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Shares of Mattel Inc. have not only climbed more than 5 percent during trading today.

Not only did Mattel Inc, announce Q4 earnings, and their 2011 Full Year Earnings, they biggest news was the announcement of a $0.31 Q1 2012 cash Dividend.

Mattel, Inc. – Manufactures, Designs, and Markets a broad variety of toy products on a Worldwide Basis through there sales to customers, and directly to consumers. Operating in two segments Domestic, and International. Portfolio includes Barbie fashion dolls, and accessories, Polly Pocket, Disney Classics, and Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Tyco, and WWE Wrestling products.

Mattel’s Q4 Earnings announced an increase in net sales by 1 percent Worldwide from the previous calender a year ago. Sales jumped 5%.

Top Products

Barbie – 6 Percent Sales Gains

Hot Wheels – 11 Percent Sales boost.

Overall

As we are now finishing up the First Month of the 2012 calender year, there is no questions that overall Mattel Inc, had one heck of a 2011 year with Worldwide sales increasing 7%, and International jumping 12%.

What You May Want to KNOW!

Some people complain and say that when a company is repurchasing shares of there own company it may be bad, and some other to suggest that obviously the company feels there stocks are vary undervalued and would rather reinvest money into themselves rather than another company. It has been reported that back in 2011 Mattel Inc. repurchased 20.4 Million shares for upwards of $536 Million.

Currently I have Mattel Inc – (NASDAQ-MAT) a BUY/HOLD Rating. As the 52 week High has just been broke it is clear Mattel Inc, will touch new highs. I could see Mattel Inc, climbing to 33-35.00 a share over the coming weeks ahead. Not only are they an attractive buy with dividend increase. If you want to add a Value Investment with over a 3% Yield this might be a company to add to your Watch List. 

Currently I do not own any Shares of the above talked about investments and have no plans to make a position within the next 3 trading days.

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The Coca-Cola Company(KO)Coca Cola, a Stock that has always been known for its Great Dividend, Great Yield.

Today Coca Cola (KO) traded at a Low of $63.34 – $65.43.  KO ended up closing at $65.23, and in the Eyes of many investors this is around or close to a Bargain Price, However I beg to differ. KO of which is a company I do not see going anywhere, anytime soon. However I think over the coming years ahead this may be one stock of which will a gradual long term decline. Not because its financials are out line or anything like that. However I feel as more, and more baby boomers get closer to retirement they will be selling off their shares of Coca Cola of which will bring it down even as it continues to outperform.
Over the Past year, Coca Cola has traded at a High of $71.77, and a low of $58.55

Since 1986 – 1996 Coca Cola has split 4 separate times a 3 to 1 split, and 3- 2 to 1 splits. During this time, the Baby Bombers were in there peak times of their life where they may of had the extra cash lining around to invest into KO.

If a Baby Boomer owned just 1 share, by the end of these 4 splits they would have 24 Shares.

Split 1 – 1 Share * 3 = 3 Shares

Split 2- 4 Shares *2= 6 Shares

Split 3 – 8 Shares*2= 12

Split 4 -16 Shares*2= 24

During 1946-1964 the so called 19 years of the Baby Boom, there was close to 76 Million Births in the USA.

Lets Estimate that 15 Million of these Baby Boomers invested in Cola during that time, each buying just 10 Shares of Coca Cola.

During Split 1- they would have 30 Shares Each * 15 Million = 450 Million Shares.

During the Next 3 Splits lets Say 9 Million of these decided to sell all their investments in KO 5 Million Continued to hold there shares of 30 and 1 Million of them Buying 30 More after the First Split.

