You found your “dream home,” fell in love and are ready to sign the contract. Not so fast.
This is a huge investment, and perhaps a long-term commitment. So, step back, and ask yourself: What, if anything, stands between you and your dream home?
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Here are three questions you should ask yourself before you make an offer:
1. Does this purchase fit well with your financial goals?
Financial goals are unique to each individual. For some, buying a dream home could be a top priority. For others, providing for kids’ college educations could be more important. For others, a financially secure retirement could be the number one goal.
So, the question is: What are your financial goals? And does the “dream home” fit well with your other financial goals?
Best Wireless Telecom Stocks To Invest In 2017: Matador Resources Company(MTDR)
Matador Resources Company, incorporated on November 22, 2010, is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development, production and acquisition of oil and natural gas resources in the United States, with an emphasis on oil and natural gas shale and other unconventional plays. The Company’s segment is oil and natural gas exploration and production. The Company’s operations are focused primarily on the oil and liquids-rich portion of the Wolfcamp and Bone Spring plays in the Delaware Basin in Southeast New Mexico and West Texas. The Company also operates in the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas and the Haynesville shale and Cotton Valley plays in Northwest Louisiana and East Texas.
Southeast New Mexico and West Texas-Delaware Basin
The Permian Basin in Southeast New Mexico and West Texas is a mature exploration and production province with extensive developments in various petroleum systems resulting in stacked target horizons. In the western part of the Permian Basin, also known as the Delaware Basin, the Lower Permian age Bone Spring (also called the Leonardian) and Wolfcamp formations are several thousand feet thick and contain stacked layers of shale’s, sandstones, limestone’s and dolomites. The Company’s total acreage position in Southeast New Mexico and West Texas had increased to approximately 157,100 gross (88,800 net) acres, primarily in Loving County, Texas and Lea and Eddy Counties, New Mexico. These acreage totals included approximately 32,100 gross (19,400 net) acres in Ranger prospect area in Lea County, approximately 47,400 gross (16,900 net) acres in Arrowhead prospect area in Eddy County, approximately 20,700 gross (13,400 net) acres in Rustler Breaks prospect area in Eddy County, approximately 12,200 gross (7,500 net) acres in Wolf and Jackson Trust prospect areas in Loving County and approximately 42,300 gross (29,900 net) acres in Twin Lakes prospect area in Lea County. The Com pany operates approximately three drilling rigs in the Delaw! are Basin, including two in Loving County, Texas and one in Eddy County, New Mexico.
South Texas-Eagle Ford Shale and Other Formations
The Eagle Ford shale extends across portions of South Texas from the Mexican border into East Texas forming a band roughly 50 to 100 miles wide and 400 miles long. The Company’s properties include approximately 39,000 gross (29,300 net) acres in the Eagle Ford shale play in Atascosa, DeWitt, Gonzales, Karnes, La Salle, Wilson and Zavala Counties in South Texas. The Company operates approximately two rigs in the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas.
Northwest Louisiana and East Texas
The Company has approximately 26,700 gross (23,800 net) acres in Northwest Louisiana and East Texas, including 20,700 gross (13,000 net) acres in the Haynesville shale play. The Company operates all of its Cotton Valley and shallower production on its leasehold interests in Northwest Louisiana and East Texas, as well as all of its Haynesville production on the acreage.
Haynesville and Middle Bossier Shales
The Haynesville shale is an overpressured marine shale found below the Cotton Valley and Bossier formations and above the Smackover formation at depths ranging from 10,500 to 13,500 feet across a broad region throughout Northwest Louisiana and East Texas, including principally Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto and Red River Parishes in Louisiana and Harrison, Rusk, Panola and Shelby Counties in Texas. The Haynesville shale produces primarily dry natural gas with almost no associated liquids. The Bossier shale is overpressured and is often divided into lower, middle and upper units. The Company has approximately 20,700 gross (13,000 net) acres in the Haynesville shale play, primarily in Northwest Louisiana.
Cotton Valley, Hosston (Travis Peak) and Other Shallower Formations
The Company owns all of the shallow rights from the base of the Cotton Va lley formation to the surface under its acreage in Northwest! Louisian! a and East Texas. All of the shallow rights underlying its acreage in Elm Grove properties in Northwest Louisiana, approximately 10,000 gross (9,800 net) acres are held by existing production from the Cotton Valley formation or the Haynesville shale.
