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  • Michael Lee
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  • Business . dcm . NTT DoCoMo . Performance . Services . Standard & Poor's . Telecommunication . vod . Vodafone . Wireless . Year-to-date . YTD .

The wireless communications industry is currently the top performing industry on both the three-month and year-to-date (YTD) time frames. The industry's three-month and YTD performances stand at 31.07% and 56.10%, respectively. The S&P, on the other hand, stands at a much lower 6.04% three-month return and a 14.86% YTD return.   Here is a graphical, YTD look at the wireless communications industry's performance versus the S&P:   Seeking value in a well-performing industry or sector can often uncover late bloomers,…

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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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  • 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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