Dividend Stocks: 25 New Increases For Yield Seekers

Tech stocks tank but finish off their lows

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(NYSE: GES ) upped its dividend 12.5% to $0.22 a share for a 3.21% yield. The Los Angeles clothier debuted disbursements in early 2007 at $0.03 a share. In addition to steadily boosting quarterly payouts, the company paid special dividends in 2010 and 2012 of $2 and $1.20 respectively. Hurco Co.
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3 Energy Stocks to Buy for the Upcoming Infrastructure Boom

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Biotech stocks, which had been on a tear this year , also pulled back. The sector is considered speculative because investors are in many cases betting on drugs that have yet to be approved. The leaders in the industry, while profitable, also tend to trade at very high valuations. The beauty products marketer had previously disclosed that it was being investigated by Chinese regulators, but the relatively small penalty seems to be a relief to investors who had feared a more major regulatory blow.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/24/investing/stocks-markets/index.html

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Adding in new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals and various processing plants so that we can actually use what we produce bumps the amount of needed infrastructure up even further. And building all of this wont be a cheap undertaking. No, its actually going to be very expensive indeed. According to an updated study by consultancy group ICF International, America will need to spend roughly $30 billion per year on new midstream infrastructure through 2035.
Source: http://investorplace.com/2014/03/energy-stocks-to-buy-mtz-cbi-kbr/

Two Tech Stocks Are Surging

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economy may not be performing as well as expected. http://www.todayhotstocks.com IBM leads the Dow Jones higher IBM rose more than than the Dow in early trading. Big Blue’sgain may have been fueled by the announcement of a deal with Pitney Bowes. The companies plan to work together on a hybrid cloud location services product, in which IBM’s cloud products will be paired with Pitney Bowes’ location services. The pairing could prove attractive to IBM’s customers.
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Obama Expands Sanctions Against Top Aides, Associates Of Putin Over Annexation Of Crimea

President Obama on Thursday expanded sanctions against Russia for seizing Crimea from Ukraine and minutes later, the Kremlin retaliated by banning nine American officials from Russia. Some of the Americans singled out by Moscow reacted with derision and defiance. I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off, Gazprom stock is lost & secret bank account in Moscow is frozen, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on Twitter. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images President Barack Obama addresses the crisis in Ukraine during a White House address Thursday.
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President Obama returned to the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” Thursday but he didn’t bring his dance moves this time. He did, however, come prepared with a gentle shot aimed at the popular comedian, who earlier this month outdid Obama with a “selfie” photograph she took while hosting the Academy Awards. “I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt myself, getting a bunch of celebrities in the background,” Obama gently ribbed, referencing DeGeneres’ famous “selfie” that featured Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey and Bradley Cooper. The photo broke the record for being retweeted the greatest number of times — a record that had previously been held by Obama for a photo of himself and first lady Michelle on election night 2012. The Ellen Show The appearance marked President Obamas second time on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. In 2007, during his first White House campaign, he famously danced with DeGeneres.
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Defying U.S. and European warnings, Russia moved troops several weeks ago into Crimea, a part of Ukraine with an ethnic-Russian majority population. In short order, it organized a referendum in which Crimea voted to become part of Russia and Putin announced this week that Russia would annex the region. On Thursday, the lower house of the Russian parliament voted 443 to 1 to admit Crimea and the metropolitan region of Sevastopol into the Russian Federation, putting some of the final procedural touches on the takeover. The bill is scheduled to be taken up Friday by the upper house, the Federation Council, where its expected approval will make Crimea officially part of the country under Russian law.
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Mrs. Obama, who flew Wednesday from Washington, D.C., is making a week-long trip to three Chinese cities and will speak with children at several schools about the importance of education and youth empowerment. The U.S. first lady has several activities and events scheduled Friday with Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan. “Her visit and her agenda sends a message that the relationship between the United States and China is not just between leaders, it’s a relationship between peoples,” said Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. Kermit prefers Michelle Obama to …
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/20/politics/michelle-obama-china/index.html

