5 consumer-sector stocks with stable dividends

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Description:  Stingy consumers are causing stomachaches for brand-name makers of household goods and packaged foods. The biggest consumer-staples companies have been forced into short-term promotions and price cuts to stoke volume growth and retain market share. Source:  Marketwatch.com   Date: 09/03/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/5-consumer-sector-stocks-with-stable-dividends-2010-09-03 Questions for discussion:  Summarize the investing strategies presented. Do you agree with… Read more »

Billionaire’s Buy List

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Description:  Warren Buffett, George Soros, Carl Icahn are buying stocks and that’s a bullish sign, says James Altucher, Wealth Adviser contributor. There’s plenty to learn from their picks, Altucher explains to Dow Jones’ Veronica Dagher. Source: Marketwatch.com  – video report   Date: 08/25/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/billionaire-buy-list/F84B011C-5B35-494E-9249-73A6DB19B2D6 Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons given for these particular… Read more »

A busy August for deals fuels M&A speculation

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Description:  Stagnant stocks, corporate cash piles, low rates, may spur more acquisitions Source:  Marketwatch.com   Date: 08/27/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-busy-august-fuels-ma-speculation-2010-08-27?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion:  What reasons are presented to explain the level of current M&A activity? What would cause this activity level to change? Do you think these deals are valued correctly, given the conditions that are… Read more »

AM Report: Deals Make a Comeback

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Description:  Global merger activity is at its highest levels since late 2009, presenting a glimmer of economic confidence even as the stock and bond markets continue to price in a weakening U.S. economy. Anupreeta Das and Dennis Berman discuss. Also, Dan Michaels discusses the race among 21 American museums to land one of the three… Read more »

BHP Billiton will take bid directly to Potash shareholders

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Description:  Mining giant BHP Billiton went on the attack Wednesday, saying it will take its nearly $39 billion takeover bid for Potash Corp. straight to shareholders after the fertilizer firm’s board spurned the offer as grossly inadequate. Source:  Marketwatch.com    Date: 08/18/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bhp-billiton-takes-bid-to-potash-shareholders-2010-08-18?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: What are the arguments favoring the acquisition of… Read more »

M&A Sees August Revival as Companies Tap $3 Trillion

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Description: Companies sitting on almost $3 trillion in cash are starting to spend it, putting what is typically the slowest month for mergers and acquisitions on course to be the busiest this year. Source:  Businessweek.com Date: 08/20/2010 Link:  http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-08-20/m-a-sees-august-revival-as-companies-tap-3-trillion.html   Questions for discussion: Summarize the current state of M&A activity? What are the reasons for… Read more »

News Hub: Yellow Flags Ahead for Investors

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Description:  Brett Arends tells Simon Constable and Michael Casey a few of his ten reasons why investors should becautious ahead. Source: Marketwatch.com  – video report   Date: 08/13/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/news-hub-yellow-flags-ahead-for-investors/3E054F1A-9AAE-4733-B2A4-59E18B0DEEC9 Questions for discussion: Summarize the concerns expressed in this report. Do you agree with the primary points – especially those related to deflation? What investing… Read more »

Apple sets sights on Exxon value

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Description: Apple’s super streak gives it a market valuation second only to the oil behemoth Exxon Mobil. But readers of ‘The Buzz’ are skeptical. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 08/06/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2010/08/06/n_bz_apple_exxon_mobile.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons given for the overvaluation of Apple stock? What were the arguments that suggest Apple is not overvalued… Read more »

BP Considers Cut to Dividend

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Description: BP is considering reducing its dividends to help quell political uproar against the company. Meanwhile, the U.S. raised estimates of the oil gushing from the crippled Gulf of Mexico well. Monica Langley, Dennis Berman, Evan Newmark and Bruce Orwall discuss. Also, a discussion of Saturday’s World Cup soccer match between England and the U.S…. Read more »

Market Edge: Dividend Hike a Healthy Sign

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Description:  Companies that regularly increase their dividend payments are often steady stock picks, according to Don Taylor, manager of Franklin Rising Dividends Fund, who talks with MarketWatch’s Jonathan Burton about the stocks that meet his investment criteria. Source:  Marketwatch.com – video report   Date: 05/17/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/market-edge-dividend-hike-a-healthy-sign/CFE526EF-6662-4AE0-B2F9-A80E7D6D5CD2 Questions for discussion: Summarize the thinking about growth,… Read more »