Money Where investors need to look during the 2nd half of the year!

20:06  11 july  2018
20:06  11 july  2018 Source:   fool.com

Amid a Trade War, Canadian Investors Can Take Refuge in Oil

  Amid a Trade War, Canadian Investors Can Take Refuge in Oil Amid a Trade War, Canadian Investors Can Take Refuge in OilFor many companies that have been doing very well, the challenge lies in planning for the future.

Generally speaking, biotech stocks didn't perform as well during the first six months of the year as they did during the same period in 2017. But 2018 has plenty of time remaining. Which biotech stocks are good picks to buy for the second half of the year ?

Here are five quotes investors need to see. As we move into this new era, it's important to understand what enterprise clients are looking for. This shows up as a reduction in expenses on the income statement, totaling 1 million during the fourth quarter and .6 billion for the full year .

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After a tumultuous first half of the year, investors have done relatively well, as many asset classes have offered positive returns and increased the profit sharing with investors along the way (dividend increases). To make things more interesting, the tweets of President Trump have kept almost everyone on their feet, as the potential for major market movements has never been greater.

For investors seeking to benefit during the second half of the year, the opportunities may be surprising. Through the first half of the year, the ETF following marijuana called HORIZNS MARIJUNA LF CL A UNT ETF(TSX:HMMJ) decreased by close to 14%, as the bulls finally stopped running to take a breather. The surprise, however, may just come in the second half of the year, as legalization moves forward and marijuana companies begin making positive cash flows. In comparison to what else is available, this could easily be the best bet for investors.

Uber, Alphabet invest in bike sharing service Lime

  Uber, Alphabet invest in bike sharing service Lime Bike sharing service Lime said on Monday it raised $335 million from a group of investors including ride-sharing firm Uber Technologies Inc and Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O). Uber will work with Lime as a strategic partner in the electric scooter space with the companies working to co-brand Lime's scooters and make the service available on the Uber app.The investment round was led by GV, formerly Google Ventures, and the other new investors included IVP, Atomico and Fidelity Management and Research Company, Lime said in a blog post .The latest investment round values California-based Lime at $1.

And there are a lot of indications that the second half of this year is not going to be as good as the first half was. #6 It is being projected that Italy will need a major EU bailout within six months. #7 Bond investors are starting to panic.

Wall Street traders are asking two big questions going into the second half of the year . And that contradictory data is a problem that needs to be resolved. Investors looking for bargains in U.S. stocks will have a very tough time finding them, according to data from Bespoke Investment Group.

The wrong side of the coin has to go to Bitcoin, as the entire cryptocurrency market finally started to fall apart. The second half of the year will be no better. With hindsight, the high price, which was close to US$25,000 per coin around Christmas 2017, was a clear bubble. Many who understood nothing about the currency made a purchase to offer a gift to a loved one. In this case, a lump of coal would have been better at maintaining its value! The expectation is for another major decline between now and the end of the year.

When it comes to value investments, higher interest rates have led many high-quality companies, such as Enbridge Inc.(TSX:ENB)(NYSE:ENB), lower, as the risk-free rate of return has increased. In comparison terms, the yield no longer looked attractive enough for many investors. The good news for those who’ve waited on the sidelines is that principles do not go out of style, and a bird in the hand continues to be worth two or more birds in the bush. Translation: dividends are good!

OSC orders executives to pay millions in penalties in Sino-Forest case

  OSC orders executives to pay millions in penalties in Sino-Forest case The Ontario Securities Commission has ordered several top executives of timber company Sino-Forest to pay millions in administrative penalties, disgorgement and costs. The regulator ruled last year that the company and several of its top executives defrauded investors and misled investigators in one of Canada's largest corporate fraud cases. Former CEO Allen Chan, as well as Albert Ip, Alfred Hung and George Ho defrauded investors by overstating the now defunct company's timber assets and revenue. In a decision this week, Chan was ordered to pay a $5-million administrative penalty, disgorge nearly $60.

A look at three under-the-radar story lines that investors won't want to miss. Investment in bigger, more complex projects, such as deepwater offshore resources that can take years and cost billions, nearly ground to a halt during the downturn.

"If we get a good second half of the year earnings-wise, then I think the market could be up 10 to 15 percent, " Siegel predicted in a Friday interview on CNBC's "Trading Nation." Siegel says that widespread investor perceptions that the market is richly valued are largely due to weak earnings that

In the financial sector, the higher rates have sent shares even higher (in most cases). At the present time, investors need to look beyond Canada’s Big Five banks to find value in the sector. Shares of Laurentian Bank of Canada(TSX:LB) offer the best value, as they continue to trade at a discount to tangible book value and offer a dividend yield in excess of 5.6%. At current levels, investors can expect to outperform larger competitors in this space over the next six months.

Last up is the oil sector, which seems to have the momentum of a title wave — but many investors have yet to realize it. Although there are a number of very high quality and very profitable names in this sector, it must not be forgotten: a rising tide lifts all boats. For the best opportunities in this sector, please click here to read about some great names.

All things considered, investors will need to be extremely diligent when deploying their capital over the next few months, since a few tweets could launch us into a global trade war!

Can cryptocurrencies and blockchain stocks rally in 2018?

  Can cryptocurrencies and blockchain stocks rally in 2018? Cryptocurrencies have entered the mainstream through companies like TMX Group Ltd. (TSX:X), but 2018 has been a choppy year for prices.Unless you are a bag holder that jumped in during its fall 2017 run, it is worth noting that its year-over-year jump is still mightily impressive. The same applies for its competitors like Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin. Cryptocurrency prices have plunged this year, but initial coin offerings have soared, and companies continue to invest in blockchain technology.

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