Company name First Financial Bancorp
Stock ticker FFBC
Live stock price [stckqut]FFBC[/stckqut]
P/E compared to competitors Good

MANAGEMENT EXECUTION

Employee productivity Good
Sales growth Poor
EPS growth Good
P/E growth Poor
EBIT growth Good

ANALYSIS

Confident Investor Rating Fair
Target stock price (TWCA growth scenario) $19
Target stock price (averages with growth) $14.07
Target stock price (averages with no growth) $7.31
Target stock price (manual assumptions) $16.8

The following company description is from Google Finance: http://www.google.com/finance?q=ffbc

First Financial Bancorp is a regional bank holding company. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Financial Bank, National Association (the Bank), is engaged in the business of commercial banking, and other banking and banking-related activities. The range of banking services provided by First Financial to individuals and businesses includes commercial lending, real estate lending, and consumer financing. The Company also offers deposit products that include interest-bearing and non-interest-bearing accounts, time deposits and cash management services for commercial customers. Its Wealth Management division offers a range of trust and asset management services. The Company offers a variety of loans, including commercial lines of credit, commercial term loans, real estate, construction, home equity, consumer and other loans. First Financial also offers lease and equipment financing through a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank, First Financial Equipment Finance LLC.

 

Confident Investor comments: At this time, I think that a Confident Investor can cautiously invest in First Financial Bancorp as long as the price is correct. Most of the fundamentals of this company are good but there are some concerns. I am taking this company off of my Watch List as its performance doesn't match the other investments that are possible.

If you would like to understand how to evaluate companies like I do on this site, please read my book, The Confident Investor. You can review the best companies that I have found (and I probably invest my own money in most of these companies) in my Watch List.

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I hope that this makes you a Confident Investor.

The market was generally good last week and should be good this week as well. More concern is on geo-political events that could cause a pullback. There is a very good chance that the week will be flat so individual stock choices will be important.

As always, my thoughts should only be used for educational purposes and any decision by the reader to use this information is subject to my disclaimer. In addition to the disclaimer, the stocks mentioned may have changed value from the time I wrote this to the time that you are reading it; therefore, the conclusions below may no longer be valid. The analysis on any investment indicator is always a short-term thought and just by being in this list the stock already is a long-term Good Company  or Fair Company and made my Watch List. If you are looking for long-term analysis of the stock, you should look for the stock in the company list that appears to the far right.

My analysis in this article is based on the investment indicator tools that I describe in my book, "The Confident Investor." If you are not subscribed to this site as a book owner, then you will not be able to see some of the analysis. You can purchase my book wherever books are sold such as AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Books A Million. It is available in e-book formats for NookKindle, and iPad. After you purchase my book, it is free to subscribe to the extra content on this site. 

I will only be commenting on stocks that are ranked as an "Investigate to buy" and Possible buy" on my daily investment indicator article. The most recent daily investment indicator article is from November 15. Those stocks are:

  • Agilent Technologies Inc,
  • Apple Inc.,
  • ABIOMED Inc.,
  • Autobytel Inc.,
  • Alliance Data Systems Corporation,
  • Allergan Inc.,
  • Akamai Technologies Inc.,
  • AMETEK Inc.,
  • American Tower Corp,
  • ANSYS Inc.,
  • Aspen Technology Inc.,
  • BlackRock Inc.,
  • Broadcom Corporation,
  • Buffalo Wild Wings,
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.,
  • Cerner Corporation,
  • Cummins Inc.,
  • Capital One Financial Corp.,
  • Carter's Inc.,
  • Catamaran Corp (USA),
  • Darling Ingredients Inc,
  • Deckers Outdoor Corp,
  • EOG Resources Inc,
  • Equinix Inc,
  • First Financial Bancorp,
  • Fossil Group Inc,
  • Gulfport Energy Corporation,
  • Genesee & Wyoming Inc,
  • Harley-Davidson Inc,
  • Jarden Corp,
  • KLA-Tencor Corporation,
  • Lululemon Athletica inc.,
  • Las Vegas Sands Corp.,
  • Monster Beverage Corp,
  • Merck & Co. Inc.,
  • Nordson Corporation,
  • Annaly Capital Management Inc.,
  • Priceline Group Inc,
  • Panera Bread Co,
  • Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA),
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc,
  • Royal Gold Inc USA),
  • Boston Beer Co Inc,
  • Constellation Brands Inc.,
  • Skyworks Solutions Inc,
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.,
  • Tractor Supply Company,
  • Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.,
  • Under Armour Inc,
  • Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc.,
  • Yahoo! Inc.,
  • Whole Foods Market Inc.,

