The confirmation of Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez as secretary for the Department of Labor on Thursday will not hinder the DOL’s release of its fiduciary reproposal, which the Department says will come in October.
The Senate confirmed Perez by a vote of 54-46, making him the only Latino in President Barack Obama’s cabinet.
Despite recent attempts by lawmakers — and those in the industry — to stymie the DOL’s re-release of its fiduciary rule, the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration’s Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, released July 3, states that a reproposal to amend the definition of fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) will come in October.
Fred Reish, partner and chairman of the financial services ERISA team at Drinker Biddle & Reath, says the DOL’s controversial fiduciary plan could become a “point of contention” in letters from lawmakers or any potential upcoming hearings that Congress may have with Perez. But DOL’s fiduciary “train has left the station.”
Hot High Tech Companies To Own In Right Now: Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY)
Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (the Fund) seeks to provide investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance of the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector of the S&P 500 Index (the Index). The Index includes companies from industries, such as automobiles and components, consumer durables, apparel, hotels, restaurants, leisure, media and retailing.
The Fund utilizes a passive or indexing investment approach to invest in a portfolio of stocks that seek to replicate the Index. The Fund’s investment advisor is SSgA Funds Management, Inc.
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The January correction hit the Select Sector SPDR Consumer Discretionary (XLY) hard as it dropped from a high of $66.85 to a low of $61.03. The rebound has been equally sharp as XLY recently made a new high of $67.85. The seasonal analysis shows that XLY forms a major bottom on or around October 11 (line 1) and then rallies up through January 10.
- [By Ben Eisen]
The consumer discretionary sector of the S&P 500 has been going gangbusters this year, climbing 36.6%, while the Select Sector SPDR-Consumer Discretionary exchange-traded fund (XLY) is similarly up 36.7%, hitting a record earlier this month. That outperformance has supported the broader S&P 500, which is up 26.5% this year.
- [By Tom Aspray]
First, let’s look at the quarter by quarter performance for 2013, as well as how the Select Sector ETFs are doing so far in the 4th quarter. Two of my favorite ETFs as we started 2013, the Select Sector SPDR Health Care (XLV) and the Select Sector SPDR Consumer Discretionary (XLY) are the top gainers in 2013.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) has dropped 1.1% to $60.39, while the Financial Select Sector SPDR(XLF) is off 0.9% at $20.23. Hardest hit is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU), which has dropped 1.6% to $37.32, while the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has fallen 1% to $46.49. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) is the top performer: It’s down 0.5% at $32.39.
Hot High Tech Companies To Own In Right Now: Goldcorp Incorporated(GG)
Goldcorp Inc. engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and operation of precious metal properties in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. It produces and sells gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc. The company was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
- [By Richard Stavros]
Whereas in the 1970s there were limited ways to hedge against inflation, now there is a cornucopia of currency and international commodities instruments that can not only hedge against inflation but other global shocks, such as market bubbles and even war.
And it is these very scenarios that investors have been worried about. Since the beginning of the year, stocks, bonds and just about any investment you can think of have gyrated wildly at various times amid concerns of war, inflation and the possibility that the U.S. equity market is overvalued and headed for a correction.
In response, some market analysts in Bloomberg news reports have offered any number of wildly unsubstantiated statements for why investors should ignore today’s perils. They dismiss the danger posed by Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region (“Putin will stop short of other countries or war with the West”). They also argue that the Federal Reserve chairwoman misspoke (“Janet Yellen really didn’t mean a rate hike is coming soon. Inflation is under control. It was a rookie mistake”).
For my money, here’s the most outrageous: The Shiller Cyclically adjusted P/E metric which has predicted the 1929, 2000 and 2007 downturns doesn’t apply (“Suggests only a slightly expensive market with low to moderate returns going forward on average”).
With new records being set by the S&P 500 in the last few months, it stands to reason that some investors have not needed much convincing to stay all in and buying. This mindset has prevailed, even as the impact of a Russian war or conflict, runaway inflation or a market correction could be devastating to investor portfolios, taking years to recover.
