While stock market action YTD has not been quite as “uniform,” the hallmarks of an imminent bull market top are simply not present. The bullish portents apply to intermediate term results, however, they cannot rule out any short-term setbacks (which can appear with no tip-off from breadth or leadership measures).
Financially sound regional banks that may, in coming years, be swept up in the now emerging consolidation trend may have significant performance potential. In addition, they should experience a profit surge when interest rates come down. We think potential downside risk with these stocks may also be less than the market.
Buying the Worst-Managed Companies: An addendum to our feature of a few months ago. This time we look at Fortune magazine’s best-managed and worst-managed selections. Guess which have performed best in the market? Do You Know Your Banks?: Do you know all the new bank names? If you do you might win a prize in our new contest.
“The Analyst Looks at Baseball” - Several analytical approaches are applied, combining team payrolls, runs scored, games won and attendance in an effort to determine who are the best and worst baseball teams.….”Don’t Always Underestimate the Banks” - Soon banks will be offering their own money market funds. Existing money market funds say they are not worried about the competition. They should be.