Market Wrap-Up for Apr.1 (TAP, GME, INTC, GIS, HUM, FCX, more)

The markets didn’t have the sort of auspicious start to April that we saw for the first few months of this year, with the major indexes ending all in the red today. Today’ pullback was likely fueled by the latest threats out of North Korea, as well as some disappointing economic data out this morning.

Looking at today’s individual movers, there was little in the way of earnings plays, but Wall Street analyst calls were moving some names. Bucking the overall selling, shares of GameStop (GME) and Molson Coors (TAP) gained on positive chatter, while shares of Intel Corp (INTC) and General Mills (GIS) slipped on cautious comments. Other popular names trading lower included copper giant Freeport McMoran (FCX) and diesel engines maker Cummins Inc. (CMI). Humana (HUM) surged late in the day as traders positioned themselves ahead of an expected medicare reimbursement increase announcement

Getting Their Money’s Worth

With Major League Baseball’s Opening Day upon us, we get our first clues as to how well the various teams’ offseason investments will pan out. Some clubs will be sporting new uniforms in an effort to improve their appearance, but we all know that wins and losses are all that fans really care about. For some teams that opened their wallets to sign pricey free agents, expectations will be high — both in the front office and in the stands.

Of course, much of what teams are paying for are hopes some players can not only repeat their past success, but also build upon that and reach an even higher level. Plenty of analysis is done to determine the likelihood of how much success players can achieve, but as is the case in the stock world, “past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.”

Looking at our own performance metrics as investors and business people, we all strive for better opportunities that bring us higher compensation levels. For some, this means starting a business, and for others it means an expanded learning curve in anticipation of increased roles. Some less ambitious folks (the majority of all people, unfortunately) will simply show up and maintain the status quo. These approaches tend to correlate in how individuals carry out their investment protocol as well.

In the end, the amount of effort you are willing to put forth will ultimately determine where your place in the financial hemisphere will rest. I hope investors out there see themselves as true contenders this year, and won’t just settle for a middle-of-the-pack performance.

Year-to-Date Results Just Posted

Be sure to check out the year-to-date watchlist posts up on the site today. You can see how well many of the dividend stocks we are tracking have done through the first month of 2013. As always, you can find these and other members-only articles on Premium Articles Page.

Our 2013 Dividend Stock Guide Has Arrived!

Our new members-only eBook has just been released! This 250-page guide to investing in 2013 contains a concise economic forecast for next year, including full previews for 60 big-name stocks! Be sure to head over to Premium and download it and get your game plan in place for all good things dividend-related in 2013!

I hope everyone had a chance to check out our Premium members-only weekend articles, including new features that highlight some of the biggest winners and losers from the week that was, such as analyst upgrades/downgrades and earnings/story stocks. These articles are a great way to catch up on the week that was in the markets. We also have a rundown of how various Dividend ETFs performed on the week.

Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks, as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here.

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