Barron's 400 Diary

B400 Companies Predicted to Deliver Strong 1Q Results

0 Comments 22 April 2015

Investors worried about lackluster first quarter profit and revenue results must not be thinking about companies in the Barron’s 400 Index. They are expected to report healthy increases from year-before levels. Securities analysts have been lowering their first quarter estimates throughout the winter, but apparently not far enough in many cases. These companies have reported gains [...]

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B400 Delivers Strong 4Q Earnings and Revenue Gains

0 Comments 18 March 2015

Once again, companies in the Barron’s 40 Index exceeded expectations. Their fourth quarter earnings and revenue results were both significantly ahead of a year earlier and comfortably above security analysts’ forecasts. With 97% of the Barron’s 400 components having reported—the bulk of those as yet unheard from have fiscal years ended Jan. 31—posted fourth quarter per-share [...]

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B400 Companies’ Grades Decline As Usual in Rising Market

0 Comments 03 March 2015

We know from experience that the overall financial strength grades of companies in the Barron’s 400 Index tend to slide during their tenure—especially if the market is rising, which makes the stocks’ “value” factor less appealing due to higher prices. So, we thought it would be interesting to analyze how this process worked since last September, [...]

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B400 Component Prices Reflect Market’s Shifting Gears

0 Comments 25 February 2015

With just less than a month to go for the current Barron’s 400 Index components—the next semiannual reconstitution occurs after the close on March 20—we think an analysis of their price action over the past five months would be instructive. Our exercise uncovered a couple of unexpected things. One of them is that the median price [...]

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B400 Is Outperforming the Broad Stock Market

0 Comments 10 February 2015

Don’t look now, but the Barron’s 400 Index is beginning to pull ahead of the broad stock market. Our favorite index, which is dominated by small-capitalization names that have extra influence because of equal weighting, began this year as it ended 2014—trailing large-cap stocks that drive the cap-weighted market indexes. This trend continued throughout January’s volatility. But [...]

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B400 Companies Expected to Post Strong 4Q Results

0 Comments 30 January 2015

Concern that fourth-quarter financial results were weaker than anticipated is on a long list of worries that dragged the market down this month. Indeed, some of the early reports have been disappointing. But when it comes to the Barron’s 400 Index components, the outlook is for happy days to be here again. Securities analysts forecast that [...]

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B400 Energy Companies Strengthen Significantly Over Past 5 Years

0 Comments 27 January 2015

The energy-sector companies in the Barron’s 400 Index are there because they are financially strong. But they weren’t always that way, even as recently as 2010. Since conditions in the energy sector are worse now than five years ago, the financial strengthening has occurred because of intentional efforts on the part of these companies’ managements. [...]

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Debt Rises for Energy Companies, But Not Those in B400

0 Comments 20 January 2015

The continuing slide in oil prices is keeping pressure on energy companies, including those in the Barron’s 400 Index. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal noted many of them have added so much debt in recent years that they have no choice but to keep pumping oil and gas—even at lower and lower [...]

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B400 Held Back in 2014 By Market’s Large-Stock Bias

0 Comments 29 December 2014

As 2014 winds down, it’s important to understand why the Barron’s 400 Index won’t beat the S&P 500 this time around. It usually is the opposite case. Since 2002 the Barron’s 400 trounced the S&P 500 eight out of 11 years. That doesn’t count 2008 when, alas, our favorite index also eclipsed the de facto market [...]

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How One B400 Energy Company Deals With Oil-Price Plunge

0 Comments 19 December 2014

Federal Reserve “patience” in holding off on the inevitable raising of interest rates has cheered up the investors who were dumping stocks because they thought the plunging price of oil signaled problems with global economic growth.  While the oil price blipped higher in mid-week, it is still low and showing no signs of rebounding to [...]

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