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The Rise of a New and Dangerous Breed of Hackers

My wife and I got a letter in the mail a couple of weeks ago. It was from Neiman Marcus. It began with these sobering words, “We deeply regret and are very sorry that some of our customers’ payment cards were used fraudulently after making purchases at our stores.”

It was all stupidity...

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(XLY) Technical Tuesday: Trouble Ahead?

Whenever a bull market corrects, investors ask themselves: Could this bull run be over?

Today I’ll give you one big indication that historically has spelled the end.

Very simply, when the sector that had led the market breaks down, it’s a major sign of a long-term top. Do you know...

26Feb2014 | | Comments Off on (XLY) Technical Tuesday: Trouble Ahead? | More

(SPY) From the Mailbag: Is It Time to Panic?

“I’m very nervous about this market.”

So began the letter from Tom that came in this week to the Investment U Mailbag. He continues: “I’ve done pretty well in the markets since 2010, and I’ve regained a good chunk of what I lost in the 2008 crash. But I don’t...

25Feb2014 | | Comments Off on (SPY) From the Mailbag: Is It Time to Panic? | More

Why You Shouldn’t Bail on This Market

The market has teetered in recent weeks. And the volatility has caused some investors to head for the sidelines. They are almost certainly making a mistake.

To time the market correctly, you have to make not one great call but two. And the consequences of getting either wrong can be grave.

Let’s...

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Is This Market Tanking?

There are a lot of scared investors out there right now. After what seemed like five years of stocks doing nothing but rising, investors are worried after the latest drop.

Last week I spoke at the World Money Show in Orlando. After my presentation, I had lively conversations with many of the...

21Feb2014 | | Comments Off on Is This Market Tanking? | More

Great News for Your Portfolio

The dollar rose nicely in 2013, even hitting a five-year high against the yen last month. But there are good reasons to believe the greenback has further to go.

And that is good news for your stock portfolio.

When I started forecasting a higher dollar a few years ago, most readers were...

21Feb2014 | | Comments Off on Great News for Your Portfolio | More

(FTK) Playing the Energy Boom

The best advice I have ever been given about playing the energy boom in North America is to buy companies that don’t take the risks: Buy oil and gas services, not explorers and developers.

And one of the best energy service plays I have seen to date is Flotek (NYSE: FTK).

This...

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In Praise of So-Called “Junk” Bonds

It’s time to set the record straight about bonds, specifically high-yield bonds.

Since the bad ol’ days in the 1980s, when Michael Milken and his cronies at DLJ ruined the reputation of high-yield bonds – that’s where the term “junk bonds” came from – they have been the whipping...

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(NFLX) Technical Tuesday: Buy High, Sell Higher

Last week I wrote an article stating that the best time to buy on a dip is when the Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) generates a buy signal. So far, the S&P 500 still needs to decline a bit more before an RSI buy signal is even possible.

I wouldn’t be a buyer of anything until the S&P...

18Feb2014 | | Comments Off on (NFLX) Technical Tuesday: Buy High, Sell Higher | More

(CRM) How to Invest in a Bipolar World, Part II

On Friday, I argued that the biggest challenge facing investors today is our “bipolar world.”

In the public sector, for instance, we have stifling regulations that cost Americans $1.8 trillion a year. That’s $14,768 per household. And we have a federal budget deficit and unfunded liabilities...

17Feb2014 | | Comments Off on (CRM) How to Invest in a Bipolar World, Part II | More

Good News for Stock Pickers

August 23, 2013
The decline in correlations has become a trending topic among stock market strategists. The monthly returns of individual U.S. stocks are diverging from the Russell 1,000 index. Depending on who you ask, this is either a positive occurrence for stock pickers or a sign that fund...

13Nov2013 | | Comments Off on Good News for Stock Pickers | More

(ETF) The Changes I Made to My Portfolio

October 31, 2013
Twice a year, I check my portfolio to see if any rebalancing needs to be done. I look at my allocations at the end of April and at the end of October to coincide with the start of the “worst six months” (May through October) and the start of the “best six months”...

5Nov2013 | | Comments Off on (ETF) The Changes I Made to My Portfolio | More

(CLMT) A High-Yielding MLP? Look Closer

Master limited partnerships (MLPs) are known for paying attractive yields, but 24.2% is extraordinarily high, even for this category of investments. So, when a member called up asking how Northern Tier Energy L.P. (NTI) could have such a high indicated yield, I was admittedly perplexed. High yields...

11Oct2013 | | Comments Off on (CLMT) A High-Yielding MLP? Look Closer | More

AAII Sentiment Survey: Investor Attitudes Remain Volatile

June 6, 2013

Individual investor’s short-term outlook for stocks remains volatile, as is evident by the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Bullish sentiment fell 6.5 percentage points and bearish sentiment rose 9.3 percentage points.

Bullish sentiment,...

