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JimVanMeerten (63.37)

August 2011

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I'm not buying Goldman Sachs

August 30, 2011 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: GS

Complete Article and Graphs

 I am adding Goldman Sachs (GS) to my watch list but not pulling the buy trigger at this time.  There is a lot of uncertainty out there in the short term to expect to see a full recovery in the Financial Services and Banking sectors this year.  The current US political climate is gridlock so I do not have a handle on what will happen to governmental spending at all levels.  What will the tax rates be?  Will there be default in Europe?  Will price levels in China finally hit the bubble the rest of the world has seen?



Also I've noticed short term strengthening in current numbers.
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O'Rielly Automotive in a recession

August 30, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ORLY

Complete Article and Graphs


If I only knew back then what I know now.  Don't you'd think I'd learn that during a recession the consumer who is uncertain about his job puts off buying a new car and facing  60 months of car payments and just decides to fix up the one they've already paid for.  A Barchartcomparison for the weekly price percentage change of O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) vs. the S & P 500 over the past 3 1/2 years shows why I wished I'd had that hind sight:

What are the factors that have helped the company ride out the recession and what are its prospects for the future?  First let's look at what is happening to the recent price action:
Barchart hourly trading momentum over the last month:

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Waste Connections

August 29, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: WCN

Full Article and Graphs

I like stocks that have forecasts of increasing of both sales and earnings along with recent positive price momentum and today Waste Connections (WCN) fits that criteria.  Waste disposal is a service we all need and I don't see that need going away.   During the last few years there has been a lot of consolidation and pricing pressures in the industry but this seems to have run its course.  Industrial output decreases have also meant a decrease in industrial waste.  Now that there are fewer competitors and an inkling that industrial output is about to return this industry should benefit from an increase in revenue.

Barchart technical indicators:

1 - 88% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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CF Industries has buy signals

August 29, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CF

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Terra Nitrogen (TNH) keeps hitting new highs

August 29, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: TNH

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Crexendo (EXE) hits new highs

August 29, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: EXE

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I'm not buying Vale

August 27, 2011 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: VALE

Complete Article and Graphs

One of the most hyped stocks in the past year has been the Brazilian natural resources conglomerate Vale SA (VALE) traded as an ADR here in the US.  Most pundits pointed to the BRICs forecasts and noted that China and Brazil had the best growth prospects and since Vale was in Brazil and sent their raw materials to China this investment would be a no brainer.  Well I keep looking at the numbers and they don't seem to stack up for me.

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Wal-Mart - Wow!

August 25, 2011 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: WMT

Full Article and Charts

Anytime a natural disaster is coming Wal-Mart always anticipates what its customers will need to recover and has those items already in transit before the storm ever hits.  They could only do that because they have one of the most complete and comprehensive inventory control and logistics systems on this planet.  This is what gives Wal-Mart the competitive advantage over all other retailers.  They know what their customers need and want and they can purchase and get it on the shelves at the lowest possible cost.  How do they keep doing this?


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Activision is not just for gamers

August 25, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ATVI

Complete Article and Graphs

If you're under 35 you may never have used any of the products distributed by Activision (ATVI).  The do computer games

The price action is in recovery as this Barchart graph of the the price movement for the last 6 month versus the 20, 50 and 100 day moving averages shows.

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Is P&G in your pantry?

August 24, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PG

Full Article and Graphs

There are certain stocks that just deserve to be in all long term, conservative portfolio and one of those should be Proctor and Gamble (PG).  If you need a stock with A ++ financial strength. earnings that are almost 100% predictable and has one of the most stable prices of any stock this is it.  Oh, did I mention a 3.44% dividend that is only 50% of earnings?

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Lakes Entertainment hits new highs

August 24, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: LACO

This morning I added Lakes Entertainment (LACO) to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for adding 11 new highs in the last month

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Torch Energy hits more new highs

August 24, 2011 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: TRRU

This morning I added Torch Energy Royalty Trust (TRU) to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for hitting 12 new highs in the last month.

