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Here are some Upgrades & Downgrades as of January 31st,2012

Upgrades

Downgrades

  • Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded by CLSA from Buy to Outperform
  • Potash (POT) downgraded by Goldman from Buy to Neutral
  • Barclays (BCS) downgraded by WestLB from Buy to Add
  • Plum Creek Timber (PCL) downgraded by UBS from Neutral to Sell
  • Pep Boys (PBY) downgraded by Benchmark Co. from Buy to Hold

 

Out of all the above talked about stocks out there the ones that catch my eye the most are (NKE), (UA), (MNST), (POT).

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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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.

Transocean LTD.  (NYSE:RIG) – An Offshore drilling contractor. Transocean of who owns or operates mobile offshore drilling units, inland drilling barges, and many other assets utilized in the suppport of offshore drilling activities on a Worldwide Basis. Transocean also Specializes i technically demanding segments of the offshore drilling business, which includes harsh environmental drilling, and deepwater drilling services.

Transocean LTD. jumped over 7% percent in pre-market trading this morning after a court had ruled that it was covered from in there eyes could potentially have been billions in pollution claims related to disastrous Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico after Transoceans  rig exploded and sank. At the end of the day Transocean will still face punitive damages and civil penalties, Transoceans contract with BP protects it from a lot of the pollution claims. At the end of the day it is uncertain how much Transocean will pay out but they will pay out something however now it is for sure to be less than what was originally expected.

As I previously said in a post on 1/23/2011

“Since the New Year there has been a turnaround and a bounce back in share price up over 18% close to $7.00 a share trading today up 1% at $45.15.”

Shares of ahead of the bell are trading up 4% at $49.30!

Currently I Rate this Company a HOLD. Not only does Transocean have a big dividend at 0.79 a share but could see a decline in the dividend this coming year. This may mark for many to want to sell off, however if you are a long term investor you may want to wait out the storm, and hold onto this investment as there are many Consensus Analyst Price Target at or above $60.00 a share.

 

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ:CLNE)  Founded in 1996, Clean Energy (CLNE) provides natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the US and Canada. The company designs, builds, finances, and operates fueling stations, supplying compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) to customers in the public transit, refuse hauling, airport, taxi, seaport, and regional trucking markets. Clean Energy is based in Seal Beach, CA.

 

Over the past 52 weeks has bounced back over 55% from its 52 week low. Since the New Year, Clean Energy Fuel Corp. has climbed from closing 2011 at $12.46 to over $14.00 a share.  Over the coming month ahead, Clean Energy Fuel Corp. should continue to climb to Higher levels possibly surpassing their current 52 week high $17.85.  Since the PoulTrend Alert of which was announced back on  10/14/2011 @ $11.48 (CLNE) has climbed over 22%. As of close on Friday January, 20th, 2012

 

On the Day – Clean Energy Fuel Corp. traded up +0.20 (+1.45%).

Even at $14.oo a share, I still believe (CLNE) is Undervalued. I still have them a BUY, with a 2012 Target Price at $17.00 a share.

 

I currently hold a Long term position in this company, and have no plans of adding a new position within the next trading days.

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Verizon: Paying Politicians to Rule the Air (g...Verizon Wireless – announced on Friday, 12/30/2011 there intentions on abandoning a $2 fee for the single bill payments which were planned to be in effect next month. Not only is this wonderful News for the Consumers out their as it now seems their voices are being heard. It was believed that Verizon was doing this as they wanted to discourage ones of who pay their bill by phone or online, and ones who like last minute payments.

Verizon Communications Inc. (Public,NYSE:VZ) -Ended the 2011 Year off in Solid Fashion. Not only is VZ trading close to 52 week highs at $40.25, Verizon has been on a real climb. Since January 1st 2010 Verizon closed at $35.78. During the past year, traded at a low of $32.28, since this low making a beautiful rebound of $7.97 close to $8.00 per share. During these 52 weeks has also keep up its strong Dividend of $0.49 first 3 Pervious months of the Year, and $0.50 its more recent quarter a Yield of 4.99%.

Currently I rate Verizon Wireless, a Hold.

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The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) a diversified manufacturer/supplier of products used primarily as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services worldwide. Operates on 8 Segments providing services to a range of industries, including appliance, automotive, agricultural, building and construction, chemical processing, electronics, furniture, house wares, oil and gas, packaging, paints, coatings and adhesives, personal care pharmaceutical processed foods pulp and paper textile. Its portfolio includes specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses deliver a range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries. Google.com/Finance Section

Dow of which over the past 52 weeks has traded at a High of $42.23, and a low of $20.61 closed on Friday at $24.76. The Dow Chemical Company Currently has a $0.25 Dividend

Currently I am Calling a PoulTrend Alert on DOW, as I believe over the coming month ahead there is large upside potential.

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Netflix (NFLX) of which was a $300.00 Stock back in July 2011, is not trading at a $114.00.

Shares of Netflix obviously were overvalued, and it has showed have been overbought for sometime.

Netflix is currently at a Price now most people would want to take a look at for a long term investment however I tend to disagree. Not only do I think that Netflix has not seen its Bottom. Netflix is a stock to stay clear of until it starts to establish a better Video Portfolio. Another thing to look for is, when will Netflix start streaming in Blu-Ray. I recommend that people stay Clear of this Stock as any bad news will Rock, it. If Netflix can establish themselves in the Streaming of Blu Rays, and signing some better Movie Companies, and TV shows it will then open my eyes for a possible investment. Do not forget that Microsoft has now announced it will be entering the streaming of content, this may hurt Netflix Long term.

If or When Netflix starts trading under $80.00 will I look to a possible investment in the company. However it also would rely solely on good news such as an announcement of New TV show Releases, and the Streaming of Blu Ray content.

 

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Bank of America (BAC) is a SELL!!

Bank of America has a 52 week High of $15.31, and a Low of $5.66. Today Bank of America has hit its year low, and I would not be surprised if this stock continues to FALL, and Quickly. After its announcements on Debit Card Fees, and all the Law Suits it is currently Facing, I do not see how anyone could want to even take the Gamble, you are better off putting a match to your cash than investing it with Bank of America. All I have to say is TO BIG TO FAIL?

Over the coming months ahead, I would not be Surprised if Bank of America, Turns into a $4.00 Stock especially with all the Crisis’s all over the world with Banks. Financials are a Stay away right now.

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Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM) – Is not a buy, especially for the ones looking to make a quick buck, unless you are a long term investor stay clear of this stock!!!!
As analysis continue to come out, and say that CIM is a buy because of its Yield, and High Dividend.
With the Federal Reserve announcing it will continue to push for Long Term Interest rates lower this will crush Chimera.
In the past 52 weeks CIM has traded as high as $4.36, and as low as $2.62.
Not only has CIM lowered its Dividend during this year Span. The Stock is Trading at $2.61 under its 52 week LOW, and is at its Lowest hitting a Low that has not been Seen since March 20th, 2009!
I Would not be Surprised if this Stock Tumbles Down under $2.00.
If it Drops under $2.00 and Under, This would Than be a Stock I would look into Buying as a LONG TERM Investment.
Other than that SELL SELL SELL.

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)