Monday, March 31, 2014

T-Mobile's latest UnCarrier move: removing employer discounts

Over the past year, T-Mobile's new policies have ushered in a new wave of changes to the way the US wireless industry works. It was the first national operator to introduce phone-financing plans, early upgrades and free international roaming; additionally, it also offers to pay your cancellation fee if you break another carrier's contract to move over. It appears that such practices must come at a cost: CEO John Legere announced that beginning April 1st, T-Mobile will no longer offer its Advantage Program, which features monthly emp loyer rate plan discounts, to new customers. Existing beneficiaries will see the deduction removed from their accounts on April 25th. As a consolation, affected subscribers will now receive a $25 reward card every time they get a new phone.

First, we'll dive into what this entails. Most wireless operators broker deals with corporations in which employees of that company get a percentage Coupon Code on their monthly rate plan -- often, the discount increases as more employees sign up for service. Typically these incentives will range from 5 percent to as much as 30 percent. By removing them, many customers may find themselves with a noticeable change to their bill. If you're a government employee (including military), you're exempt from this transition and you'll continue to receive your usual discount.

In a blog post, Legere explained his reasoning behind the change:

"The old programs were designed to help big carriers close big corporate contracts, with employees as bargaining chips. We aren't playing that game anymore. This change is about simplifying wireless for everyone ... including employees of small and large companies alike."

Legere maintains that despite this move, the value of T-Mobile's Simple Choice plans are still much better than "the other guys." Unsurprisingly, he's positioning this modification as another in a string of UnCarrier initiatives to prove that his company's changing the game by separating itself from the rest of the industry. In a series of tweets to disgruntled customers, Legere answered concerns by saying that not all of T-Mobile's customers could take advantage of these discounts, and he wanted to apply the cost savings to the entire subscriber base instead of reserving them for exclusive deals.

Many of the company's earlier changes have been immensely successful -- Simple Choice, Jump! and unlimited international text plans are just a few examples. But there are also a few recent policy changes that haven't been as popular: Last month T-Mobile adjusted its Jump! early upgrade plans so you could only upgrade once you've paid off half of your phone, and earlier this month it bumped unlimited data rates up $10.

Arguably, these aforementioned changes may simply be side effects of those UnCarrier moves that have proven quite successful. After all, incentives (such as free international data) come with their fair share of costs, and T-Mobile needs to compensate for those losses somehow -- especially since Legere announced that the company would continue adding more UnCarrier plans in the future. "This is just one more step in the [UnCarrier] movement," he said. "And, we're not done yet."

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 Trade Ins: Lock In Before the Galaxy S5 Release

Now that we know the Galaxy S5 price and the official U.S. release, it is time for buyers to look at the Deal Of The Day Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 trade in values. By trading in a Galaxy S3 or Galaxy S4 users can often earn more than enough to pay for the Galaxy S5, and don't need to deal with the hassles of eBay or Craigslist buyers.

Depending on the condition of the phone a Galaxy S3 trade in could be worth $100 or more and a Galaxy S4 trade in could bring as much as $200, which would pay for an on contract Galaxy S5.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 release is three weeks away, and pre-orders are already live at prices from $199 to $0 down depending on your choice a contract or payment plan. Trading in the Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S5 will allow you to fund your new phone and accessories.

Buyers can lock in a Galaxy S4 trade in today, and keep the phone until the Galaxy S5 arrives, ensuring the best deal possible. Prices drop dramatically after the release date. ItSelling on eBay or Craigslist does not allow users to hold on to the phone for weeks before selling it.

Gazelle and NextWorth are the most popular Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 trade-in locations, though services like Amazon Trade in, Glyde and eBay's Instant service are other good options. We prefer Nextworth and Gazelle because they both offer a 30 day price lock, so even if the Galaxy S5 takes a few days to arrive, buyers don't need to go without a phone.

