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New York – On Monday Yesterday January 23th a Jury awarded a surgery patient $10 Million in punitive damages in a suit against HCA Holdings.

This as a result of a 2007 gastric bypass surgery of which complications arose, resulting in Clay Chandler to go into a coma.  Late Friday, January 20th, the Jacksonville Federal Court found Memorial Hospital Liable for $168 Million in Damages.

HCA Currently has plans to appeal the decision, a spokesman said in an email – The Wall Street Journal

“While we sympathize with him and his family and respect the judicial process, we do not agree with the outcome of the case,” HCA said

HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) – is a non-governmental hospital operator in the United States and an integrated provider of health careand related services. HCA provides services through a network of acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, clinics and other patient care delivery settings. As of September 30, 2010, it operated a diversified portfolio of 162 hospitals (with approximately 41,000 beds) and 104 freestanding surgery centers across 20 states throughout the United States and in England.

HCA Holdings Inc. released as an IPO in March of 2011.  Has a 52 week trading ranging from a high $35.37-$17.03. Yesterday HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA) Closed at $24.64 +(o.57%)

Currently I have HCA Rated a Hold with a Target Price at $25.75-26.50 Range.

Biggest worry for this company is the greater than expected Medicare, and Medicaid reimbursement cuts, also an increase in uninsured admissions (charity care resulting in higher uncompensated care) Also have worries from this their could be large swings in stock price.

 

Currently I hold no position in HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA), and have no plans to within the next 3 trading days.

 

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One Stock I am Building my Portfolio with! Of which I feel may be a High Risk, but at the same time offering me a possible long term growth investment both in value of share price threw both split’s, and dividend is

HollyFrontier Corp  Public, NYSE: HFC – formerly known as Holly Corporation, is an independent petroleum refiner that produces light products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, specialty lubricant products, and specialty and modified asphalt. Operates on two segments: Refining and Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (HEP).

 December 31, 2010,owned and operated three refineries consisting of a petroleum refinery in Artesia, New Mexico. This refinery of which operates in conjunction with vacuum, and crude oil distillation, and other facilities 65 miles away in Lovington, New Mexico (the Navajo Refinery, and a refinery in Woods Cross Utah/Tulsa Refinery.Owns and operates Holly Asphalt Company, and owns 75% interest in a 12-inch pipeline project from Salt Lake City Utah to Las Vegas Nevada.

In July 2011 had a Merger with Frontier Oil Company. Over the Past 52 week period HollyFrontier has traded between 15.69 – 38.90. During this span it also has announced a Dividend, and had a 2:1 Split.  Currently the Dividend is 0.09/1.10 which in time I expect to grow, and possible at Rapid Rates over the coming years ahead. Their may also be the possibility of a Bigger Company coming in, and making an offer on buying them out.

For instance if you read my post (9/6/2011) of this year I recommend (BEXP) of which opened at $29.31

Brigham Exploration Company (BEXP) – of which  engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas in the United States. The company owns property interests in the Onshore Gulf Coast consisting of the Vicksburg trend in Brooks County, Texas. Frio trend in and around Matagorda County, Texas. (BEXP) also has joint venture interests […]

Since this Post on October 25th their was an announcement that Brigham Exploration Company, was going to buy out all the outstanding shares of Brigham for $36.50.

HollyFrontier Financials

Not only do I believe we will still need oil, and oil refiners, for at least 10 possible 20 years. I tend to like Oil Refiners because of overall demand in supply of which has continues to grow each, and every year, and with the USA still number one in oil consumption from Cia.gov numbers. With the USA Dollar of which dropped some bit this year this may result in more demand from other countries which would essentially grow profits. Not to mention refiners do better when oil is down and Gas Climbs which for the better part of this past year Oil, has been quiet low. As of late oil however has made a climb back, and gas has dropped but Overall Long Term, I expect them both to climb. As I overlook the Balance Sheet there was a few things of which sparked my attention. One being Yes, that HollyFrontier has a solid Dividend, and has already had a 2:1 Split,Its P/E is 9.94 which I feel is quiet low.  My only concern is their accounts payable is equal to about 2/3 rds of their liquid assets, especially since a very serious chunk of those assets are accounts receivable. With the Economy as of late their could be a lot of debtors unable to pay at some point in time, or for long periods of time, even some not paying at all. This would then result in difficult paying their creditors. If this scenario was to occur they could possible drop long term assets. Over the coming months and years ahead I think there is great growth possible.

