For-Profit Education, China-style (EDU)

August was ugly for most market sectors – the dollar may have been the only safe place.  One group of stocks bludgeoned in a particularly nasty way was U.S. for-profit education stocks. Companies like Apollo Group (APOL), Corinthian Colleges (COCO) and Strayer Education (STRA) were first hammered... 

Emerging Market Telecom May Be Better Than U.S. (TLK)

Data point after data point shows plenty of reason for concern about the U.S. economy.  Consumer sentiment, manufacturing activity, jobless claims, home sales, GDP, you name it: when the data disappoints – as it has recently – stocks suffer.  The U.S. isn’t the only victim.  Canada... 

Buy Indian Cars With Tata Motors (TTM)

In the emerging markets arena, India frequently plays second-fiddle to China.  India is the second-largest country in the world by population.  It’s also growing fast, but not as fast as China.  Investors should not be deceived by the statistics: India offers plenty of opportunities.  The government... 

SQM: Playing The Lithium Boom Chile-Style

With the boom in global demand for alternative-fueled vehicles, now may be a good time to break out your Periodic Table of Elements from science class.  It’s time to learn something about lithium. Represented by the symbol “Li,” lithium is the lightest and least dense of the solid elements. Lithium... 

Investing in Cloud Computing

Savvy tech investors are always looking for the next best thing. They’re not content with buying the Q’s (PowerShares Nasdaq 100 Index: QQQQ). They want the latest breakthrough technology stocks before everyone knows about them – think Twitter or cloud computing.  The latter isn’t new, but... 

A Utility and Natural Gas Play (OGE)

Seasonal trading is nothing new. Commodity traders frequently review charts looking for the best opportunity based on seasonal trends, often based on the weather. Speculators might purchase corn futures, or the Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN), during a dry season expecting prices to rise on a thin harvest.... 

Go Long Oil Sands with Cenovus (CVE)

The offshore drilling business has been in the headlines since the April 20th Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill. However, the spill is affecting more than cable news and Gulf of Mexico seafood. With environmental costs and legal risks rising, share prices for some oil companies have... 

Oil Spill Play with Newpark Resources (NR)

The energy sector is facing some challenges. The British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has blackened a few eyes on both sides of the Atlantic, but the energy sector is still loaded with profit potential for the astute investor. We recently highlighted one name that can deliver tidy... 

Kinder Morgan: Juicy Dividend and Steady Business (KMP)

If your goal is to generate income, you’ve spent a fair amount of time looking for dividend-paying stocks. It makes sense. There are plenty of solid companies on the market today with admirable histories of paying out dividends, and most investors have heard about these companies. We recently covered... 

A Not-So-Hidden Gem: 3M

While it’s hard to classify any of the thirty Dow stocks as a “hidden gem,” 3M (MMM) might come close. Unlike our previously highlighted pick of the week, it doesn’t enjoy a lot of fanfare or advertising wars. 3M is virtually unknown compared to other Dow constituents. Unlike Coca-Cola (KO),... 

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