• Michael Lee
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  • Business . CAH . Cardinal Health . Investing . New York Stock Exchange . Stock . Wall Street . Yahoo Finance .

Cardinal Health, Inc. (CAH) was trading above $43.00 just two weeks ago, on August 1st. A few days later, due to "missed" earnings, the company's stock quickly fell almost 10%, to the $39.00 range. Though Cardinal Health, Inc.'s fiscal fourth quarter net income rose 17%, from $203 million the previous quarter to $236 million, the company's revenue remained flat, $26.8 billion versus Wall Street's projected $27.3 billion (Yahoo Finance). This revenue miss played a large part in the stock's post-earnings…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • DIA . Dow Jones Industrial Average . Exchange-traded fund . NASDAQ . PowerShares . QQQ . S&P 500 . SPDR .

The markets charged out of the gates at the beginning of the year and, as they tend to do, historically, began to lose steam in late April/early May. Since then all three major indexes, the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the NASDAQ have all found resistance at the 1,400.00 level, 13,000 level, and 3,000 level, respectively. Here is a one year look at the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and NASDAQ indexes: Likewise, the SPDR S&P 500…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Business . Company . Investing . Moving average . Price support . Stock . Stocks and Bonds .

When a stock is trading under its respective 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day simple moving averages (SMA), it could mean a troubled fate for the company. Or it could mean that the company is undervalued and, for whatever reason, is selling for less than what it's worth. A company's price to book (P/B) ratio can also give us insight into a similar situation; the company is in trouble or it's significantly undervalued and is offering a good buying opportunity for investors.…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Business . Equities . Investing . P/B ratio . S&P 500 . Stocks and Bonds . Year-to-date . YTD .

Though the S&P 500 holds a stronger, 6.42% year-to-date (YTD) return than the utilities sector's 2.95% YTD return, the utilities sector began outpacing the S&P 500 in June and appears to be continuing to do so. The utilities sector holds a three-month return of 5.63%, a one-month return of 2.10%, and a one-week return of -0.85%; clearly outperforming the S&P 500's three-month return of -2.45%, one-month return of 0.25%, and one-week return of -1.86%. As I often find value in…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Earnings per share . Exchange-traded fund . P/B ratio . Price to Sales . Return on equity . S&P 500 . Seeking Alpha . Telecommunication . Year-to-date .

The telecommunications sector is performing significantly well this year, with a year to date (YTD) return of 13.52%; over 5% above the S&P 500's (SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF: SPY) 8.35% YTD return.   As shown by the YTD view on the graph above, the telecommunications sector began to outperform the S&P 500 in May and has continued to do so. Below is a further breakdown of this performance comparison along the different time horizons.   As telecommunications stocks continue…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Closed-end fund . Exchange-traded fund . Gold exchange-traded product . Income trust . International Astronomical Union . IShares . Net asset value . SPDR Gold Shares .

After breaking above resistance earlier this year, gold has been using the $1,560.00 price level as support and has resisted falling below this level numerous times over the past few months. The commodity is currently lingering around this price, keeping gold investors on their toes.   Similarly, related ETFs like iShares Gold Trust (IAU) and SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) have also been teetering along relative support. As I enjoy the occasional closed-end fund (CEF) investment for their diversification and frequent…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Dividend . Dividend yield . Earnings per share . Equity (finance) . Investing . P/B ratio . Price/sales ratio . Return on equity .

As the markets continue to churn sideways in our summer months, I have kept a significant portion of my portfolio in dividend yielding (income producing) equities and, as my readers likely know, I continue to seek new, dividend-yielding value. A recent screen of mine, which captures equities with low price to book (P/B) ratios, low price to sales (P/S) ratios, positive return on equity (ROE), positive dividend yield, buy or better analyst ratings, and high EPS growth, yielded 20 dividend-yielding…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • aapl . Apple . Business . Company . Earnings per share . EPS . goog . Google . Investing . Market capitalization .

Naturally, investors are always looking for the next Apple Inc. (AAPL) or the next Google Inc. (GOOG). As all companies begin with modest capitalization, the question is, what differentiates the Apples and Googles from the, well, whoever they were? A broad, easy answer, of course, is growth. Successful companies grow; unsuccessful companies don't. If we look at a company's analyst-projected EPS (earnings per share) growth we are given a somewhat reliable look into its growth potential and future success. Currently,…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Business . Investment . NASDAQ . Real estate . Real estate investment trust . REIT . Standard & Poor's . Year-to-date .

With a 13.92% year-to-date (YTD) return, versus the S&P's 7.72% YTD return, the real estate investment trust (REIT) industry has significantly beaten the overall markets in recent months. Even the well-performing NASDAQ, with its 12.75% TYD return, trails the REIT industry by over 1%, YTD. REITs offer real estate investment diversity to investors in lieu of owning physical real estate. This along with their, at times, hefty dividends have helped them to find a place in my mid/long-term portfolio. But…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Dow Jones Industrial Average . Exchange-traded fund . Moving average . S&P 500 . SMA . Stock market . United States .

The S&P 500 recently broke support and is now-- as of this writing-- lingering just below its 200-day simple moving average (SMA). Though there is hope for our equities markets to stay strong throughout the year, a major break in support raises a big red flag. If the S&P 500 continues to fall, breaking its 200-day SMA, additional support will likely not be found until the index reaches the-- somewhat far off-- $1,200 level... Read the full article at: http://seekingalpha.com/article/640361-s-p-breaks-support-83-inverse-equity-etfs-to-use-as-a-hedge

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