Weekly Energy Stock Channel Newsletter 29/08/2014

Energy Stock Channel
Weekly Newsletter
Weekly DividendRank Energy Toplists & Energy ETF Movers

Energy Prices

Looking at energy prices this week, oil moved higher, with WTI Crude currently at $95.41/barrel, up $2.05 (+2.2%) compared to $93.36 on 08/22, and Brent Crude currently at $102.94/barrel, up $0.74 (+0.7%) from $102.20 on 08/22. And turning to Natural Gas, the current spot price of $4.05/MMBtu, has Natural Gas up $0.21 from $3.84 on 08/22, a week over week gain of +5.5%.

Energy ETF Movers

The PowerShares DWA Energy Momentum Portfolio ETF (PXI) outperformed other Energy ETFs this week, up about 3.7%. Components of that ETF showing particular strength this week include shares of Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), up about 12.6% and shares of Exterran Holdings (EXH), up about 7.5% on the week.And underperforming other Energy ETFs this week is the Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN), off about 1.1% this week. Among components of that ETF with the weakest showing for the week were shares of Yingli Green Energy (YGE), lower by about 6%, and shares of Trina Solar (TSL), lower by about 5.5% on the week.

Other ETF standouts this week include the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP), outperforming this week with a 3% gain. And the PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy Portfolio (PBW) was an underperformer, falling about 0.4% this week.

DividendRank Energy Toplists

At sister site Dividend Channel, we screen through our coverage universe of dividend paying stocks each week, and we look at a variety of data — dividend yield, book value, quarterly earnings — and compare it to the stock’s trading data to come up with certain calculations about profitability and about the stock’s valuation (whether we think it looks ”cheap” or ”expensive”).History has shown that the bulk of the stock market’s returns are delivered by dividends, and so we pay special attention to dividend history. And of course, only consistently profitable companies can afford to keep paying dividends, so profitability is of critical importance. Dividend investors should be most interested in researching the strongest most profitable companies, that also happen to be trading at an attractive valuation — maybe there is a company-specific reason causing the stock to be ”cheap” or maybe the entire sector is taking a hit, but whatever the reason, we think there is great value in ranking the Energy Stock Channel coverage universe weekly using our proprietary DividendRank formula, and sharing the list of the week’s top ranked energy stocks with our subscribers.

These are the energy stocks our DividendRank system has identified as the top most ”interesting” in the Energy, Utilities, and MLPs categories … this is meant purely as a research tool to generate ideas that merit further research.

Energy

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 RIG Q 3.00 7.81% 
#2 ARP M 2.36 11.76% 
#3 LINE M 2.90 9.22% 
#4 ECT Q 1.12 16.98% 
#5 VNR M 2.52 8.67% 
#6 ESV Q 3.00 6.04% 
#7 SFL Q 1.64 8.27% 
#8 HGT M 0.97 9.96% 
#9 SDRL Q 4.00 10.85% 
#10 NKA Q 1.40 9.78% 

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Utilities

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 ELP A 0.41 2.33% 
#2 AVA Q 1.27 3.95% 
#3 AT M 0.40 10.31% 
#4 SGU Q 0.35 5.99% 
#5 SPH Q 3.50 7.83% 
#6 APU Q 3.52 7.61% 
#7 TU Q 1.52 4.17% 
#8 PNW Q 2.27 4.02% 
#9 T Q 1.84 5.30% 
#10 EDE Q 1.02 3.98% 

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MLPs

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 ARP M 2.36 11.76% 
#2 VNR M 2.52 8.67% 
#3 NKA Q 1.40 9.78% 
#4 EXLP Q 2.17 7.48% 
#5 ETP Q 3.82 6.65% 
#6 LGCY Q 2.44 7.94% 
#7 TLP Q 2.66 5.99% 
#8 EVEP Q 3.09 7.43% 
#9 BPL Q 4.45 5.69% 
#10 KMP Q 5.56 5.85% 


*(updated 11 hours, 13 minutes ago) Yield calculations vary and may not be reliable nor comparable. Not all publicly traded securities are ranked; data may be incorrect or out of date. Rankings are for informational purposes only and do not constitute advice. Full disclaimer

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Weekly #ETF Channel Newsletter 29/08/2014

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The ETF Week in Review

The SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI) outperformed other ETFs this week, up about 4.9%. Components of that ETF showing particular strength this week include shares of Intermune (ITMN), up about 36.4% and shares of United Therapeutics (UTHR), up about 24% on the week.And underperforming other ETFs this week is the PowerShares Golden Dragon China Portfolio ETF (PGJ), down about 1.9% this week. Among components of that ETF with the weakest showing for the week were shares of Sungy Mobile (GOMO), lower by about 21.8%, and shares of Xueda Education Group (XUE), lower by about 17% on the week.

