Are you a beginning investor?

Are you a beginning investor or do you want to review the basic principles to stock investing? Vershire Research is an independent stock market research firm that focuses on analyzing American companies. Its goal is to do research accurately and that shows in its results. Vershire Research is one of the best stock research sites available for fundamental investors.

Vershire believes no other form of analysis is as reliable, effective and incisive, as fundamental analysis. Its website is designed for all those who feel the same. Its goal is to make its website the best research site for all those who want to study and invest in stocks based on no-nonsense, rock-solid, fundamental analysis.

Vershire is one of the few research firms that beat the market in terms of risk and in terms of return. It achieves this difficult task because it has a preference for dividend-paying stocks and relies on time-tested financial statement analysis.

If you like to crunch numbers, succeed in the market in terms of return as well as risk, invest using forthright principles, and utilize the incredible power of compound return, then Vershire is absolutely perfect for you.

Are you a beginning investor?

What To Do With Your Energy Stock Investments

About two years after the panic of 2008-2009, the price of oil (i.e. West Texas Intermediate crude oil) eventually recovered to a little over $100 per barrel. But since June of 2014, it has plummeted and it is currently selling at slightly under $ 50 per barrel. This fall has pushed down the prices of energy stocks, earnings, and dividends. This has compelled many investors to think over what they should now do with their energy investments and where to find the best oil stocks. Consequently, it is very instructive to understand the basics of oil and the oil industry.

Oil is incredibly difficult, time-consuming and costly to find. But once it’s found, it costs practically nothing to pump it from the ground. The price of any good or service that has huge fixed costs but low marginal costs is going to tend to be erratic.

Despite this, when the price of oil is trading near the low end of its price spectrum, there is no shortage of pessimists who believe this state of affairs will continue forever. They ignore the fact that the same forces that pushed oil to swing so dramatically in one direction will eventually make it swing dramatically in the other direction.

We are not saying the price of oil will make a roaring comeback any time soon. In fact, (despite the fact that oil is a “finite” resource) we believe the long-term price of oil will trend downward slightly. Furthermore, we still cannot find many individual oil companies that we like unabashedly.

But we are saying we are more sanguine about what is happening in the oil industry now than we were a few years ago. And these things always take years (not months) to sort out. It is always helpful to keep long-term fundamental principles in mind. And the most important fundamental principle about oil (and energy in general) that we would like individuals to keep in mind is the following.

Oil and energy are the backbone of development. Until a viable, cheap alternative is found, their demand will never end. And when a viable alternative energy is found, the best players in the oil industry will probably find it or at least assist in bringing it to market.

Therefore, you need not bail out of energy stocks. If you haven’t sold them yet, you probably should not sell them now. And keep an eye out for those very good energy stocks that get punished undeservedly just because they are in an industry that is currently out of favor. And if you would like to see the specific oil stocks we are highest on, go to our Best-Stocks-to-Buy-Now page.

What To Do With Your Energy Stock Investments

Best Stock Research Sites

The internet is a wonderful thing. It has freed investors from having to go to their library and slowly and laboriously sift through musty old books to find information that often had (at best) a glancing relevance to their subject matter of interest.

Now, with a few clicks of the mouse, investors can access reams-worth of information, and then parse and zero in on the most valuable and enlightening information quickly. It is always nice when you can achieve better results with less effort.

But this assumes you know what to look for (garbage in, garbage out). In other words, you still have to know what to look for, or the incredible power of the internet to lead you to the best stock research sites is wasted. When searching for the best stock research sites, look for the following qualities.

  • Look for a site that clearly explains the basic and unchanging nature of the stock market and the investing process.
  • Look for a site that provides essential reference material on how to analyze and search for stocks. Number one on this list is a description of the most important and enlightening financial ratios, what they mean, and how to use them.
  • Look for a site that demonstrates how to use this reference material, and in particular the financial ratios, on actual data.

The last point is the most important. Many investors have a frustratingly difficult time putting into practice suggested financial ratios because the devil is in the details. Exactly how an investor should apply financial ratios makes all the difference. And an actual demonstration is priceless.

A sight that explains, theoretically, how to use financial ratios, but then does not apply these ratios to actual data (in a sense) is leading investors out to the woods and abandoning them there. A website that does this is not providing useful guidance. Theory without practice is worthless.

Because applying these ratios to actual data successfully is so difficult to do, it is often the feature most often absent from stock research sites. Be skeptical of any stock research website that explains, theoretically, the features of the market and the investing process, but does not back that theory up. The best stock research websites eat their own cooking.

Best Stock Research Sites

Outlook for the Best Oil Stocks to Buy

Has the huge drop in oil prices and oil stocks provided an opportunity for value investors to scoop up some of the best oil stocks?

The price of oil has plummeted over the last two years. The year 2015 was the second straight year that oil was one of the worst performing commodities in the market.  After falling more than $100 in 2014 (roughly 66 %), oil lost another 30 % in 2015.

Not surprisingly, the prices of oil stocks have plummeted along with the price of oil. For the year 2015, stocks in the oil industry were some of the worst performing stocks of all the roughly 2,000 stocks we cover. While the average stock was down by about 15 percent, the average oil stock was down by significantly more than 15 percent.

Industry Average % change in Price (Year 2015)

Oil & Gas – Integrated

-22.3
Oil & Gas Operations -26.5
Oil Well Services Operations

-33.2

Oil is cheap. Oil stocks are cheap. Is there any place for oil and oil stocks to go but up?

Unfortunately, in our opinion, the industry (in general) should still be avoided. The outlook for the industry is justifiably unfavorable, or at least murky. There are better bargains elsewhere.

But true to our bottom-up mentality, we don’t feel this way for each and every oil stock in the market. In an industry as big and important as the oil industry, there are always a few good players.

If you would like to balance out your portfolio with a few good oil stocks, click the link below and scroll down to the link “Best Oil Stocks to Buy Now” to see our highest-rated oil stocks. These are the oil companies whose financials are solid and whose future looks at least above average.

Best Oil Stocks to Buy Now

Outlook for the Best Oil Stocks to Buy