Markets Live Recap: Stocks Begin the Week Strong as Economic Outlook Brightens

Stocks rose 1.6% today as investors felt optimistic about governments around the world reopening their economies amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In addition to some U.S. states, Italy, Germany, and France said they're also looking to ease the quarantine policies that have been in place for the last two months.

If economies can reopen and consumers feel confident, stocks could continue to rally.

But if the COVID-19 curve starts to steepen as a result, that would likely send stocks lower.

And we could break through the recent lows made last month.

Here's what our experts – Chris Johnson, Tom Gentile, D.R. Barton, Jr., and Shah Gilani – think investors should be doing with their portfolios this week.



3 Bank Stocks to Buy Just Earned Our Top Grades Ahead of Earnings

As earnings season approaches, look beyond the big names like Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS).

Instead, search for smaller, regional banks that have less exposure to global contagion and stronger dividends than their “too big to fail” competition.

Here are the three regional bank stocks to buy before earnings season..


3 of the Best Dividend Stocks to Buy in August 2018

Every investor want to own stocks that can provide a reliable source of income and appreciate over time.

That's why we're bringing you the three best dividend stocks to buy in August 2018.

These three stocks represent companies that have the kind of robust financials that ensure regular returns and the growth potential that can increase asset value – and your profits.

Not to mention, these dividend-paying stocks are far safer investments than companies that don't offer dividend payout and have unreliable finances...

Trading Strategies

This Lesson Is Essential to Our Triple-Digit Wins

My chemical engineering career revolved around understanding intricate production systems and making them work better.

Complex chemical processes can take years to design, build, and troubleshoot. I had the opportunity to go through two such design-build-startup cycles in my days.

Double, triple, and quadruple checks were called for. And I'm pleased to say that when I took early retirement, I left behind two working plants.

But it was my very first assignment that still stands out to me. The process I was working on made nitrogen oxides (NOx) as part of the offgas.

To minimize the amount of NOx sent in the atmosphere, the plant had an evaporation tower where water would flow down from the top over a series of horizontal trays in the tower and would absorb the NOx from the gas stream flowing up from the bottom of the tower.

My job was to figure out why the tower wasn't taking out as much NOx as needed.

I did what any good engineer would – I studied the design parameters of the tower to see if I could uncover any parameters that were off. Everything was correct, so there were no performance problems there.

It wasn't until I left the office and climbed the tower itself that I found the answer.

Here's what my first engineering conquest and our recent big wins have in common...


Become Your Crowd's Bitcoin Expert with These 3 Key Points

A few weeks back, my wife and I were vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, on the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula.

While we were lounging around the pool one day, I overheard a group talking about Bitcoin.

Naturally, I joined in – and offered up a few of my "credentials."

Next thing I knew, I was getting peppered with questions about Bitcoin, the blockchain, and cryptocurrencies. These fellow tourists were smart folks, but they hadn't yet been able to fully grasp all the ins and outs of this new world.

But by the time the conversation ended, they were thanking me for clearing up a lot of their confusion.

I was happy to help.

There's little I like to do more than introduce people to new investing ideas – especially profitable ones.

In fact, this kind of thing happens all the time.

During the long Presidents' Day weekend, I found myself in three Bitcoin/crypto conversations among three entirely different groups of people.

I bet the same thing happens to you – at the golf course, at cocktail parties, around the pool… everywhere.

That's why I want to arm you with three key points – I call them "Insider's Edges" – that will make you your crowd's top Bitcoin expert.

After this quick lesson, not only will you be the smartest guy or gal in the room.

You'll be all the better positioned to make big profits on cryptos...

Gold and Precious Metals

This "Triple Play" Is Key to Profiting from Energy's Tense "New Normal"

Last Thursday, I filled my Oil & Energy Investor readers in on the best energy investing strategy to use in a world wracked by rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the Persian Gulf, and of course, Venezuela.

Now, energy is still making people fortunes. That hasn't changed, and it's not likely to in the future, either.

But in an increasingly anxious world, investors will see bigger, more consistent profits when they find a way to bridge two critical sectors: defense and energy.

In fact, in my monthly, paid Energy Advantage and weekly Energy Inner Circle investment research services, I'm adding significantly more "weight" in the stocks that do this very bridging.

Normally, I'd keep these plays close to the vest; after all, it's only fair. We've already enjoyed double-digit gains in these companies, and the upside potential is still enormous.

More importantly, the geopolitical situation is changing so quickly, and the impacts are so profound, that I want to make sure everyone is holding these three stocks at a minimum.

So here they are...