As fourth quarter earnings begin to shape up, investors are
looking for clues as to which direction stocks will head through
the end of 2012. We're sure to see sporadic volatility stemming
from the upcoming Presidential election, and I'm sure the debates
and latest poll numbers will only add to the daily gyrations.
Looking at today's session, Family Dollar Stores (
) rallied on the back of the retailer's earnings results. The same
couldn't be said for Monsanto (
), which had a bit of profit-taking. The agri/seed giant's shares
are still up 27% YTD however. Elsewhere, well-known plays such as
), Public Storage (
), and United Parcel Service (
) put up decent gains. On the flipside, investors took profits in
names like Stanley Black & Decker (
), Dick's Sporting Goods (
), and Chevron (
). With oil prices closing down by nearly $4 a barrel today, energy
plays could be vulnerable. Saving the worst for last, Hewlett
) was down nearly 13% as the company trimmed 2013 estimates amid a
gloomy outlook for the company's business prospects.
How Your Daily Decisions Shape Your Success &
I read an excerpt from a recent presentation given by hedge fund
legend Leon Cooperman. Mr. Cooperman really hit the nail on the
head when it comes to what one's mindset should be each day. As he
put it, "Every morning a gazelle wakes up knowing he must run
faster than the fastest lion or he will die, whereas the lion knows
it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death."
Paints a pretty powerful picture, don't you think?
Each day, you must choose whether to improve yourself or simply
fall behind. Are the personal relationships you deal with on a
day-to-day basis adding to or taking away from your goals and
dreams? Is the job you have sufficient enough to keep a solid money
stream coming in? Better yet, is your job setting you up to take
the next step higher? Are you making the smart decisions with your
money each day to continually build wealth, or are you simply
passing your money on to someone else? In other words, do you work
in order to shop and spend, or do you work to save and invest?
Each day allows you to take a bigger step forward, and if you do
take those steps, I can guarantee you'll reach a much happier
place. Take a look at your daily process and see if are setting
yourself up to be a casualty or a survivor. Make sure you
understand what it takes to remain one step ahead of your closest
competition. The last thing you ever want to do is to have your own
actions be the biggest threat to your financial well-being and
overall long-term happiness.
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We want to make sure everyone understands that the stocks on our
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are the names we currently like for new investor capital,
regardless of what date the stock was first recommended on. If and
when a stock is removed from the list, we will clearly state
whether the stock should be sold (which is rare but occasionally
will happen), or simply held in one's account until we see a better
entry point or catalyst.
And here's one last thing to remember about what we do here at
Dividend.com: it's not just the names that we recommend that can
help you build wealth, but also the things we try to steer you away
from that are just as important. Forget about speculative or penny
stocks, chasing unprofitable IPOs, and listening to the manic
talking heads in the business media!
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Thanks for reading everybody. I'll see you tomorrow!
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