Archive for October, 2009

Is Verizon Abandoning FiOS HD Television?

Courtesy of rc whalen

Two years ago, Verizon agressivley opened a campaign to get communities in New York to adopt their new FiOS fiber optic service for telephony, Internet and digital television.  In my Village of Croton on Hudson, NY, which is located between Peekskill and Ossining in Westchester County, we  responded in a timely manner and even retained special counsel experienced in these agreements to be sure the village’s interests were well protected and represented.

Our villagetook steps to move to FiOS because VZ had already negotiated franchise agreements with larger municipalities to the south and east of Croton.  Verizon was busy stringing the fiber optic cable throughout the NY area that would carry the FiOS TV, as well as telephone and Interent, so we figured the service offering was real.  VZ even began an agressive direct mail and newspaper stuffer campaign advertising phone, internet and TV as a combined FIOS package to Croton residents, including my family.

Our community bought the VZ campaign hook, line and sinker.  Like my family, many Croton residents dropped cable and satelite satelitte TV dish subscriptions based on what now seem to be false representation by VZ that the television service was about to be launched.  This was a year ago.  Today we have  FiOS phone and internet,which is great BTW, but no TV.  For me this meant going back to Cablevision and wasting time, again, changing providers.   As of today, VZ representatives cannot give me a date for turning on the TV service and they refuse to respond to queries by attorneys for our village seeking to finalize the service contract.

On more than one ocassion over the past 18 months, the Village of Croton has submitted revisions or comments on the TV franchise agreement to VZ, only to have those documents, which VZ appeared eager to have, go without a response.  The Village of Croton regularly renegotiates franchise agreements with Cablevision, which both set a precendent in process and substance for the VZ FiOS TV matter, as well as show that we do conclude such agreements in timely fashion for other corporate applicants.

Both through our attorney and directly through the village’s own contacts within the VZ empire, we have tired to elicit a response fromVZ management, but without success.  Each time we follow up, we get vague answers that do not appear to eliminate the possibility of FiOS…
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Fuld's Last Stand On Auction

Courtesy of Marla Singer

The more observant and aesthetically sensitive ZH reader will have already noticed that Tranche 1 of the Lehman Brothers Collection (hereinafter known as the LBHI Creditors Committee ["LBHI-CC"] Collection) (warning: 50+ MB .pdf) will come under the hammer tomorrow at noon.  The 300+ lots include significant works by Bernar Venet, Willie Cole, Arturo Herrera, Pouran Jinchi, Louis Lozowick, Roy Lichtenstein, Louis [sic] Bourgeouis, Terry Frost, Bernice Abott, Bernard Cathelin and Herbert Brandl.  (No word yet on the various return tiers on the CAOs (Collateralized Art Obligations) that Goldman is underwriting next month.

Your author is pleasantly surprised to observe that liquidators to the House of Fuld, Alvarez & Marsal, have eschewed convicted co-conspirators Christie’s (1766) and Sotheby’s (1744) in preference to a distinguished Philadelphian auctioneer, Freeman’s (1805), invitations to summer at Ron Baron’s East Hampton guest house notwithstanding.  (C’mon, what is a little conspiracy charge, or two, between friends, after all?)

ZH’s intern will be bidding telphonically on the below signed Warhol screenprint depicting Warhol’s “GENERAL FULD” mere days before Fuld’s Last Stand at which he and all of his compatriots were killed by short sellers, Charlie Gasparino, the FSA, the Bank of England, and a host of other Lakota Indian allies.

Lot 405
ANDY WARHOL
(american, 1928-1987)
“GENERAL CUSTER”
from “cowboys and indians”
1986, signed and numbered 122/250 in pencil (there were also 50 artist’s proofs), the full sheet; Gaultney Klineman Art, Inc., New York, publisher. Color screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
sheet: 36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4cm)
[Feldman & Schellmann II.379].

Estimate $15,000-20,000

Very faint traces of minor rubbing in the sleeve at bottom center that catch light very faintly when examined out of the frame and held to raking light, very faint smudging of the signature lower left, otherwise in very good original condition. Framed in plexi box frame.