Here are some of the trade in prices available on Gazelle and Nextworth. Click through to check the price for your Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S5 as prices vary by carrier, condition and storage size.

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With NextWorth and Gazelle you deal directly with a company that evaluates your Galaxy S4 trade in and sends you cash. Glyde is a more like a traditional sale, but the company will send you a shipping package to send to a buyer. This can result in a higher price, but it isn't an instant and assured price like on the other trade in services.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch 1080p display with new brighter and dimmer modes to work in the sun and in a dark room with easier viewing. Users can choose a white or black model in the U.S. with 16GB of storage. The Galaxy S5 focuses on health with a pulse reader and new S Health app that helps users get in shape. There is a fingerprint reader on the hoe button for easy unlocking without entering a passcode.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Suffolk OTB finalizes casino deal

WOODBURY - News 12 Long Island has learned that Suffolk OTB has finalized a Discount with a Buffalo company to run a casino.

The casino would have 1,000 slots, a horse betting area, restaurants, bars and parking for 1,500 cars.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Weather blamed for disappointing retail sales

Weather in February was once again a roadblock for retailers, who said sales figures for the month missed already modest expectations.

One gauge from Thomson Reuters found that same-store sales rose 1.8% last month, falling short of a projected 2.8% rise at stores open a year or longer.

Without the effect of drugstores, retailers turned in a 0.3% sales increase, the worst showing since a 2.4% decrease in August 2009. Analysts had expected a 1.9% boost.

Some segments, however, showed surprising health, or at least the promise of it. The clothing sector, not including Gap, beat estimates by swelling 1.3%. Teen apparel, while still struggling, turned in a 0.1% sales decline that beat forecasts.

Companies such as Zumiez beat predictions after a tough January, but Zumiez noted that although more store visits and post-holiday clearances helped lift sales, margins were tightening.

Thomson Reuters said that "retailers were severely affected by bad weather" in the first two weeks of February but were buoyed by improving temperatures and the arrival of tax refunds as the month progressed.

Another measure from Retail Metrics Inc. had sales at reporting retailers up 2.7% Thursday morning, with the inclusion of Gap expected to push the figure down to 2.6%.

Sales ticked up 1.7% without factoring in drugstores, according to Retail Metrics.

Extreme climate fluctuations caused many retailers to close stores, cut back opening hours or offer discounts to boost lagging demand for spring clothes, executives have said in recent weeks.

Retail analytics firm Euclid reached the same conclusion. Researchers there found that foot traffic in stores declined 3% last month from February 2013.

The best shopping day of the month was Monday, Feb. 24, when shoppers stayed in stores for more than 25 minutes Coupon Codes average. The worst day for retailers came Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the post-Presidents Day slowdown.

And uncooperative weather and the growing convenience of e-commerce drove more Valentine's Day purchasing online, resulting in a 10% drop in in-store visits.

"Overall, retailers did well to keep shoppers engaged in physical stores during a month that typically sees less interest in robust browsing, yet consumers kept nonessential trips to a minimum during spells of cold weather," Euclid concluded.

Retailers will face difficult comparisons in March to the same month in 2013, when Easter fell on March 31. The holiday - "a catalyst for spring family apparel demand" - lands on April 20, "shifting that demand," according to a statement from the International Council of Shopping Centers. The trade group said it anticipates a 3% same-store sales boost in March.

"A later Easter is actually more favorable on a net basis for driving sales, largely because it is warmer, which is a reason to expect even stronger sales in April," said Michael P. Niemira, the group's chief economist. Twitter: @tiffhsulatimes

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Text for Redbox promo codes

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Now through March 3 Redbox customers can earn promotional codes for rental discounts just by sending a text message.