Investment Indicator Thoughts

S&P 500
The general S&P 500 (ticker is ^GSPC and the first line of my investment indicator articles). This index has begun to slow down a little this week but overall is positive. As always, smart selection of individual stocks is important.

NASDAQ Composite
The NASDAQ Composite (the ticker is ^IXIC and the second line of my investment indicator articles). This index is starting to show signs of slowing down. It will continue to be important to choose great individual stocks.

Agilent Technologies Inc
Agilent Technologies Inc [stckqut]A[/stckqut] had a decent week last week but showed ...
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Apple Inc.
Apple Inc. [stckqut]AAPL[/stckqut] had a very good week last week. The stock is curre...
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ABIOMED, Inc.
ABIOMED, Inc. [stckqut]ABMD[/stckqut] has been a bit flat since it gapped up a few we...
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Autobytel Inc.
Autobytel Inc. [stckqut]ABTL[/stckqut] hasn't been overly smooth in its growth but st...
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Alliance Data Systems Corporation
Alliance Data Systems Corporation [stckqut]ADS[/stckqut] has slowed a bit last week. ...
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Allergan, Inc.
Allergan, Inc. [stckqut]AGN[/stckqut] has been growing steadily for the past many wee...
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Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Akamai Technologies, Inc. [stckqut]AKAM[/stckqut] ended the week quite strongly. Look...
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AMETEK, Inc.
AMETEK, Inc. [stckqut]AME[/stckqut] had a complicated week last week with a major dro...
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American Tower Corp
American Tower Corp [stckqut]AMT[/stckqut] had a decent run last week although droppe...
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ANSYS, Inc.
ANSYS, Inc. [stckqut]ANSS[/stckqut] has had a decent run for the last several weeks a...
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Aspen Technology, Inc.
Aspen Technology, Inc. [stckqut]AZPN[/stckqut] has probably stopped its downward slid...
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BlackRock, Inc.
BlackRock, Inc. [stckqut]BLK[/stckqut] had a bad week last week with steadily declini...
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Broadcom Corporation
Broadcom Corporation [stckqut]BRCM[/stckqut] finished the week strong. Has had nice g...
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Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings [stckqut]BWLD[/stckqut] slowed down a bit last week after growing ...
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Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. [stckqut]CBI[/stckqut] is basically moving sideway...
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Cerner Corporation
Cerner Corporation [stckqut]CERN[/stckqut] had a decent run last week but not as stro...
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Cummins Inc.
Cummins Inc. [stckqut]CMI[/stckqut] has been flat for a couple weeks now. I think the...
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Capital One Financial Corp.
Capital One Financial Corp. [stckqut]COF[/stckqut] is not showing a strong buy signal...
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Carter's, Inc.
Carter's, Inc. [stckqut]CRI[/stckqut] has essentially been in a sideways channel for ...
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Catamaran Corp (USA)
Catamaran Corp (USA) [stckqut]CTRX[/stckqut] has seen a slight growth since a major g...
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Darling Ingredients Inc
Darling Ingredients Inc [stckqut]DAR[/stckqut] was basically flat for the entire week...
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Deckers Outdoor Corp
Deckers Outdoor Corp [stckqut]DECK[/stckqut] had a nice week last week but not a huge...
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EOG Resources Inc
EOG Resources Inc [stckqut]EOG[/stckqut] essentially was down for the week. Not a str...
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Equinix Inc
Equinix Inc [stckqut]EQIX[/stckqut] had a strong early week and then went flat. Still...
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First Financial Bancorp
First Financial Bancorp [stckqut]FFBC[/stckqut] dropped last week and its buy signal ...
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Fossil Group Inc
Fossil Group Inc [stckqut]FOSL[/stckqut] started the week strong and then dropped bac...
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Gulfport Energy Corporation
Gulfport Energy Corporation [stckqut]GPOR[/stckqut] dropped for most of last week. Th...
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Genesee & Wyoming Inc
Genesee & Wyoming Inc [stckqut]GWR[/stckqut] had a great run for the past several wee...
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Harley-Davidson Inc
Harley-Davidson Inc [stckqut]HOG[/stckqut] has had nice growth since it earnings anno...