ZH representatives will be at the preview parties for Freeman’s “Fine American and European Paintings and Sculpture” auction scheduled for December 6th, 2009 and the “Works from the Lehman Brothers Collection: Part II” auction on February 12th, 2010, where we shall be overconsuming the higher value hors d’ouvres and more expensive liquor.





Fuld’s Last Stand On Auction

Courtesy of Marla Singer

The more observant and aesthetically sensitive ZH reader will have already noticed that Tranche 1 of the Lehman Brothers Collection (hereinafter known as the LBHI Creditors Committee ["LBHI-CC"] Collection) (warning: 50+ MB .pdf) will come under the hammer tomorrow at noon.  The 300+ lots include significant works by Bernar Venet, Willie Cole, Arturo Herrera, Pouran Jinchi, Louis Lozowick, Roy Lichtenstein, Louis Bourgeouis, Terry Frost, Bernice Abott, Bernard Cathelin and Herbert Brandl.  (No word yet on the various return tiers on the CAOs (Collateralized Art Obligations) that Goldman is underwriting next month.

Your author is pleasantly surprised to observe that liquidators to the House of Fuld, Alvarez & Marsal, have eschewed convicted co-conspirators Christie’s (1766) and Sotheby’s (1744) in preference to a distinguished Philadelphian auctioneer, Freeman’s (1805), invitations to summer at Ron Baron’s East Hampton guest house notwithstanding.  (C’mon, what is a little conspiracy charge, or two, between friends, after all?)

ZH’s intern will be bidding telphonically on the below signed Warhol screenprint depicting Warhol’s “GENERAL FULD” mere days before Fuld’s Last Stand at which he and all of his compatriots were killed by short sellers, Charlie Gasparino, the FSA, the Bank of England, and a host of other Lakota Indian allies.

Lot 405
ANDY WARHOL
(american, 1928-1987)
“GENERAL CUSTER”
from “cowboys and indians”
1986, signed and numbered 122/250 in pencil (there were also 50 artist’s proofs), the full sheet; Gaultney Klineman Art, Inc., New York, publisher. Color screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
sheet: 36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4cm)
[Feldman & Schellmann II.379].

Estimate $15,000-20,000

Very faint traces of minor rubbing in the sleeve at bottom center that catch light very faintly when examined out of the frame and held to raking light, very faint smudging of the signature lower left, otherwise in very good original condition. Framed in plexi box frame.

ZH representatives will be at the preview parties for Freeman’s “Fine American and European Paintings and Sculpture” auction scheduled for December 6th, 2009 and the “Works from the Lehman Brothers Collection: Part II” auction on February 12th, 2010, where we shall be overconsuming the higher value hors d’ouvres and more expensive liquor.





Radio Zero: It's Not The Costume That Scares Me

Courtesy of Marla Singer

Studio Zero’s costume party gets revved up after the rest of the evening’s events start to wind down.  We’ll pipe the feed into Radio Zero live as soon as it gets going.  Join us for dark beats and light silliness into the wee hours and the (always present) possibility of a cameo drop-in from an A-lister.

Listen here: http://cdo.zerohedge.com:8000/listen.pls

Or pick up our West Coast Mirror (with 1000 slots) here: http://72.13.86.66:8000/listen.pls thanks to the mind-blowing generosity of EGI Hosting.

Chat up the DJ (send your .mp3 files) here: radiozh.

Or… join the real Radio Zero nerds on our IRC server at chat.zerohedge.com #radiozh.  If you just can’t be bothered with an IRC client, we’ve provided one for you here. Otherwise, consider getting mIRC.

Shenanigans to begin sometime after 10 ET and before 11ET (maybe).

 





Radio Zero: It’s Not The Costume That Scares Me

Courtesy of Marla Singer

Studio Zero’s costume party gets revved up after the rest of the evenings events start to wind down.  We’ll pipe the feed into Radio Zero live as soon as it gets going.  Join us for dark beats and light silliness into the wee hours and the (always present) possibility of a cameo drop-in from an A-lister.

