Barron's 400 Diary

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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B400 Energy Companies Hold Up Against Oil-Price Drop

0 Comments 16 December 2014

Plunging oil prices are hurting the Barron’s 400 Index, along with the whole stock market, although investors’ reasoning is dubious at best. The prevailing view seems to be that the severe drop in the price of oil and its refined products such as gasoline and heating oil is signaling that global economic growth is slowing. It [...]

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B400 Companies Post Solid Growth in 3Q Profit, Revenue

0 Comments 03 December 2014

With more than 95% of the Barron’s 400 Index companies having reported third quarter results, it’s clear that the strengthening U.S. economy is accelerating growth of both earnings and revenue. The sum of per-share earnings reported by 381 companies thus far is $408.01. That’s an average 2.6% (3 cents a share) higher than securities analysts had [...]

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Daily Market Wrap

0 Comments 14 November 2014

The Barron’s 400 Index (B400) edged higher Friday, up 0.61 points and 0.11 percent to 541.01, with a snapback in energy stocks bolstering results. Year to date, the measure of U.S. public companies with strong fundamentals is ahead 5.60 percent. Energy stocks of all stripes pushed higher, reacting to oversold conditions as crude oil recovered some lost [...]

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Daily Market Wrap

0 Comments 12 November 2014

The Barron’s 400 Index (B400) rose 1.82 points and 0.34 percent to 543.44 Wednesday, ending a little more than 2 points from a new all-time high as consumer stocks pushed higher. Year to date, the B400 measure of U.S. stocks with superior fundamentals is up 6.07 percent. The current all-time high of 545.90 was set in [...]

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Daily Market Wrap

0 Comments 11 November 2014

The Barron’s 400 Index (B400) inched up 0.66 points and 0.12 percent to 541.67 Tuesday, creeping close at an all-time high of 545.90 set last July on investor optimism about U.S. economic growth. For 2014 to date, the B400 is up 5.73 percent. Top percentage gainers Tuesday included Insys Therapeutics, DTS Inc., Globus Medical, Stamps.com and Approach [...]

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