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Jarden Corp
Jarden Corp [stckqut]JAH[/stckqut] has shown nice growth for the past month although ...
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KLA-Tencor Corporation
KLA-Tencor Corporation [stckqut]KLAC[/stckqut] was essentially flat last week. Not sh...
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Lululemon Athletica inc.
Lululemon Athletica inc. [stckqut]LULU[/stckqut] has been growing over the last few w...
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Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. [stckqut]LVS[/stckqut] is playing around with its 52-week low. ...
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Monster Beverage Corp
Monster Beverage Corp [stckqut]MNST[/stckqut] has been growing steadily for 3 months....
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Merck & Co., Inc.
Merck & Co., Inc. [stckqut]MRK[/stckqut] was essentially flat last week and is not sh...
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Nordson Corporation
Nordson Corporation [stckqut]NDSN[/stckqut] has been growing steadily for the past mo...
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Annaly Capital Management, Inc.
Annaly Capital Management, Inc. [stckqut]NLY[/stckqut] has been flat for several week...
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Priceline Group Inc
Priceline Group Inc [stckqut]PCLN[/stckqut] has been going sideways for the past coup...
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Panera Bread Co
Panera Bread Co [stckqut]PNRA[/stckqut] has been growing nicely since August. May be ...
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Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA)
Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) [stckqut]POT[/stckqut] has been gradually moving down...
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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc [stckqut]REGN[/stckqut] is very close to its 52-week hi...
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Royal Gold, Inc USA)
Royal Gold, Inc USA) [stckqut]RGLD[/stckqut] has shown growth for a couple weeks but ...
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Boston Beer Co Inc
Boston Beer Co Inc [stckqut]SAM[/stckqut] the stock has been growing nicely for sever...
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Constellation Brands, Inc.
Constellation Brands, Inc. [stckqut]STZ[/stckqut] has been growing strongly for a yea...
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Skyworks Solutions Inc
...
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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. [stckqut]TMO[/stckqut] has been moving sideways for a c...
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Tractor Supply Company
Tractor Supply Company [stckqut]TSCO[/stckqut] has been growing slowly since its very...
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Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. [stckqut]TTWO[/stckqut] has been flat since havin...
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Under Armour Inc
Under Armour Inc [stckqut]UA[/stckqut] grew nicely last week and is trying to get bac...
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Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc.
Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. [stckqut]ULTA[/stckqut] has been growing stea...
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Yahoo! Inc.
Yahoo! Inc. [stckqut]YHOO[/stckqut] has been growing aggressively for the past month....
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Whole Foods Market, Inc.
Whole Foods Market, Inc. [stckqut]WFM[/stckqut] dropped slowly all week after a massi...
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The market pulled back last week and hasn't been great (except for individual stocks) for the past couple weeks. This is why it is so important to balance your index funds with well-chosen individual stocks. This week the Fed meets and it is quite difficult to judge what will happen after that meeting. This is a good week to be cautious with new investments. It is also a good week to consider taking your initial investment off of the table and let your earnings grow by themselves. I call this strategy GOPM for Grow on Other People's Money. It is well covered in my book, "The Confident Investor." I have also written of the basics on this site.

As always, my thoughts should only be used for educational purposes and any decision by the reader to use this information is subject to my disclaimer. In addition to the disclaimer, the stocks mentioned may have changed value from the time I wrote this to the time that you are reading it; therefore, the conclusions below may no longer be valid. The analysis on any investment indicator is always a short-term thought and just by being in this list the stock already is a long-term Good Company  or Fair Company and made my Watch List. If you are looking for long-term analysis of the stock, you should look for the stock in the company list that appears to the far right.

