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What’s Warren Buffet Buying

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Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway’s latest stock holdings were released and there were some interesting additions and deletes, as well as many internal changes of existing positions up or down.

 

American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) was over 151.6 million shares, SAME AS last quarter.
Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (NYSE: BK) was 1,793,915 shares, SAME AS last quarter.
CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS) is LARGER POSITION at 7.106 million shares after having been a new holding in a recent quarter.
Comdisco Holdings (NASDAQ: CDCO) was roughly 1.5 million shares, SAME AS BEFORE.
Coca Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) was right at 200 million shares, SAME AS BEFORE.
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is roughly 29.1 million shares, roughly the SAME AS BEFORE but it is still lower than previous quarters.
Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST) 4,333,363 Shares, SAME AS last quarter after having lowered it before.
Da Vita Inc. (NYSE: DVA) is a NEW POSITION of 2.684 million shares worth $203 million.
DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV) is a LARGER POSITION listed as 20.348 million shares worth $870 million; was a new position of 4.249 million shares one quarter earlier.
Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) is that SAME SIZE as before at 4.497 million shares; was a new position and a grown position before.  This one of our Top Stocks for the Next Decade.
Gannett Co. (NYSE: GCI) was 1.74 million, SAME AS BEFORE but decreased in prior quarters.
General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) is a LARGER POSITION of 3.877 million shares worth $257 million after being a new position before of 3.064 million shares.
General Electric Corp. (NYSE: GE) is 7.777 million shares; SAME AS before.
GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) 1.51 million shares, SAME AS last quarter.
Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE: IR) was 636,600; SAME AS last quarter but still way down from prior reports.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) is a LARGER POSITION of 11.495 million shares worth $278 million; this was a new position of 9.333 million shares last quarter.
International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) is now 63.905 million shares worth some $11.75 billion now after having been a new position with an average cost of about $170 per share.
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) was a LOWER POSITION of about 29 million shares; lower than 37.4 million last quarter and way under the peak of 62 million shares at one point in prior quarters.
Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT) was a LOWER POSITION at about 87 million shares, down from 89.7+ million last quarter and this has continued to be lightened up since the Cadbury purchase.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) was ELIMINATED FROM THE PORTFOLIO after having been only 421,800 shares last quarter and lowered earlier.

PAGE TWO…BUFFETT HOLDINGS ‘L to Z’ HERE

 

Two Short-Term Scenarios for the S&P 500 Index

scFor the first time since the last week of December of 2011, the S&P 500 Index closed lower on the weekly chart. Recently I have been discussing the overbought nature of stocks based on a variety of indicators. However, the real question that should be asked is whether last week was just a short term event or if we see sustained selling in coming weeks.

The issues occurring in Greece spooked the markets somewhat on Friday as Eurozone fears continue to permeate in the mindset of traders. The U.S. Dollar Index is the real driver regarding risk in the near and intermediate term future. If the Dollar is strong, market participants will likely reduce risk. However a weakening Dollar will be a risk-on type of trading event which could lead to an extended rally in equities, precious metals, and oil.

Friday marked an important day for the U.S. Dollar Index futures as for the first time in several weeks the Dollar held higher prices into a daily close. The U.S. Dollar appears to have carved out a daily swing low on the daily chart from Friday. Furthermore, the potential for a weekly swing low at the end of this week remains quite possible. The chart below illustrates how the 100 period simple moving average has offered short term support for the past few weeks.

 

….read more and view charts HERE

GLOBAL MARKETS-Greek austerity vote lifts euro, shares

Greek parliament passes unpopular package of cuts. Stocks and the euro rose on Monday on relief over sweeping austerity measures passed by the Greek parliament, but gains looked fragile with several issues still to be resolved before the shadow of a messy debt default is lifted.

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 U.S. stock index futures pointed to a recovery for equities on Wall Street after delays in agreeing a new Greek bailout deal sent the S&P 500 index to its biggest daily loss of the year on Friday.

