Friday, February 28, 2014

Why Natural Gas Prices Are About to Plunge

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Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE: BKD)

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. operates senior living communities in the United States. It offers independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing, continuing retirement care, and life care services for residents. The company also provides Care3 Wellness programs, which include education, rehabilitation, and exercise; and massage therapy, chair yoga, and Tai Chi, as well as health education and group exercise classes. Brookdale Senior Living Inc. was incorporated in 2005 and is based in Brentwood, Tennessee.
To review Brookdale’s stock, please take a look at the 18-month chart of BKD (Brookdale Senior Living, Inc.) below with my added notations:
18-month chart of BKD (Brookdale Senior Living, Inc.)
It’s easy to see why traders could think BKD was never going anywhere since the stock just went sideways all year in 2013. However, over that period of time the stock had also created a strong level of resistance at $30 (blue), which constituted a 52-week high resistance. A break through that level would most likely mean higher prices for the stock. As you can see from the chart, BKD finally broke higher this past Friday on massive volume.
The Tale of the Tape: BKD broke out to a new 52-week high. A long trade could be made near $30 with a stop placed below that level. A break back below $30 would negate the forecast for a continued move higher.
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5 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy in March: KO, DPS, GM, LVS, CSCO.

As fourth-quarter earnings season winds down, 72% of S&P 500 companies have exceeded earnings estimates — ahead of the 71% average beat rate from the past year.
Earnings for the holiday quarter are 8.5% higher than they were last year, a better rate than in any of the previous five quarters.
And as U.S. companies rake in more cash, many of them are upping their dividend payouts.  (more)

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Forget Stocks, the Real Money Can Be Made in This Sector

The market had a rough start to 2014, but since February, stocks have made a nice move higher, with the S&P 500 up about 3.5% since the beginning of the month. Yet the real action of late has taken place in many of the hitherto beaten-down commodities markets, where money flows now have come into many sectors such as gold, silver, energy and agriculture.
The gains in the commodities market over the past four weeks have sent the price of the benchmark exchange-traded fund (ETF) pegged to the commodities index, the PowerShares DB Commodity Tracking Index (NYSE: DBC), higher by nearly 5%. And since the low on Jan. 9, DBC has jumped 6.4%, a very nice move in a sector that, unlike stocks, had a very rough go of it in 2013.  (more)

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60% Upside in These Beaten-Down Oil Stocks: DO, NE, ATW, ESV, RIG

After suffering a brutal past few months, the offshore-drilling sector looks set to rally...
For much of the past three years, the price of crude oil has stayed stubbornly above $95 per barrel. It's amazing when you consider that in 2004, oil was just $40 a barrel.
These persistently high prices have produced terrific business conditions for companies that supply drilling equipment and services to large oil firms. According to Barclays research, global oil and gas exploration spending has increased by $291 billion (nearly doubling) in the past five years.
However, over the past few months, some of the world's premier offshore-drilling companies have gotten hammered. Shares of Transocean, the leading deepwater-drilling company, have fallen around 20%. The other giant deep-water specialist, Diamond Offshore, is down over 30%.  (more)

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This Will Send The Price Of Gold Skyrocketing / February 27, 2014
Today one of the most highly respected fund managers in Singapore spoke with King World News about exactly what is going to send the price of gold skyrocketing.  Grant Williams, who is portfolio manager of the Vulpes Precious Metals Fund, also spoke about what this will mean for investors around the world when this historic move unfolds in the gold market.
Eric King:  “Grant, the gold market is very quiet here all of the sudden.”
Williams:  “Yes, it sure is, Eric.  There are plenty of things to be concerned about, but at this point gold is struggling to get through some fairly important technical levels around the $1,340 level.  It’s had a hell of a run….
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