Other ETF standouts this week include the PowerShares Dynamic Biotechnology & Genome Portfolio (PBE), outperforming this week with a 4.5% gain. And the iShares MSCI Global Metals & Mining Producers ETF (PICK) was an underperformer, falling about 1.8% this week.

This Week’s Top 10 ETFs
Ranked By Weighted Average Broker Rating of Underlying ComponentsEach week, ETF Channel forms this rank by first looking at the analyst opinions from the major brokerage houses (which are tallied and averaged) for each individual component of each ETF. Then, for each ETF, those average broker ratings are considered as a weighted average according to the weighting of each of the ETF’s components — this gives the average broker rating for the entire ETF based upon its holdings. The ETF coverage universe is then ranked to give us the weekly top five ETFs by weighted average broker rating of underlying components. These rankings are meant as a tool for investors to generate ideas for further research.


Rank ETF Stars (out of 4)
#1 YAO – Guggenheim China All-Cap 3.50 
#2 GXC – SPDR S&P China 3.49 
#3 XBI – SPDR S&P Biotech 3.39 
#4 GWL – SPDR S&P World ex-US 3.38 
#5 PNQI – PowerShares NASDAQ Internet 3.38 
#6 CQQQ – Guggenheim China Technology 3.38 
#7 JKE – iShares Morningstar Large-Cap Growth 3.36 
#8 HAO – Guggenheim China Small Cap 3.35 
#9 PWB – PowerShares Dynamic Large Cap Growth 3.34 
#10 SOCL – Social Media Index 3.31 
List of all ranked ETFs »

ETF Channel’s proprietary calculations are based on underlying ETF holdings and Zacks ABR data; powered by Xignite. Not all ETFs are ranked, nor are all underlying holdings. Rankings are for informational purposes only and do not constitute advice. Full disclaimer
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Top Yielding ETFs
Rank ETF ETF Category Net Assets Recent Yield* 
#1 iShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped ETF (REM) Real Estate 1.33B 13.73%  
#2 SPDR S&P International Telecommunications Sector ETF (IST) Technology 41.28M 12.45%  
#3 Mortgage REIT Income ETF (MORT) Income 121.57M 12.21%  
#4 iShares International Developed Real Estate ETF (IFGL) Real Estate 840.56M 11.23%  
#5 PowerShares KBW High Dividend Yield Financial Portfolio (KBWD) Income 268.22M 7.60%  
#6 First Trust Brazil AlphaDEX Fund (FBZ) South America 5.45M 7.34%  
#7 PowerShares CEF Income Composite Portfolio (PCEF) Value 600.71M 7.23%  
#8 SuperIncome Preferred ETF (SPFF) Income 137.73M 7.03%  
#9 BDC Income ETF (BIZD) Income 45.92M 6.69%  
#10 iShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF (PFF) Income 10.54B 6.68%  

Top Yielding SPDRs ETFs
Rank ETF ETF Category Net Assets Recent Yield* 
#1 SPDR S&P International Telecommunications Sector ETF (IST) Technology 41.28M 12.45%  
#2 SPDR Wells Fargo Preferred Stock ETF (PSK) Income 256.66M 6.15%  
#3 SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) Corporate Debt 9.39B 5.77%  
#4 SPDR S&P International Dividend ETF (DWX) Global 1.57B 5.35%  
#5 SPDR BofA Merrill Lynch Emerging Markets Corporate Bond ETF (EMCD) Corporate Debt 24.48M 5.33%  
#6 SPDR STOXXEurope 50 ETF (FEU) Europe 293.81M 5.27%  
#7 SPDR Barclays Short Term High Yield Bond ETF (SJNK) Corporate Debt 3.96B 5.26%  
#8 SPDR Nuveen S&P High Yield Municipal Bond ETF (HYMB) Municipal Bonds 287.65M 4.71%  
#9 SPDR Barclays Long Term Corporate Bond ETF (LWC) Blended Debt 177.40M 4.42%  
#10 SPDR Dow Jones International Real Estate ETF (RWX) Real Estate 5.24B 4.32%  

