Some companies take a Field of Dreams approach, hoping that if they build, customers will respond. That’s not the case with most energy infrastructure companies. They refuse to put shovels into the ground unless they’ve already received significant customer support in the form of long-term, take-or-pay contracts that guarantee a steady stream of cash flow as soon as an asset enters service.
While those customer commitments were hard to come by over the past few years due to the turbulence in the oil market, energy companies are beginning to grow more optimistic....More>>>
If you’re able to buy shares of a small growth stock — say, a company with a market capitalizationof less than $20 billion — before the rest of the market catches on to the story, it can be a life-changing investment.
Consider, for instance, the 1997 investment that Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner made in — at the time — a tiny company called Amazon. With a split-adjusted purchase price of just $3.19, a simple $10,000 investment back then is now worth $4.5 million.
But what is a growth stock? There’s no hard-and-fast....More>>>
If anybody ever wants to interview me about these five-stock samplers [you might be a journalist wondering whether people could pick stocks that do beat the market that consistently], I’ll be the first to say, by the way, 100% is not a hit rate I will ever be able to maintain, but thinking back, now, over three years, that is a pretty remarkable record of consistency. But whether or not we’re right 100% of the time or 75% or 50% of the time, what I really look at are the percentage points of alpha that would generate over and above the market, and that is a remarkable story. So,....More>>>
Gold rose above last week’s closing level of $1,347.90 an ounce in Monday’s trading as threats of “actual wars” pushed the price of the yellow metal.
Prices had earlier touched a five-week high in March 2018 as threats of a trade war between the United States and China weighed on the dollar and equities. On Jan 25, spot gold touched a high of $1,366 an ounce. Gold value has increased more than 2% in 2018 so far, after recording a healthy 12% gain last year.
As markets remain skeptical in the face of the ongoing geopolitical tensions, prices are expected....More>>>
As a rule of thumb, I try to stay away from the sub-$5 category when it comes to cheap stocks.
After all, companies don’t go public with a share price below $5. Thus, if a stock is trading below $5, that means investors have sold it off to be below $5. That usually means there is something really wrong with the underlying growth story, the valuation, or both.
For this reason, finding a winner in the sub-$5 group is like finding a needle in a haystack.
But if you find that needle, you could be looking at huge gains. After all, once upon a time in 2001, Amazon.com,....More>>>