• Buy Alibaba Stock on Coronavirus Fears

    Buy Alibaba Stock on Coronavirus Fears

    Coronavirus fears are taking a toll on Chinese stocks this week. But there's a silver lining to the carnage. Most of them, like Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) stock, had share prices that were hotter than a freshly fired pistol. They needed a pullback, and the virus news, as terrible as it is, provided the catalyst needed for Chinese equities to cool off.Source: zhu difeng / Shutterstock.com Now leaders in the space offer attractive buy-the-dip setups. Spectators reticent to chase last week's lofty prices have the chance to pile in at lower-risk levels.We'll break down the opportunity in Alibaba stock below, but first, let's look at the price action in the iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:FXI) to provide the backdrop for our trade idea.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips China's Stock WoesSource: The thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade FXI is the most liquid exchange-traded fund available for diversified exposure to China's stock market. As such, it is the go-to vehicle for traders and investors seeking access to the largest companies in the country. The spreading coronavirus crisis has taken FXI down 6.5% from last week's $45.29 high. It's far from a major correction, but enough to reintroduce fear into a marketplace that has been extremely complacent. * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy Though the descent has pushed FXI below its 20-day moving average, the 50-day is holding firm this morning. We are testing the lower boundary of its trending range in what could turn out to be a buying opportunity. Because the damage to FXI has been insufficient to turn the intermediate-term uptrend, I suggest maintaining a bullish view on China and the entire emerging markets space for that matter.Alibaba stock is retreating alongside FXI and offers a compelling low-risk setup as well. Let's take a closer look. Alibaba Stock ChartsSource: The thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade Late last year, BABA finally mustered the strength to break out out of its two-year trading range. The phase-one trade deal, and improving sentiment surrounding emerging markets, boosted the stock to a new record. Momentum increased during the ascent, breathing new life into what had become a flagging trend. Volume patterns also confirmed institutions were wading back into the waters with multiple signs of accumulation.Because of the groundswell in demand, I suspect any weakness over the coming days will prove a buying opportunity. There are too many potential floors beneath the price to bet against bulls here. I'm eyeing the next two support zones at $207 and $200.The daily view reveals Thursday's push below the 20-day moving average was quickly bought up. Rather than selling the down open, buyers swarmed, sending Alibaba stock toward its high of the day by closing time.Source: The thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade The next quarterly report on Feb. 12 could inject volatility into what has otherwise been a well-behaved uptrend. That's the one X-factor that could upset what is now a clear buy-the-dip setup.If you're willing to lean long into the announcement, then deploy bull put spreads.The Trade: Sell the Feb $210/$205 bull put spread for around $1.30.As of this writing, Tyler Craig didn't hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. For a free trial to the best trading community on the planet and Tyler's current home, click here! More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks on the Move Thanks to the Davos World Economic Forum * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week The post Buy Alibaba Stock on Coronavirus Fears appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • One of the most successful stock-market investors says these 3 events ‘would definitely trigger a bear market’

    One of the most successful stock-market investors says these 3 events ‘would definitely trigger a bear market’

    Stanley Druckenmiller, one of Wall Street’s most successful investors, acknowledges that the markets are riding high and that investors may be able to finally breathe in the short term after a number of shocks, but says investors should be wary of three events that could knock assets into a bear market.

  • This basket of dividend growth stocks can help your portfolio stand out in 2020

    This basket of dividend growth stocks can help your portfolio stand out in 2020

    These stocks have low price-to-earnings valuations relative to the S&P 500 that also appear likely to continue raising their dividend payouts more quickly than the broad market.

  • Barrons.com

    A Giant Fund Sold Apple and Costco Stock. Here’s What It Bought.

    Dutch pension giant PGGM also initiated a stake in Visa stock in the fourth quarter, and nearly tripled an investment in Microsoft stock.

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    7 Best Vanguard Funds to Buy and Hold

    Picking low-fee funds. Vanguard funds are a popular choice among investors who favor an indexing strategy. With index investing, the objective is to match the performance of a stock market benchmark, such ...

  • ‘Kids that don’t fail are normally frugal.' Wealth advisers say Meghan and Harry’s lifestyle already raises red flags

    ‘Kids that don’t fail are normally frugal.' Wealth advisers say Meghan and Harry’s lifestyle already raises red flags

    Meghan and Harry Windsor aren’t the first people to try to quit the safety of a rich family and try to go it alone, and they won’t be the last. Chief among them: Reports that the couple is looking to buy a mansion in Vancouver on the market for $36 million Canadian dollars ($27 million in U.S. dollars), already dubbed a “Megha-Mansion” by the British press. “That is a red flag,” writes Elizabeth Windisch, a financial planner at Aspen Wealth Management in Centennial, Colo., in an email, “they really couldn’t find a nice, secure home for, say, $15 million.” Others agree.

  • Barrons.com

    Mario Gabelli Says It’s Time to Invest in Stocks That Will Save the World. These Two Stocks Fit the Bill.

    Veteran Barron’s Roundtable panelist Mario Gabelli likes renewable energy stocks, as well as some giants in media and defense.

