Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Drink In These 5 Top Stocks

"Whether it's the corporate lunchroom, your cubicle, or the local watering hole after work, there are regular places we gather to discuss news, sports, or -- if you're like us -- stocks. Here at Motley Fool CAPS, we gather around the virtual water cooler daily to rate stocks and delve into their merits as investments."

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

China Railway, Tongling Make $651M Bid for Corriente Resources

"Open Water Investments is a online financial portal focusing on the small cap and micro cap markets."

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Valuation: The Untold Truth

"Ned has a tremendous ability to call it as he sees it. Perhaps it’s simply the lack of investment banking biases at NDR;.perhaps it’s something in the Florida orange juice, rather than the NY water. Whatever the reason, we appreciate you, Ned. And we aspire to do the same. It is in this regard that we’ll outline a few additional truths about valuation. Specifically, we’ll discuss the relationship with inflation, the Fed Model, and forward “operating” earnings."

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

2009: Apocalypse not now

"Are you sure the book said "buy high, sell low?"

For a guy who shuns the spotlight, Quebec construction magnate Tony Accurso sure had his name in the news a lot in 2009: almost 200 mentions in La Presse alone. Accurso's companies have an enviable record in obtaining government contracts, but they hit a few speed bumps this year; three are under investigation for alleged tax fraud, and the controversial municipal water-meter contract in which one was a partner got cancelled. Accurso also made waves with his luxury yacht Touch (featured in the magazine Showboats International), which has hosted Quebec labour leaders and even a vacationing Frank Zampino, former head of Montreal's executive committee. There is absolutely no truth to the rumour the boat's original name was POL MAGNET."

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

The US, India, China and Russia: economic heavyweights shape up for 2010

" If 2009 was all about recession, for Wall Street, 2010 will be all about recovery. One of the first signs of this will be seen in bankers' pay packets. January will be the month when investment banks such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, and the more diversified conglomerates such as Citigroup and Bank of America, release details of what they intend to pay the "masters of the universe".

It also launched the world's cheapest ready-to-move-in apartments for £6,000, and has this month revealed the world's cheapest water purifier: the prospect of keeping your family free of water-borne diseases for just £10 – £190 cheaper than the market leader. "

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Friday, December 25, 2009

How I fought corruption as Minister â Bola Ajibola

"Just the opposite of what's going on now.  Those people stealing the money of the government used same to buy me gifts, thinking that I would take it?  No!  That was what we were doing then and it was to the knowledge of the government.  In fact, they were aware that I was being induced to take bribes and that I refused left, right and centre in those days.

Look at a country like Nigeria, with all the wealth in this country, yet, we cannot afford ordinary power to run this country all these years!  With the trillions and trillions of dollars that we have made, we cannot provide ourselves with clean water, life is terribly insecure.  At this time the new dimension is kidnap."

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

An old-fashioned, Before-Twitter Christmas

"I went to Walmart last Christmas - oops! - holiday season just to look around. The crowds were vast as wildebeest on the savanna, surly as water buffalo.

So, the Christians stocked up for Christmas, the African-Americans laid in food and candles for Kwanzaa, the Jews emptied the shelves for Hanukkah, the Muslims - hey! Do they buy anything for Ashura? If not, what's wrong with them, anyway?"

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Utility rally reduces sector's appeal

"Eletropaulo Metropolitana (ELPL3.SA) may be "very boring," but is a "free cash flow machine" whose earnings are also growing, she says. Water utility Copasa (CSMG3.SA) is another of her top picks from Brazil."

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

When it's cold outside, don't freeze your fitness routine

" Drink up: "If you're going to some of these peaks that are 8,000 or 12,000 feet high, altitude sickness can cause terrific headaches. You have to stop and drink plenty of water continuously to adjust." You also need to know when to take a break, he says. "Sometimes you just have to come in out of the cold and warm up." "

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Monday, December 21, 2009

It's time to improve our money lives

"So it's no surprise to learn that many of us are making financial New Year's resolutions this year. According to a TD Ameritrade survey, 75 percent of us will make at least one New Year's resolution. A Fidelity survey says 88 percent of us believe the events of the past year will help us stick to these resolutions. Common money-themed resolutions include saving or investing more, paying off debt and creating a financial plan.

Freeze your credit cards and grab a pen and paper. I mean literally stick your credit cards in a big ol' container of water and freeze the darn things. Or at the very least, take them out of your wallet. Most everyone I've ever spoken to who successfully tackled credit card debt removed the plastic from their wallets and vowed to stick with cash, no matter what life threw their way. And without credit to rely on as a backup, tracking each penny you spend is vitally important."

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Google workers see huge potential windfall

"When stock prices rise, options can be lucrative. Every option is given an "exercise" price when granted, reflecting the amount that employees can buy shares at a later date. That is usually the price of the company's stock when the option was granted.

The benefit of stock options falls apart when share prices decline, because the exercise price is higher than the current stock price. When options are considered "under water," they offer no value to employees because they can't cash them in for a profit."

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Taken to the woodshed over TARP

"“I believe that the bonus system should better reflect reality and personal performance. The reality is that it’s tough to make people believe that a firm can pay out billions in bonuses when they are losing billions and have to get financial aid from the government!” He paused, probably to check his stocks on his Bloomberg.

The lecture continued: “The story that ‘We have to pay these bonuses and high compensation packages to retain and attract good people and stop them from leaving’ doesn’t hold  water these days! Not when there are few openings, few companies are hiring and most are laying off.”"

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Confessions of a Money Manager: The road to alternative energy is paved with ...

"The tech angle is called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to rig operators. Fracking involves injecting water, sand, and a chemical mixture into rock formations at high pressure. This literally cracks up the formation and allows more seams to release gas from existing reservoirs. With Exxon-Mobil's superior infrastructure and balance sheet, industry watchers think it can expand the production of natural gas."

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

China to Invest $40 Billion In Water Infrastructure

"Water, water, everywhere, and all the boards did shrink;"

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Visit Santa, buy a tree, from Millburn to Madison, in advance of Christmas

"CHATHAM TWP. — The Chatham Township Firefighters Benevolent Fund has received this year’s stock of Christmas trees. Continuing through Sunday, Dec. 20 or while supplies last, the Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department is having its 27th annual Christmas tree sale at the Fire House on River Road. On sale will be the most popular and traditional Fraser fir trees as well as Douglas fir trees. There will also be lots of rope garland and wreaths, both decorated and plain, for sale. The funds raised will benefit the Firefighters Benevolent Fund. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Greenraising is an Internet company that specializes in assisting non-profit organizations raise funds while selling products that are good for the planet’s health. They sell items such as Organic and Fairly Traded Hot Cocoa, beaded bracelets made by the Pana Jewelry Cooperative, a recycled plastic flying disk, fair trade soccer balls, recycled plastic cutting boards, reusable lunch bags and water bottles, organic and non-toxic soaps and lotions, and even a ruler made from recycled money."

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The decade in home decor

"Over the past 10 years, the formal living room in most homes has been reinvented � it's now a library, workspace, perhaps a music or game room. Many are now willing to buy a new home without a living room at all, according to a survey this spring by the American Institute of Architects. What we want is some combination of kitchen and great room where the family can interact. Homes are more laid-back and user-friendly.

After a long fallow period, gardening took off in the past few years. From containers to victory gardens, we've got our hands back in the dirt. We're concerned about the provenance of produce, and about our carbon footprint � how many thousands of miles did that tomato travel? Renewed interest in environmental stewardship starts literally in the backyard. We're digging up the lawn and planting native greenery that requires little maintenance or water. We're putting down less pesticide. More of us are composting."

