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Hackers Claim John McCain Knew ISIS Execution Videos Were Staged

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

In a rather stunning note, CyberBerkut, a Ukrainian group of hackers, claims to have hacked John McCain’s laptop while he was in the Ukraine, and as Techworm reports, what they have released from his June visit appears to be a fully staged production of an ISIS execution video

As Techworm reports, according to the hackers, they broke into the laptop of one of the American politicians, Senator McCain and after found a video with staged IS execution, which they decided to show to the world community.

It so happened that Senator John McCain had visited Ukraine on a official visit somewhere in the first week of June 2015. The hacktivists belonging to CyberBerkut somehow managed to access his laptop.

Here is what CyberBerkut said to John McCain…

“We CyberBerkut received at the disposal of the file whose value can not be overstated!

Dear Senator McCain! We recommend you next time in foreign travel, and especially on the territory of Ukraine, not to take confidential documents. In one of the devices of your colleagues, we found a lot of interesting things. Something we decided to put: this video should become the property of the international community!

According to the hackers, they broke into the laptop of one of the American politicians, Senator McCain and after found a video with staged IS execution, which they decided to show to the world community.

The video they released is below..

From the video it can be seen that the entire set including the hostage is stage managed.  An actor dressed as an executioner of IS is holding a knife to behead the prisoner, and the “victim” depicts to be suffering.

It may be recalled that IS have been repeatedly publishing the videos of the executions of hostages and if this video is true, the victims may in fact be alive.

The authenticity of this video has not been independently verified.

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Metabunk.org has attempted to debunk the hacker's claims

The video shows a very brightly lit stage with simulated desert floor and a greenish backdrop. A film crew and multiple lights surround the stage, but they are strongly backlit. The video has no audio, and is very low resolution so no details can be made out. The kneeling man wears a head cover, to


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Mark Ames Interviews Yves Smith about Greece

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Mark Ames of Pando Interviews Your Humble Blogger on Greece

I hope you’ll enjoy this interview with Mark Ames: Naked Capitalism: “We are in the business of making trouble.”

It’s unlocked only for the next 48 hours, so please check it out soon!

Also, there’s one small correction that didn’t get into the version that Mark put up. Hopefully it will be revised soon, but in case you see the article before Mark makes the update, I make a statement about “negative interest rates” that should read “negative real interest rates”.

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This year’s political drama in Greece stands out as perhaps the least-understood, worst-reported major story of 2015.

Greece is mired in debt, and locked into the Euro monetary system, which means Greece’s political destiny is in the hands of the European Central Bank, the IMF and the powerful nations that dominate the Eurozone, Germany and France —and not in the hands of Greece’s “demos,” its voting public.

The implications of Greece’s political-financial struggles are huge—we could be seeing the beginning of the end of not only the Euro monetary union, but also the half-baked EU political union as well. We could also see a more globalized unraveling, but thanks to the financial world’s intentionally shady machinations, we won’t know until we know. Greece is also a major ideological battleground between a re-emerging and more radicalized western Left—Syriza—and entrenched neoliberalism, which has dominated the political ecosystem for the past few decades. The outcome could affect the fate of a lot of fledgling neo-leftist politics across the globe, and in the West in particular.

Finance stories are always complicated and by design murky—add in the layers of EU politics, and you have a story that can only be told by someone with deep finance knowledge, a grasp of the larger political and cultural inputs, and the rare ability to translate it all into vivid, sharp-tongued, and aggressively readable prose.

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Chinese Stocks Open Lower As Margin Debt Tumbles To 4-Month Lows, Regulators Probe Officials’ Sales

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Following last night's afternoon session melt-up at the hands of a $100bn injection into China's sovereign rescue fund, Chinese stocks opened higher but faded fast, with no follow-through from yesterday's farce. With Warren Buffett's favorite indicator flashing red for China (and US) stocks, and so many rural Chinese citizens "just hoping to get out at breakeven," any assistance in levitating the nation's stocks are simply being sold into as margined traders unwind their positions. One such leveraged 'citizen' is none other than State-Owned-Enterprise GM Yang Shengjun, whose firm was ironically among the most vocal in blaming the crash on "malicious foreign sellers trying tio start an economic war" and is now under investigation for dumping his own shares… do as I say Chinese people, not as I do.