My analysis in this article is based on the investment indicator tools that I describe in my book, "The Confident Investor." If you are not subscribed to this site as a book owner, then you will not be able to see some of the analysis. You can purchase my book wherever books are sold such as AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Books A Million. It is available in e-book formats for NookKindle, and iPad. After you purchase my book, it is free to subscribe to the extra content on this site. 

I will only be commenting on stocks that are ranked as an "Investigate to buy" and Possible buy" on my daily investment indicator article. The most recent daily investment indicator article is from September 13. Those stocks are:

  • Agilent Technologies Inc.,
  • Apple Inc.,
  • Allergan Inc.,
  • Akamai Technologies Inc.,
  • Balchem Corporation,
  • Broadcom Corporation,
  • 3D Systems Corporation,
  • Deckers Outdoor Corp,
  • First Financial Bancorp,
  • Fossil Group Inc,
  • Harley-Davidson Inc,
  • Jarden Corp,
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.,
  • KLA-Tencor Corporation,
  • Lululemon Athletica inc.,
  • Monster Beverage Corp,
  • Panera Bread Co,
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.,
  • Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.,
  • Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc.,
  • Yahoo! Inc.,

Investment Indicator Thoughts

S&P 500
The general S&P 500 (ticker is ^GSPC and the first line of my investment indicator articles). This is the second week in a row that this index was not showing BUY. This is not a good sign. Be very cautious with opening large investments until we get a better trend. If you have made a significant gain in a stock, you may want to consider taking your initial investment off the table. If you are unsure how to do this, it is fully explained in my book The Confident Investor.

NASDAQ Composite
The NASDAQ Composite (the ticker is ^IXIC and the second line of my investment indicator articles). This is the second week in a row that this index was not showing BUY. This is not a good sign. Be very cautious with opening large investments until we get a better trend. If you have made a significant gain in a stock, you may want to consider taking your initial investment off the table. If you are unsure how to do this, it is fully explained in my book The Confident Investor.

Agilent Technologies Inc.
Agilent Technologies Inc. [stckqut]A[/stckqut] saw a break out at the end of the week...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

Apple Inc.
Apple Inc. [stckqut]AAPL[/stckqut] had a good week last week with new products that w...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

Allergan, Inc.
Allergan, Inc. [stckqut]AGN[/stckqut] has had a nice run for a couple weeks. I think ...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Akamai Technologies, Inc. [stckqut]AKAM[/stckqut] is flirting with its 52-week high. ...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

Balchem Corporation
Balchem Corporation [stckqut]BCPC[/stckqut] is moving around in a sideways channel. L...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

Broadcom Corporation
Broadcom Corporation [stckqut]BRCM[/stckqut] set a new 52-week high. Stock has grown ...
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3D Systems Corporation
3D Systems Corporation [stckqut]DDD[/stckqut] is showing a weak signal. I don't think...
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Deckers Outdoor Corp
Deckers Outdoor Corp [stckqut]DECK[/stckqut] is at its 52-week high right now. An inv...
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First Financial Bancorp
First Financial Bancorp [stckqut]FFBC[/stckqut] is in a pretty solid channel. I would...
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Fossil Group Inc
Fossil Group Inc [stckqut]FOSL[/stckqut] continues its general slide even though it i...
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Harley-Davidson Inc
Harley-Davidson Inc [stckqut]HOG[/stckqut] is trying to reverse its slide. Not sure t...
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Jarden Corp
Jarden Corp [stckqut]JAH[/stckqut] showed some nice growth last week. Next resistance...
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JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. [stckqut]JPM[/stckqut] is showing nice growth and is challenging...
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KLA-Tencor Corporation
KLA-Tencor Corporation [stckqut]KLAC[/stckqut] set a new 52-week high. Look for this ...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

Lululemon Athletica inc.
Lululemon Athletica inc. [stckqut]LULU[/stckqut] had a very good earnings release and...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

Monster Beverage Corp
Monster Beverage Corp [stckqut]MNST[/stckqut] continues to go sideways after its big ...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

Panera Bread Co
Panera Bread Co [stckqut]PNRA[/stckqut] went flat last week after a nice bump. I am n...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. [stckqut]TMO[/stckqut] has been essentially flat since ...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
...
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Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc.
Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. [stckqut]ULTA[/stckqut] has new life and is n...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

Yahoo! Inc.
Yahoo! Inc. [stckqut]YHOO[/stckqut] has new life and is now setting its 52-week high....
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The market was generally good last week and should be good this week as well. More concern is on geo-political events that could cause a pullback especially since this is the anniversary week of 9/11 and therefore everyone will be expecting something traumatic. There is a very good chance that the week will be flat so individual stock choices will be important.