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Haier to consolidate product line in deal

"Under a transfer agreement, Qingdao Haier will pay cash to buy 647.12 million shares, or 31.93 percent, of Haier Electronics at HK$3 ($0.39) per share, for a total of HK$1.94 billion ($284 million), according to a statement from Qingdao Haier released Monday.

Qingdao Haier produces air-conditioners, refrigerators, TVs and computer, while Haier Electronics produces washing machines and water heaters for showers. The two companies have different product managers and sales channels, said Bi Yan, an analyst with China Merchants Securities."

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Potash Juniors, are you buying what they are growing?

"If your going to place one million hybrid/electric cars on American roads by 2015 you are going to need an awful lot of batteries. Lithium-ion was, and still is, the leading battery technology. To me everything Obama said meant a company that owned a lithium deposit in the US was likely going to be a pretty good investment. When I had my theme - America's Energy Independence/Electrification of the Transport system - it was time to do some due diligence on specific companies. This type of investing, and doing the necessary due diligence to find the right stocks can pay off quite handsomely. Rodinia RM-TSX.v went from a dime to a high of .80 and currently is trading at .48 with a bright looking future.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made some startling and extremely alarming predictions. They say that the availability of water will decrease by as much as 30% in already dry parts of the world."

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Marijuana mom and the cannabis kid

"While she was looking for a mid-life career change, her son was building a medical marijuana business, legal in Colorado since 2000. Diane Irwin lent him $10,000 from the sale of her salon, and he opened Highland Health where patients who have been certified by the state can buy marijuana.

"It was like an Outward Bound course for me," she said. "Living off the grid; roughing it. We didn't have heat, we didn't have running water; we didn't have electricity most of the time. The batteries were always going dead. The greenhouse blew away a couple of times." "

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Friday, December 11, 2009

$10K video buys guilty verdict

" She said it was the agent who arranged everything including charging the plane tickets on Yearty’s credit card and deciding to buy tour and excursion tickets the two men did not request.

    FBI Agent Amos says he first interviewed Tony Parker on Aug. 8, 2008. Using a “ruse” that the agency was investigating shenanigans in Dixie County he asked about various developers and when he got to the names Michaels and Gideon, Parker asked for a drink of water."

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

US SMALL/MIDCAPS-Energy stocks surge after inventory data

" NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Midcap energy stocks rose on Thursday after a rise in natural gas prices and a deep-water discovery in the Gulf of Mexico."

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Seven Abu Dhabi firms face debt review

"The fallout from the debt woes of Dubai spread to the capital as Moody�s Investors Service placed seven of the most prominent Abu Dhabi companies on review for possible downgrade.The review covers the debt and issuer ratings of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), Mubadala Development, the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), Aldar Properties, the issuer rating of the Emirates Telecommunications Company (Etisalat) and the issuer ratings and the long-term debt rating of Dolphin Energy.

�We have been able to contain the negative impact of the [global] crisis,� Sheikh Khalifa told Kuwait�s state-run news agency in an interview.�We have the ability and the will to complete work in that direction � in order to remove all hurdles that impede the continuance of the development process and its thrust.�Speculation that the Dubai Government may be forced to redeem $2bn in debt for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on Monday added to fears that Dubai World�s debt problems were spreading to other parts of the economy."

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Obama Says New Spending Necessary For Recovery

"It would provide additional funds for a wide range of infrastructure projects on highways, transit, rail, aviation and water."

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Monday, December 7, 2009

The Cautious Investment Philosopher

"Dividends are also a key factor for Osterweis. He owns dividend-paying utility stocks like San Diego-headquartered Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), Nevada-based NV Energy, and American Water Works. He's also heavily invested in health-care stocks, as he foresees diagnostics companies, pharmaceuticals, and rehab facilities benefiting from regulatory changes that will make health care available to more people. LabCorp (NYSE: LH), for instance, has a significant market share in the diagnostics space and thus stands to benefit from an aging population and increased demand for testing."

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

INTERVIEW-How to invest in water

" * Look beyond utilities to unregulated suppliers -Fund mgr * Consider commodities tied to water, like grain "

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Laksa Lemak

"You start with the paste. Apparently you can buy Laksa paste at Asian markets, but I elected to make my own from scratch. Some special ingredients you will need, however, are galangal (a ginger-like root that has a flavor all its own; used a lot in Thai cooking) and tamarind water (which you can make yourself by soaking pieces of the fruit in water or using a tamarind concentrate). Instead of a food processor, I used an old-fashioned mortar and pestle to grind the following together:"

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Silence is golden at this wilderness retreat

"The new abbey is the result of an architectural contest in which 60 companies submitted designs for structures that would be free of toxic materials and ecologically progressive, using geo-thermal heating and recycled waste and rain water. Pierre Thibault of Quebec City won the commission and created a cluster of low-slung buildings with few frills other than wall-sized windows that let in the beauty of the landscape.

The abbey's own in-house specialities are chocolate truffles, caramel and chocolate spreads and peanut butter. And if you want your holiday fruitcake to have that special spiritual infusion, this is the place to buy it. The monks bake as many as 800 cakes each week at this time of year. And yes, they are soaked in wine. "

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Coke to move to climate friendlier vending machines

" Coke's Chief Executive Muhtar Kent said that the company, which sells everything from soda and juice drinks to water, will replace hydrofluorocarbon, also known as HFC, in its new vending machines and coolers by 2015.

To ramp up the transition to greener machines, Coke and its bottling partners will buy 150,000 units of HFC-free equipment in 2010, doubling the company's current pace for buying the systems."

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Indexes Little Changed After Beige Book


Duoyuan Global Water (DGW) ran up 7% to a new record high in heavy trading. It cleared a five-week consolidation. The Chinese maker of water treatment equipment has more than doubled since coming public in June. "

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Roper Industries to Present at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Conference

"Roper Industries is a market-driven, diversified growth company and is a component of the Fortune 1000, S&P Midcap 400 and the Russell 1000 Indexes. Roper provides engineered products and solutions for global niche markets, including water, energy, radio frequency and research/medical applications. Additional information about Roper Industries is available on the Company's website at

The Connors Group, Inc. ("Company") is not an investment advisory service, nor a registered investment advisor or broker-dealer and does not purport to tell or suggest which securities or currencies customers should buy or sell for themselves. The analysts and employees or affiliates of Company may hold positions in the stocks, currencies or industries discussed here. You understand and acknowledge that there is a very high degree of risk involved in trading securities and/or currencies. The Company, the authors, the publisher, and all affiliates of Company assume no responsibility or liability for your trading and investment results. Factual statements on the Company's website, or in its publications, are made as of the date stated and are subject to change without notice."

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Praxair China Signs Gas Supply Contract with China Aviation Special Glass

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

NSE to launch MF platform today

""According to the Essential Commodities Act, states are responsible for acting against hoarding. So, they have to ensure imposition of stock limits on food items," Water Resources and Parliamentary Affairs Minister PK Bansal said here at a function organised by fertiliser co-operative IFFCO."

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Investors Drink in Water ETFs

"The rise of the ETF industry has democratized commodity investing, making this asset class accessible to more investors than ever before. ETFs offer exposure, both direct and indirect, to almost every commodity imaginable, ranging from popular resources such as metals and grains to obscure commodities like adzuki beans and greasy wool. With all the attention paid to gold bullion and crude oil, investors often overlook one of the most important commodities: water."

