General Dynamics: Short-term Uncertainty, Long-term Opportunity?

General Dynamics (GD) is a leading business aviation, combat vehicle, weapons, marine and information system company. Founded in 1952, General Dynamics has integrated and acquired more than 60 different businesses – growing revenues to about $32 billion and employing approximately 95,000 employees today. The company’s sales are divvied up roughly equally between four basic areas.[…]

For Maximum Total Return Go for Growth

Introduction Not all investors are the same.  Therefore, not all investors share the same goals and objectives.  Consequently, there are numerous strategies and investing methods available to choose from.  Moreover, it also goes without saying that the investment strategy that’s right for me may not be right for you.  For that reason, it’s imperative that[…]

Addendum To Going For Growth Portfolio

The following fifteen 5-year Earnings and Price Correlated FAST Graphs™ provide the detail on the portfolio from the Going for Growth article. These are not recommended for current investment into an aggressive growth portfolio.  Instead, these represent companies that appear to be attractive candidates for additional research based on their 5-year track records of historical[…]

Franklin Resources: Gain From Their Perspective… Advertising

For a long time running, the Franklin Resources’ (BEN) joke was that the underlying equity position of the company actually outperformed the management’s mutual fund selections. That is, an investor might have been better served to just own the company rather than one of its funds. For instance, in the period from 1995 to 2005[…]

Trying To Beat The Market Is A Fool’s Errand

Introduction Proponents of indexing as the best investment strategy seemed to take great delight in reporting how the vast majority of professionally managed portfolios (mutual funds, separately managed accounts, hedge funds, ETFs, etc.) fail to outperform the S&P 500.  Therefore, they argue, it is best not to even try.  Investors should simply invest in index[…]

Deere & Co: Short-Term Risks, Long-Term Opportunities

Nothing runs like a Deere (DE). Well, perhaps with the exception of John Deere’s recent stock price – year-to-date the ownership claims are trading about 5% lower. However, here at F.A.S.T. Graphs™ we find it essential to underscore the difference between temporary price movements and the merits of the underlying business. In other words, Deere’s[…]

Darden Restaurants: Popular Food, Unpopular Stock

Darden Restaurants (DRI) is the world’s largest full service restaurant company, with over 2,100 operations in North America. If you haven’t visited one of their chains, it seems especially likely that you have at least heard about one of the eight brands: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Season 52, The Capital Grill,[…]