Monday, December 8, 2014

Top 5 Blue Chips for 2015: The Clorox Co. (NYSE: CLX), Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB), PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP), The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG)

While high yields are not often characteristics of a blue-chip company, most blue chips do have a record of paying stable or rising dividends for years, if not decades.
Income investors often forfeit the higher yields for the steady, safe income that is most attractive about these well-established companies.
While they may not soar to new highs every week, you’ll certainly sleep soundly at night. (more)

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Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) : Stock Set to Deliver Big Gains

Despite the incredible, often life-saving benefits of medical devices such as pacemakers, stents, catheters, implants, etc., the companies who manufacture them have a big tax bull's-eye on their backs courtesy of Obamacare.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has a provision in it called the medical device tax, which is a 2.3% excise tax on a wide variety of medical devices, including most of the products sold by one of the biggest, and in my view, best, companies in the space: Medtronic (NYSE: MDT).
Fortunately for Medtronic, and partially because of the industry's aggressive lobbying, the medical device tax could soon be erased from Obamacare. That's because, in a rare display of bipartisanship in Congress, lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle want to repeal the tax. (more)

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3D Printing Stocks Quick Guide: 9 Charts Investors Need to See: DDD, SSYS, XONE, AMAVF, VJET

Whether you're a potential 3D printing investor or an existing one, here's a very broad and brief overview to get you up to speed fast on the current environment for 3D printing stocks.
The former high-flying pure plays got grounded in 2014
DDD Chart
3D printing stocks, in general, have seen considerable price run-ups in recent years, so it's perhaps not surprising that the group has come crashing down.
Stratasys  (NASDAQ: SSYS  ) and Arcam (NASDAQOTH: AMAVF  ) have been performing better than 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD  ) , ExOne (NASDAQ: XONE  ) , and voxeljet (NYSE: VJET  ) , largely because they've turned in solid earnings reports in 2014. A big factor in voxeljet's poor relative performance, however, is timing: It went public in October 2013 while 3D printing mania was in full force, so its valuation was bid up to stratospheric levels. (more)

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Buenaventura Mining (BVN): Buy, Sell or Hold?

So much for the usual Black Friday hype.
On Monday – the first full trading day after the Thanksgiving holiday – the NYSE Composite (^NYA) lost 67 points on news that Black Friday holiday sales decreased by 11%.
The post-holiday punch didn’t affect all stocks, however.
Among those to buck the downward move, Buenaventura Mining (BVN) shares popped by 14% on a huge spike in average volume. (more)

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US Weekly Economic Calendar

time (et) report period ACTUAL forecast previous
  None scheduled        
7:30 am NFIB small business index Nov.   -- 96.1
10 am Job openings Oct.   -- 4.7 mln
10 am Wholesale inventories Oct.   -- 0.3%
2 pm Federal budget Nov.   -- -$135 bln
8:30 am Weekly jobless claims Dec. 6   297,000 297,000
8:30 am Retail sales Nov.
0.4% 0.3%
8:30 am Retail sales ex autos Nov.   0.1% 0.3%
8:30 am Import prices Nov.   -1.7% -1.3%
10 am Business inventories Oct.   0.2% 0.3%
8:30 am Producer price index Nov.
-0.1% 0.2%
9:55 am Consumer sentiment Dec.   89.7 88.8
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