  • 7 ‘A’-Rated Dividend Stocks That Provide Inflation-Beating Income

    7 ‘A’-Rated Dividend Stocks That Provide Inflation-Beating Income

    Shareholder friendly.Those two words sum up income stocks. It means these stocks have decided to take some of their net income and deliver it back shareholders on a regular basis.It means their businesses aren't run for the most growth, but for steady long-term wealth accumulation. Yes, the stocks rise and the companies grow, but some of that cash for expansion is returned to shareholders on a regular basis.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSome industries are famous for their income -- real estate investment trusts, utilities, master limited partnerships. But usually, mature companies where explosive growth is no longer the driving force, are the most solid dividend payers. At my Growth Investor service, we own a stable of these companies in our Elite Dividend Payers portfolio.Here, while my Portfolio Grader found plenty of "A"-rated dividend stocks, I wanted to pick stocks that also delivered reliable dividends that would beat inflation as well. * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy These seven "A"-rated dividend stocks to depend on all fit that bill except one, where growth is just too tempting to pass up, so its yield is a little light. Dividend Stocks to Buy: Southern Company (SO)Source: 360b / Shutterstock.com Dividend Yield: 3.6%Southern Company (NYSE:SO) is the second largest utility in the U.S. It runs the power companies for Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama. It also has extensive natural gas operations up and down the East Coast.It's the only utility in the U.S. that is building a new nuclear facility. Then its project management partner and nuke builder Westinghouse went bankrupt. That meant Southern had to take over the entire project.And it has done well. While the completion date has been pushed to 2021 or 2022, things are moving along on schedule.On the growth side, its massive natural gas distribution business as well as its renewable energy business are doing very well. And it's one of the best-run utilities out there.With a 3.6% dividend and 12-month return of 46%, SO stock is a rock-solid pick for any portfolio. Procter & Gamble (PG)Source: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com Dividend Yield: 2.4%Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) has been in business since 1837.Wrap your head around that. It has been around for more than 150 years. Martin Van Buren was president when PG launched in Ohio. J. P. Morgan was born that year. There were still border wars with First Nation tribes.When you have been around that long, it means you're doing something right from the boardroom down to the products.Now, there have been some challenges of late, as new generations of less brand-conscious consumers have hit the markets and PG had to readjust its product portfolio.But it is finally through that transition. PG has raised its dividend every year for the past 60 years. That is an accomplishment few stocks can make. And it's that kind of focus on shareholder value that makes this unique. * The 7 Stocks That Cautious Investors Should Sell Now The 2.4% dividend may not be huge, but it's consistent. And its 33% stock gain in the last year is also a nice kicker. However, if you do also want growth in your portfolio, there are better places to find it going forward. Equity Residential (EQR)Source: Shutterstock Dividend Yield: 2.7%Equity Residential (NYSE:EQR) is a Chicago-based real estate investment trust (REIT) that specializes in upscale apartments in some of the top cities in the U.S. You can find its properties in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Seattle and more.In these types of cities, many people that work for big firms receive relocation allowances to find a place to live until they can settle in. Some firms even lease apartments and allow their employees to use them if they're in town on long-term assignments.That makes these cities' real estate needs unique. And that is a good thing for a niche player like EQR. It can keep its occupancy rate high, as well as its rates, because it offers top locations and quality accommodations in strategic cities.Now that prices in many of these cities have become incredibly expensive, renting has also become a real option for residents that want, and can afford, the convenience of downtown locations.The stock is up 18% in the past year and has a solid 2.7% dividend. Dominion Energy (D)Source: ying / Shutterstock.com Dividend Yield: 4.4%Dominion Energy (NYSE:D) is one of the leading utilities in the country. It can stretch its roots back to 1795, but in its most recognizable form, it's been around for a century.It supplies electrical power to Virginia (which is part of the internet backbone, houses the Pentagon and one of the largest shipbuilding plants in the world) and also has an extensive natural gas production and distribution network that covers the Eastern seaboard and beyond.Dominion also has a number of wholesale power generation plants that extend into the Midwest.Its Cove Point plant in Maryland is being converted from a natural gas import hub to an export port for liquified natural gas (LNG). It will be one of the few on the East Coast and will see a significant rise in business as export restrictions on LNG fall. Oil-and-gas logistics are actually a theme we're profiting from within our Growth Investor buy list. * 10 Stocks to Buy as the 2020 Presidential Election Approaches But overall, D is a solid, successful company that offers few surprises. And that's a good thing for an income stock. In the past year Dominion stock was up 21%, and it continues to deliver a rock-solid dividend, now yielding 4.4%. Leidos (LDOS)Source: Jer123 / Shutterstock.com Dividend Yield: 1.3%Leidos (NYSE:LDOS) isn't throwing off