Author Archives: Jon C. Ogg

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Oil drilling rig

Texas and Louisiana Lead Oil Rig Count Much Lower

Oil may have bounced this week -- last seen at $50.05 late on Friday -- but the count of U.S. and North American drilling rigs is still declining. Baker Hughes ...
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Time for Investors to Worry About Too Much Dividend Growth

Investors love dividends, particularly when those payouts are from companies that keep raising their dividends. But what happens when the focus on dividends and return of capital to shareholders becomes ...
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Bull and Bear

Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Cisco, EMC, GameStop, Novavax, Tesla, Yahoo and More

Stocks were looking for direction on Friday morning after a choppy week. The one thing we have seen for about three years now is that investors have lined up in ...
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Boeing 777

Are Sporadic New Plane Orders Becoming a Concern for Boeing?

Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) is currently the second best performing stock year-to-date out of the 30 Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks in 2015. The question that investors need to ask ...
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How Airlines Have to Treat the Risks After This Tragic Plane Crash

The tragic plane crash in Europe this week has turned out to be even more tragic than most travelers and media watchers may have ever imagined. The copilot appears to ...
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gold bars

How to View and Value Gold in a Rising Dollar Environment

It is almost impossible to argue against the notion that gold has lost much of its luster for investors and speculators. Gold may not have fallen out of favor as badly ...
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investor research

Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Apple, ASML, Schwab, GoPro, Kraft, Netflix, Red Hat and More

Stocks were indicated lower on Thursday morning after Wednesday's deep sell-off. While one never knows if a trend reversal is here, the one trend that has been in place for ...
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7 Companies That Seriously Should Split Their Stocks

The bull market is now six years old, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and S&P 500 have bounced an average of about 200% each from the March 2009 ...
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Why Merrill Lynch Is Giving Up on Synchrony Financial, but Not on GE

Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) is edging closer to its total separation from General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE). While many analysts have prognosticated on what Synchrony may be like when it ...
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Durable Goods So Bad That They Are Good for the Markets

The U.S. Commerce Department has released its reading for durable goods in the month of February. Before getting into the nitty-gritty, and before showing how negative this number is, investors ...
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Bull and Bear

Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Harley-Davidson, Micron, Sonus, Starwood, Tesla and More

Stocks were indicated slightly lower on Wednesday morning, but the markets remain within about 2% of all-time highs. What is shown over and over is that investors line up to ...
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Alternative Energy sources

Short Sellers Fight Higher Solar and Alternative Energy Stock Prices

Short interest among solar energy and alternative energy stocks was very interesting for the March 13 settlement date. That is because most of the stocks in this area have risen ...
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Sell Button

Should Investors Sell GM Into Its Buybacks?

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) has seen its share of ups and downs. Despite having recently hit 52-week highs, GM has not fully recovered to post-IPO highs from before the ...
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What a Junk Bond Rating Means for Petrobras

Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), or Petrobras, is an oil giant with a situation that seems more bleak each and every day. Now we have word from Moody's Investors Service, ...
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consumer electronics

CPI Manages to Escape Deflation

Investors and economists have worried that we are entering a deflationary cycle. A strong dollar, weak commodities and weak overseas economies are all to blame. The U.S. Labor Department has ...
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