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Dividend.com Daily Newsletter (AAPL, more) – Jan.17

Filed in Apple, ceo, dividend, Gold Investing, Lear, o, shares, ubs by on January 17, 2011 0 Comments

The markets are closed today, but I wanted to spend some time talking about investing in general and some great ways one can clear the path for a substantial nest egg. For anyone that has not signed up for our free daily newsletter, here is a look at what went out today. One of the things that hold many people back in life is the fear of failure. It affects decisions we make every day from our careers to how we invest. I always believe that if you put together a game plan where the risk/reward is in your favor, over time, you will start to put together many little wins that can soon add up to big wins. Making last-minute decisions and spur-of-the-moment calls can sometimes get you a bit of success, but in the long run, not the best way to approach your goals. Making things automatic is what most people are used to. Corporations love the monthly bank withdrawals for different bills and many push customers to accept that fast payment plan. Why is that? Simply that you don’t have to think twice about remembering to stay timely with your monthly expenses. I think investors should adopt that same mentality when it comes to investing. Set up a system with an online broker to do the same when it comes to your investing. Make a goal to start this each month and get this process underway if you haven’t done so already. Brokers are looking to accommodate anyone that is ready to put their investing dollars to work. Many of the brokers you contact will be super helpful when you call, and don’t be afraid to ask any question you have. No reason to be embarrassed about anything you need to inquire about. Find out what their dividend payout policy is if you want to reinvest your dividends or if you simply want the broker to mail you a monthly dividend check. I talk to people all the time who are in their later years and feel like they may have missed the boat on when they should have been investing. There is simply not time that is too late to start reaping rewards from quality dividend-paying stocks. Think positively and you will see that you should never spend any time thinking about one being too old or not having enough money for investing to making a dent. My goal for Dividend.com and my &#…

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Life According to Apple’s Steve Jobs

Filed in Apple, BP, ceo, E Reader, Gold, GOld juniors, Gold Market, Lear, o by on January 17, 2011 0 Comments
Life According to Apple’s Steve Jobs

I was saddened to hear the news about Steve Jobs this morning. As long time readers know, I think the guy is an absolute rock star in the world of CEO’s. But as you might imagine with the Apple boss, it goes much deeper than that. You see, Steve Jobs also understands life much better than most folks. Not surprisingly, he gets that too. In fact, this is one of the best commencement speeches I have ever heard… As Jobs says: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” “Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” “Stay hungry, stay foolish” Like the company he founded it is about, truth, simplicity, and the freedom to follow your own heart. Godspeed Mr. Jobs…. Related Articles: Apple: Stock of the Year Apple’s Next Evolution Apple Sets its Sights on iSpecs To learn more about Wealth Daily click here Advertisement The Options Guide Your Broker Doesn’t Want You to See… Most people think profiting from options requires years of investment experience or a seasoned stock broker. That’s why people are losing thousands of dollars everyday. Our in-house options expert Ian Cooper has put together a FREE guide detailing an options strategy that’s so easy, he’s calling them “automatic options.” Click here now to gain access to your FREE options trading guide. Life According to Apple’s Steve Jobs originally appeared in Wealth Daily . Wealth Daily is a free daily newsletter featuring contrarian investment insights and commentary.

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Managing multi-speed markets, according to Mohamed El-Erian

Filed in BP, ceo, Debt, economy, Gold Prices, o, pimco by on January 15, 2011 0 Comments

A 2011 market outlook, with Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and co-CIO of Pimco.

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JPMorgan’s Q4 Profit Surges 47%, Beating View (JPM)

Filed in ceo, dividend, Gold Investment, jp morgan, o, revenue, shares by on January 14, 2011 0 Comments

Financial services giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. ( JPM ) on Friday said its fiscal fourth quarter profit rose 47% from last year, beating analyst estimates. The New York-based company reported fiscal fourth quarter net income of $4.8 billion, or $1.12 per share, compared with $3.3 billion, or 74 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Net revenue rose 13% from last year to $26.1 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts had expected a smaller profit of $1 per share on lower revenue of $24.2 billion. CEO Jamie Dimon said in a statement that “Credit trends in our credit-card and wholesale businesses continued to improve,” but that “In our mortgage business, while charge-offs and delinquencies have improved, credit costs still remain at abnormally high levels and continue to be a significant drag on our returns.” JPMorgan shares fell 25 cents, or -0.6%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of JP Morgan ( JPM ) since Dec.22, 2010, when the stock was trading at $41.00. The company has a .45% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $44.45. JPMorgan Chase & Co. ( JPM ) 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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Market Wrap-Up for Jan.12 (ITT, CLF, JPM, ACI, FO, more)

