Not Even A Bull Market Can Interest People In Stocks – Howard Gold’s No-nonsense Investing – Marketwatch

Stocks move higher as US jobs grow at healthy clip

EDT Not even a bull market can interest people in stocks Opinion: Equity ownership falls to the lowest level in over half http://www.todayhotstocks.com/ a century Want to see how this story relates to your watchlist? Just add items to create a watchlist now: Add By Howard Gold Shutterstock How often have you heard some Wall Street shill talking about all the cash on the sidelines waiting to come back into the market? Or some pundit worrying that too many investors have rushed into stocks, signaling an imminent sell-off? Well, now, we can safely ignore those claims and others like them.
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Post to Facebook Stocks move higher as US jobs grow at healthy clip Stocks are closing higher after the U.S. government reported more healthy job growth in May. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index notched its eighth record high in the last 10 trading days. Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/1przyvl CancelSend A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Posted!
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Beware these overpriced stocks – – MSN Money

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Once momentum stocks reverse course, these traders make haste for the exits. Individual investors also buy these stocks, and I fear many of them have little idea of how overpriced they are. So let’s quickly review the basics. There are dozens of different ways to value a stock. The simplest is the price-earnings ratio.
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5 Things to Know About Apple’s Stock Split – ABC News

Apple is executing a 7-for-1 split. That means every Apple stockholder gets six additional shares for every share they owned as of June 2. The distribution will increase Apple’s outstanding stock from about 861 million shares to about 6 billion shares. To adjust for that swing, Apple’s stock price will likely fall from Friday’s closing price of $645.57 to the $90 to $95 range. …AND BRING APPLE MORE PRESTIGE Although it’s unclear if this was Apple’s intent, the lower price could clear the way for the company to be included among the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones industrial average.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/things-apples-stock-split-24051561

Obama Expands Government Benefits For Gay Couples – Yahoo News

Though the troops are not being sent specifically for combat purposes, all are armed and have the right to defend themselves if they are in danger. As soon as you put troops or advisers in an area of conflict, theyre at risk, said Julian Zelizer, a political history professor at Princeton University. That is the nature of war. Its unpredictable and it takes twist and turns that you dont foresee. Iraq, with its sectarian divides, violent past and unstable politics, may be particularly susceptible to that kind of unpredictability. Obama appeared to leave himself plenty of room to quickly pull out of Iraq, outlining no timeline for how long the military advisers will stay and no vision for what would constitute a mission accomplished.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obamas-test-try-to-avoid-mission-creep-in-iraq/2014/06/22/1ccc6514-fa04-11e3-b836-a372189b76a6_story.html

Analysts say the U.S. must tread lightly because Iran, Maliki’s most important sponsor, has not signaled that it wants him to leave office. Tehran reportedly dispatched Gen. Qassem Suleimani, commander of the elite paramilitary Quds Force, to help coordinate Iraq’s military response to the insurgents, and Iranian read President Hassan Rouhani vowed this week to defend Shiite holy sites in Iraq from “killers and terrorists.” “Washington can’t oust Maliki without Tehran’s consent, and they [Iranians] are unlikely to ditch their man unless his replacement is someone closer to their interests,” said Ramzy Mardini, an Iraq expert based in Jordan with the nonpartisan Atlantic Council. “Removing Maliki without his consent might create a power vacuum in Baghdad,” he said. “But as long as he insists in remaining in power, the White House ought to not go down this road.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-obama-iraq-20140620-story.html

Administration tries economy pivot again It is deja vu all over again for Team Obama. Mondays family and workplace summit, Julie Pace of The Associated Press told us, is part of the latest effort to change the focus to the domestic economic issues the administration hopes can help improve the midterm election climate. They finally feel that they have turned the corner in the sense that they no longer need to have the president out talking about foreign policy almost on a daily basis, said Pace. Problem is the White House has tried such pivots several times already this year. And with the Iraq crisis front and center, there are skeptics that this effort to pivot or reset will gain traction either.
Source: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/06/22/the-inside-politics-forecast-obama-tries-to-change-the-subject-again/

Obama under siege  – NY Daily News

They are part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to expand whatever protections he can offer to gays and lesbians even though more than half of the states don’t recognize gay marriage. That effort has been confounded by laws that say some benefits should be conferred only to couples whose marriages are recognized by the states where they live, rather than the states where they were married. Aiming to circumvent that issue, the Veterans Affairs Department will start letting gay people who tell the government they are married to a veteran to be buried alongside them in a national cemetery, drawing on the VA’s authority to waive the usual marriage requirement. In a similar move, the Social Security Administration will start processing some survivor and death benefits for those in same-sex relationships who live in states that don’t recognize gay marriage. Nineteen states plus the District of Columbia currently recognize gay marriage, although court challenges to gay marriage bans are pending in many states. For Tim Sagen of Fort Collins, Colorado, the implications could be profound.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-expands-government-benefits-gay-couples-210710970–finance.html

