Smith & Wesson’s (SWHC) Recent Climb

I don’t know if it’s a basic human response or a uniquely American one. But when we are threatened with not having access to something to which we’ve grown dependent, we always have the same response. Is that response to find an alternative? No. We stockpile! When it first became a sobering reality that Hostess was closing, we stockpiled Twinkies. When incandescent bulbs were legislated out of existence, we stockpiled them, too. Arguably, nothing has…

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Apple (AAPL) Perilously Close to Critical Support

Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been on a decade-long tear, rewarding many investors pretty handsomely. But in a September Reflex Investor piece we published last year near the stock’s peak, we played contrarian and warned investors that Apple’s major run (in anticipation of the iPhone 5 release) was just about out of steam in the intermediate-term and that some significant ground would be ceded in the charts. It was a bold prediction... But we were dead on and…

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ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) to be Removed from the Dow Jones Industrial Average – Surely?

Apples to apples. It’s a phrase you hear a lot in finance. It refers to having data from one period which is directly comparable to data from a previous period. ‘Same-Store Sales’ is a perfect example of this when analyzing retail stocks. Comparing quarterly results of one quarter with the same one a year before to eliminate seasonality effects is another example. But as we watch markets making new highs by the day, it makes…

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Patience Pays Off for Investors in Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS)

A government report published this morning showed that consumers throttled back on spending this past April despite their take-home income remaining relatively stable. Spending dropped two-tenths of a percent, which was especially disappointing as economists were looking for a one-tenth of a percent gain… Is this the reality of sequestration setting in or the vanishing of some tax breaks weighing on spending? It’s hard to say at this point. But what we can say is…

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With New Dow Highs Come a Possible ‘Confirmation’ Pullback

We’re not the only ones to be skeptical of this bull market. It seems highly unlikely that continued Federal purchasing of Treasuries and suppression of yields will increase borrowing and generate sufficient economic growth to allow wages to increase. This current scenario of easing has seen income for many working-class people – the ones who have little or no equity market exposure – fall precipitously. Study after study shows that quantitative easing does not help…

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The Biggest Cyber Attack Ever Has Left at Least One Security Stock Very Attractive

If you use the Internet, you were likely caught in the crossfire Wednesday of the largest cyber attack – ever. Did it stem from China? North Korea? Iran? No. It came from The Netherlands. It all started when Internet watchdog Spamhaus blacklisted alleged spamming outfit, Cyberbunker. Cyberbunker is a web hosting company that apparently represents some unsavory businesses that use spam marketing in their normal course of business. Or so thinks Spamhaus… Well, Spamhaus is…

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Overseas Markets Tell Us Not to Fear Iran’s Nuclear Ambition

Iran continues to get closer to possessing a nuclear weapon. That appeared to be the verdict by the end of Secretary of State John Kerry’s first overseas trip on the job. Kerry conceded what most of us already knew: “…the region will be far less stable and far more threatened if Iran were to have a nuclear weapon." He’s talking about a nuclear arms race that could ensue across the Middle East. He’s talking about…

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Further Upside? Office Depot Shares Climb 121% in 82 Days and Remains an Attractive Investment

Office Depot (NYSE: ODP) is a stock the Reflex Investor team has revisited several times in our blog commentaries since November of last year. When we first wrote about the stock on November 29th, shares were trading at $2.76. We since discussed the subsequent downward-wedge breakout that took shares up more than 33% to $3.68. And we’ve continually said that ODP has been a very attractive investment opportunity. In fact, some of our readers have…

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Profiting from Increased Drone Usage in American Skies

This week, an unclassified memo was leaked stating that the United States government can legally target and eliminate American citizens abroad using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS’s or ‘drones’) if it believes they are senior al-Qaida leaders engaged in operations to kill other Americans. It goes on to say that this is legal even if there is no evidence connecting them to a specific, impending terrorist attack. On top of that news, on Tuesday - with…

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Move Over Amazon – Instant Delivery Is Coming…

It’s happening; it’s probably a good thing, but absolutely none of us like it. I’m talking about the plasticizing of the automobile industry. We’ re paying higher and higher prices for cars and the amount of plastic they contain keeps growing. It’s not surprising – the bumper covers are plastic, the dash is plastic, and even a lot of the engine components are plastic. Sometimes what we think is metal, is simply ‘metalized plastic’. In…

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