Smart companies are beginning to ignore analysts' insistence that production growth is always good, and to focus instead on growing their margins by lowering capital expenses. This is good news to US Global Investors Inc.'s Brian Hicks and Ralph Aldis.
The MSCI Emerging Markets and the S&P 500 indices have increased double digits since the beginning of the year. Investors should be thrilled, but instead of cheers, the only sounds the markets are hearing are crickets. Many have been asking, where are the investors?
Investing, like life, is about managing expectations – even throughout gold’s decade-long rise, price action over the short term can go both ways. It helps to look at what happens after short-term drops.
Energy around the world has become a lot more varied over the past few centuries. Only 100 years ago, wood and coal were the only two sources. Fast forward to today, and the global energy picture is much more diverse.
Beginning in March, crude oil has a seasonal wind at its back. For nearly 30 years, the third month of the year has been the best month for crude oil. Over past cycles, WTI crude oil prices head higher in March, and have generally continued to climb through September.
The World Gold Council (WGC) reaffirmed the power of the Love Trade in its 2011 Gold Demand Trends report released earlier this month. Gold demand grew 0.4% in 2011 despite a 28% year-over-year increase in bullion’s average price.
After prices fell 10% in December, many investors wondered if the bull market in gold was running out of steam. That was before Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke swooped in with a “red cape” and fired the bulls back up.
As the saying goes, “every dog has its day” and global markets appear to have followed this historical trend lately as last year’s dogs became the darlings of January. Notably, small-caps, copper and junior resources stocks have climbed recently.