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Top Yielding iShares ETFs
Rank ETF ETF Category Net Assets Recent Yield* 
#1 iShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped ETF (REM) Real Estate 1.33B 13.73%  
#2 iShares Global Telecom ETF (IXP) Technology 478.62M 11.44%  
#3 iShares International Developed Real Estate ETF (IFGL) Real Estate 840.56M 11.23%  
#4 iShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF (PFF) Income 10.54B 6.68%  
#5 iShares B – Ca Rated Corporate Bond ETF (QLTC) Corporate Debt 21.14M 6.34%  
#6 iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (EWU) Europe 4.24B 6.14%  
#7 iShares Currency Hedged MSCI EAFE ETF (HEFA) 2.52M 5.84%  
#8 iShares Morningstar Multi-Asset Income ETF (IYLD) Income 181.38M 5.83%  
#9 iShares Emerging Markets High Yield Bond ETF (EMHY) Emerging Markets 208.59M 5.76%  
#10 iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) Corporate Debt 12.65B 5.72%  

Top Yielding PowerShares ETFs
Rank ETF ETF Category Net Assets Recent Yield* 
#1 PowerShares KBW High Dividend Yield Financial Portfolio (KBWD) Income 268.22M 7.60%  
#2 PowerShares CEF Income Composite Portfolio (PCEF) Value 600.71M 7.23%  
#3 PowerShares Preferred Portfolio (PGX) Income 2.26B 6.02%  
#4 PowerShares Financial Preferred Portfolio (PGF) Income 1.41B 5.96%  
#5 PowerShares Build America Bond Portfolio (BAB) Municipal Bonds 691.31M 4.67%  
#6 BLDRS Europe Select ADR Index Fund (ADRU) Europe 18.93M 4.60%  
#7 PowerShares Fundamental Emerging Markets Local Debt Portfolio (PFEM) Emerging Markets 5.44M 4.41%  
#8 PowerShares Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt Portfolio (PCY) Emerging Markets 2.22B 4.35%  
#9 PowerShares KBW Premium Yield Equity REIT Portfolio (KBWY) Real Estate 94.75M 4.35%  
#10 PowerShares Fundamental High Yield Corporate Bond Portfolio (PHB) Corporate Debt 575.21M 4.29%  

Top Yielding Vanguard ETFs
Rank ETF ETF Category Net Assets Recent Yield* 
#1 Vanguard Long-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCLT) Corporate Debt 185.27M 4.41%  
#2 Vanguard Emerging Markets Government Bond ETF (VWOB) 67.02M 4.41%  
#3 Vanguard Long-Term Bond ETF (BLV) Blended Debt 796.17M 3.93%  
#4 Vanguard Utilities ETF (VPU) Utilities 1.67B 3.52%  
#5 Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (EDV) Government Debt 243.45M 3.23%  
#6 Vanguard Telecommunication Services ETF (VOX) Technology 746.53M 3.09%  
#7 Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCIT) Corporate Debt 618.47M 3.02%  
#8 Vanguard Long-Term Government Bond ETF (VGLT) Government Debt 89.95M 3.01%  
#9 Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (VYM) Income 12.57B 2.99%  
#10 Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (VDC) Consumer 2.08B 2.56%  


*(updated 3 hours, 9 minutes ago) Yield calculations vary and may not be reliable nor comparable; yield may be expressed as SEC 30-day yield, annualized yield based on most recent distribution, trailing twelve month yield, or reported yield. Not all ETFs are ranked; data may be incorrect or out of date. Rankings are for informational purposes only and do not constitute advice. Full disclaimer
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Weekly Dividend Channel Newsletter 29/08/2014

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Weekly Newsletter
Weekly DividendRank Toplists
Each week at Dividend Channel, we screen through our coverage universe of dividend paying stocks, and we look at a variety of data — dividend yield, book value, quarterly earnings — and compare it to the stock’s trading data to come up with certain calculations about profitability and about the stock’s valuation (whether we think it looks ”cheap” or ”expensive”).

History has shown that the bulk of the stock market’s returns are delivered by dividends, and so we pay special attention to dividend history. And of course, only consistently profitable companies can afford to keep paying dividends, so profitability is of critical importance. Dividend investors should be most interested in researching the strongest most profitable companies, that also happen to be trading at an attractive valuation — maybe there is a company-specific reason causing the stock to be ”cheap” or maybe the entire sector is taking a hit, but whatever the reason, we think there is great value in ranking our coverage universe weekly using our proprietary DividendRank formula, and sharing those lists with our subscribers, neatly divided into 17 sectors/categories.

