Once upon a time, there was a theory that Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) drove the market. Few people can still think that after the past five days.
Stocks had a rare off week this week. The S&P 500 fell a full percent, while the Nasdaq was down nearly half a percent. Meanwhile, Apple, the largest and richest technology company in the world, had a strong week after unveiling two brand new product lines, plus two new iPhones. The Apple Watch and the Apple Pay helped give Apple shares a nice 3% boost this week. The stock closed the week at new all-time highs.
There was a time not long ago that Apple was so much larger than every other public company that some thought its performance was strongly correlated with the market’s performance. We haven’t heard that theory in a while – not since Apple shares declined 44% from late 2012 to mid 2013 at a time when the market was reaching record heights on almost a weekly basis. This week should have squashed that theory altogether.
So while Apple thrived and other stocks stumbled a bit, it was otherwise business as usual on Wall Street this week. It was business as usual at Wyatt Investment Research as well.
Here are the (mostly) non-Apple related topics that were on our minds this week:
Three Low-Risk Stocks with Handsome Yields– Famed investor Howard Marks recently told investors to revisit risk in their portfolios, especially in the current market. Here are three low-risk stocks offering enticing dividend yields that are great for loss prevention.
My Answer to Nobel Prize Winner’s Warning on the Stock Market– If you’re like most investors, you’re probably a little hesitant to plunk money down in this market. Here’s a way to do it without taking on too much risk.
The 2,297% Reason to Invest in Dividend Aristocrats– If you invested in any Dividend Aristocrat 25, 50 or even 60 years ago (Diebold, Inc.), you’ve made a lot of money. Here’s how much money.
The Secret Behind Apple’s Massive Success-It was one of the most anticipated events of the year. Apple unleashed its newest products on the world on Sept 9. The iPhone 6 was front and center… but it was the new Apple Watch that stole the show. There was one thing nobody talked about though: the “secret” company that makes every Apple product possible. Without it, every piece of electronics would be essentially worthless. Click here for the real story behind Apple’s success.
Four Burning Questions about the Alibaba IPO– The Alibaba IPO is a week away, and promises to be the largest initial public offering ever. Here are four burning questions about the e-commerce giant.
Trade, Don’t Own, Retail Stocks– You are asking for trouble if you think retail stocks are for the long-term.
Boring Is Good! Three Such Stocks for Retirement– Peter Lynch often talked about finding boring stocks in boring sectors with unsexy names. The reason was these tended to be overlooked stocks and therefore were value plays. However, boring stocks often produce products that, while boring, are essential in many different parts of the economy. You want these boring stocks for your retirement portfolio, because they are also likely to have solid cash flow.
The One Simple Trick GUARANTEED to Make You a More Successful Investor– I achieve investment success the same way that I manage to stay physically fit: I try to envision my future self.
Thanks for making us part of your weekend. We hope to see you right back here next week at Wyatt Investment Research.