For years, the conventional wisdom was “pay off your mortgage as fast as you can!” For an entire generation, this mantra resulted in “note-burning parties.”
But prepaying your mortgage, while it can save you money on total interest, may not make sense for you in the long term. Homes aren’t really investments, so handing over extra money to a bank may not make any sense.
Don’t get me wrong. If you can pay your mortgage off by a date certain, possibly when you retire, it isn’t necessarily a bad idea. If it gives you peace of mind — and you can afford to do it — go in that direction.
I was prepaying our mortgage off for years, then other things came into view: We had two daughters we wanted to send to college. We needed to stockpile cash to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses, which really paid off when we had a catastrophic health event.
Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Nordstrom Inc.(JWN)
- [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]
After several years of being a Wall Street darling, Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) has fallen out of favor since 2015 as it has been hit by some of the same negative trends that have hurt the department store sector as a whole.
- [By Sean Williams]
Another top dividend stock income investors would be wise not to ignore is high-end mall-based retailer Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN). Shares of Nordstrom have fallen 24% over the trailing year, meaning they’ve underperformed the benchmark S&P 500 by roughly 40 percentage points.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Nordstrom (JWN) has dropped 2.7% to $43 after getting cut to Hold from Buy at Stifel.
JPMorgan Chase (JPM) has declined 1.1% to $85.79 after getting cut to Market Perform from Outperform at KBW.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
L Brands surged 11% to $47.85 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to2,357.49. And while L Brands was the best performer, retailers made up half of the 10 best performing stocks in the benchmark today: Nordstrom (JWN) advanced 2.9% to $44.71, Gap (GPS) jumped 5.1% to $24.06, Kohl’s (KSS) climbed 5.6% to $39.60, andBed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), which reported earnings last night, gained 3.4% to $39.08.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
By now, we all know retailers are facing a tough time. More and more, people are choosing to shop online, putting sales under pressure and leaving many with too many stores. Some department stores have begun to acknowledge the problems–but will they be able to adjust quickly enough in a rapidly changing landscape? Credit Suisse analyst Christian Bussand team believe this process is “well under way” but that didn’t stop them from downgrading Kohl’s (KSS) and J.C. Penney (JCP), even as they upgraded Nordstrom (JWN) and Burlington Stores(BURL). They explain why:
- [By Jim Robertson]
Nordstrom’s (JWN) is one name we did well shorting back in May of this year, and although we made another attempt at shorting the stock for a minor loss from September to November, our net gain between the two ended up being about 16%. Not bad all things considered. However, we’re still convinced JWN is a stock that’s going to move substantially lower when it’s all said and done.
Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Teck Resources Ltd(TCK)
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
Stephens (Equal-Weight) and Citi (Sell) both downgraded Atwood Oceanics (NYSE: ATW).
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Investec downgraded Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) to Hold.
Deutsche Bank downgraded Freeport McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) to Hold.
Goldman Sachs upgraded Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to Buy.
Barclays upgraded Teck Resources (NYSE: TCK) to Overweight.
BTIG started Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) at Neutral.
U.S. oil refiner Tesoro (NYSE: TSO) said it would buy Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) for $4.1 billion to add refineries in Texas, New Mexico and Minnesota. The combined company will have refining capacity of over 1.1 million barrels per day. Tesoro has refineries in California, Washington, Alaska, Utah and North Dakota.
Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Wipro Limited(WIT)
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
The industry — valued at over $150 billion and comprising companies such as Wipro Limited (ADR) (NYSE: WIT), Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ: CTSH), Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE: INFY) and Tata Consultancy Services — has thus far been competing effectively on certain unique selling propositions such as low-cost technology skills and high quality manpower.
Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Chesapeake Energy Corporation(CHK)
- [By Chris Lange]
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) which traded down 3.2% at $6.12. The stocks 52-week range is $3.54 to $8.20. Volume was roughly 76.8 million versus the daily average of 38.3 million shares.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) posted a new 52-week low of $3.76 on Monday, down about 5% from Friday’s closing price of $3.96. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.20. Volume totaled around 21 million shares, about 40% below the daily average of around 35 million. The company had no specific news.
- [By Chris Lange]
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Chesapeake Energy Corp.(NYSE: CHK) which rose about 3.6% to $4.18. The stocks 52-week range is $3.55 to $8.20. Volume was more or less 37 million compared to its average volume of 33.0 million.
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
None of SQZZ's equity positions account for more than 1.9 percent of the new ETF's weight. Those positions include Dow component General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), Sprint Corp (NYSE: S), Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) and Transocean LTD (NYSE: RIG).
Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Matador Resources Company(MTDR)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Our peer group is up an average of 46% over the past 4 weeks in response to a 30% rebound in the 12-month strip NYMEX oil price. Some of the largest gainers include Hold and Sell rated stocks that we would not chase such asDenbury Resources (Sell, +138%), Halcon Resources (HK) (Sell, +147%), Jones Energy (JONE) (Hold, +166%), Rex Energy (REXX) (Sell, +60%), Sanchez Energy (SN) (Hold, +93%), Ultra Petroleum (UPL) (Sell, +61%), andWhiting Petroleum (Hold, +103%), which have outperformed the E&P Index (+32%) over the same time period. Balance sheets and/or well level returns remain challenged for these companies despite improved oil prices. While we believe oil markets should re-balance over the next 12 to 15 months, the recent recovery to $40 could reverse during 2Q16 as bloated inventories continue to rise, new volumes from Iran pressure an oversupplied market, and a highly anticipated decline in non-OPEC supply (especially in the U.S.), is not as steep as expected. The risk of an oil price retracement, which would significantly pressure the recent out-performers, outweighs the upside in these stocks, in our view. However, we are raising our target prices on Buy ratedAnadarko Petroleum ($54 from $48), Concho Resources (CXO) ($120 from $109), Matador Resources (MTDR) ($22 from $21),Noble Energy (NBL) ($40 from $34), SM Energy (SM) ($22 from $15), Rice Energy ($14 from $12), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($155 from $135),Continental Resources ($32 from $28), and Parsley Energy (PE) ($24 from $23). We believe our Buy-rated stocks are better positioned to weather challenging oil markets.
- [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]
But despite positioning that would thrash other similar companies, Resolute fought through thanks to significant and efficient productivity in its Delaware Basin assets. Wangler believes the strengthening of previous concern areas will make the company a solid investment.
Matador Resources Co (NYSE: MTDR), $32 Price Target
Matador has grown its reserves throughout the commodity cycle, as well as its production and cash flow. Haas also likes the company’s history of identifying and acquiring acreage early and cheaply. Much of the analyst’s positive outlook is derived from Matador’s successful monetization of midstream assets and pattern of reinvestment.