Nike Stock Could Enter New Bull Market

Dow component Nike, Inc. (NKE) has turned the corner after testing deep corrective lows for more than a year and could now break out above the 2015 high, entering a healthy trend advance. In turn, the stock could become a top 2018 performer, leading the upside as it did in the first half of the decade. Fortunately for bulls, current technicals indicate that there is plenty of time to get on board before the rally train…

Charles Schwab Sees Passive Investing as an Opportunity

Low-cost investing is in vogue, with all sorts of people swapping actively managed investment accounts for more passive ones. This movement to passive investments such as exchange-traded funds provides a big opportunity for financial advisors, according to Charles Schwab’s latest survey on the industry.

Earlier in November, in conjunction with The Charles Schwab Corporation’s (SCHW) annual IMPACT conference that…

What is an economic moat?


The term economic moat, popularized by Warren Buffett, refers to a business’ ability to maintain competitive advantages over its competitors in order to protect its long-term profits and market share from competing firms. Just like a medieval castle, the moat serves to protect those inside the fortress and their riches from outsiders.

Remember that a competitive advantage is essentially any factor that allows a…

3 Misconceptions about Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is so often talked about in the press, on the internet and in conversations among the investing public that truth and falsehood blur, and a picture of the man is distorted like an image in a funhouse mirror. The man is not infallible, and he is also amenable to change when it benefits his company, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A, BRK-B).

Misconception #1: Buffett Does Not Make Investment Mistakes

Although Buffett…

Efficiency Ratio

What is the ‘Efficiency Ratio’

The efficiency ratio is typically used to analyze how well a company uses its assets and liabilities internally. An efficiency ratio can calculate the turnover of receivables, the repayment of liabilities, the quantity and usage of equity, and the general use of inventory and machinery. This ratio can also be used to track and analyze the…

Palo Alto Networks Upside Limited Despite Solid Quarter

Security software provider Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (PANW) reported solid fiscal first quarter results on Monday evening, beating EPS and revenue estimates while raising second quarter and full-year guidance. The stock shot higher at the start of Tuesday’s session, gaining nearly 10% before a mid-day swoon cut deeply into early gains. Even so, it closed at a four-week high, good enough to raise hopes for additional upside…

What Does the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Do?

The United States Department of Commerce (DOC), is one of the Cabinet-level agencies of the executive branch of the federal government of the United States. It cultivates economic opportunity and growth for working U.S. citizens by:

  • Supporting American businesses in the United States as well as overseas.
  • Promoting U.S. exports and foreign trade.
  • Regulating the export of sensitive technologies and goods.
  • Circulating…

What’s the smallest number of shares of stock that I can buy?


Many people would say the smallest number of shares that an investor can purchase is one, but the real answer is not as straightforward.

While there is no minimum order limit on the purchase of a publicly traded company’s stock, it’s advisable to buy blocks of stock with a minimum value of $500 to $1,000. This is because no matter what online or offline service an investor uses to purchase stock, there are

Top Retail Stocks to Watch on Black Friday

The holiday shopping season officially kicks off on Black Friday and this year’s event is expected to yield big rewards for retailers. It’s estimated that consumer spending over the Black Friday weekend will increase by 47% over sales figures posted in 2016. For investors, the holiday shopping frenzy is a prime opportunity to shore up their retail stock holdings.

Retail Stocks: The Black Friday Standouts

A strong…


What is ‘Turkey’

Turkey is slang for an investment that yields disappointing results or turns out worse than expected. Failed business deals, securities that realize significant losses and unsuccessful initial public offerings (IPOs) could all be called “turkeys”.


For an individual investor, a turkey could be a speculative equity…