Archive for June, 2013



Halfway Through the Year … How are the Stock Teasers Doing?

A QUICK LOOK AT SOME WINNERS AND LOSERS TOUTED IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS

Posted on June 28, 2013

World Stock Markets

Now that we’re putting June to bed, I thought I’d take just a minute to check on the stocks we’ve revealed over the first half of 2013 and see what’s happening. As you probably know, we track the prices of each of the stocks we uncover from the hyped teaser promotions — almost all of them are expected by their teaser-flinging newsletter pundits to have gains of 50% or more, often much more, so how many deliver on a level to match the hype?

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Well, as you probably guessed, not many. This has been a rough year for junior energy and mining stocks, which tend to be a favorite target of a lot of the different newsletter families out there, so everyone has at least a few nasty losers and junior miners populate a lot of the bottom portion of the spreadsheet, but the newsletter teaser picks in general this year have been pretty, well, average if you just go by a quick glance.

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Our tracking spreadsheets are not yet very analytical (we’re working on improving them, but it will take a while), all we’re doing is tracking the buy price when we unveil one of these “secret” picks and keeping track of the current live price to show the gain or loss, but right now we’re seeing half the stocks teased this year are up, and half are down. Those are not fair indications, necessarily — we have not annualized the numbers, nor have we compared the numbers to a benchmark (the market has been generally up nicely this year, so stocks that were touted earlier in the year are more likely to be near the top of the list).

Surprisingly, it’s been more even-keeled than a typical year so far — there are no 100% gainers (the best so far is about 40%), and there are no 90%+ losers that are on the verge of going under (the worst picks are down about 50%) … it’s early days yet, typically past years have included a few bankruptcies and a few incredible moonshot gains, with usually about half as many winners as losers overall.

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What migrated to the top of the list? Well, Manny Backus and his Consensus Picks service teased several stocks in January, and all three of the ones we covered, Callidus (CALD) and Aceto (ACET) and Zixcorp (ZIXI), have handily beaten both the market and most other picks teased earlier in the year (they’re all in the top five as I type). I didn’t know them well then, and don’t know why they’re doing well now, but they were small stocks with reasonable valuations when they were teased — perhaps sometimes that’s enough.

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Rounding out the top five are breakout growth pick SodaStream (SODA) from the Oxford Club folks, and the steady eddie Alaris Royalty (AD.TO ALARF) from Chris Mayer, both of which I was tempted to buy but held off on to my detriment. Alaris was the first pick of this year that I covered, I think, so it’s had a nice tailwind from a rising market despite the fact that it took a 10% haircut when all their dividend-driven peers also fell in June (Alaris acts and yields like a REIT or BDC to some degree), but SODA has risen almost 40% in less than two months.

Likewise, the sixth place pick so far has been Sara Nunnally’s the heavily hyped Capstone Turbine (CPST) that has also popped quite recently, with most of the advance coming in May, not long after the teaser campaign started, and being driven by some new supply deals and big orders that gave hope to this story stock that has always had a compelling-sounding pitch but never been able to deliver. Maybe now they’re back on track? Dunno, they’re still tiny and unprofitable, even after that 30%+ advance, but I wish ‘em the best.

And the worst performers this year? Any bottom fishing opportunities out there?

Well, other than Natcore Technologies, that overhyped, years from anything “absolute black” solar company, and Graphite One (GPH.V, GPHOF), the latest in a series of silly and overly optimistic pitch targets that tie graphite mines to the promise of the nanomaterial graphene, they’re pretty much all either oil or gold stocks — the gold stocks are predictable, with gold prices falling by 25% or more it’s no surprise that miners and royalty plays that are leveraged to the price of the shiny stuff are falling at least that far, so you’ll see big royalty plays Royal Gold (RGLD) and Franco-Nevada (FNV) on that list alongside junior miners like Centamin Gold (CEE.TO, CELTF) and Eurasian Minerals (EMXX).

It’s actually the oil names that catch my attention down here at the bottom of the list, because they’ve had a pretty steady commodity price (compared to gold, at least) but are still getting clobbered — HRT Participa (HRP.V, HRTPY) is a clear loser so far this year based on exploration results, with the first drill bit offshore Namibia not providing the kind of validation investors were hoping for after an ugly boardroom shakeup (I owned that to speculate on the Namibia results, I sold when they were bad, it has kept falling). They’ve still got two more exploration holes to drill, they probably have two or three weeks before results will come out from the next one (if it takes as long as the first one, it spun in on June 3), so this will probably see a July catalyst move it abruptly one way or another … we’ll see.

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And Tag Oil, which longtime reader Myron Martin mentions in his column for the Irregulars today, has also suffered despite good oil prices — they’re a New Zealand oil producer, teased just six weeks ago by Christian DeHaemer as having big upside thanks to their potential unconventional oil resources … and they’re down 40% already. I didn’t see news that would have made me dramatically revalue the company, though they did update on their exploration drilling plans and announce the completion of their infrastructure improvements right around the time the shares fell. They just reported their annual results today, which were substantially worse than a year ago in many respects (like “profit”), but they do sound optimistic about the next year and they’re in good shape financially, so that’s the one that jumps out to me at the bottom of the list.

