buy friends, but you get a better class of enemy. "
Good News! No Bear Market is on the horizon at this time.
My Guru would like to see a health restoring 5-10% correction in the
months ahead to assist in furthering the
bullish trend. Absent that, dollar cost averaging is the
best way to invest new money. That, and patience.
- The price decline of oil has reduced the likelihood of a recession to
Retail sales were a little low for the norm but were ok. The
consumer is still spending.
- Sales in the electronics sector were very
Housing remains weak and borrowing rates are low. No evidence
this will cause recession.
- 4th quarter real gdp was firm at 3.5% but it
will probably slow in 2007.
- Inflation risk - there isn't any at this time.
- Unemployment is likely to remain low.
- Merger and acquisition activity remains robust.
Lots of cash, lots of activity.
would like to see a health restoring 5 - 10% correction though....
Nothing else to really report.
Bob emphasizes that absent something unexpected, this year
should be a good one.
Timing Portfolio Changes:
None at this time.
and Gnashing of Teeth - a Good Time to Buy (01-23-07)?
radar goes up when I see stocks and sectors being trashed in the media.
Lately it has been the semiconductor
sector so it usually pays to have a look around and see if anything in
particular looks appealing. I guess you could say my
stock investment philosophy is more of a value or a contrarian
I came up with two prospects:
INTC - Intel
TXN - Texas Instruments
I settled on TXN.
Intel, I dunno.
Texas Instruments - A good company whose game plan is improving. It has
a PE of 11.
a Gamble - Not an investment, but a gamble:
This is a company that sells home entertainment systems and failed to
jump on the flat panel band wagon.
They stuck with rear projection units and paid dearly for it.
The company has been thoroughly trashed and is doing what it can to
It was founded in 1972 and has been around for a long time.
I think it is worth a bit of a gamble in the short term but that is all
it is - a gamble.
This stuff never
fails to amaze me:
stocks rallied Tuesday as investors
D.R. Horton's better-than-expected results
a sign of stabilizing fundamentals within the sector.
the country's largest homebuilder, earned $109.7 million,
35 cents a share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31.
year earlier, the company earned $310.1 million, or 98 cents a share.
the earnings were down sharply, the results topped analysts'
for a profit of 33 cents a share, according to Thomson First Call.
top line fell to $2.80 billion from $2.84 billion but exceeded
Street's estimate of $2.76 billion.
beat lifted the stock up 6.5% to $28.90 in recent trading,
gave a boost to other builder stocks as well.
And on the other hand:
4th-Quarter Earnings More Than Double
HAVEN, Conn. General Electric Co. said Friday its fourth-quarter profit
than doubled as its NBC television network showed signs of a turnaround
its global sales of gas turbines, health care equipment, financial
aircraft engines grew strongly.
also said it is restating financial results for 2001 through 2005 and
three quarters of 2006 to adjust accounting for interest rate swaps
part of its financial services commercial paper program.
shares fell $1.05, or 2.76 percent, to close at $36.95 on the New York
DR Horton loses money,
but not as much as the analysts thought. The stock gains over
share and boosts the
GE's forth quarter
profits more than double and the stock price drops by over a dollar.
The interest rate swaps
the report later said would actually benefit the company's bottom line.
What am I do deduce from this? You got me.