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Stocks to watch (04-21-09)

Apple Inc.  (AAPL: Apple Inc) is projected to post a fiscal second-quarter profit of $1.09 a share.

AT&T Inc. (T:AT&T Inc) is estimated to report a profit of 48 cents a share in the first quarter.

McDonald’s Corp. (MCD:McDonald”s Corp) is likely to report a first-quarter profit of 82 cents a share, according to analysts.
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Stocks down despite government bail out plan

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Stocks slumped Tuesday, with the Dow industrials ending at a 3-month low, as the government’s bank rescue plan failed to reassure investors burned by the 14-month old recession.

Treasury prices rallied, lowering the corresponding yields, and the dollar slipped versus other major currencies.

The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) lost 382 points, or 4.6%, closing at its lowest point since Nov. 20, the date considered by many experts to have been the low of the bear market. The Dow had lost as much as 422 points in the afternoon.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 (SPX) index lost 43 points, or 4.9%. The Nasdaq composite (COMP) lost 66 points, or 4.2%.

The TARP announcement “was a huge disappointment,” said Stephen Stanley, chief economist at RBS Greenwich Capital. “There’s been an incredible buildup for weeks and then they release a plan that has little in the way of details.”

Basics of a permanent portfolio fund

The permanent portfolio fund is a type of investment that is made to offer a solid performance whatever of what is going on in the market. Here are the basics of permanent portfolio funds and what they have to offer you as an investor.

Permanent Portfolio Fund

The idea for permanent portfolio funds that you have a mutual fund that could withstand any market conditions. This was accomplished by investing in many different types of securities. Putting emphasis on investing in things that you could find outside of the stock market.

A permanent portfolio school of thought was to invest in an equal proportion of stocks, bonds, cash, and gold. Therefore, the original investment mix was 25% of each type of investment. In today’s conditions the current composition of the fund is 25% precious metals, 10% Swiss franc bonds, 15% real estate and natural resource stocks, 15% aggressive growth stocks, and 35% in government securities such as T-bills. In this way investors funds regardless of what happened in the economy feel more secure. Although with this fund you have to expect a slow and steady growth curve. This type of fund has been proven to gain value steadily over time. We encourage you to try it, if you want to create a fund that is somewhat secure and has steady gains as time goes on. At best, you will have an asset that will have paid out some income at the same time have grown in value with a relatively low-risk investment approach that lets you keep your money over the long-term. It sounds very viable especially in these volatile times when the stock market tends to fluctuate and the stability and strength economy is somewhat unsure, the permanent portfolio may work for you.

Banks and TARP

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — With the stress tests behind them, banking regulators now face the potentially thornier issue of deciding which banks, if any, should be allowed to repay government funds.

Since regulators unveiled a long-awaited blueprint for returning money from the Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program last week, lenders have been scrambling to raise cash so they can pay back TARP funds.

Four companies that were among those included in the stress test — BB&T (BBT, Fortune 500), U.S. Bancorp (USB, Fortune 500), Capital One (COF, Fortune 500) and Bank of New York Mellon (BK, Fortune 500) — all announced plans Monday to raise capital which would go towards buying the preferred stock and warrants associated with the government’s stake.

Before they can return taxpayer funds, banks first have to prove that they can issue debt without having to rely on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s debt guarantee program.

Even if they are able to do that, many experts contend that regulators may be tempting fate by allowing banks to carry out their TARP repayment plans.

How to invest during a financial crisis – The Jim Rogers way

An interesting interview with Jim Rogers is up at Businessweek.com

So you reject the advice about diversified portfolios?

Diversification is something that stock brokers came up with to protect themselves, so they wouldn’t get sued [for making bad investment choices for clients]. Henry Ford never diversified, Bill Gates didn’t diversify. The way to get rich is to put your eggs in one basket, but watch that basket very carefully. And make sure you have the right basket.
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Ten Tips for Financial Success

Although making resolutions to improve your financial situation is a good thing to do at any time of year, many people find it easier at the beginning of a new year. Regardless of when you begin, the basics remain the same. Here are my top ten keys to getting ahead financially. Continue reading Ten Tips for Financial Success

Dow Touches 11,000

The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly edged above 11,000 Friday, but finished just below the mark, as promising economic data and waning Greece debt fears helped power the assent, while investors began looking to company earnings next week.

The Dow, which finished the day after adding 70 points, or 0.6%, to 10,997, crossed the 11,000-point threshold near the closing bell for the first time since September 2008. The S&P 500 improved 8 points, or 0.7%, to 1194, while the Nasdaq went ahead by 17 points, or 0.7%, at 2454.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq also led the other major averages for the week, adding 2.1%. The S&P gained 1.4% since last Thursday’s close, while the Dow picked up 0.6%.

Tips in owning recession proof stocks

Everyone is selling. Recession is on the horizon. Investors are nervous trying to minimize loses. One may panic, but the one who are steadfast will be the one reaping all the profits. It is the time to own recession proof stocks which I’ll tackle in this post.

There are basically two approaches you can do when the economy is on a downturn.
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Stocks to Watch – Boeing

Interesting artcle at cnn.money.com regarding Boeing stock. With the added input of two analysts.

NEW YORK (Fortune) — Boeing stock has plunged as air travel swoons globally. This year is expected to be only the third time air traffic has declined in its 50-year history.

Boeing Shares have dropped 60% since their peak in October of 2007, and earnings have sunk 50% in the first quarter as airlines delay or cancel orders, Boeing begins to cut production, and investors worry about Pentagon spending cuts.
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Is it a good time to invest in oil?

If you are asking that question you may find this article a bit disconcerting.

IEA slashes forecast for oil demand – again
Agency sees global demand declining by 2.4 million barrels per day in 2009 amid recession.

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