If you’ve never thought of certain investments as “insurance,” it’s time to start now. Protecting wealth is as important as building wealth. And as previously mentioned, we have found that the Inflation Sur vival Letter’s Thri
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Senior gold miners
Another way to profit from rising gold prices is to invest in the producers. One advantage that investing in mining companies can have over the purchase of physical gold is the ability to derive cash flow from your investment. The only way to profit off of an investment in physical gold is to sell it for a higher price than what you bought it for. Mining companies, however, do generate cash, and in many cases the mining company returns some of this cash to investors in the form of a dividend. For example, Goldcorp (NYSE: GG ) , one of the largest gold miners in the world, pays a trailing dividend of $0.60 per share. This is a 2.10% yield at the current stock price.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Gold and gold miners are generally thought to do best when the market is worried about inflation. Yet the recent rally in gold miners like Goldcorp (GG), Eldorado Gold (EGO) and Randgold Resources (GOLD) has come despite an increase in worries about deflation.
- [By Jim Powell]
Goldcorp (GG) is a gold mining pure-play that is well-suited for somewhat more aggressive investors who want a tighter focus than GDX offers. The company is the second largest producer after Barrick Gold (ABX) and is considered by many analysts to be the best in its industry.
Hot High Tech Companies To Own In Right Now: Star Scientific Inc (STSI)
Star Scientific, Inc. (Star Scientific), incorporated on June 24, 1985, is engaged in the manufacturing and production of dietary supplements. The Company’s operating subsidiaries manufacture, distribute and sell consumer products and dietary supplements. Its segment includes dietary supplements. Through its Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Rock Creek) subsidiary, the Company is engaged in the manufacture, sale, marketing and development of non-nicotine nutraceutical, dietary supplements: Anatabloc, for anti-inflammatory support; the manufacture, sale and marketing of a cosmetic facial cream, and the development of other nutraceuticals, dietary supplements and pharmaceutical products. On December 14, 2012, the Company voted to discontinue the manufacturing, distribution and sale of its dissolvable smokeless tobacco products, Ariva and Stonewall Hard Snuff, as of December 31, 2012. With this change it will no longer be manufacturing or selling any tobacco products.
Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals has been engaged in the development of other dietary supplements and pharmaceutical products, particularly products that have a botanical- based component and that are designed to provide nutritional support in a range of neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, depression, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals also has been involved in the development of a cosmetic line of products that utilizes its anatabine compound to improve the appearance of the skin. On September 10, 2012, the Company introduced Anatabloc Facial Creme into the market. As of November 9, 2012, Anatabloc was being sold through its interactive Website, a customer service center and on a consignment basis through GNC, which is a retailer of dietary supplements. The Company uses its anatabine citrate compound in its dietary supplements Anatabloc and Anatabloc Unflavored and its anatabine-based cosme tic product, Anatabloc Facial Creme.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Consumer goods stocks were underperformers in Tuesday’s trading, up on the day by just 0.5% compared to S&P’s 1.03 percent gain. Among the consumer goods stocks, shares of Star Scientific (NASDAQ: STSI) were down by more than 1 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Star Scientific (NASDAQ: STSI) shares reached a new 52-week low of $1.02 after the company received a warning letter from the FDA regarding consumer products.
- [By Bryan Murphy]
To say that Star Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ:STSI) has become one of the market’s most contentious stocks lately would be an understatement. Less than two days after shares finally broke above a key line in the sand at $2.11, a fairly scathing piece was posted that (and probably solely intended to do so) knocked STSI back under that key level, deflating any of the newly-developed bullishness surrounding the nutritional supplement company.
Hot High Tech Companies To Own In Right Now: Novartis AG (NOVN)
Novartis AG provides healthcare solutions. The Company is a multinational group of companies specializing in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of a range of healthcare products led by pharmaceuticals. Its portfolio includes medicines, eye care, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines and diagnostic tools, over-the-counter and animal health products. It has five segments: Pharmaceuticals, which include patent-protected prescription medicines; Alcon, which include surgical, ophthalmic pharmaceutical and vision care products; Sandoz, which include generic pharmaceuticals; vaccines and diagnostics, which include human vaccines and blood-testing diagnostics, and consumer health, which include over-the-counter medicines (OTC) and Animal Health. In February 2014, it acquired CoStim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Corinne Gretler]
Novartis AG (NOVN) climbed 2 percent to 69.25 Swiss francs after raising its full-year forecasts. Sales will increase at a low-to mid-single-digit percentage rate in constant currencies, and core operating income will match or exceed the previous year, Europe’s biggest drugmaker said. In July, the company forecast a low-single-digit percentage decline in earnings in 2013, with sales rising at a similar rate.
