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Three Garbage Stocks

Three Garbage Stocks

The market goes up everyday… This two-year chart represents the thirty varsity players on the U.S. economic court. You might look at this 100% gain in two years and think that this bull market is overdue for a correction. But don’t worry. Uncle Ben, our fair Chairman over at the United States Federal Reserve, has it all in hand. This is not the time to fret over debt, inflation, taxes, or unemployment… Don’t fight the Fed This market is simple. The Fed is pumping liquidity into the market at an unprecedented rate. There is an old Wall Street platitude that says “Don’t Fight the Fed.” It means you buy stocks when interest rates are dropping and sell when they are going up. The current Fed fund rate is at 0.25%. It can’t get much lower, and no one expects them to hike rates in the near future. What are you waiting for… zero percent? People heed the Bernanke It looks like folks just like you and me are putting the hard times behind them… The adjusted retail numbers for December showed $380.9 billion in sales, an increase of 0.6 percent from the previous month, and 7.9 percent above December 2009. Total sales for 2010 were up 6.6 percent. For the fourth quarter, they were up 7.8 percent. Car sales jumped 14.7 percent over last year. For non-store retailers like Amazon, sales jumped 15 percent. The unofficial numbers for January show a 4.1 percent gain from a year ago. This is great stuff. Amazon investors liked it so much that the company now trades at twice the price it did during the dot-com bubble in 1999. Amazing. ~~SIGNUP_WD~~ The screen It’s a good idea to screen for stocks at least once a week. I generally screen for low P/E, small market capitalization, and good dividend. From there, I go through the list and look for red flags and growth potential. I like the companies that are under $250 million in market value, with high future growth and fat margins. I also look at debt ratios. I call these “garbage stocks” because they ain’t for widows and orphans, but they tend to run under the right circumstances. Today, three companies in the retail sector popped up on my screen. All three shared my garbage stock credentials. And they have something else in common: They cater to the petite bourgeois. They are Books-A-Million (NASDAQ: BAMM), Collectors Universe (NASDAQ: CLCT), and CPI Corp. (NYSE: CPY). The merchant of Wal-Mart All of these companies sell products to the middle class, but none of their products are necessities… Books-A-Million runs 223 discount bookstores in the Southeastern United States. Collectors Universe provides third-party authentication, grading, and related services for rare collectibles like coins, trading cards, and sports memorabilia. CPI runs Wal-Mart Portrait Studios and PictureMe Portrait Studios. BAMM has a market cap of $92 million and a trailing P/E of 6.62. The company had a negative revenue growth of 5.5% year over year, but it does pay a fat 5.2% dividend. (They could also be a beneficiary of Barnes and Noble going bankrupt.) CLCT has a market cap of $109.34 million, a P/E of 6.6, gross margins of 60%, quarterly revenue growth of 8%, and a dividend yield of 9%. CPY has a market cap of $152 million, a P/E of 8.06, 8% margins, a flat quarterly revenue growth, and a 5.10% dividend yield. …

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Top Dividend Stocks

Top Dividend Stocks

Like a fleck of pepper in a bag of sugar, Kathleen Casey-Kirschling is entirely unique. Born on New Year’s day 65 years ago, she is the oldest baby boomer of them all. That puts her at the head of the line of new retirees that stretches 78 million people deep… According to the Pew Research Center, about 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day for the next 19 years. Between rising consumer prices, falling home values, and a tough economy, today’s newest oldsters are finding that, when it comes to a comfortable retirement, many of them are increasingly coming up short. In fact, according to a recent Employee Benefit Research Institute survey, one-third of people age 55 and older have less than $10,000 saved for their golden years, while a full two-thirds have less than $100,000 socked away. The “lifestyle gap” Given that Social Security benefits will replace only 16% of the income for married couples earning between $50,000 to $100,000, and only 9.5% of the income of married couples earning $100,000, this leaves an impending “lifestyle gap” that very few of these folks will be able to finesse. Instead of lives of leisure, many of them will need second careers as Wal-Mart greeters. That’s not a low blow, but the reality of the new math — $100,000 is a drop in the bucket for these folks. And let’s face it; even the prospect of those bare-bones Social Security checks is as flimsy as ever. By 2030 — when most of the baby boomers will have retired — just two people will be working to support each person receiving benefits. At that point, it’s likely this Ponzi scheme will have already blown up. As I reported last March , Social Security is already cash flow negative, paying out more in benefits than it receives in contributions. That’s five years ahead of schedule, according to the Congressional Budget Office. As for me, this is one train wreck I’m not counting on — and neither should you. Personally, I have no intention of spending my golden years learning the intricacies of the drive-thru window. So what is a prospective retiree to do ? you ask… The answer is pretty simple: They need to begin creating an income stream from their investments to close the gaps they will inevitably face when they retire. And the time to get started was yesterday. This means building a portion of your portfolio around a solid base of dividend stocks. Because with the FED waging a virtual war on savers, the dividend payers are your next best option — versus things like CDs, or at this stage, even bonds… That’s why long-term investors are so eager to gobble up high dividend yields these days. ~~SIGNUP_WD~~ What is a dividend, anyway? In short, a dividend is a cash payout you receive for simply being a shareholder, sort of like receiving a “bonus” based on the company’s earnings. Better yet, these checks are deposited directly into your account quarterly or monthly, depending upon the company you choose. These “bonuses” also continue to offer lower tax rates, since the favorable tax treatment of dividends has been extended for another two years. The rate remains at 15 percent (instead of your regular tax rate) unless you are in the 10…