As always, my thoughts should only be used for educational purposes and any decision by the reader to use this information is subject to my disclaimer. In addition to the disclaimer, the stocks mentioned may have changed value from the time I wrote this to the time that you are reading it; therefore, the conclusions below may no longer be valid. The analysis on any investment indicator is always a short-term thought and just by being in this list the stock already is a long-term Good Company  or Fair Company and made my Watch List. If you are looking for long-term analysis of the stock, you should look for the stock in the company list that appears to the far right.

My analysis in this article is based on the investment indicator tools that I describe in my book, "The Confident Investor." If you are not subscribed to this site as a book owner, then you will not be able to see some of the analysis. You can purchase my book wherever books are sold such as AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Books A Million. It is available in e-book formats for NookKindle, and iPad. After you purchase my book, it is free to subscribe to the extra content on this site. 

I will only be commenting on stocks that are ranked as an "Investigate to buy" and Possible buy" on my daily investment indicator article. The most recent daily investment indicator article is from September 6. Those stocks are:

  • Agilent Technologies Inc.,
  • Allergan Inc.,
  • Akamai Technologies Inc.,
  • AMETEK Inc.,
  • American Tower Corp,
  • Balchem Corporation,
  • BlackRock Inc.,
  • Broadcom Corporation,
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.,
  • Cerner Corporation,
  • Capital One Financial Corp.,
  • Carter's Inc.,
  • Darling Ingredients Inc,
  • Deckers Outdoor Corp,
  • Equinix Inc,
  • Extra Space Storage Inc.,
  • First Financial Bancorp,
  • Fossil Group Inc,
  • Google Inc,
  • Harley-Davidson Inc,
  • Jarden Corp,
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.,
  • KLA-Tencor Corporation,
  • Monster Beverage Corp,
  • Merck & Co. Inc.,
  • Nordson Corporation,
  • Netflix Inc.,
  • Annaly Capital Management Inc.,
  • Panera Bread Co,
  • Skyworks Solutions Inc,
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.,
  • Trinity Industries Inc,
  • Tractor Supply Company,
  • Under Armour Inc,
  • Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc.,
  • Yahoo! Inc.,
  • Whole Foods Market Inc.,

Investment Indicator Thoughts

S&P 500
The general S&P 500 (ticker is ^GSPC and the first line of my investment indicator articles). The MACD went slightly negative last week however this was not a sign to exit the market, just a slowing of the growth trajectory.

NASDAQ Composite
The NASDAQ Composite (the ticker is ^IXIC and the second line of my investment indicator articles). The MACD went slightly negative last week however this was not a sign to exit the market, just a slowing of the growth trajectory.

Agilent Technologies Inc.
Agilent Technologies Inc. [stckqut]A[/stckqut] has been in a fairly wide sideways cha...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

Allergan, Inc.
Allergan, Inc. [stckqut]AGN[/stckqut] is showing BUY but is probably only going to go...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Akamai Technologies, Inc. [stckqut]AKAM[/stckqut] is flirting with its 52-week high. ...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

AMETEK, Inc.
AMETEK, Inc. [stckqut]AME[/stckqut] seems to have moved back into its comfortable ran...
The remainder of this investment indicator analysis is for registered owners of my "The Confident Investor" book

