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This week we are removing one of our original positions in the DI portfolio, United Technologies (UTX), and replacing it with Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM). Qualcomm develops digital communication technology and operates in the semiconductor industry. Read more »  ...

With fourth-quarter earnings season winding down (only about 10 members of the S&P 500 index are scheduled to report earnings next week), we thought it would be interesting to see how companies have fared overall. Read more »  ...

We cannot always identify a reason why a particular stock’s price has risen or fallen over a short-term period, but at times we do see patterns. Read more »  ...

This week, Apple Inc. (AAPL) achieved what no other publicly traded corporation has ever done before: Its market capitalization reached and rose above $700 billion. Read more »  ...

We are buying growth on the cheap this week with the new addition to the DI Read more »  ...

It was a busy week for the DI portfolio, with 13 of our companies reporting. Due to the large inflow of earnings announcements, we want to keep the commentary short and sweet. We’ve seen recurring themes thus far not only in the DI portfolio but among several large companies...

It will be a while before we know what the impact of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) bond purchase program will be. Yesterday, as you’ve probably heard, the ECB announced its intention to purchase 60 billion euros of bonds per month between March 2015 and September 2016. The...

The calendar may have flipped over to a new year, but one of the major stories in the financial arena remains unchanged: oil. Crude prices continue to slide, breaking below $50 per barrel. Reuters reported that prices on both West Texas Intermediate and Brent Sea oil fell today...

Money managers will be eyeing their year-end return numbers closely because managers are judged on performance. As an individual investor, you have the advantage of not having to report your performance. This is a huge advantage because it means never having to make short-term...

Speaking of the holidays, perhaps we should write about the possibility of Mr. Market being placed on Santa’s “nice” list more often, as we did last week. After being right on the cusp of the second pullback in three months, the S&P 500 index bounced back strongly in...