Listen here: http://cdo.zerohedge.com:8000/listen.pls

Or pick up our West Coast Mirror (with 1000 slots) here: http://72.13.86.66:8000/listen.pls thanks to the mind-blowing generosity of EGI Hosting.

Chat up the DJ (send your .mp3 files) here: radiozh.

Or… join the real Radio Zero nerds on our IRC server at chat.zerohedge.com #radiozh.  If you just can’t be bothered with an IRC client, we’ve provided one for you here. Otherwise, consider getting mIRC.

Shenanigans to begin sometime after 10 ET and before 11ET (maybe).

 





Catching Argentinian Disease?

Catching Argentinian Disease?

Courtesy of John Mauldin at Thoughts from the Frontline

Argentina

I have been in South America this week, speaking nine times in five days, interspersed with lots of meetings. The conversation kept coming back to the prospects for the dollar, but I was just as interested in talking with money managers and business people who had experienced the hyperinflation of Argentina and Brazil. How could such a thing happen? As it turned out, I was reading a rather remarkable book that addressed that question. There are those who believe that the United States is headed for hyperinflation because of our large and growing government fiscal deficit and massive future liabilities (as much as $56 trillion) for Medicare and Social Security.

This week, we will look at the Argentinian experience and ask ourselves whether "it" – hyperinflation – can happen here.

The Ascent of Money

I will be quoting from Niall Ferguson’s recent book, The Ascent of Money. I cannot recommend this book too highly. In fact, I rank it up with my all-time favorite book on economic history, Against the Gods, by the late (and sorely missed) Peter Bernstein. There are very few books I read twice. There are too many books and not enough time. This book I will have to read at least three times, and soon, and I have a lot of underlines and mark-ups in it already.

If there were one book I could require every member of the Congress to read, it would be this one. As I read it, I am struck again and again by how fragile and yet resilient our economic systems are. Fragile in the sense that governmental policy mistakes, no matter how well-intentioned, can destroy the wealth of a nation, and resilient in that it doesn’t happen more often.

In his introduction Ferguson writes, "The first step towards understanding the complexities of the financial institutions and terminology is to find out where they came from. Only understand the origins of an institution or instrument and you will find its present day roles much easier to grasp."

As is often said, those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it. If you want to understand what is happening in the economy, what the consequences of our choices could be, then I strongly suggest you get The
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Politicans Are NOT Prostitutes … They Are Pimps

If you happened to have come to the conclusion that politicians are prostitutes, let George challenge your beliefs. – Ilene

Politicans Are NOT Prostitutes … They Are Pimps

pimp and prostituteCourtesy of Washington’s Blog

Many people have called politicians prostitutes.

True, Obama has received more donations from Goldman Sachs and the rest of the financial industry than almost anyone else.

And Summers, Geithner and the rest of Obama’s economic team have made many millions – even recently – from the financial industry.

And Congress has largely been bought and paid for, and two powerful congressmen have said that banks run Congress.

So yes, they have certainly sold their goods to the highest bidders.

Indeed, at least some people trust prostitutes more than elected officials.

But the prostitution analogy is inaccurate.

Specifically, as the chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University (Donald J. Boudreaux) points out:

Real whores, after all, personally supply the services their customers seek. Prostitutes do not steal; their customers pay them voluntarily. And their customers pay only with money belonging to these customers.

In contrast, members of Congress routinely truck and barter with other people’s property…

Members of Congress are less like whores than they are like pimps for persons unwillingly conscripted to perform unpleasant services.

Consider, for example, agricultural subsidies. Each year a handful of farmers and agribusinesses receive billions of taxpayer dollars. These are dollars that government forcibly takes from the pockets of taxpayers and then transfers to farmers.

The customers, in this case, are the farmers and agribusinesses. The suppliers of the services performed for these customers are taxpayers, for it’s the taxpayers who possess the ultimate asset — money — that farmers and agribusinesses lust after. And the intermediaries who oblige the suppliers to satisfy the base lusts of the customers are politicians. Just as pimps facilitate their customers’ access to prostitutes’ assets, politicians facilitate their customers’ access to taxpayers’ assets.

