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Ho, Ho, Ho: Apple Sells 47,160,000 New iThings in Q1

Filed in Apple, BP, Gold, GOld juniors, Gold Market, ipad, Lear, Microsoft, o by on January 19, 2011 0 Comments
Ho, Ho, Ho: Apple Sells 47,160,000 New iThings in Q1

Judging from Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) first quarter numbers, the Steve Jobs medical leave story is only going to be a minor hiccup in the short term. Fresh off of the Christmas holiday, Apple crushed it again. Net income in the fiscal first quarter rose to $6 billion, or $6.43 a share. That blew away last year’s take of $3.38 billion, or $3.67/share as profits surged 78%. In the blow out quarter, which appropriately enough ended on Dec. 25, Apple sold: 7.33 million iPads. 16.2 million iPhones 4.13 million Mac computers And 19.5 million iPod media players. That’s a total of 47,160,000 new electronics devices sold in just three months. Put another way, thats one new gadget for every 6.6 Americans since September 25 th . Somewhere, no doubt PC guy is now beating his head against a brick wall. Because let’s face it, Microsoft has now been completely left in the dust by the company it bailed out in 1997 with $150 million investment. In just two short years, Apple has practically put the game out of reach. As for Steve Jobs, lets just say that the company will do just fine without him for the time being. 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 Most Important 500 Square Miles on Earth Becomes Private Property It was a stretch of barren landscape just a couple hundred miles away from the North Pole… But locked within it sat a 50-year supply of the most important class of industrial metals known to man. Earlier this year— for the first time ever — a single company took hold of this land… And altered the course of the world’s high-tech market forever. Learn more here. Ho, Ho, Ho: Apple Sells 47,160,000 New iThings in Q1 originally appeared in Wealth Daily . Wealth Daily is a free daily newsletter featuring contrarian investment insights and commentary.

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Sta. Lucia Land (SLI), Getting Around The Property Scene

Filed in BP, Gold, Gold Investing, Gold Prices, o, shares, ubs by on January 15, 2011 0 Comments

Those who subscribed in Sta. Lucia Land’s (SLI) listing back in 2007 must have been very disappointed after seeing the price of their stock gradually fall from PHP 1.80 to a low of PHP 0.38 in 2009. After bottoming in 2009, SLI continued to trade flat and sideways until finally waking up in July 28, Related posts: Empire East Land Holdings (ELI), Breaking Ground On January 13, Andrew Tan-led Empire East Land Holdings, Inc…. Fil-Estate Land (LND) Soared as Alliance Global Buys 50% Stake It was a jolly Christmas indeed for the holders of… Philex Mining (PX) Breaks Out! The shares of Philex Mining, which is the largest gold… Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin .

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Weekend: Don’t Buy the Hype Behind Facebook

Filed in BP, Gold, GOld juniors, gold-stocks, goldman sachs, lead, o, obama, target, ubs by on January 8, 2011 0 Comments
Weekend: Don’t Buy the Hype Behind Facebook

Welcome to the Wealth Daily Weekend Edition— our insights from the week in investing and links to our most-read Wealth Daily and sister publication articles. See you around, Mark Zuckerberg… You may be Time ‘s Man of the Year for 2010, but I have decided to “de-friend” you. Your $50 billion network has been an occasionally interesting diversion, but I’ve decided it contains virtually no real genius. Once I had taken a few months to burn through the nostalgia effect, I knew your days were numbered— especially when I got tired of spying on that ex-cheerleader. In the end, all I learned was that she shopped quite a bit, watched way too much reality TV, and was obsessed with creating a really cool but imaginary farm. I also learned that sometimes the best roads in life are the ones that begin with a sudden detour. As it turns out, getting jilted in that Burger King parking lot in ’79 wasn’t so bad after all… So, a few weeks before Christmas, I announced to my 253 friends that I was going cold turkey. I was going to delete my Facebook account and go dark again. Sunrise or sunset? What surprised me as I said farewell to my network of friends was how many other people said they were thinking of doing exactly the same thing… Facebook, all of them seemed to say in one way or another, was a pretty poor substitute for the “real thing.” That’s when I realized the Facebook phenomena has probably peaked. (Of course, seeing Zuckerberg’s freckly mug on the cover of Time was its own clue. Say what you will, but the cover curse has claimed its fair share of victims.) But on my way out the door of the social media world, I learned the vampire squid was headed in. And in a way that only a stock jockey can, I laughed my fool head off when I realized some more sheep were about be shorn. The hype machine was shifting into overdrive. It was proof, I thought, of the old saw, “Wall Street people learn nothing and forget everything.” I mean, didn’t anyone remember the day Rupert Murdoch bought MySpace at its peak for $580 million? Five years later, I’d bet that’s one he’d like to have back. But that’s the nature of this type of business. It’s littered with the corpses of the last “next big thing.” Let’s face it, Facebook is a great name— but the fact is its most basic reason for being is imminently repeatable. As I type, thousands are undoubtedly planning the next social media arena. And eventually, someone will pull it off— the same way Zuckerberg did when he knocked off MySpace. Even still, Goldman Sachs took the plunge because they know they will turn a nice profit when this one hits the IPO circuit. According to the deal, the Wall Street powerhouse has invested $450 million in Facebook, while Russian investor Digital Sky Technologies added an additional $50 million. That values the social networking platform at cool $50 billion — more than any other entertainment conglomerate with the exception of Disney… Walt’s old firm still tops Zuckerberg by $21 billion. Peak Facebook But if history is an indicator, I’m guessing Disney’s spot at the top is as safe as it comes, based in part on something my friend Laura told me over drinks. When I asked her if she expected to be trolling around on Facebook 20 years…