When you text DAYS to 727272 you'll be rewarded with one of three codes: 50 cents off a one-day rental, $1 off a one-day game rental, and rent one DVD, get one free.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Windy, wet weekend forecast for Las Vegas Valley

Windy, wet weekend forecast for Las Vegas Valley

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 4:34 PM ESTUpdated: Thursday, February 27, 2014 4:50 PM EST


Thursday's strong winds is just the beginning of a stormy end to the week for the Las Vegas Valley, according to forecasters.

The National weather las vegas Service issued a wind advisory for the Spring Mountains west of Las Vegas until 6 p.m. Thursday, saying winds could gust as high as 55 mph in some locations. Outside of the mountains, gusts to nearly 40 mph will not be uncommon Thursday.

FOX5 Morning Weather Anchor Cassandra Jones said the winds will be joined by rain on Friday. She said showers arrive in Southern Nevada by late morning and stick around through the afternoon. Some of the rain could be heavy at times, with a few claps of thunder not out of the question, she said. Nearly an inch of rain is possible Friday, with up to 4 inches of snow possible in the mountainous areas, Jones said.

On Saturday, the day will start and end with rain, according to Jones. She said a break in the precipitation is likely around lunch time, before chances increase in the afternoon. An additional tenth of an inch of rain is possible, she said.

Jones said Sunday's forecast includes a slight chance of showers and less wind.

According to the National Weather Service, the Las Vegas Valley has not seen a significant, area-wide rainfall since late November. Forecasters there warned that the dry conditions have resulted in a buildup of oil and dirt on area roads, and the rainfall will make roads very slick.

Daytime temperatures will hover in the 60s through much of the weekend. Low 50s and upper 40s are expected for overnight temperatures.

Dry weather returns by early next week.

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Rentec Direct Property Management Software is Offering $20 Off Tenant Screening For The First Week of March

Rentec Direct Property Management Software is offering $20 off tenant screening for the first week of March 1-March 8, 2014. Just visit Rentec Direct's Facebook page to get the Discount and make sure to "Like" their page to take advantage of any future promotional deals and to hear about the latest improvements to their software.

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Rentec Direct, maker of leading Property Management Software and tenant screening solutions, is offering $20 off all premium tenant screening packages which includes; credit, nationwide criminal, eviction, and an address search. The discount code is good for the first week of March (March 1-8, 2014) to show appreciation of all of our wonderful customers and our raving fans.

The $20 off discount code can be obtained by going to Rentec Direct's Facebook page and getting the promotional code to use at check-out while ordering your tenant screening product.

"Social media sites are a great medium to provide discounts to our clients and to show a commitment to provide the best experience at an affordable price to our customers," says Rentec Direct founder, Nathan Miller.

You can find Rentec Direct on Facebook at The Facebook page features information about Rentec Direct's products and updates, promotions, like this one, and industry related news.

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Rentec Direct provides cloud based rental software solutions for property managers and landlords. Other popular solutions offered by Rentec include tenant ACH payment processing, tenant screening, and online syndication of vacancies to more than twenty popular websites.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Three coupon books coming in Sunday's N&O

It's a big weekend coming up for Deal Of The Day clippers.

Look for three coupon inserts -- a Smart Source, a Red Plum and the P&G Brandsaver -- in this Sunday's home-delivered Final Edition of The News & Observer.

There are some rarely seen coupons this week on brands such as Pictsweet, Snyder's, Method, Eveready and Morton.

All together, there will be coupons with a face value of about $330.

As usual, I'll have the coupon database updated and the best of the drugstore deals posted early Sunday morning so you can get a jump on your bargain shopping for the week. And just a reminder that Kroger is switching sales cycles so we won't have a new Kroger ad until Wednesday, March 5.

Please note: Single-copy and State Edition papers may not contain all coupon inserts.

Friday, February 21, 2014

How Teens Can Research Upcoming Purchases To Get The Very Best Deal


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You are in your favorite store and you have just spotted the best, the most perfect and cutest bag you have ever seen. You think about how amazing you are going to look. It must be yours. Buy it. Buy it now!

But wait just a second.