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Does Starbucks give you the shakes?

August 23, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SBUX

Full Article and Graphs

Does Starbucks (SBUX) give you the jitters?  This is one stock that seems all but unstoppable. The total return to stockholders has been 127 % in the last 3 years which is about 275 % of what you would have gotten from a general index fund.  Can this stock keep up the momentum or are we at a point that entry at this level is not desirable?

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Chesapeake Energy get cheaper

August 23, 2011 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: CHK

FULL ARTICLE and GRAPHS

My definition of an expert is a person who knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing at all.  T. Boone Pickens is the guy I consider a expert when it comes to the narrow field of Texas oil and gas.   He is the guy who said there were 2 ways for the US to become energy independent in energy production and he is putting a lot of money on both wind and natural gas.  You cannot turn on a TV discussion about natural gas without hearing them mention Chesapeake Energy (CHK) and right now it's selling a a 19.86 discount to its recent high. 

Barchart technical indicators:

1 - Short term sell indicators can signal when a stock is selling at a discount  [more]

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Can Exxon fuel your portfolio?

August 23, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: XOM

Full Article and Graphs

Our world and our economies are petroleum based.  If you you disagree with that premise stop reading right now.  If you agree with that premise then I think you can agree that if and when the world economies begin to grow again the world's largest petroleum producer, Exxon (XOM) should be one of the first and biggest beneficiaries of the economic recovery.

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Is Vestas the answer to wind power?

August 22, 2011 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: VWDRY

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Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWDRY) engages in the manufacture and sale of wind turbines and wind power systems in Europe, the Americas, and the Asia Pacific. It also offers wind project planning, procurement, construction, and operation services. In addition, the company sells spare parts. The company was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Randers, Denmark. (Yahoo Finance profile)


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Might MO for income

August 19, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MO

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Income investors keep looking for stable prices and steady income and look for Altria Group (MO) to give them both.  The stock is beginning to recover from its recent dip so income investors might put it on their watch lists but growth investors should look elsewhere.

Barchart technical indicators:
1 - Barchart hold/neutral based on recent price recovery  [more]

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RTI Biologics is a new growth Biomed

August 18, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: RTIX

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Buy Ford

August 17, 2011 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: F

Complete Article and Graphs
There are times when you just can't ignore a bargain and right now Ford (F) is getting to be more of a bargain as each hour passes.  Don't just buy it, have a plan as to the proper time to buy it.  Let's look at the numbers and see when you should press the buy button.  First look at the chart of the price momentum:

The stock is still going down so don't buy just yet.

Barchart technical indicators:

1 - When a great stock has nothing but sell signals that is usually a good time to have a plan to purchase at a bargain  [more]

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Cisco is cheap

August 17, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CSCO

ARTICLE and GRAPHS



Barchart technical indicators:

1 - The stock closed yesterday at 13.94 which is far below its high of 27.74 back in April of 2010  [more]

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Bank of America - Forget it!

August 17, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BAC

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I normally go with the flow but when it comes to the money center banks like Bank of America (BAC) I'm going to take a very contrarian view.  Money center banks are wildly popular with both the professional and individual investor but a look at the numbers show they do not deserve a thumbs up from anyone.

Barchart technical indicators:

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Netflix buy signals

August 17, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: NFLX

Complete article and Graphs

Netflix (NFLX) may be one of those stocks you'd like to acquire on the recent rebound.  In the last month the stock had 10 new lows and was 17.32% off its recent high.  This is a stock with double digit projections for increases in sales and earnings and that alone should put it on your watch lists.

Barchart technical indicators:

1 - Barchart 56% overall technical sell signal is beginning to weaken  [more]

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Netflix buy signals

August 17, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: NFLX

Complete article and Graphs

Netflix (NFLX) may be one of those stocks you'd like to acquire on the recent rebound.  In the last month the stock had 10 new lows and was 17.32% off its recent high.  This is a stock with double digit projections for increases in sales and earnings and that alone should put it on your watch lists.