A reminder of last night's farce…

The good news…

  • *SHANGHAI EXCHANGE MARGIN DEBT DECLINES TO FOUR-MONTH LOW

So at least – whether through forced liquidation or common sense – the leverage is being unwound.

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And tonight, for now…

  • *CHINA'S CSI 300 INDEX SET TO OPEN DOWN 0.4% TO 3,915.78
  • *CHINA SHANGHAI COMPOSITE SET TO OPEN DOWN 0.4% TO 3,773.79

with no follow-through from yesterday's excitment…

But, as Forbes notes, Chinese stocks are as bubblicious as US stocks (or vice versa) according to Warren Buffett's favorite indicator of equity market valuation…

And do not forget the most important chart in China right now…. just as in The US – must keep stocks above 200DMA at all costs…

There was at least one malicious seller… (as WSJ reports)

A listed arm of China’s state-owned aerospace and defense company and its two largest shareholders are under investigation for potential violation of stock-selling rules, according to the securities regulator.

AVIC Heibao Co., a manufacturing subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corp. of China, known as AVIC, said Wednesday that shareholders Jincheng Group and AVIC Investment Holdings had received notice of the investigation from the China Securities Regulatory Commission. The regulator didn’t disclose further details of the investigation.

In addition, AVIC Capital Co., AVIC Heibao’s trading arm, dismissed General Manager Yang Shengjun on Wednesday, after AVIC Capital told the Shanghai Stock Exchange that AVIC Heibao is being probed by the regulator for selling shares on Tuesday.

The massive irony is……
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In Latest Market-Rigging Scandal, ITG Busted For Frontrunning Clients In Its Dark Pool

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Last year, first in the aftermath of NYAG’s lawsuit against Barclays followed promptly by Michael Lewis’ “Flash Boys” (which over a year later is still a better seller than “GS Elevator’s” attempt to be this generation’s Tucker Max) exposing High Frequency Trading for being nothing more than a sophisticated gimmick enabling market rigging and bulk order frontrunning while pretending to “provide liquidity”, the revulsion against HFTs hit a fever pitch that forced Virtu to postpone its IPO.

Several months later, because the market kept going higher, people quickly forgot why they were angry at a bunch of vacuum tubes, and Virtu not only re-IPOed (adding another year without a single trading day loss to its roster) but it was taken public by that “humanitarian” protagonist of Flash Boys, Goldman Sachs itself (which was so aghast at the scourge that is HFT it almost, almost, ended its own dark pool and HFT ambitions… before it decided to double down on HFT).

However, since the market is once again on the verge of a terminal liquidity seizure with its associated side-effects (see China for details), the authorities needed to remind the “market” just who the scapegoat will be when the next crash finally does come. Which is why earlier today in an unexpected “preliminary second quarter guidance” release, ITG, owner of the Posit dark pool, was just busted with a $22.6 million potential SEC settlement for what appears to have been blatant frontrunning of company clients in its own prop trading pod.

From the release:

During the second quarter of 2015, ITG commenced settlement discussions with the Staff of the Division of Enforcement of the SEC (the “SEC Enforcement Division”) in connection with the SEC’s investigation into a proprietary trading pilot operated within ITG’s AlterNet Securities, Inc. (“AlterNet”) subsidiary for sixteen months in 2010 through mid-2011. The investigation is focused on customer disclosures, Form ATS regulatory filings and customer information controls relating to the pilot’s trading activity, which included (a) crossing against sell-side clients in POSIT and (b) violations of ITG policy and procedures by a former employee. These violations principally involved information breaches for a period of several months in 2010 regarding sell-side parent orders flowing into ITG’s algorithms and executions by all customers in non-POSIT markets that were not otherwise


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Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) ‘Pyramid Scheme’ Lawsuit Thrown Out

By Clayton Browne. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) notched another court victory on Tuesday as a federal judge in LA threw out an investor lawsuit against the much loved and reviled nutritional supplements maker. In the ruling announced today, the beleaguered firm won a second dismissal of an investor lawsuit claiming it was lying about the legitimacy of its business operations.

