Welcome to the Wealth Daily Weekend Edition — our insights from the week in investing and links to our most-read Wealth Daily and sister publication articles.
After Monday’s triple-digit run on the Dow, it was mixed market mayhem for the remainder of the week…
But if you’ve got a foot in the sectors we’ve been touting as of late — lithium, rare earth, and security screener stocks — you’re better off than the overall market, which just stumbled upon a poor unemployment read.
U.S. employers cut 85,000 jobs in December 2009, cooling off any hopes that the labor market is recovering, and keeping the unemployment rate at a steady 10%. But that figure would have been higher if more people hadn’t left the labor force because they couldn’t find jobs.
That number caps a disastrous year for U.S. workers. Employers cut some 4.2 million jobs in 2009 as the unemployment rate averaged 9.3%. Compare this to the 5.8% average in 2008 and the 4.6% average in 2007… And economists are worried that 2010 won’t be better.
Fortunately we’ve found the bargains, especially in rare earth metals like lithium, along with select screener stocks.
The boom in lithium has only just begun, as investors scramble to take a position. That’s because even they know that lithium could soon replace billions of barrels of oil. They also know that demand is expected to continue rising, as the boom is ignited by the fact that electric cars require about 3,000 times the lithium needed for an average cell phone.
Western Lithium, recommended by Brian Hicks in Wealth Daily, has already doubled. And our other currently held lithium gains — 83%, 40% and 16% — is proof that the boom just began. And we’re not selling. In fact, Pure Asset Trader is continuing to buy, adding another lithium stock that could double inside a year.
We also recommended keeping an eye on OSI Systems (OSIS) and L-3 (LLL) after the terrorist effort to blow a hole in a plane on Christmas Day. Not only did the two companies get a boost from the Netherlands decision to use body scanners on all flights from Holland to the U.S., the two could get an extra boost from Janet Napolitano, U.S. secretary for Homeland Security, who is deploying 300 additional advanced imaging scanners at U.S. airports, and possibly more. OSIS ran from $27 to more than $30 over the last week. LLL ran about $2 in the beginning of the week. But you could have done even better, had you bought the options… that is, if you’re serious about maximizing your gain potential.
You see, every serious investor needs an education in trading options… And maximizing gain potential with options couldn’t be easier these days. Yet, not every one should be trading them — not without proper options education. Which is why we’re teaching the ins and outs of options with our newly launched Options Trading Coach… We’ll even give you hands-on education with 1-2 picks every month. It really doesn’t get any easier than this.
That’s all for this week… Stay tuned for more shortly.
Stay Ahead of the Curve,
Ian L. Cooper
P.S. In case you missed any of the week’s top-read articles from Wealth Daily and our sister publications, you can catch up on them now:
The Torches Come Out in Iceland: Protests Break Out in Iceland Over Bank Bailouts
Wealth Daily Analyst Adam Sharp reports as Icelanders protest with torches over a $5b bank bailout proposed by their lawmakers.
Chinese Clean Energy: 2010: The Year of China’s Energy Boom
Wealth Daily‘s Nick Hodge discusses the coming boom in Chinese renewable energy, and how you can position yourself for easy profits.
Bakken Well News: Stocks Exploding on Discovery
The Bakken oil formation — which the USGS just last year estimated to hold 4.35 billion barrels of oil — could turn around a whopping 9 billion big ones, says Wealth Daily… and stocks are already starting to move.
Energy Efficiency Stocks: The Fifth Fuel
Energy & Capital Editor Nick Hodge discusses his energy habits and how they can have implications for mainstream investing.
The Outlook for Geothermal Energy Stocks: Where the Hot Spots Are in Geothermal Energy
International Editor Sam Hopkins takes a look at the geothermal industry in 2010 and what you can expect to see.
Regenerative Medicine Companies: These Medical Changes that are Almost Here
Editor Steve Christ explores regenerative medicine and explains why this radical field is likely the next "big thing" for the medical world and investors alike.
Lithium and Rare Earth Stocks: Rare Earth Metals and Technology to Line Pockets
Wealth Daily Publisher Brian Hicks explains how new technology will continue to drive the lithium and rare earth metals bull market he predicted last year.
Greenland Takes Control: Fortunes Are Already Being Made
Wealth Daily reports: Greenland’s $273 billion rare earth resource will turn over to a company that’s returned 150% gains to date. But you haven’t missed the profit train. In this report, we reveal how you can get in on the outfit that will control these technology metals… before its stock skyrockets again.
Doomed to Repeat the Mistakes of 1937?: A Double-dip Recession is Possible…
Editor Ian Cooper explains why Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman warns Obama and the Fed not to make the same mistakes that were made some 73 years ago, when the U.S. was sure that the worst was really behind it.