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Jubak Picks

Top Stocks for
a 12-18 Month Horizon

Jubak Picks Performance
1997-2014:

445%

NASDAQ
6265.25
+28.565
+0.4580%
 
S&P500
2438.3
+3.8
+0.16%
 
NYSE
11733.2
+20.68
+0.18%
 
ACAD
29.24
+0.56
+1.95%
 
ALV
108.81
+0.24
+0.22%
 
BABA
143.01
+0.74
+0.52%
 
DXJR
14.465
-0.005
-0.0366%
 
EUM
20.79
-0.12
-0.5734%
 
FANG
88.4
+2.42
+2.81%
 
HAIN
31.6
-1.06
-3.25%
 
HDB
87.36
-0.34
-0.39%
 
INCY
136.28
+0.65
+0.48%
 
IONS
54.97
+0.25
+0.46%
 
ITUB
10.61
-0.07
-0.66%
 
LNG
47.62
+0.34
+0.72%
 
MGM
34.16
+0.91
+2.74%
 
MPC
51.5
+0.33
+0.64%
 
OGXI
0.34
+0.006
+1.7317%
 
STO
16.61
+0.23
+1.40%
 
SYNA
59.99
+0.44
+0.74%
 
TRGP
42.6
+1.14
+2.75%
 
V
95.58
+1.63
+1.73%
 
XYL
54.33
+0.48
+0.89%
 
NASDAQ
6265.25
+28.565
+0.4580%
 
S&P500
2438.3
+3.8
+0.16%
 
NYSE
11733.2
+20.68
+0.18%
 
ACAD
29.24
+0.56
+1.95%
 
ALV
108.81
+0.24
+0.22%
 
BABA
143.01
+0.74
+0.52%
 
DXJR
14.465
-0.005
-0.0366%
 
EUM
20.79
-0.12
-0.5734%
 
FANG
88.4
+2.42
+2.81%
 
HAIN
31.6
-1.06
-3.25%
 
HDB
87.36
-0.34
-0.39%
 
INCY
136.28
+0.65
+0.48%
 
IONS
54.97
+0.25
+0.46%
 
ITUB
10.61
-0.07
-0.66%
 
LNG
47.62
+0.34
+0.72%
 
MGM
34.16
+0.91
+2.74%
 
MPC
51.5
+0.33
+0.64%
 
OGXI
0.34
+0.006
+1.7317%
 
STO
16.61
+0.23
+1.40%
 
SYNA
59.99
+0.44
+0.74%
 
TRGP
42.6
+1.14
+2.75%
 
V
95.58
+1.63
+1.73%
 
XYL
54.33
+0.48
+0.89%
 

Jubak Top 50

The Top 50 Best
Stocks in the World

Jubak Top 50 Performance
for 2016:

