Too often, consumers surrender to overly high cable and Internet bills just to avoid the hassle of trying to land a better rate. I recently set out on a mission to trim my bill. By picking up the phone, waiting on hold for hours at a time and politely exercising patience when dealing with customer service reps, the extra effort was well worth it in the end. By following these steps, I significantly reduced my bill for TV and Internet just in time to ring in 2017.
1. Set Aside the Time
If you want to snag a lower monthly cable bill, go into the challenge knowing that you’ll have to set aside the time to call around. I’d pencil in at least three hours, because customer service waits can be long—to say the least. Try to find something enjoyable or productive you can do at the same time to help keep your cool. Also make sure that the timing is right. In other words, be sure you’re not currently lo cked into a contract and won’t be hit with big charges for cancelling early.
what are stocks and shares: NiSource, Inc(NI)
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 2.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL), down 9 percent, and NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), down 5 percent.
what are stocks and shares: Kering S.A. (PPRUF)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
Kering Group (OTC:PPRUF), which operates the Gucci and YSL brands, said on February 10 that 2016 saw a same-store sales increase of 11 percent in Asia ex-Japan, which was mostly led by a rebound in China. LVMH, which owns brands such as Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, and Hennessy, also highlighted positive momentum going forward in its fourth-quarter earnings call with investors. Hugo Boss Group’s mainland China same-store sales also increased close to 20 percent during 2016, adjusted for currency.
what are stocks and shares: SPDR Blmbg Barclays Intl Trs Bd ETF (BWX)
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
DWFI also holds the SPDR Barclays Emerging Markets Local Bond ETF (NYSE: EBND), SPDR Barclays International Treasury Bond ETF (NYSE: BWX) and the SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Corporate Bond ETF (NYSE: ITR).
what are stocks and shares: Reynolds American Inc(RAI)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Just before 1pm today, shares of Reynolds American (RAI) took a sudden nosedive on reports that its merger with British American Tobacco (BTI) had “hit a snag” according to StreetInsider.com. Cowen’s Vivien Azer and team still think a deal gets done:
Street Insider is reporting that BATS’ acquisition of RAI has “hit a snag,” and that “a potential transaction may be less likely near-term.” We view this source as less credible (vs. a WSJ or CNBC), in particular given the scant level of detail. While the delay in a consummated deal has extended longer than we thought, we still view the deal as likely (85% probability).
Shares of Reynolds American have dropped 1.3% to $55.47 at 2:26 p.m. today, while British American Tobacco has declined 0.2% to $112.71. Shares of Philip Morris International (PM), which could be interested in an acquisition of Altria Group (MO), have fallen 1% to$90.28 after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch, while Altria has risen 0.5% to$67.94 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Merrill.
- [By Leo Sun]
With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).
- [By Rich Duprey, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Brian Feroldi]
It remains true that the tobacco industry will continue coming under pressure from anti-smoking activists, politicians, and regulators who seek to stub out cigarettes further by raising taxes on smokes, but companies such as Altria and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) are largely able to offset their impact on profits by raising prices. The ability to command such pricing power without an overly large loss of customers obviously speaks to the addictive qualities of smoking but is also an otherwise enviable position to be in.
what are stocks and shares: Canfor Corporation (CFPZF)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
Conifex has been shoring up its balance sheet over the last year, taking advantage of its strong financial performance. Beginning in February 2016, Conifex announced it was settling a $30m convertible debt it had with Canfor (OTCPK:CFPZF) in exchange for a forest license it held that permitted an allowable annual cut of 200,000 cubic meters. In April 2016, it created a joint venture for another one of its forest licenses, which netted it another $20m.