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Teaser Stock Performance Tracking

These spreadsheets track the performance of stocks touted in investment newsletter teaser emails, assuming a purchase of the stock on the date the email was first seen or written about by the Gumshoe and held forever. Stock prices are live with a 20 minute delay, and the sorting (best performers at the top) is updated … every once in a while. Do note that occasionally splits or consolidations or takeovers happen that aren’t necessarily reflected in these spreadsheets — if you notice one that’s off, please let us know.

2013 Spreadsheet

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0ArddX_vPtgI6dGRzVlpqTkFwMVBCUC1ERFZCT0duOGc&single=true&gid=0&output=html

Sources:  Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe, Bluewaters2u Research Team

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Digital marketing is gaining momentum in around the world. Brands, Ad Agencies and companies are taking digital more seriously than ever before. One of the biggest advantages that Digital Marketing brings to the table is Measurement. We all have heard the old adage: “I know half my marketing works, I just don’t know which half.”

Digital marketing solves that problem with analytics and reporting and helps us optimize our ad campaigns. Display ads, social media ads, email ads etc. all are measurable and the computers don’t make mathematical mistakes. We can find out which banners get the maximum CTR, which ads convert the best and what subject lines for the emails get the highest open rates.

Display ads, email marketing, social media marketing, PPC marketing and content marketing are the digital marketing methods which has caught the most attention of the companies who usually invested only in traditional marketing.

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Old-School SEO Can Hurt You!

SEO is also gaining momentum but because of the recent algorithmic changes by Google, marketers are confused about the right approach to it.

By now, I guess many companies have realized that hiring an SEO agency to do old school SEO stuff like link building, article marketing and directory submissions can do more harm in the long term than good.

Now that there are so many digital marketing methods available to be exploited, the question arises – how to use all of these methods in such a way that each digital marketing method complements each other?

Investment in social media should help SEO, SEO should help content marketing, content should help in email marketing and in turn email should help in social media and SEO. The art of combining all the digital marketing methods into a single efficient system is called Integrated Digital Marketing.

Integrated Digital Marketing

 

Integrated digital marketing works in such a way that SEO, Email, Content and Social Media complement each other instead of trying to achieve the goal of increasing branding or sales on its own.

For example, it has been proved that Social Media advertising gives a poor ROI since the conversion rates are very low. But that happens only when marketers try to use social media ads to drive the sales directly.

But social media is best utilized when trying to build a following, spread the word about an idea or a brand and used as a listening tool instead of a sales machine.

The following diagram shows how each digital marketing method can complement each other and help build a tribe/following which helps in branding, lead generation, sales and getting feedback about the products and services of a company.

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You can observe that content marketing is the central piece in integrated digital marketing. Content marketing helps build a brand online, build trust and authority in the marketplace.

Content Marketing is Crucial

When you publish good content, the search engines pick up quality signals through the user behavior. For example if a search result is clicked and a user spends a lot of time on the page without clicking the back button, then it is an obvious signal that the page is of good quality and also relevant to the search keyword.

Thus content marketing, or rather quality content marketing can help in SEO. In the above diagram, the orange lines mean signals and black ones means the traffic flow.

Social Media Marketing

Good content is also shared on social media. When new visitors come through the search engines and find the content very useful, they will be compelled to share it with their friends because by sharing something useful they gain credibility among their followers

 

Good quality content is a key to an effective social media strategy. Fortunately, the search engines also pickup social signals to determine the quality of a page. If a page is shared 100 times on Facebook, that information helps the search engines in ranking the page.

Off-Page and On Page SEO

SEO is not dead. But off-page optimization is dead. Because off-page signals have to be sent to the search engines through the user behavior and not the webmaster.

User behavior such as no social sharing and less time spent on the site is a signal that the web page is either of low quality or it is of low relevancy. You cannot off-page-optimize a website. There is no such thing as off page optimization now. There is only off page signals and a webmaster has nothing to do about it.

On-page optimization is the webmaster communicating to the search engines about the quality and relevancy of a website. On-page optimization has to be done properly because the search engines are robots and not humans.

The data has to be spoon fed to them so that they can understand what the site is about. This information combined with off-page signals can help them rank a website accordingly.

Email Marketing

Now let us see how to integrate email marketing into this mix. To do email marketing, you need subscribers first. And these subscribers should be opt-in subscribers who are giving you permission to send them messages.

High quality opt-in subscribers can be gained only from a content channel. This content channel can be your own or it can be someone else’s. (You can advertise in other’s content channel to gain subscribers). But having your own content channel can help reduce cost per lead acquisition drastically.

You basically pull in subscribers from search and social media using your content as the magnet. Search engines do not send traffic directly to landing pages with forms and such landing pages are also not shared on social media. But both channels will send traffic to content from which you can get email subscribers.

How it all Comes Together

When you publish fresh content, you can update your email subscribers with the new content you have published and those subscribers will share it on social media. This sends user behavior signals and social signals to the search engines and new visitors will come to your content channel via the search engines – which can help in increasing your social media followers and email subscribers as well!

