Best Stocks To Buy For 2013: NYSE

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McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD  ) is scheduled to release its quarterly earnings report on Monday, and its stock has climbed to the $100-per-share mark in approaching all-time record-high levels. But disappointing results for McDonald’s earnings in past quarters have investors worried that the company might not deliver the fundamental strength it needs to match up to its stock’s performance. McDonald’s has been one of the most resilient members of the Dow Jones Industrials (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) , with notable gains during the bear market year of 2008 that proved its ability to weather recessions with its focus on low price points. But lately, its growth forays have run into some resistance. Let’s take an early look at what’s been happening with McDonald’s over the past quarter, and what we’re likely to see in its quarterly report. Stats on McDonald’s Analyst EPS Estimate Top Low Price Companies To Invest In 2015: Senior Housing Properties … Continue reading

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The best thing about the stock market is that you can make money ineither direction. Historically, stock indexes have tended to trend up over the long term. But when you look at individual stocks, you’ll find plenty that lose money over the long haul. According to hedge fund institution Blackstar Funds, even with dividendsincluded, between 1983 and 2006, 64% of stocks underperformed the Russell 3000, a broad-scope market index. A large influx of short-sellers shouldn’t be a condemning factor to any company, but it could be a red flag from traders that something may not be as cut-and-dried as it appears. Let’s look at three companies that have seen a rapid increase in the number of shares sold short and see whether traders are blowing smoke or if their worry has some merit. Company Short Increase May 31 to June 14 Short Shares as a % of Float Orange (NYSE: … Continue reading

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Several midstream companies have had to do something they didn’t think imaginable five years ago: reverse the flow of pipes that typically accommodate U.S. supply. With U.S. crude supplies growing every day, Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EPD  ) is looking to start exporting the stuff. The company plans to transform two of its Gulf Coast facilities into oil export terminals. While the plan is ambitious, there is one small hitch. Since 1979 the U.S. hasn’t allowed the exportation of crude oil to countries not in a free trade agreement with it, and a special permit is required to even export to countries in free trade agreements with the U.S. In this video, Fool.com contributor Tyler Crowe looks at why this rule will pose problems for the U.S., and advocates that we address this export ban sooner rather than later. The growing production of natural gas from hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling … Continue reading

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Although business headlines still tout earnings numbers, many investors have moved past net earnings as a measure of a company’s economic output. That’s because earnings are very often less trustworthy than cash flow, since earnings are more open to manipulation based on dubious judgment calls. Earnings’ unreliability is one of the reasons Foolish investors often flip straight past the income statement to check the cash flow statement. In general, by taking a close look at the cash moving in and out of the business, you can better understand whether the last batch of earnings brought money into the company, or merely disguised a cash gusher with a pretty headline. Calling all cash flows When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in … Continue reading

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The wealth-building power of compound interest will never cease to amaze me. It’s a story of patience and attention to detail, where small, short-term differences add up to massive divergence over decades. And in the end, the biggest winners don’t always deliver the fattest share-price returns. Today, we’ll take a closer look at industrial jack-of-all-trades 3M (NYSE: MMM  ) . 3M makes everything from Scotch Tape and Post-its to asphalt shingles and power lines, and that versatility helps the company perform in a variety of market conditions. 3M shares have largely kept pace with their peers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) over the last decade. But if you reinvested every dividend check in more 3M shares, a generous dividend policy helped shareholders beat the esteemed index by a comfortable margin. MMM data by YCharts. Top Dividend Companies To Watch For 2015: People’s United Financial Inc.(PBCT) People?s United Financial, … Continue reading