a staggering dividend yield, at 1.3%. But this is a growing, dynamic company that is well positioned for the future of defense and security in the U.S. and beyond.It has a storied history that stretches back to 1969. And it has been a private contracting institution since its early days. It has worked on some of the biggest scientific challenges the U.S. government has come up against in the past 50 years.And now, it is focused on aerospace technologies. A recent $1.7 billion merger with aerospace firm Dynetics was announced just a month ago.This put LDOS in prime position for all the space work that is heating up both on the government side -- the Space Force -- and the private side -- the big defense contractors that build the equipment for the government.As a smaller player in the aerospace and defense sector, it can leverage its growth because it is more concentrated.But given the fact that all the major industrial powers now have active aerospace programs, this is the next frontier. And LDOS is already a reliable partner.And while the dividend isn't a big driver, the fact the stock is up 80% in the past year yet sits at a price-to-earnings ratio of 22 means that growth is just beginning. Carlyle Group (CG)Source: Casimiro PT / Shutterstock.com Dividend Yield: 3.6%Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) is one of my favorite companies when it comes to foundational stocks that deliver solid dividends.It's a private equity firm that continues to draw exclusive clients from the corridors of power around the world. The kind of people and families that make decisions that make business happen.You know, royal families from the Middle East. Political dynasties in the U.S. World leaders from around the globe.But CG has always been discreet. It does deals, makes its money, disburses it to shareholders and keeps a low profile in a business that is often just as much about headlines as assets under management. It's the kind of business that deserves consideration for any Growth Investor.It's a steady hitter, not a swing for the fences kind of operation. * The 10 Best Value Stocks to Own in 2020 But it certainly delivers for shareholders. In the past 12 months, CG stock was up a stunning 95%, yet it continues to deliver a bountiful 3.6% dividend. And it has done all this with a trailing price-to-earnings ratio of … 12. PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (PMT)Source: Shutterstock Dividend Yield: 8.1%PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT) is one of my favorite stocks now because it's well positioned for all the good things happening in today's economy.With interest rates low, a solid economy, low unemployment and confident consumers, the housing market is well positioned for strong growth.PennyMac is a great way to play this trend.It doesn't own properties, it manages the mortgages of residential properties. It originates them, manages them, bundles them and resells them.Plus, it's set up as REIT, which means it is obligated to pay its net income back to shareholders, and it chooses to do that via its hefty dividend of 8.1%. Plus, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act now allows REIT investors to deduct 20% of their dividend. Then, the remainder is taxed at the shareholder's marginal rate. Check with your tax professional for more details.The stock is up a solid 19% in the past year and it still trades at a single-digit P/E.That being said, in the big picture, there's been a major development in the technology field I'm especially keen on now: artificial intelligence (AI) The AI Master KeyIf artificial intelligence sounds futuristic, even far-fetched -- well, keep in mind, you're already using it every day. If you've ever used Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Assistant or Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Siri … if you've had Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) recommend a movie or Zillow (NASDAQ:Z) recommend a house … even an email spam filter … then you've used artificial intelligence.In this new world of AI everywhere, data becomes a hot commodity.As scientists find even more applications for artificial intelligence -- from hospitals to retail to self-driving cars -- it's incredible to imagine how much data will be involved.To create AI programs in the first place, tech companies must collect vast amounts of data on human decisions. Data is what powers every AI system. As one AI researcher from the University of South Florida puts it, "data is the new oil."To cash in, you'll want the company that makes the "brain" that all AI software needs to function, spot patterns and interpret data.It's known as the "Volta Chip" -- and it's what makes the AI revolution possible.You don't need to be an AI expert to take part. I'll tell you everything you need to know, as well as my buy recommendation, in my special report for Growth Investor, The A.I. Master Key. The stock is still under my buy limit price -- so you'll want to sign up now. That way, you can get in while you can still do so cheaply.Click here for a free briefing on this groundbreaking innovation.Louis Navellier had an unconventional start, as a grad student who accidentally built a market-beating stock system -- with returns rivaling even Warren Buffett. In his latest feat, Louis discovered the "Master Key" to profiting from the biggest tech revolution of this (or any) generation. Louis Navellier may hold some of the aforementioned securities in one or more of his newsletters. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks on the Move Thanks to the Davos World Economic Forum * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week The post 7 'A'-Rated Dividend Stocks That Provide Inflation-Beating Income appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Tesla will mark the beginning of the end for this bull market, warns Ralph Nader

