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User currently offlineHartsfieldboy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 552 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1111 times:

I am looking to buy some stocks or mutual funds soon, but I have no idea what companies I should invest in. I started investing six years ago and altogether, my investments are worth around US$2800. So far, I have shares of Airtran (AAI) and shares of the mutual funds VFINX and EKOBX.

My question is, what are some great companies? I know that sounds too general, but I would like the opinion from you all about what companies you think are worth investing in. Name a company, the industry it is in, and tell me why you like this company. I'm considering everything from US to foreign companies. I'm probably going to pick two or three companies after researching all the suggestions posted and buy around US$200-300 worth of shares from each company.

Also, what are some good overseas mutual funds? For example, a fund that tracks European or Japanese companies. I need to diversify my portfolio, and this is a good way to do it.

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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1091 times:

I assume your email to Merrill Lynch accidently got diverted due to computer malfunction and became a thread on this forum.....


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

I'd buy anything that ends in .com.  Smile

User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1070 times:

go to http://finance.yahoo.com. Then, click on research and find the stock screener. Set it up so it only picks stock that are solid buys according to analysts and have grown over 200% in the past year. Then use the function available from the quote pages to find the best stocks.

User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1068 times:

My pick of the month and one of my favourite all time companies:

Woolworths Limited (ASX code - WOW / Bloomberg WOW AU / Factiva - WOW.AX)

The company operates Australia's largest and most popular supermarket chain, petrol retailing, Big W (K-Mart style) Discount stores, Dick Smith Electronics, food processing and distribution, export and wholesaleing.

Feb 03 MEP - 11.51 AUD

Aug 03 MEP - 11.86 AUD

Woolworths Limited reported a full year net profit up 16.5 pct to $609 million on total sales up 7.6 pct to $26.321 billion. Sales from operations rose 12.2% to $23.654 billion. A 21c final dividend was announced, bringing the total dividends for the year to 39c up 18.2 pct on last year. EBITDA rose 13.5% to $1.344 billion. EPS after goodwill rose 15.6% to 58.1c. EPS before goodwill rose 15.7% to 60.7c. Costs for continuing operations were down 66 basis points to 21.66%. Free cash flow rose 70.2% to $665 million.

The group continues to achieve excellent sales and profit growth in a competitive market. The strong performance for the year extended to the balance sheet as well. Supermarket sales including petrol rose 11.9%, food and liquor sales grew 9.4% out performing total market growth and increasing market share. All good news for investors.

Cheers!

mb

*yay* toybox day party 26th October*


User currently offlineModernArt From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1053 times:

I suggest you check out http://www/fool.com The best website for those who wish take control of their own financial destiny. Great message forums and lots of superb articles. Dave and Tom Gardner, the Motley Fools, are also on NPR each weekend.

Vanguard 500 Index...Great choice.

Pick up a copy of Investor's Business Daily A great newspaper that rates stocks by many factors.

General Electric, Walmart, Coca Cola, Pepsico, Southwest Airlines, ExxonMobil, Your local electric company


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1048 times:

How about Enron?
No, seriously. It's still a going company, still has some decent business plans, and is selling OTC for something like five dollars a share. And you can be sure that it's operations will be squeaky clean from now on.



"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1040 times:

I'd buy low-cost cellular phone network companies--in other words, companies not like Verizon, T-Mobile, etc. The large cellular networks will go the way of the long distance carrier and will face stiff competition from cheaper, smaller companies.


America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1039 times:

How about job-seek site Monster.com. One of the few refugees that are still not only surviving, but making a profit. Also, they have traditional business units in print advertising to make them stable (a click & mortar company). Lately their stock MNST (NASDAQ) has been very slowly climbing to stagnant, but when the economy gets momentum and all those people that are looking for work are ready to get back, the stock will explode. If you want to go long, its a good one. If you're shorting, it won't do you much good right now.


"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineMaxpowers From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1036 times:

I've made quite a bit of money off of Boston Beer Company, which makes Sam Adams (Ticker Symbol SAM)....Got it in April when it was like 11.23 or something and now it's up to 16 bucks. I bought close to 90 shares (as I only had 1000 bucks to invest) so I feel as though for a highschool student I didn't do so badly.

The key in the stock market is to invest in new trends, not old proven ones if you want to make money quickly. I felt as though the economy sucked at the time, people are loosing their jobs left and right, and the country is going to be depressed. I then though that people drink when they loose their job, so I just happened to pick Sam Adams by luck, not really knowing their past history, track record, etc.

Blue chip companies are good if you want to keep your money safe. Biotech, defense, and like companies are boomin since 9-11 and I've known people who have made a ton of money post 9-11 because of their heads up in understanding where the market would go.

*Edited to include ticker symbol of Boston Beer Company, parent company of Sam Adams*

[Edited 2003-09-05 07:26:45]

[Edited 2003-09-05 07:28:57]

User currently offlineModernArt From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1012 times:

Sorry, bad link there...

http://www.fool.com


User currently offlineHartsfieldboy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 552 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 998 times:

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

Ryanb741- The problem with sites like you posted is that the "suggestions" they give you are really stocks THEY own and they need to unload. Most of the time when you buy stock from a place like Merrill Lynch you buy from them and not form the market. Since they want to make a profit, they probably believe that their suggestion has reached its peak, so they won't give you the best price and the stock probably won't perform well

Maxpowers- That's how I do it. When the market bottomed out around 2002, that's when I bought about $1200 worth of stuff. I try to do the OPPOSITE of what everyone else does. Small beer companies are a good idea, I like beer, and without researching it yet, I would imagine that overall, they are taking some market share off of the big beer companies, like Budweiser and Miller.

ModernArt- I visit the Motley Fool all the time, that's where I got the idea for VFINX. The thing is that they give you the knowledge to invest, and I've read most of the things I need on there. Now I just need to think up of some companies to invest in.


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 995 times:

Max, I thought people that lose their jobs only drink Pabst Blue Ribbon.


"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 993 times:

Max, I thought people that lose their jobs only drink Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Exactly right JetService.

Signed, LHMark while watching The Price Is Right


User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3681 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 989 times:

I think US weapon makers will have a few good years.
You could buy Lockheed Martin or Boeing for example, it might be a good investment with the enormous military budget in the US.
Perhaps not the more ethical move, but that was not the point.



User currently offlineModernArt From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 989 times:

Hartsfield, hey we think alike than.  Smile

You should read (if you haven't already) one of the articles the have on the front page of fool.com today. They revisit some of Peter Lynch's principles for picking stocks. Based on what you wrote, that might be a good read.

Take care


User currently offlineMaxpowers From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 964 times:

When people lose their jobs, *most* of them don't lose taste as well! Oh, getting fired from a gas doesn't count because Blue Ribbon and Keystone Light are part of the normal day to day drink of choice...Most of the current layoffs were on the higher end of the pay scale, hence investment in Sam Adams.

[Edited 2003-09-05 20:03:00]

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