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FBR Capital Boosts Target, Estimates for Goldman Sachs (GS)

Financial services giant Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. ( GS ) on Thursday saw its price target and earnings estimate raised by analysts at FBR Capital Markets. FBR Capital maintained its “Outperform” rating on GS while lifting its price target from $180 to $190. That new target implies a 14% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $166.49. An FBR analyst commented, “We are maintaining our rating on GS and revising our 2011 EPS estimate from $17.55 to $18 and our price target modestly higher to $190. While the quarter didn’t leave much to get excited about, we are encouraged that Goldman Sachs eked out a respectable 13% ROE in a period where client activity levels were depressed, where investment banking revenue hasn’t fully rebounded, and capital management was practically non-existent. To the extent that any or all of these issues improve through 2011, we believe Goldman is set to post ROEs that are more reflective of our $190 price target.” Goldman Sachs shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Thursday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Goldman Sachs ( GS ) since Dec.22, when the stock was trading at $168.23. The company has a .84% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $166.49. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. ( GS ) is

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Fear, Love & Gold Investing | Gold News

Filed in African Gold, Australian Gold, Gold, Indonesian Gold, o, outperform, silver by on January 20, 2011 1 Comment

This hopefully has reversed the trend of the last couple years where bullion outperformed the stock . Junior gold mining companies, on average, returned roughly twice the gain of gold bullion , but some of those names were fairly silver …

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'Fear and Love Make Gold Strong' by Jeff Clark

Filed in Australian Gold, Gold, Mining companies, o, outperform, silver by on January 20, 2011 0 Comments

This hopefully has reversed the trend of the last couple years where bullion outperformed the stock . Junior gold-mining companies, on average, returned roughly twice the gain of gold bullion , but some of those names were fairly silver …

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ETF DAILY NEWS » Seasonality In Gold Stocks? (GLD, GDX, GDXJ)

Filed in Bank Gold, Gold, o, outperform, shares by on January 19, 2011 0 Comments

Well, here it is: Gold —the metal, that is—is likely to do better in the first quarter than gold stocks . Aside from the wholesale dumping of leveraged assets over the New Year cusp of 2009, bullion’s historically outperformed the shares …

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Archer Daniels Midland Upgraded to “Outperform” at Credit Suisse (ADM)

Filed in dividend, Gold Investment, o, outperform, shares, target, upgrade by on January 19, 2011 0 Comments

Food products giant Archer Daniels Midland Company ( ADM ) on Wednesday caught a big upgrade from analysts at Credit Suisse. The firm said it boosted its rating on ADM from “Neutral” to “Outperform,” noting the company will likely see higher margins as a result of rising grain prices. Credit Suisse also raised its price target for ADM from $37 to $40, which implies a 19% upside to the stock’s Tuesday closing price of $33.72. ADM shares rose 46 cents, or +1.4%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Archer Daniels Midland ( ADM ) since Jan.12, when the stock was trading at $32.21. The company has a 1.78% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $33.72. Archer Daniels Midland Company ( ADM ) 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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McDonald’s Upgraded to “Outperform” at RBC Capital (MCD)

Fast food superpower McDonald’s Corporation ( MCD ) on Tuesday caught an upgrade from analysts at RBC Capital Markets on a valuation call. The firm said it upgraded MCD from “Sector Perform” to “Outperform,” noting the company is a good way to play rising inflation. RBC Capital also set an $85 price target from MCD, which implies a 15% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $74.06. McDonald’s shares rose 74 cents, or +1%, in premarket trading Tuesday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of McDonald’s ( MCD ) since Aug.12, 2009, when the stock was trading at $56.02. The company has a 3.29% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $74.06. McDonald’s Corporation ( MCD ) is a “Recommended” dividend stock, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.6 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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Verizon Upgraded to “Buy” at Goldman Sachs (VZ)

Telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc. ( VZ ) on Wednesday saw its rating and price target boosted by analysts at Goldman Sachs. The firm said it upgraded VZ from “Neutral” to “Buy” while raising its price target from $34 to $42. That new target implies a 19% upside to the stock’s Tuesday closing price of $35.36. Goldman called VZ its top large-cap pick across Comm Services, and noted it expects the stock to continue to outperform in 2011. The analyst expects wireless service revenue growth to be a main catalyst for the company. Verizon shares rose 34 cents, or +1%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Verizon ( VZ ) since Oct.10, 2008, when the stock was trading at $25.93. The company has a 5.51% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $35.36. Verizon Communications Inc. ( VZ ) 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.11 (AA, LEN, WLT, FLR, BEN, more)

Filed in alcoa, dividend, downgrade, earnings, Gold Investment, o, outperform, shares, upgrade by on January 11, 2011 0 Comments

With the release of Alcoa’s ( AA ) results last night, investors should be getting primed for the deluge of earnings reports due out for the first quarter. The response to Alcoa’s numbers were muted, but homebuilder Lennar Corp ( LEN ) saw some some buyers following the company’s report this morning. There is a lot of chatter going on regarding the housing market potentially building a bottom, and we saw a similar positive reaction from the markets when KB Home ( KBH ) reported last week. My gut was that the financials would be the better candidate for a decent rebound in 2011, but it may make sense to watch the homebuilders for anecdotes as well. I still stick with my thesis on investing in real estate, which is to focus on multi-family/commercial units that throw off numbers that work each month. Buyers simply bought on the hope of price appreciation potential in the recent mania, and you see how that worked out in the end. Any price appreciation you get would be gravy if the rent-roll carries the properties and puts money in your pocket every month. Speculation in flipping condos burned many buyers the last few years and is something I would be guarded against trying. All this said, I still prefer dividend stocks for the liquidity and the fact that there are still great names that can be bought in today’s market at current valuations. Speaking of great names, we just added eight new names to our Best Dividend Stocks list today. Check out the link below if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out earlier. We prefer investors not hurry into any names we first recommend, but instead look for entry points on pullbacks. Also, the two

