RayMerola

Raymond Merola

Ray Merola has been investing for over 30 years. He is an individual investor emphasizing a diversified portfolio of dividend growth and income securities. Ray advocates fundamental investment analysis, confirmed by the technical charts. Options strategies may be employed to generate additional income, reserve a long position, hedge downside risk or stake an occasional short-term trade. Mr. Merola seeks investments selling below fair value, and holding them until the market reverts to the mean. He advises investors to "Get Rich Slow."

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Thu Jul 3

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Annaly Shares Slip as Treasury Yields Rise: Should You Worry?

Shares of Annaly Capital Management took a hit this week. The trigger appears to be worries that the economic recovery is gaining steam and interest rates will spike. Last May, quickly rising rates tanked mREITs. These fears appear overblown.

Thu Jun 26

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RayMerola published an article 11:20 AM

What Every Aflac Investor Needs To Know

Aflac generates three-fourths of its business in Japan. However, this U.S. based company must report earnings in USD. This confuses some investors, as financial results reflect currency exchange, while in reality very little yen are changed to [more]

Mon Jun 16

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Wells Fargo & Co Is About to Reach a Major Milestone

Wells Fargo is knocking on the door to be the largest American bank ever as measured by market capitalization. It's a function of banking management that sticks to the basics: take customer deposits and make smart community loans.

Wed May 28

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RayMerola published an article 6:02 PM

This Paper Laggard Is Worth a Look

International Paper Co stock has marked time for almost a year now. Meanwhile, the corporate storyline has come together. The company is set to dominate the paper and packaging business. A 3% dividend yield pays patient investors to wait.

Sat May 17

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RayMerola published an article 3:43 PM

Which Billionaire Investor Has the Right Idea on The Big Banks?

Big money managers George Soros and Warren Buffett have split on their respective willingness to own mega-banking stocks. It may reflect the stark difference in the underlying business models of these institutions.

Tue May 6

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RayMerola published an article 11:57 AM

What Smart Investors Will Be Looking For in Annaly Capital Management's Earnings This Week

When mREIT Annaly Capital Management reports on Wednesday, good investors will look beyond the headlines and be on the lookout for several keys to the underlying business.

Tue Apr 15

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RayMerola published an article 11:57 AM

The Bank That Does Just About Everything Right

Wells Fargo reported earnings last Friday. Management recapped an outstanding quarter, beating analyst expectations, and painted an optimistic picture for the future.

Mon Apr 7

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RayMerola published an article 5:06 PM

Wells Fargo & Co: Earnings Preview

Wells Fargo is one of the first banks to report 2014 first-quarter earnings. This powerhouse performer has Warren Buffett as its largest investor. Fresh off a green light from the Feds for the recent bank "stress tests" and capital return plan, Wells [more]

Sun Mar 16

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RayMerola published an article 3:08 PM

Annaly Capital Management, Inc.: Dead-Cat Bounce or Something More?

Annaly Capital Management is the biggest and oldest mREIT, sporting the most experienced management team in the business. While the shares have outperformed by a large margin in 2014, is this a dead-cat bounce after a terrible 2013, or the start of [more]

Fri Feb 28

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RayMerola published an article 11:51 PM

1 Reason You're Wrong to Hate Aflac Incorporated

Some investors worry that Aflac Inc.will experience earnings declines and dividend troubles due to yen/dollar exchange rates. It's not an issue. A strong niche business model, consistent growth, and an outstanding dividend history make this a [more]

Thu Jan 30

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RayMerola published an article 11:08 AM

1 Big Bank That's Safe and Cheap

Sometimes, the best stock bargains may have far less risk than investors realize. Wells Fargo common shares may just be one of these cases.

Tue Jan 7

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RayMerola published an article 11:52 AM

3 Contrarian Stock Picks for 2014

After a huge market run-up in 2013, sifting through beaten-down stocks that didn't participate in the rally may uncover gold nuggets for 2014.

Sat Dec 28

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RayMerola published an article 12:00 AM

General Mills May Need a Breather

General Mills has a long-standing record of solid shareholder returns. However, the most recent earnings report and related analysis indicate that the stock may be getting a bit ahead of itself. How does the future look for the company, and how does [more]

Tue Dec 17

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RayMerola published an article 12:39 AM

Halliburton Shares Slide, Time to Buy?

For savvy investors, sometimes a Wall Street downgrade and resultant share drop signal a buying opportunity.

Thu Dec 5

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RayMerola published an article 9:32 AM

4 Reasons Con Ed Is a Stalwart Utility Stock

Consolidated Edison has reliably provided investors with equity growth and rising dividends. It may be considered a safe "anchor" stock for nearly any portfolio.

Sun Nov 17

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RayMerola published an article 7:45 PM

Hybrid Bank Stocks Offer Investors Returns With a Twist

Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp are U.S.-centered banks showing strong and sustained earnings growth. Investors seeking an alternative to purchasing common shares may find Wells Fargo warrants or U.S. Bancorp Series B preferred shares appealing.

Tue Nov 5

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RayMerola published an article 9:17 AM

3 Tech-Giant Cash Juggernauts Facing Transitions

Despite huge amounts of balance-sheet cash and a sustainable capability to generate even more, three tech giants are trailing the averages this year. Why? In a word: transitions.

Sun Oct 20

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RayMerola published an article 11:11 AM

Meet the Best U.S. Railroad Stock

Of the largest, U.S.-based rail carriers, this one appears the strongest.

Wed Oct 9

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RayMerola published an article 10:11 PM

Aflac Climbs the Wall of Worry

Despite long-standing investor jitters, Aflac's management continues to see results, and the stock follows along, logging a 17% gain so far this year, or about a percentage point better than the S&P 500. But shares still appear highly undervalued.

Tue Oct 1

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RayMerola published an article 11:41 PM

A Safer Way to Invest in mREITs

Savvy investors choosing to wade into mREITS may find preferred shares a great alternative: substituting a bit of yield in exchange for a safer underlying security. We explore options at Annaly Capital Management, American Capital Agency, and Invesco [more]

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