Monthly Archive:: March 2008

AU Optronics Corp. – An Attractive Trade

AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) designs, develops, manufactures, assembles and markets flat panel displays. The Company’s principal products are thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels. Its panels are used in computer products, such as notebook computers and desktop monitors; consumer electronics products, such as digital cameras, digital camcorder, car television, car navigation

New Home Sales: Why Do Investors Care

New home sales measure the number of newly constructed homes with a committed sale during the month. The level of new home sales indicates housing market trends and, in turn, economic momentum and consumer purchases of furniture and appliances. Why Do Investors Care?This provides a gauge of not only the demand for

Durable Good Orders: Why Do Investors Care

Durable goods orders reflect the new orders placed with domestic manufacturers for immediate and future delivery of factory hard goods. Why Do Investors Care?Investors want to keep their finger on the pulse of the economy because it usually dictates how various types of investments will perform. Rising equity prices thrive on growing

Interesting Stories Of The Day

Taxpayers May Be Liable for Billions From Bear, Mortgage Rescue Even as the Bush administration insists it won’t risk public funds in a bailout, American taxpayers may already be liable for billions of dollars stemming from Federal Reserve and Treasury efforts to quell a financial crisis. History suggests the Fed may not

Consumer Confidence: Why Do We Care

Why Investors Care About Consumer Confidence: The pattern in consumer attitudes and spending is often the foremost influence on stock and bond markets. For stocks, strong economic growth translates to healthy corporate profits and higher stock prices. For bonds, the focus is whether economic growth goes overboard and leads to inflation. Ideally,

Weekly Economic Calender

Series of events listed for this week: The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller national home price index for January will be released Tuesday. On the housing front, the latest quarter’s results from Lennar Corp. (LEN) and KB Home (KBH) are due Thursday and Friday, respectively. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index for March will

A Week Of Madness At Wall Street

JPMorgan Chase & Co. quadrupled its offer for Bear Stearns Cos. to $10 a share today and struck a deal to buy 40% of the company without a shareholder vote, making it unlikely opponents can block the takeover. A week ago on Monday, JPMorgan Chase agreed to buy Bear Sterns at a

Agricultural Commodities: Why You Need To Be Bullish

One of the sectors that is making waves in 2008 is the Agricultural Commodities. Emerging markets are booming and so are their consumption. With growth comes a change in lifestyle, diet being an important part of it. The rising middle-class in these emerging markets especially China and India are now calling for