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Market Week Wrap-up

– Leading global equity indices continued floating upwards this week while the inflation drumbeat just kept getting louder. In the US, the January y/y CPI figure hit +1.6%, its highest level since last spring, and some analysts were alarmed by higher food prices creeping into CPI data sooner than expected. China’s January CPI report was lower than expected at +4.9% y/y, but markets panned the figures as heavily massaged by basket revisions. In the UK, the BoE said CPI would likely continue growing at a 4-5% clip over the short term. The World Bank released a report indicating that food prices were up 15% since October 2010 and are now only 3% away from record highs hit in 2008. Commodities moves complicated the story somewhat. While silver has pushed out to 30-year highs, there were signs that inflated soft commodity prices were beginning to unwind, with cotton and grain prices both below recent highs. Crude and gold prices have been impacted by reports that Iran is sending warships through the Suez Canal and bloody protests in Bahrain (next door to Saudi Arabia), although WTI futures were well below recent highs seen in early February. The Obama Administration unveiled its $3.73T budget proposal for 2012, including an all-time high deficit of $1.65T, reflecting the tax-cut agreement reached with Republicans in December. For 2012, the administration sees the imbalance declining to $1.1T, giving the country a record four straight years of one trillion-plus deficits. Bond prices held steady after the details were released, and Congress sharpened its knives for a budget fight. The Feb Empire Manufacturing survey hit its highest level since last June, indicating that the US manufacturing expansion seen over the last several months is continuing. On Friday there was plenty of commentary out of the G20 conference, where leaders tried mightily to achieve some concrete steps in reforming the global monetary system. Fed Chairman Bernanke took a swipe at the Chinese in his policy address to the G20, warning that nations which keep currency values low create imbalances, while the PBoC’s Zhou continued to push for a higher profile for the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). For the week, the DJIA rose 1.0%, the Nasdaq gained 0.9% and the S&P500 was up 1.0%. – John Deere crushed earnings and revenue targets in its Q1 report and nearly doubled its guidance for FY11 equipment sales. The firm hiked its sales guidance for its key agriculture and construction units as well, and said its Q2 revenue would blow out consensus estimates. Later in the week Caterpillar released very favorable dealer metrics for the month of January, with North America machinery sales up a whopping 58% y/y in the month. – Iron ore miner Cliffs Natural Resources reported very strong Q4 profits on a big y/y gain in iron ore pricing. The company expects global steel production to continue to grow in 2011, although it warned that spot iron ore prices are unsustainably high. Reliance Steel also blew out earnings estimates, and said pricing would remain strong at least through the first quarter of 2011. – In tech, Dell’s profit was way ahead of the consensus in its Q4 report, thanks to a big improvement in margins. The company said it believes the corporate IT…

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Is Warren Buffett Heading for the Exits?

Is Warren Buffett Heading for the Exits?

Nobody ever rings a bell at the top. That’s why sometimes it is instructive to keep an eye on so-called “smart-money”—especially when they make a move towards the door. All of which, strikes me as curious since just a few months ago the grandfatherly Buffett said, “I am a huge bull on this country. We are not going to have a double-dip recession at all. I see our businesses coming back across the board.” Hmmmm…I wonder if he has changed his mind on this one. From Bloomberg by Andrew Frye entitled: Berkshire Exits BofA ‘a Loser’ on Three-Year Holding. “Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. sold its stake in Bank of America Corp., ending an investment that spanned three and a half years in which the lender’s stock lost more than two-thirds of its value Buffett’s firm had no shares in the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank at the end of 2010, compared with 5 million shares three months earlier, Berkshire said late yesterday in a regulatory filing that lists the company’s U.S. stockholdings. Berkshire, where Buffett serves as chief executive officer and head of investments, entered the Bank of America stake with the purchase of 8.7 million shares in the second quarter of 2007. The lender’s CEO at the time, Kenneth Lewis, was expanding through acquisitions and telling investors that the U.S. housing slump would be over within months. “He’s closing out a loser,” said Jeff Matthews, author of “Pilgrimage to Warren Buffett’s Omaha,” whose Ram Partners LP invests in Berkshire and Bank of America. “We bought it during the crisis. But its earnings power coming out the crisis has been reduced.” Berkshire also eliminated its stakes in Nike Inc., Comcast Corp., Nalco Holding Co., Fiserv Inc., Lowe’s Cos. and Becton, Dickinson & Co. in the fourth quarter. In November, Berkshire disclosed that it had sold holdings of Home Depot Inc., trash hauler Republic Services Inc. and Iron Mounta”in Inc., a provider of records management. Buffett’s U.S. portfolio had 25 stocks and a value of about $52.6 billion at the end of December.” Maybe there is nothing to see here, but I don’t think so. You just can’t trust a guy that plays a ukulele. Related Articles: Warren Buffett’s Dividend Stock Strategy The Good Works of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Ben Graham’s Winning Investment Advice Warren Buffett: The Investor of the Year To learn more about Wealth Daily click here. Advertisement Samurai Super Alloy It was the secret ingredient that turned an ordinary sword into the legendary Samurai Katana— the deadliest weapon before the arrival of modern rifles. Today, it’s crucial to the $987billion/

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Celgene (CELG): A Biotech Takeover Target?

