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American Market News for 10 Dec 2014

De-jargoned: Participatory notes

livemint.com - 10 Dec 2014 14:51
De-jargoned: ParticipatoryThese are used by overseas market participants that don't want to get registered as FIIs
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Risk Management For Investors

Forbes - 10 Dec 2014 03:02
Risk Management For InvestorsDid you know there are over a dozen different investment risks? Risk management is not just for corporations, it's also for individuals. This is especially relevant for investors. To learn more about... the various types of investment risks, read this informative article.
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Take This Quick Financial Savvy Quiz

Forbes - 10 Dec 2014 23:28
Retiring on time is no accident. It's the work of long-term thinking and careful planning, whether you go about it on your own or hire an advisor to help out. Even those who do hire advisors would be... better served to understand the mechanics of saving and investing. Think you know a
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Here's Why Jack Bogle Is WrongAt 85 years old, Jack Bogle is an investing legend. He’s the founder and retired CEO of Vanguard. Over the past decades, Vanguard has been pivotal in driving the adoption of low-cost indexing via... mutual funds and, more recently, Exchange Traded Funds.
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Wednesday Sector Leaders:In afternoon trading on Wednesday, Financial stocks are the best performing sector, losing just 0.7%. Within that group, Ventas (NYSE: VTR) and AvalonBay Communities (NYSE: AVB) are two large stocks... leading the way, showing a gain of 1.3% and 1.0%, respectively. Among financial ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (AMEX: XLF), which is down 0.8% on the day, and up 14.19% year-to-date. Ventas, meanwhile, is up 31.85% year-to-date, and AvalonBay Communities is up 42.31% year-to-date. Combined, VTR and AVB make up approximately 1.4% of the underlying holdings of XLF.
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Wednesday Sector Laggards:Looking at the sectors faring worst as of midday Wednesday, shares of Energy companies are underperforming other sectors, showing a 4.3% loss. Within the sector, Denbury Resources (NYSE: DNR) and... ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 9.8% and 8.5%, respectively. Among energy ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (AMEX: XLE), which is down 3.6% on the day, and down 13.67% year-to-date. Denbury Resources, meanwhile, is down 60.03% year-to-date, and ONEOK, is down 14.72% year-to-date. Combined, DNR and OKE make up approximately 0.9% of the underlying holdings of XLE.
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Retail investors buy most shares in four years

livemint.com - 10 Dec 2014 21:09
Retail investors buy mostThe average daily turnover in the retail segment on NSE, BSE so far this year stands at `9,524 crore, the best since 2010
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Fed Sets Tough New Capital Rule for Big Banks