- [By Sofia Horta e Costa]
Novartis AG (NOVN) slipped 1.3 percent to 67.20 Swiss francs after JPMorgan Chase cut its recommendation on the drugmaker to neutral from overweight, a rating similar to buy. The stock has rallied 17 percent so far this year, compared with a 15 percent increase for the Swiss Market Index.
Hot High Tech Companies To Own In Right Now: Deutsche Bank AG (LBND)
Deutsche Bank AG is a global investment bank. The Company offers a variety of investment, financial and related products and services to private individuals, corporate entities and institutional clients around the world. The Company operates through such divisions as: Private and Business Clients, Asset and Wealth Management, Corporate Banking and Securities, Global Transaction Banking and Non-Core Operations Unit. Deutsche Bank AG is active domestically and in various countries, through the network of numerous branches. In February 2014, the Company and its related bodies corporate ceases to a share holder in the capital of the Company. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Donald van Deventer]
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Hot High Tech Companies To Own In Right Now: Inland Real Estate Corp (IRC)
Inland Real Estate Corporation is a self-managed, real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns and operates neighborhood, community, power and single tenant retail centers. It also may construct or develop properties or render services in connection with construction or development. As of December 31, 2011, the Company owned interests in 146 investment properties, including those owned through its unconsolidated joint ventures, which consist of 61 neighborhood retail centers totaling approximately 4,249,000 gross leasable square feet; 23 community centers totaling approximately 3,129,000 gross leasable square feet; 32 power centers totaling approximately 4,959,000 gross leasable square feet; one lifestyle center totaling approximately 561,000 gross leasable square feet, and 29 single-user properties totaling approximately 1,334,000 gross leasable square feet. In December 2012, the Company disposed two consolidated retail properties in the Greater Chicago and India napolis markets. In January 2013, the Company acquired for its consolidated portfolio Valparaiso Walk, a 137,509-square-foot power center in northwestern Indiana. In June 2013, Inland Real Estate Corp closed its acquisition of the 50% ownership interest of New York State Teachers Retirement System in the parties IN Retail Fund, L.L.C. (IN Retail) joint venture entity. In October 2013, Inland Real Estate Corporation announced that its joint venture with Dutch pension fund advisor PGGM has acquired Cedar Center South, a 139,000 square foot shopping center located in University Heights. In December 2013, Inland Real Estate Corp acquired two shopping centers in Florida and Arkansas.
In April 2012, it announced a joint venture acquisition with Inland Private Capital Corporation (IPCC) of two retail properties in Wisconsin. On March 6, 2012, it purchased for its own portfolio the Westgate Shopping Center, a grocery-anchored power center located in Fairview Park, Ohio. On February 29, 2012, the Company acquired the Stone Creek ! Towne Center, a power center located in the Cincinnati market. In March 2012, the Company acquired two retail properties in Ohio. On February 24, 2012, the Company’s joint venture with PGGM purchased Silver Lake Village. The property is located in St. Anthony, Minnesota. It also purchased Woodbury Commons located in Woodbury, Minnesota. On December 7, 2011, the Company’s joint venture with PGGM acquired Elston Plaza, a grocery-anchored center located in Chicago, Ill. On November 29, 2011, the Company purchased Brownstones Shopping Center, also grocery-anchored and located in Brookfield, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee. In November 2011, the Company acquired Bradley Commons, an investment property.
The Company is engage in certain activities through Inland Venture Corporation (IVC) and Inland Exchange Venture Corporation (IEVC), wholly owned TRS entities. These entities engage in activities that would otherwise not be permitted for a REIT, such as managing prope rties owned by ventures, in which the Company is a partner. The Company owns interests in investment properties located in the States of California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. On January 11, 2011, its joint venture with PGGM purchased Joffco Square from an unaffiliated third party. On February 14, 2011, the Company sold Schaumburg Golf Road Retail, in Schaumburg, Illinois to an unaffiliated third party.
