Saturday, April 11, 2015

Can You Count on Dream Office REIT’s 8.2% Dividend?

In today’s low-interest-rate world, dividends of more than 5% are often treated with extreme skepticism.
Most of the time, investors are onto something. But if the market has beaten up a stock to the point where the yield looks pretty enticing, there’s something wrong. Sometimes this problem is fixable and represents a good buying opportunity. Other times, it’s the beginning of something much more dire, which eventually leads to Armageddon for dividend-growth investors. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded dividend cut.
Among the struggling high yielders, there are often great opportunities. Sure, they’re few and far between, but they’re worth looking for. Finding the right opportunity gives an investor the chance to get a capital gain that beats the market, while collecting an oversized dividend. That’s the kind of combination I can really get behind. (more)
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Double-Digit Upside Potential in Platinum

There's a rare extreme in the precious-metals sector right now...
And it's creating a great opportunity for investors to make a lot of money.
Let me explain...
A few weeks ago, my colleague Brian Weepie told you why platinum prices are likely to break out this year. Platinum production has been falling while demand has been increasing. Brian said more demand than supply will drive prices higher. He was right.
The price of platinum is up more than 5% since it bottomed on March 17 at $1,099 per ounce. But the rally is just getting started. (more)

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Man Who Predicted Collapse of Euro Against Swiss Franc Warns Next Global Financial Disaster is Coming

from King World News
Today the man who remarkably predicted the collapse of the euro against the Swiss franc warned King World News that the next global financial disaster is coming.
Egon von Greyerz: “Eric, the madness of central banks is continuing….
[...] “We’ve discussed in the past that the Fed has no policy and not a clue what to do next. Their latest minutes confirm this. As I have repeatedly said, the Fed only reacts to economic events and they have no proactive policy. This is exactly what they have confirmed in their latest meeting. Any policy reaction or decision is data-driven. And since U.S. data will continue to deteriorate, the Fed will not raise rates this year.
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The Market’s on Fire Right Now – In These Three Countries

by Greg Guenthner
Daily Reckoning

Stocks blasted off this week, soaring to heights not seen in years!
And what a year overall. The averages are up 20%…22%…33%.
Wait a minute…huh?
I know what you’re asking: “Has this guy cracked?”
You’re gonna tell me the major averages haven’t done squat lately… that the stock market didn’t impress anyone this week… and that I’ve probably been hitting the bottle too hard.
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Tesla’s Next Big Product Is a Foundation-Shaker

by Jason Simpkins
Outsider Club

A week ago Elon Musk announced that a new Tesla product would be unveiled on April 30.
On April Fool’s Day the company suggested it would be a watch, but that was obviously just a gag.
I think I know what the mystery product really is, though.
And if I’m right, it’ll change the fundamental makeup of the energy sector.
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Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM)

Waste Management, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various waste management environmental services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in North America. It offer collection services, including picking up and transporting waste and recyclable materials from where it was generated to a transfer station, and material recovery facility, or disposal site, as well as develops and operates landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company also provides materials processing, plastics materials recycling, and commodities recycling services; recycling brokerage services that comprise managing the marketing of recyclable materials for third parties; and electronic recycling services, such as collection, sorting, and disassembling of discarded computers, communications equipment, and other electronic equipment.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Waste (NYSE: WM) below with my added notations:
Over the last 6 months WM has been trending consistently higher, while also forming a nice trend line of support (green). Always remember that any (2) points can start a trend line, but it’s the 3rd test and beyond that confirm its relevance. As you can see, the market deems WM’s trendline to be very important. In addition, the stock also has a key level of resistance at $55 (red).

The Tale of the Tape: WM has a trend line support and a $55 resistance. A long position could be entered on a break above $55, or on a pullback to the trendline, with a stop placed below the level of entry. A short position could be entered if WM were to break below trendline.

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Treasury Snapshot: Where Are Yields Headed?

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With Quantitative Easing behind us as well as the Fed's first semi-annual congressional testimony and a couple of 2015 FOMC press releases, let's take another look at US Treasuries. The yields on the 10-, 20- and 30 year Treasuries had trended downward rather dramatically since the end of 2013. They hit their recent lows at the end of January. In fact, the 20- and 30-year yield hit record closing lows of 2.04% and 2.25%, respectively. The yield on the 10-year Note closed at 1.68%, substantially off its 3.04% close at the end of 2013 but above its 1.43% historic low in July of 2012.
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