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Celgene (CELG): A Biotech Takeover Target?

Filed under: Newsletters , Stocks to Buy “As tradition holds, Celgene ( CELG ) gave the first presentation at the recent 29th JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, where CEO Bog Hugin focused on Celgene’s ongoing plans to become a world-wide company and expansion into global markets,” reports John McCamant . The biotech specialist and editor of The Medical Technology Stock Letter explains, “They expect 2011 to be the first year where the company earns a majority of sales outside the U.S. The company is currently conducting 25 Phase III trials on its various drugs. “Celgene also announced 4th quarter 2010 earnings last week, and revenue was down 16%, mostly based on costs incurred due to the Abraxis acquisition. Continue reading Celgene (CELG): A Biotech Takeover Target? Celgene (CELG): A Biotech Takeover Target? originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 15 Feb 2011 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Nokia, Microsoft Announce Strategic Smartphone Alliance (NOK, MSFT)

Filed in Apple, ceo, dividend, Gold Investing, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, o, shares by on February 11, 2011 0 Comments

Mobile phone maker Nokia Corporation ( NOK ) and software giant Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) on Friday announced a pact to team up against rivals Apple ( AAPL ) and Google ( GOOG ), who are thus far winning the smartphone race hands-down. In pursuant to the deal, Nokia will utilize Microsoft’s Windows Phone software as the platform for its mobile phones, marking a monumental shift from the Finnish company’s prior strategy of programming the operating system for its own devices. The move comes just days after a leaked internal Nokia memo from CEO Stephen Elop, in which he warned his employees the company was simply being outdone by its mobile phone competitors. Elop didn’t say when the first Nokia device running on Windows Phone software would ship, but did note that the company would not abandon its trademark Symbian operating system, nor the new Meego platform it’s currently developing. Nokia shares plunged $1.08, or -10%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Nokia ( NOK ) have a 4.78% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $10.88. Shares of Microsoft ( MSFT ) have a 2.33% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $27.50. Nokia Corporation ( NOK ) and Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) are both rated “Neutral,” holding Dividend.com DARS™ Ratings of 3.1 and 3.4 out of 5 stars, respectively. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Market Wrap-Up for Feb.9 (RL, DIS, AGU, IR, CSC, NYX, NOK, AAPL, more)

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was on the hot seat today as he gave his annual Washington presentations. With the markets being significantly higher than they were this time last year, he was certainly feeling better about some of the recent data. Some of his statements pointed to increased evidence that a self-sustaining recovery in consumer and business spending may be taking hold. Also, real consumer spending rose at an annual rate of more than 4 percent in the fourth quarter. There is no question that we have been seeing economic stabilization, and the markets have certainly been pricing stocks as if the lift can be sustained. We actually made some ratings changes this morning, removing four names from our recommended list. We continue to see opportunities in the market, but we are also aware that some names may just not have the risk/reward profile we are searching for, so we need to make changes when we see fit. You can check out the post if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out to Dividend.com Premium members earlier. The markets were moving sideways early on, but some sellers did show up in certain areas, especially the commodity names. Earnings were in play today with buyers jumping at positive news from Polo Ralph Lauren ( RL ), Walt Disney ( DIS ), Syngenta ( SYT ) and Agrium ( AGU ). On the flip side, it wasn’t a great day for shares of Computer Sciences ( CSC ) or Ingersoll-Rand ( IR ) following both companies’ less-than-stellar results. Also, shares of NYSE Euronext ( NYX ) were halted for some time, but then popped higher when the stock was released for trading on reports the exchange was involved in merger talks with the Deutsche Börse. Interesting story making the rounds this morning about Nokia’s ( NOK ) CEO sending out a reality check memo overnight to everyone in the company. The memo details how the company has lost its way, with rivals Apple ( AAPL ) and Google ( GOOG ) eating their lunch. It’s a real admission that change needs to happen quickly or the company’s future could quickly dim further. I couldn’t help but think of how this relates to the many people that still today have not taken the financial steps to safeguard their later years (whether you are 5,10,20,or 30 …

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Mattel Raises Dividend 11% as Q4 Profit Beats View (MAT)

Filed in ceo, dividend, Gold, o, revenue, shares by on February 2, 2011 0 Comments