American Tower Corp
American Tower Corp [stckqut]AMT[/stckqut] has been generally immune to the bad news ...
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Balchem Corporation
Balchem Corporation [stckqut]BCPC[/stckqut] is moving around in a sideways channel. L...
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BlackRock, Inc.
BlackRock, Inc. [stckqut]BLK[/stckqut] hit a 52-week high a few weeks ago and then pu...
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Broadcom Corporation
Broadcom Corporation [stckqut]BRCM[/stckqut] set a new 52-week high. Its recent uptur...
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Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. [stckqut]CBI[/stckqut] is trying to stop a multi-m...
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Cerner Corporation
Cerner Corporation [stckqut]CERN[/stckqut] is hovering around its resistance point. I...
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Capital One Financial Corp.
Capital One Financial Corp. [stckqut]COF[/stckqut] will try to break $85 as long as t...
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Carter's, Inc.
Carter's, Inc. [stckqut]CRI[/stckqut] had a huge price gain a few weeks ago. If you w...
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Darling Ingredients Inc
Darling Ingredients Inc [stckqut]DAR[/stckqut] is flirting with its 52-week low and n...
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Deckers Outdoor Corp
Deckers Outdoor Corp [stckqut]DECK[/stckqut] is essentially at its 52-week high right...
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Equinix Inc
Equinix Inc [stckqut]EQIX[/stckqut] has been growing so steadily for months that this...
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Extra Space Storage, Inc.
Extra Space Storage, Inc. [stckqut]EXR[/stckqut] is playing with its 52-week high. No...
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First Financial Bancorp
First Financial Bancorp [stckqut]FFBC[/stckqut] is in a pretty solid channel. I would...
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Fossil Group Inc
Fossil Group Inc [stckqut]FOSL[/stckqut] continues its general slide even though it i...
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Google Inc
Google Inc [stckqut]GOOG[/stckqut] will likely rise to $600 soon if the market doesn'...
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Harley-Davidson Inc
Harley-Davidson Inc [stckqut]HOG[/stckqut] is trying to reverse its slide. Not sure t...
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Jarden Corp
Jarden Corp [stckqut]JAH[/stckqut] showed some nice growth last week. Short term resi...
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JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. [stckqut]JPM[/stckqut] is showing nice growth and is challenging...
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KLA-Tencor Corporation
KLA-Tencor Corporation [stckqut]KLAC[/stckqut] set a new 52-week high. Look for this ...
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Monster Beverage Corp
Monster Beverage Corp [stckqut]MNST[/stckqut] saw a big spike due to an investment by...
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Merck & Co., Inc.
Merck & Co., Inc. [stckqut]MRK[/stckqut] set a new 52-week high. Probably a decent lo...
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Nordson Corporation
Nordson Corporation [stckqut]NDSN[/stckqut] went sideways last week. I could see the ...
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Netflix, Inc.
Netflix, Inc. [stckqut]NFLX[/stckqut] is currently going sideways. I am still bullish...
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Annaly Capital Management, Inc.
Annaly Capital Management, Inc. [stckqut]NLY[/stckqut] looks like it hit strong resis...
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Panera Bread Co
Panera Bread Co [stckqut]PNRA[/stckqut] had a nice bump last night that might signal ...
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Skyworks Solutions Inc
Skyworks Solutions Inc [stckqut]SWKS[/stckqut] is continuing to grow. I think it will...
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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. [stckqut]TMO[/stckqut] is seeing a bit of growth. I thi...
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Trinity Industries Inc
Trinity Industries Inc [stckqut]TRN[/stckqut] is probably worth holding even in sligh...
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Tractor Supply Company
Tractor Supply Company [stckqut]TSCO[/stckqut] looks like it has effectively reversed...
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Under Armour Inc
Under Armour Inc [stckqut]UA[/stckqut] was growing a bit last week. Earnings call is ...
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Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc.
Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. [stckqut]ULTA[/stckqut] has new life and is n...
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Yahoo! Inc.
Yahoo! Inc. [stckqut]YHOO[/stckqut] is stuck around its 52-week low. Hard to get exci...
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Whole Foods Market, Inc.
Whole Foods Market, Inc. [stckqut]WFM[/stckqut] is stuck around its 52-week low. Hard...
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I usually put this post out on Monday but with the Labor Day shut down, I waited until today. The market was generally good last week and should be good this week as well. More concern is on geo-political events that could cause a pullback. There is a very good chance that the week will be flat so individual stock choices will be important. I may make some acquisitions this week so make sure you are following me on Twitter @ConfidentInvest.