The lawsuit filed by the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System and others argued that Herbalife shareholders lost money after hedge fund activist Bill Ackman accused the company of running a pyramid scheme.

U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer in Los Angeles rejected the complaint from the pension funds, noting in his ruling that investors did not show the firm or CEO Michael O. Johnson actually knew of wrongdoing, which is a legal requirement for this type of lawsuit.

Fischer said the plaintiffs had until August 27th to file a revised complaint. of note, an earlier version of the suit was thrown out by Judge Fischer in mid-March when he ruled that Ackman’s claims by themselves did not constitute enough evidence that Herbalife had committed fraud.

ValueWAlk-herbalife-ltd-hlfMore on Tuesday’s Herbalife ruling

Despite the court victory for Herbalife, other investors may still sue the firm if they have real proof that fraud led to stock losses. Also of note, the dismissal of the  case has no impact on a Federal Trade Commission investigation of Herbalife’s business practices.

In his ruling, Judge Fischer argued that the plaintiffs did not show the defendants defrauded shareholders by hiding the firm’s inability to track retail sales.

The judge went on to note that CEO Michael Johnson’s cutting back his Herbalife stake by 12% over one year, while “undeniably large,” did not automatically create suspicions, and by the same token, disclosures that top executives expected “some form of disciplinary action” over the firm’s business practices did not amount to fraud.

“Herbalife openly disclosed that it was susceptible to legal challenge precisely because its practices occupy the gray area between legitimate multi-level marketing company and illegal pyramid scheme,” Fischer highlighted in his ruling.

Herbalife – Statement from plaintiffs in lawsuit

“We are disappointed with the ruling and will determine our next steps after consultation with the client,” Maya Saxena, a lawyer


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“Selfie” Fashion Trends: Cheap Dresses and “Rentabag”; Mish Handbag Tips

Courtesy of Mish.

Impact of the "Selfie"

Are you into Facebook, Instagrams, and "Selfies" (taking lots of pictures of yourself and sharing them instantly)?

I'm not but, but in my travels I see lots of it. The popularity of sending "selfies" has even influenced retail sales and women's fashion. After all, one cannot be seen in the same outfit too often!

Here's an amusing video that discusses the impact of the "selfie".

In the above video, FT’s Andrea Felsted visits online fashion retailer Asos to see how it is adapting its business model in the era of the selfie.

Link if video does not play: How the Selfie Is Shaking Up Retail.

Cheap Dresses and Rentabag

Allegedly it's a faux pas to be seen too often with the same bag. So enter the "rentabag". I had to look this up. There's a huge selection of choices.

  • Bagborroworsteal: Rent Luxury Bags Online – Huge Selection of Designer Bags‎ – Get A New Bag Every Month
  • Supursestyle: Rent designer handbags at affordable prices
  • Bagdujour: Handbags for rent – Wear a Beautiful Designer Bag Today Authentic, Affordable & Convenient
  • Renttherunaway: Fashion accessories, jewelry, handbags, and wraps for women
  • Armgen: The Netflix of handbags. We rent trendy designer handbags at a fraction of the cost!
  • Rentmeahandbag: Rene Caovilla Shoes Sandals
  • Lovemeandleaveme: Buy designer bags outright, hire bags or use payment plan options
  • Bagtropolis: Buy, layaway and rent borrow luxury pre-owned authentic designer handbags, bags, purses, pocketbooks at affordable prices, including Balenciaga, Celine
  • Luxurylana: Rent from your favorite designer handbag online
  • Monluxe: MonLuxe the european bag and jewelry rental company. Delivery in 24 hours in France, Benelux, Germany Italy, Spain, Portugal

Mercy!

There's even a site promoting Make Extra Money Renting Handbags and Purses.

Really Expensive Bags

$100,000 for a bag? That is the full price though, not a rental. Phew!

For comparison purposes, who wouldn't want this "beautiful" Valentino Leopard Calf Hair Rockstud Trapeze Bag, bargain-basement priced at $3,995?
 