    Tesla will mark the beginning of the end for this bull market, warns Ralph Nader

    Tesla shares — unsafe at any speed? Apparently so, according to the consumer advocate and former presidential candidate, who issued a stark warning this week, not only on the pricey stock, but on the market as a whole.

  • AMD Stock Could Run 40% Higher Closer to $70 in 2020

    AMD Stock Could Run 40% Higher Closer to $70 in 2020

    Over the last four years, Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) has been one of the most explosive stocks on the market. In that time, AMD stock has risen from just above $2 to $51, outperforming markets and major competitors.Source: Grzegorz Czapski / Shutterstock.com It was even the top S&P 500 stock of 2019, all as it chipped away at Intel's (NASDAQ:INTC) market dominance.Year-over-year, shares of AMD are now up 158%, as compared to Intel's gain of just 44%. Furthermore, AMD even outperformed the iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (NASDAQ:SOXX), which is up 64% YOY, as well.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe first time I weighed in on AMD stock, it traded at $28.90. With it now up to $51 per share, I'm still very bullish with sights set on $70 this year. All as the company continues to chip away at market share from some of the biggest names in the sector, including Intel and NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA). AMD Is Crushing Its CompetitionAMD could have another explosive year, especially as it gains market share from Intel. * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy At the moment, Intel has yet to fully ease its processor shortages, which is causing notebook vendors to look to more of its competitions in 2020.Furthermore, AMD may also challenge NVDA dominance in 2020, as well with its "NVIDIA Killer."The company is reportedly developing an advanced high-performance graphics card to challenge NVDA in the high-end GPU market. AMD's expanding GPU portfolio serving every price point is a threat to NVIDIA's dominance.According third-quarter 2019 JPR data, "AMD's market share in discrete GPU shipments came in at 27.08%, up from 25.72% in third-quarter 2018. NVIDIA's market share declined to 72.92% from 74.28% in the same period," as highlighted by Zacks Equity Research.Additionally, another big story for AMD in 2020 are new gaming consoles.New 2020 gaming consoles from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE) due to be launched this year use AMD chips. That alone offers AMD a powerful catalyst. Analysts Still Love the StockWhile nervous on valuation, Cowen analyst Matthew Ramsay reiterated his "outperform" rating on the stock by raising his price target from $47 to $60."With shares up 65% since our last preview, we are increasingly both confident (in fundamentals) and nervous (on valuation)," he wrote. "AMD has now showcased a track record of consistent roadmap execution and stability while offering premier technological specs and TCO [total cost of ownership] to customers seeking a viable x86 alternative to Intel."The analyst also said AMD could generate strong growth with laptops in the future. Also, he added that notebook chip sales will rise to $2.15 billion by 2021 from $1.45 billion in 2019.Additonally, Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Seymore has a "hold" rating on AMD, but raised the price target on AMD from $29 to $40. "We fully expect AMD's strong product/strategic execution to continue in 2020 and 2021," he wrote.Furthermore, Wells Fargo analyst Aaron Rakers also increased his price target to $40 to $48 on gains in the server market."We continue to see AMD's wins in [High Performance Computing] / supercomputing as increasing validation of the company's strong competitive positioning in datacenter CPUs…thus remaining supportive of our positive upside thesis," he wrote. The Bottom Line on AMD StockWith sufficient growth and ability to reduce competitors' market share, there's plenty to like about AMD stock in 2020.While valuation is concerning, I still strongly believe AMD could rally to $70 per share. We'll know more about that potential when the company posts earnings on Jan. 28 after the closing bell, but for now, AMD is a stock to buy.As of this writing, Ian Cooper did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks on the Move Thanks to the Davos World Economic Forum * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week The post AMD Stock Could Run 40% Higher Closer to $70 in 2020 appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Roth IRA Contributions with No Job?

    Roth IRA Contributions with No Job?

    Even if you don't have a conventional job, you may be able to contribute to a Roth IRA, using these unconventional income sources.

  • Bloomberg

    Warren Responds to ‘Angry Dad’ Over Student Loan Plan

    (Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Warren brushed off concerns expressed in a viral clip of a so-called “angry dad” who argued that her student loan forgiveness plan rewards irresponsible behavior.In a clip shared on an anonymous pro-Trump Twitter account Tuesday and amplified by conservative media, an unnamed man tells Warren that he gave up vacations and saved money for his daughter’s education so that she wouldn’t have debt. “We did the right thing and we get screwed,” he said of her plan.Asked about the clip in an interview on “CBS This Morning,” Warren responded that younger Americans are getting “crushed” by student loan debt, which is roughly $1.5 trillion.”Look, we build a future going forward by making it better,” she said. “By that same logic what would we have done? Not started Social Security because we didn’t start it last week for you or last month for you?”(Disclaimer: Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. He is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)This post is part of Campaign Update, our live coverage from the 2020 campaign trail.  To contact the author of this story: Ryan Beckwith in Washington at rbeckwith3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Ros KrasnyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • 3 Top Dividend Stocks with Over 7% Dividend Yield