We taxpayers have less say in the matter than we like to think. Sure, we can vote. But if even just 50.00001 percent of voters cast their ballots for the candidate proposing higher taxes, the assets of not only our pro-tax citizens, but also those of the remaining 49.00009 percent of us anti-tax citizens are put at the disposal


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Congressman Watt Guts Bill to Audit the Fed

Courtesy of George Washington

Washington’s Blog.

Ron Paul tells Bloomberg that Congressman Watt has just more or less killed the bill to audit the fed:

Representative Ron Paul, the Texas Republican who has called for an end to the Federal Reserve, said legislation he introduced to audit monetary policy has been “gutted” while moving toward a possible vote in the Democratic-controlled House.

The bill, with 308 co-sponsors, has been stripped of provisions that would remove Fed exemptions from audits of transactions with foreign central banks, monetary policy deliberations, transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee and communications between the Board, the reserve banks and staff, Paul said today.

“There’s nothing left, it’s been gutted,” he said in a telephone interview. “This is not a partisan issue. People all over the country want to know what the Fed is up to, and this legislation was supposed to help them do that.”..

Paul, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, said Mel Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina, has eliminated “just about everything” while preparing the legislation for formal consideration. Watt is chairman of the panel’s domestic monetary policy and technology subcommittee.

Contact Congressman Watt and tell him what you think.

 





Chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University: Politicians Are NOT Prostitutes … They Are Pimps

Courtesy of George Washington

Washington’s Blog.

 

Many people have called politicians prostitutes.

True, Obama has received more donations from Goldman Sachs and the rest of the financial industry than almost anyone else.

And Summers, Geithner and the rest of Obama’s economic team have made many millions – even recently – from the financial industry.

And Congress has largely been bought and paid for, and two powerful congressmen have said that banks run Congress.

So yes, they have certainly sold their goods to the highest bidders.

Indeed, at least some people trust prostitutes more than elected officials.

But the prostitution analogy is inaccurate.

Specifically, as the chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University (Donald J. Boudreaux) points out:

 

Real whores, after all, personally supply the services their customers seek. Prostitutes do not steal; their customers pay them voluntarily. And their customers pay only with money belonging to these customers.

 

In contrast, members of Congress routinely truck and barter with other people’s property…

 

Members of Congress are less like whores than they are like pimps for persons unwillingly conscripted to perform unpleasant services.

 

Consider, for example, agricultural subsidies. Each year a handful of farmers and agribusinesses receive billions of taxpayer dollars. These are dollars that government forcibly takes from the pockets of taxpayers and then transfers to farmers.

 

The customers, in this case, are the farmers and agribusinesses. The suppliers of

the services performed for these customers are taxpayers, for it’s the taxpayers who possess the ultimate asset — money — that farmers and agribusinesses lust after. And the intermediaries who oblige the suppliers to satisfy the base lusts of the customers are politicians. Just as pimps facilitate their customers’ access to prostitutes’ assets, politicians facilitate their customers’ access to taxpayers’ assets.

 

We taxpayers have less say in the matter than we like to think. Sure, we can vote. But if even just 50.00001 percent of voters cast their ballots for the candidate proposing higher taxes, the assets of not only our pro-tax citizens, but also those of the remaining 49.00009 percent of us anti-tax citizens are put at the disposal of our pimps’ customers. (And note that many of those who vote for higher taxes are not among


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Obama’s Alpha Delusion

Eric writes about the Obama administration’s entry to the clean energy sector.  For more about Eric, intellectual property, and the law, click here to read our interview.  For additional thoughts by Eric on everything, visit his blog.) – Ilene

Obama’s Alpha Delusion

Courtesy of Eric Falkenstein at Falkenblog

From the WSJ:

The Obama administration launched a clean-energy blitz Tuesday, with President Barack Obama sweeping into this Central Florida hamlet to unveil $3.4 billion in stimulus grants for advanced electricity-grid projects

This PR parade relies on the idea that this administration, if not Obama himself, gets into details, and chooses the right cutting edge technologies and methods. Look at Obama above, with his sleeves rolled up, giving pointers to an appreciative bunch of field managers (perhaps the NEA can get to work on some Soviet Realism in this context). In this case, Obama merely has to allocate some of our money to a select list of projects that are aligned with the buzzwords ‘clean energy’, and we get the increasing returns to scale that Paul Krugman won his Nobel Prize for (too bad Ann Krueger didn’t win a Nobel for showing the same ‘infant industry’ argument has been a pretext to protect inefficient industries for over 200 years).

