There are two types of analysis in the investment business - fundamental analysis (i.e., revenues, earnings, profit margins, etc.) and technical analysis (i.e., charts, support levels, breakouts, etc.)
I read Argus Research, Credit Suisse Research, Yahoo Finance, www.cnbc.com, Barron's, Valueline and sometimes www.optionmonster.com
If you can find a stock that excels both on a fundamental level and a technical level, then you can really be on to something. Believe it or not, two of our best picks the last 12 months or so have been AT&T and Verizon. They have the fundamentals: revenues, earnings, good dividend and they are a second derivative to Apple's iPhone (i.e., the carrier). On the technicals, both of these stocks are trading solidly above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages.
Their charts led me to two more stocks - Kimberly-Clark and Colgate-Palmolive. Kimberly-Clark is trading in a nice bullish pattern, very similar to AT&T and Verizon. Colgate-Palmolive appears to be breaking out to the upside.
We are recommending that our clients add these two stocks to their porfolios.
Next up to review - Phillip Morris International. Want to profit from the chaos in Europe? Once you get past the distaste (pun intended) of owning a cigarette stock, you can own one of the all-time great global names. I will be back to you soon on that one.