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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: Time to take another shot at small caps

By John Dorfman
Ugh. For the second consecutive year, my small-stock recommendations fizzled. The crop of small stocks I wrote about a year ago returned just 5.8 percent. That compares with an increase of 17.8 percent in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, …

Dorfman: Only 2 ‘buys’ in newest 30-30 Club

By John Dorfman
With baseball getting under way again, it’s time for me to think about my 30-30 Club. In baseball, a player who hits 30 home runs and steals 30 bases makes the so-called 30-30 Club. In more than a century, only …

Dorfman: Staples and Geospace make 44th Casualty List

By John Dorfman
In a continuing effort to buy low and sell high, I like to buy stocks of companies that have been slammed. Investors often overreact to events, so stocks might be punished severely for minor sins. That’s why I compile a …

Predicted Dow leap still stands

By John Dorfman
One year ago, in this column and on CNBC television, I predicted that the Dow Jones Industrial Average will hit 25,000 in 2017. Some people, including a couple of my own clients, thought it was an outrageous prediction. In my …

‘My Pick 5’ Nasdaq bargains

By John Dorfman
As the home of many small stocks and some huge technology companies, the Nasdaq stock market is sometimes a good place to find bargains. Over the years, I’ve written seven columns suggesting Nasdaq stocks to buy. On average, my selections …

Insiders buy at GE, HomeStreet

By John Dorfman
Thanks to Congress and securities regulators, anyone can see whether a company’s insiders “eat their own cooking” by buying their company’s shares. Years ago, Nejut Seyhun of the University of Michigan demonstrated that stocks often do well after major purchases …

New Lows list holds some gems

By John Dorfman
Don’t try to catch a falling knife, warns an old stock market saying. I do it often. One place I look for stocks to buy is on the New Lows list, a roster of stocks selling for their lowest price …

Dorfman: Can you predict the economy for 2014?

By John Dorfman
Richard Welch, an accountant from Ohio, won the 2013 Derby of Economic Forecasting. Background Contestants in my Derby must attempt to guess the year-end level of six economic items: the growth of the economy, the level of inflation, the interest …

Lose 32% of money on popular stocks

By John Dorfman
Would you like to lose 32 percent of your money every year? Then bet on wildly popular stocks — ones that sell for 100 times the company’s revenue or more. I have published nine previous columns on this subject (2000 …

31 stocks picked for strength

By John Dorfman
Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), a pioneer in mobile-phone technology, has been named a Balance Sheet Powerhouse for the ninth time in my annual assessment of companies’ financial strength. That ties the record, set in 2013 by Forest Laboratories Inc. (FRX), which …

Oshkosh, Engility show value

By John Dorfman
Not all gentlemen prefer blondes. And not all investors prefer stocks that are going up. But many do. For them, twice a year, I try to identify stocks that display both value and momentum. With market indices showing a negative …

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