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Market Outlook

A Summer Melt Down before a Later Melt Up

The so-called FAANG stocks–Facebook, Amazon.com, Apple, Netflix and Alphabet–are up an average of 28.8 percent in 2017 compared to a 7.5 percent gain for the S&P 500. These large-cap names have paced the index’s gains so far this year. Should any or all of these stocks falter, the S&P 500 could quickly lose altitude.


  • Energy Stocks

    Crude Oil's Recent Tumble and Next Stop

    By Elliott H. Gue | May. 9, 2017
    Crude-oil prices collapsed last week due to a combination of fundamental and technical factors.On the fundamental front, the rapid recovery in US oil production has been and will remain the biggest story in 2017. Odds are good (better than 50 percent) that WTI will approach the low end of our anticipated $40 to $45 per barrel price range before stabilizing.
  • Utilities

    Green Bonds And Utilities

    By Roger S. Conrad | Apr. 24, 2017
    The growing popularity of green bonds creates opportunities for savvy investors and can help utilities to reduce their cost of capital.
  • Global Top Cat

    French Elections and European Markets

    By Yiannis G. Mostrous | Apr. 23, 2017
    Investors rightly worry that a Le Pen victory could change the euro picture overnight and cause initially hazardous reaction (e.g. European stock markets fall 20-30 percent). Other regions won’t escape such a sell off. Remember that the S&P 500 fell close to 20 percent in May 2011 when fears of Greece exiting the eurozone surfaced. Our view is less alarmist.
  • Endangered Dividends

    Four Utility Stocks to Be Wary Of

    By Roger S. Conrad | Apr. 9, 2017
    Few things can be as damaging to an investment as a cut dividend. In this article, taken from a regular feature in Conrad's Utility Investor, Roger reviews four stocks he considers to be at risk of a dividend cut.
  • Market Outlook

    Caution with the Possibility of a Pullback

    By Elliott H. Gue | Mar. 26, 2017
    Last week, the S&P 500 endured its worst one-day selloff since the immediate aftermath of Britain's surprise vote to exit the EU last summer. Although the S&P 500 gave up only 1.25 percent of its value yesterday, the decline felt more serious because the market has exhibited low volatility and traded within a tight range over the past 12 months.




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