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[ January 27, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 14800 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Home prices rose by only 0.2% in October from September and virtually no growth is expected in November, market researcher CoreLogic says. Still, prices were up 12.5% in October vs. a year ago, marking the 20th consecutive monthly year-over-year increase nationally. “House price appreciation has slowed as expected for the winter,” says Mark Fleming, CoreLogic chief economist. Normal seasonal patterns and higher mortgage rates since spring explain why prices are no longer rising as rapidly as they did in the spring and summer, CoreLogic says. The slowing pace also reflects a market showing “some level of normality,” Fleming says, as investors, who have been buying up distressed homes for months, make up less of the overall activity. Year over year, the five states with the highest home price appreciation were: Nevada, up 25.9%; California, up 22.4%; Georgia, 14.2%; Michigan, up 14.1%; and Arizona, up 14%. Top 5 Rising Stocks To … Continue reading

[ January 27, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 53463 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Here are 10 things you should know for Tuesday, May 13: 1. – U.S. stock futures were pointing to a flat to higher open and European shares were rising after Wall Street hit record highs. Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 2% as the yen weakened. China’s Shanghai Composite index fell 0.1% after data suggested that growth decelerated in April, though at levels still considered robusr. 2. – The economic calendar in the U.S. on Tuesday includes retail sales for April at 8:30 a.m. EDT, and export and import prices for April at 8:30 a.m. Business inventories for March will be released at 10 a.m. 3. – U.S. stocks on Monday rose, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average closing at all-time highs as technology shares rebounded. The Dow added 0.68% to close at 16,695.47, while the S&P 500 jumped 0.97% to 1,896.65. The Nasdaq surged 1.77% to 4,143.86. Small caps as measured by the Russell 2000 were up more than 2% for their biggest one-day gain in … Continue reading

[ January 26, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 82222 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

The U.S. telecom space has generated more than its share of headlines over the last 12 months amid a wave of massive mergers. And, while that’s been plenty exciting in this usually dull space, the real competition might just be getting started. With plenty of fresh capital and spectrum to boot,Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S  ) is taking dead aim at the two largest incumbents in in this space –AT&T (NYSE: T  ) andVerizon (NYSE: VZ  ) , much to consumers’ delight. So what’s Sprint’s master plan? In this video, Fool contributor Andrew Tonner talks about how Sprint could quickly change the game in the U.S. telecom space. Want to get in on the smartphone phenomenon? Truth be told,one companysits at the crossroads of smartphone technology as we know it. It’s not your typical household name, either. In fact, you’ve probably never even heard of it! But it stands to reap massive profits NO … Continue reading

[ January 26, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 97824 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

It’s been more than three years since the spill at the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, and day by day the prospects for oil exploration there seem to get better. A recent report by Wood MacKenzie shows that production in the Gulf went up 6% last year, and another 4% is expected this year. By 2018, the research groupbelievesthat the Gulf will be back to its pre-Macondo-spill high inproductionof 2 million barrels per day. For this to happen, though, exploration and production companies will need to spend a pretty penny. Between now and 2015, E&P companies are expected to spend somewhere around $20 billion. In this video, fool.com contributor Tyler Crowe looks at what this could mean for oil services companies that specialize in offshore regions such as the Gulf. Top 10 Oil Service Companies To Buy Right Now: Profire Energy Inc (PFIE) Profire Energy, Inc., incorporated on … Continue reading

[ January 26, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 37658 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Ark Restaurants Corp (ARKR) owns and operates 19 restaurants and bars, 22 fast food concepts and catering operations in the USA. This is a short article outlining why they are an interesting company to put on the buy list. It needs to be said, this is not a chain that can roll out their concept or brand nationwide and enjoy terrific growth of their franchise. They chose not to build up brands and instead operate under trade names that suit the unique locations they prefer. The reason that I want to highlight this small company is that in recent years they have faced numerous challenges and adversity (aside from those posed by the general economy) and it’s possible they have dealt with the majority, and free cash flow will enjoy a significant uptick in the next two years. Difficult Times for Ark Restaurants: In 2011 the company faced non-recurring expenses … Continue reading