- [By Rich Duprey]
Midwest retail shopping center operator Inland Real Estate (NYSE: IRC ) entered into an agreement to buy out for $121 million cash the 50% interest in the IN Retail Fund that it doesn’t already own.
- [By Eric Volkman]
Inland Real Estate (NYSE: IRC ) is tapping the markets in order to win some new capital. The company announced the flotation of 9 million shares of its common stock in an underwritten public flotation. The price is $10.60 per share. Additionally, its underwriters have been granted a 30-day purchase option for up to an additional 1.35 million shares.
- [By Rich Duprey]
Midwest retail shopping center operator Inland Real Estate (NYSE: IRC ) announced today that it set its monthly disbursement for July on its 8.125% Series A cumulative redeemable preferred stock at $0.169271 per share.
Hot High Tech Companies To Own In Right Now: USANA Health Sciences Inc.(USNA)
USANA Health Sciences, Inc. develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells nutritional and personal care products worldwide. It offers the USANA Nutritionals product line, which consists of essentials, which include vitamin and mineral supplements that provide a foundation of nutrition for various age groups; optimizers that are targeted supplements supporting needs, such as cardiovascular health, skeletal/structural health, and digestive health; and foods comprising low-glycemic meal replacement shakes, snack bars, and other related products that offer optimal macro-nutrition. Its Sense product line comprises personal care products that support healthy skin and hair. The company also offers materials and online tools, such as associate starter kit and product brochures that are designed to assist associates in building their businesses and in marketing our products. USANA Health Sciences, Inc. primarily distributes its products through a network marketing system of indepe ndent distributors. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The FTC’s decision to investigate Herbalife (HLF) came with collateral damage for all multi-level marketers, including Nu Skin (NUS) and Usana Health Sciences (USNA).
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of NuSkin (NUS), which has its own China problems, have fallen 2.6% to $71.10 at 1:38 p.m. after being up much of the day, while Usana Health Sciences (USNA) has dropped 5.78% to $68.80 after being up as well. Prices are moving fast, so these will have changed by the time you read this.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Nu Skin have gained 5.4% to $78.63, while Herblife (HLF) has risen 1.5% to $66 and Usana Health Sciences (USNA) has advanced 5% to $75.53.
Hot High Tech Companies To Own In Right Now: Atlas Resource Partners LP (ARP)
Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. (Atlas Resource Partners), incorporated on October 13, 2011, is an independent developer and producer of natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGL), with operations in basins across the United States. The Company is a sponsor and manager of investment partnerships, in which it co-invests, to finance a portion of its natural gas and oil production activities. During the year ended December 31, 2012, its average daily net production was approximately 77.2 million cubic feet equivalent. On December 20, 2012, it completed the acquisition of DTE Gas Resources, LLC from DTE Energy Company. On September 24, 2012, the Company acquired Equal Energy, Ltd.’s (Equal) remaining 50% interest in approximately 8,500 net undeveloped acres included in the joint venture. On July 26, 2012, it completed the acquisition of Titan Operating, L.L.C. On April 30, 2012, it acquired certain oil and natural gas assets from Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. In April 2012 , it acquired a 50% interest in approximately 14,500 net undeveloped acres in the oil and NGL area of the Mississippi Lime play in northwestern Oklahoma.
Through December 31, 2012, the Company owned production positions in the areas of the Barnett Shale and Marble Falls play in the Fort Worth Basin in northern Texas; the Appalachia basin, including the Marcellus Shale and the Utica Shale; the Mississippi Lime and Hunton plays in northwestern Oklahoma, and the Chattanooga Shale in northeastern Tennessee, the Niobrara Shale in northeastern Colorado, the New Albany Shale in southwestern Indiana and the Antrim Shale in Michigan. During 2012, the Company had ownership interests in over 525 wells in the Barnett Shale and Marble Falls play and 569.3 billion cubic feet equivalent of total proved reserves with average daily production of 31.9 million cubic feet equivalent. During 2012, the Company had ownership interests in over 10,200 wells in the Appalachian basin, in cluding approximately 270 wells in the Marcellus Shale and 1! 12.6 billion cubic feet equivalent of total proved reserves with average daily production of 35.6 million cubic feet equivalent. During 2012, it owned 21 billion cubic feet equivalent of total proved reserves with average daily production of 1.9 million cubic feet equivalent in the Mississippi Lime and Hunton plays in northwestern Oklahoma. During 2012, the Company had average daily production of 7.8 million cubic feet equivalent in the Chattanooga Shale in northeastern Tennessee, the Niobrara Shale in northeastern Colorado, the New Albany Shale in southwestern Indiana, and the Antrim Shale in Michigan.