Barchart technical indicators:

1 - Barchart 56% overall technical sell signal is beginning to weaken  [more]

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Intel buy signals

August 17, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: INTC

Complete article with graphs


Intel (INTC) is one of the bright spots in the tech industry.  This year they have been adding new customers, and not only is the sales per customer increasing but more importantly the price on their units is increasing also.  They have not had to resort to the discounting some of the other companies have experienced in order to move products out the door.  The recent price drop I believe is temporary and now is the time to push the buy button.

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DeVry sell signals

August 15, 2011 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: DV

This morning on Barchart I detected sell signals on DeVry (DV) and deleted it from the Barchart Van Meerten New High Portfolio.  [more]

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China Security and Surveillance - CSR - Hits new highs

August 15, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CSR.DL2

China Security and Surveillance -- CSR

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Sifco Industries - SIF - Hits new highs

August 15, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SIF

Sifco Industries -- SIF

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Terra Nitrogen - TNH - Hits new highs

August 15, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: TNH

Terra Nitrogen -- TNH


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Micronetics - NOIZ - hits new highs

August 15, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: NOIZ.DL

Micronetics (NOIZ)

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Caribou Coffee hits new highs

August 15, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CBOU.DL

Caribou Coffee - CBOU

Barchart technical indicators:
1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Johnson & Johnson is a buy

August 11, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: JNJ

Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) is an S&P 100 company that is a core pharmaceutical holding in most Wall Street brokerages' recommended holdings list that has been selling at a discount  in the recent weeks.  As the economy recovers you should see a nice recovery in price and conservative accounts might realize a 12% annual total return over the next 5 years.  The 3.4% dividend yield is above average and at 45% of earnings looks safe to continue or even increase.



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GE may be a buy

August 11, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GE

General Electric  (GE) is a conglomerate that is so big that it almost mimics the overall economy.  With a split of 47%  US and 53% overseas revenue it mimics the work-wide economy.  You could buy ETFs to mimic the world wide economy, buy a mutual fund that will pick and chose stocks from a world-wide universe or buy put all your eggs in one basket and buy GE with stop losses in place if the economy collapses.


Barchart technical indicators:

1 - 66% Barchart technical sell signals  [more]

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Why is Google so popular?

August 11, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GOOGL

This is the second article is a series of stocks that have the highest general investor interest as measured by the number of Motley Fool readers who express an opinion on a stock.  Today Google (GOOG) comes in second only to Apple (AAPL) with 16,927 readers expressing an opinion; which happens to be that 85% of those readers think the stock will out perform the market.  The price momentum on theBarchart price chart confirms their prediction.


Google Inc. (GOOG) maintains an index of Web sites and other online content for users, advertisers, and Google network members and other content providers. It offers AdWords, an auction-based advertising program; AdSense program, which enables Web sites that are part of the Google Network to deliver ads from its AdWords advertisers; Google Display, a display advertising network that comprises the videos, text, images, and other interactive ads; DoubleClick Ad Exchange, a real-time auction marketplace for the trading of display ad space; and YouTube that provides video, interactive, and other ad formats for advertisers. The company also provides Google Mobile that optimizes Google’s applications for mobile devices in browser and downloadable form; and enables advertisers to run search ad campaigns on mobile devices, as well as Google Local that provides local information on the Web; and Google Boost for small businesses to participate in the ads auction. In addition, it offers Android, an open source mobile software platform; Google Chrome OS, an open source operating system; Google Chrome, a Web browser; Google TV, a platform for the consumers to use the television and the Internet on a single screen; and Google Books platform to discover, search, and consume content from printed books online. Further, the company provides Google Apps, a cloud computing suite of message and collaboration tools, which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Sites; Google Search Appliance that offers real-time search of business and intranet applications, and public Web sites; Google Site Search, a custom search engine; Google Commerce Search for online retail enterprises; Google Checkout to make online shopping and payments streamlined and secure; Google Maps Application Programming Interface; and Google Earth Enterprise, a firewall software solution for imagery and data visualization. Google Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California. (Yahoo Finance)

Barchart technical indicators:

1 - 80% Barchart overall technical buy signal  [more]

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Why is Apple so popular?