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(NSC) Norfolk Southern Opens New Terminal

Norfolk Southern Corp. (NSC) unveiled its Thoroughbred Bulk Transfer terminal in Knoxville. The $5.9 million facility is adjoining to Interstate-275 and within two miles of Interstate 40 and Interstate-75 at Tennessee Avenue.

Located...

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(ARAY) Accuray Presents Positive Data

Radiosurgery systems maker, Accuray Incorporated (ARAY) published encouraging data about its CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System, which provides stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) to treat prostrate cancer.

Clinical...

7Oct2013 | | Comments Off on (ARAY) Accuray Presents Positive Data | More

(UNM) Unum Group Hikes Dividend by 11.5%

In an effort to distribute more profit among shareholders, the board of directors of Unum Group (UNM) authorized an increase of 11.5% in its dividend. The company will now pay a quarterly dividend of 14.5 cents per share, up from 13...

7Oct2013 | | Comments Off on (UNM) Unum Group Hikes Dividend by 11.5% | More

(GM) Can Taxpayers Finally Gain from Auto Bailout?

When it comes to the auto bailout, should repayment be the only matter of concern or the loss expected to be borne by the taxpayers? Will it finally replicate the success of bank bailout?

The government did not bother about the repayment really, as saving the jobs was much greater an issue...

7Oct2013 | | Comments Off on (GM) Can Taxpayers Finally Gain from Auto Bailout? | More

(DOV) Dover to Spin off Businesses

Dover Corporation (DOV) has decided to spin-off certain part of its communication technologies businesses into a standalone, publicly traded company in order to concentrate on its core industrial business, focused around energy, fluids...

2Oct2013 | | Comments Off on (DOV) Dover to Spin off Businesses | More

(WSH) Willis Group Holdings Launches Pvt Insurance Exchange

A unit of Willis Group Holdings (WSH) – Willis North America has launched a private insurance exchange, The Willis Advantage to enhance its health and welfare operations.

The exchange aims at addressing the underlying costs...

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(FTI) FMC Technologies and Royal Dutch Shell Cut a Deal

Maker of oil drilling equipment, FMC Technologies Inc. (FTI) inked a deal with Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A), one of the largest integrated energy firms in the world.

Per...

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(PPHM) Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Shows Encouraging News

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (PPHM) recently received encouraging news when the company announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed on the design for the phase III registration trial for its oncology candidate,...

26Sep2013 | | Comments Off on (PPHM) Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Shows Encouraging News | More

(TE) TECO Energy Reaches 52-Week High

On May 22, 2013, the shares of TECO Energy Inc. (TE) climbed to its 52-week high of $19.22 driven by a revival of Florida’s economy, gradual improvement in natural gas prices and chances of recovery of the coal market.

In first...

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(SEIC) SEI Investments Rewards Shareholders

Proceeding with its strategy of consistently enhancing shareholder value, SEI Investments Co. (SEIC) announced new capital deployment plans. Apart from raising its semi-annual dividend, the company also increased its share repurchase...

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(DPZ) Domino’s Pizza Dishes out Pizza in New Orleans

Domino’s Pizza Inc. (DPZ) is set to launch its new restaurant in Metairie, New Orleans in association with its franchisee owner, Glenn Mueller, on May 28, 2013. The opening will mark the debut of the company’s first ‘pizza...

21Sep2013 | | Comments Off on (DPZ) Domino’s Pizza Dishes out Pizza in New Orleans | More

(BRCM) Broadcom Launches New Product

Broadcom Corporation (BRCM), recently launched its first 5G WiFi combination chips with 802.11ac technology that can be used in PCs, notebooks, tablets, smartphones and other connectivity devices.

The new wireless single chips...

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(PFE) Pfizer Halts Inotuzumab Study

Pfizer Inc. (PFE) recently faced a pipeline setback with the company discontinuing a late-stage study being conducted with its oncology candidate, inotuzumab ozogamicin.

The randomized, open-label, two-arm phase III study was...

17Sep2013 | | Comments Off on (PFE) Pfizer Halts Inotuzumab Study | More

(APOL) Apollo Group to Partner With American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute

One of the wholly-owned subsidiaries of Apollo Group, Inc. (APOL), University of Phoenix, recently announced its plan to collaborate with The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) in order to provide more academic...

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(HON) Honeywell International Turbochargers for Chevrolet

Diversified technology company Honeywell International Inc. (HON) recently announced that indigenous technology of its Turbo Technology division has been used to design and build the turbocharger for Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel,...

17Sep2013 | | Comments Off on (HON) Honeywell International Turbochargers for Chevrolet | More

(CTL) CenturyLink Gets $90 Million Under Connect America Fund

One of the leading integrated telecommunications service providers, CenturyLink Inc. (CTL) has been announced eligible to receive a minimum of  $90 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s  (FCC) Connect America...

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