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Feds Investigate Alleged $1 Million Embezzlement by a Hawaii Bank of America Employee Who Has Vanished

Filed in bank of america, Debt, economy, Gold, o by on January 7, 2011 0 Comments

Federal authorities are investigating a loan officer fired from the Bank of America’s Honolulu office last month for allegedly stealing at least $1 million of customer funds to repay personal gambling debts, HawaiiReporter has learned. Michael Ho Kim was discharged from the bank shortly before Christmas and his whereabouts are now unknown.

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ADP Surprises to the Upside

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ADP Surprises to the Upside

Here’s one for the bulls. ADP has surprised to the upside this morning. Are happy days here again? Only time will tell. Either way, more jobs beats fewer jobs any day of the week. From Reuters by Jonathan Spicer entitled: Surprise Jobs surge boost economic outlook “A surprise surge in private-sector employment last month to its highest level on record provided the most bullish signal in months that the economy is slowly mending. Private employers added 297,000 jobs in December, triple the median estimate by economists and up from the gain of 92,000 in November, an ADP Employer Services report showed on Wednesday. “You cannot ignore the strength of this report,” Tom Porcelli, a U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets. “With small business now beginning to start to ramp up hiring, it’s safe to feel better about the labor backdrop.” Adding to the rosy picture, the number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms fell last month to the lowest level in 10 years, according to a report by consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. The ADP figures came ahead of the government’s much more comprehensive labor market report due on Friday, which will include both public and private sector employment. That report is expected to show a rise in overall nonfarm payrolls of 140,000 in December, based on a recent Reuters poll of analysts, but a rise in private payrolls of 145,000. Economists often use the ADP report to fine-tune their forecasts for the payrolls numbers, though it is not always accurate in predicting the outcome.” All eyes have now shifted to the Friday BLS number…. Related Articles: The Top 25 Financial Stories of 2010 2011 Housing Market Forecast Case-Shiller Index Screams Housing Double Dip Zandi: Expect 8% Home Price Declines To learn more about Wealth Daily click here Advertisement This Metal Humiliates Gold It took gold prices an entire decade to make investors 387%. … But experts believe that this little-known metal could hand you more than four times your money in the next couple of months! Click here to find out how. ADP Surprises to the Upside originally appeared in Wealth Daily . Wealth Daily is a free daily newsletter featuring contrarian investment insights and commentary.

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‘Warming’ up to junk science

Filed in Bank Gold, euro, gld, Gold, Gold Spot Market, o by on December 29, 2010 0 Comments

For three years in a row, global warming models have predicted – erroneously – that Europe would have warm, snow-free winters. Meanwhile climatologist Piers Corbyn warned London of a white Christmas weeks ago. His models have been far more accurate than the UN-approved “science,” but he’s ignored. Why? Because Corbyn’s research shows the sun has far more to do with climate patterns than your Prius does. Unfortunately, there’s no money to be made at places like the Potsdam Institute studying things like the sun. No legislature can regulate excessive solar output, and there are no jobs to hand out at the Department of Sunshine Control. Until they can, you’ll just have to keep scraping the global warming off your windshield.

