Can These 3 Energy Stocks Continue Their Fantastic Runs From Last Week?

Newpark Resources, Talisman Energy, and Helix Energy Solutions all posted gains greater than 10% last week. Were they merited?

Jul 28, 2014 at 3:00PM

Oil-services companies received lots of attention last week as the big names in the industry posted strong earnings that helped propel the energy sector to a weekly gain of 0.96%. For comparison, the S&P 500 only mustered a 0.23% gain for the week. While talking heads will focus on big guns like Halliburton and Baker Hughes as indications that oil services is the place to be, the real gains were found in other oil-services specialists. Newpark Resources (NYSE:NR) and Helix Energy Solutions (NYSE:HLX)last week saw shares surge a spectacular 15.3% and 10%, respectively. On top of that, Talisman Energy (NYSE:TLM) saw an impressive gain of 11.6%, but for entirely different reasons. 

Check out the following slide show to learn more about earnings from Newpark and Helix that led to such impressive gains, why investors are taking a harder look at Talisman recently, and whether what happened last week will have an impact on any of these companies in the long term.

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A Financial Plan on an Index Card

Keeping it simple.

Aug 7, 2015 at 11:26AM

Two years ago, University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack wrote his entire financial plan on an index card.

It blew up. People loved the idea. Financial advice is often intentionally complicated. Obscurity lets advisors charge higher fees. But the most important parts are painfully simple. Here's how Pollack put it:

The card came out of chat I had regarding what I view as the financial industry's basic dilemma: The best investment advice fits on an index card. A commenter asked for the actual index card. Although I was originally speaking in metaphor, I grabbed a pen and one of my daughter's note cards, scribbled this out in maybe three minutes, snapped a picture with my iPhone, and the rest was history.

More advisors and investors caught onto the idea and started writing their own financial plans on a single index card.

I love the exercise, because it makes you think about what's important and forces you to be succinct.

So, here's my index-card financial plan:


Everything else is details. 

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