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Gold, oil & 44 Bars per Minute

Gold, oil & 44 Bars per Minute

“Girls love to spin.” — Wayne, Dance Instructor, Howard County Parks and Rec. I’m taking dance classes at the local Parks & Rec. with a stunning brunette, which is why I’m shuffling my feet around on Sunday nights at eight. The crowd is mixed; twenty-something hipster couples and old guys who have difficulty with their gig lines. The instructor is a cross between Wayne Newton and Telly Savalas: a black silk shirt, shaved head, and a nose like an organic potato. He sucks his microphone like a lollipop and spits out a steady stream of advice: “One, two, hook the toe, slide back, twirl…” Chick magnet The chicks love him, of course. And heck, I was even having a good time�— right up until Wayne Savalas swished over during the break. My H1 was in the parking lot. It’s shiny, yellow, and chews diesel like a Mongolian wrestler at a yak roast. Wayne obviously saw me pull up and feels he should enlighten me about his new Chevy Volt getting 60 miles per gallon… And why would I drive something that sucks up so much gas and destroys the environment? I told him that I was fully invested in oil explorers. And with the trouble in the Middle East launching my shares, I could drive a Semi for life… Brent Crude ETF (BNO) Yes, he said, but is this more of a trade on the Arab revolutions, or does it have more to do with the destruction of the dollar? Wayne pointed out that the dollar/euro has hit a four-month low and seems to be heading lower. Down she goes What is most concerning is that during this particular period of global uncertainty, the

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Market Wrap-Up for Feb.18 (JWN, CF, DLR, SWK, EOG, WTW, more)

We’re saw a gradual rise for the DOW as other indices remained fairly flat, finishing what has been a generally solid week for the averages. We added a new yield-focused name to our recommended list today, while also removing three growth names from our list as well. Be sure to check out Dividend.com Premium for those stories if you did not read the e-mail alerts we sent out earlier today. Elsewhere, earnings results are lifting shares of Digital Realty Trust ( DLR ), a recent addition to our recommended list. Nordstrom ( JWN ) bounced off of earlier levels and closed higher following the company’s earnings report, as well as news the company was buying a private sales e-commerce company. Wall Street upgrades pushed several stocks higher, including Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK ), EOG Resources ( EOG ), and Raytheon ( RTN ). On the downside, fertilizer play CF Industries ( CF ) sold off after reporting better-than-expected results. Weight Watchers ( WTW ) also gave back just a smidgen of yesterday’s huge gains. The speculation in the venture capital space continues to rage on as we continue to hear about huge rounds of money being raised at ever-climbing market valuations. Mark Cuban just came out with some comments that echoed what I have been saying about the “game” that is going on, where eventually regular investors get burned with the usual late invitations to participate (post-IPO after the insiders have already cashed…

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EOG Resources’ Target, Estimates Boosted at Goldman Sachs (EOG)

Natural gas producer EOG Resources, Inc. ( EOG ) on Friday saw its price target and earnings estimates raised by analysts at Goldman Sachs. The firm maintained its “Buy” rating on EOG and boosted its price target from $117 to $121. That new target implies a 16% upside to the stock’s Thursday closing price of $104.22. Goldman also raised its earnings estimates for the company through 2013, following its better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings results. The analyst commented, “EOG remains a leader in developing horizontal resource plays, and the combination of superior liquids growth (28% expected CAGR 2011-14), superior cash-on-cash returns (13.7% 2011-14 avg) and exploration upside as reasons why EOG should not trade at a discounted EV/EBITDA multiple vs. peers.” EOG Resources shares rose $1.04, or +1%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of EOG Resources ( EOG ) have a .59% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $104.22. The stock has technical support in the $95-$100 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $110-$114 price levels. EOG Resources, Inc. ( EOG ) 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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Digital Realty Trust Q4 FFO Rises; Forecast Boosted (DLR)

