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Dividend-paying stocks pay yet another dividend: Price increases

April 15, 2012

With bond yields at historic lows, investors have turned to dividend-paying stocks as a source of investment income. Now investors are getting an extra boost — call it an added dividend — in the form of rising prices of dividend-paying equities....

Correction projection is 5-7% drop: Doll

April 15, 2012

The current stock market sell-off might result in a 5% to 7% decline if trends from the past few years continue and fundamentals hold, BlackRock Inc. chief equity strategist Bob Doll wrote in a commentary released last week. “Since the current...

Feeling lucky? Google investors not optimistic about dividend

April 12, 2012

Google Inc. Ticker:(GOOG) shareholders are urging the Web-search giant to take a page from Apple Inc. and return part of its $44.6 billion in cash to investors. Google has more cash as a percentage of market value than five of its largest peers,...

Shilling offers chilling forecast for large caps

April 12, 2012

(Courtesy: Bloomberg Television)

Time to shift to stocks from bonds: Loomis Sayles' Fuss

April 11, 2012

The looming threat of rising interest rates has legendary bond investor Dan Fuss thinking it's a good time to move away from fixed income and into stocks. “We're in the foothills of a gradual rise in interest rates,” said Mr. Fuss, vice...

Merrill: 12 portfolio ideas for 2012

April 10, 2012

The following is excerpted from a report by the Chief Investment Officer Team for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. The team is headed by Lisa Shallet, CIO of Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and head of investment management & guidance....

Why Dennis Gartman went from riding the bull to riding the pine

April 10, 2012

Dennis Gartman, an economist and newsletter editor, said he abandoned his bullish view of stocks in March because of the possibility the market will retreat. “The only things that I own at this point are a few shipping companies and a little...

A look at Litman Gregory's balanced portfolio

April 10, 2012

The following is excerpted from commentary that appears in the April issue of No-Load Fund Analyst, published by Litman Gregory. For more information on accessing the full issue of No-Load Fund Analyst, click here. These scenarios are the foundation...

In hunt for dividends, small-caps offer big surprise

April 6, 2012

Pairing dividends with smaller companies can provide the best of both worlds, particularly at a time when income is hard to come by, according to Adam Peck, manager of the Heartland Value Plus Fund Ticker:(HRVIX). Mr. Peck, who co-manages the...

Biggs sees pretty big drop in large-caps dead ahead

April 5, 2012

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index may fall as much as 7 percent because of economic weakness in Europe, according to hedge fund managerBarton Biggs. “I may want to take a little risk off,” Biggs, founder of Traxis Partners LP, said on Bloomberg...

Bonds bigger risk than stocks right now, says Abby Joseph Cohen

April 4, 2012

Abby Joseph Cohen, the senior U.S. investment strategist at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., said investors are taking more risk by buying bonds at negative real yields than by putting money in equities as the economy grows. “There are many investors...

These three companies are dividend superstars

March 30, 2012

Forget crying over low interest rates or taking on more risk in the fixed-income space for better yield, says portfolio manager Troy Shaver. He prefers to get his income from dividends. Mr. Shaver, manager of the Goldman Sachs Rising Dividend...

China still bullish on equities; U.S. investors should take notice

March 27, 2012

The following is excerpted from the March issue of The Global Investor Newsletter, published by Euro Pacific Capital. To read the full newsletter, click here. Unquestionably there has been a significant change in investor sentiment since the...

Why active investing is a loser's game

March 26, 2012

In separate interviews from 2006, Charles Ellis, founder of Greenwich Associates, and the late Peter Bernstein discussed why active management might be a bad choice for individual investors.

Hedgies eat crow as equities gain mo'

March 26, 2012

Hedge funds trailing the Standard & Poor's 500 (SPX) Index for the last five months are giving up on bearish bets and buying stocks at the fastest rate in two years. A gauge of hedge-fund bullishness measuring the proportion of bets that shares...

Biggs boosts bullish bets on stocks

March 25, 2012

Barton Biggs, the hedge fund manager who increased bets on equities before the S&P 500 rallied this year, is getting more bullish. “I've been gradually increasing, and I'm up to 90% now,” he said in a Bloomberg radio interview, referring...

Hunger Games index tracks stocks most likely to benefit from movie's success

March 22, 2012

Just in time for Friday's much-hyped premier of “The Hunger Games,” investors might be able to make a few bucks by investing in some of the companies expected to see big benefits from the young-adult thriller. According to,...

Stocks vs. bonds? Stocks, in a landslide, says Goldman

March 21, 2012

Stocks will probably begin a “steady upward trajectory” over the next few years because any declines in economic growth are already reflected in share prices, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said. “Given current valuations, we think it's time...

Biggs boosts bullish bets on stocks to 90% net long

March 20, 2012

Barton Biggs, the hedge-fund manager who increased bets on equities before the Standard & Poor's 500 Index rallied this year, is getting more bullish. “I've been gradually increasing and I'm up to 90 percent now,” said Biggs, referring to...

Chart of the day: Stocks' Sweet Sixteen

March 19, 2012

It has been a sweet sixteen weeks for the S&P 500. The broad stock market index has had only three down weeks out of the past sixteen. There has not been a sixteen-week period with fewer weeks of losses in over 20 years — since the period...

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