Filed in Ameritrade, ceo, dividend, Gold Investment, Guidance, jp morgan, o, shares by on January 12, 2011 0 Comments

Companies breaking into separate parts (ITT, FO), IPOs, M&A, and increasing dividends are all part of the foundation that should make for stable markets going forward. Pullbacks will certainly be welcome and I am surely hoping for better entry points as investors continue to trickle back into stocks. I wanted to touch dividend payouts a bit more today. Depending on your broker, you may be able to reinvest your cash dividends back into shares of your holdings at no cost. Did you know that? We have the portfolio generator tool on the site, along with the stock screener where you can assemble a portfolio that will pay you out monthly dividend checks from January thru December. TD Ameritrade has a $10 minimum dividend check requirement to send one out. If you do not have a TD Ameritrade account, you should inquire with your broker on what their policy is, and ask them about any costs to reinvest those dividends if you so choose. For those that are older and looking for monthly dividend income, you should check those tools out. The list from the portfolio generator is based on stocks that are on our recommended list only. According to an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, there will be an average of 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day. This trend is set to last for the next 20 years. The strain on social security will be intense. We have not seen social security increases the last couple of years, so there will be a need for sources of new income. I can’t stress enough the importance for everyone to be proactive, whether one is approaching retirement now or 30 years from now. Compound interest is your biggest friend and dividend stocks can get you results if you get going and start taking action. Speaking of action, we put three new names on our recommended list today. Be sure to check out the post if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out earlier. Looking at the headlines, ITT Corp ( ITT ) rallied more than 16% on news the company will be splitting up into 3 separate companies. If you remember, I mentioned that investment bankers would likely be busy crunching numbers on more break-up deals, following the news about Fortune Brands ( FO ) splitting itself up. Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF ) was higher after the company announced a $4.9B acquisition last night. Financials traded nicely higher, with JP Morgan ( JPM ) shares getting a decent pop after the CEO made comments about increasing the banking giant’s dividend payout later

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JPMorgan to Boost Dividend in Second Quarter (JPM)

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Jamie Dimon, CEO of Banking giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. ( JPM ), late Tuesday said in a television interview on CNBC that the company will raise its dividend payout in the second quarter. Dimon also said during a speech at a healthcare conference in San Francisco that the company would like to realize a dividend payout ratio of 35% of normalized earnings. JPMorgan shares rose 67 cents, or +1.5%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line We began recommending shares of JP Morgan ( JPM ) back on Dec.22, when the stock was trading at $41.00. The company has a .46% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $43.60. JPMorgan Chase & Co. ( JPM ) 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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Arch Coal Cuts 2010 Guidance; Shares Fall (ACI)

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Coal producer Arch Coal, Inc. ( ACI ) late Tuesday lowered its full-year 2010 earnings guidance, sending its shares lower in aftermarket trading. The company said it now expects adjusted 2010 earnings to range from $1.11 to $1.15 per share, down significantly from its prior guidance of $1.25 to $1.40 per share. On average, Wall Street analysts expect $1.17 per share for the year. CEO Steven F. Leer said that “Lower shipment levels, partially driven by poor Eastern rail service, contributed to the guidance revision for 2010…In addition, the Mountain Laurel operation was impacted in December by geologic challenges, which marginally affected our planned production during the quarter.” Arch Coal shares fell $1.28, or -3.6%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line Shares of Arch Coal ( ACI ) have a 1.13% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $35.53. The stock has technical support in the $30-$32 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $40 price level. Arch Coal, Inc. ( ACI ) 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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ITT Corp to Split Into Three Publicly-Traded Companies (ITT)