As always, my thoughts should only be used for educational purposes and any decision by the reader to use this information is subject to my disclaimer. In addition to the disclaimer, the stocks mentioned may have changed value from the time I wrote this to the time that you are reading it; therefore, the conclusions below may no longer be valid. The analysis on any investment indicator is always a short-term thought and just by being in this list the stock already is a long-term Good Company  or Fair Company and made my Watch List. If you are looking for long-term analysis of the stock, you should look for the stock in the company list that appears to the far right.

My analysis in this article is based on the investment indicator tools that I describe in my book, "The Confident Investor." If you are not subscribed to this site as a book owner, then you will not be able to see some of the analysis. You can purchase my book wherever books are sold such as AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Books A Million. It is available in e-book formats for NookKindle, and iPad. After you purchase my book, it is free to subscribe to the extra content on this site. 

I will only be commenting on stocks that are ranked as an "Investigate to buy" and Possible buy" on my daily investment indicator article. The most recent daily investment indicator article is from August 30. Those stocks are:

  • Apple Inc.,
  • ABIOMED Inc.,
  • Allergan Inc.,
  • Akamai Technologies Inc.,
  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.,
  • AMETEK Inc.,
  • American Tower Corp,
  • ANSYS Inc.,
  • Apache Corporation,
  • BlackRock Inc.,
  • Broadcom Corporation,
  • Baytex Energy Corp (USA),
  • Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA (ADR),
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.,
  • Cerner Corporation,
  • Cummins Inc.,
  • Capital One Financial Corp.,
  • Carter's Inc.,
  • Cirrus Logic Inc.,
  • 3D Systems Corporation,
  • First Financial Bancorp,
  • Fossil Group Inc,
  • Gulfport Energy Corporation,
  • Harley-Davidson Inc,
  • Jarden Corp,
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.,
  • KLA-Tencor Corporation,
  • Monster Beverage Corp,
  • Merck & Co. Inc.,
  • Nordson Corporation,
  • Netflix Inc.,
  • Annaly Capital Management Inc.,
  • QUALCOMM Inc.,
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc,
  • Constellation Brands Inc.,
  • Skyworks Solutions Inc,
  • Trinity Industries Inc,
  • Tractor Supply Company,
  • Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc.,
  • Yahoo! Inc.,
  • Whole Foods Market Inc.,

Investment Indicator Thoughts

S&P 500
The general S&P 500 (ticker is ^GSPC and the first line of my investment indicator articles). Last week had this indicator in solid buy position. This is a sign of a strong growth trend which will allow even the weakest companies to do fairly well.

NASDAQ Composite
The NASDAQ Composite (the ticker is ^IXIC and the second line of my investment indicator articles). Last week had this indicator in solid buy position. This is a sign of a strong growth trend which will allow even the weakest companies to do fairly well.