21.5%

NASDAQ
6265.25
+28.565
+0.4580%
 
S&P500
2438.3
+3.8
+0.16%
 
NYSE
11733.2
+20.68
+0.18%
 
AAPL
146.28
+0.65
+0.45%
 
AGN
246.46
-0.65
-0.26%
 
ALB
104.85
-0.35
-0.33%
 
AMZN
1003.74
+2.44
+0.24%
 
AUY
2.66
+0.14
+5.56%
 
BABA
143.01
+0.74
+0.52%
 
BG
75.72
+0.18
+0.24%
 
BGC
15.45
-0.05
-0.32%
 
BHP
34.16
+0.22
+0.65%
 
CHK
4.57
+0.07
+1.56%
 
CMI
159.14
+0.18
+0.11%
 
CNI
80.39
+0.56
+0.70%
 
COH
46.71
+0.23
+0.49%
 
CSCO
32.09
+0.24
+0.75%
 
CX
9.19
+0.05
+0.55%
 
DD
80.99
-0.35
-0.43%
 
DE
123.6
-0.26
-0.21%
 
EBAY
35.57
+0.45
+1.28%
 
ENB
39.35
+0.33
+0.85%
 
FB
155.07
+1.67
+1.09%
 
FCX
11.76
+0.31
+2.71%
 
FLR
44
+0.01
+0.02%
 
FLS
44.47
+0.22
+0.50%
 
GE
27.57
+0.02
+0.07%
 
GLW
29.99
+0.28
+0.94%
 
GOOG
965.59
+8.5
+0.89%
 
HDB
87.36
-0.34
-0.39%
 
INFY
14.85
+0.08
+0.54%
 
ITUB
10.61
-0.07
-0.66%
 
JCI
41.82
0.00
0.00%
 
LFL
12.47
+0.2
+1.63%
 
LNG
47.62
+0.34
+0.72%
 
LUX
60.9
+0.25
+0.41%
 
MIDD
121.56
-0.47
-0.39%
 
MON
117.02
+0.18
+0.15%
 
PEP
116.96
+0.81
+0.70%
 
POT
16.56
+0.07
+0.42%
 
PXD
155.93
+1.18
+0.76%
 
PYPL
54.33
+0.46
+0.85%
 
RYN
29.33
+0.3
+1.03%
 
SLB
65.93
+0.56
+0.86%
 
SPWR
9.16
+0.47
+5.41%
 
TCEHY
36.02
-0.31
-0.85%
 
TS
29.81
-0.19
-0.63%
 
VALE
8.17
+0.07
+0.86%
 
NASDAQ
6265.25
+28.565
+0.4580%
 
S&P500
2438.3
+3.8
+0.16%
 
NYSE
11733.2
+20.68
+0.18%
 
AAPL
146.28
+0.65
+0.45%
 
AGN
246.46
-0.65
-0.26%
 
ALB
104.85
-0.35
-0.33%
 
AMZN
1003.74
+2.44
+0.24%
 
AUY
2.66
+0.14
+5.56%
 
BABA
143.01
+0.74
+0.52%
 
BG
75.72
+0.18
+0.24%
 
BGC
15.45
-0.05
-0.32%
 
BHP
34.16
+0.22
+0.65%
 
CHK
4.57
+0.07
+1.56%
 
CMI
159.14
+0.18
+0.11%
 
CNI
80.39
+0.56
+0.70%
 
COH
46.71
+0.23
+0.49%
 
CSCO
32.09
+0.24
+0.75%
 
CX
9.19
+0.05
+0.55%
 
DD
80.99
-0.35
-0.43%
 
DE
123.6
-0.26
-0.21%
 
EBAY
35.57
+0.45
+1.28%
 
ENB
39.35
+0.33
+0.85%
 
FB
155.07
+1.67
+1.09%
 
FCX
11.76
+0.31
+2.71%
 
FLR
44
+0.01
+0.02%
 
FLS
44.47
+0.22
+0.50%
 
GE
27.57
+0.02
+0.07%
 
GLW
29.99
+0.28
+0.94%
 
GOOG
965.59
+8.5
+0.89%
 
HDB
87.36
-0.34
-0.39%
 
INFY
14.85
+0.08
+0.54%
 
ITUB
10.61
-0.07
-0.66%
 
JCI
41.82
0.00
0.00%
 
LFL
12.47
+0.2
+1.63%
 
LNG
47.62
+0.34
+0.72%
 
LUX
60.9
+0.25
+0.41%
 
MIDD
121.56
-0.47
-0.39%
 
MON
117.02
+0.18
+0.15%
 
PEP
116.96
+0.81
+0.70%
 
POT
16.56
+0.07
+0.42%
 
PXD
155.93
+1.18
+0.76%
 
PYPL
54.33
+0.46
+0.85%
 
RYN
29.33
+0.3
+1.03%
 
SLB
65.93
+0.56
+0.86%
 
SPWR
9.16
+0.47
+5.41%
 
TCEHY
36.02
-0.31
-0.85%
 
TS
29.81
-0.19
-0.63%
 
VALE
8.17
+0.07
+0.86%
 

Dividend Income

Stocks That
Pay You

Dividend Income
Performance for 2016:

26.8%

NASDAQ
6265.25
+28.565
+0.4580%
 
S&P500
2438.3
+3.8
+0.16%
 
NYSE
11733.2
+20.68
+0.18%
 
COH
46.71
+0.23
+0.49%
 
GE
27.57
+0.02
+0.07%
 
HP
52.74
+0.62
+1.19%
 
ING
16.69
+0.04
+0.24%
 
KMI
18.79
+0.21
+1.13%
 
OKS
48.33
+1.39
+2.96%
 
PFXF
20.18
+0.05
+0.25%
 
QCOM
56.91
+0.44
+0.78%
 
SDRL
0.367
-0.094
-20.3736%
 
TRGP
42.6
+1.14
+2.75%
 
VZ
45.39
-0.03
-0.07%
 
WBK
22.84
-0.11
-0.48%
 
WES
53.32
+1.03
+1.97%
 
XOM
81.61
+0.53
+0.65%
 
NASDAQ
6265.25
+28.565
+0.4580%
 
S&P500
2438.3
+3.8
+0.16%
 
NYSE
11733.2
+20.68
+0.18%
 
COH
46.71
+0.23
+0.49%
 
GE
27.57
+0.02
+0.07%
 
HP
52.74
+0.62
+1.19%
 
ING
16.69
+0.04
+0.24%
 
KMI
18.79
+0.21
+1.13%
 
OKS
48.33
+1.39
+2.96%
 
PFXF
20.18
+0.05
+0.25%
 
QCOM
56.91
+0.44
+0.78%
 
SDRL
0.367
-0.094
-20.3736%
 
TRGP
42.6
+1.14
+2.75%
 
VZ
45.39
-0.03
-0.07%
 
WBK
22.84
-0.11
-0.48%
 
WES
53.32
+1.03
+1.97%
 
XOM
81.61
+0.53
+0.65%
 

Volatility

Jim’s Newest
Portfolio!