Southwest Wyoming, Northeast Utah and Southeast Idaho-Meade Peak Shale
The Company has leasehold interests in approximately 75,700 gross (35,700 net) acres in Southwest Wyoming and adjacent areas in Utah and Idaho as part of a natural gas shale exploration prospect targeting the Meade Peak shale. These leasehold interests are a combination of federal, state and fee mineral interests.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Our peer group is up an average of 46% over the past 4 weeks in response to a 30% rebound in the 12-month strip NYMEX oil price. Some of the largest gainers include Hold and Sell rated stocks that we would not chase such asDenbury Resources (Sell, +138%), Halcon Resources (HK) (Sell, +147%), Jones Energy (JONE) (Hold, +166%), Rex Energy (REXX) (Sell, +60%), Sanchez Energy (SN) (Hold, +93%), Ultra Petroleum (UPL) (Sell, +61%), andWhiting Petroleum (Hold, +103%), which have outperformed the E&P Index (+32%) over the same time period. Balance sheets and/or well level returns remain challenged for these companies despite improved oil prices. While we believe oil markets should re-balance over the next 12 to 15 months, the recent recovery to $40 could reverse during 2Q16 as bloated inventories continue to rise, new volumes from Iran pressure an oversupplied market, and a highly anticipated decline in non-OPEC supply (especially in the U.S.), is not as steep as expected. The risk of an oil price retracement, which would significantly pressure the recent out-performers, outweighs the upside in these stocks, in our view. However, we are raising our target prices on Buy ratedAnadarko Petroleum ($54 from $48), Concho Resources (CXO) ($120 from $109), Matador Resources (MTDR) ($22 from $21),Noble Energy (NBL) ($40 from $34), SM Energy (SM) ($22 from $15), Rice Energy ($14 from $12), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($155 from $135),Continental Resources ($32 from $28), and Parsley Energy (PE) ($24 from $23). We believe our Buy-rated stocks are better positioned to weather challenging oil markets.
Best Wireless Telecom Stocks To Invest In 2017: Starbucks Corporation(SBUX)
Starbucks Corporation purchases and roasts whole bean coffees. It operates approximately 16,858 stores, including 8,833 company-operated stores and 8,025 licensed stores. The company offers approximately 30 blends and single-origin premium arabica coffees. It also provides handcrafted beverages, such as fresh-brewed coffee, hot and iced espresso beverages, coffee and non-coffee blended beverages, Vivanno smoothies, and Tazo teas; and merchandise products, including home espresso machines, coffee brewers and grinders, coffee mugs and accessories, packaged goods, music, books, and gift items. In addition, it offers fresh food items, which comprise baked pastries, sandwiches, salads, oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, and fruit cups. Further, it also provides VIA ready brew coffee, bottled frappuccino beverages, discoveries chilled cup coffee, doubleshot espresso drinks, iced coffee, whole bean coffee, and ice creams. The company?s brand portfolio includes Tazo tea, Ethos water, Seatt le?s Best Coffee, and Torrefazione Italia Coffee. Starbucks Corporation sells its products in approximately 50 countries worldwide. Starbucks Corporation was founded in 1971 and is based in Seattle, Washington.
- [By Victor Mora]
Starbucks provides in-demand coffee and tea products and services to consumers around the world. The company is reportedly ready to expand to Colombia, where it sources most of its beans. The stock has been flying higher in recent years and is now trading at all-time high prices. Over the past four quarters, earnings and revenues have been rising, which have led to upbeat investors in the company. Relative to its peers and sector, Starbucks has been a year-to-date performance leader. Look for Starbucks to continue to OUTPERFORM.
Top 5 Net Payout Yield Stocks To Buy Right Now: Atlantic Power Corporation(AT)
Atlantic Power Corporation (Atlantic Power) owns and operates a fleet of power generation assets in the United States and Canada. The Company’s power generation projects sell electricity to utilities and other commercial customers primarily under long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs). Atlantic Power operates through four segments: East U.S., West U.S., Canada and Un-Allocated Corporate. Atlantic Power’s power generation projects in operation have an aggregate gross electric generation capacity of approximately 2,140 megawatts (MW), in which its aggregate ownership interest is approximately 1,500 MW. The Company’s portfolio consists of interests in approximately 20 operational power generation projects across over nine states in the United States and approximately two provinces in Canada. The Company’s power generation projects are primarily located in California, the United States Mid-Atlantic, New York and the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Lisa Levin] Related WR Earnings Scheduled For February 24, 2016 Mid-Day Market Update: Ocata Therapeutics Climbs On Acquisition News; Textura Shares Slip Related AT Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Higher; Tiffany Misses Q2 Expectations PVH Corp, Atlantic Power, Carlyle Group Lead Monday's After-Hours Movers Atlantic Power's (AT) CEO Jim Moore on Q4 2015 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.24 percent to 16,960.40 while the NASDAQ declined 0.38 percent to 4,656.49. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.17 percent to 1,985.91.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Monday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE: AT), down 2 percent, and Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), down 4 percent.
