BUSINESS, EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, THINKING NOW

Felonious Numbers. Money Chops APB.

AUGUST 3, 2018. Retail investors are customers.
We are the business of retail brokers. What do you say upon learning that twin price-performance metrics are routinely displayed for the very same stock and period–on the same page? What do you do when the P/Es from the same system also don’t match? And if they’re off by a factor of 4?
Mismatching metrics can be your reality, and precisely why STOCKjAW created Money Chops. Money Chops shows you how to do the numbers yourself.
Doing your own numbers puts accuracy in your hands–at least as much as possible. Trusting and trading on dodgy data puts you in the hot seat. Trust is no substitute for knowing.
Tracking down precise company-issued EPS and calculating the P/E takes time and ranks as tedious. Same goes for price performance. Yet are you ready to move forward when the most important metrics investors rely on come up in mismatching pairs? You don’t have to. Here’s how.

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EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, GREEDY CREEP, INVESTING

SJ Portfolio Performance. A Hoe-Down Of Galactic Goodness

JULY 23, 2018. Seems obvious now. All returns are, in the final analysis, relative. Benchmarks light the way for all. Are you beating them? We are, like a gong.
Relative performance is the measure of success. It’s in the numbers and we have ours. What has STOCKjAW returned year-to-date? And over 12 months? From now on the Sj Portfolio page includes total performance data for every position we own, and for us. Compare our results. Find our winners, all in one place on our streamlined Portfolio Slideshow. No hiding here.
Data for all.

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EDITOR'S DESK, EDITORIAL, MARKETS/ECONOMY, MEDIA, THINKING NOW

Trade? NATO? Change Without Disruption? Dream On.

JULY 13, 2018. Beyond politics and a polarized media, the facts defining trade and NATO stand clear, despite media spin. Both are negotiations, not some flossy brunch with the partners. It’s business, national business, and that means upset.
But not to worry. Our European allies dearly love us–like a Sugar Daddy. Besides, fussing is much easier, and cheaper, then reworking insular national budgets. How upset does your daughter get if the funds aren’t there?
World War II ended 73 years ago. The Soviet Union collapsed 27 years ago. Treaties are binding, all round. Abrogations matter. Yet, is the United States really obligated to continue subsidizing the security of nations unwilling to live up to their own treaty commitments? If they don’t care enough to pay, why should we?
In stark violation of WTO rules, and free trade, China subsidizes, dumps, cheats, hacks, and shields, on behalf of its’ industries. Japan’s done so forever. The WTO is AWOL. Successive U.S. presidents have sat on the issue like an egg, and hatched a fat zero. But no, don’t do anything different, like tariffs. More importantly, never be disruptive, or unpredictable. Somebody might get upset. Worse yet, things might actually improve.

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EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, STOCKS, TECHNICALS

A Time To Zag? BABA Bye-Bye?

JUNE 27, 2018. Is the US equity markets snuggling-in for a prolonged trade ruccus? Stones of tough trade talk are tossed into the stock pond daily. Welcome to the new–never mind. No one really knows what’s next. It will no doubt come from above. Get a helment. Or better yet, adjust where you’re standing.
The impact area of this trade exchange includes many stocks, and Alibaba too. How can that be good? How can that even be O.K.?
Alibaba is the king hell juggernaut of the east. BABA proves that the runway for Amazon is much much, much, longer.
Nice. But BABA’s in the blast zone. Are you going to stay?

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EDITOR'S DESK, EDITORIAL, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, MEDIA, STOCKS

Summer Blockbusters. The Very Best, In Bright Light.

JUNE 25, 2018. Myths die hard, or never. Here’s one.
The real winners are a secret, waiting for you to discover them. Not really. So why beat the weeds for that rare gem?
Secret stocks are the ones Wall Street never talks about. Guess what? If Wall Street doesn’t talk about them, they’re likely not worth your time. Again, why?
No doubt the equity investing world harbors stocks that are doing well, in near perfect darkness. Yet simple reasons exist for not beating the ditches to find such unusual names. How about your time? Instead of sifting the obscure for a great hope, simply follow the spotlight. The light is where things grow. Summer blockbusters you can grow with.

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EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, GREEDY CREEP, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, STOCKS, TECHNICALS

Buy The Banks? How About A Grower? PYPL’s TEC-Ray Analysis.

JUNE 22, 2018. Trade war volatility will wave on. That means today, probably. But then, who knows? Waves bring sales and we’ve snagged three new positions during this disruption. What works, we’ll keep. Here’s one. Paypal.
Daily we see the financial shills recommending big banks. Right. Look at the new financials. Paypal’s not a baby, but an established player. They’re a payment processor at a technical turning point.

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EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, STOCKS, TECHNICALS

– 287 South Dow. Sidewalk Sale Or Trade War Bomb?

JUNE 20, 2018. The stress filled the air and airwaves on Tuesday. Our major indexes all headed straight toward the floor from the open. Of course–trade fear. Market darlings were beaten mercilessly–like Boeing. We left on Monday at $353. We think BA’s headed further down and we have the chart to demonstrate.
But yesterday brought almost everything down, except Amazon. AMZN went up right in the downturn’s face. It will again. Did you find any gems in the wreckage? We did. And here they are.

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