    3 Top Dividend Stocks with Over 7% Dividend Yield

    Last year was volatile for the stock markets, but overall growth was strong. Stocks have hit record highs – the S&P 500 gained 28% for 2019, and has started 2020 with continued growth. The broad-based gains have investors feeling good – but a look ahead has them nervous.Wall Street’s analysts don’t see the record-breaking growth run lasting much longer. In fact, the consensus among the top financial investment firms is that markets will gain a paltry 2% over the next twelve months. For investors who have grown used to reaping rewards from share appreciation, this is an unwelcome wake-up call. It also calls for a switch in strategy.Dividends are the logical way to turn. These profit-sharing payments give investors a steady income stream – even when market gains are sluggish. As an added appeal, there is no upper limit to a dividend’s yield. After three Fed rate cuts in 2019, Treasury bonds are down to the 1.5% to 1.75% range – while the average dividend yield among S&P-listed companies is just about 2%. And there are plenty of stocks with higher yields.Finding the right investment is key here. Just a high dividend yield won’t always cut it – investors should still seek a stock that will outperform. TipRanks, with its library of market and analyst performance data, has the perfect research tool to find just the right investment. The Smart Score brings together data from eight different sources and gives every stock in the database a single-digit score, on a scale of 1 to 10, to let you know at a glance how that stock is likely to move in the year ahead. The higher the number, the stronger the likelihood of outperformance.We’ve used TipRanks’ search tools to pull three stocks for the year ahead. These are investments that are likely to outperform – and are already paying out high dividend yields. The details tell some interesting stories; let’s dive in, and take in the details.Capital Product Partners (CPLP)Capital Product Partners is shipping company, specializing in seaborne transport of cargo – mainly of containerized goods. The shipping container – those giant metal boxes used that have standardized ocean-going freight, rail transport, and trucking – has revolutionized freight cartage, and CPLC operates a fleet of 10 container ships. The company also operates one dry bulk carrier.CPLP’s operations have been profitable, and in 2019 the company streamlined its operations by divesting its tanker fleet. The move, done in partnership with DSS Holdings, gives CPLP part ownership of the tankers without the direct costs of operations. On most of its container and bulk carriers, CPLP has operating agreements in place until 2022 and 2023, putting the company in a firm position to maintain both its carriage and its income stream. In Q4, the company announced an upcoming expansion of the fleet, with the purchase of three new container ships.However, the recent Q3 results were mixed. Removal of two vessels from the fleet forced a 17% decline in revenue from Q3 2018, with the quarterly total coming in at $26.87 million. EPS was well below expectations, at just 18 cents, but was much improved year-over-year from a $1.33 per share loss.Investors were not scared off by the quarterly report. Shares have registered gains since the earnings release, and the company has maintained its high dividend payment. The yield is 10.5%, more than 5x the market average. The absolute payment is modest, at 35 cents quarterly, but it annualizes to $1.40 per share – a reliable income for investors.Writing on CPLP, B. Riley analyst Liam Burke points out the fleet expansion as reason for optimism on this stock. Burke notes, “The announced acquisition of the container assets provides a nice complement to the MLP's existing container vessels and Capesize vessels which are operating under medium- and long-term contracts, creating predictable underlying cash flows and stable distribution.”Burke reiterated his firms Buy rating on CPLP shares and set a $14 price target, indicating a ~5% upside potential. (To watch Burke’s track record, click here)CPLP’s most recent analyst reviews are all Buys, giving the stock a unanimous Strong Buy consensus rating. Shares sell for a bargain price, $13.31, and the $14.67 average price target suggests room for an upside of 10%.CPLP holds a Smart Score of 8, indicating that outperformance likely lies ahead for the stock. Aside from a bullish analyst outlook, technical indicators show a positive trend in the moving averages along with a 73% positive momentum change over the past 12 months. (See CPLP stock analysis at TipRanks)Broadmark Realty Capital (BRMK)Next up on our list is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with a ‘perfect 10’ Smart Score. The REIT niche is popular with dividend investors. Due to tax laws, these firms are required to return a high percentage of their profits back to shareholders, and usually choose dividends as the vehicle. It makes these stocks a reliable income generator for investors.Broadmark occupies the mortgage segment of the REIT sector, holding and investing in mortgages and mortgage-backed securities in the construction and development areas of the real estate industry. The company is new to the markets, as it was formed this past November through a merger between Trinity Merger Corporation and Broadmark real estate lending. The new company, ticketed as BRMK, started trading publicly on November 15. Since then, BRMK stock has gained almost 17% in share value.While investors will like the appreciation generated so far, the company’s dividend is also top-notch. The company announced its first regular dividend in December, at 12 cents per share, and paid it out on January 15. And even better: Broadmark announced earlier this month a second dividend payment, of 8 cents per share, making its payout monthly rather than quarterly. At the current payout, the yield is a high 7.57%. Being a new stock, Broadmark has not had a chance to develop a long history of dividend payments – but it has made an excellent start. Income-minded investors should take note of this stock.5-star analyst Tim Hayes, another financial expert from B. Riley FBR, is bullish on the future of Broadmark. He notes important developments in the US housing market and construction industries, writing, “The NAHB released its Housing Market Index (HMI), which exceeded economists' estimates and indicated that homebuilder sentiment is strongest in the West and South, regions that encompass BRMK's core markets… U.S. Housing Starts came in much stronger than economists' expectations... We believe both sets of data support the demand for construction debt capital, which should bolster BRMK's pipeline and pace of capital deployment…”Hayes set a $13 price target on BRMK, suggesting a modest 2.5% upside potential alongside his Buy rating. (To watch Hayes’ track record, click here.)So far, Broadmark has received two analyst reviews, and both are Buys. The stock’s fast share appreciation has pushed the price above the average target. That said, the Smart Score of 10 bodes quite well for Broadmark. The analyst ratings and technical factors are all positive, and market watchers should also take close note of the investor sentiment. This measures the stance of individual investors toward the stock – and it is highly positive. (See Broadmark stock analysis at TipRanks)Enviva Partners LP (EVA)The final stock on our list, Enviva, is a manufacturer of processed biomass fuel – wood pellets that are sold to industrial customers and used for power generation. They are a cleaner-burning alternative to coal as a fuel, with the added bonus of recycling a common waste product. The pellets can be manufactured from sawdust, woodchips, and other common debris from any wood-working industry.The company’s production plants are located mainly in the Southeastern US, and manufacture over 3 million tons of wood pellets every year. The pellets are mainly exported, to customers in the UK and mainland Europe, and contribute to an overall 80% reduction in powerplant carbon footprints. A mark of Enviva’s success is its share appreciation: the stock grew 43% in 2019.Q3 2019, the company’s most recent reported, showed strong revenue. At $157.4 million, it was up over 9% year-over-year. Total product sold, at 811,000 metric tons, was up 6.4% from the year-ago quarter. At the same time, net income slipped to $8.9 million. And for income investors, EVA declared its Q3 dividend at 67 cents. That annualized to $2.68 per year, for a yield of 7.13%. As discussed above, this puts the yield well over triple the S&P 500 average, and over four times the yield of Treasury bonds. Even better, EVA has been steadily raising its dividend since 2017.Elvira Scotto, 5-star analyst with RBC Capital, reiterated her Buy rating on the stock after the earnings report. She wrote, “EVA's tightened 2019 guidance range implies slightly lower 2019 EBITDA vs previous guidance. However, we believe the slight reduction represents a slight shift in timing of shipments. We believe EVA and its sponsors' contract backlog provides significant visibility into long-term cash flow growth.”Scotto’s price target, $39, suggests a modest upside of 4% from current levels. (To watch Scotto’s track record, click here)This stock’s fast appreciation has limited its room for growth – but the strong dividend promises continued income for investors. It also doesn't hurt that EVA has a high Smart Score. The ‘8’ rating indicates likely outperformance is in store for the stock. Technical factors weigh strongly on the outlook, as they are highly positive. Analyst ratings, blogger opinion, and hedge fund interest also give the stock a boost. (See Enviva stock analysis at TipRanks)

