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Market Update: Investors Optimistic as Global Economies Reopen

The quickest bear market in the history of the US S&P 500 turned into the best 50-day bull market rally in history in May. By market close on June 3, 2020, the S&P 500 Index was up 37.7% from its March 23, 2020 low. This bullish investor sentiment has been based on the continued decline in new coro ...

How To Buy Bonds

Over time, bonds should find a place in your portfolio. How much you should have will definitely depend on your investment strategy and appetite for market swings. If you are in the market for bonds, you can get in on ... Read more ...

A stable and reliable investment for a portfolio

Walmart is the world’s largest retailer selling a broad spectrum of products ranging from grocery and entertainment to sporting goods and crafts. Walmart serves over 265 million customers each week. From humble beginnings, as a small discount retail store, Walmart ... Read more ...

5i Stock Screener: Reliable companies for shareholders during a crisis

Shareholder yield is a great way to measure how well companies give back to shareholders and is the sum of both dividend and buyback yield. Companies that repurchase shares in addition to paying a stable dividend also give a few positive signals, particularly during these tough times. ...

5 from 5i: Will US stocks set speed record for recovering a large loss?

Weekly stock market update & five stock related articles we thought were a must-read this week ...

Ebay: A Sustainable Social Distancing Stock

by Tom Konrad, Ph.D., CFA Of the few survivors of the dot com bust, Ebay (EBAY) is a perennial also-ran.  It owned the market for consumer-to-consumer (C2C) transactions in 2000, but has since repeatedly lost market share.  Nevertheless, the company remains a profitable business that enables the ...

Covanta and Green Plains Partners Don’t Let A Crisis Go To Waste

by Tom Konrad, Ph.D., CFA Last week, two of the stocks in my Ten Clean Energy Stocks model portfolio cut their dividends.  Covanta Holding Corp (CVA) dropped its quarterly payout from $0.25 to $0.08 (a 68% cut) while Green Plains Partners (GPP) slashed its quarterly distribution from $0.475 to $0. ...

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

With the market’s rapid rebound from March lows and the Nasdaq Composite stock index closing higher than it was at the end of last year, many of us are probably asking ourselves: Did I miss my chance to buy at the lows?  or: Will I ever make up for my losses? These questions point to dangerous e ...

10 Clean Energy Stocks for 2020: May Update Part 1

by Tom Konrad, Ph.D., CFA For the last few monthly updates, I’ve been focusing on the big picture, and have neglected to say anything about many of the 10 Clean Energy Stocks for 2020  since I looked at how the pandemic would likely affect each stock in March. This month, I’m trying to rectify ...

Covanta Rebounds

by Debra Fiakas, CFA Waste handler Covanta Holding Company (CVA:  NYSE) reported financial results for the first three months of the year at the beginning of May 2020.  True enough the net loss might have been wider than published estimates for the quarter, but the consensus target did not refl ...