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Us Stocks Open Higher, Following Gains In European Markets; Family Dollar Jumps On New Bid | Fox News

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US Stocks Move Higher; Dollar General Jumps - ABC News

The S&P 500 rose 1.2 percent last week. The Nasdaq composite climbed 26 points, or 0.6 percent, to 4,490. European markets also rose. Germany"s DAX rose 1.4 percent and France"s CAC-40 rose 1.2 percent. A bidding war for Family Dollar sent that company"s stock higher.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014 /08/18/us-stocks-open-higher-f ollowing-gains-in-european-mar kets-family-dollar-jumps-82684 6284/

U.S. stocks gain; Dollar General jumps after bid

stock indexes higher. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 175 points, or 1.1 percent, to close at 16,838 Monday. The Standard & Poor"s 500 index rose 16 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,971. The Nasdaq composite gained 43 points, or 1 percent, to 4,508. Dollar General jumped 12 percent after the top stocks to buy company made a bid to buy Family Dollar.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Business /wireStory/us-stocks-move-high er-dollar-general-jumps-250270 94

Hong Kong Stocks Make Modest Gains; Lenovo Up Again | Fox Business

Airline stocks were among the gainers as well after the price of oil fell to its lowest level since April as fears of supply disruptions from Iraq eased. Fuel is a big component of airlines" costs. Southwest Airlines rose $1.06, or 4 percent, to $30.82. United Continental climbed $1.83, also 4 percent, to $47.84.
Source: http://www.philly.com/inquirer /business/20140819_U_S__stocks _gain__Dollar_General_jumps_af ter_bid.html

extending its recent gains with a 2.2% improvement after rising the previous session on U.S. approval for its deal to buy IBM Corp"s low-end server business. enjoyed a 2.7% advance after the utility said its six-month profit increased by almost 14% and offered an upbeat outlook. On the downside, shares of HSBC Holdings PLC slipped 0.1%, extending weakness ahead of the index"s revamp that will see HSBC"s weighting reduced, while Standard Chartered PLC gave up 0.3% as The Wall Street Journal said the lender could settle a U.S. investigation into the bank"s anti-money-laundering procedures as soon as this week for between $200 million and $300 million.
Source: http://www.foxbusiness.com/mar kets/2014/08/18/hong-kong-stoc ks-make-modest-gains-lenovo-up -again/

SE Asia Stocks - Thailand, Indonesia up slightly; new government in focus - Yahoo Finance

The 2015 budget bill (October-September) worth about 2.575 trillion baht ($80.85 billion) has passed its first round of debate by the National Legislative Assembly. The country is expected to name its prime minister and cabinet members this month. "The selection of a new prime minister may also be sooner, possibly Aug. 21, compared to the previous schedule for the final week of the month," strategists at broker KGI Securities said in a report. Jakarta"s Composite Index rose 0.2 percent to 5,165.30, with XL Axiata and Bank Rakyat Indonesia among the actively traded stocks.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ se-asia-stocks-thailand-indone sia-070139522.html

Guide To Dividend Aristocrat Etfs - Etf News And Commentary - Nasdaq.com

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Dividend-focused products offer both safety in the form of payouts and stability in the form of mature companies that are less volatile to the large swings in stock prices. The dividend paying securities are the major sources of consistent income for investors when returns from equity markets are at risk. Further, these products have proven outperformers over the long term (read: Dividend ETFs Explained: What Investors Need to Know ). While there are plenty of options in the dividend ETF world, honing in on the "dividend aristocrats" could be the most beneficial way to ride out the current market volatility resulting from geopolitical worries.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/ guide-to-dividend-aristocrat-e tfs-etf-news-and-commentary-cm 382731

Pharma ETF Investing 101 - Yahoo Finance

Inc. (Symbol: YHOO) is higher by about 0.1%. The chart below shows the one year price performance of IYW, versus its 200 day moving average: Looking at the chart above, IYW"s low point in its 52 week range is $76.57 per share, with $101.2406 as the 52 week high point - that compares with a last trade of $101.17. Comparing the most recent share price to the 200 day moving average can also be a useful technical analysis technique -- learn more about the 200 day moving average .
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/ iyw-csco-hpq-yhoo-etf-outflow- alert-cm382543