 


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Presenting Jeremy Grantham’s “10 Topics To Ruin Your Summer”

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

When last we checked in with Jeremy Grantham, the GMO co-founder was still bubble watching, reiterating his outlook from November that although stocks can always go higher in the “strange, manipulated world” that we call the “new paranormal”, “bubble territory” probably isn’t far off given that the Yellen Fed is “bound and determined” to facilitate the inexorable rise of asset prices. 

More specifically, bubble territory for Grantham is around S&P 2250, and because “the Greenspan/ Bernanke/Yellen .. Fed historically did not stop its asset price pushing until fully- fledged bubbles had occurred, as they did in U.S. growth stocks in 2000 and in U.S. housing in 2006,” there’s no good reason to think we won’t reach a bubble-defining two sigma event before all is said and done, even if that means launching QE4 in the event liftoff’s first 25bps baby steps result in a 1937 redux.

Grantham also bemoaned the lack of capex spending and the myopia exhibited by corporate management teams, noting the “current extreme reluctance to make new investments in plant and equipment (how old-fashioned that sounds these days) rather than [plowing money] into stock buybacks, which may be good for corporate officers and stockholders, but bad for GDP growth and employment.”

In GMO’s latest quarterly missive, Grantham is back with another dose of inconvenient truthiness, this time in the form of “ten quick topics to ruin your summer.”

In short, this is a list of what Grantham – who points out how fortunate he is to “have an ideal job [with] no routine day-to-day responsibilities [which leaves him] free to obsess about anything that seems both relevant and interesting” – thinks you should worry about going forward:

  1. A new era of lower trend GDP growth
  2. Resource scarcity
  3. Oil
  4. The environment
  5. Food shortages
  6. Income inequality
  7. The death of “majoritarian electoral democracy” 
  8. The Fed
  9. Asset bubbles
  10. The limits of humankind 

Here are some excerpts from Grantham’s thoughts on each topic:

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From GMO

1. Pressure on GDP growth in the U.S. and the balance of the developed world: count on 1.5% U.S. growth, not the old 3% 

  • Factors potentially slowing long-term growth:
  • Slowing growth rate of the working population
  • Aging of the working population


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The Hunt For High Dividend Yield

By Sure Dividend. Originally published at ValueWalk.

The Hunt For High Dividend Yield by Sure Dividend

This is a guest post by Adam Hejl from simplywall.st.  The article does not reflect the opinion of Sure Dividend.

Finding quality high yielding stocks can be challenging – in this article we will hunt down and select a pair of potential high dividend yield candidates and compare them side-by-side.

Initial selection & Business Overview

We have selected all stocks paying a dividend of 4% or better, and which meet a number of qualifying metrics.  The top 4 candidates are listed below:

High Dividend Yield

Of our top 4 candidates, we have selected Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and Computer Programs and Systems (CPSI) for further consideration.

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering is the US ADR of the Taiwan headquartered ASE Group; the world’s largest provider of independent semiconductor manufacturing assembly and testing services. Essentially the ASE group provides outsourced semiconductor manufacturing, assembly, testing and packaging on behalf of integrated circuit designers.

Computer Programs and Systems. is a US provider of healthcare information technology solutions for rural and community hospitals.  The company has over 650 client hospitals in 46 states and the District of Columbia.  Computer Programs and Systems offers its services via the Evident and TruBridge brands. Evident offers an integrated Electronic Health Record (referred to as EHR) solution, while TruBridge is a services provider that delivers business, consulting and managed IT services.

Dividend metrics

We have analyzed a series of criteria to assess the dividend paying power of these companies.  Criteria analyzed include dividend yield, a peer group comparison, dividend consistency, and sustainability.

Looking for a rule based dividend growth system?  Click this link to see The 8 Rules of Dividend Investing.

Both Advanced Semiconductor Engineering and Computer Programs and Systems score highly across all metrics, with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering currently yielding 5.0% and Computer Programs and Systems 4.6%.

High Dividend Yield

Past Performance

We prefer companies with a consistent track of profit growth, which is an indicator of whether dividends are sustainable, and if there is potential for a future increase.

