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[ April 17, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 6431 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) — Short-sellers hate being caught short a stock that reports a blowout quarter. When this happens, we often see a tradable short squeeze develop as the bears rush to cover their positions to avoid big losses. Even the best short-sellers know that it’s never a great idea to stay short once a bullish earnings report sparks a big short-covering rally. This is why I scan the market for heavily shorted stocks that are about to report earnings. You only need to find a few of these stocks in a year to help enhance your portfolio returns — the gains become so outsized in such a short time frame that your profits add up quickly. That said, let’s not forget that stocks are heavily shorted for a reason, so you have to use trading discipline and sound money management when playing earnings short-squeeze candidates. It’s important that you … Continue reading

[ April 17, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 72716 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

If you’ve experienced a recent flight delay or service disruption, then you probably know that for better or worse, no one says “I’m sorry” like an airline. A well-crafted apology is often just the beginning. Gift cards, credits and loyalty points lots of loyalty points frequently follow. And the mea culpas appear to work. Most passengers accept them and move on. Well, maybe they shouldn’t. A closer look at the airline industry’s “sorries” suggests they sometimes lack sincerity and show a remarkable unwillingness to fix the problem that caused the complaint in the first place. In other words, it’s more like hush money than an apology. Airline apology innovations may not sound like big news, but they are. Take the form letter, for example. A few years ago, these e-mails were riddled with typos and grammatical errors. But almost overnight, they began to look almost literary. Sure enough, one airline … Continue reading

[ April 15, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 72838 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen, a leading contender to replace Ben Bernanke as Fed chairman, holds a mix of big-company stocks and investment funds in a trust with her husband, fellow economist George Akerlof. They also share an interest in stamps. Yellen’s financial disclosure report for 2012, made public Tuesday, shows that she and Akerlof have between $4 million and $13 million in assets, including a stamp collection valued at $15,000 to $50,000. Akerlof is a Nobel Prize-winning economist who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. As the No. 2 Fed official, Yellen has represented the central bank at international finance meetings and has helped develop the Fed’s plans for responding to a future global crisis. She has been in an unusually public succession battle for the chairman’s job with former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. President Barack Obama will nominate Bernanke’s successor. The exact value … Continue reading

[ April 15, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 42415 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

IRVINE, Calif. Samsung, LG, Sony and other big tech firms spend millions of dollars to wow and impress folks attending the CES tech bazaar in Las Vegas with massive booths. Palmer Luckey’s Oculus Rift gaming device made it happen with a tiny meeting room in a faraway section of CES 2014, creaming the competition with multiple Best of Show awards for his futuristic virtual reality headset. Tech site Gizmodo called Oculus “by far the most exciting thing at CES,” while Engadget called it “the best of the best.” “The future can’t get here soon enough,” noted our own The 21-year-old founder of the Oculus VR company (yes, that’s no typo) couldn’t be more thrilled with the response. The awards and acclaim “get you taken more seriously,” he says. People say, “Gee, if they won this award, maybe they’re worth talking to.” Best Gas Companies To Watch For 2014: Summit … Continue reading

[ April 15, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 17840 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

NEW YORK Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernard Madoff spoke in a Manhattan courtroom Monday via 2007 video excerpts in a presentation that gave a jury evidence of his apparent misleading statements. A relaxed and tie-less Madoff was shown discussing the future of the stock market, giving jurors hearing the fraud case against five of his former employees their first direct words from the man who scammed as much as $20 billion from thousands of investors worldwide. Madoff described how newspaper readers might shrug off a story about Wall Street rule-breaking as something brokers are “always doing,” and then said “but it’s impossible for a violation to go undetected, certainly not for a considerable period of time.” IN HIS WORDS: Transcribed excerpts from the video “You look at what we would consider to be the infractions, they’re relatively small, primarily because of all the (government and securities industry) regulation,” he added. Best … Continue reading