  • Financial Times

    Couple plead guilty to swindling Berkshire Hathaway

    A California couple pleaded guilty on Friday in connection with a Ponzi scheme that swindled almost $1bn from American blue-chip companies including Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the insurance provider Progressive. Jeff Carpoff pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering in a California federal court, while his wife Paulette admitted to charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit an offence against the US. The couple owned DC Solar, a California-based manufacturer of mobile solar power generators that were used at outdoor concerts, sporting events and on construction sites.

  • The Dow is about to face its stiffest test in years

    The Dow is about to face its stiffest test in years

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased more than 22% in 2019 and is already up 2.2% through three weeks of 2020, but it is about to face its biggest test of the young year, and potentially many years.

  • 6 Social Security Changes for 2020

    6 Social Security Changes for 2020

    Every October the Social Security Administration (SSA) announces its annual changes to the Social Security program for the coming year. Here are the Social Security changes that were announced in October 2019 and took effect on Jan. 1, 2020, according to the SSA's annual fact sheet. For 2020, more than 64 million Social Security recipients are seeing a 1.6% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to their monthly benefits. The adjustment helps benefits keep pace with inflation and is based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) as calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

  • Toll Brothers gears up to sell 2,200 homes in the West Valley
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    Toll Brothers gears up to sell 2,200 homes in the West Valley

    Sterling Grove is one of Toll Brothers' most ambitious projects, a 780-acre community that will include an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed private golf facility and 35,000-square-foot clubhouse with three pools.

  • Why Shopify Is Set to Smash Quarterly Earnings Expectations

    Why Shopify Is Set to Smash Quarterly Earnings Expectations

    Investors who demand value may take a quick "pass" on Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) by looking at its price-to-earnings ratio near 2,000 times. Yet momentum and growth investors may point to its exceptionally strong historical and future growth rates.Source: Beyond The Scene / Shutterstock.com In the last quarter, strong revenue continued but as profits disappointed, the dip in Shopify stock proved short-lived.So, how much more upside does Shopify bring to shareholders, now that the stock closes at 52-week highs almost daily?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Weak Third Quarter Is TemporaryShopify reported fiscal 2019 third-quarter earnings on Oct. 29, and announced that its revenue grew 45% year-over-year. Gross merchandise volume came in at $14.8 billion, an increase of 48%, yet the company posted an adjusted net loss of $33.6 million. CEO Amy Shapero said, "Our strong results in the quarter were driven in part by the success of our international expansion, which is just one of the many ways we are investing in the platform." * The 7 Stocks That Cautious Investors Should Sell Now And just look at the provision for income taxes and investors will soon realize that the international expansion costs $48 million. This is a short-term pain that will lead to long-term gains. How? Shopify's addressable market will expand globally. In the quarter, the company posted strong cash flow and adjusted operating income of $10.5 million. Above all, for the full-year 2019, Shopify forecast adjusted operating income in the range between $27 million and $37 million. 2020 OutlookSource: Chart by FinboxShopify's business is positioned for considerably stronger growth in 2020. It faces no real competition in the multi-channel business-to-business space or the direct-to-consumer markets. So, this year, chances are good that its earnings per share will beat consensus estimates.Still, analysts are bullish on Shopify stock. Also, there are 9 buys and 7 holds on the stock. But the average price target is $423.15. Sure enough, a 10-year discounted cash flow EBITDA exit model might assume revenue growth slowing to 15%. In that scenario, the stock trades close to the fair value already.Source: Chart by Stock RoverOn the Stock Rover research report, Shopify stock has a value score of 56 (based on such ratios as enterprise value-to-EBITDA, P/E and price-to-sales). But its sentiment score is 89, based on the stock's days since hitting a 52-week high, moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) and short interest. Here is Shopify's valuation compared to the S&P 500 and its broader industry.Source: Chart by Stock RoverAnd here is Shopify's sentiment profile. Looking at these two tables it is clear that Shopify stock scores higher than both its broader industry and the S&P 500 when it comes to sentiment score. But its value score does ring in below that of the major index. Strong Quarterly Report ExpectedShopify shared Black Friday sales on Dec. 3, 2019. It showed that it topped over $2.9 billion in sales. In other words, this is up sharply from last year's $1.8 billion-plus levels. It said that the "sales demonstrate the power of borderless commerce and how independent businesses and direct-to-consumer brands around the world have become the heroes of Black Friday/Cyber Monday."After watching Macy's (NYSE:M) and Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) struggle to compete with the online marketplace, Shopify's dominance in the online space is unquestionable. As a side note, China's Baozun (NASDAQ:BZUN) is nowhere near comparable to Shopify. For example, Shopify is rated No. 1, according to the G2 website, which is a Chicago-based peer-to-peer review site. The stock market also reflects the disparity, with Baozun at risk of falling lower. After Shopify reports quarterly results on Feb. 12, the stock may break out to new highs if its profits exceed consensus estimates. My Takeaway on Shopify StockShopify's exceptionally strong annual revenue growth is unstoppable. Earnings will grow at almost 50% annually, justifying the stock's high valuations. Traditional value investors need to ignore metrics like price/earnings-to-growth, the price-to-book ratio and P/E ratios for now. Buying interest in the stock is strong and may accelerate as the company grows at a high rate. By 2024, revenue may top $7.5 billion, over six times where it is today.As of this writing, Chris Lau did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The 7 Stocks That Cautious Investors Should Sell Now * 7 Healthcare Stocks With 100% Street Support * 3 Chinese Stocks to Buy, Sell, or Play from Either Side The post Why Shopify Is Set to Smash Quarterly Earnings Expectations appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Inovio’s stock soars after receiving grant to develop coronavirus vaccine