South Dakota Republican Party Passes Resolution Calling For Obama’s Impeachment

Source: The Washington Post, Salon and The Daily Beast Though he denied the allegations at first, Clinton was eventually impeached in his second term after an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky came to light. He avoided being removed from office. In addition to his affair with Lewinsky, Clinton battled the Whitewater scandal, a real estate deal gone awry years before he took office. Amid the investigation, the Clintons were accused of fraud and abuse of power. Source: The Washington Post Correction: An earlier version of this slide incorrectly stated that Clinton had avoided impeachment. The Iran-Contra affair, an arrangement where weapons were sold to Iran in hopes that the funds would support the Nicaraguan Contras, rocked the Reagan administration.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/21/south-dakota-obama_n_5518252.html

He is sending a 300-member advisory force to aid Iraqi forces and gather intelligence while leaving the door open to more robust options, such as air strikes. Obamas main thrust is that the Iraqis must take back their own country and should start by replacing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki with a leader who can unite the countrys divided Shiite and Sunni Muslims, along with its Kurds. Dont look for that to happen tomorrow. Meanwhile, ISIS is squarely in command and will for a long time reap the benefit of having looted a half-billion dollars from Iraqi banks. Imagine the terror you can buy with that bankroll. Americans are of no mind to send troops back into Iraq.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/obama-siege-article-1.1838232?comment=true

China Etf Hedging Costs At Record Low On Stimulus Wagers – Bloomberg

Who Wins The 2014 World Cup Of ETFs? – ETF News And Commentary | Benzinga

The Shanghai Composite has lagged the ETF performance, indicating that sentiment has shifted more among asset allocators who want to quickly shift into the asset class rather than by longer-term oriented stock pickers, Gibley at Charles Schwab said. The ability of the government to revive the economy remains diminished amid the risk of inflating asset prices, according to Eric Lascelles , chief economist for RBC Global Asset Management. The government stimulus is still much more muted than weve seen in the past, which reflects reluctance to re-inflate credit bubbles, Lascelles said in a phone interview from Toronto last week. Policy makers are walking a tightrope, attempting to keep the economy going without encouraging further credit excesses. In my opinion, this will be hard to do. Communist Policy The Communist Party is trying to boost growth without repeating the mistakes of its $586 billion stimulus begun in 2008, which caused a record buildup of debt and inflated property bubbles.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-15/china-etf-hedging-costs-at-record-low-on-stimulus-wagers.html

The chart below shows the one year price performance of BND, versus its 200 day moving average: Looking at the chart above, BND’s low point in its 52 week range is $79.14 per share, with $82.60 as the 52 week high point – that compares with a last trade of $81.76. Comparing the most recent share price to the 200 day moving average can also be a useful technical analysis technique — learn more about the 200 day moving average . Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but instead of ”shares” investors are actually buying and selling ”units”. These ”units” can be traded back and forth just like stocks, but can also be created or destroyed to accommodate investor demand. Each week we monitor the week-over-week change in shares outstanding data, to keep a lookout for those ETFs experiencing notable inflows (many new units created) or outflows (many old units destroyed).
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/notable-etf-inflow-detected-bnd-cm361587

Mixed News about China: Weekly International ETF Report

ETF investors can track the health care providers and services sub-sector through the SPDR S&P Health Care Services ETF ( XHS ) . The ETF includes a 31.6% allocation toward health care services, 31.2% in health care facilities, 22.1% in managed health care, 14.7% in health care distributors and 0.3% in health care REITs. The health care services ETF also follows a more equal-weight index methodology, with its largest component accounting for 2.5% of the overall portfolio. XHS has gained 10.7% year-to-date.
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Notable ETF Inflow Detected – BND – NASDAQ.com

Switzerland vs. USA: Both of these economies have been very strong, but Switzerland has found a niche in the middle of Europe. That has allowed EWL to beat out SPY in the past six months (10.25% to 8.9%), pushing the European nation ahead of the USA and into the semifinals. Netherlands vs.
Source: http://www.benzinga.com/etfs/14/06/4629424/who-wins-the-2014-world-cup-of-etfs-etf-news-and-commentary

