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Are you the type of investor who goes with your gut or follows the herd? Or do you deliberate, considering a company from all angles — even trying to find the flaws in your own thinking? Taking the extra time can help you improve the performance of your investments. This recent article by Charlie Bilello provides plenty of food for thought, using two-year stock charts for McDonald’s Corp. MCD, +0.47% and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. CMG, -0.07% as examples. The two stocks have taken divergent paths in that span: Hardly anybody predicted that Chipotle would suffer so badly — and for so long — from the food-safety problems that began in July 2015. Remember that, before Chipotle’s decline, many
George McNamee, chairman of Plug Power's board of directors, purchased 200,000 shares of Plug stock worth more than $426,000 in September. McNamee now owns 661,131 shares of Plug’s common stock, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure filed on Monday. McNamee, a former chairman of First Albany Cos. and Mechanical Technology Inc., has invested in Plug Power since the Latham, New York, fuel cell manufacturer was founded in 1997.
Dividend-paying stocks that have gotten left behind in the rally now feature higher dividend yields, which may be attractive to investors. But buyer beware: Many yields are high because some investors fear the stocks. But if you do extra research on specific companies and reach a certain comfort level, you may be looking at some bargains. Long-time income investors are constantly facing the problem of how to replace income lost when older and higher-yielding bonds and callable preferred stocks are redeemed. And more than eight years into the bull market, while interest rates are still historically low, the problem keeps getting worse. We have featured the S&P High-Yield Dividend Aristocrats,