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Crocs CEO base pay $950,000, target bonus at least 100% base

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Bank Of America's Top 10 Stocks For 2015

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Analysts at Bank of America released a list on Friday detailing their top 10 favorite stocks across 10 sectors for 2015.

The full list includes:

  • Consumer Discretionary: General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) due to its healthy yield with a potential to grow dividends.
  • Consumer Staples: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) given the fact that lower gasoline prices “disproportionately” help lower income consumers.
  • Energy: Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) given its lower sensitivity to oil prices compared to the rest of the Energy sector.
  • Financials: Unum Group (NYSE: UNM) due to its strong free cash flow generation and initiatives to return cash to shareholders.
  • Health Care: Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) due to strong balance sheet and ability to invest in its product pipeline.
  • Industrials: General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) due to expectations that its Industrial segment will generate double-digit earnings per share growth through 2016.
  • Information Technology: Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) due to its position to take advantage of the Internet of Things and Big Data/Cloud.
  • Materials: Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) due to a good cash flow outlook coupled with aluminum forecasts suggesting upside to expectations.
  • Telecom Services: Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) due to its high dividend yield and divined growth potential.
  • Utilities: NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE: NEE) due to its superior dividend growth rate and above average rate base growth.

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Latest Ratings for GM

Date Firm Action From To
Oct 2014 Credit Suisse Maintains Underperform
Oct 2014 Susquehanna Initiates Coverage on Neutral
Oct 2014 Morgan Stanley

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Top Performing Industries For December 15, 2014

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At 10:30 am, the Dow gained 0.04% to 17,287.77, the broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index moved up 0.14% to 2,005.03 and the NASDAQ composite index slipped 0.01% to 4,652.96.

The industries that are supporting the market today are:

Sporting Goods Stores: The industry gained 2.07% by 10:30 am. The top performer in this industry was Big 5 Sporting Goods (NASDAQ: BGFV), which gained 2.6%. Big 5 Sporting’s PEG ratio is 1.13.

Long Distance Carriers: This industry rose 1.65% by 10:30 am ET. The top performer in this industry was General Communication (NASDAQ: GNCMA), which gained 1.5%. General Communication shares have jumped 22.50% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 12.08% in the same period.

Toy & Hobby Stores: This industry moved up 1.52% by 10:30 am. The top performer in this industry was Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW), which gained 1.4%. Build-A-Bear’s trailing-twelve-month revenue is $368.94 million.

Semiconductor – Specialized: This industry jumped 1.24% by 10:30 am. The top performer in this industry was Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ: CRUS), which rose 18.3%. Barclays upgraded Cirrus Logic from Underweight to Overweight and raised the price target to $28 from $18.

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UPDATE: D.A. Davidson Downgrades RF Micro Devices

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D.A. Davidson downgraded RF Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: RFMD) from Buy to Neutral and maintained a $16 price target.

Analyst Thomas Diffely explained that he has moved to the “sidelines after a 200 percent move.”

“While our bullish model and positive outlook on the pending merger with TriQuint Semiconductor remains intact, we believe the robust stock outperformance largely reflects the more positive margin and synergy targets that management outlined at the recent Qorvo analyst meeting,” according to Diffely.

The analyst note added that “with shares trading at a reasonable 12x 2016 EPS and only modest upside to our 12-18 month price target, we believe the risk-reward profile is now balanced.”

Diffely concluded that the basis for the price target is the "fact that RFMD shareholders will receive one share of Qorvo for every RFMD share owned, and the initial Qorvo share count will be 600 million (prior to a planned 4:1 reverse split), the $5.00 of earnings power projected from the new target model equates to $1.25 in earnings power for current RFMD shareholders in 2016.”

RF Micro Devices recently traded at $14.80, down 4.5 percent.

Latest Ratings for RFMD

Date Firm Action From To
Dec 2014 DA Davidson Downgrades Buy Neutral
Dec 2014 Barclays Maintains Equal-weight
Nov 2014 Pacific Crest Maintains Outperform

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Why Deutsche Bank Downgraded Ford

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Deutsche Bank’s Rod Lache on Monday downgraded shares of Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) to Hold from Buy with a $16 price target.

Shares of Ford were trading 7 percent away from Lache’s $16 price target, implying a more cautious approach towards investing in shares of Ford (and the overall U.S. auto sector) as the sector faces “significant prospective challenges.”

“We believe that U.S. vehicle affordability is reaching an inflection point,” Lache wrote. “The prospective regulatory cost burdens facing U.S. Automakers are unprecedented.”

The analyst notes that Ford’s new F-150 truck is one of the “most prominent” examples of how vehicles are reaching an inflection point. The analyst questions if consumers will pay higher costs for the F-150′s “advanced but costly powertrain, light-weighting and safety technologies” even when the price of gas hovers between $2 to $3 per gallon.