2010 Total Financials for year

Revenue at 8,322.93

Gross Profit 955.78.

Q1 & Q2 2011 Financials 

Revenue Q1 of 2,326.59, Q2 of 2,967.13 – Revenue has climbed each year since 2006 with one slight off year in 2009, which revenue was still over 50%.

Gross Profit has been Q1 of 341.97, Q2 of 520.04 – Has been solid since 2007, with 2010 out beating 2009 by 359.52

Numbers from 2010 Total Financials Down, are all in Millions.

Today (HFC) is trading around $31.50 around $7.50 off of its 52 week highs, and down $0.62 from yesterdays open.With a dividend of 0.09/yield of 1.11, EPS of 3.20, and AVG Volume around 4.10 Million which for today has only moved 700,000, and for less than 3 hours of trading left, its obvious many are sellers are offsetting the buyers, and that Volume on the day may not even meet Half the Avg. My theory being many are holding out the storm, waiting for Q3 earnings.

Currently I hold a long term position in (HFC)

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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.

 

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Gold finally has rebounded 1 percent Today following a 3 percent drop from the previous session. This being as prices are now more affordable, and attractable to bargain hunters out there. However it also showed the risk in investing in the Gold Rush of which is upon us. With the 3 percent drop it was the most volatile day for gold in the last two weeks. This all happened after Spot Gold hit a record high of $1920.03 on Tuesday. Still however gold’s long term bullish trend remains as their is still global struggle. As reported at Reuters.com

“Concerns about economic growth in the United States,and the euro zone will keep supporting gold prices. Even though we may see liquidation repeatedly along the way, gold will continue to rise toward $2000,”the dealer said.”

Things of which added to the gold risk was the fact that Germany‘s industrial output had an unexpected jump in July, of which is offering the world positiveness that Europe‘s largest economy could avoid the major recession of that has been talked about as of late.

Thursday is the big day as all Investors will be watching President Barack Obamas speech on job creation to the Congress, this being after data has showed the economy staying flat for the month of August.

Personally I think it might be a good time to buy (GDX, GDXJ, GG, ABX, NEM) of which are at irresistible prices compared to (GLD)

Disclosure – Currently I do not hold any position in the (GDX,GDXJ,GG,ABX,NEM,GLD) However plan to initiate a position in the next 72 hours.

The S&P 500 continues to trade in what it seems to be bearish structures. Big Drops, Then Big Climbs, but ultimately in the end the Volume continues to be light, and the playing of the market continues.  Last week I had thought that the market had hit its bottom however I tend to disagree now. My look forward continues to be bearish. Now what I found to be something of mention was a chart I came across on BestOnlineTrades.com. The chart of which you can see below simulates a possibility that we may ultimately be heading towards a possible crash similar to the one in the diagram. The fact of the matter is, this is not 1987, anymore and if there was to be a time for a crash most people would assume it would come now. The thing of which I think needs to be noted is what the government is doing to try, and hold off of the bad news or keep it hidden a few more days longer. The fact is the 1987 crash was said to of come out of the Blue, however it was covered up by many things going on under the wire. Currently I think it is possible that we have a major sell of the coming months ahead. Ultimately it will be devastating to not only the United States but the whole Marketing world. The only upside to these horrible things happen, as they seem to recover, and bring back great returns. Lets keep our fingers crossed that this does not happen, however who knows we may all benefit from it long term especially the young ones like myself.

After three straight days of triple digit drops, the Dow has bounced back once again. Traders are excited for developments out of Europe. The USA is at wait now until Thursday Nights national address where President Obama will unveil a major jobs initiative. The Bulls are in firm control as of right now but I expect there to be big drops ahead. Currently I am staying firm on my Long term investments, but any short terms that could have high vulnerability I have taken my gains, and decided hold out the storm of which, I feel is upon us in the coming days ahead.