Do you have to have it this very moment? Is there a better way? Can you avoid paying full price? The answer is probably a resounding yes.

There was a time when I never gave a second thought to what something cost. Then my parents decided to help me learn to manage my money well by giving me an allowance and requiring me to purchase all of my clothing. That definitely changed my perspective. I quickly learned to scout clearance racks, use coupons and look for any way that I could make my limited funds go a little further.

Sign Up With Your Favorite Stores

Recently, I developed a plan for making sure that I get the Amazon Deal Online possible whenever I go shopping -- regardless of what I need to purchase. By taking a few moments to plan, you can usually save at least 10 percent and sometimes as much as 30 percent. These savings really add up.

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So what should the savvy teen do before embarking for the mall? Here are four tips to get you started:

Sign In To The WiFi When You Get There

Almost all stores have email and text alert clubs that you can join. When you sign up for the free service you will receive regular emails and/or texts alerting you to the best deals and special discounts. This is one of the easiest ways to get additional discounts at your favorite places to shop. I have signed up for a number of my favorite stores and I love getting a text whenever they are having a special sale. Messaging rates will apply, so keep that in mind if you don't have unlimited texting.

Talk To The Manager

Do a quick search online for any coupons or coupon codes that might get you an additional discount at a store. There are a number of couponing sites that offer special deals for just about every store out there. Just recently I had to purchase supplies for an art class I was teaching. Thankfully I found a coupon online for 25 percent off my total purchase, and the store scanned the coupon directly from my phone. Easy savings. is one of my favorites.

I'm not kidding. There are a growing number of stores that offer special discounts and coupons when you sign on to their network when you are shopping in the store. I just recently found out about this when I was doing some Black Friday shopping at my local Kohl's!

Maurices is my favorite place to buy clothes. But regular prices are just out of my reach. I had the opportunity to have an in-depth conversation with the manager one day, and she gave me a ton of tips on how to shop smart at Maurices. Now I know when they do mark downs each week, how to take advantage of their reward program, and the best times during the year to get rock bottom prices. Most store employees are more than happy to help you understand how to get the best deals with them so be sure to ask!

Taking a few moments to do a little bit of research can really pay off. You just have to make up your mind that you are not going to pay full price for anything. The more you save means you will have more money to put towards saving for a car or college costs. Or that cute bag mentioned earlier.

Yep. It's probably gonna be the bag.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Moto X gets a another discount promo again

It's nice to hear of price cuts, temporary or permanent, once in a while, though having one almost every other week might start to sound suspicious. That said, the Moto X is getting another temporary price reduction which Motorola says is just in time to keep you warm this Valentine's Day.

It is almost hard to keep track of how many times the price tag on the Moto X has been slashed, which is probably a good thing for consumer's pockets. The rather interesting and admittedly desirable smartphone last experienced a one-hour $100 Amazon Sales just last week, after a more permanent $100 price slash implemented at the start of the year. Now Motorola is taking out the scissors again, this time for a longer period.

Through the days leading to February 14, those purchasing a Moto X with no contract can take advantage of a $70 discount. This means that the 16 GB model will sell for $329.99 while the 32 GB variant for $379.99. The extra $25 cashout for a wood back cover still applies. The great thing about this promo is that it also applies to the Moto X Developer Edition as well, giving tinkerers a good deal.

As an aside, Motorola is also offering SOL REPUBLIC JAX in-ear headphones with a slightly different discount. Buy one pair and you get 50 percent off on a second pair, probably for a loved on. Now if only Motorola offered a similar two-for-one discount, which would probably be more to the spirit of the day anyway.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Discovery-Scripps Deal Is Off, Now What?

About a month ago, NASDAQ: Variety reported that Discovery Communications ( DISCA ) considered bidding for smaller competitor Scripps Networks Interactive ( ) . The Best Deals seemed to make sense as both companies create similar nonfiction content and Scripps' mostly domestic appeal could stand to benefit from the global positioning of a larger company such as Discovery.