During Split 2 – 5 Million * 30 Original Shares = 150 Million Shares with a 2 for 1 Split, Making their shares increase to 60 for a total of 300 Million Shares. The 1 Million of who invested into buying 30 more shares before that split now held 60 Shares each = 60 Million * 2 for 1 Split = 120 Million Shares. Meaning Now 6 Million Baby Boomers owned 420 Million Shares which is Lower than the Previous 450 Million However lets continue on.
During Split 3 – Lets say those 5 Million held their Shares and Still hold 30 Shares Each, for a total of  150 Million Shares * 2 for 1 = 60 Shares Each times 5 Million = 300 Million Shares. The 200,000 of the Original 1 Million who double their stock after the initial Split now added 20 More shares. They now own 80 Shares Each * 200,000 * 2 for 1 = 16 Million Shares. The other 800,000 decided to buy 25 More Shares bring there grand total to 85 Shares * 2 for 1 split = 800,000 * 85 *2= 136 Million Shares. Meaning now that a total of 6 Million people own a total of

300 Million Shares + 16 Million Shares + 136 Million Shares grand total of 452 Million Shares.

During Split 4- Lets Say 2 Million sold off their shares and now only 3 Million held their shares of 60 * 2 for 1 split = 120 Shares * 3 Million = 360 Million Shares. The 200,000 of who have 80 decided to buy 20 more bring there total to 100 Shares * 2 for 1 Split = 200 Shares. 200,000*200 Shares each = 40 Million Shares, and Finally the 800,00 0f who had 85 Shares decided to buy 40 More shares bringing total to 125 Shares * 2 for 1 = 250 Shares each * 800,000 = 200 Million Shares . Meaning that Now these 4 Million people own a combined

360 Million Shares + 40 Million Shares + 200 Million Shares bringing their Grand total to 600 Million Shares. Out of the 2.3 Billion shares Available 1,439,688,448 of which are owned by institutional Investments, owners meaning now that

1,439,688,448 + 600,000,000 = 2.3 Billion Shares.

Obviously this is not a for sure, and these are all estimates, but what if there was out of those 4 Million Baby Boomers 1/3 or 1/2 decided to sell off  in a gradually during a 3 year span.

The Stock that has a 52 week low of $57.00 could see more levels close to $45.00-$50.00 range. Meaning why not wait for the storm to happen, and for KO to see Lower Lows!

Personally I believe many of the High Dividend, and High Yield Stocks will be on a Moderate Lower decline over the coming years ahead. I will wait for my Opportunity of  when to get in with KO, However I do not think that time is right now.

 

 

 

 

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Apples stock of which has a 52 week High of $422.86, and its 52 week low $277.77.

 

Currently Apple is Trading around $373.00. Not only do they have great products, and Everyone out there wants an Ipod, Iphone, and Ipad. Being a company with this much demand makes you more viol ital. Not only do I feel that Apple is Overbought, but I think it is close to $100.00-$125.00 overbought. Over the coming months ahead, it is obvious that there products will be the top sellers especially during the holidays. However, The facts are people like, change, and I personally do not think that the iPhone will be as hot of an item as it is right now until they change the looks to it. They not only need to make the screen bigger. For them to get into the Business  market and take full control of that cell phone sector the phone has to change. Personally I love all Apple products they continue to blow my mind with some of the things you can do with them. However there price is unmatched, there products are TO EXPENSIVE for the Average American, and I think this may hurt them long term. If they can lower price and compete with other products that are more than half the price, I think they will continue to miss out on a large market share. I expect Apple to continue a downtrend, and when it hits under $250.00 then maybe will I think about Investing in them. I would rather have my money in At&t, Verizon Wireless as not only do you get a Dividend, and Great Yields, but if Apple falls out someday in the Future, it does not matter because they would obviously have the new Hot Item, and Cell Phones are not going anywhere. Over the coming years ahead I believe these phone companies will increase in price, Dividend, and Yield which over the Long run will benefit me more than a investment in Apple. Currently I have Apple as a SELL, and have no intentions of investing in them until a change is underway.