Apple Inc.
Apple Inc. [stckqut]AAPL[/stckqut] is showing strength again. I anticipate continued ...
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ABIOMED, Inc.
ABIOMED, Inc. [stckqut]ABMD[/stckqut] is showing BUY but it may not develop. Look to ...
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Allergan, Inc.
Allergan, Inc. [stckqut]AGN[/stckqut] is showing BUY but is probably only going to go...
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Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Akamai Technologies, Inc. [stckqut]AKAM[/stckqut] is flirting with its 52-week high. ...
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Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. [stckqut]ALXN[/stckqut] is struggling to break its chan...
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AMETEK, Inc.
AMETEK, Inc. [stckqut]AME[/stckqut] seems to have moved back into its comfortable ran...
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American Tower Corp
American Tower Corp [stckqut]AMT[/stckqut] has been generally immune to the bad news ...
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ANSYS, Inc.
ANSYS, Inc. [stckqut]ANSS[/stckqut] flattened out last week. Look for resistance at $...
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Apache Corporation
Apache Corporation [stckqut]APA[/stckqut] is close to 52-week high but moving sideway...
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BlackRock, Inc.
BlackRock, Inc. [stckqut]BLK[/stckqut] hit a 52-week high last week and then pulled b...
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Broadcom Corporation
Broadcom Corporation [stckqut]BRCM[/stckqut] is showing a weak buy signal. This stock...
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Baytex Energy Corp (USA)
Baytex Energy Corp (USA) [stckqut]BTE[/stckqut] has had a nice run for a couple days....
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Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA (ADR)
Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA (ADR) [stckqut]BVN[/stckqut] blew through resistan...
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Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. [stckqut]CBI[/stckqut] is trying to stop a multi-m...
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Cerner Corporation
Cerner Corporation [stckqut]CERN[/stckqut] is showing some weak signs of growth in th...
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Cummins Inc.
Cummins Inc. [stckqut]CMI[/stckqut] may have stopped its slide but I need more signs ...
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Capital One Financial Corp.
Capital One Financial Corp. [stckqut]COF[/stckqut] will try to break $85 as long as t...
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Carter's, Inc.
Carter's, Inc. [stckqut]CRI[/stckqut] had a huge price gain a few weeks ago. If you w...
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Cirrus Logic, Inc.
Cirrus Logic, Inc. [stckqut]CRUS[/stckqut] was showing some nice growth last week. Th...
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3D Systems Corporation
3D Systems Corporation [stckqut]DDD[/stckqut] is trying fight its way back up but tha...
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First Financial Bancorp
First Financial Bancorp [stckqut]FFBC[/stckqut] is in a pretty solid channel. I would...
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Fossil Group Inc
Fossil Group Inc [stckqut]FOSL[/stckqut] continues its general slide even though it i...
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Gulfport Energy Corporation
Gulfport Energy Corporation [stckqut]GPOR[/stckqut] is showing a weak buy signal. You...
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Harley-Davidson Inc
Harley-Davidson Inc [stckqut]HOG[/stckqut] is trying to reverse its slide. Not sure t...
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Jarden Corp
Jarden Corp [stckqut]JAH[/stckqut] showed some nice growth last week. Short term resi...
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JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. [stckqut]JPM[/stckqut] is showing nice growth and is challenging...
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KLA-Tencor Corporation
KLA-Tencor Corporation [stckqut]KLAC[/stckqut] set a new 52-week high. Look for this ...
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Monster Beverage Corp
Monster Beverage Corp [stckqut]MNST[/stckqut] saw a big spike due to an investment by...
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Merck & Co., Inc.
Merck & Co., Inc. [stckqut]MRK[/stckqut] set a new 52-week high. Probably a decent lo...
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Nordson Corporation
Nordson Corporation [stckqut]NDSN[/stckqut] looks to be trying to get to its 52-week ...
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Netflix, Inc.
Netflix, Inc. [stckqut]NFLX[/stckqut] looks like it is back in growth mode and set a ...
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Annaly Capital Management, Inc.
Annaly Capital Management, Inc. [stckqut]NLY[/stckqut] appears to have barely broken ...
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QUALCOMM, Inc.
QUALCOMM, Inc. [stckqut]QCOM[/stckqut] had a drop at the end of the week taking momen...
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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc [stckqut]REGN[/stckqut] is growing strong for a couple ...
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Constellation Brands, Inc.
Constellation Brands, Inc. [stckqut]STZ[/stckqut] set a 52-week high a few weeks ago ...
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Skyworks Solutions Inc
Skyworks Solutions Inc [stckqut]SWKS[/stckqut] is continuing to grow. I think it will...
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Trinity Industries Inc
Trinity Industries Inc [stckqut]TRN[/stckqut] is probably worth holding even in sligh...
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Tractor Supply Company
Tractor Supply Company [stckqut]TSCO[/stckqut] is growing fast right now. Lately, whe...
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Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc.
Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. [stckqut]ULTA[/stckqut] may have broken its c...
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Yahoo! Inc.
Yahoo! Inc. [stckqut]YHOO[/stckqut] seems to be showing a weak signal. Don't look for...
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Whole Foods Market, Inc.
Whole Foods Market, Inc. [stckqut]WFM[/stckqut] seems to be showing a weak signal. Do...
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