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The FBI’s Stalinist Homeland Security Theater

Filed in Ashland, BP, deflation, EPS, Gold, o, sov, Spot Gold, target, ubs by on December 3, 2010 0 Comments
The FBI’s Stalinist Homeland Security Theater

The FBI’s Stalinist Homeland Security Theater “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” — George Orwell, Animal Farm A few days after bombs ripped apart two apartment buildings Moscow , residents of Ryazan — a town 100 miles southeast of the Capital City — were alarmed to find several suspicious-looking figures loitering near a 13-story apartment complex. After police arrived on the scene they extracted three large sugar sacks from the high-rise. An examination of the sacks found that they contained hexagen — the same high-yield explosive that had been used in the Moscow terrorist bombings just a few days earlier. The police arrested two of the mysterious strangers, who immediately produced credentials issued by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the KGB. Within a few hours high-ranking FSB officials intervened to free their operatives, claiming that they had been involved in an innocuous “training exercise.” “This was not a bomb,” insisted then-FSB Director Nikolai Patrushev. “The exercise may not have been carried out well, but it was only a test, and the so-called explosive was only sacks of sugar.” There was at least one lapse in efficiency on the part of the FSB: The agency neglected to retrieve the detonator, which remained in the custody of the local police. Leaving aside the fact that tests had confirmed the presence of hexagen inside the “dummy” bomb, Patrushev didn’t explain why the FSB would attach a genuine detonator to phony explosives. Nor did he explain why the Security Organs insisted on collecting the “sugar sacks” and keeping them under armed guard at a nearby military base. Patrushev’s account didn’t satisfy one of the paratroopers given that peculiar assignment. The soldier smuggled a small sample collected from one of the sacks to a laboratory, and the resulting analysis confirmed that the substance was hexagen, not sucrose. The Ryazan “training exercise” took place on September 22, 1999. During the previous two weeks, hundreds of people had died in the Moscow apartment bombings. The FSB, acting with what could charitably be called indecent haste, destroyed both of those crime scenes before critical evidence could be collected. Shortly thereafter, six Chechen separatists (five of them in absentia) were accused of plotting the terrorist rampage. Invoking the need to avenge the innocent dead, Moscow carried out a punitive invasion of Chechnya, a predominantly Muslim province whose population has long sought independence from Russia. This series of events struck many in Russia as bit too tidy. In a house editorial published the day before the “training exercise” in Ryazan, the Moscow Times observed that “the bombed-out shell of the apartment block on Ulitsa Guryanova was destroyed in a controlled implosion, reducing to rubble the remains of the building and irreparably buying beneath it any remaining traces of evidence  — just ten days after the explosion. Workers at Kashirskoye Shosse, meanwhile, began clearing the rubble from the site as early as September 13 — the day of the bombing.” As the Times pointed out, the FSB’s insistence that the case had been “solved” was impossible to reconcile with the fact that “untold traces of chemical residue, fingerprints, technical fragments, [and] hair and DNA samples that were present at the [bombing] sites are now irrevocably lost.” “Is this ignorance?” asked the Times . “In the capital city of a country where the…

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Make a 60% Annual Dividend

Filed in BP, dividend, Gold, Gold Market, lead, o, recession by on November 29, 2010 0 Comments
Make a 60% Annual Dividend

After 42 years of turkey, family squabbles, and Lions football, I decided to punt the Thanksgiving holiday and head to the beach with a dark-haired beauty. So it was that I found myself in a beachfront hotel bar that saw its last remodel around the same time Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch last made the pop charts. The afternoon fell away to a series of happy hour Yuenglings and spicy rubber tires the menu called jalapeo poppers. The rotund bartender surprised me by saying that business was going great. At the same time we were enjoying our stay, two church groups — Southern Baptists and Orthodox Jews — filled the conference rooms and buffet lines. It made for some interesting elevator rides and steady business. Our publican told us the hotel was at 90% occupancy until after Christmas, at which point he was heading to St. Thomas to work for the rest of the winter. There didn’t seem to be a recession in his world… As I was staring at the ocean through the frosted glass, vaguely watching the Wisconsin Beavers destroy Northwestern 70-23, a woman sat next to me and ordered a merlot. She was friendly with the barkeep and they got involved in a real estate conversion. She emphatically pounded the bar with her fist, looked at me, and declared, “If you have the means, this is the best time to buy a house. You will never find oceanfront properties this cheap again in your lifetime.” What she said didn’t shock me, as I had just made an offer on a foreclosure that was selling at a 45% discount to its peers. And there were other rental properties that— if done right — would kick off a considerable amount of free cash flow… many to be had with zero money down. Oh, I know value when I see it. It wasn’t that I disagreed with her that was shocking; it was that after three years of bad news and painful stories, there was at least one contrarian left who wanted to buy a house. Anatomy of a housing bubble The psychology of a housing bubble is much the same as other bubbles. And the case study for property bubbles is Japan. Japan invented the 100-year mortgage, which fueled buying. At one point in 1990, real estate in Japan was so overvalued …

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

Filed in amazon-com, citigroup, E Reader, Gold Prices, kindle, o, target, wal-mart by on November 24, 2010 0 Comments

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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Walmart Jumps on the Free-Shiping Bandwagon