Retail ETF In Play As Handfuls Of Retailers Report Earnings - Yahoo Finance

Among financial ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF ( AMEX: XLF ), which is up 1.0% on the day, and up 6.69% year-to-date. Bank of America, meanwhile, is up 2.91% year-to-date, and SunTrust Banks, is up 5.16% year-to-date. Combined, BAC and STI make up approximately 6.7% of the underlying holdings of XLF. The next best performing sector is the Technology & Communications sector, up 0.4%. Among large Technology & Communications stocks, Hewlett-Packard Hewlett-Packard ( NYSE: HPQ ) and eBay eBay ( NASD: EBAY ) are the most notable, showing a gain of 5.7% and 4.4%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Technology & Communications stocks is the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK), which is up 0.5% in midday trading, and up 13.16% on a year-to-date basis.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jo elkornblau/2014/08/21/thursday -sector-leaders-financial-tech nology-communications/

IYW, CSCO, HPQ, YHOO: ETF Outflow Alert - NASDAQ.com

The funds expense ratio is 0.45% with the dividend yield being 1.12%. The trading volume is roughly 13,464 shares per day. trading etfs Market Vectors Pharmaceutical ( PPH ) PPH was launched in Dec 2011 and tracks the Market Vectors U.S. Listed Pharmaceutical 25 Index.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ pharma-etf-investing-101-19531 7161.html

Pimco ETF Binges on Company Debt in Race to Safe Enough - Bloomberg

The company lost $5.39 per share, more than double the loss of $2.63 per share analysts were expecting. Revenue of $8.01 billion also fell short of expectations of $8.13 billion. The Children"s Place Retail Stores (NASDAQ: PLCE ) reported its second quarter results. The company lost $0.37 per share, less than the $0.44 loss per share analysts were expecting. Revenue of $384.60 million was also better than expected as analysts were projecting revenue to be $379.01 million.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ retail-etf-play-handfuls-retai lers-184829913.html

Thursday Sector Leaders: Financial, Technology & Communications - Forbes

You have to be cautious and careful about this because we do think higher rates are coming, said George Rusnak, national director of fixed income for Wells Fargo Private Bank. As spreads are less, youre less protected. Outperforming Junk At the same time, benchmark bond yields arent likely to rise much during the next six months, so investment-grade corporate securities should hold their value, he said. When rates do rise, the notes may outperform junk bonds -- which have benefited disproportionately from a search for yield amid unprecedented Fed stimulus. Pimcos Total Return ETF, which follows a similar investment strategy as the firms $223.1 billion Total Return Fund, has been steadily increasing its corporate-debt holdings throughout the year. The notes account for more than 41 percent of the fund now compared with as low as 9.73 percent at the end of January, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/ 2014-08-21/pimco-etf-binges-on -company-debt-in-race-to-safe- enough.html

Obama Citing Genocide Overcomes War Wariness With Strikes - Bloomberg

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Rhodes, Rice and Power were among the architects of Obamas foreign policy during his 2008 campaign and have often lobbied him to use the military to stop brutality in other parts of the world. Responsible Nations Power has advocated humanitarian intervention under a concept known as Responsibility to Protect, which calls on nations to prevent a repetition of the horrors in Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo . Powers views on intervention were shaped by her experiences as a reporter covering the Balkan wars. The instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace, Obama said in accepting the Nobel Prize in 2009. I believe that force can be justified on humanitarian grounds and all responsible nations must embrace the role that militaries with a clear mandate can play to keep the peace. His calibrations infuriate Republicans, and some Democrats, who want him to do more to combat international threats -- and those who prefer to reduce Americas footprint on the globe. House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, praised Obama for authorizing airstrikes, though he criticized the president for an ongoing absence of a strategy to counter the rise of the Islamic State.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/ 2014-08-08/obama-citing-genoci de-overcomes-war-wariness-with -strikes.html

Obama: Don't be so cynical | TheHill

And it"s just as possible to choose a path where you understand the enormity of the challenges we"re facing as a country, but keep forging ahead and trying anyway. And that"s really been his message from day one." Republicans say Obama simply hasnt delivered and its no surprise that voters feel disappointed. President Obama got elected promising to change politics and America"s position in world and he"s disappointed ever since on everything from the economy to healthcare, immigration and crisis abroad, said Kirsten Kukowski, a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons said the White House is pushing this message to rally the troops because "they"re very conscious of how much time they have left to get things done. And some Democrats say Obama needs to take the cynicism talk one step further. When you look at polls, theres this real sense that the dream, the ambitions of the country are slipping away, said one prominent Democratic strategist. The question now becomes how do we tap into that.
Source: http://thehill.com/homenews/ad ministration/214636-obama-dont -be-so-cynical

