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Imminent Dividend Raise At This Auto Parts Distributor

Imagine being in the market to buy a used car. You scan the car dealership lot and there are two choices that catch your eye… One is a sleek coupe with fancy rims and a loud exhaust. It looks and sounds fast. The other is an unassuming sedan. It has conservative trim and an engine...

World’s Most Dangerous Gorilla Dead At Age Seven

Famous American writer, Gore Vidal, wrote countless essays, novels and screenplays throughout his lengthy career. He even had a few Broadway plays and Academy Award-winning dramas under his belt. Yet, after writing millions of words, there were only four he placed atop his list of favorites… I told you so. He claimed that these are...

Three Frightening Emerging Markets Statistics

Glitch in Futures Market Triggers Global Panic

The market’s “fear” index is flipping out. Trading volumes in front-month CBOE Volatility Index (or VIX) futures hit a record high last week, in terms of the number of contracts traded. Anomaly? Hardly! It turns out that this surge in weekly trading volume caps off the VIX’s largest monthly trading volume, too. In other words, fears...

If Adam Smith Were Alive, He’d Be a Dividend Investor

You likely associate the year 1776 with the birth of our nation. Yet it’s also the year that Adam Smith, who is considered by many to be the father of modern economics, published An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. In it, Smith explained that the profit motive was a...

Will Inter-Dealings Annihilate this 905% Upside?

Will Inter-Dealings Annihilate this 905% Upside?

Sanchez Energy (SN) is crushing goals left and right. For the fourth quarter, the company increased production by a whopping 905% year-over-year. And with an additional $640 million in capital from efforts in the Eagle Ford Shale, Sanchez could double its new production rate in 2014. A small-cap star, Sanchez has begun purchasing bolt-on acreage...

Controversial Stock Gets a “Stay of Execution”

Controversial Stock Gets a “Stay of Execution”

Rotten to the core… That pretty much sums up my take on the glut of social media-based companies that went public in the last few years. Mind you, it’s entirely because they came to market at obscene valuations. But apparently everyday investors are a stubborn bunch… Instead of simply steering clear, they insist on learning...

Oil Giant Caught in Never-Ending Death Spiral?

Oil Giant Slides Deeper into a Death Spiral

ExxonMobil (XOM) reported earnings on January 30 – and it wasn’t pretty. The company reported a quarterly drop in profits of 16% year-over-year, while 12-month earnings were down by more than 27%. Yes, the company earned more than $32 billion in 2013, which is more than the GDP of many countries in the world. But...

Two Market Bubbles Finally Burst, Crush Shareholders

Two Market Bubbles Finally Burst, Crush Shareholders

Why use lots of words when pictures will suffice? That’s my thinking each Friday when I select a handful of graphics to put important economic and investing news into perspective for you. This week, I’m serving up some pretty pictures and quick-hit observations on the most obvious bubble in the world – and why not...

Dividend ETF Arms Race

The Dividend ETF Arms Race Gets Serious

As I mentioned on Monday, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have experienced an explosion in popularity. According to ETFdb, there are 70 dividend-focused ETFs (excluding leveraged and inverse funds), with even more offerings on the way. So it’s clear that the ETF arms race has escalated. However, as I also mentioned before, there are many common pitfalls...

The Ghost of Benjamin Graham Takes Revenge

The Ghost of Benjamin Graham Takes Revenge

You can bet that the father of value investing, Benjamin Graham, is haunting the stock market at this very moment. For one simple reason… The market that made him so rich is seriously out of whack right now. You see, stock prices ultimately follow earnings. But even though the latest earnings data points to strength,...