These are the stocks our DividendRank system has identified as the top most ”interesting” … this is meant purely as a research tool to generate ideas that merit further research. We’d love to include even more, but have an email size limit — however, our premium service has no limitation and there we provide more data like ex-date, and more categories (including our S.A.F.E. list and our list of top ranked stocks with recent insider buying).

Business Services & Equipment

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 VVI Q 0.40 1.80% 
#2 MIC Q 3.80 5.30% 
#3 WU Q 0.50 2.86% 
#4 BAH Q 0.44 1.99% 
#5 GK Q 1.24 2.26% 
#6 TYC Q 0.72 1.62% 
#7 PAYX Q 1.52 3.63% 
#8 HCSG Q 0.69 2.52% 
#9 RBA Q 0.56 2.34% 
#10 SPRO Q 0.06 3.02% 

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Construction

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 DE Q 2.40 2.86% 
#2 AYR Q 0.80 4.19% 
#3 BZT Q 1.88 6.38% 
#4 CAT Q 2.80 2.58% 
#5 TTC Q 0.80 1.29% 
#6 LNN Q 1.08 1.38% 
#7 URS Q 0.88 1.46% 
#8 ELRC Q 0.80 5.28% 
#9 CNHI A 0.27 3.12% 
#10 ALSN Q 0.48 1.58% 

Consumer Goods

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 ACU Q 0.36 2.17% 
#2 NPD A 0.32 13.12% 
#3 BGS Q 1.36 4.56% 
#4 LBMH Q 0.13 4.40% 
#5 RAI Q 2.68 4.64% 
#6 MO Q 2.08 4.86% 
#7 TIS Q 1.40 5.07% 
#8 MAT Q 1.52 4.37% 
#9 TRK Q 0.60 3.22% 
#10 RGR Q 1.80 3.66% 

Consumer Services

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 NAUH Q 0.18 5.63% 
#2 STON Q 2.44 9.67% 
#3 LINC Q 0.08 3.17% 
#4 CLCT Q 1.30 6.57% 
#5 GHC Q 10.20 1.44% 
#6 BID Q 0.40 0.98% 
#7 NTRI Q 0.70 4.34% 
#8 HRB Q 0.80 2.37% 
#9 CPLA Q 1.40 2.15% 
#10 UTI Q 0.40 3.59% 

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Energy

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 RIG Q 3.00 7.77% 
#2 ARP M 2.36 11.77% 
#3 ECT Q 1.12 17.54% 
#4 ESV Q 3.00 6.01% 
#5 LINE M 2.90 9.23% 
#6 HGT M 0.97 9.94% 
#7 NKA Q 1.40 9.94% 
#8 SDRL Q 4.00 10.93% 
#9 PER Q 2.53 22.62% 
#10 EXLP Q 2.17 7.54% 

Financial

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 GAIN M 0.72 9.44% 
#2 PSEC M 1.33 12.84% 
#3 CIM Q 0.36 10.91% 
#4 SCM M 1.36 9.54% 
#5 BGH M 2.01 8.59% 
#6 OXLC Q 2.40 14.37% 
#7 LOAN Q 0.28 10.57% 
#8 TICC Q 1.16 11.92% 
#9 ARDC M 1.40 7.96% 
#10 ACP M 1.44 8.25% 

Healthcare

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 MMM Q 3.42 2.38% 
#2 PFE Q 1.04 3.53% 
#3 JNJ Q 2.80 2.72% 
#4 KEQU Q 0.48 2.64% 
#5 BAX Q 2.08 2.77% 
#6 VIVO Q 0.80 4.08% 
#7 DRAD Q 0.20 5.48% 
#8 DGX Q 1.32 2.12% 
#9 BDX Q 2.18 1.87% 
#10 UTMD Q 1.00 1.95% 

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Industrial

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 HIHO Q 0.20 5.90% 
#2 BGG Q 0.50 2.45% 
#3 AIRI Q 0.60 6.01% 
#4 IPHS Q 1.92 3.28% 
#5 LMT Q 5.32 3.02% 
#6 PLOW Q 0.87 4.39% 
#7 ITW Q 1.94 2.20% 
#8 NOC Q 2.80 2.20% 
#9 BRKS Q 0.40 3.59% 
#10 HRS Q 1.88 2.66% 

Manufacturing

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 IEP Q 6.00 5.29% 
#2 CODI Q 1.44 7.87% 
#3 CSCO Q 0.76 3.06% 
#4 MSI Q 1.36 2.28% 
#5 QCOM Q 1.68 2.19% 
#6 RCKY Q 0.40 2.72% 
#7 GPC Q 2.30 2.62% 
#8 MLR Q 0.60 3.17% 
#9 COH Q 1.35 3.64% 
#10 CMI Q 3.12 2.15% 

