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Canada To Start Keystone Pipeline Construction – Defy Obama

Canada To Start Keystone Pipeline Construction – Defy Obama
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Jim Cramer Urges Preparation For Stock Declines

Cramer urges preparation for stock declines

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones industrial average, again, closed at an all-time high. But what goes up often comes down.

And Jim Cramer wants you to be ready. Now make no mistake, the “Mad Money” host doesn’t view preparation as running for cover—quite the contrary.

“The vast majority of declines since 2009 have been buying opportunities,” Cramer said. “When you’re dealing with the stocks of high quality companies that simply aren’t very expensive, then any weakness is generally a buying opportunity.”

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And Cramer doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walks.

For example, on Tuesday “I bought some United Technologies for my charitable trust,” he said.

Cramer’s move was triggered by a broad decline in the aerospace sector, a decline that he didn’t feel was warranted because largely Cramer’s homework shows that business in the sector is good.

In fact, Cramer felt his outlook was confirmed by HD Supply when the company reported earnings in the morning and said business had steadily improved throughout the quarter. “Plus, architectural billings, another good judge of construction, have stayed strong. Also, China cut its reserve requirement ratio last night, which could give their economy a boost.”

As he bounced ideas for the decline off colleagues, none of the reasons really presented any fundamental shift.

Therefore, Cramer concluded that United Technologies should not have fallen broadly with the sector, and he pulled the trigger. “I just didn’t think it should have declined by a buck and change given that non-residential construction and heating ventilation and air conditioning are finally turning around.”

Why does this exercise matter? 

“Because these days, I see the opposite happening in this market,” Cramer said. That is, with the market at all-time highs, individual investors fear buying weakness. Instead, Cramer says, individuals are chasing stocks, buying as the market goes higher.

Cramer says that’s a mistake.

“I use the same logic that I outlined with United Technologies pretty much every day in this market. I look for price breaks in good companies and run toward them, not away from them during a decline,” he said. “Do the homework, develop a fundamental thesis and stick with it. The market tends to overreact. Often the sellers are wrong.”


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If you don’t take advantage of my offer to join our Wealth Advisory, you must be one of those folks who just has no interest in making money. I mean, just look at these gains!

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Stock Picking For Retirement Success ($tocks vs Bond$ )

We are hot on dividend-payers compared to bonds.


This year,we added shares in seven dividend-paying companies: AT&T (NYSE:T), Chevron (NYSE:CVX), Cisco SystemsCoca-Cola , General Electric,McDonald’s and Procter & Gamble. Three of the stocks’ prices have risen in the market  this year, while four have dipped as much as 2%. Together, this year the group has averaged a 1% gain.

But the bigger reward: After Jack A. Bass Managed Accounts  bought their stocks, several companies raised their dividends — a fetching 9.2% average. Retirement accounts now hold 14 dividend payers and may get more this year. “Given the inflation factor, it’s a good strategy to have increasing income,” said the principal of Jack A. Bass and Associates “And as a bonus, you get a more favorable tax treatment on stock dividends than on the interest from bonds.”


Clients of Jack A. Bass Managed Accounts (these are models – our clients  are better looking)

His moves seem to buck conventional wisdom — that those planning or in retirement should shift to such “safer” investments as bonds. But amid today’s longer life spans, some market players are embracing a newer view: that retirees should keep sizable stock allocations — tilted toward dividend-payers with their potential for stock price gains and dividend income growth.


“There is literally a danger of outliving your money if you can’t generate enough income from your portfolio,” holds investment adviser Laurie Itkin, of Coastwise Capital Group in San Diego, Calif. Indeed, she feels “the typical asset allocation model of 40% bonds, 60% equities is archaic and even dangerous.”


Bass likes the dividend-growth story he’s been seeing. Among the shares he bought, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) this year raised its dividend 11.8%, and Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) boosted its payout 8.9%. He’d bought such stocks for the safety their strong corporate management provides — and for their dividend yields in excess of 3%.


Too Rich To Switch?


“With dividend payers like these, you think harder about shifting your asset allocation to more heavily favoring bonds, even after interest rates rise,” Bass said.   Overall, fully 1,078 U.S. companies raised their dividend in this year’s first quarter — the highest number for any first quarter, says Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at Standard & Poor’s Dow Jones Indices (SPDJI), in New York. Moreover, dividends paid by companies in the S&P 500 stock index could hit a record $350 billion this year, he says. However, dividend-paying stocks weren’t the rage early this year. And dividend cuts are always possible: In July 2009, at the peak of dividend-trimming in the last recession, 83 S&P 500 companies were cutting their dividends, while 26 others were suspending them, according to SPDJI data.