Obama sanctions more Russians over Crimea, but keeps US energy weapon sheathed

There is little in the way of energy trade between Russia and the US, so cutting it off wouldn’t have much impact on either side. It might only provoke more Russian aggression toward Europe, where a breakdown in fuel supplies would cause a lot of pain. (Europe gets about 30 percent of its natural gas from Russia.) The most effective options for US intervention are not punitive sanctions against Russia but constructive http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net support for Ukraine and its neighbors aiding them in their pursuit of non-Russian sources of energy, including from the US. However, diversifying European energy and boosting US exports are years-long solutions to challenges that are unfolding day by day. They aren’t guaranteed to work, either, and could have negative economic and environmental impacts domestically.
Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2014/0321/Obama-sanctions-more-Russians-over-Crimea-but-keeps-US-energy-weapon-sheathed

Bankrupt? How To Get Student Loan Debt Erased

We now need to see serious thought about moving the system away from this unsustainable funding burden. Graduates now stand to pay back twice, through their studentloan repayments and as taxpayers confronting the spiralling costs of this ill-considered scheme. Sally Hunt from the UCU added that the government had rushed through the establishment of a loan repayment system without doing the proper maths. She said: We may well end up with the taxpayer footing a larger bill for students education than before students had to pay 9,000 a year fees. It is time for a rethink. Shadow universities minister, Liam Byrne described the student loans system as unsustainable and said it was likely to go bust. This is because universities are sitting on flimsy foundations, he clarified, we now need urgent answers from the government for how theyre going to fix this 80bn mess which our country cannot afford.
Source: http://theboar.org/2014/03/04/student-loan-repayments-overestimated/

According to a December study by the Institute for College Access & Success, 7 out of 10 students in the class of 2012 graduated with student loans, and the average amount of debt among students who owed was $29,400. Theres no clear end in sight. The total amount of student debt is growing basically at a constant rate, Wilbert van der Klaauw, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York tells TIME. The inflow is much higher than the outflow, which is likely to continue in the future as reliance on student loans for college is expected to remain high. Debt is painful for many students, and an increasing number of graduates are unable to pay back their loans on time. Delinquencies on student loans have risen dramatically over the past decade: 11.5% of graduates were at least 90 days late on paying back their loans at the end of 2013, compared with 6.2% delinquencies on student loans in 2003. Moreover, the Feds figures on delinquencies hide morestarkdata: nearly half of all students with debt arent currently in repayment thanks to deferments and forbearances and the fact that students are not expected to pay while theyre in school, according to van der Klaauw.
Source: http://business.time.com/2014/02/26/student-loans-are-ruining-your-life-now-theyre-ruining-the-economy-too/

But data and government reports indicate the phenomenon is real. The Education Departments inspector general warned last month that the rise of online education has led more students to borrow excessively for personal expenses. Its report said that among online programs at eight universities and colleges, non-education expenses such as rent, transportation and miscellaneous items made up more than half the costs covered by student aid. The report also found the schools disbursed an average of $5,285 in loans each to more than 42,000 students who didnt log any credits at the time. . Even when schools suspect students are over-borrowing, they are restricted by federal law and Education Department policy from denying funds.
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The long-term impact of student-loan debt

The same warning goes with a private refinance, of course. You will also want to check on prepayment terms. While federal loan consolidation allows prepayment at any time, this may not be true with private lenders. Check interest rates carefully Getting a lower interest rate is likely high on your priority list, and this is where a private refinancing can be the most helpful. Although you can probably consolidate your federal loans through the government, the interest rate will be fixed at the weighted average of the group of loans being combined, rounded up to the nearest one-eighth of a percent.
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Iuliano’s research showed that those who represented themselves were about as likely as those who had lawyers to win their cases. Bankruptcy attorney Sommer said few borrowers are prepared to argue their cases in court against skilled and often aggressive lawyers representing their creditors. “Most people are not capable of doing that,” Sommer said. “This is full-scale litigation.” The bar is certainly high. A borrower has to prove that repaying his or her student loans would be an “undue hardship.” Typically, that means meeting three tests: a current inability to pay the loans, because doing so wouldn’t allow you to maintain a minimal standard of living given your current income and expenses; a future inability to repay the money, because your financial situation is likely to continue; and a good-faith effort to repay what you owe. In two recent decisions, though, courts granted relief to borrowers who hadn’t made voluntary payments on their debt and who refused to enroll in income-based repayment plans.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/04/us-column-weston-bankruptcy-colum-idUSBREA2326420140304?feedType=RSS

