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[ August 21, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 50383 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Last week, Ceres held its annual conference in San Francisco. The sustainability advocacy organization brings together representatives from non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, major institutional investors, and corporations to discuss climate change and its impacts on economies and the world. Coinciding with the conference, several big companies added their support for climate change policy by signing a public declaration. Ceres has formed a splinter coalition, Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy, or BICEP, which seeks to work with policymakers to pass energy and climate legislation and hurry the shift to a low-carbon economy for modern America. BICEP’s Climate Declaration is a vow to coordinate efforts to combat climate change through policy. Declarations and the drive to changeAlready, 40 companies have signed on to the declaration, including Starbucks, eBay, Seventh Generation, Annie’s, and Patagonia. GM (NYSE: GM  ) may not jump to mind as a company that’s speeding along on green pathways, … Continue reading

[ August 21, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 70524 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Over the course of the last month, shares of Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) have risen only 1% which is slightly less than the S&P 500. If Wall St. believed that the huge e-commerce company had a surge in holiday sales, that optimism did not correlate with the stock price. Or it could have been that the high end of Amazon’s fourth quarter forecast was simply two high–an increase of 25% to $26.5 billion. Much of Amazon’s success depends on the results of retailers whose products produce the biggest sales. The first of these is consumer electronics. Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) posted much worse than expected earnings and its share price sank. One theory about Best Buy’s problem is that Amazon took market share from it as has happened for years. The other theory is that consumer electronics sales in general did poorly during the last month of the holiday season. The … Continue reading

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Following a disappointing report on the housing market, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) is down 37 points, or 0.24%, to 15,522. The S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) is down 0.36% to 1,685. There was just one U.S. economic release today. Report Period Result Previous Pending home sales June (0.4%) 5.8% The National Association of Realtors reported that its pending-home-sales index fell 0.4% to 110.9 from a revised 111.3 in May. The downward revision in May brings May’s growth down from 6.7% to 5.8%. In May mortgage rates started rising from historical lows, and by the end of June had surpassed 4%. The 30-year mortgage rate now sits at 4.35%. Best Growth Stocks To Watch Right Now: MEDIFAST INC(MED) Medifast, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and sale of weight management and disease management products, and other consumable health and diet products in the United States. The … Continue reading

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Shares of American Airlines (AAL) took flight leading up to its merger with US Airways. Is the ride about to get bumpier? Bloomberg Barclays’ David Fintzen and Isaac Husseini say American Airlines shares could start to feel more turbulence. They write: On the technical side, the stocks are historically volatile and prone to relative underperformance. Even the best performing emergence (LCC as old US air emerged from bankruptcy and closed the America West merger) saw 40% relative out-performance in the first months quickly wiped out, before seeing the shares recover 6-7 months post emergence and solidly out-perform peer airlines in the months following. [Delta Air Lines (DAL)], NWA and UAUA (the pre-merger United all saw reasonably large post emergence sell-offs, ranging from ~10% ([Delta]), 20% (NWA) and the extreme of ~60% relative declines for UAUA. Top 10 Performing Companies To Buy For 2015: Harmonic Inc.(HLIT) Harmonic Inc. designs, manufactures, and … Continue reading

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For years, satirical late night TV host Stephen Colbert has been running a series on his show called “Better Know a District,” which highlights one of the 435 U.S. congressional districts and its representative. While I am no Stephen Colbert, Iambrutally inquisitive when it comes to the 5,000-plus listed companies on the U.S. stock exchanges. That’s why I’ve made it a weekly tradition to examine one seldom-followed company within theMotley Fool CAPSdatabase and make aCAPScallof outperform or underperform on that company. For this week’s round of “Better Know a Stock,” I’m going to take a closer look at Swift Transportation (NYSE: SWFT  ) . What Swift Transportation does Swift is a transportation services trucking and intermodal company in North America. The company primarily transports discounted consumer goods, perishable and non-perishable foods, and manufactured goods. As of the end of 2012 Swift operated 15,300 tractors, 52,800 trailers, and had 8,700 intermodal containers. … Continue reading