The past performance metrics of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering and Computer Programs and Systems are shown below:

High Dividend Yield

On a 12 month basis Advanced Semiconductor Engineering has grown profit by 36%, whereas Computer Programs and Systems profit has fallen 13%. On a 5


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Hillary Saves Capitalism!

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Submitted by Bill Bonner via Bonner & Partners,

The Fed’s EZ money is creating hard times. It led to overconsumption… then overproduction… and now to a big bust.

Just what you’d expect.

And what you’d expect next is more crashing, sliding, and busting up in the world’s markets… followed by more EZ money.

Eventually, it will explode into consumer price inflation. But that could still be far in the future.

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We keep our political coverage balanced at the Diary. On the Republican’s side, there is an unusually rich assortment of fools and knaves. And on the Democrat’s side, there is Ms. Clinton.

We don’t know what we would do without her.

How would we know, for example, how long we should hold an investment without her to tell us?

She seems to believe that today’s average holding period is too short. It causes an obsession with short-term results that she calls “quarterly capitalism.”

CNBC reports:

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How will “working to end short-termism” help working families?

How many months of holding an investment is acceptable to the Democratic Party’s front-runner?

A Crony Unmasked

Why would anyone even think that Ms. Clinton – who has never held an honest job in the private sector – could possibly have any idea about how to save capitalism… or how long an investment should be held?

These questions leave us panting, sweating… and in need of a drink.

All Ms. Clinton knows about capitalism is what the cronies tell her when they are slipping her cash. Wall Street is a major financial contributor to her campaign. They know she can be bought. She won’t disappoint them.

Hillary still has to grandstand for the benefit of the Democratic masses. But she’s clearly on the side of the cronies and the zombies. And they both hate capitalism.

Why?

Because capitalism is a zombie killer.

Capitalism is not a wealth distribution system, as supply-side economist and techno-utopian guru George Gilder makes clear in his latest book, Knowledge and Power. It’s an information system… a knowledge system… in which entrepreneurs take risks and find out what works.

They learn how to build better things… putting old zombie manufacturers out of business. They figure out how to cut costs and increase quality, too… squeezing out the cronies and forcing the zombies to get to…
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Georgia Is Segregating Troublesome Kids In Schools Used During Jim Crow

By Pro Publica. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Georgia Is Segregating Troublesome Kids In Schools Used During Jim Crow

by Marian Wang ProPublica, July 29, 2015, 2:02 p.m.

Georgia has been illegally and unnecessarily segregating thousands of students with behavioral issues and disabilities, isolating them in run-down facilities and providing them with subpar education, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Some of the students in the program were schooled in the same inferior buildings that served black children in the days of Jim Crow. The investigation found that many of the buildings lack gyms, cafeterias, libraries, labs, playgrounds and other amenities.

“It’s a warehouse for kids the school system doesn’t want or know how to deal with,” a parent told the Justice Department of the program. The Justice Department detailed its findings in a letter earlier this month to Georgia’s governor and attorney general.

Federal law mandates that schools educate students with disabilities in the “least restrictive environment” in which they can learn and thrive. More broadly, public entities must serve people with disabilities in the “most integrated setting.”

But what the Justice Department found in Georgia is something that persists across the country: Schools continue to inappropriately segregate students with a range of behavioral needs and disabilities.

Children are often placed in more restrictive settings because traditional public schools show little flexibility in working with students who may need more support.

In Georgia, schools were quick to move children out of mainstream classrooms, the Justice Department noted. In some cases, students were recommended for placement after a single incident or a string of minor incidents, such as using inappropriate language with a teacher. Parents reported feeling pressured into agreeing to the placements.

In fact, many students who were placed in what’s called the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support, or GNETS, didn’t actually need to be there, the Justice Department said. Most could have stayed in their neighborhood schools if they’d been given more behavioral or mental-health support. “Nearly all students in the GNETS Program could receive services in more integrated settings, but do not have the opportunity to do so,” the letter said.