August 11, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL

I'd like to start a new series of articles on the stocks that are the Top 100 stocks when ranked by individual investor interest and look at them in an objective manner to see is they still warrant our attention.  Right or wrong I'll use the number of readers who have expressed an opinion on Motley Fool as my indicators of general investor interest.  Today the stock that ranks the highest individual postings is Apple (AAPL) with 26,280 Motley Fool readers expressing an opinion.  To me Apple is interesting on momentum alone when I look at this chart of price momentum provided by Barchart.


Apple Inc., (AAPL) together with subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, as well as sells related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications worldwide. The company sells its products worldwide through its online stores, retail stores, direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, resellers, and value-added resellers. In addition, it sells third-party Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod compatible products, including application software, printers, storage devices, speakers, headphones, and other accessories and peripherals through its online and retail stores; and digital content and applications through the iTunes Store. The company sells its products to consumer, small and mid-sized business, education, enterprise, government, and creative markets. As of September 25, 2010, it had 317 retail stores, including 233 stores in the United States and 84 stores internationally. The company, formerly known as Apple Computer, Inc., was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California. (Yahoo Finance)

Barchart technical indicators:

1 - Barchart 88% overall technical buy signal  [more]

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2 stocks I sold

August 08, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GIL , TECH

Recently I had to delete 2 stocks from my Wall Street Survivor portfolio for very negative price momentum and Barchart technical sell signals.

Gildan Active Wear (GIL)


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6 Speculative stocks I had to sell

August 06, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CHS , TSCO , ORCL

You can't stay in a tanking market even when your gut says things will get brighter.  I'm listing 6 stocks that I just had to deleted from the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio.  The negative price momentum was just too much.  I'll cut my losses and return when the market is trending better.  I think you'll see a common theme here.  All the charts and data are provided by Barchart.

Araid Pharmaceuticals (ARIA)

1 - 60% Barchart short term technical sell signal  [more]

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4 stocks I sold today

August 05, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PX , SNY , CVX

Below are the 4 stock I deleted from the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for triggering Bachart sell signals based on very poor price momentum.

Praxair (PX)

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What do I do now?

August 05, 2011 – Comments (1)

I know a lot of you are wondering how you should react to this market.  Having no plan is not a plan. Have a plan and have the discipline to work that plan.

First I'd like to divide you into 3 groups: 20-45 year olds,  46 - 65 year olds and the best for last those of you who have already accumulated the portfolio you expect to support you for the rest of your life and legacy.

The group that should not be experiencing any panic, in fact you should be jumping for joy is the 20-45 year old group.  Volatile and declining markets are your friends.  Study dollar cost averaging and how it works for you in your accumulation phase.  I'm going on the assumption you have read 2 great writings: The richest man in Babylon and The Millionaire Next Door.  In both these writings we find that those people who had a sound savings and investment plan ended up with the biggest estates in the end.

You should be funding your 401Ks and IRAs to the fullest extend and invest very aggressively.  You should have a swing for the fence portfolio.  Small and micro caps, emerging markets, stocks that have the next great ideas or fastest growing sales.  Hopefully your stocks will grow and eventually turn a profit.  You can take calculated chances.

Notice I said calculated.  Don't just throw money against the wall to see what sticks.  Look for fast growing companies.  Many business and investing magazines have annual articles about America's fastest growing companies or the best 10 ideas for the future.  Find those opportunities or find quality mutual funds that are known for finding those opportunities for their investors.  Time and growth are on your side.