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Durkee doldrums: Locals fear Ash Grove layoffs will doom businesses

""A lot of people around here have propane heat and propane cook stoves," Dunn said, adding that if people in Durkee ran out of propane in the winter and had to drive all the way to Baker to pick it up, they might return to find the water pipes in their homes or trailers frozen. "

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Roots of climate damage lie in economic principles

" Climate change is not an isolated phenomenon but a result of other market failures, which include depletion of fish stocks, depletion of biodiversity, reduction of food security due to barbaric agricultural practices and destruction of forests. This capitalist-driven system is characterised by destructive patterns of production, trade, extraction, land use, waste proliferation and consumption.

It would lead to the replacement of the current resources (especially fossil energy), which are responsible for climate change, and the poisoning of the environment, by renewable energy resources - namely sun, wind and water. "

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Holiday bargains at area nurseries

"Think how-to books, plus a wheelbarrow full of their "30 Basic Plants" such as heuchera, ceanothus, erigeron, iris Douglasiana, ribes and romneya as a great start for a native, water-friendly garden for next year.

The Road Less Traveled store in Santa Ana, where you can shop all things green and environmentally friendly, is hosting a "Buy-Nothing" day today – trades only. Bring something to trade (recycle) with other folks who want to trade or barter for the holiday season. Make it something good, no junk. "

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Imagining 2020 #1 - The Age Of Smart

"The national electricity grid, powered by geothermal, hydro and wind power (with some peak-use gas), is increasingly used for transport, in addition to industry and household energy needs. More homes and businesses feed into the national grid too, thanks to a mix of good policies to help the development of renewable energy technology. Efficient low emission wood-burners teamed up with solar power for heating and hot water are dampening electricity demand peaks. Cities, towns and farms are literally greener with plentiful tree plantings for firewood, food, climate control and biodiversity restoration. "

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Beijing's Financial Lessons for Washington

"With this data firmly in hand, let's return to issue of the moment--China's apparent decision to start scaling back her stimulus program. Indications of this plan first started to appear on my screen in July 2009, when Chinese banks began to issue fewer loans. It became much more apparent in September and October. Chinese banks halved September's lending rate during the month of October--trust me; this type of curtailment is not serendipitous. Rather, I would contend Beijing is busily trying to prevent a housing or stock market bubble that could derail China's economy with an impact similar to the turmoil caused by our once-over inflated real estate sector.

All this seems like good common sense, even if it flies in the face of Adam Smith's "invisible hand." The Chinese Communist Party has clearly come to the realization tight regulation of the domestic financial industry is good for consumers on a micro- and macro-economic scale. Too bad Washington seems unable to reach a similar conclusion. (Watching Senator Dodd's efforts on this front is best likened to skipping stones on a large body of water...strangely satisfying but completely unproductive.)"

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

The live export industry cares about its animals

"It's a 15 to 20-day voyage from Australia to the Middle East, and animals travel in well ventilated pens where they have room to move around, lie down and access constantly available food and water. All livestock are inspected by Government veterinarians before they leave Australia and again when they reach their destination."

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Toasted Cornbread and Apple Stuffing

"I often make a big batch of turkey stock well before Thanksgiving and freeze it. Simply buy a big batch of turkey legs and/or parts; chop them up and simmer them in water seasoned with onions, celery, bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper for 45 minutes to an hour. Strain the liquid and freeze it in mason jars until you need it for your stuffing and gravy."

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Stock Market Investing: Warning Signs, Credit Risk Increases, Precious Metals ...

"Stock Market Investing: The warning signs are multiplying. Blood is in the water and the sharks are circling so beware. US$ weakness still keeps the equity markets aloft but the technical picture grows more ominous. Meanwhile, precious metals continue to outperform: COMEX Metals Closing Prices : Gold ended the day higher by $6.50 to $1148.40, silver gained 3 cents to $18.485. Gold closes the week at a new high and adds strength to our thesis that precious metals offer the best life raft in this dangerous ocean. A little more on this thesis later…"

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

2012 isn't scaring anyone

"But those behemoth vans aren't a hot item; neither are bomb shelters, dehydrated meals nor industrial-sized packs of water. People have clearly heard the predictions though seem unfazed. Preparations aren't being made. Lifestyles aren't being altered. America and the rest of the world has clearly taken the stance of "We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.""

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

While you're waiting for tulip time, plant these little bulbs now

" They need a sunny position, and they don't like to be in waterlogged soil; automatic sprinkler systems often cause allium bulbs to rot. If you prefer water-wise practices, however, alliums do best in well-drained soil and a dry summer rest. "

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Replace Spending With Saving

" Eat at home and make extra to freeze. A gigantic pot of chicken noodle soup costs about $23 to make and can make more than 25 individual servings. Bring your lunch and carry a couple granola bars and a bottle of water where ever you go, so you're not tempted to buy expensive convenience store items."

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Monday, November 16, 2009

powershares launched as mutual funds

"For example, the Canadian PowerShares FTSE RAFI Canadian Fundamental Index Class, will use Research Affiliates Fundamental Indexing methodology. A number of the other ETFs use sector targeted exposure to alternative asset classes such as agriculture, clean energy and clean water indexes, provided by alternative index providers such as Palisades, Indxis and WilderHill.

"This is an innovative way to bring the product to market. If you buy an ETF on the Toronto Stock Exchange, they are all created and offered as fund trusts. Our products are offered as mutual fund corporations, which are available across 38 different share classes," Ciampaglia explains. "It also allows us to utilize all the capital carry forward benefits and a very high level of tax efficiency, eliminating or reducing the need to produce capital gains distributions [on transfers].""

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Who's brewing copper kettle mania?

"No, this is predominantly private buying, or, if you will, diversification. It is financed by the Chinese banks, the conduits for much of the official stimulus spending. Why can't the government control what the banking system is doing? Because if you want to use the cheap stimulus money to make a copper bet, you do not call it speculation on the loan application. You tell the bank that you want to make transformers, or water heaters, and this is necessary raw material. Until the transformers or heaters are made, or not made, the government cannot distinguish the speculative buyer."

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Business, investment uncertainty lingers on

" In the meantime, the work-to-rule campaign this week by trade unions attached to the petroleum, water, electricity and ports sectors didn’t go as planned for the unions. Apart from a rush to fill up their tanks on the day before the protest, there was no serious disruption of essential services and the military didn’t need to move in, although placed on standby if a crisis emerged.

The General (Sarath Fonseka) factor has got entrenched into the political, economic and social fabric of the country. The stock market has slumped to between Rs 300-to-500 million from the Rs 1 billion a day turnover a few weeks back with the Raj Rajaratnam issue not an influencing factor anymore as against the uncertainty of elections and General Fonseka entering the fray as a candidate at the presidential poll. The stock market, controlled by the pro-UNP, Colombo-centric business community, would be hoping for a UNP victory and market developments would be influenced by these factors. "

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Friday, November 13, 2009

IBM (NYSE:IBM) Helps the Colorado River Basin Drought

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"IBM Maximo software has helped us redefine how we do business, giving us insight across our infrastructure that we didn't have before," said Brian Urbanek, business systems analyst for the Lower Colorado River Authority. "This has enabled our managers to better plan for equipment failure and schedule preventive maintenance to reduce equipment breakdowns." At a specially called meeting held recently the LCRA Board discussed revised staff recommendations to manage the ongoing Colorado River Basin Drought and listened to public comment about the potential economic impact of reduced water supplies. LCRA staff is recommending drought management actions in response to the serious drought that has, at times, been more intense than the worst drought this region has experienced, the Drought of Record that occurred from 1947 to 1957."

