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Optimism returned to Wall Street last week, as Syria attack talk subsided and the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note slipped.
Triple-digit gains Monday through Wednesday last week added 401.10 to the Dow. Stocks closed with modest losses Thursday, with the S&P 500 Index snapping a seven-day winning streak. But the bulls were back in force Friday, helping the Dow log its best week in nine months.
Yet, the market pendulum continues to swing between risk-off and risk-on trading, leaving investors cautious.
Money Morning's updated list of the best stocks to buy - and some to avoid - address today's biggest market concerns and find the smartest opportunities for your money now.
In case you missed anything last week, here's a recap:
- For those in the know, the tech sector provides a rush of opportunities. History shows that when deciding which stocks to bet on in the sector, it's best to avoid overly hyped names. The most lucrative tech investments are often overlooked simply because they haven't made headlines. But Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson never misses a thing. One under-the-radar tech deal that caught Robinson's eye was ARM Holdings PLC's (Nasdaq: ARMH) recent purchase of a small Finnish startup, Sensinode Oy. ARM, one of the world's most dominant mobile device chipmakers, views the Sensinode deal as critical to its aim of becoming a major "Internet of Everything" player. Robinson gives readers the scoop on why ARM will be a profitable play in an emerging $14 billion segment of the tech industry...
- There is an old adage on Wall Street that goes "those who get in on great opportunities early make the most money." Frontier markets offer savvy investors a chance to get in early on a nearly untapped market and to reap some sizable rewards. Not to be confused with emerging markets like China, India, and Mexico, frontier markets include places like Croatia, Ghana, and Vietnam. While riskier than the former, they can be far more rewarding. Reward yourself by reading the rest here.
- Just as important as knowing the best stocks and sectors to buy is knowing those to steer clear of. Year to date, markets have experienced a number of rotations. In the first half of the year we saw a shift out of precious metals into equities. We also witnessed sharp outflows from bond holdings into cash. So what now?