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National Bank of Greece (NBG) Bid Rejected by Alpha Bank

Filed in Gold Bullion prices, National Bank of Greece, NBG, o by on February 18, 2011 0 Comments

The $3.8 billion unsolicited from National Bank of Greece SA (NYSE:NBG) for Alpha Bank SA, was rejected as an inadequate offer by Alpha’s board.National Bank of Greece SA is the largest in the country and Alpha Bank is the third-largest bank in Greece.When making the offer for Alpha on January 18, National Bank asked for Alpha to give the bid “serious consideration.” National Bank said the new

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General Electric (GE) Building $550 Million Brazilian Research Center

Filed in Brazil, General Electric, Gold Prices, Jeffrey Immelt, o by on February 17, 2011 0 Comments

With an eye toward expanding its presence in Brazil, General Electric (NYSE:GE) announced it will be building a $550 million research center in Brazil, focusing on IT, energy and health sectors. The center will be built in the state of Rio de Janeiro, according to Brazilian Science and Technology Minister Aloizio Mercadante, who attended a meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and GE

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Fidelity Select Healthcare (FSPHX): The Right Prescription

Filed in Bank Gold, economy, o by on February 17, 2011 0 Comments
Fidelity Select Healthcare (FSPHX): The Right Prescription

Filed under: Newsletters , Mutual Funds “We own a healthy dose of Fidelity Select Healthcare ( FSPHX ) in each of our model portfolios,” says fund expert Jim Lowell . The editor of Fidelity Investor explains, “Manager Eddie Yoon and I caught up this month. His command of the sector and his growth-oriented discipline continue to serve us well on both our risk-adjusted and real return fronts/ “Of course, healthcare (representing nearly 16% of our total GDP) is unlike any other sector in the S&P. It is so diversified and global, so interrelated to technology, manufacturing, and R&D, so dependent upon delivering real goods and services for consumer consumption, that it is almost an economy unto itself. Continue reading Fidelity Select Healthcare (FSPHX): The Right Prescription Fidelity Select Healthcare (FSPHX): The Right Prescription originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Thu, 17 Feb 2011 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Royal Gold (RGLD): A Net Asset Value Buy

Filed in Bank Gold, commodities, gld, Gold, o, penasquito, Penasquito Mine, revenue, royal gold by on February 16, 2011 0 Comments

Filed under: International Markets , Newsletters , Mexico , Commodities , Stocks to Buy “Royal Gold ( RGLD ), a gold royalty operation, is progressing well, and is a good buy at current levels,” says global resources expert Adrian Day . The editor of The Global Analyst explains, “Over $6 a share income by 2013 makes Royal Gold fundamentally inexpensive; it is also selling below a reasonable net asset value, unusually for gold stocks. “The company hold a gold royalty on part of the huge Penasquito mine in Mexico, which had a good first quarter. Royal Gold has other new projects gearing up to boost revenues. Andacollo started production in October, so this year will see a full year of revenues from two new mines. Continue reading Royal Gold (RGLD): A Net Asset Value Buy Royal Gold (RGLD): A Net Asset Value Buy originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Tech Expert Eyes QuickLogic (QUIK)

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Tech Expert Eyes QuickLogic (QUIK)

Filed under: Newsletters , Stocks to Buy “QuickLogic ( QUIK ) recently reported fourth quarter revenue slightly below its revised guidance, and forecast that Q1 new product revenue would be down roughly $100K,” notes tech sector specialist Paul McWilliams . In his Next Inning newsletter, he explains, “Both are clearly disappointing pieces of news. However, as I see it, the disappointment ends there, and I continue to own these shares. “The semiconductor company makes products that enable customers to add new features, extend battery life and enhance images on mobile and consumer products. Continue reading Tech Expert Eyes QuickLogic (QUIK) Tech Expert Eyes QuickLogic (QUIK) originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 15 Feb 2011 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Jaguar Mining (NYSE:JAG) Closes $100 Million Senior Notes Offering

Filed in Gurupi Project, jaguar-mining, o, Senior Secured Notes, silver by on February 9, 2011 0 Comments

Jaguar Mining (NYSE:JAG) announced they’ve closed on their $99.3 million senior notes offering. The aggregate principal amount was $103.5 million. Included in the issuance was $13.5 million aggregate principal amount of notes following the full exercise of the over-allotment option granted by Jaguar to the original purchasers. The 5.5% senior convertible notes will be due 2016. Net capital raised

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Four Plays on 3-D: IMAX, RLD, DLB, TDSC