Materials

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 DSWL Q 0.20 9.01% 
#2 AGU Q 3.00 3.19% 
#3 SWM Q 1.44 3.39% 
#4 TUP Q 2.72 3.69% 
#5 POT Q 1.40 3.98% 
#6 SMG Q 1.80 3.02% 
#7 CF Q 6.00 2.32% 
#8 NWL Q 0.68 2.03% 
#9 SON Q 1.28 3.13% 
#10 EMN Q 1.40 1.73% 

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Media

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 AHC Q 0.32 2.79% 
#2 CTCM Q 0.70 7.47% 
#3 QUAD Q 1.20 5.40% 
#4 BBGI Q 0.18 2.97% 
#5 OMC Q 2.00 2.77% 
#6 MDP Q 1.73 3.70% 
#7 EVC Q 0.10 2.14% 
#8 SCHL Q 0.60 1.71% 
#9 TWC Q 3.00 2.04% 
#10 DLX Q 1.20 2.01% 

Metals & Mining

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 SXCP Q 2.06 6.78% 
#2 CLV Q 1.75 11.22% 
#3 RNO Q 1.78 13.24% 
#4 CALVF Q 0.06 6.39% 
#5 NSU Q 0.14 3.40% 
#6 AHGP Q 3.48 4.87% 
#7 OCIR Q 2.00 8.83% 
#8 CMP Q 2.40 2.73% 
#9 PAAS Q 0.50 3.56% 
#10 NRP Q 1.40 8.67% 

Real Estate

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 EFC Q 3.08 12.44% 
#2 ACRE Q 1.00 7.99% 
#3 NRZ Q 0.70 11.15% 
#4 ABR Q 0.52 7.45% 
#5 ZFC Q 1.60 8.35% 
#6 RAS Q 0.72 8.90% 
#7 OAKS M 1.50 13.22% 
#8 APTS Q 0.64 7.30% 
#9 CCG Q 0.66 8.01% 
#10 RSO Q 0.80 14.85% 

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Technology

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 FORTY A 0.48 1.71% 
#2 CSPI Q 0.44 5.76% 
#3 STM Q 0.40 4.83% 
#4 SMTP Q 0.48 7.50% 
#5 WSTG Q 0.68 4.48% 
#6 EVOL Q 0.44 4.59% 
#7 AMSWA Q 0.40 4.35% 
#8 WILN Q 0.20 5.15% 
#9 CPWR Q 0.50 5.39% 
#10 SILC A 1.00 3.21% 

Transportation

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 SSW Q 1.38 5.99% 
#2 FLY Q 1.00 6.84% 
#3 TGH Q 1.88 5.29% 
#4 KNOP Q 1.74 6.21% 
#5 TAL Q 2.88 6.29% 
#6 SB Q 0.24 2.84% 
#7 NAO Q 1.80 9.24% 
#8 CSX Q 0.64 2.08% 
#9 CMRE Q 1.12 4.98% 
#10 GMLP Q 2.19 5.83% 

Travel & Entertainment

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 IGT Q 0.44 2.63% 
#2 CBRL Q 4.00 4.01% 
#3 MCD Q 3.24 3.43% 
#4 CNK Q 1.00 2.82% 
#5 DRI Q 2.20 4.64% 
#6 BAGL Q 0.52 3.67% 
#7 HOT Q 1.40 1.67% 
#8 TXRH Q 0.60 2.26% 
#9 BOBE Q 1.24 2.71% 
#10 WYN Q 1.40 1.74% 

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Utilities

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 ELP A 0.41 2.33% 
#2 AVA Q 1.27 3.96% 
#3 DGAS Q 0.80 3.99% 
#4 AT M 0.40 10.13% 
#5 SGU Q 0.35 6.00% 
#6 BIP Q 1.92 4.57% 
#7 SPH Q 3.50 7.88% 
#8 TU Q 1.52 4.20% 
#9 APU Q 3.52 7.60% 
#10 PNW Q 2.27 4.01% 


*(updated 7 hours, 54 minutes ago) Yield calculations vary and may not be reliable nor comparable. Not all publicly traded securities are ranked; data may be incorrect or out of date. Rankings are for informational purposes only and do not constitute advice. Full disclaimer

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Weekly Metals Channel Newsletter 29/08/2014

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Weekly DividendRank Metals Toplists & Metals ETF Movers

Metals Prices

Looking at metals prices this week, gold moved higher, with spot prices currently at $1,291.15/ounce, up $13.65 (+1.1%) compared to $1,277.50 on 08/21. Silver is currently trading at $19.65/ounce, up $0.19 (+1.0%) from $19.46 on 08/21. And turning to copper, the current spot price of $3.17/pound, has copper unchanged week over week.