I hope this post gave you a lot of ideas about how content marketing can be enhanced using social, search and email. I have been using this method to gain footprint in a lot of markets and I have also been consulting a lot of companies to follow the integrated marketing route to get the maximum out of digital marketing. Every time, I am just pleasantly surprised with the results. This is content marketing 2.0!

Web Design Solutions Unlimited is launching a new Product soon and Integrated digital marketing will be the forefront of this great new product..Less than 30 Days away..watch for this coming out product to hit our product line in July…jp

Sources: Shared great articles of Interest: trak.in http://trak.in/marketing/1203-integrated-digital-marketing-guide/http://digitaldeepak.com/, and Bluewaters2u Research Team.

 

How Integrated Digital Marketing Can Help Increase Your Traffic and Conversions


Blue’s Investment 101: Rental Property continued discussion

TUTORIAL: Exploring Real Estate Investments

From the first decision to invest in real estate to actually buying your first rental property, there is a lot of work to be done. This task may be daunting for the first-time investor. Owning property is a tough business and the field is peppered with land mines that can obliterate your returns. Here we’ll take a look at the top 10 things you should consider when shopping for an income property

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Starting Your Search

Although you may want a real estate agent to help you complete the purchase of a rental property, you should start searching for your investment on your own. Having an agent can bring unnecessary pressure to buy before you have found a property that suits you. The most important thing is to take an unbiased approach to all the properties and neighborhoods within your investing range.

 

Your investing range will be limited by whether you intend to actively manage the property (be a landlord) or hire someone else to manage it. If you intend to actively manage, you should not get a property that’s too far away from where you live. If you are going to get a management company to look after it for you, your proximity to the property will be less of an issue. (To find out how to save money as a rental owner, see Tax Deductions For Rental Property Owners and Tips For The Prospective Landlord.)

Let’s take a look at the top 10 things you should consider when searching for the right rental property.

 1. Neighborhoods

The quality of the neighborhood in which you buy will influence both the types of tenants you attract and how often you face vacancies. For example, if you buy in a neighborhood near a university, the chances are that your pool of potential tenants will be mainly made up of students and that you will face vacancies on a fairly regular basis (during summer, when students tend to return back home).

 

2. Property Taxes

Property taxes are not standard across the board and, as an investor planning to make money from rent, you want to be aware of how much you will be losing to taxes. High property taxes may not always be a bad thing if the neighborhood is an excellent place for long-term tenants, but the two do not necessarily go hand in hand. The town’s assessment office will have all the tax information on file or you can talk to homeowners within the community.

 

3. Schools

Your tenants may have or be planning to have children, so they will need a place near a decent school. When you have found a good property near a school, you will want to check the quality of the school as this can affect the value of your investment. If the school has a poor reputation, prices will reflect your property’s value poorly. Although you will be mostly concerned about the monthly cash flow, the overall value of your rental property comes in to play when you eventually sell it and retire someday. (To keep reading about owning and selling real estate, see Sell Your Rental Property For A Profit.)

 

4. Crime

No one wants to live next door to a hot spot for criminal activity. Go to the police or the public library for accurate crime statistics for various neighborhoods, rather than asking the homeowner who is hoping to sell the house to you. Items to look for are vandalism rates, serious crimes, petty crimes and recent activity (growth or slow down). You might also want to ask about the frequency of police presence in your neighborhood.

 

5. Jobs

Locations with growing employment opportunities tend to attract more people – meaning more tenants. To find out how a particular area rates, go directly to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or to your local library. If you notice an announcement for a new major company moving to the area, you can rest assured that workers will flock to the area. However, this may cause house prices to react (either negatively or positively) depending on the corporation moving in. The fall back point here is that if you would like the new corporation in your backyard, your renters probably will too.

 

6. Amenities

Check the potential neighborhood for current or projected parks, malls, gyms, movie theaters, public transport hubs and all the other perks that attract renters. Cities, and sometimes even particular areas of a city, have loads of promotional literature that will give you an idea of where the best blend of public amenities and private property can be found.

 

7.  Building Permits and Future Development

The municipal planning department will have information on all the new development that is coming or has been zoned into the area. If there are many new condos, business parks or malls going up in your area, it is probably a good growth area. However, watch out for new developments that could hurt the price surrounding properties by, for example, causing the loss of an activity-friendly green space. The additional condos and/or new housing could also provide competition for your renters, so be aware of that possibility.

 

8. Amount of Listings and Vacancies

If there is an unusually high amount of listings for one particular neighborhood, this can either signal a seasonal cycle or a neighborhood that has “gone bad.” Make sure you figure out which it is before you buy in. You should also determine whether you can cover for any seasonal fluctuations in vacancies.

 

Similar to listings, the vacancy rates will give you an idea of how successful you will be at attracting tenants. High vacancy rates force landlords to lower rents in order to snap up tenants – low vacancy rates allow landlords to raise rental rates.

 

9. Rents

Rent will be the bread and butter for your rental property, so you need to know what the average rent in the area is. If charging the average rent is not going to be enough to cover your mortgage payment, taxes and other expenses, then you have to keep looking. Be sure to research the area well enough to gauge where the area will be headed in the next five years. If you can afford the area now, but major improvements are in store and property taxes are expected to increase, then what could be affordable now may mean bankruptcy later.

