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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Tue Apr 15

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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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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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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 Mar 7

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1 Reason You're Wrong to Hate Aflac Incorporated

Unless the company exchanges yen for dollars, the currency exchange rate really doesn't matter. It's an accounting exercise to convert everything into one currency for financial record keeping.

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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]

Tue Feb 25

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RayMerola commented on an article. 8:31 AM

1 Big Bank That's Safe and Cheap

PE Student

Thank you for a thoughtful and rational response. Indeed, much of BAC's future is premised upon forward earnings. Robust growth in the 20% per annum range does change the calculus.

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Thu Jan 30

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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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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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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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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]

Wed Sep 11

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Can General Motors Warrants Turbocharge Your Portfolio?

GM is shaping up to be a great American turnaround story by building upon competitive post-bankruptcy financials and its century-old legacy.

Thu Aug 22

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RayMerola published an article 4:57 PM

2 Premier Long-Term Banking Stocks for Your Portfolio

A duo of best-of-breed U.S. banking stocks make the mark when reviewing institutions that combine outstanding business performance versus peers with clear targets for the creation of shareholder value.

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