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Walmart Jumps on the Free-Shiping Bandwagon

Filed under: Competitive Strategy , Wal-Mart (WMT) , Marketing and Advertising The holiday sales push is on. The November-December period can account for more than 50% of retailers’ sales. CNNMoney reports that Walmart ( WMT ) is trying to stay ahead of the pack by offering free online shipping on 60,000 items through December 20. Steve Nave, general manager of Walmart.com said: “Customers are doing all they can to save money this holiday, so we’re excited to offer free shipping to home, with no minimum purchase requirement as an early Christmas present to them.” Continue reading Walmart Jumps on the Free-Shiping Bandwagon Walmart Jumps on the Free-Shiping Bandwagon originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Thu, 11 Nov 2010 11:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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How to Save Big Bucks at the Grocery Store Every Week

Filed in ceo, dividend, Gold Investing, shares by on September 10, 2010 0 Comments

Nearly every family shares a common expense that is ripe for cost-cutting ideas: the weekly trip to the grocery store. Fortunately for us consumers, there many ways to save money on groceries. Begin your savings by joining your supermarket’s shopping program, and make sure to scan your shopper card every time you shop. These programs allow you to take advantage of weekly members-only specials and can rack up points in the long term, sometimes providing you with free food. Next, stop by your store’s bargain shelf every time you shop and check out the discounted items. Just make sure you give the products a good look — sometimes they’ll be damaged of perilously close to their expiration date. For more discounts, scan your weekly paper pullouts and mailers. These fliers often contain paper coupons you have to clip (yes, people still use paper!). You can also find discounts online on several popular coupons websites like CouponMom.com and CoolSavings.com are definitely worth a look. Buy-one, get-one-free deals are a big money saver, so be on the lookout for those. Also, don’t be shy to use expired coupons — many stores will still honor them anyway. Lastly, buying items after the holidays is a great idea. I remember buying a Christmas tree from the grocery store that was on display with lights and all for $5, just by asking the clerk what they would be doing with it. Of course, I did buy it for a specific use and not just because it was a good deal. Often times people confuse something being on special as a green light that it must be bought. There’s no reason to hoard items unless you are really going to use them. Don’t forget to take the money you save each week and out it to work for you in high quality dividend-paying stocks! Paul Rubillo is the founder and CEO of 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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ADP Report Shows Green Shoots in the Jobs Market

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ADP Report Shows Green Shoots in the Jobs Market

It is that time of the month again. Today and Friday investors get another peek into the all-important jobs market, where green shoots are beginning to sprout. In fact, this morning we received three separate reports that the job market is finally turning the corner. Here’s the skinny on that score from CNNMoney. It’s in an article by Chavon Sutton and Blake Ellis entitled: Job reports paint a brighter picture “Three separate jobs reports released Wednesday signaled that the nation’s employment picture may finally be brightening, and hinted that a government report due at week’s end could show strong gains. Private-sector employers added jobs in April for the third consecutive month, according to Automatic Data Processing (ADP). Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas said planned job cuts in April dropped to the lowest level in nearly four years. And TrimTabs Investment Research said the nation added 262,000 jobs in April, boosted by government Census workers not included in the ADP report. The reports came ahead of the Labor Department’s monthly jobs figures, scheduled for release Friday. The April data are expected to show a gain of 187,000 jobs, compared to an increase of 162,000 jobs in March, with the unemployment rate holding at 9.7%. There’s a general tone that there’s a slow recovery from the more than 8 million jobs lost during the past two years. “Companies have cut to the bone, cutting off arms and legs. Now they are shifting from defense to offense,” said John Canally, an economist for LPL Financial.” That being said, Friday’s BLS number looms large for the markets. Let’s hope it’s a good one. Related Articles: GDP Jumps 3.2% as the Clock Ticks for the Unemployed Bank Of America Stops Kicking the Can The Case-Shiller Index Meets the “Gated Ghetto” Elizabeth Warren on The Shrinking Middle Class To learn more about Wealth Daily click here Advertisement This FREE “Starter Play” Could be Worth 50% Over the Next 8 Weeks… Even if you’ve never bought an option in your life, renowned guru Ian Cooper can have you trading like a seasoned veteran in just weeks. And to prove it, he’s giving you your very first play at no cost, right here today. After that he’ll guide you every step of the way in learning how to use these “everything-proof” investments to pad your portfolio fast and easy. And on top of it all – you have 6 months RISK-FREE to learn from him. Take your first step and grab this potential 50% winner right here . ADP Report Shows Green Shoots in the Jobs Market originally appeared in Wealth Daily . Wealth Daily is a free daily newsletter featuring contrarian investment insights and commentary.

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