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Peter Van Buren, Washington and Tehran Come in From the Cold

 

Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Washington and Tehran Come in From the Cold

By Peter Van Buren at TomDispatch

Every election needs an organizing catchphrase and that goes doubly for the Republican presidential race, with 16 candidates having entered the fray and more on the way. I think I have the perfect one for the moment: “You’ve been Trumped!” After all, one striking thing about the Republicans, now that th...



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Hackers Claim John McCain Knew ISIS Execution Videos Were Staged

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

In a rather stunning note, CyberBerkut, a Ukrainian group of hackers, claims to have hacked John McCain’s laptop while he was in the Ukraine, and as Techworm reports, what they have released from his June visit appears to be a fully staged production of an ISIS execution video...

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Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) 'Pyramid Scheme' Lawsuit Thrown Out

By Clayton Browne. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) notched another court victory on Tuesday as a federal judge in LA threw out an investor lawsuit against the much loved and reviled nutritional supplements maker. In the ruling announced today, the beleaguered firm won a second dismissal of an investor lawsuit claiming it was lying about the legitimacy of its business operations.

The lawsuit filed by the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System and others argued that Herbalife shareholders lost money after hedge fund activist ...



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Second Day of Gains

Courtesy of Declan.

Another round of buying swept through Large Cap indices, but other indices didn't enjoy the same level of interest.

The S&P had the best of it. Since the middle of July it has enjoyed a strong advance relative to Small Caps and Technology indices, but it may be time for it to revert to mean. Technicals are a little scrappy, but are holding to the bearish side, but one more day of gains could swing it back in bulls favour.


The Nasdaq banked a small gain, but it's up against the big red candlestick from last week. The 'bull trap' is still in play. Technicals are mixed here too.

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Your Rent's About to Get Even Higher (Bloomberg)

If the monthly rent check is already painful to write, brace yourself.

The Census Bureau's U.S. rental vacancy rate, which tracks the share of properties that are unoccupied, fell to 6.8 percent in the second quarter. That's the lowest level using comparable data since 1985.

Everything's starting to crash (Business Insider)

In a recent update I gave ...



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Williams-Sonoma Upgraded To Overweight At JP Morgan, Firm Thinks 26% Upside Is Possible

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Related WSM Oppenheimer Upgrades Williams-Sonoma, Says Housing Backdrop Still Improving Credit Suisse Discusses Home Furnishings Stocks, Notes Low Expectations And Negative Investor Sentiments

In a report published Wednesday, JP Morgan analyst Tami Zakaria upgraded the rating on Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) from Neutral to Overweight, while raising the price target from $81 to $103...



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Mid-Day Update

Reminder: David is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

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Travel indicator being put to critical tests

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

The American Economy is driven a good deal by the consumer.

The table below reflects that nearly 70% of GDP is based consumption.

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The 4-pack below looks at consumption with a focus on the travel and leisure sector, by looking at Avis (CAR), Hertz (HTZ), Expedia (EXPE) and Priceline (PCLN).

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Sector Detector: Lackluster earnings reports put eager bulls back into waiting mode

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Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

In this weekly update, I give my view of the current market environment, offer a technical analysis of the S&P 500 chart, review our weekly fundamentals-based SectorCast rankings of the ten U.S. business sectors, and then offer up some actionable trading ideas, including a sector rotation strategy using ETFs and an enhanced version using top-ranked stocks from the top-ranked sectors.

Corporate earnings reports have been mixed at best, interspersed with the occasional spectacular report -- primarily from mega-caps like Google (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), or Amazon (AMZN). Some of the bul...



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Swing trading portfolio

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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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Gold Spikes Back Above $1100, Bitcoin Jumps

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Gold is jumping after the overnight double flash-crash...testing back towards $1100...

Bitcoin is back up to pre-"Greece is Fixed" levels...

Charts: Bloomberg and Bitcoinwisdom

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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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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.

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Philip R. Davis is a founder Phil's Stock World, a stock and options trading site that teaches the art of options trading to newcomers and devises advanced strategies for expert traders...

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About Ilene:

Ilene is editor and affiliate program coordinator for PSW. She manages the site market shadows, archives, more. Contact Ilene to learn about our affiliate and content sharing programs.

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