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Friday, November 18, 2011

A Good Source of Investment Information

Source: Capital Pixel
One of the challenges today for DIY investors, who actively manage their own assets, is handling the vast amount of information at their finger tips.  A key is to find good sources.  One worth checking out is "Market Currents" at Seeking Alpha.

Scanning recent lists you'll find many reports on the troubled Europe region.  This, of course, is where investors are presently focused.

Other reports will grab your attention as well.  For example, from yesterday's items, we find this tidbit worth thinking about if you are contemplating buying or selling banks' stocks.

6:50 PM Fitch has it wrong, U.S. banks could actually wind up benefiting from Europe's debt crisis, says Rochdale's Dick Bove.  He cites two reasons:   first, U.S. banks have a relatively low level of exposure to European banks.  Second, the problems facing European banks could actually drive business to seek healthier institutions in the U.S.  His top picks: PNC Financial (PNC) and Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB).  Both get hit when Europe erupts, but neither are heavily exposed to European banks.  [Quick Ideas, Global & FX, Financials]
The reports, as you can see, have numerous links making it easy to further research the information presented, if necessary. 

You'll also notice the search box in the upper right of the page.  Here is where you can type in a ticker symbol and get recent stock specific reports.  Do this today for Intel (INTC) and you'll find reports ranging from Buffett's 13F filing showing he bought chip companies (which is news because he previously has famously avoided tech altogether) to industry projections on the inventory and profit outlook.

If you buy individual stocks or make general market bets, this kind of information can be invaluable.  Not that long ago it would have taken days to garner the information now available at the click of a button.

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  1. I normally use Google finance, but I do like how granular the news feed is for SA. Excellent tool for investors.

    In Europe, contagion is becoming a reality!

  2. Sometimes too much info is a bad thing that confuses, paralyzes or whipsaws investors into making bad decisions. I try not to get caught up in the hysteria of the day.

  3. Information overload can definitely be paralyzing. That being said, I have frequently visited Seeking Alpha, among other sites, when contemplating investment decisions.

  4. This is interesting. I do find this idea very fresh and useful too.