    Inovio’s stock soars after receiving grant to develop coronavirus vaccine

    As the coronavirus out of China spreads and gets deadlier, shares of health care companies that announce plans to take part in finding a vaccine, or identifying patients with the new strain, have rallied sharply in very active trading.

  • Why Plug Power Stock Could Rise 50% This Year

    Why Plug Power Stock Could Rise 50% This Year

    Shares of hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) maker Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) were red hot in 2019. PLUG stock rose more than 150% throughout the year, as investors celebrated the company's ability to drive enormous sales growth through higher HFC uptake in the materials handling industry (think HFC forklifts).Source: Shutterstock More than that, investors celebrated management's bullish outlook to essentially grow billings by five-fold over the next five years, and generate a sizable $170 million in operating income by 2024 (versus wide operating losses today).Here's the thing. If management can deliver on those goals (or anything close to those goals, for that matter), then Plug Power's growth trajectory will remain robust for a lot longer, and PLUG stock will continue to rally in a big way.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut, if management doesn't come close to delivering on those goals, then the Plug Power growth narrative will fall flat over the next few years, and so will PLUG stock.So, what's going to happen?I think management will deliver. Not because they have a history of delivering (they don't). Nor because they have history of strong execution (they don't). Rather, because it makes logical sense for HFC forklift adoption rates to significantly rise over the next few years. As they do, Plug Power -- the leader in the HFC forklift world -- will see its sales, margins and profits dramatically improve. * 7 Healthcare Stocks With 100% Street Support Big gains in Plug Power stock will follow suit. Why Plug Power Could Sustain Big GrowthPlug Power pundits will point out (and correctly so) that management has a history of over-promising and under-delivering, and that failed execution has resulted in tremendous shareholder dilution over the past several years. So, they think the aggressive 2024 guide calling for $1 billion in bookings and $170 million in operating profit is just a pie-in-the-sky over-promise.But, that analysis misses the point, and the point is that Plug Power finally has a clear and promising growth trajectory for its HFC technology in the materials handling industry.There are about 6 million forklifts in the world. For sustainability reasons, operators of those forklifts are feeling tremendous pressure to use alternative fuel forklifts with reduced emissions. Naturally, one would assume that batteries could do the job here, just as they've done the job in the passenger car market. But, battery forklifts have significant short-comings, including: * Long charging times (they take about 15 minutes to charge). * Significant free space requirements (you need a ton of space dedicated toward battery storage and recharging). * Loss of power (as batteries drain, operation power weakens). * Short life cycles (the batteries need to be replaced every few years).Insert HFC forklifts. They address these shortcomings in one broad sweep. Long charging times are reduced to 2 minutes. You don't need any space for battery storage. They always run at constant power. And they often last longer than a few years.Given these inherent advantages, why wouldn't big forklift operators start pivoting to HFC forklifts?They will. Today, Plug Power counts multiple Fortune 500 companies as customers. But, most of those customers have only placed small orders for "testing" purposes. Over the next few years, we will move from the "testing" phase to the "full deployment" stage. Plug Power's dozen small contracts with big companies, will turn into big contracts with big companies, and revenues, margins and profits will soar higher. PLUG Stock May Stay HotSo long as the Plug Power growth narrative remains robust, Plug Power stock should stay hot.That's because PLUG stock is dirt cheap relative to the company's long-term potential.There are about 6 million forklifts deployed in the world, and about 1.5 million bought every year. To-date, Plug Power has only shipped about 28,000 fuel cells. Meanwhile, the total materials handling market measures about $30 billion. Plug Power is due to report only $235 million in billings this year.In other words, Plug Power today is a fraction of what Plug Power could be tomorrow. The valuation on PLUG stock represents this. Plug Power's market cap is just a shade over $1 billion.Thus, if Plug Power does sustain big growth in the $30 billion materials handling industry, PLUG stock will keep soaring. * 10 Recession-Resistant Services Stocks to Buy I think that will happen, given escalating pressures on corporations to cut down on their carbon emissions as well as rising popularity of HFC forklifts based on their workload optimization advantages. Assuming it does happen, and Plug Power hits its five-year financial targets, then my modeling suggests that Plug Power could hit 50 cents in earnings per share by 2025.Based on a market-average 16-times forward earnings multiple, that equates to a 2023 price target for PLUG stock of $8. Discounted back by 10% per year, that implies a 2020 price target of about $6 -- which is more than 50% above where shares trade hands today. Bottom Line on PLUG StockPlug Power stock is a high-risk, high-reward play on continued robust uptake of HFC forklifts in the materials handling industry. I think that will happen, given mounting sociopolitical pressures on corporations to reduce carbon emissions as well as growing cost and productivity advantages associated with HFC forklifts relative to other alt fuel forklifts.If it does happen, then PLUG stock will keep soaring.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long PLUG. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks on the Move Thanks to the Davos World Economic Forum * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week The post Why Plug Power Stock Could Rise 50% This Year appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Key Catalysts Will Get Risky Aurora Stock Back On Track