Lache concludes by stating that “at the very least” a combination of rising new car prices, falling used car prices, a rising rates environment and a strong U.S. dollar vs. the Japanese Yen will likely “perpetuate questions” regarding the implications for ownership cycles, industry mix, pricing and U.S. automakers’ competitive positioning.

Shares of Ford were down about 0.3 percent in the premarket at $14.95.

Latest Ratings for F

Date Firm Action From To
Dec 2014 Deutsche Bank Downgrades Buy Hold
Nov 2014 Citigroup Maintains Buy
Nov 2014 Citigroup Maintains Buy

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Is It Time To Ride Rail Stocks?

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According to a recent report, Morgan Stanley analysts believe 2015 and 2016 could be big years for U.S. rail companies Union Pacific Corp (NYSE: UNP), CSX Corp (NYSE: CSX), and Norfolk Southern Corp (NYSE: NSC).

Analysts see tight capacity, increasing truck pricing, and inflation as driving forces behind a projected doubling of rail core price growth in 2015.

Trucking Leads The Way

While analysts have no direct indicator of rail capacity utilization, analysts turn to trucking numbers as an indication of what to expect in rails. A recent survey of shippers reveals that industry insiders believe that trucking capacity is now above previous peak capacities reached in 2004 and 2006.

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Analysts predict similar capacity tightening for the rail companies as well.

Pricing Power

Analysts believe that demand growth will outpace capacity growth for rails in 2015, and this environment will lead to increased pricing power. If trucking prices rise 4 to 5 percent, rail prices are expected to increase at least that much as well.

A large utility company recently told Morgan Stanley that one rail service provider is already asking for a 5 to 10 percent pricing increase in 2015.

Rising Margins

Morgan Stanley analyst William J. Greene makes a strong case for a big boost in incremental margins at the rail companies in 2015.

“If we assume ~3% total carload growth, with 50% incremental margins on volumes, mid-single-digit core pricing gains, 2.5% inflation, and then add back productivity headwinds experienced in 2014 as well as incremental productivity gains for 2015, we think incremental margins of 70-90% are achievable,” he wrote.

Analysts expect the beneficial environment for rail companies to continue into 2016.

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Latest Ratings for UNP

Date Firm Action From To
Dec 2014 Nomura Initiates Coverage on Buy
Oct 2014 FBR Capital Maintains Outperform
Oct 2014 Morgan Stanley Maintains Overweight

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Morgan Stanley Expects A Big Year For This Big Bank In 2015

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A recent Morgan Stanley report offered some insight into what analysts believe Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C)'s capital return plan will be in 2015.

After an embarrassing rejection of its plan by the Federal Reserve in 2014, the analysis indicates Citigroup could be well-positioned to institute aggressive share buyback and dividend programs next year.

Analysts see four key reasons Citigroup should be free to return money to shareholders in 2015.

1. Elimination of subprime lending business: Citigroup plans to get rid of OneMain, its subprime lending unit.

Regardless of whether Citi accomplishes this goal via IPO or an outright sale of the business, analysts estimate it will free up at least $3.2 billion of capital that could potentially be included in Citi’s capital return plan.

2. Better regulatory positioning: Citigroup’s reputation took a hit after its 2014 capital return plan was rejected, and analysts believe the company will not make the same mistake twice. Citi has been closely engaged with regulators in recent months.

Analysts see Citi’s recent announcement to exit 12 international positions (in addition to recent exits from troubled Greece and Spain) as partially motivated by the 2014 CCAR rejection.

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3. Strong capital ratios: Citi’s Common Tier 1 capital ratio of 10.7 percent outshines both Bank of America Corp’s (NYSE: BAC) 9.6 percent and JPMorgan Chase and Co’s (NYSE: JPM) 10.1 percent.

4. Earnings growth: Analysts predict that additional expense cuts will boost Citi’s bottom line, and they project these cuts to result in about $5 billion in deferred tax asset utilization.

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Talisman Energy Soars 21% On Acquisition Speculation

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Talisman Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: TLM) issued a press release Monday confirming “that it is engaged in discussions with [Repsol SA] regarding a potential corporate transaction.”

The company noted that it “has also been approached by a number of other parties regarding various transactions,” and that it can provide “no assurances that these discussions will result in a transaction or on what terms.”

The company said that it “does not intend to make any further comment on this matter” until it is appropriate to make a public announcement.

The talks with Repsol (OTC: REPYY) were reported to be in the range of C$6 to C$8 while Bloomberg suggested that the Canada Pension Plan may also be weighing a bid.

Talisman Energy shares have soared 21 percent amid the news to $5.21.