Toymaker Mattel, Inc. ( MAT ) on Wednesday said its fourth quarter profit fell 1% from last year, but its results beat analyst expectations and it boosted its quarterly dividend payout. The El Segundo, CA-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $325.2 million, or 89 cents per share, compared with $328.4 million, also 89 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Net sales rose about 9% from last year to $2.12 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of 86 cents per share, on lower revenue of $2.09 billion. Mattel’s board of directors also authorized an 11% hike in its quarterly dividend payout, to 23 cents per share. CEO Robert A. Eckert commented, “Our priority for 2011 is to accelerate our performance by inculcating our new vision and implementing a new organizational structure; uncovering the next layer of cost cutting opportunities; generating significant cash flow; and deploying capital in a disciplined and opportunistic manner.” Mattel shares rose 36 cents, or +1.5%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Mattel ( MAT ) since Sept.2, 2009, when the stock was trading at $17.61. The company will now have a dividend payout of 3.81%, based on the higher dividend payout, and last night’s closing stock price of $24.15. Mattel, Inc. ( MAT ) is a “Recommended” dividend stock, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Why Paul Krugman Is Wrong on the Austrians

The Austrians on Capital In contrast to mainstream macro models, which either do not possess capital at all or at best denote it as a homogenous stock of size “K,” Austrian theory explicitly treats the capital structure of the economy as a complex assortment of different tools, equipment, machinery, inventories, and other goods in process. Much of the Austrian perspective is dependent on this rich view of the economy’s capital structure, and mainstream economists miss out on many of the Austrian insights when they make the “convenient” assumption that the economy has one good. (Krugman will be glad to know that yes, I can spell all this out in a formal model — and one that referee Paul Samuelson grudgingly signed off on.) Krugman and other Keynesians stress the primacy of demand: they keep pointing out that the owner of an electronics store, say, won’t have the incentive to hire more workers, and buy more inventory, if he doesn’t expect consumers will show up with money to spend on new TVs or laptops. But Austrians point out that demand per se is hardly the whole story: Regardless of how many green pieces of paper the customers have, or how much credit the store can get from the bank, it will be physically impossible for the electronics store to fill the shelves with new TVs and laptops unless the manufacturers of those items have already produced them. And in turn, the manufacturers can’t magically create TVs and laptops merely because the demand for their products picks up; they rely on other sectors in the economy having done the prior preparation as well, such as mining the necessary metals, assembling the proper amount of tractor trailers needed to ship the goods from the factory, and so on. These observations may strike some as trivial, not worthy of the consideration of serious economists. But that’s only because normally, a market economy “spontaneously” solves this tremendous coordination problem through prices and the corresponding signals of profit and loss. If someone had to centrally plan an entire economy from scratch, there would be all sorts of bottlenecks and waste — as actual experience has shown. Without the guidance of market prices, we wouldn’t observe a smoothly functioning economy, where natural resources move down the chain of production — from mining to processing to manufacturing to wholesale to retail — as neatly depicted in macro textbooks. Instead, we would see a chaotic muddle where the various interlocking processes didn’t dovetail. There would be too many hammers and not enough nails, too much perishable food and not enough refrigerated railroad cars to deliver it, and so on. The Austrians on Interest When it comes to explaining the coordinating function of market prices, Austrians assign a very important role to interest rates, for they steer …

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Market Wrap-Up for Jan.24 (MCD, RSH, HAL, CLF, JCP, more)

Filed in ceo, dividend, downgrade, earnings, Gold Investing, lead, Lear, o, Rio Tinto, shares, upgrade by on January 24, 2011 0 Comments

Let me just start by saying it was a tough night trying to get to sleep after watching the Jets nearly make it all the way back from the hole they put themselves in against the Steelers yesterday. It was an exciting year, but once again the team falls short. One day, the Jets will win it all again (as will every team at some point). Good luck to the Steelers (sold this stock too early as I was a fan in my younger days – still enjoyed watching them win their first four Super Bowls – and Packers!) The Super Bowl should certainly be an outstanding match-up. In investing, you can always dig yourself out of a hole, as long as the hole doesn’t swallow up your entire portfolio. What I mean is you should never put all your eggs in one or two baskets. It’s easy to say “I should have just owned Stock XYZ” in hindsight. Unfortunately I have seen too many cases where investors pick the wrong “horse” or couple of “horses” to bet on — sometimes this practice is done in one’s 401k regarding their employer’s stock. How many millions were lost in stocks like Enron, Lucent, Nortel, etc, when these stocks tumbled and never bounced back? One thing is always for certain: companies’ fortunes change at one point or another, but if an investor doesn’t accept the fact it may be time to ring the register and sell, the inherent risk to one’s nest egg increases dramatically. Even if you take a decent-sized loss and don’t stick to my 25% off the 52-week high” checkpoint, you can easily recoup those losses by getting back to the investing basics and put your money to work in quality dividend-paying stocks over the next several years. It never makes sense to give up on the markets, despite the magnitude any correction has on your portfolio. I can’t stress enough that if you adopt a sell discipline for your portfolio, you will always have a portfolio that will be performing at or better than most money managers in the business today. Just before we take a look at today’s action, I just wanted to remind everyone to check out today’s new recommendations if you did not read the alert we sent out earlier. As we start another busy week of earnings, the markets got off to a solid start. Halliburton ( HAL ) and McDonald’s ( MCD ) closed with minors following both companies’ earnings reports. J.C. Penney ( JCP ) had a good day following some new board members coming on board, as speculation of a potential sale makes the rounds. On the flipside, Radioshack ( RSH ) shares got hurt on news the CEO will be stepping down in May. Commodity names are bouncing following the recent selling. Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF ) and Rio Tinto ( RTP ) paced the gains. I wanted to go over some investing strategy one-liners that were highlighted on my friend and respected market-watcher Charles Kirk’s “Kirk Report”. Investing Strategy #1 – “Keep it…