 

10. Natural Disasters

Insurance is another expense that you will have to subtract from your returns, so it is good to know just how much you will need to carry. If an area is prone to earthquakes or flooding, the extra insurance can add up and eat away at your rental income. (To learn which policies you will need, check out Insurance Tips For Homeowners and Beginners’ Guide To Homeowners Insurance.)

 

Getting Information

Talk to renters as well as homeowners in the neighborhood. Renters will be far more honest about the negative aspects of the area because they have no investment in it. If you are set on a particular neighborhood, try to visit it at different times on different days of the week to see your future neighbors in action.

 

The Physical Property

In general, the best investment property for beginners is a residential, single-family dwelling or a condominium. Condos are low maintenance because the condo association is there to help with many of the external repairs, leaving you to worry about the interior. Because condos are not truly independent living units, however, they tend to garner lower rents and appreciate more slowly than single-family homes.

 

Single-family homes tend to attract longer-term renters in the form of families and couples. The reason families, or two adults in a relationship, are generally better tenants than one person is because they are more likely to be financially stable and pay the rent regularly. This owes to the simple fact that two can live almost as cheaply as one (as far as food, rent and utilities go) while still enjoying dual income. As a landlord, you want to find a property and a neighborhood that is going to attract that type of demographic.

 

When you have the neighborhood narrowed down, look for a property that has appreciation potential and a good projected cash flow. Check out properties that are more expensive than you can afford as well as those within your reach – real estate can often sell below its listing price. Watch the listing prices of other properties and ask buyers about the final selling price to get an idea of what the market value really is in the neighborhood. For appreciation potential, you are looking for a property that, with a few cosmetic changes and some renovations, will attract tenants who are willing to pay out higher rents. This will also serve you well by raising the value of the house if you choose to sell it after a few years.

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As far as cash flow, you are going to have to make an informed guess. Take the average rent for the neighborhood and subtract your expected monthly mortgage payment, property taxes (divided by 12 months), insurance costs (also divided by 12) and a generous allowance for maintenance and repairs. Don’t lie to yourself and underestimate the cost of maintenance and repairs or you will pay for it once the deal is done. If all these figures come out even or, better yet, with a little left over, you can now get your real estate agent to submit an offer and, if everything goes well, order business cards with Landlord emblazoned across the top.

 

The Bottom Line

Every state has good cities, every city has good neighborhoods and every neighborhood has good properties, but it takes a lot of footwork and research to line up all three. When you do find your ideal rental property, keep your expectations realistic and make sure that your own finances are in a healthy enough state that you can wait for the property to start producing cash flow rather than needing it desperately. Real estate investing doesn’t start with buying a rental property – it begins with creating the financial situation where you can buy a rental property.

Sources: AndrewBeattie, Bluewaters2u Research Team

 http://www.investopedia.com/articles/mortgages-real-estate/08/buy-rental-property.asp?utm_source=term-of-the-day&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=TOD-6/25/2013

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Traders gather at the post of specialist Patrick Murphy, right, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. Traders in the U.S. dumped stocks, bonds and commodities, prompted by signs of distress in China’s economy and worries about the end of the Federal Reserve bank’s easy money policies.

The Federal Reserve thinks the economy is improving, so much so that it has hinted it may throttle back a bit on easy money policies in place since the financial crisis. So why are the financial markets acting like the sky is falling?

Stock markets have been in turmoil since Fed chairman Ben Bernanke last week suggested that if the economy continues to perk up the central bank will remove a least some of the low interest rate punch bowls that banks and businesses have been drinking from for years. And while part of Monday’s stock drop could be blamed on worries about China’s economy, the world’s second largest, it came against a backdrop of fears about what the Fed may do later this year.

Stocks dropped again Monday, though the markets recovered some of their losses later in the day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed nearly 250 points before making up some of that lost ground, closing 140 points lower, nearly 1 percent down. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq also finished off their lows. So far this month, the S&P has shed about 3.5 percent.

Several Fed officials spent the day trying to talk the financial markets off a ledge, and they partly succeeded. But investors remain jittery. They have have good reasons to be concerned. They hate uncertainty, and few people alive today have ever lived through an economic and financial cycle like this one. That’s because the financial panic of 2008 was deeper than any since the Great Depression. And the remedies applied by the Federal Reserve have never been tried on such a giant scale.

But causes of the gut-wrenching market plunge of the last week are pretty easy to spot. Here are the big ones:

Why are interest rates moving higher?

Soon after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, the flow of capital around the planet seized up as banks and investment firms feared lending to one another. No one knew which bank might be the next Lehman. The global credit machine completely froze.

To restart lending, the central banks around the world began pumping trillions of dollars into the financial system. Since then, the Fed has continued pumping $85 billion a month of surplus into the credit markets to keep rates low.

But at its regular policy meeting last week, central bankers said they’re getting ready to “taper off” that flow of cash. With less money sloshing around the system, the cost of borrowing will begin rising.