It never occured to any of these guys that there aren’t any magic solutions to our energy problem. They act as if we only tried to develop batteries, we could have ten times the power. See this video from Zocalo, and at the end of the critical discussion about the oil industry an audience member earnestly asks: "can’t we develop energy out of water?" as if the only reason we use oil is because the Rich Uncle Pennybags character from the Monopoly Game is not letting us. The electric car predates the internal combustion engine. My laptop and cell phone routinely run out of energy, highlighting the high reward waiting for the next battery innovation. There has been and continues to be research, and incentives, to increase the efficiencies of batteries.

Obama hates being compared to socialists, so I’ll refrain and compare him to a communist. In the state published hagiography, Divine Stories About the Dear Leader, Kim Jong-Il is presented as someone excellent at golf, pistol shooting, technology,


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1. Phil gives his outlook for U.S. markets and the US economic economy. Canada may be heading into a recession because the energy is sector is dead for at least years, but the U.S. economy is slowly improving. What is the basis of Phil's 5% rule? Watch the video.

2) Phil explains why oil demand is falling globally and what the implications are for energy-rich economies like Canada. Hint: The TSX (Canada's oil weighted index) is not going to recover. Oil is not going to recover. Oil's not a thing anymore - like wagon wheels. This is why the Saudis aren't holding back on selling their oil. Canada is due for some painful adjustments. ...



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Central Banks Are Trojan Horses, Looting Their Host Nations

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by George Washington.

A Nobel prize winning economist, former chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank, and chairman of the President’s council of economic advisers (Joseph Stiglitz) says that the International Monetary Fund and World Bank loan money to third world countries as a way to force them to open up their markets and resources for looting by the West.

Do central banks do something similar?

Economics professor Richard Werner – who created the concept of quantitative easing – has documented that ...



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Financial Markets and Economy

Treasury Yield Falls to 3-Year Low as Yellen Suggests Rate Delay (Bloomberg)

Treasury 10-year yields dropped to the lowest level since 2012 as falling equities drove investors to the relative safety of government debt and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said weakening stock prices pose a risk to the economy.

Oil Is the Cheap Date From Hell (Bloomberg)

It’s scary out there. The rout in the stock market that began around Jan. 1 took a turn for the worse early this month. By Feb. 10 the Standard & Poor&r...



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5-Year bull trend is ending, breaking below support

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

The Power of the Pattern would describe a bull trend, based upon a series of higher lows and higher highs.

Using this definition, the broadest of indices in the states, are “breaking 5-year rising trends!” This could break the heart of the bulls.

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This 2-pack reflects that these two broad markets are breaking below “Weekly Closing” 5-year bull trends. When long-term trends break, it is common for selling pressure ...



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Insider Scoop

Benzinga's M&A Chatter for Wednesday February 10, 2016

Courtesy of Benzinga.

The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Wednesday February 9, 2016:

Hearing Chatter of Potential Tencent Offer for LinkedIn

The Rumor:
Shares of LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) rose Wednesday, following unconfirmed market chatter of a potential big from China's Tencent (OTC: TCEHY). The rumored offer, accordidng to "sources" is between $120 and $125 per share.

Spokespersons for LinkedIn and Tencent did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

LinkedIn closed at $101.76 on Wednesday, up $0.78.

Opera Confirms Buyout Offer from Chinese Group Including Qihuoo 360

The Deal:
Opera Software ASA (OTC: ...



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Bears Win Day - Just...

Courtesy of Declan.

There wasn't a whole lot of change by the close of business, but intraday strength was clawed back in worrisome fashion. The end result was to leave spike highs in markets.

