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John Dorfman is chairman of Thunderstorm Capital in Boston and a syndicated columnist. His firm or clients may own or trade securities discussed in this column. John Dorfman can be reached via e-mail or at 617-542-8888

Dorfman: Naive cheapskate concept can yield profits quietly

By John Dorfman
What would happen if you bought the cheapest stock in each of the 10 sectors of the market, and held it for one to three years? Mostly, good things. Seven times since April 2002, I have constructed hypothetical portfolios using that ...

Dorfman: 4 small-capitalization stocks with big potential

By John Dorfman
Many investors get satisfaction from finding an undiscovered gem in the stock market — a little company that hasn’t yet been discovered by most of Wall Street. Small-capitalization stocks often have a greater potential for gains than the Exxons and IBMs ...

Dorfman: This 30-30 Club is for major league companies, not ball players

By John Dorfman
In baseball, it’s a great honor to make the 30-30 Club, which requires smacking 30 homes runs and stealing 30 bases in the same season. In well over a century of Major League play, only 37 players — the ...

Dorfman: Fossil, Pilgrims Pride, Micron latest picks for Casualty List

By John Dorfman
I like stocks that have been smacked down and seem to have great rebound potential. That’s why I compile my Casualty List. It is a roster of wounded stocks that I believe have an excellent chance to recover and ...

Dorfman: Exploring world of foreign stocks can turn up gems

By John Dorfman
Mark Twain once wrote that the oyster thinks it is the pinnacle of evolution — but that only an oyster would be egotistical enough to think that. Similarly, there is a bit of arrogance in thinking that all worthwhile investment ...

Dorfman: Sanderson, Inner Workings among bargains on Nasdaq

By John Dorfman
No one ever bought a chicken stock because it was glamorous. That’s one reason I like Sanderson Farms Inc. (SAFM). Sanderson is one of the top half-dozen American chicken producers. I owned its shares personally and for clients a ...

Dorfman: Insiders at Cliffs, Green Dot on the right track with stock purchases

By John Dorfman
Few stocks have been pounded worse in the past half dozen years than iron ore miner Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (CLF). Since mid-2008, the shares have fallen from $119 to slightly more than $6. In February and March, four ...

SodaStream, Abercrombie land on New Lows list

By John Dorfman
Bottom-fishing for stocks on the New Lows list can be fruitful. On the list are stocks that are trading at their lowest price in 52 weeks. I don’t suggest that the list as a whole will outperform the market. ...

Dorfman: Repeat champion of Economic Forecasting derby stays modest

By John Dorfman
California money manager Randy Jeffs won my annual Derby of Economic Forecasting Talent for a second time. Jeffs, the founder of Progressive Capital Managers in Irvine, Calif., gained his victory with accurate guesses on inflation, interest rates and unemployment. He ...

Highly overpriced stocks likely to not be worth the risk

By John Dorfman
Why do people do it? Investing on hope is a natural impulse. But when you take it to an extreme — such as putting money into a stock that sells for 100 times revenue per share — you are asking ...

Dorfman: Google, Facebook among Balance Sheet Powerhouses

By John Dorfman
Companies that are very strong financially don’t get much recognition. I have a small remedy for that. Once a year, I compile a list of Balance Sheet Powerhouses. This year, 30 companies made my powerhouse list. Among them are some ...

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