Obama Authorizes Targeted Strikes In Iraq : NPR

military aircraft dropped humanitarian supplies to thousands of Iraqis trapped on a mountain by militants from the Islamic State. President Obama authorized airstrikes if they become necessary. You must be signed in to leave a comment. Sign In / Register Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use , and will be moderated prior to posting.
Source: http://www.npr.org/2014/08/08/ 338776894/obama-authorizes-tar geted-strikes-in-iraq?utm_medi um=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Obama administration setting up group on experimental Ebola drugs | Fox News

The reported approval of humanitarian aid came just hours after Kurdish officials claimed that airstrikes against Islamic State militants had already begun in the Northern region of Iraq. Minutes after several reports surfaced that the United States had conducted airstrikes in Iraq against forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Pentagon denied the story. A spokesman for the Kurdish armed forces said that U.S. aircraft had bombed two targets in Northern Iraq. "F-16s first entered Iraqi airspace on a reconnaissance mission and are now targeting Daash (ISIL) in Gwer and in the Sinjar region," Holgard Hekmat told AFP. The New York Times, citing a Kurdish television report , said the U.S.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/conflict ing-reports-on-if-u-s--has-beg un-airstrikes-in-iraq-to-fend- off-jihadists-220943877.html

Obama approves humanitarian aid to besieged Iraqis; reportedly considering airstrikes - Yahoo News

ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The action follows mounting international pressure as the death toll mounts to consider using untested treatments. The World Health Organization (WHO) is due to consider next http://www.obamastudentloanfor giveness.net/ week the ethics of administering such drugs. Ebola has claimed at least 932 lives, according to the WHO. The U.S. group will include scientists and officials from such agencies as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH"s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/health/ 2014/08/08/obama-administratio n-setting-up-group-on-experime ntal-ebola-drugs/

Stocks Are In The Red - Yahoo Finance

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Stocks slide in border buildup - Times Union

Traders Tommy Kalikas, left, and Gregory Rowe consult their handheld devices on the floor of <a href=top 10 stocks to invest in the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. The stock market fell to its lowest point since May as traders worried that tensions between Russia and Ukraine could flare up. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) ORG XMIT: NYRD114 Photo: Richard Drew / AP" style="float:left;padding:5px" /> Please enter a valid phone number. Please enter your Phone Number. Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Stocks Are In The Red By Myles Udland 23 minutes ago 0 shares .
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stocks-set-open-lower-125908200.html

China stocks are back from the dead - Aug. 6, 2014

shanghai comp The Chinese government announced new spending on railway and urban redevelopment projects in April, along with a tax break for small businesses. Though small, experts say the moves helped push a key manufacturing gauge to a 27-month high in July, and lifted economic expansion by a hair in the second quarter . Related: China growth accelerates despite property worries The recent bump is good news for Chinese stocks, which fell about 7% in 2013. While the Shanghai index missed out on last year"s global stocks rally, the poor performance has left stocks looking cheap compared to other markets.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/06/investing/china-stocks/index.html?section=money_news_international

Russian Stocks Retreat as MSCI Exclusion Risk Weighs on Sberbank - Bloomberg

The European Union has blocked local investors from buying new stock and bonds issued by Sberbank and VTB along with other companies its sanctioned amid allegations Russia is fomenting the crisis in Ukraine . Many long-only pension funds and some hedge funds as well are tracking MSCI indexes as a benchmark, Alexander Losev, chief executive officer at Sputnik Group in Moscow, said in e-mailed comments. The deletion of a security from an index will lead to the funds exit from it. So now the traders are selling in advance, front-running those funds. Sberbanks ordinary shares are the third-largest constituent of the MSCI Russia after OAO Gazprom and OAO Lukoil, with an 11 percent weighting. Sberbank preferred shares have a 0.8 percent weighting.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-06/russian-stocks-retreat-as-msci-exclusion-risk-weighs-on-sberbank.html

Closing Bell, August 5 - Business Insider

Markit"s services PMI for July came in at 60.8, which was in-line with expectations and down slightly from 61 in June. "While the economy looks set to continue to expand at robust pace in the second half of the year, these summer months may turn out to represent the peaking in the rate of growth, Markit Economics" Chris Williamson said . 4. In stock news, Target announced that second quarter earnings would miss expectations. Target said soft sales are continuing in its Canadian stores, while the retailer also took a $148 million charge related to its data breach during last year"s holiday season."Since the data breach last December, we have been focused on providing clarity on the Companys estimated financial exposure to breach-related claims," said John Mulligan, interim president and CEO, CFO of Target.
Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/closing-bell-august-5-2014-8

