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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