 

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Watch for this week Gold to surpass its Previous high of $1913.00 this week.
Factors!
Currently Gold at $1909 an ounce. If there is a sell of stocks this morning, watch for many to invest back into Gold, bringing gold over its 52 week high, and to new highs!!!
Watch List!
SPDR Gold Trust (ETF)  -GLD
Market Vectors ETF Trust – GDX
ETFS Gold Trust  -SGOL
iShares Gold Trust (ETF) –IAU
Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) -GOLD
Vista Gold Corp. -VGZ

Brigham Exploration Company (BEXP) – of which  engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas in the United States. The company owns property interests in the Onshore Gulf Coast consisting of the Vicksburg trend in Brooks County, Texas. Frio trend in and around Matagorda County, Texas. (BEXP) also has joint venture interests in southern Louisiana. Brigham Exploration also holds interests in Hunton Trend and Granite Wash Trend in the Anadarko Basin,Powder River Basin and Williston Basin in the Rocky Mountains. As of December 31, 2010, it had approximately 600,601 gross and 364,309 net leasehold acres in the Williston Basin. As of December 31, 2010, it proved reserves totaled 66.8 million barrels of oil equivalent. Approximately 78% of its proved reserves are crude oil and it operates approximately 81% of its proved reserves.

Brigham Exploration Company (BEXP) of which closed on Friday 9/2/2011 at $27.92 is currently a vary undervalued stock in my opinion.  With (BEXP) 52 week high at $37.87 there is $10.00 upside potential. Not to mention on Thursday Raymond James (RJF) upgraded from outperform to “Strong Buy”. Price targets have been ranging anywhere from $35.00-$41.00. The fact is currently (BEXP) is trading $2.00 under its  50-day moving average is $29.61 and $2.50 under 200-day moving average of $31.07.

Lastly back on August 8th, Brigham Exploration reported $0.60 earnings per share (EPS) for the previous quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.29 EPS by $0.31. Revenue soared 120.5% on a year-over-year basis.
Currently I am announcing a PoulTrend Alert as of 9/2/2011 at $29.50.  My Price target is at $37.00, and I could easily see this being eclipsed in the next 2 months. I currently have (BEXP) rated at a BUY BUY BUY,HOLD HOLD HOLD, and I am LONG (BEXP)

Disclosure- Currently I hold no positions in Brigham Exploration (BEXP), however plan to initiate a position in the next 72 hours.

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National Beverage Corp. (FIZZ) company of which manufactures, develops, distributes, and markets a portfolio of beverages through the USA.  Their beverage products include soft drinks,juices,waters, and energy drinks.  Some of the key things that I love about this stock is the their potential. With the fact that they literally have no DEBT, and with there EPS growing 3 years in a row it is obvious that they are being run like a business. There Revenue, has also continued to climb in 4 straight years. Now they are no Pepsi, or Coke Cola, but they are managed extremely well.  Not to mention there last Dividend paid out $2.30!! Now many believe that when a company is paying out that much that their is High risk in failing however I tend to disagree when it comes to (FIZZ). As Fool.com pointed out there intangible assets ratio is 8% compared to competitors like Pepsi (PEP) at 45% and Cola (KO) at 34%. Yes these companies are worth are worth 10 times as much as (FIZZ). However (FIZZ) blows (KO)(PEP) out the water in Return on average equity which was 56% last Qt to (KO) 33%,(PEP) 35%. However (FIZZ) cannot compete with their Net Profit Margins. At the end of the day, I feel that (FIZZ) about to eclipse its 52 week High of $16.57, there could be a break out to the high $18.00 or more. Currently I am Long (FIZZ)(KO) and (PEP) however for a young trader who may not have as much money on the table (FIZZ) may be a better buy!

Currently I rate (FIZZ) as a BUY,HOLD HOLD, and a PoulTrend alert has been called 8/30/2011 at $16.00.

Disclosure- Currently I do not hold positions in any of the stocks talked about in this blog post, and have no plans to initiate a position in them for the next 72 hours.

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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.