Fools were out and about this past week in an investing world jam-packed with actions and ideas. Here are three articles you might find useful as you decide how to invest your money.
Another Sign Natural Gas Is Getting Hot
The United States Natural Gas ETF
But don't take this information to the bank. "Unfortunately for gas ETF shareholders, the futures markets aren't betting on backwardation lasting very long," wrote Dan. A state of "contango," in which near-term futures contracts are cheaper than longer-term futures, could be on its way back. "If contango comes back into the market, the U.S. Natural Gas ETF will once again start to erode investors' assets," wrote Dan.
Read the article for more insight on this exchange-traded fund and investing in natural-gas stocks.
Should You Buy on These Dips?
Fool analyst Dan Newman helps investors figure out what to do following earnings reports from some popular stocks. Starbucks
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The Hidden Value Behind These 2 Dividend Stocks
Fool analysts James Early and Ron Gross had words of caution for investors inclined to read too much into certain quarterly reports. "I think the economy is in the process of outgrowing the notion of a bellwether," said James during the Motley Fool Money radio show. "It's so globally interconnected now. There are so many different things; you can read into results whatever you want."
Caterpillar yields 2.5%, and the share price has fluctuated in the past year from $67 to $117. Meanwhile, 3M yields 2.6%, with the share price ranging from $69 to $92 over the past year. UPS yields 3%, with a 52-week range of $61 to $82.
Ron said he doesn't overweight the reports of bellwether companies when making investing decisions. "I think bellwethers are interesting, and it ends at interesting," he said.
Watch the video to hear everything Ron and James had to say, along with Fool analyst Joe Magyer's thoughts on two other companies that act as indicators of the overall strength of the economy.
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