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Woody Tasch, President of Slow Money, on What Happens After Stimulus Money is Gone

"“I’m so glad that young man asked that question.  Where’s that money going to come from?” he asked.  “It’s going to come from us.  For some reason, we all have our money in the stock market.”  What would happen, he ponders, if we were all to invest 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we live?  If organic farming and small food enterprises are key to the health of the economy and society, why do they receive so little funding from government, philanthropy and capital markets?

It all starts with food.  Can we invest locally to produce a healthy food economy that will provide stable income, jobs, and opportunities for anyone?  Food that won’t kill us?  Food that won’t deplete soils, pollute water, and degrade our landscapes?"

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Op-Ed: Bottom-Line Benefits of Building Green

"A green building is an efficient building. It uses energy, water and natural resources efficiently in its design, construction and operation. Most importantly, it is an efficient place for people to work. We don't build buildings with too few elevators and inadequate air-conditioning. Why would we build buildings that waste energy while depriving occupants of fresh, clean air and daylight? A green building provides a better work environment, and a more pleasant place to work makes for more productive and happier employees.

Green buildings are more expensive to build. But like many higher-value products, they are worth it, as much of the additional cost is recouped by operating efficiency and durability. As long as a green feature adds value either by generating operational savings or by making the space more marketable, it is a prudent investment."

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

'You'd think I was in Korea'

"At H Mart, Chung is right at home. Banchan, which are seasoned vegetables, tiny fish, seaweed, and wild herbs, are the base of a Korean meal. Chung notes that these prepared dishes will save home cooks hours of work. “This is a real boon for the Korean housewife,’’ he says. “Making these side dishes is labor intensive.’’ His parents made all these things themselves when he was growing up. The case is brimming with 20 kinds of kimchi, which is on the table at most Korean meals. “I like the New York [brand] kimchi. It is all natural with no MSG,’’ says Chung. H Mart carries other MSG-free brands. On weekends at H Mart, women wearing rubber gloves are making fresh kimchi and the lines to buy it are long.

In the seafood department, most of the fish have heads and tails intact. There are fewer boneless pieces available, but lots of ready-cut sashi mi, split blue crabs, and pre-packed seafood hot pot ingredients ready to mix with water. Lobsters are in tanks, abalone is in the freezer section, and clams and mussels are on ice, ready for customers to scoop their own into a plastic bag."

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Gulf Resources Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results, Increases 2009 Revenue and ...

" Gulf Resources’ revenue was $27.7 million for the third quarter of 2009, an increase of 57.6% from $17.6 million for the third quarter of 2008. During the third quarter of 2009, the revenue from the bromine and crude salt segment was $18.8 million, or 68.0% of total revenue, an increase of 43.6% from $13.1 million, or 74.7% for the third quarter of 2008. Revenue from bromine increased 29%, to $16.1 million from $12.45 million for the third quarter of 2008. Revenue from crude salt increased to $2.7 million from only $0.65 for the same period of last fiscal year, mainly due to the acquisition of salt pans and the improved utilization of halogen water.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, the Company generated $28.0 million in cash flow from operations. For the same period, the Company used $33.8 million in investing activities, mainly due to the acquisition of bromine and crude salt manufacturing assets in February and September 2009 and the construction of new wells, halogen water channels used for bromine and crude salt production, and a waste water disposal system at its SYCI location. The Company is also in the process of completing upgrades to its existing chemical production lines."

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Full text of Chinese premier's speech at 4th Ministerial Conference of Forum ...

"    Second, meet the MDGs and improve the livelihood of the African people. Economic development, poverty eradication and improvement of people's lives are top priorities for African countries. China will continue to increase assistance to Africa and reduce or cancel debts owed by African countries within the realm of its capabilities. We will restructure our assistance programs to better meet the needs on the ground. We will put more emphasis on agriculture, education, health, poverty reduction and clean drinking water and other areas that are vital to people's well-being when providing assistance, and help Africa attain the MDGs at an early date. "

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Will Lankan expats respond to the call for help?

" Rajapaksa believes, with the end of the war and a significant development phase beginning in the north and the east, his popularity is at such a peak that he is confident of easily winning a second term. The main opposition, now formed into a 12-party alliance with the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress being the key parties, is banking on growing public protests over cost of living, wage-rise demands and demands for jobs from unemployed graduates and others, to oust the incumbent president. UNP unions, alongside JVP unions, are also taking part in the November 11 work-to-rule campaign by workers in public services like petroleum, water, electricity and ports.

Athula Ranasinghe, head of the economics department at the University of Colombo, says expatriates can play at least three key roles – invest in the stock market, apply their human capital, knowledge and skills to rebuild Sri Lanka, and function as “peace diplomats”. "

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Friday, November 6, 2009


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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Google and Best Buy application deal is perfect for lazy mobile users

"What’s the deal? Best Buy Mobile is a subsidiary of Best Buy that only runs mobile retail stores, much like Carphone Warehouse across the water (with which Best Buy Mobile has a standing deal). The ideology of Best Buy Mobile is best summed up by the “Walk Out Working” programme - the idea that a consumer should be able to walk into a store, and walk out soon after with a completely operational phone including installed applications and other mobile services."

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NYS Affordable Housing Corporation Approves $754000 in Grants to Renovate 71 ...

"The area has a high percentage of older homes and a large number of low-income families, resulting in a poor housing stock. The grants will help correct basic structural defects or foundation problems, replace roofs, doors, windows, siding, upgrade electrical, heating, and plumbing systems, and replace deficient water systems."

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Great American Buy

"Going forward, however, things may be looking up. "We do believe that the first quarter will be the low-water mark for our business, and we should post sequential growth over the course of 2010," says Chief Executive Clay Jones.

So how should you trade this stock? Don't make a move until you see our interview with CEO Clay Jones. Watch the video now!"

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thoughts on Buffington Northern

"If you are looking for investments right now, you should be looking for the same sort of situation.  Buy a company that makes money year after year, even in bad times.  Buy a company that has a good moat and won't evaporate like a fart in the wind if trends change a little or if the economy tanks a while.  Also, don't buy water cooler stocks.  If word gets around to the water cooler, chances are it's already gotten around to the market.  Buy a good stock and collect the dividends and reinvest them while you wait for the investment to pay off.  There are quite a few companies out there like that.  You are buying a piece of a company, not a stock you can brag about two months from now.  When you buy the stock, you should be glad if the price goes down after because you'll be getting more shares when you reinvest dividends (as long as the drop wasn't justified by some material change in the company you thought you were buying)."

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Monday, November 2, 2009

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"Yet, after the initial positive reaction to the data, the major averages gave back the gains, as the bearish underlying tone continues. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which hit a high of 9,859, was under water by midday and up 38 points to 9,751 heading into the final hour. The tech-heavy NASDAQ is down 3 points after Citi analysts whacked PALM and Research In Motion (RIMM) with Sell ratings.

SPDRs (SPY) added 91 cents to $104.47 through mid-morning Monday and noteworthy trades include a Jan (2010) 110 - 114 call spread, bought at $1.12, 20000X on CBOE. That is, they paid $2.04 to buy the Jan 110 calls and collected 92 cents for the 114s, paying a net debit of 2.04 - .92 = 1.12. The potential payoff (excluding commissions) is $2.88 if the SPYders Jump to $114 (9.1 percent) or more by the January 2010 options expiration."