The next group 45 - 65 is a very conflicted group.  Most of you are thinking about the impending retirement looming out  in the future at the exact same time you children are the most in need of your funds for private school, cars, travel, colleges and weddings.  Do you save for yourself or spend on your kids?  You must budget and not fore go your retirement contributions.

Your portfolio although still looking for growth should be looking for better stability.  Start weighting toward companies that have a high correlation of sales, earnings and price growth persistence.  Stop losses should be your friends.  Although no one is an expert at market timing stop losses can help protect your profits and buy stops can help you get back in at the right prices.

The last group and the group I'm in are those who have already accumulated the portfolio that will fund the rest of our lives and be the estates we will leave our heirs.

You cannot fore go growth for income.  Most 65 year old men will live another 20 years and the woman might live another 25 to 30 years.  Invest the way you did when you were in your 40s and 50s but have tighter stop looses and the decision to be in cash in a down market isn't bad.

A balanced portfolio of large, mid, small and micro caps plus real estate, high income securities and gold to protect against recession or inflation are a must.  You have years to live and need growth as much as you need income.  Your portfolio should be designed to have growth that exceeds both inflation and taxes and that is too hard to accomplish if you are only invested in income securities.

Now is the time to make your own individual plan and use this market as a opportunity to prune out the investments that do not fit your plan and look to acquire those investments that are needed to secure your portfolio.

Most of all don't panic and sit on the side line like a deer in the head lights or dump all your investments like Chicken Little.  The sky is not falling and tomorrow will be a brighter day.  Be ready with a plan that will allow you to seize the new opportunities that will come your way and at the same time protect what you've already accumulated.


Jim Van Meerten is a Marketocracy Master  [more]

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RTI Biologics buy signals

August 04, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: RTIX

I have added RTI Biologics (RTIX) to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for Barchart buy signals and very favorable price momentum

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Exact Sciences sell signals

August 04, 2011 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: EXAS

Yesterday I deleted Exact Sciences (EXAS) from the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for Barchart sell signals and negative price momentum.

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OSI Systems sell signals

August 04, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: OSIS

Yesterday I deleted OSI Systems (OSIS) from the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for sell signals on Barchart and negative price momentum.

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Decker Outdoors gets an UGG from me

August 02, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: DECK

A few years ago my teenage daughter told me she wanted UGGs for Christmas.  I spent days going from store to store to find them.  Since then I've noticed many teenagers in shorts and even bathing suits wearing these clunky looking boots.  My Teva sandals are my favorite footwear and lots of people must agree.  Deckers Outdoor (DECK) knows how to design and distribute creative foot wear that are worn by both young and old and their stock deserves your attention too.  Based on  its recent price momentum investors think so too.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation (DECK) engages in the design, production, marketing, and brand management of footwear and accessories for outdoor activities and everyday casual lifestyle use. It offers casual open and closed-toe outdoor footwear, as well as additional outdoor performance footwear, including multi-sport shoes, light hiking shoes, amphibious footwear, and rugged outdoor travel shoes; and sheepskin footwear, sustainable footwear, and sandals under various styles for men, women, and kids. I personally have purchased UGGs and Tevas for my family.  [more]

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Zoll Medical gets Wall Streets attention

August 01, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ZOLL.DL

A stock that has received recent notice on Wall Street is Zoll Medical (ZOLL) which designs, manufactures and markets an integrated line of proprietary, noninvasive cardiac resuscitation devices, external pacemaker/defibrillators, disposable electrodes, mobile ECG Systems, and EMS data management solutions.  The recent price momentum has been a result of upgrades in the projections for sales and earnings.

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West Bancorporation WTBA - buy signals

August 01, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: WTBA

This morning before the market opening In put in a buy for West Bancorporation (WTBA) in the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio.

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Noble Energy - NBL - buy signals

August 01, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: NBL

This morning before the market open I put in an order to add Noble Energy (NBL) to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for very positive price momentum.

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