5, 2014. U.S. stock prices are opening lower as traders digest some mixed corporate earnings and a weak indicator on the Chinese economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) ORG XMIT: NYRD111 Trader Michael Capolino works on the floor of the New York Stock...
Source: http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Stocks-slide-in-border-buildup-5670547.php

Play Goldman's Bearish Call With These Etfs - Etf News And Commentary - Nasdaq.com

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The Q2 earnings season has been better than the previous quarters and the second quarter"s GDP numbers have further confirmed the bounce back in the economy. However, not all investors are of this bullish camp and some including Goldman Sachs believe that the markets are slated for a short-term correction. . The Wall Street firm has released a report downgrading equities to "neutral" over the next three months, citing that "a sell-off in bonds could lead to a temporary sell-off in equities." In fact, the firm believes that the near-term risk reward ratio for U.S. stocks appears quite unattractive at present, though it is quite bullish on equities over the next 12 months (read: Protect Your Portfolio with These Multi-Asset Income ETFs ). Goldman"s bearish call might after all turn out to be true.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/ play-goldmans-bearish-call-wit h-these-etfs-etf-news-and-comm entary-cm378164

Ex-Div Reminder for Duke Realty Series K Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares - Forbes

As a percentage of DRE.PRKs recent share price of $25.32, this dividend works out to approximately 1.60%, so look for shares of DRE.PRK to trade 1.60% lower all else being equal when DRE.PRK shares open for trading on 8/12/14. On an annualized basis, the current yield is approximately 6.43%, which compares to an average yield of 6.94% in the Real Estate preferred stock category, according to Preferred Stock Channel . As of last close, DRE.PRK was trading at a 1.16% premium to its liquidation preference amount, versus the average premium of 1.25% in the Real Estate category.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/di videndchannel/2014/08/08/ex-di v-reminder-for-duke-realty-ser ies-k-cumulative-redeemable-pr eferred-shares/

ETF Preview: ETFs, Futures Higher as Russia Considers Easing Tension With Ukraine; Sentiment Brightens on Upbeat Q2 Productivity - NASDAQ.com

Excluding the BRIC nations means BBRC has missed out on epic rallies in Brazilian, Indian and, more recently, Chinese shares. However, the BRIC exclusion also means the ETF has dodged controversy and weakness associated with Russian stocks. [Russia ETFs Hit by New Sanctions] BBRC holds 92 stocks hailing from emerging and frontier markets. In October 2013, BBRC completed its transition to the FTSE Beyond BRICs Index, which allowed the fund to allocate up to 25% of its weight to frontier markets firms. [Beyond BRICs ETF Gets a New Index] In our view, smaller or less mature emerging and frontier markets represent important growth within emerging best eft portfilo markets, and they have offered stronger growth and diversification characteristics than mainstream emerging market indices today, said Marten Hoekstra, CEO of Emerging Global Advisors, in the statement. The inflows BBRC has seen this year demonstrate developing investor interest in targeting smaller, less mature economies. At the end of the second quarter, four countries commanded double-digit weights in BBRC.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ egshares-beyond-brics-etf-tops -172046400.html

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF, SPDR S&P 500, SPDR S&P Health Care Services ETF, iShares U.S. Healthcare Providers ETF and Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Health Care ETF - Yahoo Finance

The affected markets represent approximately 10% of global systemwide sales and negatively impacted the segment"s July comparable sales by over 700 basis points. Going forward, McDonald"s is undertaking recovery strategies to restore customers" trust and confidence. TearLab (TEAR, TLB.TO) shares dropped almost 10% after the in-vitro diagnostic company reported late Thursday weaker-than-expected financial results for Q2 and reduced its outlook for its 2014 revenues. The Q2 net loss was US$5.4 million, or US$0.17 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of US$12 million, or US$0.41 per diluted share, a year earlier.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/ etf-preview-etfs-futures-highe r-as-russia-considers-easing-t ension-with-ukraine-sentiment- brightens-on-upbeat-q2-product ivity-cm378190