That means I’ll get a higher return on my savings account, right? What’s wrong with that?

Nothing, as long as the economy keeps humming along and employers keep creating new jobs. But the worry is that those higher rates could make consumers more reluctant to use their credit cards, or potential home buyers think twice about taking out a mortgage to buy a house.

The Fed, though, thinks the economy may be nearly ready to sustain those higher rates. Consumer confidence and spending have been gathering momentum – partly because house prices have begun recovering and the job market continues to improve, albeit slowly. And while stock prices have fallen nearly 5 percent in just the last four days trading days, prices are still 20 percent higher than they were a year ago. That extra stock market wealth has also helped fill in the $7 trillion crater in household wealth that was created by the twin collapses of the housing and financial markets five years ago.

Is the market going lower?

Yes, and then higher. But we have no idea when. Or how far. This is a website, not a psychic hotline.

If the folks at the Fed spooked the markets, can’t they calm them down again?

Yes and no. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has made it clear that as central bankers begin slowing the flow of the money fountain, they can always restore full pressure if the economy falters or the markets begin to tank. And the Fed hasn’t actually started to taper off the flow of money – they’re just telling the world they’re beginning to think about how and when to do so.

But while the Fed’s money machine is the biggest in the world, and the dollar is the closest thing to a global currency, the U.S. central bank isn’t the only game in town.

The latest market jitters have been heightened by a much more immediate – and severe – credit clampdown in China. On Friday, the People’s Bank of China (the country’s central bank) tried to cut off the financial oxygen of a loose network of speculators and informal lenders who have been inflating a bubble in stocks and real estate. In doing so, the People’s Bank let short term interest rates spike as high as 25 percent.

That sounds a lot like the kind of credit crunch that started this whole mess five years ago.

It certainly spooked investors around the world – that’s why stocks markets have fallen in unison over the last few week.

But there’s a big difference between the panic-induced collapse of Lehman Brothers and the People’s Bank- engineered Chinese credit crunch. China’s central bankers can restore the flow of credit with the click of a mouse (or two).

That makes the Chinese crunch more like the U.S. interest rate spike of the early 1980s, when then Fed chairman Paul Volcker all but strangled the U.S. bond market. Volcker’s move was designed to snap a decade of runaway inflation and reignite growth. It worked. Once inflation subsided, the Fed let rates fall, and the economy and stock market roared back to life.

China faces a very different set of problems, and the Chinese state-owned banking system is very different than the U.S. But the current credit crunch that is rippling through Asia could easily be reversed.

Chinese officials are betting that a short-term credit squeeze will throw enough cold water on the speculators and show banking lenders to prevent another bubble-bust cycle.

But there’s not a lot that Fed Chairman Bernanke and his Fed colleagues can do if the People’s Bank made the wrong bet.

Sources: John W. Schoen CNBC, http://www.nbcnews.com/business/interest-rate-jitters-send-stocks-wild-ride-6C10433507  , Bluewaters2u Research Team

Blue’s Comments: 

Is the market going lower?

Yes, and then higher. But we have no idea when. Or how far. This is a website, not a psychic hotline…lol..Very True statement…Brace yourself for further downtrend here imo..We have talked about this Fed bailout to Wall street ending the ride here through the Bond route and now the ripple effects are here..maybe even tidal waves..be very wise here folks..Bluewaters2u/jp

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Stocks gone wild: Why are investors so panicked?


Juicing with JP.. Many friends have asked if I would share some of my Nutri Bullet recipes. One of my favorite morning recipes for the Nutri Bullet..from Jp’s place. Juicing Startup 2013-06-24

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What you will need to put your Healthy Juice together.

1. Hand full of Kale or Hand full of Baby Spinach and or both..

2. Half a cup to cup of Blueberries

3. 1 tablespoon of local honey

4. 1 Teaspoon of Fresh Ground Cinnamon.  (Note here: don’t use 1 year old and or older powder that is stashed in your pantry. Get some fresh cinnamon from the local store, powder is fine and shaving a cinnamon stick is great too)

5. 1/4 or half of apple

6. Slice of mango, nice chunk of Cantaloupe, half a banana or chunks of fresh Pineapple. (I use a little of all these most of the time)

6. 2 caps full of Beet Root Juice concentrated or if not concentrated use 1 cup of organic Beet juice.

7.  2 tablespoons of Spectrum Essentials Ground Flaxseed- Omega-3 & Super Fruits..    (12 Ounces Seeds , $0.33/serving ) http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/en/browse/sku_detail.jsp?id=SA-7018#.UchKfvn0BQA

8. 1 scoop of Amazing Grass Orac Green Super food (7.4 Ounces Powder, $0.90/serving ) http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/search/controller?N=&Ns=p.display_name%7C0&Ntk=SiteSearch&Ntt=amazing+grass+green+superfood&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&cm_sp=keywordSearch-_-sort|top-_-alpha

9. Fill Nutri Bullet glass halfway with desired natural juice such as V8  V.Fusion Vegetable & Fruit Juice ( many types pick your favorites)  OJ, Cranberry/Blueberry juice, Welch’s Grape juice and so on. Brand name “Naked Juice” all natural Pepsi Juices are awesome here.. They have Kiwi, Carrot and many other awesome juices and you don’t need much to fill the glass half way prior to purging the mix. Juicing befor purging 2013-06-24

Product just before purging in your juicer.