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Schlumberger Sees Increasing Demand, Global Opportunities for Drilling

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Schlumberger Sees Increasing Demand, Global Opportunities for Drilling

Filed under: Earnings Reports , Schlumberger Limited (SLB) , Oil On Friday, oil field giant Schlumberger ( SLB ) posted a 31% profit for the fourth quarter, as reported in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required). Earnings rose to $1.04 billion, or 76 cents per share, from $795 million, or 65 cents per share, a year ago.The acquisition of Smith International contributed revenue of $2.49 billion and earnings of $275 million in the quarter. CEO Andrew Gould said that an increase in global demand should drive growth in deepwater drilling around the world and revive onshore activity. Continue reading Schlumberger Sees Increasing Demand, Global Opportunities for Drilling Schlumberger Sees Increasing Demand, Global Opportunities for Drilling originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 24 Jan 2011 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Capital One Q4 Profit Up 85%, Despite Lower Revenue (COF)

Filed in ceo, dividend, Gold Investing, Gold Investment, o, revenue, shares by on January 21, 2011 0 Comments

Banker and credit card issuer Capital One Financial Corp. ( COF ) late Thursday said its fourth quarter profit surged 85% from last year, beating analyst estimates. The McLean, VA-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $697 million, or $1.52 per share, compared with $376 million, or 83 cents per share. Revenue fell 1.3% from last year to $4 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of $1.40 per share, on lower revenue of $3.92 billion. CEO Richard Fairbank commented, “We began to see some stabilization in loan volumes and early signs of a return to loan growth in 2011.” Capital One shares fell 44 cents, or -0.9%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Capital One Financial ( COF ) have a .42% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $47.25. The stock has technical support in the $42-$44 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $50-$53 price levels. Capital One Financial Corp. ( COF ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Morgan Stanley’s Q4 Profit Surges 88%, Beating Estimates (MS)

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Financial services giant Morgan Stanley ( MS ) on Thursday said its fourth quarter profit jumped 88% from last year on higher revenue, surpassing analyst estimates. The New York-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $867 million, or 41 cents per share, compared with $460 million, or 29 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 14% from last year to $7.8 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a slightly smaller profit of 40 cents per share, on smaller revenue of $7.4 billion. CEO James Gorman commented, “Despite this year’s challenging markets, we delivered strong results in investment banking enhancing our leadership positions in M&A, global equity and IPOs based on the strength of our banking, capital markets and equities teams.” Morgan Stanley shares rose 47 cents, or +1.7%, in premarket trading Thursday. The Bottom Line Shares of Morgan Stanley ( MS ) have a .72% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $27.75. The stock has technical support in the $24-$25 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $29-$30 price levels. Morgan Stanley ( MS ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.2 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Use Apple Weakness to Buy More

Filed in Apple, BP, ceo, GOld juniors, Gold Market, Lear, o, shares by on January 17, 2011 0 Comments

It seems every time Steve Jobs’ health concerns take center stage, investors get a bit worried… and take the stock down. Will it happen this time, even though Steve Jobs remains CEO? It has yet to be seen. But I’d be a buyer on any weakness. Because, just as we’ve seen before, any good Jobs’ news is met with higher Apple shares. Still, we’re a bit concerned for the man who has become legend. Get well, Mr. Jobs. We’re pulling for you… Here, according to Zero Hedge, is what Jobs sent employee s. Team, At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company. I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011. I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy. Steve But here’s why some are a bit concerned. While PR consultants have probably advised Apple not to go into further detail about this medical leave, Jobs did say “I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can.” The last time he gave a heartfelt tone like that was the last time he went on leave, according to Business Insider. Team, I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought. In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June. I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan. I look forward

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