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[ August 21, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 51862 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Insurance companies have created an entire industry based upon risk, and except for AIG (NYSE: AIG  ) during the financial crisis, it has worked out pretty well. So, it’s not a stretch to imagine a large life insurer like Canada’s Sun Life Financial (NYSE: SLF  ) assuming the pension liability for the Canadian Wheat Board’s defined benefit plan in a recent $147 million deal, the first such accord in Canada’s history. A U.S.-born trend Sun Life may be a trailblazer to the north, but it first developed an interestin this type of transaction after U.S. insurer Prudential (NYSE: PRU  ) snagged itself two such pension pacts last year. The first, with General Motors (NYSE: GM  ) (NYSE: GM  ) , involved the transfer of pension obligations for 110,000 salaried workersby GM to Prudential for approximately $25 billion. Earlier in the year, GM had estimated that it would hand over about $26 billionin retirement obligations to … Continue reading

[ August 21, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 84801 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Last November, I announced my intention to create a portfolio of 10 companies that investors had effectively thrown away and given up on, in the hope of showing that deep-value investing, and contrarian thinking, can actually be a very successful investing method. I dubbed this the “One Person’s Trash Is Another Person’s Treasure” portfolio and, over a 10-week span, I highlighted companies that I thought fit this bill and would expect to drastically outperform the benchmarkS&P 500over the coming 12 months. If you’re interested in the reasoning behind why I chose these companies, then I encourage you to review my synopsis of each portfolio selection: Exelon QLogic Dendreon Dell Staples Arkansas Best Arch Coal Skullcandy France Telecom Xerox Now, let’s get to the portfolio and see how it fared this week: Hot Industrial Disributor Stocks To Watch For 2015: John Wiley & Sons Inc (JW.A) John Wiley & Sons, Inc., … Continue reading

[ August 21, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 17792 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Hewlett-Packard stock has suffered greatly over the past five years. But in this video, Andrew Tonner reviews some good news about the company, including its new line of energy- and space-saving servers that should help turn the company around. As mobile computing increases demand for servers, Andrew says this new product line should pay off for HP as it diversifies away from its dependence on the declining PC market. Check out the video for more details. The massive wave of mobile computing has done much to unseat the major players in the PC market, including venerable technology names like Hewlett-Packard. However, HP’s rapidly shifting its strategy under the new leadership of CEO Meg Whitman. But does this make HP one of the least-appreciated turnaround stories on the market, or is this a minor blip on its road to irrelevance? The Motley Fool’s technology analyst details exactly what investors need to … Continue reading

[ August 21, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 54727 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

I recently took a deeper look at three important numbers from Magnum Hunter Resources (NYSE: MHR  ) long-delayed annual report. Today, I want to drill down even deeper into the report (which can be accessedhere link opens a PDF), and look at some areas that investors often overlook when considering an energy stock. In this case, I want to look at the company’s “hidden” assets. Value in the middle When investing in an oil and gas company, investors typically choose a company based on where it’s extracting its oil and gas. Some investors are looking to invest in hot oil plays like the Bakken, while others are seeking a more broad-based approach. What’s important to realize is that sometimes, companies operating in developing plays run into problems caused by lack of pipeline and processing infrastructure. This can cause production reductions and impact returns. In Magnum Hunter’s two core operating areas, the … Continue reading

[ August 21, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 75210 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Emerging-market stocks rose, trimming the first weekly drop in about a month, after a worse-than-estimated U.S. jobs report damped speculation the Federal Reserve will slow the pace of bond purchases at the worlds largest economy. Brazils real rebounded from a four-year low. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index gained 0.1 percent to 955.35, after falling as much as 0.3 percent earlier. The measure pared its weekly decline to 0.6 percent. Benchmark indexes in Poland, the Czech Republic and Turkey rallied, while Brazils Ibovespa dropped for the fourth time this week as OGX Petroleo & Gas Participacoes SA tumbled. Philippine stocks retreated to a three-week low, led by SM Investments Corp. (SM) Seventeen out of the 24 developing-nation currencies tracked by Bloomberg rose as the real climbed 0.7 percent. Stocks erased losses as data showed that U.S. employers added fewer workers than anticipated in July and the U.S. jobless rate dropped to … Continue reading