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Frances Horodelski
Apr 29 2014

A swingin’ Dow Jones

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
I'm just wondering, as the sanctions escalate against the Russians, what will their sanction-counter be. Ban Russians from drinking Coke or Pepsi (each have 30% market share of the soft drink market; Pepsi also recently bought one of the largest milk companies in the country, Wimm-Bill-Dann), stop smoking Winston's (the largest selling cigarette in the country), no more Baltika (by one account, the brand the covers the top six selling beers in Russia, owned by Carlsberg) or stop using sanitary products by Kimberly Clark (a 25% market share). I could go on, but you get the picture.
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Frances Horodelski
Apr 28 2014

Merger Monday: Pfizer chases Astra Zeneca

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
Sometimes the most interesting items in Barron’s on the weekend can be found in the advertisements. This one caught my eye – “Join the world’s top minds in business, finance and public policy at the SALT Conference. These top minds include David Petraeus (former CIA director), Mary Shapiro (former chair of the SEC), Larry Summers (almost chair of the Fed) and others including… Kevin Spacey ?? A good actor, he plays a president and he is a CBE but one of the top minds? Thoughts?
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Apr 25 2014

Can you trust the CRA?

By Dale Jackson, Producer
Your Personal Investor Dale Jackson looks at online tax filing concerns in the wake of the CRA security breech.
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Frances Horodelski
Apr 25 2014

S&P slashes Russia's rating

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
Things will be a bit quieter on the earnings front today with only about 25 U.S. companies reporting. It is a little less quiet on the Eastern Front however as Russia raises interest rates, S&P downgrades the country's credit rating to BBB/A-2 and the DAX falls more than 1% on the concerns.
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Frances Horodelski
Apr 24 2014

Apple -- the grand daddy of value

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
First, so far this year, across the world there have been $1.3 trillion US worth of mergers announced and we're running at levels last seen on a quarterly basis in 2008.
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Frances Horodelski
Apr 23 2014

Bull playbook back in action

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
After six days of rallies, and again within spitting distance of all-time highs, will the S&P be able to make it seven in a row and surpass those highs. The bullish playbook is back in play.
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Apr 22 2014

Valeant, Ackman joins forces to nab Allergan

By Greg Bonnell, Reporter
Sorting out all this activity in the pharmaceutical space sure can leave one a little confused, perhaps even with a furrowed brow. As luck would have it there’s a drug for that, and the maker of Botox is the subject of today’s hostile takeover bid.
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Larry Berman
Apr 21 2014

The foundations of investing

By Larry Berman, Berman's Call
Diversification and asset allocation should be the cornerstone of all portfolios, writes Larry Berman.
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