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If prices of goods or services are rising or falling, it often means that someone is winning and someone is losing as a result. As a general service reminder, and hopefully a money-saving reminder, Saturday is the last day to buy postage stamps from the US Postal Service before the price hike takes effect on January 26, 2014. Despite some shipping sector concerns, this does act as a base rate hike for all shipping providers – 3 of which are public companies. First Class Mail Forever Stamps will be $0.49, versus $0.46 ahead of the price hike. First Class Mail International Global Forever stamps will be $1.15, up from $1.10 ahead of the price hike. This means hopefully that the USPS will lose less money in 2014 than it did in prior years. Still, that is on a “hopefully” status. Then there is that lucky or unlucky outcome of price … Continue reading

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JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM  ) and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC  ) both reported lower mortgage banking income in their earnings report this week, which was widely expected. But as the two dominant players in this space for the past few years, does this mean a shift in the industry? Will this be an opportunity for other big banks to steal some of the market share, or can investors expect these numbers to be lower across the board? Bank of America’s stock doubled in 2012. Is there more yet to come? With significant challenges still ahead, it’s critical to have a solid understanding of this megabank before adding it to your portfolio. In The Motley Fool’s premium research report on B of A, analysts Anand Chokkavelu, CFA, and Matt Koppenheffer, Financials bureau chief, lift the veil on the bank’s operations, including detailing three reasons to buy and three reasons to sell. Click here … Continue reading

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Here are today’s top news headlines fromFool.com. Check back throughout the day as this list is updated, and follow us on Twitter atTMFBreaking. DISH Counters SoftBank CEO’s Attack New York Times Reports Circulation Gains Costco Increases Dividend Year-Over-Year Home Price Gains at 2006 Levels Pentagon Closes Out April With $2.8 Billion in Contracts Oil Sinks on China Manufacturing and U.S. Supplies Booz Allen to Share $65.6 Million Navy Contract Corinthian Colleges Appoints Leon Panetta to Its Board Lockheed Selling 18 F-16 Fighter Jets to Iraq PepsiCo Pulls Mountain Dew Ad After Criticism Yahoo! Launches Android App PepsiCo Raises Dividend for 41st Consecutive Year Around the World, Angry Workers Unite on May Day Haemonetics Completes Hemerus Medical Acquisition ECB Weighs Rate Cut as Eurozone Economy Struggles Duke Joint Venture Takes Stake in Calif. Power Transmission Line Top 10 Dividend Companies To Invest In Right Now: S&P GSCI(GD) General Dynamics Corporation, an … Continue reading

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Offshore drillers like Transocean (RIG), Seadrill (SDRL) and Noble (NE) have gotten pounded this year. Is it time to buy? Well, if not that, at least its time to become less bearish, say the folks at BMO Capital Markets, who upgraded the shares of Transocean, Seadrill, Diamond Offshore (DO), Ensco (ESV), Noble, Rowan (RDC) and Atwood Oceanics (ATW). Bloomberg BMO Capital Markets’ Alan Laws and Peyton Mason explain why they see better times ahead of offshore-drilling stocks: We are upgrading the offshore drillers to Market Perform from Underperform given what we view as a better risk/reward balance over next 6 to 12 months. We believe the stocks largely discount the weakness seen/expected in the industry in 2014/2015 with consensus estimates now reflecting the anticipated level of day rate reductions. Recent fixtures, while likely negotiated in 2013, suggest activity is resuming (albeit slowly), and we expect this to increase as clearing … Continue reading

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“We’re positioning ourselves to be more relevant to practitioners — those who work with clients in the financial services community.” — Craig Lemoine, ChFC program director at The American College. The American College of Financial Services is revamping the chartered financial consultant designation to focus on applying strategies to client situations and including new coursework on topical issues such as divorce, retirement income planning and concerns specific to gay couples. The new program of study will provide more guidance on matters of immediate interest to financial planning professionals and their clients, said Craig Lemoine, ChFC program director at The American College. “We’re positioning ourselves to be more relevant to practitioners — those who work with clients in the financial services community,” he said. Hot Integrated Utility Stocks To Buy For 2015: S.Y. Bancorp Inc.(SYBT) S.Y. Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company … Continue reading