Portfolio Initiated
January 2017

 

NASDAQ
6265.25
+28.565
+0.4580%
 
S&P500
2438.3
+3.8
+0.16%
 
NYSE
11733.2
+20.68
+0.18%
 
EUM
20.79
-0.12
-0.5734%
 
GDXJ
34.2
+0.59
+1.76%
 
GGAL
40.91
-0.52
-1.26%
 
JO
16.29
+0.9
+5.85%
 
NASDAQ
6265.25
+28.565
+0.4580%
 
S&P500
2438.3
+3.8
+0.16%
 
NYSE
11733.2
+20.68
+0.18%
 
EUM
20.79
-0.12
-0.5734%
 
GDXJ
34.2
+0.59
+1.76%
 
GGAL
40.91
-0.52
-1.26%
 
JO
16.29
+0.9
+5.85%
 

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Adding another Argentina play, Global X Argentina ETF, ahead of MSCI decision tomorrow to my Volatility Portfolio

Today, just ahead of the MSCI decision, I’m adding more Argentina exposure to my volatility portfolio with the pick of Global X MSCI Argentina ETF (ARGT.) The ETF has $174 million in total assets, giving you decent liquidity. The expense ratio is 0.59%. The ETF is highly volatile, I’d note.

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Could it be? An upward trend in VIX volatility? Not investible yet, though

I'm not calling it a trend yet. Every time over the past six months that it has looked like volatility on the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index has been ready to move up in a significant way, the move has been a head fake. And volatility as measured by the CBOE...
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Market moves to risk off just before start of biotech conference season, opening for short term biotech trades? Adding Nektar to my Volatility Portfolio

Today, March 6, was a day for risk off. The indexes ended up negative for the day but not by a huge amount. The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index, for example, was down just 0.33% on the day. Riskier indexes took a bigger hit. The NASDAQ Composite was off 0.37% and the small cap Russell 2000 was lower by 0.69%. The iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology ETF (IBB) was down 0.88%. But if you were looking for bigger drops today, the place to cast your eyes was on individual biotech stocks, especially those that had been rallying recently. For example, Incyte (INCY) was off by 1.85%. The Medicines Company (MDCO) fell 2.28%. Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS) got a double dose of downward pressure from the market in general and from bad news on a drug trial and tumbled 8.26%.This dip in biotech stocks comes at, what can I call it, a very interesting time. Especially if it continues for a day or two or three.

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If not the VIX, what to watch for signs of volatility? I’m adding gold to my Volatility Portfolio

The most widely followed volatility measure, the CBOE S&P 50 Volatility Index (VIX), is going nowhere. The VIX, commonly known as the fear index, closed at 11.37 today, February 6 and it is stuck below both its 50-day moving average of 12.09 and its 200-day moving average at 14.01. Which doesn’t mean there’s no volatility or no fear in the markets. It’s just not reflected in the market for puts and calls on the S&P 500. Other measures, however, are flagging uncertainty in the financial markets.

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My “when-to-buy” update on capturing long-term volatility with Facebook and Apple LEAPS options

Way back on January 5 I posted that 2017 looked like a very promising year for technology LEAPS, especially for Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB), two technology stocks where near term volatility has created promising opportunities. And I promised to follow up on what happened with these Apple and Facebook LEAPS as we got close to and then moved beyond the next earnings report. So what’s happened?

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Emerging markets hang amazingly tough considering bad news from Mexico and Brazil

The IShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) is actually up 1.87% in the last five days and up 0.08% in the last month. Which is pretty stunning given that Brazil and Mexico, two of the biggest and more consequential of developing economies, have descended into something near chaos. And the path of those two economies suggests worrying possibilities for other emerging markets such as Turkey and the Philippines

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China’s increasingly frantic, increasingly dangerous game of financial Whac-A-Mole

China faces a depreciating currency, a bond market that has switched from rally to sell off, huge outflows of cash, and what looks like a resurgence of inflation.Fixing one of these problems alone would be a huge challenge to the People’s Bank. The combination leaves the central bank with a situation where fixing one problem may just make the others worse. Increasingly the People’s Bank looks like it is rushing from problem to problem, giving  the crisis-of-day a whack and then rushing to figure out what’s likely to pop up next that will deserve a bash with the mallet. As anyone who has ever played the boardwalk game Whac-A-Mole knows, this kind of frenzy usually doesn’t result in anything good.

