Archives for December 2013

December 2013 - Money Morning - Only the News You Can Profit From

Your 2014 Investment Watch List

It's been a great year for the U.S. stock market. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index is up about 25%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed 23%.

And Money Morning's gurus have done even better than that for their subscribers this year…

Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald decoded an 80% gain for readers of his Money Map Report with an insurance company that pays out a super dividend.

This is where serious investors will want to begin their year...

The Best and Worst of Wall Street 2013

Of all the things you can say about the world of finance this year, it wasn't boring.

Looking back at the best and worst of Wall Street 2013, we've had record stock market highs, hyped up IPOs, activist investors gone wild, and red-faced moments for some prominent CEOs.

Some of it was sad, most of it was entertaining, but none of it should have distracted you from making money.

We here at Money Morning have created some very special awards to commemorate some of the most striking developments of 2013.

Let's start with that unforgettable Ackman-Icahn smackdown...

The Most Interesting Companies of 2013

Today (Tuesday), Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." to discuss whether the most interesting companies of 2013 will make for next year's best investments.

The four "interesting" companies highlighted by host Stuart Varney: Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR), and Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA).

To continue reading click here

This New Year's Eve, "Ring the Register" for Profits

New Year's Eve is one of my favorite times of the year.

And not because I look forward to the lavish parties folks like to hold on that final night of the year.

In fact, I don't party at all.

My wife and I have actually established a neat little ritual that lets us say adios to the outgoing year… and to welcome in the new one by setting some goals for the one that's coming in.

We dress up and go out for a late dinner – usually at one of the nice local eateries that we like and support. But before we do, the two of us always sit by the fire and have our most important "family talk" of the year.

Each year, you see, I write an "annual report" that details our achievements for that year. These can include accomplishments at work or in the civic projects we're involved with, great investments we've made, and projects we've completed.

As my wife and I sit by the fire, we review that "report" – and celebrate our accomplishments. And then we establish goals for the New Year – creating an "action plan" whose success or failure we'll review at our "chat" the following New Year's Eve.

I'm sharing this story for a reason: My wife and I have been doing this for more than a decade now. That's long enough to see that this "tradition" has had a positive impact on our lives.

And it points to a habit that I believe every investor should develop.

I'm talking about developing a personal investment plan.

It can help make you a winner. In fact, it can help make you rich.

And today I'm going to show you how...

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) Stock: Biggest One-Day Drop Is a Warning Sign for Investors

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) stock took a 13% plunge on Friday in its biggest one-day drop since it went public on Nov. 7, a blip that should warn investors of bad things to come for the over-hyped social media sweetheart.

A downgrade to "Sell" by Macquarie Equity research analyst Ben Schachter on Friday was the likely culprit. The stock opened at $72 per share and closed at $63.75.

"Nothing has changed in the fundamentals to justify the sharp rise," Schachter told clients.

Here's what investors need to know now...

Stock Market Today: Why Crocs (Nasdaq: CROX) Stock Soared 21%

Stock Market Today, Dec. 30: In the second-to-last trading day of the year, stocks are fairly flat except for some double-digit movers in the consumer and biotech sectors, like Crocs Inc. (Nasdaq: CROX) stock.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average today clutched a small gain of 25 points while both the Standard & Poor's 500 and Nasdaq Composite Index ended in the red. They fell about 0.02% and 0.06%, respectively.

To continue reading, please click here... (Nasdaq: AMZN) Stock: Going Higher with New Subscriber Services?

Today (Monday), Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." to tell investors what he sees in retail web giant (Nasdaq: AMZN)'s future.

The big question for Amazon stock in 2014 is if this e-commerce and online retailing giant can keep going to record highs. Amazon stock has gone up 60% this year to about $394 per share.  

To continue reading, please click here...

Ten Bitcoin Facts That Are Stranger Than Fiction

Just about everything that has to do with the digital currency Bitcoin is at least a little odd.

But there are some Bitcoin facts that are truly bizarre – things that could only happen in the universe of Bitcoin.

Bitcoin, which exists entirely in cyberspace, has attracted a lot of attention in recent months as the Bitcoin price has soared from less than $200 in September to more than $1,200 at the end of November. The world's leading "altcurrency" is trading for about $800 now.

It doesn't get much crazier than this...