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Smartest guy in the room on markets

"Q: There is talk of TARP2 or another bailout for the 100 regional American banks whose industrial/commercial mortgages are seriously under water? Will this affect Fairfax's underlying property and casualty businesses?

A: "On the M&A front, we have options available to us but our first priority is to always keep our financial condition strong. That also means keeping capital available for a hard market. We can buy stock, make some acquisitions, if, as and when it makes sense. We have no plans to make any but we could and we could hold significant amounts of cash if we decide to pay some dividends out of our insurance operations. We had a nominal dividend last year of $8 a share. We will look closer at our dividend strategy at the end of the year.""

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Energy Technology Make Huge Gains On Heavy Trading

"EClips Energy Technologies, Inc. (OTC:EEGT) skyrocketed 86.67% up to $0.14 with 1,529,285 shares moving on heavy trading on no news.  Based in St. Petersburg, Florida EClips Energy Technologies, Inc  is an energy services provider and electronics manufacturer. The company develops technologies for lowering electrical, gas, and water usage for commercial, government, and residential facilities. is an independent electronic publication that provides information on selected publicly traded companies. is not a registered investment advisor or broker-dealer. affiliates, officers, directors and employees may buy and sell shares in any company mentioned herein and may profit in the event those shares rise in value.  We recommend Due Diligence before investing in any stock. "

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Asia's food security in balance as India imports rice

"Robert Papanos, a trader from Seacor Commodity Trading LLC, told an international rice conference in The Philippines that prices were bound to rise because India was unlikely to return as a top exporter for three to five years due to recent blows to its rice production, pressures to increase food supply for its booming population, lack of land and problems with water.

Last year's record-high price of rice and other staples led to riots in at least 30 countries, according to the World Food Program. The biggest producers, Thailand, Vietnam and India, had curbed exports to protect domestic supply. In The Philippines, people queued to buy low-quality rice at subsidised prices while traders were suspected of hoarding."

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

5 Stocks Bouncing Back

"With GIGM working just about every online gaming angle available, it is bound to climb once the economy actually fixes itself or gets fixed. Right now, GIGM suffers the same problem that just about every entertainment service or company suffers from...consumers will spend their hard earned money on survival needs (food, water, fuel, shelter, etc) before they spend it on the good-to-haves (dinners out, movies, video games, toys, etc.) Given that, when the consumers start getting more discretionary money, GIGM will start making more money. Think long on this one...

The ball's in your court Many factors go into whether a stock is a buy or sell, so it pays to start your own research on these stocks on Motley Fool CAPS. Read a company's financial reports, scrutinize key data and charts, and examine the comments your fellow investors have made all from a stock's CAPS page. Head over to CAPS today and share your thoughts with other investor analysts on whether you think these stocks are ready to bound higher."

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Compass Minerals Reports Third-Quarter Financial Results

" Based in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Compass Minerals is a leading producer of minerals, including salt, sulfate of potash specialty fertilizer and magnesium chloride. The company provides highway deicing salt to customers in North America and the United Kingdom and specialty fertilizer to growers worldwide. Compass Minerals also produces consumer deicing and water conditioning products, ingredients used in consumer and commercial foods, and other mineral-based products for consumer, agricultural and industrial applications. Compass Minerals also provides records management services to businesses throughout the U.K. "

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Kotak analysts seek answers on RIL's annual report

"Large investment: Reliance Industries' Jamnagar refinery in Gujarat. AFP

"We highlight Rs19.6 billion of fuel, power and water, and storage charges paid to companies of the major shareholder. In FY08, the corresponding amount was Rs13.7 billion," says the Kotak note."

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Food will never be so cheap again

" A report by Standard Chartered, The End of Cheap Food, said North Africa and the Middle East have already hit the buffers. The region imports 71pc of its rice and 58pc of its corn. It lacks water to boost output. The population is growing fast. It will have to import, and cross fingers. "

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Proposed fishing regulations would cut catches

"That amendment instituted a four-month seasonal closure (starting January 2010) on recreational and commercial fishermen for shallow-water grouper species, reduced bag limits on several fish including vermilion snapper, and closed vermilion snapper recreational fishing from November through March."

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Friday, October 23, 2009

A Deepwater Stock You Shouldn't Miss

"If you listened to the company's conference call, you know that a couple of Diamond Offshore's key accomplishments were the acquisition, at attractive prices, of the Ocean Courage and the Ocean Valor, two dynamically positioned drilling rigs that can operate in as much as 10,000 feet of water. At the same time, as the quarter came to a close, the company issued $500 million in 30-year notes at a 5.7% interest rate."

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Washington Puts The Squeeze On Executive Pay

"Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, sponsored the so-called "say-on-pay" legislation, which the House passed in July. The bill is intended to give shareholders more influence over approving pay and compensation packages at the companies they invest in.

"I think it's inevitable that all the parties want their oar in the water," says Peter Cappelli, a professor of management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. "

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Stocks turn lower as note on banks spooks traders

"Jim Porter, chief executive of New Century Capital Management in Hinsdale, Ill., said the latest profit reports from banks are encouraging but still not great. He said investors are looking ahead to a continued improvement as reason enough to buy.

"No one wants to come in and make big bets right now, so what people are doing is putting a toe in the water and when it doesn't hurt them they're buying more," he said."

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wall Street's Buy List

"the spread between the price of oil and gas is the largest ever. Can it last? … Without much more deep water finds (30,000 feet in the deep ocean), natural gas will surely go up in price."

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Monday, October 19, 2009

3 Stocks That Just Make Sense

" "I like to go for cinches. I like to shoot fish in a barrel. But I like to do it after the water has run out."-- Warren Buffett"

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ongoing battle to get the soil right

" Fourteen kilometres of track run through the farm, making it ideal in one way for moving stock, though they have to accept dump trucks making their way to and from the quarries.

Stock trucks used in his transport business need to be regularly washed down. This is done on another block at Rockville. Merv says the ability to store water and nutrients collected from the truck washing during the wet months to irrigate through the dry months would provide similar fertiliser values to that provided by dairy effluent. "

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

How to react to the food crisis

" China accounts for more than a fifth of the world's population but has access to only 7pc of its fresh water and 8pc of its arable land. It has to feed 12.5 people from each acre of its farmland compared with just 1.7 in the US and 4.1 in the EU and it is losing cultivatable land at an increasing rate. Climate change is another complication, with some estimates suggesting that global warming could reduce agricultural productivity in Africa by 30pc before the end of the century.

Investment in individual agriculture stocks, or a fund that selectively picks these, is moreover a much less blunt instrument than passively backing the food "story". A basket of agriculture-related stocks put together by SocGen included some shares trading at as little as a third of their book value and others on as much as six times the value of their assets. However compelling the theme, there are good and bad ways to play it. "

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Friday, October 16, 2009

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Energy code to save money, buildings

"So why the discrepancy? �In Germany, we do have another political situation,� he said. �In the UAE in the last few decades, energy was not an issue. Due to the climatic conditions and the aim to develop the UAE, the Government wanted to subsidise investment, but in the end they subsidised the use of electricity.�Mr Schlenther calculated that in Abu Dhabi city, the subsidies for electricity and water last year were US$5 billion. He recommended that in addition to drafting requirements for new buildings, the Government should encourage retrofits to insulate the existing stock."

