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Looking to beat the market? Consider the second-tier names.
Investors in the market like to focus on the big corporate battles. Take two giants in an industry and watch them go toe-to-toe in a battle royal.
To the winner go the profits, but how do investors do following the leaders? From my experience investing in giants is similar to owning an index fund. The returns are simply mediocre.
Below the radar in any industry are interesting sub-plots and possible investment opportunities that can outperform the market.
Pay close attention to this biotech play
Written by Douglas Estadt
We like Delcath's management team and the cutting edge life-extending technology of their PHP System. Today we sold DCTH May 15 puts at $.55 and $.60, so when the stock closes Friday, and the options expire, one of two things we view as favorable will happen:
- if it closes above 15, we’re going to pick up $550 to $600 for every 10 contracts we sold
- if the stock pulls back quite a bit before then, we will get the stock "put" to us,
Investors will need cash for some great buying opportunities coming up. But what to sell?
Investors raise cash for all kinds of reasons.
In anticipation of some big personal expenditure. To protect a portfolio against risk in a volatile market. To have the firepower to take advantage of a future buying opportunity.
That last reason is why I've decided to raise some cash over the next few weeks and perhaps longer.
Consumer spending appears to be on the way up -- and retail stocks are soaring
Retail is heating up. A look at 11 hot retail ETFs to buy now shows that the sector is dramatically outperforming the market so far in 2010 -- up to four times over!
That means if you were holding some of the elite retail components in these funds, you would be doing even better.
The Apple chief executive traded in some options that are now worth billions.
Bono, once described as the worst investor in America, was vindicated after his venture group made out in the Palm(PALM) sale.
Maybe Steve Jobs should get that title instead. The Apple (AAPL) chief executive made a dumb trade years ago -- one that cost him billions, writes Brett Arends on MarketWatch.
Rewind all the way back to early 2000, when Apple shares fell to about $7. OK, you can stop now and kick yourself for not having bought any then.
Back to the story:
Let's not relinguish our leadership in space
When I was a child, my heroes were Buck Rodgers, Flash Gordon, the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers and of course Chuck Yeager, Alan Shepard and John Glenn. They all were so real yet unreal to me.
One of my most proudest possessions was a model of the X-15 I built with my own hands. It was a simple time when TV was not 24 hours a day and signed off every night with videos of Air Force jets flying high in the clouds and the words of High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr:
Best Buy plans to launch its video download platform this month, allowing it to enter the movie rental fray.
By Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet
The electronics retailer announced plans Monday to roll out its CinemaNow digital entertainment platform later this month. The service will allow customers to buy or rent newly released movies and television shows instantly.
No subscription will be required. The service will work on a pay-as-you-go basis, blending aspects of Neftlix's streaming service and Apple's (AAPL) iTunes. Rentals are expected to cost about $4 each -- about the same as Blockbuster -- and about $15 to own.
Select locations are rolling out flavors like wild berry, mango and strawberry to capture bigger beverage sales
Its latest move: The addition of smoothies and iced frappes to its already impressive suite of McCafe gourmet coffees. Smoothie flavors include wild berry, strawberry banana, mango and strawberry at select locations.
- Related: Burger King offers $1 Icees
Mickey D’s has come a long way with its beverage line recently, but ever since the Shamrock Shake debuted in 1970 the company has been looking for innovative ways to drink up sales.
Greece is a warning to governments that promise too much and pay too much for what they promise.
By Peter Morici, TheStreet
As the May 6 “flash crash” in U.S. stocks illustrated, problems in Greece can have grave consequences for not merely other Mediterranean economies and Europe, but the US and the broader global economy.
The selloff on May 20 and 21, in the face of strong U.S. economic data, reflected growing concerns that the eurozone bailout will not work -- Greece may be beyond saving -- and that European government finances don't work.
At its core, problems in Greece reflect broader problems in Europe that are spreading to the U.S. The 750 billion euro assistance fund simply doesn’t address those problems. It is perhaps a palliative effort, not a cure.
How to find winning China stocks
Written by Douglas Estadt
Dr. Eric Jackson, of Ironfire Capital LLC (http://www.ironfirecapital.com), sits down with us to share insights on how he selects winning stocks from China:
- Must do your due diligence, not invest blindly
- Focus on specific company opportunity, not broad "China growth" statements
For more of Dr. Jackson's insight, view the video below
The strengthening dollar is opening opportunities for US investors, yet the market can only see the negatives.
Would you like the situation? Wouldn't you like the idea that the Federal Reserve would be on hold at these low rates? Wouldn't you like the increased purchasing power you would get, especially now that the housing tax credit is over? Wouldn't you look for consumer stocks to buy?
This market is giving you a resounding answer: Nope. That would be foolish.
Shares of gold miners sink amid demand concerns. Investors turn to dollars as the euro hits four-year low.
By Alix Steel, TheStreet
Gold prices in New York were slipping Monday as jittery investors sold gold for cash and the euro hit a four-year low.
Gold for June delivery was down $2.20 to $1,225.60 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Gold has traded as high as $1,242.80 and as low as $1,222.50. The US dollar index was rising 0.5% to $86.55 while the euro was falling 0.3% to $1.23 against the dollar. The spot gold price was dropping by $6, according to Kitco's gold index. Gold prices hit a record $1,249 last week.
Investors are still concerned that the European Union’s $1 trillion financial aid package won’t be enough to stop the debt crisis in some member countries. They also fear that austerity measures in Greece, Spain and Portugal will hurt growth without closing budget deficits.
Will Five-Card Stud make you a better investor? Some on Wall Street think so.
If a person isn't interested in poker, that's almost a red flag, an executive at the firm told the newspaper. "It's almost the equivalent of not reading the Wall Street Journal."
Looks like the high-stakes gambling aspect of Wall Street isn't going away anytime soon.
The video retailer is on the ropes. Will it survive?
Investors in Blockbuster (BBI) are playing Russian roulette, and one of these days the gun is going to go off.
In a recent securities filing, Blockbuster stated that filing bankruptcy remained a possibility. If that happens, investors will likely lose the entirety of their current investments.
Today the company has a market capitalization of $83 million, so there's not much left to lose. But individuals are still rolling the dice on Blockbuster at 40 cents per share -- down from $4 and change three years ago -- even though a complete loss is quote possible.
How much rope will investors give this company?
Other companies are doing brisk business with subprime buyers. But not General Motors.
Subprime buyers received about 16% of all new vehicle loans in the fourth quarter of last year, The Associated Press reports. The auto industry depends on these people for its sales, and it needs the banks to give them loans.
GM wants to sell to more subprime buyers as it revs up for a new public stock offering. But its main lender, Ally Financial, doesn't like the risk of loaning money to people with poor credit. So GM is stuck.
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