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Ventura Strikes Back with Lawsuit Against TSA

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Ventura Strikes Back with Lawsuit Against TSA

The Inside Story from Alex Jones About the Former Governor’s Humiliating Pat-Down Experiences that Included ‘Touching, Gripping & Rubbing of the Genitals’ at the Hands of TSA Alex Jones & Aaron Dykes Infowars.com January 25, 2011 Former Governor Jesse Ventura has taken steps to sue the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security in a lawsuit that will take on invasive airport pat-downs. Former Governor Jesse Ventura has taken steps to sue the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security , naming their chiefs John Pistole and ‘Big Sis’ Janet Napolitano in a lawsuit that will take on invasive airport pat-downs . Ventura first told Alex Jones of his intent to sue the TSA privately back in September while traveling for the making of TruTV’s “Conspiracy Theory,” expressing grave concern about what he viewed as his country’s transformation into East Germany. Jones recalls Ventura’s outrage at the TSA’s harassing old people in wheelchairs with the invasive new pat-down procedures. The former governor himself is routinely sent to secondary screening due to a hip replacement in 2008, and Jones witnessed him undergo repeated humiliating searches during pat-downs at the hands of TSA. Worse, at airports across the country, even those presenting medical cards describing special needs or equipment from a doctor are routinely ignored as TSA agents demand that medical patients remove urostomy bags , prosthetic breasts or that TSA be allowed to grope a pacemaker patients’ breasts . “That’s why I want to leave the United States,” Ventura then told Jones. “This is why I go down to Mexico– this is wrong.” Ventura indicated that he was most concerned about the destruction of the 4th Amendment and passing of the America he once knew. Ventura filed his lawsuit Monday, January 24, 2011 in Minnesota and news reports have named David Olsen as his lawyer. The former governor has indicated that his suit will include violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 4th Amendment , arguing that he and others with disabilities have been discriminated against and …

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Six Stocks for the Next Ten Years

Six Stocks for the Next Ten Years

It was a cold and blustery winter day when I met my father for lunch last week. This is one of the few unexpectedly pleasant things I discovered in my middle age… I can now sit with my father, digest dragon rolls and a bit of wisdom obscured by banter and watch the world march by a plate glass window. At one point between the miso soup and the spicy tuna, Dad told me that he had been putting $1,000 a year into a mutual fund for each of his grandchildren on their birthday. And due to a happenstance of luck, one particular granddaughter who was born in April was up more than 20% over the other ten grandkids. He had chosen a mutual fund that would gradually switch from equities to bonds the closer it came to the tuition due date. Well, I thought, that’s nice of him. A bad gold call But for the record, this is the same man who put money in a gold fund for my college expenses during the seventies and early eighties. From the time he started investing until I needed the money in 1988, gold only went down — falling from $10,00 an ounce to $250 or so at the bottom. It was a spectacularly poor investment, and when it was sold, it was worth half as much as he put in. Not that I wasn’t grateful, as it bought many a Natty Boh; I only wish he had chosen Apple, Microsoft, or Wal-Mart. Now I don’t think the run in gold and silver is over — not by a long shot. Back in 1980, my grandparents would greet us with pre-1965 silver dollars. My Aunt would give us coin sets for birthdays and for Christmas. And these people made their living from farming, ranching, and selling insurance — not what you’d call Wall Street insiders. As far as I can tell this isn’t happening yet. The blow-off top in the metals market is still down the road… Buy low, sell high This led me to think about the big picture. Where would you put money today in order to reap the large returns in fifteen years? The Sam Walton biography tells the story of a truck driver who worked for Wal-Mart and retired a millionaire on WMT stock alone… Or John Templeton, who bought Freddie Mac in 1980 for his wife’s retirement fund and turned $3,000 into a million as interest rates fell from 21% to 8% and housing took off. The trick isn’t to buy high and sell higher ; it’s to buy low in a company that will likely be around and thriving in 15 years. The lost decade There is one sector that is cheap, solid, pays dividends, and is expanding: the old school tech plays that no one wants to talk about. Let’s take a step back and look at why these stocks are so cheap. The first reason is that they got ramped up in the 1999 dot-com bubble. All of these stocks like Oracle (ORCL), Microsoft (MSFT), Intel (INTC), Qualcomm (QCOM), Cisco (CSCO), and Corning (GLW) were trading at price-to-earnings ratios over 100. They split their stocks again and again so that Oracle has 3.8 billion in their float. Microsoft has 7.5 billion. There are so many shares out there that Wall Street …