Wall Street Journal - 10 Dec 2014 20:55
The Federal Reserve proposed tough new capital requirements for the biggest U.S. banks. J.P. Morgan Chase would face a capital shortfall of $21 billion under the proposal.
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The announcement of these stake sales is a part of Vale's ongoing response to poor market conditions for both iron ore and coal. The company would welcome additional equity infusions into its projects... in Mozambique, as it looks to cut back on capital spending in order to operate competitively in a subdued commodity pricing environment.
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Following 11 consecutive quarters of comparable sales decline, Abercrombie & Fitch‘s CEO Mike Jeffries has decided to retire. In a recent press release, the management stated that Mr. Jeffries will... step down from his positions of the CEO and a member of the board of directors effective immediately. Alongside, Arthur Martinez, the current non-executive chairman of the board has been promoted to executive chairman, and he along with office of the chairman will oversee Abercrombie’s strategies until a new CEO is appointed. The company’s shares have been up almost 10% since this announcement.
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Cash Dividend On The Way FromOn 12/12/14, Regency Centers Corp.'s 6.000% Series 7 Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (NYSE: REG.PRG) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.375, payable on 12/31/14. As a... percentage of REG.PRG's recent share price of $24.84, this dividend works out to approximately 1.51%, so look for shares of REG.PRG to trade 1.51% lower — all else being equal — when REG.PRG shares open for trading on 12/12/14. On an annualized basis, the current yield is approximately 6.04%, which compares to an average yield of 6.90% in the "Real Estate" preferred stock category, according to Preferred Stock Channel.
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Capital Power Corp'sOn 12/12/14, Capital Power Corp's Cumulative Rate Reset Preference Shares, Series 1 (Toronto: CPX-PRA) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.2875, payable on 12/31/14. As a... percentage of CPX.PRA's recent share price of $16.50, this dividend works out to approximately 1.74%, so look for shares of CPX.PRA to trade 1.74% lower — all else being equal — when CPX.PRA shares open for trading on 12/12/14. On an annualized basis, the current yield is approximately 7.05%.
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The stock is up by about 40% year-to-date, and the company looks set for a record holiday quarter, amid strong demand and advanced upgrade cycles for the new iPhone. We have increased our price... estimate for Apple from $110 to about $120, to account for stronger projections for iPhone ASPs and gross margins.
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Ex-Div Reminder for CallonOn 12/11/14, Callon Petroleum Co.'s 10.0% Series A Cumulative Preferred Stock (NYSE: CPE.PRA) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $1.25, payable on 12/31/14. As a percentage of... CPE.PRA's recent share price of $38.08, this dividend works out to approximately 3.28%, so look for shares of CPE.PRA to trade 3.28% lower — all else being equal — when CPE.PRA shares open for trading on 12/11/14. On an annualized basis, the current yield is approximately 12.65%, which compares to an average yield of 14.11% in the "Oil & Gas Exploration & Production" preferred stock category, according to Preferred Stock Channel.
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AltaGas Cumulative RedeemableOn 12/12/14, AltaGas Ltd's Cumulative Redeemable 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series A (Toronto: ALA-PRA) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.3125, payable on 12/31/14. As... a percentage of ALA.PRA's recent share price of $25.24, this dividend works out to approximately 1.24%, so look for shares of ALA.PRA to trade 1.24% lower — all else being equal — when ALA.PRA shares open for trading on 12/12/14. On an annualized basis, the current yield is approximately 4.95%.
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As the saying goes, there are many possible reasons for an insider to sell a stock, but only one reason to buy -- they expect to make money.  So let's look at two noteworthy recent insider buys.
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Although RadioShack claims to be making steady progress with its turnaround initiatives (which were implemented last year), it has failed to show any significant financial gains so far. The company is... in the process of working with its financial shareholders to make significant reductions in its cost structure in order to provide the additional liquidity and time necessary to see the effect of its turnaround strategy. Earlier this month, the company hit another roadblock when Salus Capital Partners and Cerberus Capital Management accused RadioShack on defaulting on the $250 million loan provided by them a year ago, when it secured a separate credit line in October this year.
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Cash Dividend On The Way FromOn 12/12/14, Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc's Non-cumulative Dollar Preference Shares, Series P (NYSE: RBS.PRP) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.3906, payable on 12/31/14. As... a percentage of RBS.PRP's recent share price of $24.43, this dividend works out to approximately 1.60%, so look for shares of RBS.PRP to trade 1.60% lower — all else being equal — when RBS.PRP shares open for trading on 12/12/14. On an annualized basis, the current yield is approximately 6.39%, which compares to an average yield of 5.74% in the "Banking & Savings" preferred stock category, according to Preferred Stock Channel.
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U.S. stocks Wednesday extended losses for a second day of volatile trading as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) slashed its estimate of 2015 crude oil demand. OPEC reduced... its estimate of next year's production to 28.9 million barrels a day, or roughly 300,000 fewer barrels than previously forecast, due to the uncertainty of demand after global oil prices plunged 40 percent since June.
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Finance ministry hopeful ofGovernment lines up a host of PSUs, including ONGC, Coal India and NHPC, for disinvestment in current fiscal
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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) declared a quarterly dividend of thirty-seven cents per share on the $.10 par value Common Stock of the corporation. The next quarterly dividend will be payable on... February 2, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on January 2, 2015.
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The iShares Micro-Cap ETF (IWC) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Wednesday, with over 282,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 107,000.  Shares of IWC were... down about 0.9% on the day.
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Wednesday's ETF Movers: GDX, XOP

Forbes - 10 Dec 2014 19:57
In trading on Wednesday, the Gold Miners ETF (GDX) is outperforming other ETFs, up about 0.7% on the day.  Components of that ETF showing particular strength include shares of First Majestic Silver... (AG), up about 4.2% and shares of Centerra Gold (CG.CA), up about 3.5% on the day.
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In trading on Wednesday, oil & gas exploration & production shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 5.3%.  Helping drag down the group were shares of Vaalco Energy (EGY), down about... 20% and shares of Triangle Petroleum (TPLM) down about 17.1% on the day.
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In trading on Wednesday, airlines shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 0.5%.  Leading the group were shares of United Continental Holdings (UAL), up about 4.5% and shares of Southwest... Airlines (LUV) up about 4.1% on the day.
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