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Are we about to see a biotech takeover binge?

Kite Pharma (KITE) was a Brush Up on Stocks stock suggestion singled out in early May, 2017 because it came up very strong in my system for selecting biotech names. Gilead Sciences (GILD) liked it too. It announced plans to buy the company for cash in late August . My subscribers are now up 150% […]

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A few good swing trades

At Brush Up on Stocks, I like to ferret out stocks to hold calmly for a few years for returns that beat the markets. That’s what I’ve delivered. On average, my stocks have outperformed every year, since launching the newsletter in 2010. (For a summary of returns, click here.) However, I like a quick trade […]

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First quarter sector calls

I’m going to take a break from biotech. The group has done so well, it is due for a correction. Instead, in this issue I want to focus on energy. There’s been widespread insider buying in this group in February. It is the kind of buying that suggests a group will do well. – Brush […]

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6 reasons why it’s time to take a little money off the table

Though the current economic expansion is five years old and the average expansion since 1960 has lasted only 11 months more than that, I doubt this means the bull market in stocks is about to end. So I’m a fan of staying the course with core, long-term stock holdings right now. But if you have […]

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This one simple turn of events will surprise everyone and spark the next leg up for stocks

Why is the stock market continually hitting new highs, when “everyone knows” there are so many problems out there? From the geopolitical risk in Iraq and the Ukraine, to sluggish jobs and wage growth, and lumbering Fed debt that must be unwound? It just might be that investors aren’t so stupid, after all. It might […]

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Suddenly, three wars have investors selling. Should you be worried, too?

Suddenly the prospects of three wars heating up has investors heading for the exists with stocks. I m talking about 1) the war for control of Iraq, 2) the war between the far right and the far left in U.S. politics, and 3) the war between (mostly foreign) energy producers and U.S. retailers for consumer […]

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Timeless indicator: Stock bull run not over yet

With stocks hitting new highs on a regular basis, investor sentiment fairly high, corporate profits at record levels, and the month we’re all supposed to sell before going away (May) just behind us, it’s tempting to think the stock market is riding for a fall. But one timeless technical indicator is telling us just the […]

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