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Wal-Mart Upgraded to “Buy” at Goldman Sachs (WMT)

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Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ( WMT ) on Monday saw its rating and price target boosted by anlaysts at Goldman Sachs. The firm said it upgraded WMT from “Neutral” to “Buy” with a $60 price target, which implies an 11% upside from the stock’s Friday closing price of $54.08. Goldman noted it is now switching its investment focus to mid-tier retailers and brands in mid-cycle. Wal-Mart shares fell 54 cents, or -1%, in premarket trading Monday. The Bottom Line Shares of Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT ) have a 2.24% dividend yield, based on Friday’s closing stock price of $54.08. The stock has technical support in the $50-$52 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $56 price levels. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ( WMT ) 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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Dollar General Plans to Open 625 New Stores, Hire 6,000 Employees

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Dollar General Plans to Open 625 New Stores, Hire 6,000 Employees

Filed under: Earnings Reports , Forecasts , Good news , Employees , Recession The country is still mired in a long recession. Many businesses are closing their doors. Others are cutting back, laying off employees and reducing production. But with every crisis there is opportunity. Such is the case for Dollar General ( DG ). In a time of high unemployment and low wages, consumers are counting every penny. Dollar General stores offer deep discounts, even beating discounters like Walmart ( WMT ). In the most recent quarter, Dollar General’s income rose by 69%. The company also raised its full-year guidance by 10% to $3.22 billion. Continue reading Dollar General Plans to Open 625 New Stores, Hire 6,000 Employees Dollar General Plans to Open 625 New Stores, Hire 6,000 Employees originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 04 Jan 2011 10:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Barron’s Forecasts 10% Higher Stock Market in 2011

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Barron’s Forecasts 10% Higher Stock Market in 2011

Filed under: Analyst Reports , Forecasts , From the Boards , Indices , Market Matters , Headline News , DJIA Barron’s is forecasting a 10% rise in stock prices in 2011 led by big cap stocks. They argue that the big caps have lagged the market for the past decade and are now poised to take the lead, as reported by CNBC.com . Here are their top ten picks for this year: Exxon Mobil ( XOM ), Walmart ( WMT ), Pfizer ( PFE ), JPMorgan Chase ( JPM ), General Motors ( GM ), Cisco Systems ( CSCO ), United Continental Holdings ( UAL ), Barrack Gold ( ABX ), Entergy ( ETR ), and PepsiCo ( PEP ). Continue reading Barron’s Forecasts 10% Higher Stock Market in 2011 Barron’s Forecasts 10% Higher Stock Market in 2011 originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 03 Jan 2011 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Wal-Mart Offers to Buy 51% Stake in Massmart (WMT)

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In a long-anticipated move on Monday, retail superpower Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ( WMT ) announced that it has offered to buy a 51% stake in South African retailer Massmart. Wal-Mart is offering around US $20 per share to Massmart stockholders, for a total of about US $2 billion. Massmart’s board of directors has approved the deal, and is recommending Massmart shareholders accept it as well. If successful, the move would give Wal-Mart its first foothold in the African continent. Massmart currently runs approximately 290 stores in 14 African countries, most of which are in South Africa. Wal-Mart shares rose 36 cents, or +0.7%, in premarket trading Monday. The Bottom Line Shares of Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT ) have a 2.25% dividend yield, based on Friday’s closing stock price of $53.74. The stock has technical support in the $50-$52 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $56-$58 price levels. We would remain on the sidelines for now. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ( WMT ) 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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Amazon (Nasdaq:AMZN), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) Offering Best Shipping Deals

Consumers will be the big winners this Christmas season as retailers compete for their dollars by offering free shipping, with Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and Amazon (Nasdaq:AMZN) unsurprisingly leading the way. Wal-Mart was the first retailer to strike, saying they would offer free shipping on about 60,000 items. Contrary to some competitors, they offer it with no minimum purchase. Amazon quickly

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Amazon (Nasdaq:AMZN) Soars on Citigroup (NYSE:C) Price Target, "Buy" Rating

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Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) is soaring today in anticipation of a big Christmas season and the reiteration by Citigroup (NYSE:C) analyst Mark Mahaney of a “Buy” rating on the online retailer. One of the major catalysts was the “Hot 20 toys” survey which included Amazon and major competitors Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and Target (NYSE:TGT). Findings were when shipping was included for the hottest toys,

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