 

….read more HERE

7 Top Penny Stocks

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Penny stocks are well known to traders for lightning fast percentage gains, but is there any evidence for a penny stock to potentially become a high dollar stock? There have been quite a few penny stocks to become big company stocks over the past 10-20 years, but considering the amount of penny stocks trading on the market; it is uncommon. Penny stocks are high risk and high reward so prudent investors do not usually allocate a large portfolio percentage to penny stocks, if any at all. There are questions that investors should ask when deciding to invest in penny stocks with potential: is the company poised for a reverse merger with a larger company, does the company offer a valuable product, is the company actually legitimate, and can this company actually make a profit?

 

….read Beacon Equities 7 Top Penny Stocks HERE

Here’s Why It May Be Time To Think Defensively

  It seems like everyone loves the stock market these days. The S&P 500 is off to the races this year. Only a handful of years throughout history compare to the index’s 7.1% surge to kick off 2012.

 

BlackRock chieftan Larry Fink says asset allocation should be steered toward 100% equities. No questions asked. Even Dr. Doom is less gloomy than he’s been in the past.

 

Has everyone gone mad?

 

Cyclicals have led this year’s rally, with financials jumping 13%, materials surging 12% and tech stocks advancing 11%.

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While the rally doesn’t look like its petering out anytime soon, Barry Knapp at Barclays Capital offers some reasons for caution. 

 

….read it all HERE

The Best Growing Energy Stocks With Highest Dividend Yield

Energy is of huge importance for the growth of the economy. The demand is steadily growing and the political change away from nuclear power to renewable energy slows the supply growth of energy. I screened stocks from the investment theme by the best growth over the past 10 years. I decided to select only stocks with a double-digit sales growth and a dividend yield of more than three percent. Fourteen stocks fulfilled my criteria. The highest growth was realized by Penn Virginia Resource Partners (PVR) who had a yearly growth of 40.3 percent. One company has a yield of more than 50 percent.

Here are my favorite stocks:

BPL

1. Buckeye Partners (BPL) has a market capitalization of $5.89 billion. The company employs 859 people, generates revenues of $3,151.27 million and has a net income of $43.08 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $338.70 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 10.75 percent (operating margin 8.87 percent and the net profit margin finally 1.37 percent). 

 

The total debt representing 50.51 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 129.65 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 5.27 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.80. Last fiscal year, the company paid $3.82 in form of dividends to shareholders.

 

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 79.04, Price/Sales 1.88 and Price/Book ratio 3.26. Dividend Yield: 6.44 percent. The beta ratio is 0.26. 


HEP


2. Holly Energy Partners (HEP) has a market capitalization of $1.22 billion. The company employs 148 people, generates revenues of $182.10 million and has a net income of $58.87 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $121.35 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 66.64 percent (operating margin 49.84 percent and the net profit margin finally 32.33 percent). 

 

The total debt representing 76.43 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 449.52 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 17.33 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.47. Last fiscal year, the company paid $3.32 in form of dividends to shareholders.

 

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 22.39, Price/Sales 8.30 and Price/Book ratio 4.86. Dividend Yield: 6.41 percent. The beta ratio is 0.65. 


PAA


3. Plains All American Pipelines (PAA) has a market capitalization of $11.65 billion. The company employs 3,500 people, generates revenues of $25,893.00 million and has a net income of $514.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,016.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 3.92 percent (operating margin 2.96 percent and the net profit margin finally 1.99 percent). 

 

The total debt representing 43.47 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 137.19 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 8.01 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.18. Last fiscal year, the company paid $3.76 in form of dividends to shareholders.

 

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.64, Price/Sales 0.47 and Price/Book ratio 2.60. Dividend Yield: 5.25 percent. The beta ratio is 0.50. 

 

Take a closer look at the full table of energy stocks with fastest growth and big dividends. The average price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio) amounts to 20.95. The dividend yield has a value of 9.02 percent. Price to book ratio is 2.70 and price to sales ratio 2.88. The operating margin amounts to 26.35 percent.


Related stock ticker symbols:
ARLP, BPT, BPL, HEP, MMP, MMLP, PGH, PVR, PTR, PBR, PAA, RES, TGS, YZC