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.
Quit Griping About Gas Prices -- It's All in Your Head
Fool analyst Sean Williams tackles four common gripes about gas prices, pointing out the lack of substance behind the complaints. Perhaps you've heard that "gas companies are making too much!" Not so, Sean says.
"According to ExxonMobil
Sean also notes that drivers are paying less per mile thanks to increased fuel efficiency: "This effect is only bound to get more pronounced as General Motors, Ford
Read the article to learn more about why Sean thinks Americans really don't have much to complain about at the pump.
3 Great Companies That Could Be Run by a Ham Sandwich
Procter & Gamble's
He notes that investors who sold P&G stock when things were rocky in 2000 ended up getting the short end of the stick. "P&G has actually done really well since that June 2000 sell-off," Matt wrote. "For the 11 years between June 2000 and June 2011, P&G's earnings per share leapt more than 200%, for average annual growth of 11%. Over that same stretch, investors collected $14.17 per share in dividends."
Read the article to find out two other ham-sandwich stocks Matt thinks could be appealing investment counterpoints in a market that tends to waver with short-term news.
It's Time to Recession-Proof Your Portfolio
"When a recession hits, we cut back on a lot of things, but movies aren't necessarily one of them," Fool analyst Travis Hoium wrote, noting that the domestic box office rose during recessions in 2009 and the early 2000s. IMAX
Stock star Apple
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