Be sure to shake mix between purging your juice mixture to help breakup the Super Green Powder and Flax Seed.. Juice blended 2013-06-24

Your Juice after purging.

By the way the Beet root juice is an excellent choice for lowering Blood pressure! #1 juice for lowering Blood Pressure according to Dr Oz and many other clinically backed facts reports. Note here: purge your mix and shake it a few times and purge it again when using the powers and flaxseed.. Enjoy and Happy Health…jp Juice Final Product 2013-06-24

Enjoy your Healthy Juice to start your day!

Special note here: I am not selling or affiliate for reseller on any of these products. Just a Juicer from Florida…jp Start a small Garden in your backyard for fresh veggies and fruits to add to your juicing experience..here is one I started below. Garden 2013-06-24 My Garden, Tomatoes,Bell Peppers, Yellow Squash and Cucumbers for starters. Feel free to follow this new page and share/ like it to your facebook as well..thanks for checking Juicing with Jp out..jp

Sources: http://www.vitaminshoppe.com, Nutri Bullet and My Juicing recipe /pic experience. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.

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Juicing with Jp… A Healthy Start for your Day!


Tip of the Day!
June 23rd

Google dropped the hammer on low-quality links.

Before Penguin, SEOs widely believed that bad links couldn’t hurt you, and redirecting entire domains with bad links wasn’t likely to have much of an effect.

If the Penguin update and developments of the past year have taught us anything, it’s this:

When you redirect a domain, its bad backlinks go with it.
Webmasters often roll up several older domains into a single website, not realizing that bad backlinks may harbor poison that sickens the entire effort. If you’ve been penalized or suffered from low-quality backlinks, it’s often easier and more effective to simply stop the redirect than to try and clean up individual links.

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10 companies buying their own stock.

Already this year, U.S. companies have announced plans to snap up more than $210 million worth of their own shares, which usually means higher stock prices. Here are the 10 biggest buybacks so far.

 

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Driving prices higher

The stock market has been churning higher for a lot of reasons — including the large number of investors who spent years waiting on the sidelines, now trickling back in with every tick higher.

But here’s a reason for the rally that hasn’t been talked about quite so much: Companies are buying back tons of their own stock.

Through May 1, U.S. companies announced a massive $210.6 billion worth of stock buybacks — a level we haven’t seen in the past decade, according to Thomson Reuters. That’s 93% higher than the average for the prior 10 years.

Companies are buying back so much stock because they think their shares are underpriced. They’re also simply awash in cash after hunkering down during the financial crisis. Some, like Apple (AAPL), are under pressure from shareholders to unleash their reserves. Others, including PepsiCo (PEP), are mature companies that don’t have many other ways to use the tons of cash they spin off.

Whatever the reasons, U.S. companies have $1.7 trillion worth of cash. So you can expect the big buybacks to keep marching on.

What’s in it for you? Two key takeaways:

  1. These massive planned buybacks should nudge stocks and the market higher, barring scary disasters. That’s because of the sheer buying demand from companies.
  2. You can do well buying the shares of buyback leaders, as long as the stocks aren’t overpriced, says a study by Merrill Lynch. Besides the buying pressure from buybacks, this is because of some simple math. With fewer shares on the market, a company is worth more per share.

Here’s a look at the 10 biggest buyback announcements through the end of May 1, and some thoughts on whether you should join these companies and buy their shares.

A man talks on his cell phone as customers walk through an Apple store. (© Lucas Jackson/Newscom/Reuters)

 

Apple

2013 announced buyback: $50 billion

Apple (AAPL) is a case study in the power of the buyback. Its shares were in a grindingly painful decline from above $700 last September through mid-April, when the stock pierced $400. Then on April 23, the company upped its recent buyback plan by a massive $50 billion, to a total of $60 billion. It also hiked its dividend to $3.05 a share. The stock hasn’t looked back since. It traded recently at $450.

“The buyback and increased dividend have really brought a new investor base into the stock,” says David Heupel, a stock analyst with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. That would be income investors — those who shop for dividends and buybacks.

Will that be enough to restore Apple stock to its glory days when it traded above $700? Probably not. One problem is that Apple products have lost a bit of their luster, so Apple has lost its pricing power. The average price of iPhones and iPads slipped 4% in the first quarter, as consumers bought competing products and Apple expanded in emerging markets. Above all, though, a read of Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs” reveals just how much Apple was a personality-driven company. And, sadly, that personality is gone forever.

We won’t really know Apple’s fate until we see new products, and that won’t happen for another six months, says Mike Sorrentino, chief strategist at Global Financial Private Capital, a value shop. “Apple is probably range-bound for the time being,” he says. Sorrentino thinks the downside risk is limited, because Apple has a “war chest” of cash to defend its stock with buybacks. But upside? Possibly limited, too

Customers walk towards a Home Depot store in Washington, D.C. © Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Home Depot

2013 announced buyback: $17 billion

Buying the shares of companies with the biggest buyback plans — the top fifth — beat the market by 1.3 percentage points in annualized returns for 1986-2012. But that outperformance goes up to 3.5 percentage points if you focus on buyback companies with cheap shares. This strategy produced 13.3% annualized return versus 9.8% for the market, according to a study by Merrill Lynch.

