As I noted in my January 13 video “4 picks for the chip shortage,” investors are looking at shortage of silicon chips that has hit the auto industry especially hard and that argues for a multi-year increase in capital spending to expand chip production at foundry companies such as Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM). As the world’s largest supplier of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, Applied Materials will see its revenue climb as a result of that capital spending. The company’s equipment can be found at almost every major step in cap manufacturing (with the exception of lithography) from chemical and physical vapor deposition to etching to defect-inspection scanning electron microscopes. The stock is up 60.04% in the last year, as of the close on January 13 with most of that gain coming in the last 3 months where the stock is up 51.9%. The shares are already a pick in my long-term 50 Stocks Portfolio where they’re up 91.8% from December 31, 2017. Today, I’m adding Applied Materials to my Jubak Picks Portfolio.
The stock market rally that started so strong this morning as Democrats, surprisingly, rode to victory in both Georgia Senate races, took a big step backwards as the day wore on with scenes of rioters roaming the hall of Congress in an effort to overturn the November election.But the early action gives me a good idea of the thinking of investors and traders as they contemplate not just a Biden Presidency, but Democratic control of both chambers of Congress and the White House. This morning investors and traders were looking to get out in front of a Biden administration agenda
Commodities have soared on prospects for a post-coronavirus vaccine economic recovery. And copper is one of the best commodities to own in order to invest in the recovery of the global economy–and especially the growth in the Chinese economy–as the coronavirus pandemic recedes in 2021. I already own Southern Copper (SCCO) in my Dividend Portfolio and First Quantum Minerals (FQVLF) in my Volatility Portfolio. Those stocks were up 56.83% and 77.64%, respectively, in 2020. Tomorrow, January 6, I will add shares of Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold to my Jubak Picks Portfolio.
Yes, the big indexes were down today, January 4, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 off 1.48% at the close; the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1.25%; and the NASDAQ Composite lower by 1.47%. But I think we can find some clues about tomorrow’s action–and the moves over the next month or more–from taking a look at individual stocks and sectors.
Sell today if you’re looking to sell to generate tax losses for 2020. After today, December 29, you can still sell but the losses will count for the 2021 tax year.
Eversource is my fifth utility pick in my Special Report on dividend stocks–I’ll add it to my Jubak Picks portfolio on Monday
Today, I made Eversource the fifth pick in my Special Report “Dividend Stocks that will beat the risky rockets.” On Monday, December 7, I will add the shares to my Jubak Picks portfolio. Eversource pays a 2.65% dividend.
Special Report: Dividend stocks that are beating the risky rockets–Part 1 Five utility picks; Part 2 and the first 2 of 5 vaccine recovery picks
I started off with utility stocks and I’ve now moved on to other dividend stocks within the general argument that dividend stocks–if you pick the right one–are perfect for the post-vaccine economy and stock market rally.