Metals ETF Movers

The PowerShares Global Gold and Precious Metals Portfolio ETF (PSAU) outperformed other Metals ETFs this week, up about 1.5%. Components of that ETF showing particular strength this week include shares of Gold Fields (GFI), up about 11.3%.And underperforming other Metals ETFs this week is the Steel ETF (SLX), off about 1.1% this week. Among components of that ETF with the weakest showing for the week were shares of Rio Tinto (RIO), lower by about 6.3%, and shares of Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), lower by about 5.8% on the week.

Other ETF standouts this week include the Gold Miners ETF (GDX), outperforming this week with a 1.4% gain. And the Copper Miners ETF (COPX) was an underperformer, falling about 0.3% this week.

DividendRank Metals Toplist

At sister site Dividend Channel, we screen through our coverage universe of dividend paying stocks each week, and we look at a variety of data — dividend yield, book value, quarterly earnings — and compare it to the stock’s trading data to come up with certain calculations about profitability and about the stock’s valuation (whether we think it looks ”cheap” or ”expensive”).History has shown that the bulk of the stock market’s returns are delivered by dividends, and so we pay special attention to dividend history. And of course, only consistently profitable companies can afford to keep paying dividends, so profitability is of critical importance. Dividend investors should be most interested in researching the strongest most profitable companies, that also happen to be trading at an attractive valuation — maybe there is a company-specific reason causing the stock to be ”cheap” or maybe the entire sector is taking a hit, but whatever the reason, we think there is great value in ranking the Metals Channel coverage universe weekly using our proprietary DividendRank formula, and sharing the list of the week’s top ranked metals stocks with our subscribers.

These are the metals stocks our DividendRank system has identified as the top most ”interesting” in the Metals and Mining category … this is meant purely as a research tool to generate ideas that merit further research.

Metals & Mining

DividendRank Symbol Dividend Recent Yield* 
#1 SXCP Q 2.06 6.78% 
#2 CLV Q 1.75 11.22% 
#3 RNO Q 1.78 13.24% 
#4 CALVF Q 0.06 6.39% 
#5 NSU Q 0.14 3.40% 
#6 AHGP Q 3.48 4.87% 
#7 OCIR Q 2.00 8.83% 
#8 CMP Q 2.40 2.73% 
#9 PAAS Q 0.50 3.56% 
#10 NRP Q 1.40 8.67% 
#11 RS Q 1.40 2.00% 
#12 LII Q 1.20 1.43% 
#13 CCJ Q 0.40 2.05% 
#14 SLGN Q 0.60 1.20% 
#15 WOR Q 0.72 1.77% 
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How to Play the B.R.I.C.S.? by John Blank – 08/30/2014

The B.R.I.C.S. — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Most international investors recognize this 13-year-old acronym. Goldman Sachs executive Jim O’Neill coined the ‘BRICS’ term in 2001 in a piece he titled Building Better Global BRICS. He argued: “World policymaking forums should be re-organized and in particular, the G7 should be adjusted to incorporate BRIC representatives”. Consult Table 1.

Current facts: The world’s economy has $76.8 trillion in heft. BRICS leads with a combined GDP of $17.8 trillion. U.S. GDP has $17.5 trillion. Euro Area GDP counts $13.4 trillion. That implies BRICS economies make up 22.7% of the world. When Jim O’Neill wrote his paper in 2001, he got to a 23.4% weight. The BRICS haven’t become a bigger world GDP influence, like Jim O’Neill suggested. In fact, they are a bit less important.

In 2014, Brazil hosted the group’s 6th summit. After the World Cup, the group signed documents to create the US$100 billion BRICS Development Bank; a reserve currency pool worth over another US$100 billion; documents laying out cooperation between BRICS export credit agencies; and an agreement for cooperation on innovation.

China – Want the most salient fact? — China dominates the BRICS. Its economy is $10.9 of the BRICS’ $17.8 trillion total (61%). What’s the biggest risk? Attractive Chinese shares ran up big time in last year’s rally. That opened up opportunities for shorts. There is a small industry selling fraud reports to hedge funds on Chinese companies. Trying to cash in by selling an overpriced IPO has been standard stuff in China.

