In 1992, I was 26 and already spending my fair share of time online. For several years, I'd been a satisfied customer of America Online. Although I liked the service, I decided not to buy shares of the company at the initial public offering that year. I thought I'd wait awhile. (Idiot.)
Hey there, Fools. I've summoned our Motley Fool CAPS community once again to highlight a few of Friday's biggest winners among the stocks with a rating of four or five stars.
Are you familiar with the dynamic duo of Fama and French? No, they didn't star in Tommy Boy -- that was Farley and Spade. And they didn't sing "Seven Nation Army" -- that was Jack and Meg White.
What's the flip side to shareholder-friendly stocks expected to underperform the market? Highfliers that pay little heed to their owners' interests. Conversely, there are top-flight companies that also treat their shareholders with respect.
The new trading week kicks off with Smith & Wesson (Nasdaq: SWHC) on the firing range. Analysts see the gunmaker's earnings improving to $0.09 a share in its latest quarter. Fears of tighter regulation on new weapon sales and crime spikes in recessionary times have resulted in brisk business for companies like Smith & Wesson.
You may have heard that dividend stocks have significantly outperformed their stingier counterparts since 1972. You may have heard that the vast majority of the market's historical gains have come from dividends. And you may have heard that they are the best stocks to own during bear markets.
Did I miss something, or have we completely emerged from the market's bottom?
We can't be sure just yet, but investors in Insmed (Nasdaq: INSM), Satyam Computer Services (NYSE: SAY), Allied Irish Banks (NYSE: AIB), and RF Micro Devices (Nasdaq: RFMD) are likely convinced -- each of those stocks is up more than 50% over the past month!
One year ago, when signs were starting to point to a recession, my colleague John Reeves and I compiled a list of the previous recession's top 10 stocks to discover any patterns that would help our investing this time around. That list provided a number of fascinating insights, some of which we had expected, while others surprised us.
Hey there, Fools. I've summoned our Motley Fool CAPS community once again to highlight a few of Thursday's biggest winners among the stocks with top ratings of four or five stars.