Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Does Apple Have What It Takes?

Apple  [AAPL]

     There comes a point in time when the greats fall. The Ottoman Empire, The Roman Empire, Yahoo, and Apple? They have a market cap of $639.51 billion dollars which makes them the largest publicly traded company. They have had mounds of success thanks to Steve Jobs development and new ideas. Since Jobs died of cancer Apple hasn't come out with any great, new ideas. Items that would blow your sock off like the iPod, or the iPhone, or even the iPad. But things seems to changing.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Strong Doesn't Always Mean Better

     There has been a ton of talk about the strength of the dollar recently. Some people who don't know so much about it might automatically think that strong would be good. The dollar must be doing great and everything is coming up roses for America. That's how I was a little bit ago before I finally understood the basics of the foreign exchange. I'm just going to provide a very basic example of why the strong dollar isn't necessarily a good thing for some aspects of the United States.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Is Panera [PNRA] Forming Cup & Handle?

Panera   [PNRA]

     If they are, it's a smaller one. However, it's a bullish pattern nonetheless. For those of you unfamiliar with the term cup and handle there is an explanation on Investopedia I would recommend looking up. Here is the screenshot I took of the chart. I finally figured out how to draw on them. Lucky you.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kroger [KR] 50 Day Breach

Kroger   [KR]

     Kroger is a prominent grocery store chain headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. In it's 2016 year, the company lost about -18% off the value of their stock. It was a down year for the company in that respect. Over the last 5 year period, they have gained 184.97% while the S&P gained 72.37%. Not only has it outperformed the market, but it has offered up a consistent dividend in between 1-1.5% yield. It was uncharacteristic for the stock to plunge almost -20% in one year after continual growth and expansion. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense when you pin it up next to them meeting or beating every quarterly estimate for Kroger's 2016 fiscal year. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Caterpillar [CAT] - Last Infrastructure Stock

Caterpillar Inc.    [CAT]

     Caterpillar will be the last infrastructure stock I look at. At least for the time being and with the purpose of Trumps infrastructure spending boost. On Saturday the 14th, an article was posted on TheStreet along with a video from Cramer saying "Trump Could Make Caterpillar Great Again." 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

United Rentals, Inc [URI]

United Rentals, Inc.   [URI]

     Coming from a little bit of a different direction with this one. It it still related to the other two, but they don't produce any materials or consult with any construction. Probably guessed it based on the company name, but they are as simple as an equipment rental company. They have general rentals which go towards the construction and industrial industry and a Trench, Power, and Pump segment. That one targets more of the underground work. Pretty self explanatory stuff based on names with this one. They have just under 900 rental locations in North America.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Vulcan Materials Company [VMC]

Vulcan Materials Company   [VMC]

     Vulcan Materials Company produces and sells construction materials, asphalt mix, and ready-mixed concrete to companies primarily in the United States. Those segments account for three of the four company segments with the fourth being calcium. These different parts of the company are used in the public sector to supply for the construction of highways, airports, and government buildings.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Infrastructure Stocks for 2017 - Aecom [ACM]

Aecom  [ACM]

     The infrastructure industry is a hot topic as we roll into 2017. The Trump administration has said part of the plan to 'Make America Great Again' is to fix the crumbling infrastructure. That being roads, bridges, water structures, and things of that nature. Estimates have placed the total cost to fix all the roads and bridges to be in the trillions of dollars. Trumps believes his plan will pay for itself. He'd offer 137 billion in tax credits to private companies hired to fix the problems. The money the private companies save from the tax credits is assumed to be made back in tax revenue from the increased wages paid out to the employees and the profits to the contractors. Whether that is true and capable of happening, it's clear that Trump and wants to spend some money on building some things. (Some info gathered from article here

Friday, January 6, 2017

Barnes and Noble Stinks...

Barnes and Noble    [BKS]

     Barnes and Noble has cut forecasts because they had a terrible holiday season. The same store sales were considerably lower this holiday season and causing B&N to become reactive and cut its outlook for the fiscal year. In the 9 weeks leading up to the last of the year, B&N reported a decrease in same store sales of 9.1%. This news came out this morning and today along with most other retail stocks taking a big hit as well. Over the last 5 days, the stock is down 8.73% and 5.58% of that is just from today.