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October 2008 Issue

Don’t give up the ship! No, we haven’t heard the last of the financial
explosions that have wracked Wall Street for the past year or more. In
September alone, Lehman Brothers vanished, hard on the heels of Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac. AIG, under the gun, sold 80% of itself to the
federal government. And another major bank or brokerage firm may face a
life-or-death struggle before calm returns.

As awful as the headlines may seem, though, the crisis is closer to its end
than its beginning. Better times are coming, probably before year-end but
almost certainly in 2009.

In this month’s visit, I’ll share with you three reasons to be hopeful about
the economy and stock market over the next 12�15 months. Pundits are
largely ignoring these positives, which means that share prices could leap
higher, and faster, than most folks expect if just a couple of things go right.
I’ll also reveal the one type of stock that will likely outpace 75% of the
market in the year ahead–and a simple way to add this winning horse to
your stable. (Hint: The ticker symbol is MDY!)

September 2008 Issue & Supplement

As they say at McDonald’s, you deserve a break today–and now you’ve
got one, thanks to the recent sharp drop in oil prices. I won’t try to
tell you that lower fuel costs, alone, will cure the turmoil in world financial
markets. They won’t. But oil’s spill carries major implications for investors.
What are they? Who stands to benefit the most? Should you sell your oil
stocks right now–or buy more?
In this month’s visit, I’ll give you my straight-from-the-shoulder answers
to these crucial questions. Hint: While the drop in energy prices will
undoubtedly help put the U.S. and other economies back on a stronger
growth track, we aren’t going to be pumping $2 gasoline again anytime
soon. Lay your investment plans accordingly!

September 2008 Issue & Supplement

As they say at McDonald’s, you deserve a break today–and now you’ve
got one, thanks to the recent sharp drop in oil prices. I won’t try to
tell you that lower fuel costs, alone, will cure the turmoil in world financial
markets. They won’t. But oil’s spill carries major implications for investors.
What are they? Who stands to benefit the most? Should you sell your oil
stocks right now–or buy more?
In this month’s visit, I’ll give you my straight-from-the-shoulder answers
to these crucial questions. Hint: While the drop in energy prices will
undoubtedly help put the U.S. and other economies back on a stronger
growth track, we aren’t going to be pumping $2 gasoline again anytime
soon. Lay your investment plans accordingly!

April 2008 Issue

The mercury is climbing, blossoms are bursting out — so does Wall Street finally get to celebrate a springtime of its own? For eight long months now, a ferocious credit crunch, unprecedented since the Great Depression, has trapped investors in a deep freeze. Not only stocks and real estate, but even some of the (reputedly) safest bonds and money market instruments fell victim to the Arctic blast.

Happily, I’m detecting hints, here and there, of a thaw. It’s taking a lot longer than I had hoped, but we will see the end of this new Ice Age. As a balmier climate sets in, we can look forward to healthy markets again — and a return to the steady, consistent profits we enjoyed from 2003 to around mid-2007.

January 25, 2008

We’re getting there, but it’s going to take time. Stocks made a hopeful midweek reversal to the upside as Ben Bernanke again rode to the rescue with a sizable interest rate cut. But the market couldn’t hold its ground on Friday, closing the week with only a slim gain.