But not everyone in student-debt distress is eligible for refinancing. Generally, you need to be in a better economic position, with a better credit score, than you were when you took out the loan. Lack of awareness about federal loan deferral and forgiveness is also a problem. THE WAY FORWARD One area of emerging consensus is that lenders should stop making loans without consideration of borrowers’ ability to repay. Clearly, it’s difficult to measure a 17-year-old’s earning potential, but, analysts say, that doesn’t preclude responsible lending.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/03/03/ozy-student-debt/5976111/

Stocks Hit By Ukraine Chaos; Dow Off More Than 200

Stocks finish lower on Ukraine fears

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Over the weekend, Ukraines prime minister declared that his country is on the brink of disaster as Russias military advanced into the Crimea region and its troops blocked key naval and military bases. Still in a note to clients before the U.S. stock markets opening bell, Citigroup strategist Tobias Levkovich downplayed the risk to U.S. stocks, barring a breakout of major hostilities. Recent events in Ukraine, he says, could unsettle euphoric markets but should not be that disruptive.
Source: http://www.freep.com/article/20140303/BUSINESS07/303030084/Stocks-hit-by-Ukraine-chaos-Dow-off-more-than-200

Stocks Drop Most in Month as Crimea Fans Bond Gains; Corn Soars

Joe Tatusko, chief investment officer at Westport Resources, said he thinks the market weakness “almost definitely presents a tremendous buying opportunity.” Gold soars as Ukraine crisis escalates Meanwhile, as investors seek safe-haven assets, gold prices rose more than 2% to $1,351 per ounce. Investors were buying U.S. Treasuries too, pushing the 10-year yield down below 2.6% from 2.65% late Friday. Bond prices and yields move in opposite directions. The price visit site of oil is also up, with crude prices rising by almost 2% to more than $104 per barrel.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/03/investing/stocks-markets/index.html


Meanwhile, there were lots of economic data coming out in the U.S. and abroad. The ISM manufacturing index climbed to 53.2 in February from 51.3 in January. The new orders subindex jumped to 54.5 from 51.2. “Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 14 are reporting growth in February , ” said the ISM.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stocks-around-world-slammed-heres-210010353.html

US STOCKS-Wall St sells off as Ukraine-Russia tension rises

But the Direxion Daily Russia Bear 3x ETF, a leveraged play on bad news that could affect the fortunes of the nation’s listed stocks, jumped 21 percent to $20.98. Energy stocks could lose if relations between the United States and Russia deteriorate further. “Anything that involves a boycott of Russian supplies, which are very significant, could impact the energy sector dramatically,” said Rick Meckler, president of investment firm LibertyView Capital Management in Jersey City, New Jersey. “In situations like this, you see very quick reactions reverse as people understand the scenario and how things play out.” Brent crude prices rose $2.13 to settle at $111.20 per barrel while U.S. crude prices gained $2.33 to end at $104.92 a barrel.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/03/markets-usa-stocks-idUSL1N0M01SV20140303?feedType=RSS

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Ukraine today and the United Nations Security Council will hold a meeting as western leaders seek to respond to Russia seizing control of the countrys Crimea region. Ukraine said Russias navy ordered two of its ships to surrender. Russias central bank unexpectedly raised its benchmark rate 150 basis points. Manufacturing gauges in China signaled slower growth, while a U.S.
Source: http://www.sfgate.com/business/bloomberg/article/Stocks-Drop-Most-in-Month-as-Crimea-Fans-Bond-5284871.php