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3 Picks As “Immune To Market Troubles ” : USA Today

Somewhere out there in the world of equities there are Holy Grail investments. It flies in the face of conventional wisdom like the mantra of the high-return tradeoff (high risk, high reward), but the data don’t lie. Here are a couple of stocks that could fit into such a strategy.

1. Kimberly-Clark Corp.

Kimberly-Clark is a personal care company that routinely finds itself in lists of top investments, and for good reason. The company is a prime example of a low-volatility stock that has managed to pace or outpace market growth over long periods of time while maintaining a low beta.

Shares have increased nearly 120% over the past five-year period and about 73% over the past 10-year period, slightly higher than the S&P 500 during the first period and on par in the second. With a beta of about 0.25, this growth has been about as stable as possible, and the company has helped lock in long-term investors with a healthy dividend yield of 3% — a dividend that has increased each year since 1972, at that.

Kimberly-Clark owns the brands behind dozens of consumer staples such as Kleenex, Huggies, Scott, and Cottonelle. According to the company’s year-end 2013 results, Kimberly-Clark brands hold the largest or second-largest share of markets in more than 80 countries.

Full-year 2013 sales of $21.2 billion were “essentially even” with 2012, although organic sales increased 4% (3% volume and 1% net selling price growth). Sales growth is expected to contract 1% this year, according to a company forecast, but earnings are expected to continue increasing as operating margin expands. Kimberly-Clark forecasts adjusted earnings in a range between $6 and $6.20 per share, up 4 to 7% on the year.

2. Costco Wholesale Corp.

Costco has not only outperformed the market at low volatility, but it’s done so with style. Shares of the discount retailer are up 160% over the past five-year period and 225% over the past 10-year period, outpacing the S&P 500 in both periods. With a beta of 0.42, volatility is low.

Costco, a big-box retailer blessed with a strong business model, market leadership, and competent executives, pays a starting wage of $11.50 per hour. If you ask CEO Craig Jelinek, he’s likely to attribute at least some of his company’s success to that fact.

“An important reason for the success of Costco’s business model is the attraction and retention of great employees,” he said in a statement last year. “Instead of minimizing wages, we know it’s a lot more profitable in the long term to minimize employee turnover and maximize employee productivity, commitment and loyalty.”

Costco will report earnings at the end of May, and the market appears to be getting increasingly optimistic about the announcement. The retailer recently announced that net sales for the four weeks ended May 4 increased 7% on the year to $8.56 billion. Comparable sales were up 5% over the same period.

3. General Mills Inc.

General Mills is a food company perhaps best known for iconic brands like Cheerios, Haagen-Dazs, Green Giant, and Lucky Charms. Like Kimberly-Clark, General Mills has built itself an empire of leading consumer staples. Shares have climbed more than 106% over the past five years and 136% over the past 10 years, lagging the S&P 500, but not by much. With a beta of 0.22, volatility has been relatively low.

Besides low volatility, General Mills offers a high dividend yield of 3%, currently $1.64 per share. Because of this and its strong record of growth, the company has been considered one of the best bets in the consumer sector, and analysts are expecting more good things in the coming quarter. Earnings are expected to increase 36% on the year to 72 cents per share, while sales are expected to edge 0.4% higher to a mean analyst estimate of $4.43 billion.


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Insider Buying

This is a PROMOTION from Zack’s – but a good summary, nevertheless.

How many times have you heard that as stocks are plunging?

I don’t know about you, but it’s easier said than done.

But there’s one group of investors who charge in to buy when stocks are selling off: the corporate insiders.

How do they do it?

They have 2 key advantages over you and I that provide them the edge during uncertain times. If you follow their lead, you can have that edge too.

Two Key Advantages Give Insiders the Edge 

1) Key Advantage #1: Insiders Have Information 

Everyone knows that information is power.

Who knows more than those who are actually running the company?

The corporate insiders, the CEO, CFO, General Counsels and even the Head of Human Resources know who is getting hired or fired. They know that last month was a record month for sales and that there is a new factory opening in China, which hasn’t been announced publicly yet.

Even better, they can actually purchase their company’s stock, knowing all this information, and it’s perfectly legal.

When corporate insiders get excited about their company’s prospects, you should too.

2) Key Advantage #2: Insiders Know When to Buy Insiders don’t buy their own shares willy-nilly. As a stock rallies, insiders are likely to stay on the sidelines because their stock is no longer cheap.

Insiders like bargains just like the rest of us.

