The Daily Dose: How to Help Yourself

Truth is, nobody in this world is going to give you a damn thing. You want something bad enough then go out there and take it. In applying this line of reasoning to a stock market that never wants to stay down for any prolonged period (last Thursday's selloff already recouped), you really have to know what to be looking for to either become a contrarian bear or ride with the fast-moving bull herd. I am still gathering notes for the holiday season, and to follow are the views I shared with a few of my team members.

The holidays are, for all intents and purposes, here. In fact, they have been inside of Costco (COST) since the summer. So what is the one thing that you the investor needs know about selecting a consumer-related stock into year's end? That one thing: massive product differentiation. Let the teen apparel players compete for the same customer with rising promotions that destroy their earnings. Be smart by realizing a Nike (NKE) has arrived to market ready to take the fight back to Under Armour (UA) with a new product called HyperWarm. With that fight comes a higher-than-normal chance to grab profitable market share (defined by full price sales). Here is some color on HyperWarm....475 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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