Data center REIT Digital Realty Trust, Inc. ( DLR ) on Friday posted better-than-expected fourth quarter funds from operations and lifted its full-year 2011 forecast. The San Francisco-based company reported fourth quarter funds from operations (FFO) of $102.91 million, or 98 cents per share, compared with $69.43 million, or 79 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted FFO was 96 cents per share. Revenue surged more than 40% from last year to $239 million. On average, Wall Street analysts expected smaller FFO of 91 cents per share, albeit on higher revenue of $242 million. Looking ahead, the company boosted its full-year 2011 FFO guidance to a range of $3.80 to $3.95 per share, while analysts expect $3.85 per share for the year. Digital Realty Trust shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We recently added shares of Digital Realty Trust ( DLR ) to our recommended list. The company has a 4.86% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $56.02. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. ( DLR ) 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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CF Industries Q4 Profit Beats View on Rising Fertilizer Demand (CF)

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Fertilizer maker CF Industries Holdings, Inc. ( CF ) late Thursday posted better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings results, aided by strong demand for its products and the addition of sales from its acquisition of rival Terra Nitrogen. The Deerfield, IL-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $200.3 million, or $2.78 per share, compared with $51.4 million, or $1.04 per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profit was $2.65 per share. Revenue more than doubled from last year to $1.24 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of $2.56 per share, on lower revenue of $1.19 billion. CF Industries shares fell 81 cents, or -0.6%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line CF Industries ( CF ) has been an “aggressive” recommendation for us, but is not a name we think yield-focused investors should be considering. The company has a .27% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $147.81. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. ( CF ) 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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Progress Energy Q4 Profit Slips 19%; Adjusted Net Beats View (PGN)

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Electric utility operator Progress Energy, Inc. ( PGN ) on Friday said its fourth quarter profit fell 19% from last year on flat revenue, but adjusted results narrowly beat analyst expectations. The Raleigh, NC-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $125 million, or 42 cents per share, compared with $154 million, or 55 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profit was 45 cents per share. Revenue remained essentially flat from last year at $2.3 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a slightly smaller adjusted profit of 44 cents per share, albeit on slightly higher revenue of $2.4 billion. Looking ahead, the company predicted full-year 2011 earnings to range from $3 to $3.20 per share, while analysts expect $3.14 per share for the year. Progress also noted that its planned acquisition by rival Duke Energy ( DUK ) is still on track to close by the end of the year. Progress Energy shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Progress Energy ( PGN ) since Dec.10, 2009, when the stock was trading at $41.18. The company has a 5.40% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $45.92. Progress Energy, Inc. ( PGN ) 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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Campbell Soup Shares Plunge after Cutting 2011 Forecast (CPB)

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Packaged foods maker Campbell Soup Company ( CPB ) on Friday posted fiscal second quarter earnings that met analyst expectations, but cut its full-year outlook, sending its shares plummeting in premarket trading. The Camden, NJ-based company reported fiscal second quarter net income of $239 million, or 71 cents per share, compared with $259 million, or 74 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue fell 1% from last year to $2.13 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a matching profit of 71 cents per share, albeit on slightly higher revenue of $2.15 billion. Looking ahead, the company cut its full-year 2011 outlook, citing weaker-than-expected soup sales. It now expects full-year revenue to range from a 1% decline to a 1% rise, and forecast profits to fall 1% to 3%. Campbell Soup shares plunged $1.45, or -4.2%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We recently removed shares of Campbell Soup ( CPB ) from our recommended list. The company has a 3.32% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $34.94. The stock has technical support in the $30 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $36 price level. Campbell Soup Company ( CPB ) 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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Nordstrom Q4 Profit Jumps 35%; Will Acquire HauteLook for $180 Million (JWN)

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Fashion retailer Nordstrom, Inc. ( JWN ) late Thursday said its fourth quarter profit surged 35% from last year, beating analyst estimates, as the company announced the acquisition of discount luxury website HauteLook. The Seattle-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $232 million, or $1.04 per share, compared with $172 million, or 77 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 10% from last year to $2.92 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of 99 cents per share, on lower revenue of $2.83 billion. Looking ahead, the company forecast full-year 2011 earnings to range from $2.95 to $3.10 per share. Analysts currently expect $3.04 per share for the year. In a separate announcement, Nordstrom said it would buy discount luxury goods website HauteLook for $180 million in stock. Nordstrom shares fell $1.27, or -2.7%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Nordstom ( JWN ) have a 1.72% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $46.48. The stock has technical support in the $40-$44 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $50 price level. Nordstrom, Inc. ( JWN ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.3 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 Feb.17 (WTW, DPS, CLF, WMB, KO, LO, SJM, more)