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#PreMarket Movers From December 15, 2014

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Opko Health Inc. (NYSE: OPK) +16% – The company entered into a global agreement with Pfizer for its Long-Acting Human Growth Hormone (hGH-CTP).

PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) +4.6% – Shares are higher as the company announced it will be acquired by BC Partners Inc. for $83 per share.

Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) + 2.9% – JMP Securities initiated coverage at Market Outperform with a $49 price target.

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) +2.2% – Morgan Stanley upgraded to Overweight with $50 price target.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) +1% – Analysts at Sterne Agee upgraded shares to Buy with a $94 price target.

Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) +0.5% – The company announced favorable 2015 earnings and revenue forecasts.

American Realty Capital Properties Inc (NASDAQ: ARCP) -10.5% – Executive Chairman Nick Schorsch announced he will step down.

Market Vector Russian ETF (NYSE: RSX) -5.2% – Congress has sent President Obama legislation that will put in place sanctions on Russian weapon exports and oil production imports.

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Stocks Hitting 52-Week Highs

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PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) shares reached a new 52-week high of $81.27 after the company agreed to be acquired by BC Partners for $83.00 per share in cash.

Cypress Semiconductor (NASDAQ: CY) shares touched a new 52-week high of $14.26. Cypress Semiconductor’s PEG ratio is 1.90.

Dollar General (NYSE: DG) shares touched a new 52-week high of $70.29. Dollar General’s trailing-twelve-month ROE is 19.44%.

Spansion (NYSE: CODE) shares reached a new 52-week high of $32.74. Spansion shares have jumped 141.40% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 12.08% in the same period.

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Visualizing How Much Oil Is In An Electric Vehicle?

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When most people think about oil and natural gas, the first thing that comes to mind is the gas in the tank of their car. But, as Visual Capitalist's Nicholas LePan notes, there is actually much more to oil’s role, than meets the eye...

Oil, along with natural gas, has hundreds of different uses in a modern vehicle through petrochemicals.

Today’s infographic comes to us from American Fuel & Petrochemicals Manufacturers, and covers why oil is a critical mate...

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Assange's new indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment


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Assange’s new indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment

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Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with a slew of Espionage Act violations that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life.

The new indictment expands an earlier one charging Assange with conspiring w...

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Jefferies Sees 60-Percent Upside In Aphria Shares, Says Buy The Dip

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After a red-hot start to 2019, Canadian cannabis producer Aphria Inc (NYSE: APHA) has run out of steam, tumbling more than 31 percent in the past three months.

Despite the recent weakness, one Wall Street analyst said Friday that the stock has 30-percent upside potential. 

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DAX (Germany) About To Send A Bearish Message To The S&P 500?

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Is the DAX index from Germany about to send a bearish message to stocks in Europe and the States? Sure could!

This chart looks at the DAX over the past 9-years. It’s spent the majority of the past 8-years inside of rising channel (1), creating a series of higher lows and higher highs.

It looks to have created a “Double Top” as it was kissing the underside of the rising channel last year at (2).

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Brexit Joke - Cant be serious all the time

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Alistair Williams comedian nails it, thank god for good humour! Prime Minister May the negotiator. Not!

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This is a classic! ha!

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Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream - the battle is on to bring them under global control


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The high seas are getting lower. dianemeise

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The 21st-century revolutionaries who have dominated cryptocurrencies are having to move over. Mainstream financial institutions are adopting these assets and the blockchain technology that enables them, in what ...

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DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

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DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

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Stanphyl Capital’s letter to investors for the month of March 2019.

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Friends and Fellow Investors:

For March 2019 the fund was up approximately 5.5% net of all fees and expenses. By way of comparison, the S&P 500 was up approximately 1.9% while the Russell 2000 was down approximately 2.1%. Year-to-date 2019 the fund is up approximately 12.8% while the S&P 500 is up approximately 13.6% and the ...

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Despacito - How to Make Money the Old-Fashioned Way - SLOWLY!

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For most people, the purpose of investing is to build up enough wealth to allow you to retire.  In general, that's usually enough money to reliably generate a year's worth of your average income, each year into your retirement so that that, plus you Social Security, should be enough to pay your bills without having to draw down on your principle.

Unfortunately, as the last decade has shown us, we can't count on bonds to pay us more than 3% and the average return from the stock market over the past 20 years has been erratic - to say the least - with 4 negative years (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and 14 positives, though mostly in the 10% range on the positives.  A string of losses like we had from 2000-02 could easily wipe out a decades worth of gains.

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This all-encompassing mutant corruption saps men’s souls, crushes opportunities, and destroys economic mobility. Its a Smash & Grab system of ill-gotten re...

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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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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).

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Free eBook - "My Top Strategies for 2017"



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