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Let's Stay in and Order Canadian

"Roger S. Conrad is editor of Utility Forecaster, the nation’s leading advisory on essential services stocks, bonds and preferred stocks. His proprietary safety rating system evaluates the prospects of every significant electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water company, including utility-based mutual funds and foreign utilities. Roger’s penchant for detailed research and his studied insights into utilities markets have garnered him a wide audience of subscribers—not to mention a bevy of industry awards for his perceptive reporting, commentary and investment advice.

He brings the same enthusiasm and intelligence to Roger Conrad’s Canadian Edge, an Internet-based publication devoted to uncovering lucrative investment opportunities in Canadian royalty trusts. Roger’s exhaustive coverage of how recent changes to Canada’s tax laws will affect these companies has earned him a reputation as one of the leading authorities on Canadian trusts. Subscribers and the national media often contact him for information on the latest economic developments and investment opportunities north of the border."

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

US STOCKS-Wall St falters as J&J and bank stocks drag

" The Nasdaq stayed above water after Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) agreed to buy Starent Networks Corp (STAR.O) for $2.9 billion, or $35 per share. Cisco's stock added 0.5 percent to $23.89, while Starent, which makes telecommunications equipment, surged 16.8 percent to $33.91. [ID:nN13179321]."

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Pearl demand drops

"The owner, Justin Hunter, said the company had been fortunate to have remained above water continuing with business at a slow rate."

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

World losing mixture of plant, animal species at accelerated rate: scientists

"Researchers say that greater tracts of land are being swallowed up by commercial interests to feed a growing appetite for natural resources, like lumber and water.

Hendry said Canada has made minor gains in safeguarding some species by creating protected areas and investing in the Species at Risk Act, but hasn't gone far enough."

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Students used to get a proper education in hardship

"Writing in Times Higher Education, Professor Kevin Sharpe – an expert in renaissance studies at Queen Mary, University of London – said that, whereas his own student digs in the 1960s had been "held together by accumulated grime", modern students live in "posh pads" stuffed full of laptops and flat-screen TVs. Their food bills include bottled water, wine and expensive snacks; they buy sandwiches from Marks & Spencer and drink £2 cappuccinos. In student towns, the holidays are greeted with dismay by taxi drivers and restaurateurs, whose incomes vanish with the young hedonists."

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Why invest in farmland?

"A bonus to owning farmland is that it provides additional opportunities to generate income or capital gains through wind development, oil and gas leases, the sale or lease of water rights, and recreational use.

Farmland provides an opportunity to invest in an asset class that is not directly correlated to stocks and bonds and has significantly less volatility. Farmland also provides a margin of safety to investors as stock prices can go to zero, but farmland will always have some value."

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Treece Blog: Traders put cart before horse

"Most readers will undoubtedly understand my frustration, as I have been calling for a downturn in the stock market for about a month now. So for the last month life around the office has been characterized by the old adage "Patience is a virtue."

One argument that has come up repeatedly is that the US dollar is crashing and that investors should be buying gold and other commodities as a hedge. This argument doesn't exactly hold water, since the dollar is currently higher than it was last March when gold peaked, as measured against a basket of global currencies (NYBOT:DX). In fact, based on global exchange rates, it has been projected that Gold should actually be just shy of $800/ounce (Nadler, Buy the Rumour, Buy the Fact)."

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

AimCo mulling half-dozen private equity deals: CEO

" Alberta Investment Management Corp, which manages about C$70 billion ($66 million) in government accounts and pensions in the energy-rich Canadian province, has a deal-value 'sweet spot' of about C$200 million for such transactions, AimCo CEO Leo de Bever said.

Today, some of the best opportunities for investments are in public infrastructure, as governments stopped spending on upkeep of power transmission lines as well as water and sewer systems, he said. "

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Are Any Sports "Free"?

"He argues that businesses like Google (“the Citadel of Free”) can make more by giving things away than by charging for them. Free websites, long distance calls, blogs, stock trades, and newspapers are among the many examples.

Exercising doesn’t have to cost anything. No equipment whatsoever is required. Soldiers and prisoners do thousands of calisthentics in dusty open fields or on the floor of their cells. Football legend Herschel Walker claimed to do only pushups, situps, and sprints as a boy. You can lift cans or jugs of water as easily (or strenuously) as you can shiny silver dumbbells. On the other hand, fitness clubs will charge you $70 to $125 a month for the privilege of breaking a sweat, or twice that with the services of a personal trainer. In my lifetime, we have turned something that was free and simple and even used as punishment into something expensive, technologically complicated, and desirable."

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

A Primer on Iran's Medical Reactor

"A swimming pool-type reactor similar to the TRR in Iran whose fuel is apparently the subject of a deal between Iran and the P5+1. The eerie blue light is Cherenkov radiation given off as subatomic particles streak through the water."

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Victorian loos can leave you feeling flush

"Sir John Harington is usually credited as the inventor of the first flushing water closet. Two were made in 1594, one for Harington and the other for his godmother, Queen Elizabeth I. "

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Friday, October 2, 2009

These 5 Underdogs Are No Dogs

"Despite the U.S. Justice Department having given Oracle the green light to complete the deal -- Ellison says Sun Microsystems is losing $100 million a month because of the delays -- the EC has opened up an antitrust investigation. CAPS member woppi likes Ellison, and although he's often portrayed as bordering on megalomaniacal, a brash personality could be just what Oracle needs here. However, there is the risk that it could get the company into much deeper hot water with a commissioner who apparently relishes her own time in the spotlight."

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Deep-Sea Oil Reigns Supreme for Byron King

"BK: I still think that. I love offshore deep water. I am so excited about it as a long-term energy play. We're now at a point where we know how to do deepwater. The technology has progressed to the point where it's a testimonial to the ingeniousness of the human mind, that people can do what they do-that they find and explore and drill and produce that stuff from the long distances offshore, in the mile and two-mile water depths, to the depths below the sea floor-five miles and more-to get that oil. It is just a monument to modern genius that we do that. It's a great, great, great investment space for the energy investor.

TER: About three years ago, the whole concept of peak oil began gaining traction in the media and at conferences. Do discoveries of these major oil fields in deep water negate this peak oil concept?"

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Time is right for Husky to move ahead with Asian spinoff: analysts

"At the time, John Lau said the Asian spinoff would have a completely separate board of directors and management team. A portion of it would be publicly traded, potentially on both Toronto and Shanghai stock markets.

It operates the nearly 3,000-square-kilometre Liwan deep water field in the South China Sea about 300 kilometres southeast of Hong Kong, which is estimated to contain between four to six trillion cubic feet of natural gas."

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Water Infrastructure Stocks

"Water could be the key to your retirement."

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Monday, September 28, 2009

PicksThatMove: "Picks that move" Alerts ...

"In a press release on September 28, Calgon Carbon Selected to Supply UV System to Treat Boston Drinking Water is an independent electronic publication that provides information on selected publicly traded companies. is not a registered investment advisor or broker-dealer. affiliates, officers, directors and employees may buy and sell additional shares in any company mentioned herein and may profit in the event those shares rise in value. Please do your own Due Diligence before investing in any of the stocks mentioned above. "

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Pursuing a sea of opportunities

"FOR AS LONG as he could remember, Carlos C. Salinas has felt a connection to the sea. As a teenager, he had wanted to join the US Navy. He admits that his aspirations always had "something to do with water". Although he did not enlist, he would later build an enterprise that would become one of the Philippines’ largest crew management companies, helping make the country the seafarers’ capital of the world.