The S&P finished with a MACD 'sell' trigger, but on lower volume. The 'sell' trigger was below the bullish zero line, which makes it a strong signal.


The Nasdaq closed with a 'black' candlestick, which would be more bearish if it occurred at a swing high, but it's still a warning. Technicals are all in the bear camp.

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Mid-Day Update

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Swing trading portfolio - week of February 8th, 2016

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...



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Why Most Investors Fail in the Stock Market

 

Why Most Investors Fail in the Stock Market

Courtesy of ValueWalk, by  

Throughout the past 30 days of wild volatility, here’s what I didn’t do.

Panic. Worry. Sell.

In fact, the best I did was add to a couple of positions yesterday. The world was already in an uncertain state for the past 3+ years. It’s just that with the market rising, we pushed the issue to the back of our  mind and ignored it.

If you read Howard Marks latest memo, ...



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Digital Currencies

2016 Theme #3: The Rise Of Independent (Non-State) Crypto-Currencies

Courtesy of Charles Hugh-Smith at Of Two Minds

A number of systemic, structural forces are intersecting in 2016. One is the rise of non-state, non-central-bank-issued crypto-currencies.

We all know money is created and distributed by governments and central banks. The reason is simple: control the money and you control everything.

The invention of the blockchain and crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin have opened the door to non-state, non-central-bank currencies--money that is global and independent of any state or central bank, or indeed, any bank, as crypto-currencies are structurally peer-to-peer, meaning they don't require a bank to function: people can exchange crypto-currencies to pay for goods and services without a bank acting as a clearinghouse for all these transactions.

This doesn't just open t...



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Sector Detector: New Year brings new hope after bulls lose traction to close 2015

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Chart via Finviz

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Last year, the S&P 500 large caps closed 2015 essentially flat on a total return basis, while the NASDAQ 100 showed a little better performance at +8.3% and the Russell 2000 small caps fell -5.9%. Overall, stocks disappointed even in the face of modest expectations, especially the small caps as market leadership was mostly limited to a handful of large and mega-cap darlings.

Notably, the full year chart for the S&P 500 looks very much like 2011. It got off to a good start, drifted sideways for...



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Baxter's Spinoff

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Baxter Int. (BAX) is splitting off its BioSciences division into a new company called Baxalta. Shares of Baxalta will be given as a tax-free dividend, in the ratio of one to one, to BAX holders on record on June 17, 2015. That means, if you want to receive the Baxalta dividend, you need to buy the stock this week (on or before June 12).

The Baxalta Spinoff

By Ilene with Trevor of Lowenthal Capital Partners and Paul Price

In its recent filing with the SEC, Baxter provides:

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Mapping The Market

An update on oil proxies

Courtesy of Jean-Luc Saillard

Back in December, I wrote a post on my blog where I compared the performances of various ETFs related to the oil industry. I was looking for the best possible proxy to match the moves of oil prices if you didn't want to play with futures. At the time, I concluded that for medium term trades, USO and the leveraged ETFs UCO and SCO were the most promising. Longer term, broader ETFs like OIH and XLE might make better investment if oil prices do recover to more profitable prices since ETF linked to futures like USO, UCO and SCO do suffer from decay. It also seemed that DIG and DUG could be promising if OIH could recover as it should with the price of oil, but that they don't make a good proxy for the price of oil itself. 

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Help One Of Our Own PSW Members

"Hello PSW Members –

This is a non-trading topic, but I wanted to post it during trading hours so as many eyes can see it as possible.  Feel free to contact me directly at jennifersurovy@yahoo.com with any questions.

Last fall there was some discussion on the PSW board regarding setting up a YouCaring donation page for a PSW member, Shadowfax. Since then, we have been looking into ways to help get him additional medical services and to pay down his medical debts.  After following those leads, we are ready to move ahead with the YouCaring site. (Link is posted below.)  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated; not only to help aid in his medical bill debt, but to also show what a great community this group is.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-get-shadowfax-out-from-the-darkness-of-medical-bills-/126743

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