Anyone care to offer their best investment ideas outside of the shipping sector? I am happy to go first:
- Autos: The average age of the US light vehicle is at or near a record and and used car values are at relatively high levels (see the Mannheim index). Consumer confidence is improving as have the the pace of unemployment filings. Not surprisingly, new vehicle sales have been trending up. At the same time, all the pain the industry has gone through has resulted in rock-bottom fixed costs and automakers and major parts suppliers have the ability to break even at very low sales levels. Despite all of this, the stocks get no respect from the market. My preferred picks are F and AXL. F is probably the less risky play, as the company has fixed its balance sheet and is one of the greatest success stories in modern manufacturing, given that they were down to hocking teh blue oval a few years ago. AXL is riskier given their more leverd balance sheet, but the company is a world class manufacturer of parts that simply must be made well and as they expand their sales base beyond GM they will grow sales like crazy even if US industry volumes stagnate.
- US oil and gas (especially gas): Onshore producers who are weighted toward gas are out of favor. Nat gas prices are in the basement given the glut of shale gas. At $3 an MCF, gas is now low enough that produces generally do not make money on new production. Not surprisingly, gas rig counts have been falling, which augurs for a supply and price correction in the medium term. In the meantime, there are a ton of major gas users circling around the cheap gas in the US. No cheap resouce goes unused for long, and just in the methanol industry there has been a plant restarted that had been mothballed for years and other players are considering setting up plants in the US (such as industry leader Methanex). I think gas prices will eventually rebound and producers are switching to oil production in the meantime. I like CHK the best, but the whole industry is so cheap you could scoop up several names (DVN and UPL are attractive, IMO).
Just added TPLM to my list of drillers which included KOG and WLL.
There is nothing but higher oil prices in the future with Iran. Also oil production is dropping fast in Mexico and Venezuela, major US suppliers.
I just put a GTC order in for c at 18.01 --- not! couldnt pass up the joke. I really like HL before todays 10% gain. will be intersting to see what all the option activity meant after expiration (super unusually large number of Jan 6's. I also like the Microsoft (yep, hard to believe)-- their automotive division is going to rock for the next few years with blue tooth. I also would be a big buyer of BHP if it go back down a little more for me-- into all mined products and in a couple years will be a big potash producer-- another plus is that it is Australian. BTW folks--whats the best foreign stocks (want more non-dollar exposure)
yeah, buy the s-house banks...suckers needed.
Banks are run by psychopathic criminals. All the ponzi schemers just want to return to business as usual--robbing you and your retirement. Sure Fraud St would love everyone to forget what's happened and just throw your money back to these freaks that produce nothing themselves and rely solely on your losses to pay for their lavish lifestyles. Yeah, they need your money all right.
Well too bad the smart people aren't going to put ANY money in the ponzi markets. This leaves only the not-so-smart and poor...and they don't make good financial victims now do they?
I have been building a position with dal, smart ceo. He is carefully working to build cash flow, pay down debt. They hedge conservatively and come in better than the other airlines in that area.They have created great routes and partnerships in asia and south america, while recently expanding domestics from new york. They got rid of older planes and have reduced capacity. 2011 eps should come in at least 1.31 with analyst expectations for 2+ in 2012, closed fri at 8.10. It has been in the 7.5-8.75 range for awhile. jmho, gl!
BDCs are offering some great yields, but my two favorite are GAIN & TICC.
I really like them because they have no debt - they just recycle capital once old loans are paid off which seems pretty darn smart to me. TICC has the better yield (9-11%) but pays quarterly. Don't own yet...
GAIN is a little more risky because management runs a sister company GLAD, so may be some asset swapping between the two companies? Don't know.
Some risk yes, but GAIN's fundamentals are sterling and they pay monthly. MONTHLY! Yielding between 6-8% a year. Own some.
I looked over AINV which is in the same sector (Providing loans to smaller firms who struggle to access the bond market)
What I saw there was a NAV that was in constant freefall and dividends being paid out of that NAV, not earnings. They were takeing regular losses on the loans, but calling them one-time adjustments so as to still report a profit. Outsized dividends are used to dazzle the investor so that he doesn't look at the fundamentals too hard. You might want to take a second look.
I have been heavily buying KOG and WLL on dips. I love that light Bakken crude. Oil is going over $100 and if Iran blows up we could see $150 oil. I think the Williston Basin oil play will be the big story of 2012.
I have been watching KOG too. The recent run up has me holding off for a good dip.I agree the Williston will be important.Did some research on PQ as well and the future looks bright.Check it out.GLTA
Take a look at Baja Mining (BAJ.TO, there is a pink-sheet version BAJFF.pk in the US exchanges).
Fully funded copper mining company, currently doing construction with mining-start to begin in Q1-Q2 2013. On budget and on-time so far during construction.
You run the risk of delays, etc -- of course. But look into it, badly mispriced to cashflow they will produce in 2013+. One of my favorite positions =).