For the second week in a row we saw materials and industrial stocks lead the way, with transportation stocks (thanks to stellar results from a few railroad and trucking names) not far behind. At the bottom of the pile was healthcare - again - with gold just one notch above the bottom rung.
While a rally [...]
We haven’t talked about it in a while, mainly because there was no need to. Things are changing now though, at the onset of what we hope/think will be the next leg (and less aggressive span) of the bull market. With this new wave though, it looks like we’ll see some new leaders.
Not that all [...]
You can slice it however you want to - it’s not going to change the fact that small caps have been, and continue to be, the market’s best thing going. That’s not to say they’re bulletproof from another pullback, because they’re not. They have been the first and best to recover from the May implosion [...]
They may not be the outright leaders for any timeframe, but they’re finishing in the top 20 for all timeframes. Like NASCAR, that sort of consistent strength is how you win the series, even without winning the race. Yeah, well, that’s precisely what I see the small cap insurance brokers doing right now…. doling out [...]
Don’t look now, but the market’s overvalued. That’s probably not earth-shattering to anyone - what else would an investor expect here in the shadow of the worst recession in decades? On the other hand, one would expect those investors to learn some important lessons about valuations.
Perhaps it’s simply a lack of information that’s allowing euphoria [...]
There’s no better arbiter than actual results, which is why you may want to steer clear of large cap airline stocks and wade into the smaller ones.
Bottom line - the ‘majors’ like Delta (DAL), Southwest (LUV), American (AMR) and the rest of the big carriers were unprofitable for their last reported quarter; most were unprofitable [...]
This look at the small cap paper/packaging group is another piece of our overall small cap forecast for the first quarter of 2009. If you’d like to review our entire small cap forecast, be sure to see the links below.
After a wave of consolidations, and pain created by sky-rocketing materials costs, paper and packaging stocks [...]
Though not quote as exciting as our chemical stock picks, the telecom stocks from the small cap segment also look interesting right now. (Read below for access to the other three, plus our thoughts on some small cap groups to avoid). As for small cap telecom…
The large cap brethren in this group have actually led [...]
There are only four small cap groups we’re particularly excited about as we enter into the first quarter of 2009, and chemicals is one of them. (Read below for access to the other three, plus our thoughts on some small cal groups to avoid). As for small cap chemicals…
The primary concern regarding the recent strength [...]
Perhaps we should take it at face value when we see large caps well up for the last two weeks, while small and mid caps are well in the red. A little disparity is bound to happen, but this is more than a little. Large cap growth is up 1.2% for the last two weeks, [...]