Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMTC) is positioning itself as an online #2 to Amazon.com Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AMZNC) #1. If things go as planned, Wal-Mart hopes eventually to move into the #1 slot. To accomplish this the big bog discounter has quite a few irons in the fire.
After getting close and even creeping above the mark Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 23000 Wednesday on the strength of shares of International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBMC).
It’s called High Frequency Trading (HFT) and a few years ago it was seen as the end of Wall Street as we know it by some. Today the use of computers to make trades is commonplace with roughly 40% of investment-grade corporate bond trading executed through computers up to about 90% of futures contracts computer-based.
Based on age old Wall Street theory – buy low, sell high – buy the dip covers the first part. In other words, following a significant drop in the price of a security or index, investors should increase positions to capitalize on what is expected to be an eventual upswing.
Not all insurers will be harmed and not all will be helped under President Trump’s executive order on health care signed last Thursday. It will likely take months for the full impact of the order to reveal itself but in the meantime some guidance can be gleaned.
The continuum goes something like this: You make money. Some of it is used to pay bills and buy groceries. Some you spend for entertainment and some is saved to be invested. The whole point of investing is to use invested money to earn more money for some future purchase or (more likely) to live on in retirement.
Equity indexes have been hitting new highs. This, of course, inspires talk of stretched valuations. How long can the ride last? When will it end? If investors knew the answer for sure, they would all be millionaires.
A financial model is a tool used to forecast a company’s future performance. The forecast (future) is based on historical (past) performance. That’s the easy part – understanding what it is and what it does.
A stock screener is an online tool used by investors and traders to filter stocks based on metrics they put in based on a profile or set of criteria. Screening for stocks enables you to find securities in which you may want to invest. Screeners are an important part of research for serious investors and traders.