Health Services ETF Could See Profit-Taking – Yahoo Finance

On June 9, the General Administration of Customs reported that the nations exports increased 7 percent in May, on a year-over-year basis. Economists had been expecting a 6.6 percent increase. Investors enthusiasm was subdued by the fact that imports fell 1.6 percent, compared with economists expectations for a 6.1 percent increase. Although Chinas trade surplus reached its highest level in five years, the slump in imports signaled sluggishness in the domestic economy because of reduced demand. On June 13, Chinas National Bureau of Statistics reported that in May, retail sales increased 12.5 percent on a year-over-year basis and that industrial production increased 8.8 percent on a year-over-year basis. The June 5 release of the HSBC China Services PMI (with Composite PMI data) for May indicated the end of a three-month streak of contraction, with a slight but crucial increase to 50.2 percent from Aprils 49.5 percent. The report included the following Commentary from Hongbin Qu, Chief Economist, China & Co-Head of Asian Economic Research at HSBC: The headline HSBC China Services PMI moderated to 50.7 in May, down from 51.4 in April. Latest data signalled a relatively big drop in the business expectations index, which fell to an 11-month low of 58.1, down from 60.7 in April. Both the new business and outstanding business indices were slightly weaker than April.
Source: http://www.wallstreetsectorselector.com/investment-articles/editors-desk/2014/06/mixed-news-china-weekly-international-etf-report/

Get Out Of Stocks!* | Seeking Alpha

5 Things to Know About Apple’s Stock Split – ABC News

However, the asterisk still signifies there are plenty of opportunities for attractive returns to be had for the rest of us investors, as long as you can stomach the inevitable volatility. DISCLOSURE: Sidoxia Capital Management ( SCM ) and some of its clients hold long positions in certain exchange traded funds, but at the time of publishing SCM had no direct position in any other security referenced in this article. No information accessed through the Investing Caffeine (IC) website constitutes investment, financial, legal, tax or other advice nor is to be relied on in making an investment or other decision. Please read disclosure language on IC Contact page. Want more from this author?
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Corrections 2008-2014

The stock rose 2 percent in the first year after the 1987 split and surged by 60 percent in the first year after the 2005 split. The shares plunged 57 percent in the first year after the 2000 split, which occurred amid a steep downturn in technology stocks. YOU’LL NEED TO ADJUST THE BAR Before the split, the all-time high for Apple’s stock stood at $705.07. With the split, that peak has now been revised to $100.72.
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The 25 Highest-Yielding Dividend Stocks in June

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government reported more healthy job growth in May. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index notched its eighth record high in the last 10 trading days. Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/1przyvl CancelSend A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Posted!
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Stocks move higher as US jobs grow at healthy clip

If the company can execute on its transformation and maintain its dividend, the stock looks fairly valued. The risk for shareholders is that http://www.todayhotstocks.com if the company has to cut its dividend, the stock will be crushed, because so many people hold shares for the payout. On the flip side,once the stock was crushed, it could be a good opportunity to pick up shares, as the company would be able to take whatever action needed with the spare cash. Given the risk of a dividend cut, I would keep the stock on my watchlist for now.
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3 Stocks Crushed by the Market This Week (CLVS, PBYI, RTRX)

Another received a double-whammy of bad news: disappointing clinical results of its own and from a rival. The third stock on this week’s list also had a double dose of disappointment from clinical results and an analyst downgrade. Which health-care stocks got crushed by the market this week? Find out by watching the following slideshow. Will this stock be your next multibagger?
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Obama To Take Executive Steps On Student Loans – Abc News

And the president is going to ask the Treasury and Education departments to work with tax preparers to increase awareness about tuition tax credits and flexible repayment options. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below. President Barack Obama used the college commencement season Saturday to get behind Senate Democratic legislation that would let college graduates with heavy debts refinance their loans.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-executive-steps-student-loans-24043210

Lawmakers: Obama releasing Taliban detainees with no notice first step in closing Guantanamo | Fox News

The new Ukrainian leader said talks could begin Sunday raising hopes for an easing of the crisis. Before their lunch encounter, Obama and Putin seemed to go out of their way to give each other the cold shoulder. As the world leaders gathered for a photo, Obama and Putin ignored each other, even though they were just feet apart in the front row, separated by two queens and French President Francois Hollande. Thibault Camus/AP A group of military enthusiasts stand on Omaha Beach. The group headed into the chateau for lunch, with Obama so close to Putin he could have tapped him on the shoulder.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-visits-omaha-beach-70th-anniversary-world-war-ii-d-day-article-1.1819433

Obama visits Omaha Beach on 70th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day – NY Daily News

“It is a very important part of my job, particularly at this stage in the president’s tenure, to not just be fighting fires and the headlines, which to some extent is unavoidable, but to make sure that the things he cares about — his legacy interests, issues, accomplishments — are nurtured and carried into the end zone,” Rice recently told The Associated Press. “We are trying to put points on the board.” Obama has argued that the prison, built on foreign soil during the Bush administration with congressional approval in the aftermath of 9-11 terror attacks, is expensive and has outlived its purpose because the U.S. cannot continue to hold terror suspects without a trial, a more pressing situation as the last of American troops Obama s student loan program leave Afghanistan in the war on terror. When Congress approved the fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which is the bill Graham is trying to amend, members relaxed some restrictions on detainee transfers. However, the legislation still includes a 30-notification to Congress, which Obama sidestepped last week in releasing the Taliban detainees. Officials stated publicly after the swap that they had previously told Congress about such a potential deal and that they had to act swiftly because Bergdahls health was in imminent danger.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/07/lawmakers-obama-releasing-taliban-detainees-with-no-notice-first-step-in/

