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[ April 24, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 18710 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

A little over two months ago, I outlined my plans to create a portfolio of 10 companies that all have one thing in common: They provide a basic need or deliver life’s necessities. It’s my contention that basic needs companies can offer investors stability and growth throughout any market environment thanks to consistent demand, incredible pricing power, and delectable dividends. This portfolio, which I have dubbed the “Basic Needs Portfolio,” will be pitted against theS&P 500over a period of three years with the expectation of outperformance for all 10 stocks. You can review my previous nine selections here: Waste Management Intel NextEra Energy MasterCard Chevron Select Medical Ford American Water Works Procter & Gamble Today, I plan to introduce the final selection to the Basic Needs Portfolio: AvalonBay Communities (NYSE: AVB  ) . How it fits with our theme There aren’t any subtleties or roundabout ways to say this, but a … Continue reading

[ April 24, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 82022 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. Schell Brothers home builders are all about being happy. Happiness is all over the company’s website: building happiness, culture of happiness, happiness is our daily mission. “Our culture sets us apart,” the website proclaims. “Our mission: To bring happiness to ourselves and our homeowners.” The site also mentions mandatory “happy stories” at every company meeting and Friday Fun-Day outings, noting “we understand the importance of having fun.” And now they’ve taken that message of happiness to the public on billboards. But instead of saying it outright or having customers say it as they have in the past, the company uses quotes about happiness from people like Anne Frank. Although the Anne Frank quote is wonderful and about being happy “Whoever is happy will make others happy” thoughts of Anne Frank, a Jewish teenager in the Netherlands who spent two years in hiding and died of typhus in … Continue reading

[ April 22, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 32947 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

With shares of Royal Dutch Shell (NASDAQ:RDSA) trading around $70, is RDSA an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Lets analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework: T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement Royal Dutch Shell operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. It also converts natural gas to liquids to provide fuel and other products, as well as engages in manufacturing, supplying, and shipping crude oil. The company holds interests in approximately 30 refineries, 1,500 storage tanks, and 150 distribution facilities. Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell a stake in one of its Brazilian offshore assets to Qatars state-owned oil and gas company for $1bn.The disposal of a 23 per cent share in Parque das Conchas project, also dubbed BC-10, to Qatari Petroleum International comes … Continue reading

[ April 21, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 60146 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

If discounts are the stuff of Black Friday’s allure, then Walmart (NYSE: WMT) has set enough products which sell for $10 or less to draw nearly every shopper. In the process, it is likely to pull foot and online traffic away from competitors, which Walmart can do uniquely because of its size and balance sheet. Product which are “loss leaders” (in other word’s, ones on which Walmart does not break even) are considered magnets. People come for the low prices, and leave with other items on which the world’s largest retailer makes money. Almost no one goes online or t0 a store to buy just one thing. Walmart’s under $10 items cover products from a wide array of its departments: For children, Walmart sells the “Hello Kitty Friendship Bracelet Maker Kit” for $8.24. The “Crayola Color Wonder Paint Pallette” costs $9.97, but only online. Among the clothing for children, the … Continue reading

[ April 21, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 99625 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Spanish bonds have declined quite sharply since the past several days and the previous session was no exception either, as spread between the 10-year Spanish yields relative to benchmark German bunds widened the most since the Euro was created. The yield spread against 10-year German bunds widened to more than 500 basis points, a record high, as concerns grew that Spains lenders will need additional financial support to weather Europes debt crisis. Meanwhile, global risk aversion is pushing the German bunds to a record low, which in turn is adding more pressure on the yield spread to widen. As long as the ongoing banking concerns in Spain persists, Spanish government securities are likely to continue weakening further while demand for the safest assets such as German bunds would pick up. This in turn could lead to further increase in spread between the securities of Euro zones largest and 4th largest economy. … Continue reading