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GLOBAL MARKETS-Greek austerity vote lifts euro, shares

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Posted by Richard Hubbard

on Monday, 13 February 2012 07:31

Greek parliament passes unpopular package of cuts. Stocks and the euro rose on Monday on relief over sweeping austerity measures passed by the Greek parliament, but gains looked fragile with several issues still to be resolved before the shadow of a messy debt default is lifted.

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 U.S. stock index futures pointed to a recovery for equities on Wall Street after delays in agreeing a new Greek bailout deal sent the S&P 500 index to its biggest daily loss of the year on Friday.

 

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7 Top Penny Stocks

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Posted by Beacon Equity

on Friday, 10 February 2012 12:43

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Penny stocks are well known to traders for lightning fast percentage gains, but is there any evidence for a penny stock to potentially become a high dollar stock? There have been quite a few penny stocks to become big company stocks over the past 10-20 years, but considering the amount of penny stocks trading on the market; it is uncommon. Penny stocks are high risk and high reward so prudent investors do not usually allocate a large portfolio percentage to penny stocks, if any at all. There are questions that investors should ask when deciding to invest in penny stocks with potential: is the company poised for a reverse merger with a larger company, does the company offer a valuable product, is the company actually legitimate, and can this company actually make a profit?

 

....read Beacon Equities 7 Top Penny Stocks HERE



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Here’s Why It May Be Time To Think Defensively

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Posted by Steven Russolillo: The Wall St. Journal

on Thursday, 09 February 2012 01:23

  It seems like everyone loves the stock market these days. The S&P 500 is off to the races this year. Only a handful of years throughout history compare to the index’s 7.1% surge to kick off 2012.

 

BlackRock chieftan Larry Fink says asset allocation should be steered toward 100% equities. No questions asked. Even Dr. Doom is less gloomy than he’s been in the past.

 

Has everyone gone mad?

 

Cyclicals have led this year’s rally, with financials jumping 13%, materials surging 12% and tech stocks advancing 11%.

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While the rally doesn’t look like its petering out anytime soon, Barry Knapp at Barclays Capital offers some reasons for caution. 

 

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The Best Growing Energy Stocks With Highest Dividend Yield

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Posted by Dividend Yield

on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 01:14

Energy is of huge importance for the growth of the economy. The demand is steadily growing and the political change away from nuclear power to renewable energy slows the supply growth of energy. I screened stocks from the investment theme by the best growth over the past 10 years. I decided to select only stocks with a double-digit sales growth and a dividend yield of more than three percent. Fourteen stocks fulfilled my criteria. The highest growth was realized by Penn Virginia Resource Partners (PVR) who had a yearly growth of 40.3 percent. One company has a yield of more than 50 percent.

Here are my favorite stocks:

BPL

1. Buckeye Partners (BPL) has a market capitalization of $5.89 billion. The company employs 859 people, generates revenues of $3,151.27 million and has a net income of $43.08 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $338.70 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 10.75 percent (operating margin 8.87 percent and the net profit margin finally 1.37 percent). 

 

The total debt representing 50.51 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 129.65 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 5.27 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.80. Last fiscal year, the company paid $3.82 in form of dividends to shareholders.

 

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 79.04, Price/Sales 1.88 and Price/Book ratio 3.26. Dividend Yield: 6.44 percent. The beta ratio is 0.26. 


HEP


2. Holly Energy Partners (HEP) has a market capitalization of $1.22 billion. The company employs 148 people, generates revenues of $182.10 million and has a net income of $58.87 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $121.35 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 66.64 percent (operating margin 49.84 percent and the net profit margin finally 32.33 percent). 

 

The total debt representing 76.43 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 449.52 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 17.33 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.47. Last fiscal year, the company paid $3.32 in form of dividends to shareholders.

 

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 22.39, Price/Sales 8.30 and Price/Book ratio 4.86. Dividend Yield: 6.41 percent. The beta ratio is 0.65. 


PAA


3. Plains All American Pipelines (PAA) has a market capitalization of $11.65 billion. The company employs 3,500 people, generates revenues of $25,893.00 million and has a net income of $514.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,016.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 3.92 percent (operating margin 2.96 percent and the net profit margin finally 1.99 percent). 

 

The total debt representing 43.47 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 137.19 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 8.01 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.18. Last fiscal year, the company paid $3.76 in form of dividends to shareholders.

 

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.64, Price/Sales 0.47 and Price/Book ratio 2.60. Dividend Yield: 5.25 percent. The beta ratio is 0.50. 

 

Take a closer look at the full table of energy stocks with fastest growth and big dividends. The average price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio) amounts to 20.95. The dividend yield has a value of 9.02 percent. Price to book ratio is 2.70 and price to sales ratio 2.88. The operating margin amounts to 26.35 percent.


Related stock ticker symbols:
ARLP, BPT, BPL, HEP, MMP, MMLP, PGH, PVR, PTR, PBR, PAA, RES, TGS, YZC



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Why Jim Rogers Is Bearish on the U.S. and Facebook

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Posted by Jim Rogers

on Tuesday, 07 February 2012 08:25

Famed investor Jim Rogers has already said he wouldn’t buy Facebook when the social networking giant has its IPO later this week. “No, that kind of stock I don’t buy. They are usually very, very expensive. A lot of people like to buy expensive stocks like that, but I do not,” said Rogers to CNBC yesterday.

However, that Rogers seems bearish on the internet company shouldn’t necessarily drive one away from Facebook. Rogers is bearish on…well, just about everything in America these days.
“It has been demonstrated many, many times before that sellers are usually smarter than the buyers, and they usually know when the best time to sell is, and Facebook is doing it,” he said. Rogers also stated his general opposition to the high prices in the Tech sector, saying ”I am interested in technology in some shape or form, but I can’t imagine buying any of them. They are a bit hot these days and they have been for two or three months, so that is why I am short. I don’t buy high-priced stocks.”

 

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