Best Wireless Telecom Stocks To Invest In 2017: Sanofi(SNY)
Sanofi, formerly Sanofi-Aventis, incorporated on May 11, 1994, is a healthcare company engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of therapeutic solutions. The Company has three operating segments: Pharmaceuticals, Human Vaccines (Vaccines) and Animal Health. The Pharmaceuticals segment consists of research, development, production and marketing of medicines, including those originating from its subsidiary, Genzyme Corporation. Its pharmaceuticals portfolio consists of products and a range of prescription medicines, generic medicines and consumer health products. The Pharmaceuticals segment also includes associates with activities related to pharmaceuticals. The Vaccines segment is dedicated to vaccines, including research, development, production and marketing. The Vaccines segment includes the Sanofi Pasteur MSD joint venture. The Animal Health segment includes the research, development, production and marketing activities of Merial, which offers a r ange of medicines and vaccines for a range of animal species. The Company’s Animal Health segment includes its subsidiaries, Merial, Inc. and Merial S.A.S. It also operates in the Other segment, which includes the effects of retained commitments in respect of divested activities.
The Company’s Pharmaceuticals segment includes marketed products grouped into the fields of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rare diseases, multiple sclerosis (MS) and oncology. It also has a presence in consumer healthcare and generics. Its principal diabetes products are Lantus and Toujeo, which are long acting analogs of human insulin; Amaryl, which is a sulfonylurea; Apidra, which is a rapid acting analog of human insulin; Insuman, which is a human insulin, and Lyxumia (lixisenatide), which is a once-daily prandial glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 receptor agonist. Its cardiovascular products include Praluent, which is a human monoclonal antibody (mAb) tha t blocks the interaction of proprotein convertase subtilisin! kexin type 9 (PSCK9) with low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptors, and Multaq (dronedarone), which is an anti-arrhythmic drug.
The Company’s rare diseases business is focused on products for the treatment of rare genetic diseases and other chronic debilitating diseases, including lysosomal storage disorders, and offers products, such as Cerezyme, Cerdelga and Fabrazyme. Its MS franchise consists of Aubagio (teriflunomide), a once-daily oral immunomodulator, and Lemtrada (alemtuzumab), a monoclonal antibody. It has a portfolio of approximately 10 marketed products in oncology, including Jevtana, Eloxatin, Taxotere, Thymoglobulin and Zaltrap. Its prescription products and other products include Plavix/Iscover, Aprovel/ Avapro/Karvea and Renagel.
Human Vaccines (Vaccines)
The Company’s Vaccines segment offers a range of vaccines. The Company’s vaccine products consists of pediatric, combination and poliomyelitis (polio) vaccines, includin g Pentaxim and Hexaxim; influenza vaccines, including Fluzone and Intradermal (ID) trivalent influenza vaccines; adult and adolescent boosters, including Adacel and Repevax; meningitis and pneumonia vaccines, and travel and endemic vaccines, including IMOJEV.
The Company’s Animal Health segment includes Merial’s products. The Company offers a range of products for animals (both livestock and pets). These products include Frontline, which is a topical flea and tick anti-parasitic intended for dogs and cats; Heartgard, which is a parasiticide for control of heartworm in pets; Nexgard, which is an oral anti-parasitic for the treatment and prevention of fleas and ticks in dogs, and Vaxxitek, which is vector vaccine for protecting chickens against infectious bursal disease (IBD) and Marek’s disease.
The Company competes with Novo Nordisk, Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck & Co., Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Nova rtis, Shire, Pfizer, Biogen Idec Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals ! Industrie! s, Merck Serono, Bayer, Roche, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Amgen, GlaxoSmithKline, Mylan, Actavis, Zoetis, Elanco, Virbac, Ceva and Vetoquinol.
- [By Paul Ausick]
The U.S. division of Paris-based Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) announced on Monday that an iconic U.S. consumer product not named Twinkies is on its way back to store shelves. Over-the-counter antacid Rolaids is once again available after a gap of nearly three years.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Medivation Inc (NASDAQ: MDVN) is said to have spurned recent takeover approach from France’s Sanofi SA (ADR) (NYSE: SNY), according to sources as reported by Bloomberg on Tuesday. Sanofi wants Medivation’s treatments for hard-to-cure cancers, the sources said. Medivation shares surged 8.46 percent to $49.60 in the after-hours trading session, while Sanofi shares fell 0.59 percent to $42.02 in after-hours trading.