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[ March 31, 2015 | Author: Admin | Views: 86114 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Several weeks ago a friend told me she wanted to start an advertising campaign for her business. I reminded her to make certain her employees are ready to provide efficient, prompt and courteous service. This is my same friend, Amy, who once invited me to go with her to a beauty salon. The one we went to had spent a fortune on advertising and had worked overtime to attract new customers. Amy was a regular and considered it “the place” for pampering. On first glance the salon had all the glamour expressed in the advertisements. But when we took a closer look the employees seemed to be clueless about all of the new services offered. The front desk receptionist had problems locating our appointments. After a lot of fuss the receptionist found my appointment but not Amy’s. That was a bit amusing especially since Amy is in that salon at … Continue reading

[ March 31, 2015 | Author: Admin | Views: 14850 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

The joint monthly web chat for subscribers of The Energy Strategist (TES) and MLP Profits (MLPP) took place last week. The chat is conducted by Igor Greenwald, who is managing editor for TES and chief investment strategist for MLPP, and myself. There were six MLP questions remaining at the end of the chat that required an extended answer, or a bit more research. This week I will answer three: one on the MLP Parity Act, another on Regency Energy Partners (NYSE: RGP) and Suburban Propane Partners (NYSE: SPH), and finally one on Golar LNG Partners (Nasdaq: GMLP). Next weeks issue will tackle the three remaining questions: one on MLP equivalents in Canada and Australia, one on Enbridge Energy Partners (NYSE: EEP) and TC Pipelines (NYSE: TCP), and a third query on Access Midstream Partners (NYSE: ACMP), Crestwood Midstream Partners (NYSE: CMLP) and Mid-Con Energy Partners (Nasdaq: MCEP). 10 Best Industrial … Continue reading

[ March 31, 2015 | Author: Admin | Views: 61347 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

With shares of General Electric (NYSE:GE) trading around $25, is GE an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Lets analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework: T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement General Electric is a diversified industrial, technology, and financial services company that operates worldwide. The products and services of the company range from aircraft engines, power generation, water processing, and household appliances to medical imaging, business and consumer financing, and industrial products. General Electrics segments are: Energy Infrastructure, Aviation, Healthcare, Transportation, Home & Business Solutions, and GE Capital. General Electric is a leading provider of a wide range of products and many are essential in daily lives of consumers and companies around the world. General Electric reported third quarter earnings on Friday morning, saying that profit and revenue fell while earnings topped expectations by a penny and the company boasted … Continue reading

[ March 30, 2015 | Author: Admin | Views: 13458 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Although we don’t believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes — just in case they’re material to our investing thesis. What: Shares of ExactTarget (NYSE: ET  ) missed the mark today, down by as much as 16% after the company reported earnings with weak guidance. So what: Revenue in the quarter was $88.9 million, with an adjusted net loss of $0.08 per share. Those results topped consensus estimates, which were asking for $88 million in revenue and a loss of $0.09 per share. Earnings guidance for the coming quarter left something to be desired, though. Now what: The second quarter is expected to generate an adjusted loss of $0.10 to $0.12 per share, which is worse than the $0.08 per share adjusted loss that investors were bracing for. Revenue should be in the range of $91 million to … Continue reading

[ March 30, 2015 | Author: Admin | Views: 99064 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

There’s been a lot of talk about General Motors (GM), maybe too much talk. This stock is not a rebel stock. It’s just going through lots of changes, especially when compared to competitors like Ford (F) and Toyota (TM). That’s what happens when you name a new CEO and the government sells its last shares of your stock. Associated Press JPMorgan’s Ryan Brinkman and team say the choice of Mary Barra to head General Motors puts the focus back where it belongs: Barra is an engineer by training who most recently led GMs global product development effort. We expect her appointment to place product front and center where it belongs…One must go back 1992 to find an example of the last time automotive engineers were at the helm of General Motors (Robert Stempel, and Llyod Reuss…). Top New Stocks To Own Right Now: MagneGas Corp (MNGA) MagneGas Corporation, incorporated on … Continue reading