This little piece of wisdom is all you need to know to be wary of Home Depot (HD) as a potential buy because of its huge buyback plan. Home Depot’s stock trades for 21 times estimated 2013 earnings, compared to 14.7 for the S&P 500 ($INX), says John Kozey, a senior analyst at Thomson Reuters. (Stock price times earnings, or the price/earnings ratio, is a common measure used to gauge if a stock is overpriced or underpriced.)

“I would not want to own Home Depot because I would not want them paying 21 times earnings for a company,” says Patrick Kaser, a portfolio manager at Brandywine Global, meaning its own shares. “I’d rather have them give me the cash, so I can buy a company at 11 times earnings,” he says, referring to cheaper stocks available in discounted areas such as large-cap tech, energy and banks. Home Depot should probably be raising its dividend instead of buying back stock.

A Merck scientist at the company's Pennsylvania lab earlier this year. © Matt Rourke/AP Photo

Merck

2013 announced buyback: $17 billion

If Home Depot isn’t attractive based on its buyback plan because its shares are too expensive, then what buyback giant looks a lot better because its shares are cheap? That would be Merck (MRK).

Merck stock fell under $46 recently, from above $48.50, on soft earnings news and weak guidance. It now trades at a 32% discount to its peers, according to Thomson Reuters, using its trailing price-earnings ratio, another common measure of a stock’s relative value.

One of Merck’s biggest challenges is that its blockbuster asthma drug, Singulair, started facing competition from generic versions last summer. It sorely needs some new hits, but its pipeline has not produced. Merck has been cutting costs in response, and it just brought in a new head of research, Roger Perlmutter.

The pharma giant does have strengths in vaccines, animal health and consumer products. Combined with a massive buyback plan, these positives make its stock look attractive in the pullback, believes Heupel, at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

BingWhat’s in the Merck pipeline?

A General Electric logo hangs above the entrance to a GE news conference in New York in 2009. © Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

General Electric

2013 announced buyback: $10 billion

Back in February, General Electric (GE) announced a huge, $10 billion buyback plan for 2013. “This tells us they are feeling more confident,” says David Fried, editor of The Buyback Letter.

It also tells us that it has tons of cash and that it’s tough to find uses for it, since the company already pays a 3.4% dividend yield and there aren’t enough potential acquisitions around. Where is all this cash coming from?

In February, GE sold its remaining stake in NBC Universal to Comcast (CMCSA) for $16.7 billion. That brought in $12 billion (the rest is made up of loans to Comcast). Just before that deal, GE had reported $15.6 billion in cash on hand.

The other source of cash is GE Capital, which does leasing and commercial, consumer and real-estate lending. GE is deliberately shrinking this business. This frees up cash that GE is redeploying to shrink its share count, to offset the hit to earnings from a shrinking GE Capital, says Kaser at Brandywine Global.

GE is struggling with weakness in Europe. But the company is solid in its core businesses, such as energy equipment, and the stock looks cheap. Plus a director bought $218,000 worth of stock at $21.80 in late April. Any time both a company’s board and an insider sees value in a stock, I’ll take that as a good sign.

Bottles of Pepsi cola drinks on display. © Mike Segar/Newscom/Reuters

PepsiCo

2013 announced buyback: $10 billion

When a company controls 40% of the planet’s salty snack market and boasts powerful brands such as Pepsi, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lay’s and Doritos, it’s bound to throw off lots of cash. And that’s what we see at PepsiCo (PEP).

But a company this big also has some natural limits on just how fast it can grow. As this puts a lid on internal investment opportunities, what’s a company to do with all its cash? PepsiCo already pays a 2.7% dividend yield. So one obvious answer: Give the cash back to shareholders.

The problem, though, is that PepsiCo stock has been on fire this year, advancing 23% to all-time highs of $84.32. The stock has retreated slightly, but at just under $83, it still trades for a fairly rich valuation of 17.3 times 2014 earnings, which is about 20% above its historical average and 10% over the $75 fair value estimate for the stock by Thomas Mullarkey, at Morningstar. Buybacks at rich valuations aren’t a great deal for shareholders.

There’s a decent chance PepsiCo might use some of its financial clout to buy Mondelēz International(MDLZ), the snack food company housing popular brands such as Oreo, Nabisco and Cadbury, Mullarkey says. But a Mondelēz purchase or no, PepsiCo stock seem pretty pricey, especially for a major buyback. I’d wait for a pullback, despite the huge buyback plans.

Fred Harster drives a UPS truck on Park Avenue in New York in 2009. © Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

United Parcel Service

2013 announced buyback: $10 billion

United Parcel Service (UPS) is the biggest shipping company in the world, delivering more than 16 million packages each weekday on average. As such a huge transport company, UPS offers a great read on the economy, so I’ll take it as a bullish signal for the economy that UPS has such a big buyback plan in place.

