Creative Destruction

It wasn’t a coincidence or happenstance that one day after I wrote last Friday’s essay about Amazon.com, (AMZN), Investor’s Business Daily, IBD, published a front page article entitled, “The Death of Retail.” Why did that happen? The common thread between VectorVest and IBD is that we publish information for stock investors, and one of the [...]

The WatchDog

Every now and then a new tool is created that simply blows your mind. Well, it blew mine anyway. This tool is so good, I can’t leave it alone. I love it and I think you will too. So what is it? Before getting ahead of myself, I’d like to give you a little background. [...]

2011-01-07T19:49:17+00:00January 7th, 2011|Categories: The Views, VectorVest|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Comeback Kids

I introduced the subject of Net Profit Margin, NPM, two weeks ago because first quarter earnings reports were quite good, but that wasn’t good enough for many analysts…they were looking for signs of better sales growth. Everyone knows that sales growth is vital to a company’s long-term viability. Increased sales normally lead to rising earnings [...]

2010-03-19T16:29:50+00:00March 19th, 2010|Categories: The Views|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Whole New Dimension

Net Profit Margin, NPM, which I introduced last week, shows the after tax profit that a company makes, in percent, for each dollar of sales it receives. It directly relates bottom line and top line performance in one simple figure and, therefore, is a wonderful measure of profitability. Take La-Z-Boy, Inc., LZB, yesterday’s top stock [...]

2010-03-12T16:14:51+00:00March 12th, 2010|Categories: The Views|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Romancing the NPM

About 30 years ago, I was in charge of a billion dollar business that was largely involved with a commodity, plastic. We were the world’s leading producer of this plastic, making over two billion pounds a year. In order to cut costs, the business was integrated back to its basic raw materials that came right [...]

2010-03-05T15:37:37+00:00March 5th, 2010|Categories: The Views, VectorVest|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Black Monday, 1987

Ten years ago I wrote an essay called, “Not Surprised.” The thrust of that essay was to let our subscribers know that Black Monday just didn’t happen as a random event. There were several serious problems with the market in 1987 and our indicators were making them apparent. For example, the market was overvalued. The [...]

2007-10-19T16:25:30+00:00October 19th, 2007|Categories: The Views|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How I Use Stock Viewer

Click image to enlarge You have probably heard the story about the guy who was called in by the IRS to have his tax return audited. When he showed up at the IRS’s office, he carried two large shopping bags of check stubs, receipts and stuff and dumped them on the auditor’s desk. [...]

2006-11-10T16:04:29+00:00November 10th, 2006|Categories: The Views, VectorVest|Tags: |0 Comments

VectorVest Simple

Guilty. I admit it. I’m guilty. What with the UniSearch tool and now the AutoTimer, I’m in search of a killer strategy that makes money no matter what. But isn’t VectorVest supposed to help me do that in the first place? Yes, of course. VectorVest is designed to bring the “best” stocks to your attention [...]

2004-12-03T18:34:03+00:00December 3rd, 2004|Categories: The Views|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Tomorrow’s Paper

The Wall Street Journal ran a front page story yesterday headlined, “After Long Boom, Weaknesses Appear In Housing Market.” This is very interesting and important stuff, but one of the things I have learned as an investor is that by the time I read something in the paper, it’s too late to take advantage of [...]

2002-10-04T19:33:39+00:00October 4th, 2002|Categories: The Views, VectorVest|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Henry the Huckster

CNBC reported today that Mr. Henry Blodget, Merrill Lynch & Co.’s Internet stock analyst, was in arbitration regarding his bullish recommendations on InfoSpace. This stock peaked at $138.50 on March 3, 2000 and now trades around $3.75. You may recall that Mr. Blodget, a little known analyst at CIBC Oppenheimer, made his mark, back in [...]

2001-03-02T16:39:59+00:00March 2nd, 2001|Categories: The Views, VectorVest|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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