- [By Matt DiLallo]
The management team at oil and gas company Atlas Energy (NYSE: ATLS ) has really taken Warren Buffett’s advice to heart. Buffett’s old adage to “be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful” seems to be that team’s approach. After selling its shale assets to Chevron at the top of the market, the company has been diligently acquiring natural gas assets at the market’s low. That blueprint continues to be followed as evidenced by the recently announced acquisition of substantial natural gas assets via its master limited partnership, Atlas Resource Partners (NYSE: ARP ) .
Hot High Tech Companies To Own In Right Now: China Telecom Corp Ltd (CHA)
China Telecom Corporation Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides wireline and mobile telecommunications services in the People’s Republic of China. The company?s services include wireline voice, mobile voice, Internet, managed data and leased line, value-added services, integrated information application services, and other related services, as well as prepaid calling cards. Its wireline voice services include local wireline services, domestic long distance wireline services, and international long distance wireline services. The company’s mobile voice services comprise local calls, domestic long distance calls, international long distance calls, intra-provincial roaming, inter-provincial roaming, and international roaming. Its Internet access services consist of wireline Internet access services, including dial-up and broadband services, and wireless Internet access services. The company’s integrated information application services include Best Tone services, which provide customers with phone number storage, enquiry, and call transfer services; and information technology-based integrated solutions, such as system integration, outsourcing, special advisory, information application, knowledge services, and software development. Its managed data and leased line services consist of services relating to optic fiber and circuits, such as optic fiber and circuit leasing, virtual private network, and bandwidth leasing. The company also offers other services, such as sales, rental, repairs, and maintenance of equipment; and provides consulting services, and e-commerce and booking services, as well as in the sale of telecommunications terminals. It serves government, enterprise, and residential customers. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China. China Telecom Corporation Limited is a subsidiary of China Telecommunications Corporation.
- [By Jim Woods]
China Telecom (CHA) has seen its shares fall more than 16% over the past year, with much of that coming in 2014. China Unicom (CHU) stock has slumped 9% in the past 52 weeks, thanks to a 12% decline year-to-date.
- [By David Goldman]
Until now, Apple had sold the iPhone there through China Mobile’s much-smaller competitors, China Unicom (CHU)and China Telecom (CHA), which have about 425 million subscribers between them.
- [By Jim Jubak]
In the longer run, China’s move to 4G—from the current homegrown 3G and 2G standards—will lead to a huge increase in highly lucrative data-heavy traffic for China Mobile (CHL), China’s biggest operator, with 740 million subscribers, and, to a lesser degree, for smaller rivals China Unicom (CHU) and China Telecom (CHA). But that growth in traffic will come only after China Mobile spends heavily—$31 billion in 2014—to upgrade its network. That’s about what China Mobile will spend in 2013, and a 50% increase in capital spending over its five-year average.
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LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Stocks in Hong Kong logged gains Tuesday, with the equity benchmark aided by a bump higher in financial shares. The Hang Seng Index (HK:HSI) rose 0.3% to 22,887.80, as China Merchants Bank Co. (HK:3968) (CIHHF) (CN:600036) climbed 2.1% ahead of the company’s financial results due later Tuesday. Stock in China Construction Bank Corp. (HK:939) (CICHF) (CN:601939) rose 1.4%, extending Monday’s advance of 1.1% despite China’s second-largest bank by assets reporting slower-than-expected quarterly profit growth. Meanwhile, shares of China Telecom Corp. (HK:728) (CHA) slipped 0.3% despite the company’s report that its third-quarter profit jumped 20% on stronger data sales driven by iPhone users. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index popped higher by 1.4% and on the mainland, the Shanghai Composite Index (CN:SHCOMP) rose 0.6%.