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[ April 26, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 42281 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) public relations department has been working overtime to show that the fast food chain cares about customer health. In September it announced: McDonalds is partnering with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association, to increase customers access to fruit and vegetables and help families and children to make informed choices in keeping with balanced lifestyles Access is one thing, and choices are another. The McDonald’ menu is still dominated by high calorie, high fat, and high sodium foods. The tremendous presence of these on the menu shows how strongly McDonald’s puts sales over heath concerns, which is as it should bewith a public company, the goal of which is to sell as much fast food as quickly as possible. The products which have been the core of the McDonald’s menu for decades are big sandwiches and sugary drinks. Among … Continue reading

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New numbers came out yesterday for Nokia’s (NYSE: NOK  ) sales in China — and things aren’t looking good. The company failed to benefit from a prime gift-giving holiday, and even the new Lumia 920T hasn’t turned the tide in the country. Nokia’s been busy in China over the past few months, but unfortunately, not all of it has paid off. At the end of 2012, the company jumped on board with China Mobileto sell it’s Lumia 920T, a move I thought would help the company.Having the China Mobile advantage could have boosted sales over the past few months, but apparently it didn’t work out that way. Source: Nokia. Nokia announced its Q1 2013 numbers today, and the figures show device sales in China falling 26% from the previous quarter — and a jaw-dropping 63% decline year over year. Despite Nokia’s 20-year history in the country, the company holds about 1% … Continue reading

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Investors are being taken for a wild ride in Japan, leading some to ask whether U.S. markets will follow suit. As you can see in the chart below, Japan’s benchmark Nikkei (NIKKEIINDICES: ^NI225  ) had gained 80% between November of last year and the middle of May, only to fall by 17% through last Friday and then make up 5% of that lost ground in one fell swoop today. While Japan’s experience is extreme, investors here in the United States should nevertheless take note if for no other reason than that both countries are experiencing asset-price inflation tied to monetary policy. As I discussed here, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) and the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) have rallied by 17% and 18%, respectively, since the beginning of last September as ultra-low yields in the bond market courtesy of the Federal Reserve’s third round of quantitative easing push income-seeking investors … Continue reading

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Ex-dividend dates are very important to dividend investors, since you must purchase a stock prior to its ex-dividend date in order to receive its upcoming dividend payout. For more information, check out Everything Investors Need to Know About Ex-Dividend Dates. Below we highlight sixbig-name stocks going ex-dividend on Tuesday, July 15. 1.Quaker Chemical Quaker Chemical (KWR)offers a dividend yield of 1.6%based on Friday’sclosing price of $75.83and the companys quarterly dividend payout of 30 cents. The stock is 1.81%year-to-date. currently rates KWRas “Neutral”with a DARS rating of 3.4stars out of 5 stars. Top 10 Chemical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Tronox Ltd (TROX) Tronox Limited, incorporated on September 21, 2011, is engaged in production and marketing of titanium bearing mineral sands and titanium dioxide pigment (TiO2). The Companys TiO2 products are critical components of everyday applications, such as coatings, plastics, paper and other applications. The Companys mineral sands business consists … Continue reading

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After rising 67% in the past 52-weeks, it is understandable that the price targets for First Financial Bankshares (FFIN) are slightly under the bank’s current market price of $57.69 per share. But, the premium paid for these shares appear to be warranted. First Financial is one of the fastest growing regional banks in Texas (though all appear to be very fast growing) but it is one that has a very unique strategy that I believe gives the bank a competitive advantage that isn’t found in most of the its regional peers. I’m timid of the current market valuation of FFIN because it is getting a premium well above the industry average but, the bank is setting up for long-term growth and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. With that said, below I have outlined why I like First Financial’s strategy and financial position, followed by a review … Continue reading