that peak. More →

  • 31 Dec
    YUM has bucked the entire market – is it a good investment right now?

    YUM has bucked the entire market – is it a good investment right now?

    When the stock market struggles, the tendency for most investors is to start looking for “safe haven” investments. That often means getting out of stocks and moving your money into less volatile options like bonds or very short-term, interest-bearing instruments like Treasury bills, money markets or Certificates of Deposit. Some investors will be a bit more daring by keeping their toes in the market, but by looking for stocks that they think should hold up reasonably well even if the economy begins to weaken or move into a recessionary period. There are always stocks that buck the broader market’s trend; these are the exceptions to the rule, but the simple fact of their rarity is something that makes them worth paying attention to. More →

  • 28 Dec
    Where is JNPR’s bargain price?

    Where is JNPR’s bargain price?

    While the market has been using the days since the Christmas break to rally higher, leading some investors to believe that perhaps the sky isn’t falling just yet, the fact is that the market remains extremely volatile right now, with plenty of uncertainty ahead. That means that we’re not out of the woods just yet, and it’s still a good idea to be cautious and very selective about taking on new trades. More →

  • 27 Dec
    Does CVS’ 16% drop since it merged with Aetna make it a bargain?

    Does CVS’ 16% drop since it merged with Aetna make it a bargain?

    A month ago, I wrote about the merger between pharmacy kingpin CVS Health Corporation (CVS) and healthcare insurer Aetna Inc. I decided to try to determine if the deal, which closed shortly after I wrote about it, offered a compelling reason to buy the stock at its price at the time, which at the time was near to its 52-week highs above $80 per share. Since then, the broad market’s decline has taken the stock down a peg or two, pushing it down near to its 52-week lows around $65. That decline – a little over 16% in about a month’s worth of time seems like a good reason to take a second look at the stock and reevaluate the opportunity that is there. More →

  • 26 Dec
    MOS is down about 26% this month – is it a good bargain?

    MOS is down about 26% this month – is it a good bargain?

    it seems like the global market has been waiting for the last couple of days for the next shoe to drop in the U.S. The Christmas holiday meant that U.S. markets closed early, and remained closed for Christmas Day itself as always, but that didn’t stop markets in Asia from their regular activity, and most seemed to operate on shaky, nervous ground. Always ready with a controversial, nerve-wracking sound bite, the Trump administration used the Christmas break to suggest the federal government’s shutdown will continue until Democrats get on board with his border wall plans, as well as to intensify speculation that the President is looking for a way to get rid of Fed chairman Jerome Powell. More →

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