News of retail sales falling for a second consecutive month (the first time in 2 years of consecutive lower retail sales) spooked traders early on today. Buyers did step up late morning only to see the rally fade by the close.
News of its first-ever dividend had shares of Dell Inc. (DELL) running higher at the start, with shares just barely hanging on to gains by the close. A huge share buyback announcement had shares of Phillip Morris International (PM) also gaining.
On the Wall Street analyst research side, positive commentary pushed stocks like Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Hershey (HSY), and UnitedHealth Group (UNH) higher. On the flip side, cautious commentary moved stocks like Expedia (EXPE) and Sherwin-Williams (SHW) lower. Both EXPE and SHW stocks have been big winners, so valuation concerns are the calls there. Consumer cyclical plays like Nike (NKE) and Coach (COH) fell hard throughout the session.A Real “Cat and Mouse” Tape
Judging by my old trader’s instincts, I can tell you there is an increased “cat and mouse feel” to the intraday market action recently. Many traders are likely spinning their wheels and shifting their trading bias by the hour. When the fluctuations increase — as we have been seeing in the averages the last couple of days — hedge funds could be baiting traders to jump heavily to a particular side (long or short). The reason I bring this phenomenon up is to further reinforce how incredibly difficult trading is.
Unlike what the business media would have you believe, trading requires intense amounts of discipline, knowledge, and experience. In contrast dividend investing is a much simpler strategy. That’s why dividend investing is so great. You never have to keep score from minute-to-minute or hour-to-hour!Another Pair of Eyes
There are plenty of occasions where another set of eyes can help bring one’s current dilemma into perspective. In business, sometimes a customer spots a problem and brings it to the company’s attention. In your career, a loved one can spot a consistent pattern of misery, pointing to the notion it may be time for a fresh start working elsewhere — or perhaps even switching industries altogether. The same goes for relationships, and so on.
While no single answer can solve all your problems, it’s always good to have another person look over your situation. I hope this daily newsletter can server as a reminder for those who need inspiration to get their finances in order. The road to wealth is paved not only with dividends, but also with other non-investment related financial items. Thus, I spend my days not only doing research for our dividend stock database, but also examining other factors that could help readers.
In certain situations, we may indeed be too close to our work or too stubborn to recognize when it may be time to move on from a particular investment. That’s where Dividend.com can be that new set of eyes you just may need.An Important Note Regarding the Best Dividend Stocks List
We want to make sure everyone understands that the stocks on our Best Dividend Stocks List are the names we currently like for new investor capital, regardless of what date the stock was first recommended on. If and when a stock is removed from the list, we will clearly state whether the stock should be sold (which is rare but occasionally will happen), or simply held in one’s account until we see a better entry point or catalyst.
And here’s one last thing to remember about what we do here at Dividend.com: it’s not just the names that we recommend that can help you build wealth, but also the things we try to steer you away from that are just as important. Forget about speculative or penny stocks, chasing unprofitable IPOs, and listening to the manic talking heads in the business media!Our Beat The Markets with Dividend Stocks eBook Has Arrived!
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Thanks for reading everybody. I’ll see you tomorrow!