Like PepsiCo, United Parcel Service stock has been on a tear of late. It’s up 19% since it started its most recent leg up in early December, to trade recently at $86.

But this doesn’t necessarily negate the buyback here, because the valuation on UPS is not so rich. UPS trades for 15 times 2014 earnings, or just above the market multiple. Yet UPS has a much bigger protective moat than most companies in the stock market. That’s because it would be tough to replicate its global shipping network, brand and solid reputation among customers.

The bottom line: A pullback in UPS stock would not be surprising, given the recent strength. But the company’s moat, its plans for international expansion and its huge buyback suggest decent gains from here.

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American Express

2013 announced buyback: $9.9 billion

Unlike capital-intensive businesses such as steel or autos, a credit card company doesn’t require huge amounts of cash. Plus bad debt is relatively low at American Express (AXP), given the affluent nature of its cardholder base. This lowers the need for reserves, so it makes a lot of sense for this very profitable company to return cash to shareholders.

American Express shrank its shares outstanding by 5.3% last year, says Fried of the Buyback Letter. It could shrink its share count again this year, given the huge size of its announced buyback. This boosts earnings per share, since it spreads out earnings over fewer shares. It also reduces the amount of cash the company needs to fund its dividend.

Plus, regulators would rather see American Express return cash via buybacks as opposed to big dividend hikes, since it’s easier to dial back share repurchases to preserve cash if hard times hit. (Investors can punish companies that cut dividends.) Trading at just 13.3 times expected earnings for the next 12 months, American Express shares are priced 5% below their five-year average. The stock is not dirt cheap, but it’s not too rich for buybacks.

Stacks of lumber frame the store's logo at a Lowe's store in Quincy, Mass. © Brian Snyder/Newscom/Reuters

Lowe’s

2013 announced buyback: $5 billion

After a decade of rapid expansion, Lowe’s (LOW) is cutting back on new store openings. It also already has poured a lot of money into setting up 14 automated regional distribution centers. Lowe’s still needs to spend on improving its supply chain, but with much of that spending out of the way, and Lowe’s dialing back store growth, it’s producing lots of cash with nowhere to spend it.

So buybacks make sense, and a lot more sense than at rival Home Depot, because Lowe’s stock is cheaper. It trades for 15.7 times 2014 earnings, compared with 21 at Home Depot. Last year, Lowe’s shrank its share base by 9.2%, says Fried, at the Buyback Letter, which is good for shareholders. Expect more of the same this year.

Lowe’s still has room to grow, even though it has slowed store growth. The reason: Home improvement is still a highly fragmented sector, and Lowe’s can still take plenty of business from smaller stores and lumberyards.

3M Post-it notes are displayed at an Office Depot in Mountain View, Calif. © Paul Sakuma/AP Photo

3M

Announced buyback: $7.5 billion

By fostering a culture of innovation and judiciously plowing money into research year in year out, 3M (MMM) has invented some of the most memorable — and profitable — products ever, such as Scotch tape and Post-it Notes.

In short, innovation is 3M’s wheelhouse, so it’s no surprise the company announced at an analyst day last November that it wants to increase research and development spending to 6% of sales by 2017 from the current mid-5% level. 3M also says it wants to spend $1 billion to $2 billion a year on acquisitions.

Those plans, plus outlays for dividends, still don’t sop up all the cash generated at a large, successful and mature company like 3M, which produces more than $5 billion a year in free cash flow. So the big buyback plans make sense.

At 15.7 times forward 12-month earnings, 3M trades 12% higher than its five-year average, according to Thomson Reuters. That’s not cheap, but it’s not outrageously expensive for buybacks. After all, this is a company with a wide protective moat around its business, the kind that Warren Buffett likes. And there will probably be pullbacks ahead when market turbulence hits, giving us a chance to buy 3M at an even better price.

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Qualcomm

2013 announced buyback: $5 billion

Qualcomm (QCOM) stands out on the list of top 10 buyback giants so far this year because it’s the highest-growth company there. Sales advanced 24% in the most recent quarter, compared with 18% at Apple, the only other real growth company on the list.

As a key player in the code division multiple access (CDMA) technology and wireless chip sets used in smartphones, Qualcomm produces juicy margins, which net the company lots of cash. Qualcomm has net margins of 28.9%, compared with 13.1% for companies overall, according to Morningstar, and annual free cash flow of more than $5 billion.

Yet Qualcomm trades at a reasonable price. With a forward P/E of 13, it goes for a price earnings to growth ratio of 0.9. Anything under 1.5 at a high-growth company like this one looks like good value, according to a rule of thumb developed by investor great Peter Lynch.

“We like Qualcomm at these levels,” says Sorrentino of Global Financial Private Capital. Sorrentino also likes Qualcomm’s 2.2% dividend yield and the room to increase the dividend given the company’s financial strength. Besides the free cash flow, it has more than $13 billion in cash and little debt. The key takeaway: Buybacks make a lot of sense right now, and so does buying the stock.

Source:  Bing Money Micheal Brush, Bluewaters2u Research Team,

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