In the late 1970s, a presidential decree had been issued encouraging Filipinos to enter the shipping industry without heavy capital investment. Mr. Salinas saw the opportunity to set up PTC with a start-up capital of P370,000. "We started in February 1979, with 180 square meters in Legaspi Towers, six employees and 72 seafarers," Mr. Salinas narrates. At that time, the Philippines was not yet recognized as a big labor supplier for the maritime industry. With a solid partnership fostered with a Norwegian ship owner that leased the company three ships, PTC was able to take off. Between 1979 and 1983 its fleet grew to 32 ships. "

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Economic Recovery in Doubt

"Welcome to the Wealth Daily Weekend Edition — our insights from the week in investing and links to our most-read Wealth Daily and sister publication articles.

And just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. . ."

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Advent to buy Bulgarian water bottler Devin

" SOFIA, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Private equity fund Advent International has agreed to buy about 75 percent of Bulgaria's leading water bottler Devin DEVIN.BB, majority owned by Austria's Soravia Group, Devin said on Thursday."

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Green revolution puts Catch the Wind in spotlight

" Pitch and yaw are not words most of us use in everyday speech, but if you work with the wind, or invest in wind power, they're fascinatingly crucial concepts. Honestly.

Assuming the technology works, which seems likely, the economics are very attractive. Clearly, wind energy is a growing industry, although it has slowed a little. Wind energy is the cube of wind speed, meaning a small increase in speed (or a small improvement in the amount of wind speed a turbine harvests with more precise pitch and yaw) means a big increase in output. Early indications are that the Vindicator increases revenue by 10 per cent. It can also, the company says, cut operation and maintenance costs by 1 per cent. The Vindicator sells for $125,000, and it can be sold to a manufacturer or retrofitted on an existing turbine. As a percentage of the total, the Vindicator's cost is very small. The economics for the purchaser, if these numbers hold water, are pretty attractive. "

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What Should I Buy This Week? [New Releases For 9/22/09]

"The Hidden Cameras – Origin: Orphan There’s always been a lecherous sneer lurking just beneath she shiny surface of Joel Gibb’s Canadian pop provocateurs. The twinkling guitars, bubbling synths, and infectious melodies that are the The Hidden Cameras’ stock in trade are often a red herring for graphically sexual — usually homosexual, and sometimes unabashedly scatological — lyrics. It’s a given that the Cameras’ first batch of new tunes in three years contains the aforementioned irresistible tunes, but are those frothy tones baiting the hook of some gleefully salacious sentiments? You’ll have to listen to find out!

Richard Hawley – Truelove’s Gutter If Roy Orbison had Johnny Cash’s pipes but retained his own dramatic knack for heart-tugging pop romanticism, he might not have sounded entirely dissimilar to UK songsmith Richard Hawley, the former Pulp guitarist who has been turning out lush, late-night sonic letters from the bottom of a broken heart since 2001. His fifth, Truelove’s Gutter, promises to be his deepest dive into the dark night of the soul yet — he’s described it as being inspired by “particularly dark periods,” and two of its eight songs hover around the 10-minute mark. Come on  in, the water’s black!"

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Mantra Wraps up ENTECH 2009 with Strategic Relationships ...

"ENTECH is Korea's largest tradeshow focused on energy and environment. Endorsed by the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy and Ministry of Environment, this four-day event focuses on environment (air, water, waste treatment, air pollution), energy (renewable energy, power generation and electricity, energy efficiency, home/industrial energy, transportation energy) and climate (carbon abatement technologies) sectors. Two hundred and fifty companies will be featured over the course of the event, and over 34,000 people are expected to attend. To learn more, visit the ENTECH 2009 website:"

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Libya to scoop up Canadian oil company Verenex for $293.7M after ...

"NEW YORK — Canada-based oil producer Verenex Energy Inc. said it has agreed to be sold to the Libyan Investment Authority for about $314.1 million Canadian ($293.7 million) in cash, after a better deal with a Chinese firm fell through.

July 2nd, 2009 NEW DELHI - Engineering and construction major Punj Lloyd has bagged three contracts worth Rs.1,873.18 crore ($392 million) from the Housing and Infrastructure Board of Libya, the company said Thursday. As per the contract, the Indian company will build roads, networks for drinking water, sewage water and storm water and electrical and communication infrastructure in three towns in Libya, the company said in a regulatory statement. "

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Gold polishes up its returns

"The above analysis makes two things clear. Historical returns support long-term investing in gold. But a shift in fundamentals may yet queer the pitch for gold prices. So is there a case still, for investing in gold? Yes, the one based on its qualities as a diversifier.

In contrast, gold prices witnessed only a brief correction; their prices fell by 30 per cent between March and October 2008 and had staged a substantial rebound by end of December 2008, even as other assets were still under water. "

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Advent Acquires Bulgaria's Top Water Bottler Devin - Report

"Global private equity fund Advent International has reportedly finalised an agreement to buy control of Bulgaria's leading water bottling company Devin. "

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Why Buy America?

" The issue is especially acute for Canadian investors as the currency risk always looms large. Already this past decade, the decline in the greenback has meant Canadians have lost 28.53% by investing loonies in U.S. stocks. That compares to an 108.23% gain for Canada’s main benchmark over the period and even better, a 138.90% return for every loonie invested in emerging markets.

“People want to believe and are increasingly dipping their toes in the water ,but they are not entirely comfortable to throw it all in.” If not through passive index funds or third party mutual funds directly invested in developing markets, investors are increasingly looking to multinational corporations, whose revenues are largely tied to foreign markets, in order to gain exposure to emerging markets. In recent days, companies like General Electric, Caterpillar and Alcoa have made significant gains and Citigroup in its report also highlighted several companies that fit the bill, including Hewlett-Packard, which has grown its share of computer sales in China from 6% to 11% in two years, and Suzuki Motors, which has a 50% market share in India already. "

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Water project could again make faucet water drinkable near Fallon

"After living in South Maine Mobile Home Park for seven years, Dee Moore won�t drink the water in her home.

The 250 people who live in South Maine, Deluxe and Toalis Mobile Home Parks each deal with the water problem in different ways. Some buy expensive reverse-osmosis filters while others stock up on bottled water. A few even drink it straight from the faucet without a filter. But they all know the danger of doing that, residents said."

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Government achieved modest but tangible results during its first ...

"The President expressed his great satisfaction over the fact that on the economic front, Pakistan has achieved a turn around, with improvement in macroeconomic indicators, leading to upgrades in outlook by the international credit rating agencies. The foreign exchange reserves are now around US$14bn to offset import of 5-6 months. The inflation is under check and has been brought down from 24 per cent to 11 per cent. Stock exchanges are buoyant. All these factors had given confidence to the international corporate citizenry of Pakistan for investment in the country.

He also assured that the acute problem of power shortage was being addressed, which should take no more than the end of December2009, through short-term and long-term measures. While the water shortage in the country was also being addressed, as massive allocations have been made in the water and power sector to overcome water shortage and to increase the productivity and achieve food self-sufficiency. "

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Sustainable Agriculture Investment Poised to Surge

"Earlier this year, investment guru Jim Rogers predicted that within the next decade farmers will be the ones driving Lamborghinis, while stock brokers will drive tractors or taxis. His contrarian proclamation has since fueled intense investor interest in the agriculture sector. But despite this growing interest, the majority of investors have yet to discover the sector's most promising niche: sustainable agriculture.