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Four Plays on 3-D: IMAX, RLD, DLB, TDSC

Filed under: Newsletters , Stocks to Buy “In only a few years, 3-D will have a third of the TV market and a sizable chunk of the box office. I have no doubt that this will be one of the ‘Next Big Things’,” suggests Andy Obermueller . The editor of Game-Changing Stocks explains, “Here, I review the overall market as well as the four best stock plays in the sector. I see each of these stocks as having serious growth potential as 3-D technology takes off. “3-D functionality is becoming increasingly available on many high-end TVs. Last year was the first year that 3-D TVs were available; manufacturers sold 3.2 million 3-D sets vs. 247 million HDTVs. Continue reading Four Plays on 3-D: IMAX, RLD, DLB, TDSC Four Plays on 3-D: IMAX, RLD, DLB, TDSC originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 09 Feb 2011 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Market Wrap-Up for Feb.3 (EL, NEM, YUM, K, CME, CVS, more)

The markets got off to a negative start today, but within the averages were several names that stood out on the upside, helping push the averages green by the market close. Screaming higher today were shares of Estee Lauder ( EL ) after the cosmetics giant beat estimates on its earnings report and raised guidance significantly. This is a name we have been watching closely and one we will consider on decent pullbacks. Also moving up on earnings-related stories were Ross Stores ( ROST ), Yum Brands ( YUM ), and Kellogg ( K ). On the flipside, earnings results hurt stocks like Ameriprise Financial ( AMP ), CME Group ( CME ), and CVS Caremark ( CVS ). Holding the averages back today a bit are energy plays that are seeing some red following multi-day gains. Newmont Mining ( NEM ) announced an acquisition this morning of Fronteer Gold ( FRG ). I will be watching the mining companies closely to see if this can get gold and sliver out of their recent slump. As I get prepared to do a national radio campaign where I will be interviewed on about 20-25 different national affiliates (I will give readers a heads up whenever I know I will be going on somewhere) regarding my “Be a Dividend Millionaire” book and of course our Dividend.com business, I want to reflect on my initial foray into the media world. About two years ago, I reached out to a local NBC affiliate to talk about what was happening in the economy and it was quite an enlightening experience. I learned some lessons early on about the media biz and business news from a local affiliate standpoint. First of all, I went in cold with no experience or training, and that likely showed my first few times on the air (fortunately no Cindy Brady-style freezing when the on-air light came on). After that, I seemed to find my groove. Unfortunately at the time, the economy was in the dumps and there was little I could do to sugarcoat the situation. Being a tell-it-like-it-is person is not something that broadcasters enjoy, depending on the station and people you deal with. In my case, my segments were focused on avoiding layoffs and when will the economy rebound. I had little in the way I was able to contribute from an investing standpoint (not my call, but the station manager at the time). I also learned about writing your own segments, which is what I had to do. The anchor would literally receive my notes for the first time as I was being seated up at the anchor desk a minute before going on the air. Can you say chaotic? I stopped doing the segments as there was a bit too much demand on what was needed for me to produce the segments, along with being held back from showcasing my investing expertise. I am excited to begin working with a top media/PR person who has worked with some key names in the financial and publishing space. I hope I am able to keep things real during my upcoming media appearances, and won’t be forced…

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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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Potash (NYSE:POT) Poised for Strong volumes, Demand, Pricing

Filed in Gleacher and Company, Gold Prices, Guidance, o, Potash, potash corp, silver by on January 28, 2011 0 Comments

The agriculture sector continues to have a strong outlook, including fertilizer giant Potash Corp. (NYSE:POT), which is expected to have a strong year in 2011. Gleacher noted, “while management is confident that global spot prices are likely to rise on strong demand, their guidance did not include higher potash prices, though they do see the potential for prices to move higher as the gap between

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Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ:RVBD) in Multi-Growth Pattern for WAN

Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ:RVBD) is in a multi-year growth pattern for WAN acceleration, according to Needham, which remains positive on the company. Needham says, “…We have conviction that RVBD is in a multi-year growth pattern for WAN acceleration, as the business driver of datacenter consolidation is still very strong (though years old as a driver). Complementing the “old driver” is

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Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY) Shares Soar on Strongest Orders in History of Company

Shares of Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY) were up over 12 percent on the day, as they came of their best quarter for orders in the history of the company. Needham says, “Bottomline posted by far the strongest orders quarter in the firm’s history, which is indicative of the strategic value that Bottomline provides its financial institution customers. Additionally, Q2’s robust orders

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