EGShares Beyond BRICs ETF Tops $250M in AUM - Yahoo Finance

Total earnings for the S&P 500 companies that have reported results so far are up 9% with a beat ratio of 65.6%, while revenues are up 4.6% with a revenue beat ratio of 60.6%. Companies across a wide number of sectors have posted strong results beating analyst estimates. The estimate revision trend for Q3 is also not as bad as was seen in the previous quarters. In fact, the magnitude of Q3 negative revisions is the lowest in more than a year, suggesting modest improvement on the guidance front (read: 4 Ways to Play Earnings Growth with ETFs ). While there have been winners in many corners generating double-digit growth, the medical sector is clearly leading the way. This is especially true as the sector has been the major contributor to both earnings (+15.8%) and revenue (+12.4%) growth so far, crushing estimates and providing a solid outlook.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ zacks-analyst-blog-highlights- health-131120572.html

Obama Pledges Justice In Visit To Dutch Embassy - Yahoo News

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A link has been sent. Done Obama pledges justice in visit to Dutch embassy 3 hours ago View gallery . WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama paid tribute Tuesday to the nearly 200 citizens of the Netherlands who died when a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down in Ukraine, visiting the Netherlands Embassy in Washington and pledging unity during a phone call with the Dutch leader. At the embassy, Obama said he wanted to assure the Dutch people that the U.S. will work with them to recover the bodies of their loved ones, to ensure a proper investigation and to bring those responsible to justice. Adding his inscription to a condolence book, Obama said the sorrow Americans feel over the tragedy is made even more acute by the deep ties between the U.S.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-pl edges-justice-visit-dutch-emba ssy-160203506--politics.html

Obama raises money at 'Scandal' creator's home | National | McClatchy DC

Neil Abercrombie is launching a radio ad featuring President Barack Obama supporting the governor"s bid for re-election. Related Top fundraisers use TV humor in final... Abercrombie campaign spokesman Shane Peters says the radio spot was scheduled to air Wednesday morning in Hawaii. In the ad, Obama uses the Hawaiian word for family, saying Abercrombie is "like ohana to me." He says Abercrombie knew his parents "before I was a twinkle in their eye." Obama says Abercrombie has made gutsy decisions leading Hawaii. He says Abercrombie tackled a budget crisis and made smart investments in education. He also says Abercrombie fights for middle class and working families. Abercrombie"s campaign paid for the ad.
Source: http://www.kitv.com/politics/o bama-supports-abercrombie-in-r adio-ad/27113148?absolute=true

Obama supports Abercrombie in radio ad | Politics - KITV Home

But it"s not necessarily something we want to be living out." The Los Angeles event was Obamas fifth fundraiser of a three-day West Coast swing. He spoke on a stage lined with U.S. and California flags and was introduced by Rimes who said he"s been doing his job like a boss." Obama said "there were few people who worked harder" on his http://www.obamastudentloanfor giveness.net campaign than Washington, and noted she had shown him pictures of her new baby. He also gave a shout out to singer Janelle Monae, joking she"s played so often at the White House there should be a room named for her. He also joked w her about her having a video of him trying to keep up with Usher on the dance floor, and joked she could blackmail me at any time," over the video. I did not drop and split, but I did bust a move," he said.
Source: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/201 4/07/23/234277/obama-raises-mo ney-at-scandal.html

Obama grants gay and transgender employees US bias protection - CSMonitor.com

In the wake of his visit, unknown persons, apparently no fans of Obama, put up several posters yesterday around downtown Los Altos (such as the one at right) sarcastically referencing his $32,000-per-plate appearances while accusing him of ignoring recent international crises. Several of the posters have since been taken down. Photo courtesy of Lina Broydo Glorious Fourth Phil Aaronson 7 Hours Ago As written above, certainly Ms. Logan has been all... common Sense 8 Hours Ago Having a lock step board where everyone was from o...
Source: http://www.losaltosonline.com/ news/sections/news/48021-obama -s-coming-to-town

Obama visits Los Altos area

"Having a president acknowledge us for the first time in history as citizens instead of second-class citizens is just monumental," Macy said in a telephone interview. She said Obama personally thanked her for her pioneering role in a private meeting before the ceremony. Obama had faced pressure from opposing flanks over whether he would include an exemption in the executive action for religious organizations. He decided to maintain a provision that allows religious groups with federal contracts to hire and fire based upon religious identity, but he did not grant any exception to consider sexual orientation or gender identity. Churches also are able to hire ministers as they see fit under the First Amendment"s protection of religious freedom. Objecting to his order, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops called it unprecedented and said it lends the government"s economic power to a "deeply flawed understanding of human sexuality" that faithful Catholics won"t abide.
Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/L atest-News-Wires/2014/0722/Oba ma-grants-gay-and-transgender- employees-US-bias-protection