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These Stocks Still Managed to Win This Week

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Despite the overall downward trend this week that left the broader market down 1.6%, a few stocks were still able to outperform.

In this video, Motley Fool financial analysts David Hanson and Matt Koppenheffer take a look at the financial sector and highlight for investors three stocks that made solid gains this week. Among them, JPMorgan Chase  made a move upward now that the shareholder vote on Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon retaining both of his roles has passed. The guys also discuss two solid stable banking stocks that can stay flat or even make upward movements, even during market pullbacks.

With big finance firms still trading at deep discounts to their historic norms, investors everywhere are wondering if this is the new normal, or whether finance stocks are a screaming buy today. The answer depends on the company, so to help figure out whether U.S. Bancorp is a buy today, I invite you to read our premium research report on the company today. Click here now for instant access!

 

The article These Stocks Still Managed to Win This Week originally appeared on Fool.com.

David Hanson has no position in any stocks mentioned. Matt Koppenheffer owns shares of Bank of America. The Motley Fool recommends Wells Fargo. The Motley Fool owns shares of Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Why Valeant Pharmaceuticals Shares Spiked

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Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of specialty pharmaceutical company Valeant Pharmaceuticals spiked higher by as much as 17% following a report from The Wall Street Journal that indicates that Valeant may be close to purchasing privately held eye care products maker Bausch & Lomb.

So what: With the article citing unnamed sources, the deal -- which would value Bausch & Lomb at $9 billion -- could be announced as early as next week, although the parties involved noted it could fall apart just as easily. The current owners of Bausch & Lomb, Warburg Pincus, have been looking to part ways with their investment over the past year that they paid just $4.5 billion for in 2007.


Now what: Given a rapidly aging baby boomer population, eye product maker Bausch & Lomb could be the perfect spark for Valeant to grow over the long run. Investors certainly seem to like the deal, but I'd remain cautious about making a move one way or the other until a buyout is announced or talks break apart. There's usually little sense in chasing rumors!

Craving more input? Start by adding Valeant Pharmaceuticals to your free and personalized watchlist so you can keep up on the latest news with the company.

While you can certainly make huge gains in pharmaceuticals like Valeant, the best investing approach is to choose great companies and stick with them for the long term. The Motley Fool's free report "3 Stocks That Will Help You Retire Rich" names stocks that could help you build long-term wealth and retire well, along with some winning wealth-building strategies that every investor should be aware of. Click here now to keep reading.

The article Why Valeant Pharmaceuticals Shares Spiked originally appeared on Fool.com.

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Will Ford's Stock Have Another Summer Swoon?

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Over the last few years Ford stock typically takes a beating during the summer months and then often rallies back during the autumn months. Is it destined to follow the same pattern this year? Nope, I don't think so, not this time. Even after its rally from a 52-week low of $8.82 to near $15 I don't think Ford stock is due for a pullback, and I think most investors still see enough upside they won't sell off shares. I could easily be wrong, because you never know what the market has in store for us day to day, but here's some good news going into the summer months.

May forecast
We won't have the exact numbers for how many vehicles sold in May for a couple weeks, but investors got a little antsy in April when SAAR - seasonally adjusted annualized rate - of vehicle sales dipped below 15 million. Everyone had their trigger finger on the sell button, but relax, according to TrueCar (link opens a PDF) the SAAR is predicted to bounce back this month.


To spread a little light on TrueCar's forecast I'm about to show you, these aren't numbers pulled out of a hat or picked blindfolded. TrueCar bases its forecast on actual transaction data and is refined through other historical factors that impact vehicle sales.

Without further ado...
When comparing manufacturer's percentage change vs May 2012, Nissan and Ford are the big winners, with Volkswagen a distant third. TrueCar forecast of percentage increases at 25.4%, 20.1%, and 9.4%, respectively. Moreover, the entire industry is forecast to increase 12.1% over the previous month, April. That should be enough to calm down those with a trigger-happy sell button. 

Percentage change is nice, but we have to keep that in perspective with total volume. Since Ford and General Motors sell higher volumes in the U.S. it's difficult to gain a high percentage increase year over year. When looking at total volume TrueCar's forecast shows GM on top, predicted to sell just over 266,000 vehicles this month, with Ford in second place at just under 247,000.That definitely takes a little excitement out of Volkswagen's 9.4% increase when you consider it's predicted to sell only 58,000 this month. It's also eye opening to how impressive Ford's predicted 20.1% gain is.

But wait, there's more!
Right now, this coming summer and second-quarter earnings are looking good for domestic auto investors. It seems the numbers predict that we'll avoid a summer swoon and have great sales figures to boot. What's more, due to the construction rebound full-size pickup sales continue to increase - bringing in more profits than the average sale.

"Full size truck sales continue to gain momentum in May and we expect the segment to post a 22 percent increase compared to the nearly nine percent industry increase," said Jesse Toprak, senior analyst for TrueCar.com. "Stability in the industry is now the norm, which is a positive for automakers as it results in the ability to optimize production levels, therefore improving profitability." 

Bottom line
As a long-term investor, do you know what two of my favorite words are? Hint: both are in the above quote - stability and profitability. It wasn't long ago that those two words were impossible to incorporate into a sentence with Detroit's Big Three automakers. Things are different now, and as such, I think Ford's stock and its investors can finally have a relaxing summer without taking a beating.

If you're concerned that Ford's turnaround has run its course, relax - there's good reason to think that the Blue Oval still has big growth opportunities ahead. We've outlined those opportunities in detail, in the Fool's premium Ford research service. If you're looking for some freshly updated guidance to Ford's prospects in coming years, you've come to the right place - click here to get started now.

The article Will Ford's Stock Have Another Summer Swoon? originally appeared on Fool.com.

Motley Fool contributor Daniel Miller owns shares of Ford and General Motors. The Motley Fool recommends Ford and General Motors. The Motley Fool owns shares of Ford. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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3 Stocks That Took a Dive This Week

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After an incredible run-up this year, the broader market trend was downward this week, to the tune of 1.6%, but some of the stocks out there were hit particularly hard. In this video, Motley Fool financial analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson take a look at what was behind three big dives this week: National Bank of Greece Newcastle Investment , and American Capital Mortgage Investment 

There's no question Annaly Capital's double-digit dividend is eye-catching. But can investors count on that payout sticking around? With the Federal Reserve keeping interest rates at historically low levels, Annaly has had to scramble to defend its bottom line. In The Motley Fool's premium research report on Annaly, senior analysts Ilan Moscovitz and Matt Koppenheffer uncover the key challenges the company faces and divulge three reasons investors may consider buying it. Simply click here now to claim your copy today!

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David Hanson has no position in any stocks mentioned. Matt Koppenheffer has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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