India – India has a new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He and the University of Chicago-trained economist running the Indian Central Bank, Raghuram Rajan, are shaking things up. Political change was sorely needed. The Association for Democratic Reforms says: “more than a third of the Indian parliament faces criminal charges.”

These new leaders have proposed direct transfers into new bank accounts for the poor. More than 2/3rds of India’s people eat less than the minimum target set by this government. Targeting better food for India is one place to look for a great investment in India. Another prime place to look into share investment is electricity. As India’s GDP grew over the last decade, power demand vastly outstripped power supply. Blackouts are common. More than 300 million Indian people lack access to electricity.

Russia – With a fraction of the population, Russian piles up a $2.1 trillion GDP mountain, comparable to India at $2.2 trillion and Brazil at $2.2 trillion. Russia does this by exporting oil and natural gas to Europe. As you know, Ukraine unrest boiled over and hurt European relations. A shunned Russia signed agreements to ship oil and natural gas to China along new routes. It’s an infrastructure play to think harder about. Tit-for-tat sanctions make it scary for outside share investors. But sanctions also opened up cheap share valuations. What’s par for the course? Jim O’Neill didn’t elaborate on how serious political corruption is here either.

Brazil – I read a Brazilian report from the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. It stated: “The country has swayed in a limbo between periods of economic growth and stagnation for decades”.

When I looked to the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom for Brazil, I found a quote that says it all. “Heavy government intervention in the economy continues to cause the misallocation of capital, limit mobility, and fuel a sense of injustice.” Indeed. In 2013, Brazil ranked 116 out of 189 in terms of the World Bank’s ease of doing business.

What is attractive in Brazil these days? I would look hard at the Brazilian food industry for shareholding. Brazil’s managers can get ahead profitably by introducing the latest technology and outside operating skills into a land with enormous food production.

South Africa – South Africa’s unemployment hovers around 25%. What’s the problem? Here is what the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom had to say: “South Africa achieved its highest economic freedom score in 2003 and has failed to show further progress. Its transition to a more open economic system, helped by a relatively competitive trade regime, has been undermined by the failure of structural reforms to diversify the economic base.”

The Heritage Foundation elaborated further: “Enforcement of anti-corruption statues is inadequate. Public servants do not declare their business interests as required by law. The ruling ANC allegedly charges fees for access to top government officials. The public procurement process is often politically driven and opaque, and the delivery of government services is undermined by poor administration”. ‘Nuff said there. BRICS suffer in common the plague of corruption.

What’s there for South African share investors? I would look at platinum and palladium ETFs.

Conclusion: How to Play the BRICS?

In each BRICS country, gems hide. That’s investing everywhere. Ferret winners out. Understand how the future gets brighter in simple company-specific terms. The Zacks Rank can do that for you, as it does for me. Effective politicians can deliver on market reforms. These serve as a major stock market catalyst once they hit. India showed us that already.

Good Investing,

John

John Blank, Ph.D., a noted global economist, is Zacks’ Chief Equity Strategist. He leads an exclusive investor group to the world’s most exciting investment opportunities with his International Trader portfolio.

Quartz Weekend Brief—Burger King’s move, Yellen’s revolution, Motorola, Burning Man

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There are four Burger King restaurants in Grand Cayman. When you buy a Whopper there for a Cayman Island dollar, the company pockets all of it tax-free (after paying for the cows). Back in the United States, where Burger King was founded 60 years ago on the premise that beef could be rapidly cooked, the government expects some 35% of the profits. And if Burger King tried to bring home that money from the Caribbean, the US would take a third of that, too.

No wonder American corporations are keeping trillions of dollars in profits overseas, taking advantage of a glaring exception in US tax law. And no wonder Burger King decided this week to pack up its flame broilers and headquarter them somewhere else—in Ontario, Canada, home to another fast food chain, Tim Hortons, with which it intends to merge. The combined company won’t entirely avoid US taxes this way, but it will certainly pay less for its expansion outside North America.

Tax inversions were once a trick played by pharmaceutical companies. Now they are common enough to apply to burgers and doughnuts, too. They even come with the blessing of Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway is providing $3 billion in financing for the deal. Politicians may call these deals unpatriotic, but no one has the temerity to stop them.

