DIVIDEND INVESTMENT RESEARCH UPDATE: MLPs and REITs volatile

Here we update our Dividend Investment Research (DIR) that we initiated in May. In review, our momentum approach involves an active management of ETFs. We run monthly screens that show the top performing stocks from each of 6 Dividend ETF categories. We focus on the top 5 stocks for investment, and would sell them if they Read more ➝

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FIT July 10

Friday Investment Talk: Gold, Interest Rates, Russia and Natural Gas, China, Fuel Cells and EVs

July remains bullish as low interest rates fuel stock returns and gold gains. Russia can be viewed as a high dividend value opportunity if oil prices can remain elevated, and natural gas prices stabilize. A note from Merrill Lynch outlines the demand for hydrogen fuel cells that support natural gas (UNG) prices. China continues to Read more ➝

Investment Talk

Friday Investment Talk: Russian Taxes, Market Valuation, MLPs and Credit Quality

AVC partners review Veronika’s participation in the Russian Portfolio Investment Conference where she discussed our Dividend Investment Research (DIR), and the new 13 to 15% income tax for Russian non-residents, down from 30%.   We reviewed the influence of recent central bank actions stocks and bond pricing. Credit quality is likely to become more of Read more ➝

Friday Investment Talk

FRIDAY INVESTMENT TALK: NDX at all time highs

Markets are still bullish, although even more overbought than last week. Today’s unexpected employment report provides fuel for higher prices. MLPs are leading momentum in all high dividend paying ETFs. Defense and Transportation (Airlines) showed strength this week. Value plays have rebounded sharply, while software companies look vulnerable with high valuations. Defaults are rising. Investors have piled money into cash equivalents. We look at the EUR/USD and Palladium also.

Friday Investment Talks

Friday Investment Talk: Overbought Markets Headed Into Summer

Stocks are still bullish from a technical point of view – the Put/Call ratio is overbought, but not yet negative.

All time highs for percentage of stocks above their 50-day moving averages (95%).

Seasonality is generally weak in summer months, but summers are better in election years than other months in election years, and better than in summer months in non-election years. Research from Bank of America,

Cylicals could take the lead in the summer, as social media and tech companies under polical pressure.

Rare Technical Signal

Since broad domestic equity indices posted a bottom on March 23rd, they have not looked back. In fact, the S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite, and Dow Jones Industrial Average have each rebounded with price returns in excess of 30%.

As a result of this upward movement a number of indicators have turned positive. What does this mean longer term for equity markets?

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