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Five Ways to Profit – By the Dawn's Early Light

During the wildly productive portion of his tenure as the head of the Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS), then-CEO Michael Eisner had simple-but-elegant formula for success.

He was obsessive about controlling costs. He repeatedly urged his movie-development folks to focus on “singles and doubles” – instead of on home runs.

And he insisted that the best movie ideas – those with the greatest chances for success – would be so powerful that they could be summarized in two sentences or less…

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    Investing in Defense Stocks: Why Lockheed Martin (LMT) Is Too Big to Fail

    Last year when Congress formed its much-lauded "Supercommittee" to sort out America's debt crisis, there was a lot of handwringing about draconian budget cuts.

    But true to form, on the eve of an election year, our politicians did nothing and the sequestration clock began to tick.

    In essence, they made the bold move to kick the can down the road.

    The problem is if the clock is allowed to keep ticking, those same draconian cuts will happen anyway.

    No industry is more aware of this than the defense sector.

    For them it is literally like turning a battleship - the major players need a lot of lead time to readjust their bearings.

    So it's no surprise that the defense sector, which has a budget bigger than the combined defense budgets of at least the next 30 countries in the world, is worried more than most about significant cuts.

    And when corporate execs worry, so does Wall Street.

    But somehow, I think the military industrial complex will survive. For investors, it will be all about picking the right players.

    Investing in Defense Stocks: Lockheed Martin's Big Advantage

    One of them is Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT).

    As the great military strategist Sun Tzu once said, "Opportunities multiply as they are seized."

    Today, there is no company better at seizing opportunities than Lockheed Martin.

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