    Key Catalysts Will Get Risky Aurora Stock Back On Track

    Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB) has pulled a nice rally during the past couple weeks. Over this time, ACB stock has gained about 24% to hit $2.04.Source: Shutterstock Of course, this is little consolation for long-term holders. A year ago ACB was fetching a much more robust price of $10.No doubt, the rest of industry has seen steep declines as well. Just look at the charts for companies like Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY), Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) and Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON).InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAs for Aurora, there are certainly some bigtime challenges for the company. First of all, Aurora pulled off a string of acquisitions, which ballooned the company's debt and added lots of complexity to the organization. It also did not help that several Wall Street analysts put out awful reports, such as Piper Sandler's Michael Lavery, who slapped a $1 price target on ACB stock. But the worst of all came from GLJ Research analyst Gordon Johnson, who says Aurora stock will hit $0 within the next two years! * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy But hey, analysts are far from perfect. The fact is that Wall Street can get overly gloomy, especially when a sector goes out of favor.However, this can present opportunities. With sentiment so bad right now, it won't take much good news to perk up the stock price.So what is the bull case for ACB stock and what are the drivers? Canadian Market and ACB StockThe problems with the Canadian market aren't really about demand. Rather, they're about distribution and enforcement. An onerous government process has made it extremely difficult go launch new retail locations. In the meantime, there has emerged more black market activities that have generally not been checked by the authorities.Consider this: there are a mere 363 cannabis stores across Canada. That's just one location for every 14,3188 cannabis users. Given this, it should be no surprise that companies like ACB have struggled.Yet this will not be permanent. There are signs that Canadian authorities are being more proactive -- and this should go a long way to help improve Aurora's fortunes.But there should be another catalyst -- "Cannabis 2.0." This refers to the legalization of cannabis edibles and beverages in Canada, which could be a multi-billion dollar opportunity for the sector.Here's what Aurora CEO Cam Battley said about this during the latest earnings call: "The initial suite of new products that we will launch include vapes, concentrates, gummies, chocolates, mints and cookies. We've selectively partnered with a variety of organizations, prioritized our resources and built the inventory to help ensure consumers across Canada will have access to our high-quality derivative products." Fiscal RestraintAurora is already taking actions to cut back on expenses. The company has initiated construction deferrals and slowed commissioning of projects, which is expected to save $200 million "in the near term." The company also retired $227 million of a 5% unsecured convertible debenture that had a due date of March 2020. What's more, if revenues continue to increase as the situation in Canada improves, this will definitely alleviate the pressures.It's also important to keep in mind that Aurora has Nelson Peltz as a strategic advisor. He is one of the world's top investors for consumer stocks, with positions in companies like Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), Mondelez (NASDAQ:MDLZ) and Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN). In other words, he should be a great source of strategic advice, but should also provide key introductions to other investors and corporate partners.Tom Taulli is the author of the book, Artificial Intelligence Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction. Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks on the Move Thanks to the Davos World Economic Forum * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week The post Key Catalysts Will Get Risky Aurora Stock Back On Track appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Intel shows the way for conservative investors in this expensive stock market

    Intel shows the way for conservative investors in this expensive stock market

    The stock market, it seems, has been going straight up. This chart shows that stocks are moving up in lockstep with the Federal Reserve printing money. In this situation, what is a conservative investor to do?

  • How to Retire a Millionaire Without a 401(k)

    How to Retire a Millionaire Without a 401(k)

    You can retire a millionaire even if you don't have a 401(k). Find out how to hit that goal using IRAs, health savings accounts, and more.