VFW Demands Obama Get Marine from Mexico | Fox News

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard shake hands during a bilateral meeting at Parliament House in Canberra on November 16, 2011. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff (R) during a joint press conference at Palacio do Planalto in Brasilia on March 19, 2011. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) CORRECTION: The title of this slide initially referred to Dilma Rousseff as the prime minister of Brazil.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/06/obama-brian-williams-interview_n_5462282.html

Obama Talks Bowe Bergdahl Swap With Brian Williams: ‘Something That I Would Do Again’

VFW National Commander William Thien wrote in an open letter on Friday that if Obama can break U.S. policy on talking with terrorists to secure the freedom of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl then he should be able to call Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and ask for Tahmooressi’s release. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “We understand that the U.S. State Department and our embassy in Mexico are working this, but that’s too much political bureaucracy,” Thien says in his letter. “The VFW urges you to show the same sense of urgency toward Tahmooressi as you did to secure the release of Bergdahl.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/08/vfw-demands-obama-get-marine-from-mexico/

Obama and Putin Talk At D-Day Celebration – ABC News

It was an informal conversation not a formal bilateral meeting, Rhodes said. Obama and Putin Draw Cheers and Laughs When They Smile on Split Screen Obama and Putin were first spotted together at a picture for the heads of state attending the luncheon, including Queen Elizabeth II, who wore a white and green dress with a green hat. In the group photo, Obama and Putin stood with three people between them. (Regis Duvignau/AP Photo) As the leaders started to return to the Chateau, Obama checked on Queen Elizabeth while Putin spoke with Hollande. At one point in their walk, Obama stood right behind Putin, so close he could have tapped him on the shoulder.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/06/obama-and-putin-talk-at-d-day-celebration/

Retirement Strategy: Etf Portfolio Vs. The Stock Only Portfolio: Surprise, Surprise! | Seeking Alpha

First is the Real Estate Index ETF ($IYR), which broke out from a solid base at $69 in mid-April. The current consolidation above the 20-day EMA has been bullish, with volume well below average over the past two-weeks (light volume during consolidation is positive). A continuation breakout is a move from a short-term consolidation pattern of two to Best ETF Buy Right Now three weeks or so. It is not as long as the typical base breakout, which is usually seven to eight weeks or more in length. Volume has dropped off the past two weeks, coming in well below average: The second ETF setup is a potential pullback entry in the Platinum and Palladium ETF ($SPPP).
Source: http://markets.financialcontent.com/stocks/news/read/27340276/Two_New_ETF_Swing_Trades_On_Our_Watchlist_

Disclosure Statement:ETF Expert is a web log (blog) that makes the world ofETFs easier to understand. Gary Gordon, MS, CFP is the president ofPacific Park Financial, Inc., a RegisteredInvestment Adviser with the SEC. Gary Gordon, PacificPark Financial, Inc., and/or its clients may hold positions in theETFs,mutual funds, and/or anyinvestment asset mentioned above. The commentary does not constitute individualizedinvestment advice.
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Our third update has some surprises! Well, we now have one entire quarter, or 3 months, under our belt to see how the ETFOP challenges the BTDP in both dividends earned and total portfolio value. Let’s go straight to the results. ETFOP Had A Good Month The ETFOP currently consists of the following ETFs: Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund ( VYM ), SPDR S&P Dividend ETF ( SDY ), WisdomTree LargeCap Dividend Fund ( DLN ), Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF ( VIG ) and Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF ( SCHD ). These ETFs are widely recognized to be the best of breed for dividend growth investors who seek to have a position in a very wide assortment of stocks without having to do anything but own the ETF.
Source: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2246843-retirement-strategy-etf-portfolio-vs-the-stock-only-portfolio-surprise-surprise

Large Company Index focuses on three fundamental measures: retained operating cash flow, adjusted sales, and dividends plus buybacks.. The product has highest allocation to energy, information technology and financial sectors while Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Conoco Philips are the top three holdings. With an expense ratio of 32 basis points, this ETF is slightly cheaper than PRF. As FNDX was launched in August 2013, not much of fund performance history is available though it has been beating the market cap weighted index since inception. Per Schwab, back-tested data for the period August 1996December 2012, shows that the fundamental index strategy could have substantially outperformed traditional index investing, returning 10.1% per year versus 7.2% for the cap weighted index, with a slightly lower volatility. Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research?
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