These 3 surprising stocks are held in ESG funds

2019-02-11

Individual investors often rely on a company’s reputation to judge its performance in environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Institutional investors, by contrast, tend to take a more methodical approach in analyzing whether companies earn a favorable do-gooder rating. But investors might express surprise at some of the stocks thatRead More →

The ‘Fortnite’ effect slams videogame makers’ stocks

2019-02-06

The outsize success of ‘Fortnite’ has begun to punish the world’s largest videogame makers. Electronic Arts Inc. EA, -13.31%  stock plunged 13.3% Wednesday, and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. TTWO, -13.76%  shares plummeted 13.8% after both publishers predicted worse financial performance in the current quarter than expected. Other videogame makers sufferedRead More →

You’ll love having these hated stocks in your portfolio

2019-02-04

Stocks are often bought because of the company’s reputation rather than its investment potential — and investors frequently pay a high price for making this error. Fortune magazine’s recently released annual ranking of the most admired companies offers a good example. To state what should be obvious but all tooRead More →

Stocks are overheated even with interest rates so low

2019-01-28

The bulls aren’t giving up easily. I’m referring to the responses I received to my Jan. 14 column in which I argued that, despite the stock market being 10% or more lower than where it stood at the September 2018 high, equities remain extremely overvalued according to six well-known valuationRead More →

Chip earnings provide a sigh of relief for tech

2019-01-23

Investors concerned about the big swoon for tech stocks at the end of last year received welcome news Wednesday afternoon. Three large semiconductor companies announced earnings beats after the market closed Wednesday, a welcome respite from the barrage of poor forecasts and plunging stock prices for chip companies in theRead More →