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  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 02/25/2010

    In This Issue:

    Company Earnings Look Good
    Dividends Are Also Increasing
    Another Shameless Plug For Dividend Aristocrats
    These Winners Remain Attractive...One For 194 Years
    Smaller Stocks Are Coming Up Fast
    Semiconductors Looking Good Too!
    The Bottom Line This Week

    Since our last newsletter, the stock market retreated from its earlier highs. That's not surprising since there was cheerless economic news from Europe. The infamous PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain) are having an embarrassing problem with their colossal debts. Payments are due, but the big spenders are coming up short a trillion dollars or so. The exact number is still in dispute. Whatever it turns out to be will be a shocker.

    Investors calmed down a bit when other European countries promised to bail out their spendthrift neighbors. But before anybody could start to buy stocks again, the Fed made a surprise ¼ point increase in the discount rate it charges banks.

  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 10/29/2009

    In This Issue:

    Investors Are Deciding Which Way To Jump
    Earnings Count More Than The GDP
    Beat The Fixed Income Blues
    A Dividend Honor Roll
    If You Can't Beat Them...
    The Bottom Line This Week

    The past 30+ days was a weak period for stocks. Since our September newsletter, the Dow fell 0.6% and the Nasdaq dropped 2.3%.

    However, investors have little cause to complain. The market delivered a 56% gain since March 9. At this point, a timeout could be a pause that refreshes. That's especially true since October has often been a tough month for stocks, particularly when it was preceded by a run-up. Another such shock was definitely not welcomed.

  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 11/06/2008

    In This Issue:

    The Rally May Have Legs – Or Not!
    A Banquet For Value Investors
    Dividends Shine In This Market
    A Yield Bonus That Few Investors Consider
    The Bluest Of The Blue Chips
    Love Those Dividend Aristocrats
    The Bottom Line This Week

    The mid-cycle rebound we have been expecting showed up last week with a spectacular opening. Even though the market on Monday showed a 203 point loss, huge gains over the remaining four days pushed the Dow and the Nasdaq up 11.3% and 10.9% respectively.

    This time the gains survived the weekend, but not for long. Monday was a yawn, but the market jumped 305 points on Tuesday as excitement about the presidential election boosted spirits. On Wednesday, however, America suffered a post-election hangover and stocks dropped a whopping 486 points. It looks like Wall Street plans to give President-elect Obama a very short honeymoon.

  • Week of 08/21/2008

    In This Issue:

    Inflation Spike Seems Unlikely To Last
    The Dollar Rally Gathers Strength
    Russians In Georgia Have Investors Spooked
    The Outlook Is Good For U.S. Defense Companies
    In A Low Yield World, Dividends Shine
    The Bottom Line This Week

    The stock rally lost some ground last week which made many investors worry that the run may be coming to an end. That fear was justified since the main engine behind the rally -falling oil prices- continued to play their part. Even with oil moving down to the $112 range, the Dow fell 0.6% for the week.

    Small stocks moved in the opposite direction to their larger cousins as the Nasdaq posted a 1.6% advance. In its own way, the small stock upturn also made investors nervous. The bounce was another in a long list of confusing situations that are at work in the market today.