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Goldman Sachs Upgrades Ameriprise to “Buy” (AMP)

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Investment advisor Ameriprise Financial, Inc. ( AMP ) on Friday caught a big upgrade from analysts at Goldman Sachs. The firm said it boosted its rating on AMP from “Neutral” to “Buy” with a $73 price target. That target suggests an 18% upside to the stock’s Thursday closing price of $61.89. Goldman also boosted its earnings estimates for the company through 2013, noting it believes the financial services provider stands to benefit from rising retail investor demand. AMP has had $21 billion in net equity inflows year-to-date. Ameriprise shares rose 61 cents, or +1%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Ameriprise ( AMP ) have a 1.16% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $61.89. The stock has technical support in the $55 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $63-$66 price levels. Ameriprise Financial, Inc. ( AMP ) 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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Dividend Reinvestment Plans

Filed in BP, dividend, GOld juniors, Gold Market, o, shares, target, Yahoo by on February 9, 2011 0 Comments

As the old fable reminds us, it’s not always the hare who wins the race. For as savvy dividend investors surely know, it is the tortoise who prospers in the long run. That’s because the tortoise knows that income investing allows you to win two ways: first, with a cash payout; and second, through price appreciation. And the best part is you don’t exactly need to be star trader or marker timer to reach your financial goals using this strategy… You just need to be patient enough to push through the volatility onward to the higher ground. Of course, seasoned dividend investors themselves have known this for years. That’s why the truly rich don’t spend their days glued to the financial news like a bunch of lemmings. They realize that while most investors think trading is where the action is, investing in high-yielding income stocks is just as rewarding— provided you are smart enough to stick to a steady and persistent pace. In this style of investing, less truly is more. The Rule of 72 Because the biggest component behind this investment strategy is time— time, the greatest equalizer of them all. The secret to this approach is in the compounding effect that Albert Einstein once called “the most powerful force on earth.” In fact this force is so powerful that I think the government is deliberately keeping it from you. I say that because if the masses actually knew the income this compounding could deliver, they would immediately demand an end to Social Security as we know it. Why is that? you ask. That’s where the Rule of 72 comes in. The Rule of 72 says that in order to find the number of years it takes for you to double your investment at a given rate, just divide the yield into 72. For example: If your are earning a 9% dividend on your investment, it only takes eight years to double your money, and roughly 13 years to triple it. This compounding effect arises when your dividend yield is added to the principal, so that from that moment on, the interest begins to earn interest on itself. Over time, that process can add up to a small fortune — even with very modest investments. ~~SIGNUP_WD~~ The Retirement Blueprint By using this simple but powerful strategy, you can build a $270,000 nest egg in just 35 years by contributing as little as $100/month. That’s basically the cost of a cable bill, and it would yield a 525% gain — a market-beating average of 15% per year. And it’s easier to come by than you think… Let’s say you had saved $1,200 and started with an investment in one of my favorite dividend payers, Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT ). That initial investment would buy you 26 shares of ABT at today’s prices, each one earning a dividend yield of 3.8%. Over time, that specific example would earn you a $270,000 payday as long as you simply reinvest your dividends, add a mere $100 a month to your account, and the underlying stock appreciates just 5% per year… Not bad. Here’s…

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Buying Blood in the Streets: A How-To Guide

Filed in BP, Gold, Gold Market, o, target by on January 31, 2011 0 Comments
Buying Blood in the Streets: A How-To Guide

There’s no cash in the ATMs, there’s something like 5,000 prisoners roaming the streets and there’s no security. — May Sadek, man on the street, Cairo In my financial trading service Crisis & Opportunity , I seek maximum returns by buying stocks when fear is the highest, and selling them when the panic dissipates. It might sound crude and insensitive to buy stocks in places where people are literally dying, but it works; and by supporting the stock market when everyone is fleeing, you are reducing the panic— which is a positive for financial stability. Baron Von Rothschild is credited with saying, “The time to buy is when blood is running in the streets.” He’s been re-quoted by everyone from Mobius to Rockefeller. But through extensive research, I uncovered this bit from The New York Times circa 1931… It has been reported during the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War, when the French had been defeated and the mob was looting Paris, a friend of his asked, “What are you going to do to protect your interests in this dreadful hour?” The Baron said to him, “Can you keep a secret?” He replied, “Yes.” The Baron said, “Well, if the truth must be told, I am protecting myself by buying real estate.” His friend responded, “Do you mean to say you are buying real estate with the gutters of Paris running with blood and the city in the hands of a mob?” Rothschild said, “Yes, my friend, I mean that very thing, and that is the only time, when the gutters are running with blood, that you can buy real estate at 50 cents on the dollar.” Istanbul to Constantinople Buying blood in the streets has become a hoary Wall Street platitude because it is extremely profitable. The thing about revolutions is that the countries don’t disappear… Sure, governments come and go, the names and lines on maps change and are redrawn— but the people and resources remain. I can name a number of countries off the top of my head that had post-revolution stock market booms: South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Russia, South Africa… the list goes on. When you invest in foreign markets that are in crisis, you get a bounce-back on both the equity side and the currency side. Here is an example: In 1998, the people of Indonesia took to the streets and threw off long-term dictator Suharto. The market crashed, and the currency went from 350 to the dollar to over 15,000 before it stopped trading altogether. One of the Indonesian blue chips— P.T. Telecom — fell from the low $30s to $1.50. The currency now trades at 9,047 rupiah to the dollar. If you put $10,000 in TLK at $1.50 and held it to the top, you would have made $366,000 on the share price— plus another 30% or so on the currency…