Today, farming uses 80 to 90% of all the water consumed in this country, along with millions of gallons of chemical pesticides, hormones and antibiotics. After food is grown, processors and retailers ship it across vast distances before it reaches consumers. The result is a tangled web of farms, runoff, oil dependency and highly-processed or unripe food laced with chemicals. Sustainable agriculture offers a healthier, more environmentally-friendly alternative."

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Equedia: Video Streams and Trading Data for Global Biotech Corp.

"After today's news that Global Biotech Corp. (OTCBB:GBIQ), a publicly traded company under the symbol GBIQ on the OTCBB, announced that Wykanta International Inc. (WII) is acquiring the exclusive Asian distribution rights for all of Global Biotech's product line including its leading product "AquaboostTM", an oxygenated water destined to become a leader in the fast growing oxygenated water consumer market, Equedia is offering free trading information and the ability for investors, business media, and corporations to post videos and stock market blogs regarding this company and their recent news.

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Stocks on the move: CTC Media, OfficeMax, Sealed Air, Zoran

"CTC Media Inc. (CTCM US) dropped the most in the Russell 1000 Index, slumping 7.2 percent to $15.80. The owner of Russia's fourth-biggest television network was cut to "neutral" from "buy" at Bank of America Corp., which said the stock has "limited upside" after a 39 percent rally in the three months before today.

Nalco Holding Co. (NLC US) gained 5.4 percent to $19.43 and jumped 5.5 percent earlier, the most intraday since May 4. The water treatment and energy services company partially owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. may rise as the company reduces costs, increases efficiency and expands in growth areas such as Russia, China and India, Barron's reported, citing Richard Burridge, chief executive officer of RMB Capital Management in Chicago. "

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"General Environmental Management Elects to Shift Focus to Water Treatment and Waste-to-Energy Markets

We are projecting revenue of approximately $322 million in fiscal 2011, net income of $81 million, and earnings per share of approximately $0.86 per share." About Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limited Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limited is one of the leading distributors/wholesalers of diesel, gasoline, kerosene and fuel oils in Taiyuan City, the capital of and largest city in Shanxi Province, P.R. China. Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limited purchases diesel, gasoline, fuel oil and kerosene from various suppliers. As an intermediary, the company seeks to earn profits by buying diesel, gasoline, fuel oil and kerosene at competitive prices and selling them to other wholesalers. In addition, Longwei also earns revenues by acting as a purchase agent where they charge an agency fee -- a fee which is charged to wholesalers who do not have a license to purchase directly from refineries. Further, the company owns a gas station located on its property where it generates additional profit and revenue. All of the company's operating facilities are located in Taiyuan City, China. "

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Wall Street's Buy List

"And yes, relative to the higher-profile stocks topping our water cooler list, Gerber does fetch a low multiple to sales. Its ratio of 0.3 is just a fraction of what the cooler kids attract -- investors are paying 3.8 times sales at Microsoft, 4.5 at Apple, and a whopping at 6.7 for Google. Now, considering that Gerber nets only a small fraction of a percent on its sales, you might think that's appropriate. I don't. To the contrary, I think Gerber offers investors a chance to nab a real cash machine at a discount."

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EDITOR'S TAKE: The mutant post-Lehman employment scene

" One year after the broker dealer model was proclaimed deceased and everyone thought banks would come to resemble Thames Water, the arch broker dealer has gone from strength to strength. "

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

The agricultural sector in NZ's economic future

"When you think about it, the 1970s and 1980s were not halcyon days for agriculture, with Government throwing money at farmers by way of subsidy. The Lange Government delivered a dose of cold water realism that got our industry back on its own two feet.

The focus is upon leveraging value out of the Fonterra brand itself, similar to the ‘Intel inside’ flag on computers. This enables greater value to be driven from the goods we produce. Farmers also fully accept the need to invest back into Fonterra and that includes a greater commitment to R&D."

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Into the brave new world of making a difference

"As an avid consumer of news, I can say that I only buy hard copy newspapers nowadays out of habit.

The extent of the role of government, our water crisis, transport, communications, the environment, taxation, health, innovation, and the arts are matters of enormous importance to all Australians, yet the combative nature of our politics and our multi-tiered government structure sometimes works against best policy outcomes."

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Surviving Lehman: The financial industry crawls back from the abyss

"One year after Lehman: After all the carnage that followed the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers a year ago, it would be easy to discard long-treasured investment theories like the efficient markets hypothesis as so much hock and soda water. Clearly if markets were remotely efficient, stock prices would have factored in the possibility of a collapse of the kind that ensued from the U.S. investment bank's failure, right?"

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Local execs' take on the economy: the full answers

" We have a great new green product – permeable paving that actually lets more water permeate through it than your lawn. We hope that with all the new governmental regulations that product will soar. "

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Bankers, government were blind to the consequences of Lehman ...

"While everyone assembled at the New York Fed was aware that unbridled subprime-mortgage lending and the packaging of such loans into investment vehicles had pushed the financial system to the breaking point, what the bankers missed almost destroyed them — and possibly the rest of the global economy.

Like the fictitious substance ice-nine in Kurt Vonnegut's 1963 novel "Cat's Cradle," a seed of which set off a chain reaction that transformed all the world's water into ice, Lehman's failure froze credit markets, said Simon Johnson, a finance professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "

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Monday, March 30, 2009

China powers up fresh investment for clean tech projects

"The Chinese government has announced two major new initiatives to bolster its fast emerging clean tech sector, pledging to invest up to $3bn in demonstration projects and launching new incentives for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects.

According to reports, the Ministry of Science and Technology announced it is to invest between $1.5bn and $3bn in 60 clean tech demonstration projects designed to cut emissions and improve energy efficiency..."

Saturday, March 14, 2009

IBM jumps into water, long-term infrastructure markets

"IBM is tapping into the Obama buzzword: Infrastructure. And it’s a move that could prove lucrative not only during a sour economy but for generations thereafter.

In this case, it’s water that the company is diving into. The company is launching a new line of water services today, according to news reports. The company said that the water-management services market could be worth $20 billion in five years.

I don’t claim to be an expert in things like water management, power grids, traffic patterns and so on. But I do know that there are some processes - even something as simple as reading residential gas, electric and water meters - that could definitely benefit from a tech makeover...."

Monday, March 9, 2009

Stimulating a Cleaner Environment

"New York's water infrastructure will receive critical investments, thanks to the stimulus package. The state will receive $435 million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and another $85 million from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Along with a recent court decision upholding the federal Environmental Protection Agency's approval of the city's plan to keep its drinking water clean and safe, these funds should benefit all New Yorkers who use our tap water..."

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Chevron Ventures Looking To Dip Toes Into Water Investment

"SAN FRANCISCO -(Dow Jones)- Chevron Technology Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of energy giant Chevron Corp. (CVX), is considering investing in a technology to clean up polluted water at Canadian oil fields, Clean Technology Insight has learned.

(This story also appeared in Clean Technology Insight, a daily newsletter and information resource published by Dow Jones & Co.)

The San Ramon, Calif.-based unit manages more than $250 million in investments in developing technologies that have the potential to improve the efficiency of Chevron's operations and to provide growth opportunities.

"Both the availability of water and the ability to discharge good clean water after its use is increasingly critical in many [oil] production and refining operations," Mike Brooks, venture executive with Chevron Technology Ventures, said in an interview on the sidelines of the CleanTech Forum in San Francisco this week...."