 

As I have discussed in recent Blog Posts, the Market has Slight bull action, but is in a deep Bear Market of which I figure will continue possible threw into the New Year, or beyond. Some ETF’s I recommend to be on your Watch List this week are

 

Market Vectors Coal ETF (NYSE:KOL)

Direxion Daily Agribusiness Bear 3x Shares (NYSE:COWS)

ProShares UltraShort Russell 2000 (NYSE:SRTY)

Direxion Daily Finan. Bear 3X Shs(ETF)

Direxion Daily Emr Mkts Bear 3X Shs(ETF)

My plans come Monday morning, are simple. Not only will I be cancelling any Debit cards of which I hold with my local banks but I am going to continue to put less, and less money in the banks. If you have not already heard news broke this morning that Bank of America was going to be issuing $5 monthly fee, on all customers of who use their debit card. Even Wells Fargo has announced they will be trying to push a $3 fee on debit accounts. How ridiculousness is that? Not only do these stupid BANKS own, America, now we have to pay them fees like crazy, and they do not want to give us shit. I expect things to continue to get worse before they are better. Watch for mortgage regulations to change, loan regulations, and even Student loan issues. This is pathetic, Way to ruin America.

Chimera Investment Corporation   – (CIM)

Best Buy Co., Inc.   -(BBY)

Lululemon Athletica inc – (LULU)

American Express Company  – (AXP)

Rosetta Stone Inc.  – (RST)

PetMed Express, Inc. – (PETS)

 

 

 

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Listed Below are 5 Stocks to add to your watch list the coming week, months ahead.

1. HollyFrontier Corp   – (HFC) (-5%) of which 5 days ago was trading at $37.92. As they just announced they will go ex – dividend tomorrow, many may be dumping there stocks to re buy at a low.

2. Sodastream International Limited -(SODA) (+5%) of which had a 52 week high of $79.72 is currently at $40.00 which is almost 50% off of the high. I am Long SODA, as I feel it has great potential to crank in great Return on Assets, and Equity, Plus net profit, and revenue will continue to jump long term.

3. The Blackstone Group L.P.  – (BX) (+3%) of which is trading around $7.00 off its 52 week high of $19.63 is a sound investment long term. With a 0.10 dividend, and a yield of 3.16. The potential upside, factored in with the dividend payout is solid for many investors to want to eye.

4. MGM Resorts International. – (MGM) (+2%) of which is trading $4.50 off of 52 week highs of $16.94. Even in a down economy, gamblers continue to gamble. Not to mention with the online poker thing still on major crack down, the ones of who used to gamble at home, will be heading to the Casinos, to do there betting. Long Term growth, with a possibility of someday adding a Dividend.

5. Starbucks Corporation – (SBUX) (+.085)  an investment of which I feel could be a stock for the next 10 years. As Starbucks aims for the market overseas, now we can see how big this company can actually get. With the profits, and revenues of which Starbucks generates, the only future ahead for Starbucks is continued growth, and dividend payouts.

Disclosure – I am Long all the stocks named.

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MGM Resorts International.(MGM)
Wynn Resorts, Limited (WYNN)
Las Vegas Sands Corp.(LVS)

UBS AG (USA)   (UBS)

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As the hour Struck 10 A.M. all eyes were on the news channels and what  Ben Bernanke‘s Speech would offer insight on the future of the United States Economy.

In Bernanke Speech he discussed that the recovery was SLOWER than expected.

Why??

  • High Oil Prices.
  • Earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
  • Temporary Factors
  • Deep slump in housing market
  • A Financial Crisis immeasurable
Ben Bernanke however kept his poseur and reassured the people of the U.S. Economy, that regardless all the issues/problems, the country has not lost its competitive advantages of which will ultimately lead to our long term growth and prosperity. Ben mentioned that with America’s diverse economy, entrepreneurial culture, research capabilities and technological superiority we will defeat this.

“Although important problems certainly exist, the growth fundamentals of the United States do not appear to have been permanently altered by the shocks of the past four years,” he said.

Ben Bernanke discussed short term issues as well, and policies that have, and have not been taken to address them, of which in the end could be long term.

He noted that with such large numbers in unemployed people who of which are without work for more than six months, a figure of which now accounts for 14 million people of which are now Jobless.

“Under these unusual circumstances,” he said, “policies that promote a stronger recovery in the near term may serve long-term objectives as well.”

