Hershey Stock: Tasty But Tough to Swallow

Boring food company stocks have become among the tastiest stocks in 2016. It’s easy to see why. People always need to eat. So these companies will have steady revenues, even in a recession. Added to that is the fact that these companies offer dividends often in the 2%-3% range and sometimes higher. That looks fantastic in a world of negative interest rates. And now we have the food sector being inundated with takeover talk. Names like Kellogg (NYSE: K) keep getting bandied about as targets Read more […]

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Stock Market Early Morning Insights June 15, 2016

Stock Market Early Morning Insights – June 15, 2016 There is still support under this market. The major market indexes all closed above the mid-point of their daily ranges to form Spinning Top candles, a sign of indecisions that shows the battle between the bulls and the bears.  Volume was heavier than on Monday, but was still below average. The indexes remain in limbo between support and resistance as traders await commentary from the Fed and Janet Yellen, and Brexit is still looming. Read more […]


Can You Really Make A Living From Binary Trading?

Every day you read in the news that some trader has made millions with online trading and that sounds like something you’d like to do. At this point you are probably asking if it is really possible to make a living from binary trading and rightfully so. The quick answer is yes, you can. However, it’s not quite that simple. You may not really make millions but with a bit of information and a lot of effort, you can make a living. But, like anything else in life, it will take a sound understanding Read more […]


The Biggest Winner and Loser in the Last Oil Cycle

Oil went from $8-$147 per barrel between 1998-2008.  Then it crashed to $32.  Then it rocketed to $105 for five years.  Then it crashed to $27. Notice a pattern at all? Ever wonder why management of senior oil companies don’t notice this same pattern?  How can that be so when the long history of this business is nothing but booms and busts? In a moment I’m going to compare for you two companies of a similar size.  One is another typical victim of this crash.  Read more […]


Earnings Season Has Arrived How to Capitalize on it With Options

For each of the last two Mondays I have told you about an earnings-related trade I made. Today I would like to review my thinking on those trades, update how they are going, and offer you a new idea of a third trade I made his morning. Terry Earnings Season Has Arrived – How to Capitalize on it With Options In the last few weeks leading up to a quarterly earnings announcement, two things usually happen. First of all, the stock often moves higher as the announcement day approaches as some investors Read more […]


Why are indexed annuity sales surging?

Over the last five years indexed annuity sales are up around 69% while variable annuity sales are down 16%. This is according the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute’s fourth-quarter U.S. Individual Annuity Sales Survey. I’m not a fan of expensive variable annuities, which I will discuss later, but more importantly we want to understand why this small part of the annuity market is growing. Also, should we even care? Before we try to understand why people have an interest in this stuff Read more […]