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Tue
19
Mar

The Darling of Wall Street No Longer

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GOOG

StockSaints — Where Apple, Apple, Apple, used to resonate through the US atmosphere like air, the vibe and tenacity no longer appears to exist on a day like today. However, who doesn’t like a comeback? Who doesn’t want Beatrice to Kill Bill or want Lieutenant Aldo Raine to avenge Stiglitz’s death in Inglorious? (Did you see the scar across Aldo the Apache’s neck??) I digress.

Apple and Google.
iPhone vs. ALL.
iOS vs. Android
iPod vs. Who cares?

Cannibalization is certainly not healthy. I don’t like it and neither should it allow you to give me an excuse as to why it’s happening.

Mon
18
Mar

Analysts Bet That Apple Will Raise Dividend by 50% This Year

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AAPL

StockSaints — Shares of Apple (AAPL) are getting a boost this morning, up $5.84, or 1.32% to $449.50 per share. Investors are rejoicing that some analysts expect the company to boost its annual dividend by as much as 50%. But analysts feel confident that Apple’s dividend jump as high as 56% to $4.14 per share quarterly, up from its current quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share.

This increase would cost Apple about $15.7 billion, but analysts from Barclays and Piper Jaffray think the company can handle the expense with its current cash flow and will not have to borrow against its overseas cash. The dividend will have a yield of about 3.7%. Wall Street had expected the company to pay out a dividend between $3.31 to $5.30 per share.

Mon
18
Mar

Can Johnson & Johnson Hold Its Momentum?

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JNJ PFE COV

StockSaints — Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) have climbed 16% over the past five months and are making new 52-week highs. Although JNJ appears rejuvenated since the company completed the acquisition of Synthes, it hasn’t completely eradicated concerns about the company’s long term prospects, and more specifically, that JNJ is sometimes considered “too big.”

Mon
18
Mar

Bank of America’s Feeling Very Confident!

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BAC WFC JPM

StockSaints — Last week Bank of America (BAC) announced that its board of directors approved a stock buyback program valued up to $5 billion in its common stock and $5.5 billion in its preferred stock. This news comes after the bank successfully passed a “stress test” by the Federal Reserve revealing that Bank of America had made considerable progress with its cash levels.

Bank of America said that this buyback program will be under review and will be predicated on (among other things) the bank’s cash position, liquidity, financial performance and stock price. Management did say, however, that they can cancel this program at any time. For now, investors have to feel good about the level of confidence that comes with this announcement, which affirms the progress of BofA’s turnaround.

Mon
18
Mar

Qualcomm’s Still the Smartest Name in Chips

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AAPL QCOM GS

Investors caught in the fight for mobile device supremacy between Apple (AAPL) and Samsung can easily win or lose. It all depends on which company’s product dominate consumer spending with every new product cycle. But the smart investors understand that Qualcomm (QCOM) will win either way; regardless of who comes out on top. And the company is beginning to reward investors for their intelligence.

Sat
16
Mar

My Advice to Investors on Sector Rotation Investing

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XLU XLV XLK GDX GDXJ

I have heard much talk about the idea of moving away from the defensive sectors which have done so well in this early rally of 2013. If this is true, where should an investor put money? Sectors like Utilities (XLU) and Healthcare $XLV have done well but may be investors should look into more riskier sectors that have not performed as well or are sitting a bit lower such as Technology ($ XLK or even mining companies.

Could these mining sectors be diamonds in the rough (no pun intended) that one should look at right now? The gold-mining index GDX $GDX and the Junior gold-mining index $GDXJ have poor formed the worst of all the metal or mining ETF’s as each are down more than 35% for the year so far.

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