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It was an overall steady day for the markets, along with a decent number of dividend payouts coming over the wires. Earnings boosted several dividend names, but the biggest winner of the day was Weight Watchers ( WTW ) after the company just stunned analysts with the size of its 2011 earnings estimates. Shares of WTW rallied over $20 this morning on that news. Other earnings plays that had a good day included recently-recommended name Dr. Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS ). Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF ) and J.M. Smucker Company ( SJM ) traded in the green as well following earnings results. Williams Co. ( WMB ) was up on news the company will be splitting in two. The company also announced a dividend boost. Late in the morning, beverage giant Coca-Cola ( KO ) announced a 7% increase in its dividend payout. Tobacco play Lorillard ( LO ) announced a 16% increase in its dividend payout to lift shares almost 2%. We had removed shares of Lorillard from our recommended list recently on concerns we have surrounding the coming FDA judgement/opinion on use of menthol in cigarettes, which accounts for the majority of Lorillard’s sales. I have to admit, I am a big fan of American Idol. My kids and I really enjoy the whole “dreams can come true” mindset for the contestants. Last night was another episode of “cut-downs” as singers needed to perform as part of groups. It’s always interesting to see the type of friction this can cause as egos are clashing everywhere you turn. What amazes me is that often times the individual performers that we thought were amazing on their own, begin to crumble when taken into a different situation. They lose sight of what needs to be done to get through to the next rounds. You see some completely unravel and throw the opportunity they had once cherished right down the drain. This phenomenon isn’t unlike the investing world in that many individuals know what needs to get done to build wealth, but for some reason or another, can not seize the moment. Whether it is just putting some extra coin to the side every month, spending some money to find quality research and investment ideas, or swallowing their pride when an investment idea doesn’t pan out, investors consistently make big mistakes. I know the market continues to move higher and some people may be waiting for a pullback. There is nothing wrong with doing so, but don’t skip your monthly investments you can be making because of that. There are plenty of good yield plays that you can still find to put money to work in, even after the nice run the market has had. Taking financial responsibility and knowing what you can afford to do is the key. I talk about investing in quality dividend-paying stocks as a great way to build up your future income, but if you are spending like there’s no tomorrow as well, then that is a risk that could eventually negate all the good you might be doing on the investment side. Saving is a mantra that needs to also be adopted…

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Weight Watchers 2011 Forecast Blows Away Expectations; Shares Rocket Higher (WTW)

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Weight management specialist Weight Watchers International, Inc. ( WTW ) on Thursday posted better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings and provided at 2011 forecast that wowed investing, sending its shares soaring in premarket trading. The New York-based company reported forth quarter net income of $48.9 million, or 66 cents per share, compared with just $18.7 million, or 24 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding items, adjusted profit was 64 cents per share. Revenue jumped almost 15% from last year to $356.7 million. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of 56 cents per share, on lower revenue of $321 million. The company’s real surprise came in its guidance. For 2011, WTW said it expects full-year earnings to range from $3.50 to $3.85 per share, which would absolutely blow away analysts’ view for $2.77 per share. Weight Watchers shares surged $14.88, or +33%, in premarket trading Thursday. The Bottom Line Shares of Weight Watchers ( WTW ) have a 1.56% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $44.92. The stock is blowing through all-time high levels of $57-$58 a share this morning. We’ll see if this level of overhead resistance plays a role in the stock as the day progresses. Weight Watchers International, Inc. ( WTW ) 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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Dr Pepper Snapple Q4 Profit Falls, but Still Beats View; Shares Rise (DPS)

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Beverage giant Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. ( DPS ) on Thursday posted better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings, sending its shares soaring in premarket trading. The Plano, TX-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $112 million, or 49 cents per share, compared with $114 million, or 44 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profit was 67 cents per share. Net sales rose 4% from last year to $1.41 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller adjusted profit of 63 cents per share. Looking ahead, the company forecast full-year 2011 earnings to range from $2.70 to $2.78 per share, while analysts expect $2.72 per share for the year. Dr Pepper Snapple shares rose $1.50, or +4.4%, in premarket trading Thursday. The Bottom Line We recently added shares of Dr.Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS ) to our recommended list. The company has a 2.92% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $34.25. Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. ( DPS ) 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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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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