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How charts tell different stories

Honeywell is doing well today after an ebullient earnings report.

I charted HON against some other tech stocks over the past five years.  the big green one is Nvidia.

Now remove the big green one — Nvidia. It changes everything.

In comparison to Microsoft, Apple and Amazon, Honeywell has not done well.

But let’s say that you compare Honeywell to the S&P 500 and Nasdaq:

The moral of this story? Hanging onto a nice industrial stock like Honeywell will reward you. But hot technology stocks like Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft will reward you much more.

But the nice thing is that a simple Nasdaq index fund — like NDAQ or VGT — will do just fine (even better in fact) without all the agita — like trying to figure out if Honeywell is going to crash because one of its big customers — Boeing — is having some problems with its biggest selling plane.

The charts above all came courtesy Fidelity’s Active Trade Pro software, which I like.

Don’t do stupid

Scarcely a day goes by without meeting someone with bandages around their ankle.

“What happened?” I ask.

“I misjudged the bottom step.”

“Were you holding the railing?”

“No.”

Just plain ducky

Why give anyone (especially Facebook) your real email address?

Get yourself HarryFake@gmail.com — except you can’t get that one. Someone else has it! You get the idea.

What to do if you lose your passport

Before you lose it, scan the two important pages. Print several copies. Keep a scan/photo on your phone.

After you’ve lost your passport, don’t panic, much. But move quickly.

Skim this piece from Conde Nast. Click here. 

Moses and the Red Sea

Ssecond passover story.

Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday School.

“Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt . When He got to the Red Sea , he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then, he radioed headquarters for reinforcements.

They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.”

“Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?” his mother asked.

“Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you’d never believe it!”

Harry Newton, who’s having a conniption over software. More about that miserable subject tomorrow.