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Buggy Profits

By Peter Staas on Dec. 26, 2016
Demand for pest control remains steady even in the most challenging of economic environments. Couple that with organic growth opportunities and smart acquisitions, this pest-hunting company is set to creep and crawl its way to continued profits and growth.

Pivoting Defense Spending

By Yiannis G. Mostrous on Dec. 17, 2016
If the new administration lives up to its promises and increases the defense budget during its time in office, current equity valuations in the industry should be sustainable. But prospective investors should remember that the new administration’s first proposed budget will be for 2018, so the defense industry’s financial results won’t receive a bump until 2019. And not all companies will benefit to the same degree.

10 Trends for Essential-Service Stocks in 2017

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 12, 2016
The December 2015 issue of Conrad's Utility Investor emphasized the importance of diversification to generating differentiated returns in 2016. Despite a few laggards, that article's picks outperformed, generating an average total return of 18.6 percent. This year, we opted to highlight 10 trends that should drive outperformance.

Why OPEC’s Math Doesn’t Add Up

By Elliott H. Gue on Dec. 5, 2016
OPEC's Nov. 30 meeting yielded an accord to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day, sending the price of West Texas Intermediate 9 percent higher on Wednesday and 3.5 percent higher on Thursday. After this exuberance subsides, the market's focus will shift to whether OPEC members honor their agreement and a potential recovery in US oil production.

Gold’s Reactions to New Economic Enthusiasm

By Elliott H. Gue on Nov. 25, 2016
Gold prices initially surged on the news of Trump's triumph, but the yellow metal sold off in subsequent trading sessions to about $1,200 per ounce. An uptick in economic growth and inflation from fiscal expansion would take pressure off the Federal Reserve to be the sole engine of economic growth, which could result in two potential outcomes for gold.

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