Archive for September, 2013


September 20, 2013

Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke,  surprised everyone this week by announcing that the Fed would not stop its quantitative easing as Bernanke hinted he would do by the end of the year.  The announcement sent the stock markets to new highs.  Critics say the Fed is sending investors too many mixed messages. Continue Reading »


September 13, 2013

Even the most hard-core stock pickers on Wall Street watch out for big picture events that can move markets.  But which macro events matter most? Fed “tapering”? The slowdown in China? The housing recovery? Two investment research stars will be exclusively on WEALTHTRACK this week:  Nancy Lazar and François Trahan both left their previous firms to become founding partners in Cornerstone Macro, devoted solely to macro economics, policy and strategy.  What they identify as the next emerging market will surprise you! Continue Reading »


September 13, 2013

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September 12, 2013

Forget overseas emerging markets! Top-rated strategist, Francois Trahan and economist, Nancy Lazar, partners at Cornerstone Macro, say their favorite emerging market is developing right here at home. Its Middle America which is benefiting from a renaissance in manufacturing and a resurgence in energy production and is attracting both U.S. and foreign investment. Trahan and Lazar say now is the time to pull back from risky overseas emerging markets and buy businesses in America.  They identified nearly 100, mostly industrial companies in the S&P 1500 that meet their criteria of generating more than 75% of their sales in the U.S.. The first 40 companies on their list have no foreign sales at all.  Happy hunting!

Ticker Name Foreign Sales % Total Sales
AAON AAON Inc. 0.0
ABM ABM Industries Inc. 0.0
ALK Alaska Air Group Inc. 0.0
ALGT Allegiant Travel Co. 0.0
ATK Alliant Techsystems Inc. 0.0
ABFS Arkansas Best Corp. 0.0
AZZ AZZ Inc. 0.0
CTAS Cintas Corp. 0.0
FIX Comfort Systems USA Inc. 0.0
CSX CSX Corp. 0.0
WIRE Encore Wire Corp. 0.0
EGL Engility Holdings Inc. 0.0
FWRD Forward Air Corp. 0.0
FCN FTI Consulting Inc. 0.0
GY GenCorp Inc. 0.0
GVA Granite Construction Inc. 0.0
HCSG Healthcare Services Group Inc. 0.0
HTLD Heartland Express Inc. 0.0
HNI HNI Corp. 0.0
HUBG Hub Group Inc. Cl A 0.0
HII Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. 0.0
NSP Insperity Inc. 0.0
TILE Interface Inc. 0.0
JBHT J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. 0.0
KEX Kirby Corp. 0.0
KNX Knight Transportation Inc. 0.0
LSTR Landstar System Inc. 0.0
MSM MSC Industrial Direct Co. Cl A 0.0
NPK National Presto Industries Inc. 0.0
NCS NCI Building Systems Inc. 0.0
NSC Norfolk Southern Corp. 0.0
ODFL Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. 0.0
RSG Republic Services Inc. 0.0
SKYW SkyWest Inc. 0.0
LUV Southwest Airlines Co. 0.0
UNP Union Pacific Corp. 0.0
USTR United Stationers Inc. 0.0
VICR Vicor Corp. 0.0
WCN Waste Connections Inc. 0.0
WSO Watsco Inc. 0.0
DY Dycom Industries Inc. 1.0
UFPI Universal Forest Products Inc. 2.4
TRN Trinity Industries Inc. 2.5
TBI TrueBlue Inc. 3.5
APOG Apogee Enterprises Inc. 4.6
AVAV AeroVironment Inc. 5.0
DLX Deluxe Corp. 5.8
ADT ADT Corporation 6.0
ROCK Gibraltar Industries Inc. 6.1
WM Waste Management Inc. 6.1
ASGN On Assignment Inc. 6.3
CNW Con-Way Inc. 7.0
EME EMCOR Group Inc. 8.5
UNF UniFirst Corp. 8.9
XLS Exelis Inc. 9.9
NOC Northrop Grumman Corp. 10.0
CHRW C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. 10.3
AYI Acuity Brands Inc. 10.6
NCI Navigant Consulting Inc. 10.7
FAST Fastenal Co. 10.7
EXPO Exponent Inc. 10.9
WERN Werner Enterprises Inc. 13.0
TGI Triumph Group Inc. 13.0
KAMN Kaman Corp. 13.4
PWR Quanta Services Inc. 14.6
URI United Rentals Inc. 15.0
AIT Applied Industrial Technologies Inc. 15.4
R Ryder System Inc. 16.4
HUB.B Hubbell Inc. Cl B 16.5
LMT Lockheed Martin Corp. 17.0
FBHS Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc 17.3
MINI Mobile Mini Inc. 17.6
GK G & K Services Inc. Shs -A- 18.0
PCP Precision Castparts Corp. 18.0
LLL L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. 18.6
OSK Oshkosh Corp. 18.8
ORB Orbital Sciences Corp. 19.6
AIR AAR Corp. 20.0
TDY Teledyne Technologies Inc. 20.1
GD General Dynamics Corp. 20.7
NX Quanex Building Products Corp. 20.7
URS URS Corp. 21.3
CSL Carlisle Cos. 21.3
CDI CDI Corp. 21.3
CPRT Copart Inc. 21.6
MAS Masco Corp. 21.9
GWR Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Cl A 22.4
MLI Mueller Industries Inc. 22.5
ROP Roper Industries Inc. 22.7
SXI Standex International Corp. 22.7
GMT GATX Corp. 23.0
GWW W.W. Grainger Inc. 23.6
EFX Equifax Inc. 23.7
RRD R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. 24.5
TTEK Tetra Tech Inc. 24.5


September 6, 2013

It is now accepted wisdom on Wall Street that the great bond rally of the past 30 years is over and that we have entered a new era of higher interest rates.  Not so fast says this week’s  Great Investor guest,  Robert Kessler.  He points out we have had many false alarms about economic growth and central bank tightening over the last 6 years only to see interest rates retreat again. Kessler has correctly defended the value of U.S. Treasuries in particular against Wall Street naysayers for more than a decade. So before you follow the stampede out of bonds you might want to listen to his defense of bonds. Continue Reading »

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