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RadioShack Downgraded to “Market Perform” at FBR Capital (RSH)

Electronics retailer RadioShack Corporation ( RSH ) on Monday caught a downgrade from analysts at FBR Capital Markets on multiple retail concerns. The firm said it downgraded RSH from “Outperform” to “Market Perform” with a $20 price target. That target implies a 9% upside from the stock’s Friday closing price of $18.36. An FBR analyst commented, “We downgrade RadioShack for the time being. Sales of gadgets, such as navigation, digital imaging, and portable audio, have been soft for others in the sector this holiday season, as smartphones and tablets have cannibalized these types of products. The personal electronics and modern home categories represent collectively 20% of RSH sales, and our Black Friday checks at the start of the holidays suggested that RSH holidays (beyond wireless) probably started off soft. The expected loss of the wireless kiosk agreement with Sam’s (announced after the close Friday 1/7/11) will hurt earnings by more than we would have expected. Finally, we require visibility into when RSH will have an agreement with Verizon (NYSE: VZ) as a fourth postpay carrier.” RadioShack shares fell 29 cents, or -1.6%, in premarket trading Monday. The Bottom Line Shares of Radio Shack ( RSH ) have a 1.36% dividend yield, based on Friday’s closing stock price of $18.36. The stock has technical support in the $16 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $20 price levels. RadioShack Corporation ( RSH ) 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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Commodity Roundup – Markets on your Radar

Filed in commodities, copper, currencies, Debt, economy, euro, Gold, o, outperform, silver, ubs by on January 8, 2011 0 Comments
Commodity Roundup – Markets on your Radar

MB Wealth Corp. is not responsible and does not endorse anything outside of the content of this article authored by Matthew Bradbard President of MB Wealth. As most followers recognize, I break the commodity markets into seven sectors: financials which include the indices and debt markets, energies, currencies, livestock, metals, grains and finally the softs. So let’s examine sector by sector what should be on your radar as we conclude one trading year and a fresh year of opportunity is upon us. Financials While the first part of the year brought uncertainty and perhaps too much pessimism after a bottom formed in the summer indices have appreciated lifting the Dow and S&P approximately 25%. From here, we think prices have gotten ahead of themselves and expect a 5% depreciation from their current levels. Aggressive clients have started to purchase March ES bear put spreads . Reflecting back on the year, Treasuries have had an inverse relationship to the indices enjoying trade higher in the first half of the year reaching an interim top in the summer and falling off since. The greatest loss has been in Q4, as yields have increased and 30-yr bonds and 10-yr notes have lost considerably. We expect to see a bounce into the new year and have advised aggressive clients to buy dips in 30-yr bonds, 10-yr notes or to position themselves in NOB spreads with their directional bias in the direction of bonds. Energies There has been a powerful force lifting prices higher in crude oil and the distillates virtually all year and we see no reason for that to change. Continue to use price retracements as buying opportunities as we see $110/115 in Crude by mid 2011. Assuming we are correct with this assumption, both heating oil and RBOB would likely be 20-25% higher as well. Natural gas remains a dog unable to make any significant headway all year. There have been fits and starts but the range bound action for the last six months has been discouraging and lost my clients money on several attempts. From here we may opt to scale into long…

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Market Wrap-Up for Jan.6 (TGT, GPS, MON, POT, MOS, HSY, more)

Many pundits talk about the significance of the first week of January in the markets. The old saying goes, “How goes the first week of January, goes the rest of the year for the markets.” There is statistical data that does show some truth to this adage, but at the end of the day, it’s still just one week of the long market year. Tech stocks have been flying this week, but you can’t argue a touch of the euphoria is likely tied to the CES show in Las Vegas that is starting today (as well as the recent Qualcomm deal to buy Atheros Communications). All the latest and greatest tech gadgets are on display this week, and the momentum crowd is buzzing with optimism. Optimism is a good thing, and for investors it doesn’t hurt to start feeling better about where things are today, as opposed to the low spirits many felt when the banking system was imploding a couple years ago. Now, that doesn’t mean to go crazy buying as many stocks as possible right this minute, but for some investors, there needs to be a time to get over the “Wall Street is rigged and no one can make money in the markets” mentality. I’ve been analyzing the markets for a long time, so I’m certainly not naive enough to think that there aren’t “insiders” out there that use underhanded means to profit immensely. But at the same time…

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Allstate’s Estimates Lowered at Credit Suisse on Catastrophe Concerns (ALL)

Insurance provider The Allstate Corporation ( ALL ) on Thursday saw its earnings estimates cut by analysts at Credit Suisse. The firm said it lowered its fiscal 2010 EPS estimate for ALL from $3.36 to $3.11 on higher catastrophes. Credit Suisse also set its 2011 and 2012 estimates at $3.85 and $4.10, respectively. The analyst maintained its “Outperform” rating and $40 price target on ALL, which implies a 26% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $31.86. Allstate shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Thursday. The Bottom Line Shares of Allstate ( ALL ) have a 2.51% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $31.86. The stock has technical support in the $29 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $33-$34 price levels. The Allstate Corporation ( ALL ) 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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