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Dividend Payout Changes for Jan.26

Filed in dividend, Gold Investment, o, Uncategorized by on January 26, 2011 0 Comments

The following companies announced a change in their dividend payouts today. Companies Increasing Dividend Payouts Access National Corp ( ANCX ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $0.04 to $0.08. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $6.99, is 1.14%. ANCX is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3 out of 5 stars. Buckeye Technologies, Inc. ( BKI ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $0.16 to $0.20. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $25.11, is 0.80%. BKI is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Ball Corp ( BLL ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $0.20 to $0.28. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $71.67, is 0.39%. BLL is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Cardinal Financial Corp ( CFNL ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $0.08 to $0.12. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $11.74, is 1.02%. CFNL is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. DPL Inc. ( DPL ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $1.21 to $1.33. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $26.46, is 5.03%. DPL is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Energen Corp ( EGN ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $0.52 to $0.54. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $54.99, is 0.98%. EGN is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Praxair ( PX ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $1.80 to $2.00. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $91.49, is 2.19%. PX is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. RBC Inc. ( RES ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $0.19 to $0.28. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $17.08, is 1.64%. RES is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Teekay LNG Partners L.P. ( TGP ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $2.40 to $2.52. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $35.32, is 7.13%. TGP is not a “Recommended” stock at this

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Market Wrap-Up for Jan.21 (GE, COF, STI, FCX, BTU, MCD, JNJ, more)

We sometimes hear from dividend investors who simply over-analyze their investments. For instance, dividend stock prices are automatically negatively adjusted on the ex-dividend date to reflect the upcoming payout. This practice, put into place by the exchanges themselves, prevents people from “gaming” the dividend system. Investors sometimes panic at these price drops, despite them being a natural part of dividend investing. A one- or two-point drop in a high-quality dividend stock, especially as a result of an ex-dividend adjustment, is nothing to be concerned about! Now if the stocks gets down 20-25% off its 52-week high, then and only then you may have something to worry yourself with. This illustrates the danger of focusing on the short term, which usually causes investors to start trying to time the markets. Trying to time every movement perfectly is trading, not investing, so forget about looking for immediate price gains as soon as you purchase a security! Before we look at today’s market action, just a quick note to check out today’s new recommendation changes in the link below if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out earlier. The market got off to a decent start on the back of solid earnings results from General Electric ( GE ). We also saw positive reactions to financial plays SunTrust Banks ( STI ), Capital One Financial ( COF ), and BB&T Corp ( BBT ). Wall Street analyst upgrades also helped lift shares of Eaton Corp ( ETN ) and Parker-Hannifin ( PH ). Sellers hit commodity plays once again, with Freeport McMoran ( FCX ), Walter Energy ( WLT ), and Peabody Energy ( BTU ) taking a hit. I’m hearing from some gold and silver investors about the recent pain they have seen with the recent price drop. I don’t see any particular long-term worries at this point, but with signs of the economy getting its mojo back, the case for the metals may not be as seductive as it has been. Overall, it may be a good time to get some gold stock candidates ready to examine on healthy pullbacks. I have been consistently saying here that the metals could be in for a pullback, and urged caution back in late November, so hopefully anyone that was sitting on nice profits was able to ring the register at higher levels. I still believe that this generation of investors is not afraid of looking at commodities for a part an investment portfolio, so I doubt that we will go back to long-term periods of gold and silver languishing. We finish up …

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Capital One Q4 Profit Up 85%, Despite Lower Revenue (COF)

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Banker and credit card issuer Capital One Financial Corp. ( COF ) late Thursday said its fourth quarter profit surged 85% from last year, beating analyst estimates. The McLean, VA-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $697 million, or $1.52 per share, compared with $376 million, or 83 cents per share. Revenue fell 1.3% from last year to $4 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of $1.40 per share, on lower revenue of $3.92 billion. CEO Richard Fairbank commented, “We began to see some stabilization in loan volumes and early signs of a return to loan growth in 2011.” Capital One shares fell 44 cents, or -0.9%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Capital One Financial ( COF ) have a .42% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $47.25. The stock has technical support in the $42-$44 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $50-$53 price levels. Capital One Financial Corp. ( COF ) 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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Market Wrap-Up for Jan.20 (FCX, PH, UNP, PNC, FFIV, more)

