Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SeaDrill (NYSE: SDRL) This Oil Stock Yields 11.2%

They're some of the most reliable dividend-paying stocks on earth.
Each controls a large stake in one of the most universal and depended-on forms of energy in the world, practically guaranteeing it will receive uninterrupted revenue for years to come.
Of course, I'm talking about oil stocks. Their stable demand and reliable dividend payments make oil stocks an undoubted favorite among income investors.
Yet despite being wildly popular in the income universe, most people are missing out on the world's best opportunities in this sector...(more)

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Platinum and Palladium Are Shaping Up To Be Major Bull Markets

Larry Edelson: Last week I told you how platinum and palladium are now preparing to blast off to the upside. This week, I want to tell you more about them, and why the Putin factor is so important in these markets.
First and foremost, the driving force that will send these metals higher is none other than the war cycles that I have been pounding the pavementabout.
Those war cycles are now starting to turn the markets on their heads. They are impacting every market on the planet and threatening to send almost all of them substantially higher.
But with platinum and palladium, you also have some very unique fundamentals coming into play.
First, both metals are in what is called a structural supply deficit. That’s when supplies are limited and getting even more limited — and there isn’t much that can be done about it.
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Is Your Pension at Risk?

There was a story released recently that claimed some public pension funds are placing increasing percentages of investments into higher-risk alternatives.
This money is collected from taxpayers and promised to government workers for retirement — yet it's becoming more of a high-stakes game.
Unsurprisingly, while these investments may be a problem for taxpayers and pensioners, they are not a problem for Wall Street firms that collect the high fees for managing the funds.
One report cites Blackstone, a large Wall Street investment firm that receives about 37% of its investment funds from state and local pension plans.  (more)

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Allison Transmission Holdings Inc (NYSE: ALSN)

Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries design, manufacture, and sell commercial and defense automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and medium- and heavy-tactical U.S. defense vehicles. It offers transmissions for various applications, including distribution, refuse, construction, fire, and emergency on-highway trucks; school, transit, and hybrid-transit buses; motor homes; energy and mining off-highway vehicles and equipment; and wheeled and tracked defense vehicles. The company offers 13 transmission product lines with approximately 100 different product models. It markets its transmissions under Allison Transmission brand name and remanufactured transmissions under ReTran brand name.
To review Allison’s stock, please take a look at the 1-year chart of ALSN (Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc.) below with my added notations:
1-year chart of ALSN (Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc.)
ALSN has been trading sideways for the last 3 or 4 months. Over that period of time the stock has formed a clear resistance level at $31 (blue). In addition, the stock has also created a strong level of support at $28.50 (green). At some point the stock will have to break one of the two levels the rectangle pattern has created.

The Tale of the Tape: ALSN has clear levels of support ($28.50) and resistance ($31). The possible long positions on the stock would be either on a pullback to $28.50, or on a breakout above $31. The ideal short opportunity would be on a break below $28.50.
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