Personally I think that Ben Bernanke was speaking as truthful as he could on the subject. However I feel as he had to talk in more easily acceptable terms than he wanted to speak in. Ben Bernanke knows how deep the United States is in, and what was talked about was personally a cover up to help with America continue on for a little. The United States is in a hole of which is completely over our heads. As much as Job Growth may be needed others things would have to change as well. Regardless even  if gas was at $1.00 a gallon right now, it still would not get us out of this HOLE. Not only is there need to be much change on the governments behalf, but their needs to be changes on the Business Side, Bank Side, Healthcare Side, Our Side. If we do not all work as 1 in unison, we as a country will not surpass this hard time of which is on all of us.

Things to Note!

  • Why no talk of SELF employed, and how many are out of work? They are not figured into that 14 million Jobless. Like Ben said entrepreneurial culture. How do they expect America to live up to those standards if the Government taxes the shit out of them, and insurance just wants to abuse them?
  • Natural Disasters have happened generations, and generations. You cannot try to blame the fact that because of what happened in  Japan is why we are still here. We were already in over our heads before the devastation happened in Japan.
  • Gas is only gas, no matter who you are if you want to drive a V8 you still will. This is a factor to why the country is struggling but I would say it is only 5% of the puzzle

Disclosure: This is all personally opinions of this issue!! Some of the facts I stated, are not true, nor do I claim they are true.

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With the U.S. Government wanting to do an internal investigation into the financial crisis, and Goldman Sachs (GS) I expect financials to take a major hit over the coming days and weeks ahead. Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein has decided to take it into his own hands and hire Reid Weingarten a highly known attorney of who represents clients in high profile cases of whom are believed to of done some type of corporate wrongdoing. With Lloyd Blankfein taking it into his own hands to hire a lawyer it is obvious that there could be a potential push to investigate the firm as well as its executives on criminal grounds.  When the news was released that Blankfein had hired a lawyer, Goldman shares closed down $5.25 (4.7%) to $106.51. In the after market stock continued to drop $1.27 (1.19%).

Goldman Sachs of which is one of the most known names on Wall Street has been in the news, and under distress since the financial crisis because of their record profit this year. Profit of which was generated during some of the worst of times for all of the economy. So far all the investigations have not involved criminal charges, and have all settled without Goldman having admitted to no wrongdoing.  Something to note is almost 1 year ago Goldman paid $550 million to Securities and Exchange Commission to settle the charges that it helped create low-quality mortgage backed securities of which they had knowledge that they would fall in value.

What I think gets me the most is the fact that it has TAKEN this long for government to look into everything. When I say this, meaning Goldman Sachs is not the only ones of who need to be under investigation. All the major Banks including (J.P and Morgan)(Bank of America)(Wells Fargo) just to name a few. Not only were they all involved in the reason for the Crash of the Market in 2008 but they were all the ones who allowed this to happen. Just watch “The Last Days of the Lehman Brothers”  Not only did these banks take the money from the government in 2008 but they completely used it against the USA and us the PEOPLE to SCREW US! Now the BANKS control Everything and it is about time for them to take the blame for what they did and put the ones of who were involved in it into prison.

I expect that the coming days ahead will be vary big! Especially in the Financial Sector. If there is any news that breaks of Goldman (GS) admitting to wrong doing, CEO Lloyd Blankfein may have to tell them what he really knows. Meaning he may announce news of which could involve other Banks!  Imagine if all these banks get investigated and are found guilty.
Currently Goldman Sachs (GS) is a Complete SELL SELL SELL. It would not surprise me if we see Goldman Drop into the Low $90.00 by the end of today. Personally I would stay away from all Financials. I expect a SELL OFF of all major Banks until this matter gets handled.

Disclosure – Currently do not hold a position, nor plan to hold a position in Goldman Sachs or any other Financial Sector within the next 3 trading days. Some of the information of which was used for this post can be found at http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-blankfein-goldman-20110823,0,2783618.story