Make no mistake about it: market pullbacks like the ones we’ve seen in the past couple days are a healthy part of building a long-term foundation for investors. Getting rid of shaky hands will eventually strengthen a stock’s shareholder base and will lead to shallower pullbacks in times of overall market volatility. Speaking of shaky hands, did anyone catch the action in momentum stock F5 Networks ( FFIV )? The stock is currently down $35 (-23%) as we approach midday. This move illustrates is the danger of chasing high-beta momentum plays. The beauty of investing in solid dividend stocks is that unless there is some sort of accounting blow-up, you almost never see a market response like we are seeing today in FFIV. That’s not to say that all dividend stocks are safe though — that’s why we have our “Best Dividend Stocks” List! As for the rest of the market, we are seeing a second day of sellers booking some recent gains. There are few names that are standing out on the upside, but the downside is full of negative earnings reactions. Some of the major stocks that stood out on the downside today included PNC Financial ( PNC ), Freeport McMoran ( FCX ), Union Pacific ( UNP ), and Parker-Hannifin ( PH ). Gold and Silver prices tumbled as both metals broke key technical levels. If you have been waiting on the sidelines to gain exposure to the metals’ sector, you will have some good opportunities to initiate positions in the coming weeks. One last thing to consider today as you see some of your favorite names perhaps have a down day as part of an earnings reaction, is that you should avoid trying to be a “portfolio hero” and try and jump in on the first day of a stock’s fall. Wait for the selling and noise to subside in whatever the stock you own that may be going down, and you will likely have better moments to build on any positions. Continuing with this week’s theme, here are some more common money excuses people use and my responses to them: Excuse #11 – “It’s cheaper to eat out than eat at home.” My Response: The better answer may be that is is much more fun to eat out, but certainly not cheaper in most cases. There’s nothing wrong with learning to work your way around a kitchen or even reach for a box of cereal or TV dinner once in a while if time constraints kick in. Excuse #12 – “I’ll save next year when I’m making more money.” My Response: There is no better time to start saving/investing than when you actually have a job. For many, this excuse can be the most deadliest when it comes to building wealth. Everyone knows the older you get, the more expenses you incur (getting married, having kids, vacations, cars, etc.). Excuse #13 – “You have to leverage debt to become rich!” My Response: This is a dangerous play for many that try and speed up the road to wealth. We…

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Face to face with Bill Fleckenstein on where to invest

Filed in BP, economy, Gold, Gold Investing, o by on January 15, 2011 0 Comments

Eric King of King World News on Thursday interviewed Bill Fleckenstein on the lie of the financial land. Click through to hear his views.

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Shaw Communications Beats in 1Q – Analyst Blog

Filed in BP, dividend, Gold Prices, o by on January 14, 2011 0 Comments

Shaw Communications has declared the financial results of its first quarter of fiscal 2011, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company has also raised the dividend on its common stock.

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It’s Time for Bernanke to Just Go Away

This was taken from Wealth Wire, which you can still sign up for here … It’s FREE! Enjoy. I have no confidence in Ben Bernanke… I don’t care what degrees he holds, or what he studied about the Great Depression. He’s done nothing but take us to the abyss… and lie to us, all to save the financial system. He doesn’t beleive inflation is a problem. But it is. He said he’s not monetizing debt. But he is. He’s willing to continue further easing as long until unemployment improves… but it’ll do nothing more than hurt us more. And now he wants us to believe a recovery is sustainable. Too bad he’s wrong. Here’s more from Reuters: “The U.S. economy may be finally hitting its stride, even if growth remains too weak to put a real dent in the nation’s jobless rate, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Friday. Offering no real clues on the future direction of monetary policy, Bernanke sounded cautiously more upbeat than he had in his most recent public remarks, citing improvements in consumer spending and a drop in claims for jobless benefits as hopeful signs that a languid recovery was perking up. “We have seen increased evidence that a self-sustaining recovery in consumer and business spending may be taking hold,” the central bank chief said in his first testimony to Congress since the Fed launched a controversial plan to buy an additional $600 billion in government bonds. His remarks were made public just an hour after the Labor Department reported the economy generated a disappointing 103,000 jobs in December. The jobless rate dropped to 9.4 percent from 9.8 percent, but the decline was partly due to a troubling rise in the number of people exiting the workforce. Just a month ago, in an interview on the CBS program “60 Minutes”, Bernanke had voiced a degree of trepidation about the economy’s

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Top Picks 2011: Flagstar Bancorp (FBC)

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Filed under: Newsletters , Stocks to Buy , Best Stocks for 2011 This post is one in a series in which more than 60 newsletter advisors share their Top Stock Picks for 2011 . This special report is courtesy of TheStockAdvisors.com . “My favorite speculative stock idea for 2011 is Flagstar Bancorp ( FBC ), the Troy, Michigan-based bank with 165 branches in Michigan, Indiana, and Georgia,” says Mark Skousen . The editor of The Hedge Fund Trader explains, “The stock was trading for over $140 a share before the financial crisis; the stock fell to $5 a share last May, and it is now under $1.50. Continue reading Top Picks 2011: Flagstar Bancorp (FBC) Top Picks 2011: Flagstar Bancorp (FBC) originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Thu, 06 Jan 2011 10:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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ADP Surprises to the Upside

Filed in BP, economy, Gold, Gold Market, Gold Prices, housing-market, o, RBC Capital by on January 5, 2011 0 Comments
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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