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What’s up with volatility? Why is U.S. stock market volatility so low?

It’s not like there isn’t any volatility in the financial markets, ya know. The Federal Reserve is about to raise interest rates for the first time in 2016. The euro is tanking. The Italian government just collapsed. Oil prices have rallied on an OPEC production deal nobody really trusts. And the President-elect has managed to rile and/or confuse China and a good bit of the rest of the world–including the leaders of his own party who aren’t sure what to make of his call for a 35% tariff that could well set off a trade war. Yet with all of this, the Chicago Board Options Exchange S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) continues to drop lower almost every day.

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Market moves to risk off just before start of biotech conference season, opening for short term biotech trades? Adding Nektar to my Volatility Portfolio

Today, March 6, was a day for risk off. The indexes ended up negative for the day but not by a huge amount. The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index, for example, was down just 0.33% on the day. Riskier indexes took a bigger hit. The NASDAQ Composite was off 0.37% and the small cap Russell 2000 was lower by 0.69%. The iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology ETF (IBB) was down 0.88%. But if you were looking for bigger drops today, the place to cast your eyes was on individual biotech stocks, especially those that had been rallying recently. For example, Incyte (INCY) was off by 1.85%. The Medicines Company (MDCO) fell 2.28%. Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS) got a double dose of downward pressure from the market in general and from bad news on a drug trial and tumbled 8.26%.This dip in biotech stocks comes at, what can I call it, a very interesting time. Especially if it continues for a day or two or three.

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If not the VIX, what to watch for signs of volatility? I’m adding gold to my Volatility Portfolio

The most widely followed volatility measure, the CBOE S&P 50 Volatility Index (VIX), is going nowhere. The VIX, commonly known as the fear index, closed at 11.37 today, February 6 and it is stuck below both its 50-day moving average of 12.09 and its 200-day moving average at 14.01. Which doesn’t mean there’s no volatility or no fear in the markets. It’s just not reflected in the market for puts and calls on the S&P 500. Other measures, however, are flagging uncertainty in the financial markets.

read more

My “when-to-buy” update on capturing long-term volatility with Facebook and Apple LEAPS options

Way back on January 5 I posted that 2017 looked like a very promising year for technology LEAPS, especially for Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB), two technology stocks where near term volatility has created promising opportunities. And I promised to follow up on what happened with these Apple and Facebook LEAPS as we got close to and then moved beyond the next earnings report. So what’s happened?

read more

Emerging markets hang amazingly tough considering bad news from Mexico and Brazil

The IShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) is actually up 1.87% in the last five days and up 0.08% in the last month. Which is pretty stunning given that Brazil and Mexico, two of the biggest and more consequential of developing economies, have descended into something near chaos. And the path of those two economies suggests worrying possibilities for other emerging markets such as Turkey and the Philippines

read more

China’s increasingly frantic, increasingly dangerous game of financial Whac-A-Mole

China faces a depreciating currency, a bond market that has switched from rally to sell off, huge outflows of cash, and what looks like a resurgence of inflation.Fixing one of these problems alone would be a huge challenge to the People’s Bank. The combination leaves the central bank with a situation where fixing one problem may just make the others worse. Increasingly the People’s Bank looks like it is rushing from problem to problem, giving  the crisis-of-day a whack and then rushing to figure out what’s likely to pop up next that will deserve a bash with the mallet. As anyone who has ever played the boardwalk game Whac-A-Mole knows, this kind of frenzy usually doesn’t result in anything good.

read more

What’s up with volatility? Why is U.S. stock market volatility so low?

It’s not like there isn’t any volatility in the financial markets, ya know. The Federal Reserve is about to raise interest rates for the first time in 2016. The euro is tanking. The Italian government just collapsed. Oil prices have rallied on an OPEC production deal nobody really trusts. And the President-elect has managed to rile and/or confuse China and a good bit of the rest of the world–including the leaders of his own party who aren’t sure what to make of his call for a 35% tariff that could well set off a trade war. Yet with all of this, the Chicago Board Options Exchange S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) continues to drop lower almost every day.

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Think the election is making the markets a little nervous? Just look at the VIX fear index–how much higher can the price of fear go?

The CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) soared another 8.79% today to 18.56 on news that a ABC News/Washington Post poll put Republican Donald Trump ahead of Democrat Hilary Clinton 46% to 45%, and on another inexplicable release from the FBI, this time of the record of its closed 2005 investigation of President Bill Clinton’s end of term pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich. On October 24 the VIX closed at 13.02.

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