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[ December 14, 2013 | Author: Admin | Views: 92411 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Financial fraud is common, costly and frequently unreported. Announcing the results of a new survey, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation also says many investors are unable to recognize the signs of a potential scam. Also see: Airline Miles Are Getting Harder to Use>> Money hustles are nearing epidemic proportions, costing Americans over $50 billion a year. More than 8 out of 10 of survey respondents said they had been pitched a fast one, with 11% admitting they had lost a “significant amount of money” on such swindles. “When it comes to financial fraud, America is a nation at risk,” says FINRA Foundation President Gerri Walsh. “Fraudsters are very effective at reaching and enticing vulnerable populations into turning over their money, and far too few Americans are able to detect likely fraudulent sales pitches.” Also see: Student Debt Horrors: Can ‘Pay It Forward’ Solve the Crisis? >> … Continue reading

[ September 16, 2013 | Author: Admin | Views: 76095 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

With natural gas prices rising off recent record lows, it begs the question, when will drillers restart stalled drilling programs? As the nation’s top natural gas producer, ExxonMobil’s (NYSE: XOM  ) thoughts on the subject are important to listen to. The company’s plan is to let its natural gas production decline by 5% this year and only marginally grow production in the future due to the recent low prices. However, last quarter the company sold its gas for an average of $3.32 per thousand cubic feet, which was the highest price in more than a year. When asked about its natural gas plans in the U.S. now that prices are rising, Exxon’s vice president of investor relations, David Rosenthal, stated that the company doesn’t “tend to take the last two data points and draw a trend line and react.” Meaning that the company isn’t ready to change its plans just yet. … Continue reading

[ August 8, 2013 | Author: Admin | Views: 20722 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

We want our sports teams to dominate their leagues, and our fourth graders to dominate their spelling bees. Why shouldn’t we want dominators among our stock picks and in our portfolios? Companies that grow to dominate their industry are generally great investments, especially if you catch them on their way up. One way to ferret out world dominators and promising stock picks is to study lists of the top brands in the world. The folks at WPP and Millward Brown put out a ranking of global brands by brand value each year, and for 2013, the top three brands belonged, in order, to Apple, Google, and IBM. It’s not news that those are global dominators, and actually, most of the names among their top 100 are familiar. Interestingly, though, while the top brands didn’t change position much between 2012 and 2013, some names did jump ahead quite a bit. That … Continue reading

[ May 28, 2013 | Author: Admin | Views: 9307 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

New issues in U.S. corporate bond markets topped $46 billion last week, with just two issuers selling more than one-third of the total. Those two and a few others are profiled below. Last week’s biggest debt-gusher was Petrobras (NYSE: PBR  ) . The Brazilian energy firm pumped out $11 billion of paper spread over six tranches with maturities ranging from three- to 30 years. The money will be used “to finance Petrobras’ planned capital expenditures under its 2013-2017 Business Plan and for general corporate purposes.” Even though the Petrobras paper carried investment-grade ratings, the 10-year coupon rate of 4.375% was higher than the 10-year rates on some of the previous week’s junk issues. Merck (NYSE: MRK  ) wrote six prescriptions for notes with three- to 30-year maturities totaling $6.5 billion. The company plans to use the money for stock buybacks — that’s nearly 5% of Merck’s market cap. Because Merck’s dividend yield … Continue reading

[ May 5, 2013 | Author: Admin | Views: 41364 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

The massive supply of natural gas that has resulted from new drilling technologies applied to U.S. shale fields over the past few years has been a boon not only to consumers who use gas for heating their homes, but also to a variety of companies, including chemical, steel and fertilizer manufacturers, for whom energy costs are substantial. The U.S. has been inundated with so much cheap natural gas, in fact, that trucking companies are increasingly switching over to gas-powered engines for their fleets, while auto manufactures are offering hybrid vehicles that have the ability to burn both compressed natural gas and gasoline. And now, the next logical step of the natural gas-fueled transformation of the transport industry — gas-powered locomotives — looks to be in its early stages. 10 Best Trucking Stocks To Watch For 2014: LookSmart Ltd.(LOOK) LookSmart, Ltd. operates as an online search advertising network solutions company that … Continue reading