Clearly, the US needs to write some logic into its tax code. American companies avoid levies largely through loopholes of the country’s own making. Shares of Burger King and Tim Hortons both shot up after news of the merger leaked, which is how investors make clear that they want to see more of this. The US can just watch its corporations stash profits overseas and walk away entirely, or it can devise some rules and incentives to fix the problem. —Zachary M. Seward

Five things on Quartz we especially liked

An embargo hit list for Vladimir Putin. Russia needs the West more than the West needs Russia, but if Putin wants to inflict some financial pain on the rest of the world, Jason Karaian and David Yanofsky found some targets.

Janet Yellen, revolutionary. The Federal Reserve chair has very quietly convinced Wall Street to welcome wage growth, rather than see it as an inflationary red flag. Matt Phillips explained the significance of that shift.

The race to build the first mass-market electric car. Tesla and General Motors are both working on purely electric vehicles that travel 200 miles on a single charge but only cost about $35,000. Steve LeVine looked into which company might prevail. (John McDuling, meanwhile, took a Tesla Model S for a spin and came away even more impressed than he expected.)

How US cities wring money out of the poor. Ferguson, Missouri, isn’t alone in abusing its underclass. Gwynn Guilford examined how fines for minor offenses have become a growing portion of municipal revenue.

Job requirements are fiction. And you should ignore them. Max Nisen pointed out that job postings are aspirational but too often read literally.

Five things elsewhere that made us smarter

The Louisiana coastline is eroding. Climate change and oil drilling are sending much of that land into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening homes, seafood, and the American energy supply. ProPublica and The Lens conducted a stunning visual investigation.

Strangers in their own land. Eastern Ukranians fleeing to the west are being welcomed in Lviv, but the hospitality only extends so far. Annabelle Chapman visited the city for Foreign Policy and found troubling ethnic tension.

How Motorola ruined its culture. And nearly ruined the company in the process. Before Google swooped in (and dumped the company just as fast), Motorola fell victim to infighting, described in detail by Ted Fishman in Chicago magazine.

Inside a billionaire’s playa party pad at Burning Man. Recode’s Nellie Bowles got invited into Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman’s giant, inflatable, spider-like structure in the desert of Nevada.

Sifting through the wreckage of an Austrian bank collapse. Enormous losses, criminal convictions, vanishing yachts carrying North Korean currency: Gabriele Steinhauser turned up stunning details (paywall) in the Wall Street Journal.

Our best wishes for a relaxing but thought-filled weekend. Please send any news, comments, tax inversions, and Burning Man photos to hi@qz.com. You can follow us on Twitter here for updates throughout the day.

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Bulls Power Through Geopolitical Tensions for a Strong Finish

US equities rebounded nicely from the sideways action yesterday. The S&P 500 rose just 0.3%, but still noched a new all-time closing high at 2,003,37.

More importantly, some key market areas outperformed as the bulls refused to yield to geopolitical tensions and sell risk assets.

The NASDAQ Biotechnology Index rose 1.0%, and came within a point of pushing through Wednesday’s all-time high.

The Russell 2000 was also solid with a 0.7% gain.

Today’s economic data was a bit mixed.

July Personal Income rose 0.2%, which was lower than the 0.3% expected. However, June’s figure revised upward to 0.5% from 0.4%.

Personal Spending fell 0.1%, missing the 0.2% gain economists had forecast.

The PCE price index was in-line at 1.6%, as was the 1.5% core reading, which excludes food and energy prices.

On the positive side, the August Chicago PMI, August University of Michigan Sentiment Survey, and August ISM Milwaukee readings all came in better-than-expected.

In technology, momentum names Splunk (SPLK), Veeva Systems (VEEV), and Avago Technologies (AVGO) all staged impressive rallies after reporting strong second-quarter earnings results.

And Tesla Motors (TSLA) rose 2.2% to $269.70 after announcing a deal to build charging stations at 400 China Unicom stores throughout China.

Ukraine continued generating headlines today. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said NATO satellite images showing Russian troop movements were from video games. And Russian President Vladimir Putin applauded the separatists’ supposed progress in Ukraine.

World leaders including President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both discussed increasing economic sanctions against Russia. The rhetoric could turn to reality next week at a NATO summit in Wales.

The UK government raised its terror threat level to sever, the fourth highest of its five levels. Prime Minister David Cameron cited new intelligence from Syria and Iraq, and recent terrorist events, for the move.

The geopolitical tension sent crude oil prices higher, boosting energy stocks.

The markets will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

With the three-day weekend ahead, there’s a very good chance we’ll be seeing more news out of Ukraine and the Middle East.

On Tuesday, the August ISM Manufacturing and July Construction Spending reports will be released at 10:00 a.m.

There are no major earnings reports on the calendar.