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Engineering and manufacturing company ITT Corporation ( ITT ) on Wednesday unveiled plans to split its company into three separate entities, which will all trade independently as public companies. ITT said it would create tax-fee spin-offs of its water-related businesses, defense segment, and industrial engineering component into three separate companies. Under the plan, current ITT shareholders will receive shares in all three corporations once the transaction is completed. CEO Steve Loranger commented, “In recent years, we have nurtured and grown our unique portfolio of businesses, which are now poised to emerge as three strong and focused standalone companies, with leading products and market positions, highly skilled employees and tremendous value-generating potential for shareowners. In today’s business environment, we believe this strategy is the best approach to unlock this value and position the three businesses to grow and serve customers as focused global companies. Each new company will be more nimble and able to build stronger, more intimate customer relationships to accelerate mutual success.” ITT Corp shares rose $9.97, or +19%, in premarket trading Wednesday following the announcement The Bottom Line Shares of ITT Corp ( ITT ) have a 1.89% dividend yield, based on

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Lennar’s Q4 Earnings Fall, but Still Beat View (LEN)

Filed in ceo, dividend, Gold Investing, Gold Investment, o, revenue, shares by on January 11, 2011 0 Comments

Home builder Lennar Corporation ( LEN ) on Tuesday saw its fourth quarter profit fell more than 10% from last year, but results still beat analyst expectations. The Miami-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $32 million, or 17 cents per share, compared with $35.6 million, or 19 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue slumped 6% from last year to $860.1 million, as deliveries and orders of new homes declined. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a much smaller profit of 6 cents per share, on lower revenue of $815.7 million. CEO Stuart Miller said in a statement that “Although high unemployment, tight lending standards and low consumer confidence continue to present challenges for the housing industry, we are confident that 2011 will be another profitable year.” Lennar shares rose $1.17, or +6.2%, in premarket trading Tuesday. The Bottom Line Shares of Lennar ( LEN ) have a .85% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $18.90. The stock has technical support in the $17 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $21-$22 price levels. Lennar Corporation ( LEN ) 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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Bank of America Shares Rise on $2 Billion Home Loan Settlement (BAC)

Banking giant Bank of America Corporation ( BAC ) on Monday announced it will take a nearly $2 billion charge in the fourth quarter related to a home loan buyback settlement. The residential mortgage loans in question were sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and were tied to Countrywide Financial Corp. BAC bought Countrywide back in 2008 amid the financial meltdown. The company also said it expects to take a $3 billion loan loss provision in the fourth quarter to protect against future home loan repurchases. CEO Brian Moynihan said “These actions resolve substantial legacy issues in the best interest of our shareholders. Our goals remain the same: put these issues behind us; focus on serving customers and clients; and continue to help distressed homeowners facing difficult times.” Bank of America shares rose 52 cents, or +3.9%, in premarket trading Monday. The Bottom Line Shares of Bank of America ( BAC ) have a .30% dividend yield, based on Friday’s closing stock price of $13.34. The stock has technical support in the $11-$12 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $15-$16 price levels. Bank of America Corporation ( BAC ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.1 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a

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CNOOC’s CBM Endeavor – Analyst Blog

Filed in BP, ceo, o, silver, yuan by on December 30, 2010 0 Comments

China National Offshore Oil Corporation is heading toward an agreement to acquire 50% interest in China United Coal Bed Methane Company Limited for 1.2 billion yuan ($181.2 million).

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Report: BHP Billiton May Offer $90 a Share for Anadarko Petroleum (BHP, APC)

According to a report in London’s Daily Mail, BHP Billiton Limited ( BHP ) could soon make a $90 per-share offer to buy fellow oil giant Anadarko Petroleum Corporation ( APC ). That offer would represent a 27% premium top APC’s Wednesday closing price of $70.73. The report didn’t specify any sources for the information, but said that BHP CEO Marius Kloppers is “desperate” to get a deal done. BHP has engaged in multiple unsuccessful takeover attempts this year, including a much-publicized failed bid for fertilizer maker Potash Corp ( POT ). BHP shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Thursday, while Anadarko shares soared 5%. The Bottom Line Shares of Anadarko Petroleum ( APC ) have a .51% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $70.73. Shares of BHP Billiton ( BHP ) have a 1.94% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $92.80. Neither Billiton Limited ( BHP ) nor Anadarko Petroleum Corporation ( APC ) are currently recommended by Dividend.com. 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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