If you’re anything like the investors I’ve been visiting from coast-to-coast, you’re frustrated and tired. As the market has bounced from scandal to crisis to bailout in its seemingly inexorable slide, I’m sure you, too, miss the thrill of the hunt that has felt so sorely lacking.
Well I’m here to help. I am about to do something that I have never done before in my 30 years as an investing professional… give away no fewer than 8 white-hot, timely trades over 4–6 weeks this earnings season. That’s right, give away—as in no strings attached.
I want you to get excited again about the stock market, because there is still a lot of money to be made on Wall Street and many investors are missing out. I’ll prove it to you over the next few weeks in the FREE trades I highlight here. Consider it my personal stimulus plan for your portfolio.
Here is the complete list of trades I want you to make, along with links to each in-depth installment of Quick-Hit Earnings Trades.
6/4/09 - Quick-Hits: What's next for us... READ MORE
Checklist of Louis' 'Fundamental Factors'
4/21/09 - Analysts Earnings Revisions: I like to see stocks that have had their earnings estimates increased by Wall Street analysts. This usually tips us off to a stock that's about to "beat earnings." READ MORE
4/23/09 - Earnings Surprises: Earnings Surprises are key to making money each and every earnings season. I grade over 5,000 stocks on this key metric and only stocks with the highest grades are worthy of my recommendation. READ MORE
4/28/09 - Sales Growth: There are many ways that companies can temporarily find capital such as selling off assets or making outside investments, but it's always bad news if people aren't buying what a business is selling. READ MORE
4/30/09 - Operating Margin Growth: Making profits is all about the margin–the difference between production costs and the retail price. A company that's able to expand its operating margins is usually a company that has a dominant position in its industry. READ MORE
5/5/09 - Free Cash Flow: The money a company has left over after paying for the costs of its business, which I call Free Cash Flow, is a crucial indicator of success. Brisk sales and revenue don’t always add up to big profits or an ability to expand. If every cent of a company’s cash is tied up paying the bills, a big sales number has a limited impact. READ MORE
5/7/09 - Earnings Growth: “Earnings” is just another word for “profits.” This is at the heart of all good financial analysis, and I rely on it heavily. As long as a company is able to grow its earnings consistently, its stock will do well. READ MORE
5/12/09 - Positive Earnings Momentum: It's not enough for me to see a company's earnings growth—I also want to see its rate of growth increase... READ MORE
5/14/09 - Return on Equity: This is one of my gold standards. In simple terms, ROE is the amount of profits a company generates with the money shareholders have invested... READ MORE