Boeing stock is up 78% this year. And that's despite getting hit by a lot of widely reported problems with its 787 Dreamliner commercial aircraft as well as the ever-looming threat of defense spending cuts. Not many companies can bull their way through such setbacks and emerge a strong buy.
Stocks to Buy 2013
As Main Street gears up for the holiday shopping season, the retail sector takes center stage on Wall Street.
The bad news for those investing in retail stocks: Morgan Stanley cautions overall retail sales growth is expected to be the weakest since 2008 - meaning the sector's robust 40% year to date could be headed for a slowdown.
Weighed down by concerns over pay and hiring, consumer confidence continues to fall, suggesting consumers will continue to be tight-fisted. After a steep drop in October, the consumer confidence level fell further in November. Slipping to 70.4 from 72.4, it marks the lowest level in seven months, Tuesday's Conference Board data revealed.
Our best stocks to buy list last week stemmed from oil and drug stocks - and some gems from tech, which we learned is not in a bubble...
It was a good week for investing as markets continued hitting record highs. The broad-based S&P 500 Index topped 1,800 for the first time Friday, just one day after the Dow sailed past 16,000, and the Nasdaq ended the week just shy of 4,000 (which it hit Monday this week).
As indexes climb, investors grow increasingly cautious. Predicted outcomes run the gamut from a modest market pullback, to a steep correction, to a bursting bubble.
The stock markets have been going up so far and for so long that many analysts predict a correction is in store. The S&P 500 hit a record high today (Wednesday) to trade above its record high hit last week, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit record highs Monday and Friday.
While the Twitter IPO dominated headlines last week, we aren't fans of the stock. There are much better places to put your money to profit from these record market highs, as we've detailed below.
Money Morning's best stocks to buy last week focused on key earnings reports, the Federal Open Market Committee meeting, and the continued climb of market indexes.
Markets closed out October - a month haunted by the specters of the 1929 and 1987 crashes - with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 3.6% and the S&P 500 higher by 5.4%. Year to date, the indexes are up 19.7% and 24.2% respectively.
It's oh-so-tempting to get caught up in the frenzy of a hot stock like Tesla or Netflix. But as often as not, these sexy stocks aren't all they're cracked up to be, and represent way more risk than reward. Your money is better off in a less flashy stock with much stronger fundamentals.
Last week's best stocks to buy started out D.C. driven. But when the drama on Capitol Hill subsided - for now, at least - focus turned to third-quarter earnings.
Google Inc.'s (Nasdaq: GOOG) better-than-expected quarterly results and upbeat outlook helped markets move sharply higher.
The S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq logged their best weekly gains in three months, up 2.42% and 3.23% respectively. It was the Nasdaq's best close since September 2000.
At times like this, gold and silver typically grab all the attention... and attract all the "safe" money. But there's another metal that could blast past both of these, virtually overnight.
That's because it has unique physical properties for which there is just no substitute - something its biggest consumers lose quite a bit of sleep over.
It's 15 times more rare than platinum... and 30 times more rare than gold.
And, as you'll see in the chart below, it hasn't been this attractive in 13 years.
We're looking at a 70% gain on this one - perhaps more - no matter how far Washington kicks the "debt can" down the road.
The U.S. Federal Reserve was also in the spotlight, and Twitter took center stage once again as we learned of the micro-blogging site's target IPO date.
Amid closing the third quarter and kicking off the fourth, last week's best stocks to buy revolved around the government shutdown, the looming debt ceiling deadline, and the hotly anticipated Twitter IPO.
September is historically the worst month for equities, but investors were mostly unscathed. The broad-based S&P 500 Index rose 3% in September and 4.7% in Q3. The Dow added 1.5% in the third quarter and is up 15.5% for the year.
As Q4 gets under way, many investors have retreated to avoid giving up gains, pulling $1.3 billion out of equity funds last week. Bond and commodity funds were also walloped with redemptions.
Last week's best stocks to buy list at Money Morning stemmed from key events from the U.S. Federal Reserve - if you missed it, here's what you need to know...
The first Fed-related headlines came Monday morning when markets reacted to Fed chief frontrunner Larry Summers stepping out of the running to fill Ben Bernanke's shoes.
Focus then shifted to the central bank's two-day policy meeting that ended with the surprise announcement the Fed will continue its market-friendly $85 billion a month bond-buying program.
When it comes to stocks, it's easy to equate size with quality.
But over the past year, smaller has been better, which means you need to be looking for small-cap stocks to buy.
In fact, the market's practically screaming that you should be putting some chips to work in the small-cap arena.
Editor's Note: Bill recommended this little security firm to his Private Briefing readers back in June, when shares traded for $6.10. They closed above $9 a share last week, but Bill thinks there's still a ton of upside here. And thanks to some analyst-induced selling yesterday, you can buy all this growth potential at an even better price...
Since we recommended Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS) back on June 6, the stock has soared nearly 40%.
And we believe there's more to come.
A lot more.
Founded in 1994, the San Diego-based Kratos is a specialized security-technology company that provides products and services crucial to U.S. national security priorities.
That national security focus is borne out by the company's customer base, which includes the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The company also serves a number of strategic military bases and defense locations throughout the United States.
While the global economy is taking longer than we'd like to land a full recovery, there are retail stocks to buy right now to benefit from better times ahead.
And now - since the stock market is always anticipatory - we're seeing some interesting opportunities in the luxury goods sector.
After one year, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has brought the company back from the brink of irrelevance; whether she can return Yahoo to its former glory has been an open question. But there is one key area in which Yahoo has surged ahead of even Google, and that could change everything...