That’s why during this recent bull market over the last 16 months, the number of insiders buying has fallen compared to the selling. Just like you, the insider doesn’t want to buy an overpriced stock.

But when the company stock sells off, especially in a short period of time, the insider sees it as an opportunity. The insiders want a deal.

This is what happened in August 2011 when the S&P 500 plunged from its April high. In the first nine days of August, 919 insiders at more than 100 different companies jumped in to buy their companies’ shares. It was the largest amount of insider buying since the market bottom in March 2009.

Were they right?

Just six months later, the S&P 500 had rebounded over 15%. Stocks never looked back from that sell off and the S&P has gone on to make dozens of new record highs since then.

And the insiders cashed in.

Are the Insiders About to Jump In Again? 

The NASDAQ is down nearly 10% from its recent highs. This is the largest pullback in the NASDAQ in three years.

And some individual stocks have seen an even more significant pullback. Within the NASDAQ 100, 29 of those 100 companies have seen their share price fall more than 20% from their highs.

As we’ve seen, the insiders like to buy when there are dramatic sell offs. When everyone else is selling, they see a bargain. Remember, they have knowledge of what is going on inside the company so they are more optimistic than the rest of us.

Just like in 2011, 2014 is turning out to be an opportunity for insiders.

I’m expecting to see a deluge of insider buying. They love their deals and there haven’t been many chances like this in the last few years.

Are you ready to follow their lead?

Where to Find the Insider Buys 

Anyone can go on the SEC website and get the insider trading information but it’s time consuming to search by individual companies.

Some investment firms collect the insider buying data and can provide it to you as a weekly list. Have you ever seen one of those lists? The sheer number of companies can be overwhelming.

When the insiders step in to buy en masse, it can become even more overwhelming with hundreds and hundreds of insiders buying at countless numbers of companies. Imagine trying to figure out which of those companies you should be buying?


Goldman on High Frequency Trading

There’s only one bank that’s come out publicly against high frequency trading, and that’s Goldman Sachs.

It’s not an easy thing to do. Banks work with high frequency trading firms to execute orders, they also have their own dark pools — private, anonymous exchanges that have become a part of the new market ecosystem synonymous with HFT. Goldman’s dark pool is called Sigma X.

So why would a bank take on HFT?

Because Goldman bank believes it’s hurting their equities trading business, which has been on the decline for some time now. And as the WSJ’s Justin Baer and Scott Patterson point out, the bank would rather have a healthy stock trading business that can make it billions of dollars than a dark pool that only brings in hundreds of millions of dollars.

Thursday morning’s first quarter earnings numbers say it all. Goldman is losing stock trading share to its rivals. In Q1 2014, the bank made $416 million trading equities for clients. That’s down 49% from the same time in 2013 when the bank made $809 million.

In 2013, a year when the price of stocks exploded, Goldman’s client stock trading revenue fell from $3.2 billion in 2012 to $2.6 billion.

Arch rival Morgan Stanley, on the other hand, has seen it’s equity sales and trading rise 16% over the last year, and 24% over the last quarter.

Obviously for the biggest baddest bank on Wall Street, this is worrisome. The bank is not only losing market share in equity sales, but also its dark pool has lost its share of the market as rivals from Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley have entered the market.

So once big institutional clients — the mutual funds and hedge funds that HFT firms love to pick off when they notice the institutionals’ big block trades in the market — started complaining about HFT, Goldman knew it was time to change their strategy.

Patterson and Baer reported that at a meeting in London several weeks ago, Goldman’s institutional clients voiced concerns that are now familiar thanks to Michael Lewis’ book, ‘Flash Boys‘.  They said that they felt HFT firms were given an unfair advantage and that the market was too opaque, complicated and dangerous.

That’s when Goldman started sending around internal memos asking for commentary on market structure, and COO Gary Cohn wrote the anti-HFT op-ed that shocked people across the Street.

In the op-ed, he mentions one more issue that has Goldman worried about HFT. The bank is known for having some of the best technology in finance, but last August a glitch in its software sent erroneous quotes into the market and cost the bank $100 million. And Goldman doesn’t lose $100 million.

From Cohn’s op-ed:

The economic model of the exchanges, as shaped by regulation, is oriented around market volume. Volume generates price discovery and liquidity, which are clearly beneficial. But the industry must recognize how certain activities related to volume can place stress on a market infrastructure ill-equipped to deal with it.

In other words, exchange software is now so complicated that it is not something a firm can do as a side show — it has to be the main event. 

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/why-goldman-sachs-2014-4#ixzz2zFx4Mt9a


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