However, in early January, The Wall Street Journal reported that talks between the two companies have ended. Now that the speculation has died down, where do both companies stand?

Two great content creators
In a previous article, I explained why I saw Discovery and Scripps as two of the best content creators in the business. Both companies have very popular networks which offer viewers unique content that is simply not available anywhere else.

Discovery basically has a lock on the nonfiction, docudrama segment with incredibly popular shows like Deadliest Catch, Gold Rush, and Moonshiners. The company also excels at nature-themed shows via collaborations with BBC on series like Planet Earth and Life, numerous hit shows on its signature Animal Planet network, and its always-popular Shark Week programming.

Scripps, on the other hand, may have an even more finely tuned stable of networks. With popular networks like Home & Garden TV, Food Network, and Travel Channel, Scripps is a leader in the lifestyle-programming segment. The company's channels are so distinct that they essentially have no direct competition.

The best part about both Discovery and Scripps' network brands is that they can create new and compelling content continuously thanks to relatively low production costs. Additionally, both companies mostly provide content with a broad nature which means that they can easily format this content for international audiences.

Although a merger would have been incredible because the content of the two companies shares many similarities, both Discovery and Scripps nonetheless remain unique in the media world.

Discovery vs. Scripps
As it turns out, both Discovery and Scripps have good future positioning. The two companies are just at different stages of growth at the moment. Management at Discovery seems intent on entering new content genres whereas Scripps has been more focused on growing its brands overseas.

Discovery completed the acquisition of the SBS Nordic operations of ProSiebenSat.1 Group in 2013. The move gave Discovery an additional 12 television networks in the area, most notably channels that offer scripted entertainment, which was a first for Discovery.

The company also made an agreement with France's TF1 Group to increase its stake in Eurosport International from 20% to 51%. Eurosport is a pan-European sports network and this represents Discovery's first foray into sports entertainment.

Meanwhile, Scripps has been working on increasing its brand awareness in other parts of the world. Most notably, Scripps completed the acquisition of Asian Food Network in 2013, which added approximately 8 million subscribers to the company's international audience. Scripps also distributes Food Network and Travel Channel in Asia and the company has been expanding internationally since 2009.

The following table breaks down both companies' projected growth rates in 2014:

Both companies are projected to grow well in 2014, although Discovery is expected to lead significantly in terms of both revenue and earnings-per-share growth.

However, Scripps currently trades at a cheaper valuation multiple than Discovery. The former's forward P/E is 17.81 versus 19.11 for the latter. It is also worth noting that Scripps pays a dividend of $0.60 which equates to a yield of 0.80%, while Discovery does not pay a dividend at this time.

Two of the best
Like I concluded in my last article on the two companies which came out in the midst of the merger rumors, both Discovery and Scripps remain interesting growth companies at the current time.

They both have incredible advantages when it comes to content creation. Along with the rapid advancement of technology that allows viewers to watch programming from just about anywhere, which only fuels the demand for new content, the future for Discovery and Scripps looks very bright.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Is this the worst name-job title combo ever?

The photo is proving popular on the internet (Picture: IamA_DrunkJedi/Imgur)

This high-vis vest has truly realised its purpose in life, after achieving maximum visibility by going viral on the internet.

A photo of a man apparently called Dick has emerged on reddit funny and it's causing a stir, as Dick's job title is 'Head of Production'. Both Dick's name and his job title are printed on the back of his vest. Get it?

The user who posted it, IamA_DrunkJedi, quite rightly pointed out: 'Someone didn't think this through...'

As if to make things worse (or much, much better), Dick was spotted in Trafalgar Square, which is currently decked out to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

In this particular photo, a large statue of a blue cock can be seen in the background, as if it is rising from Dick's head.

Good work, everyone.

After tough January, stock extend slide

<Deal Todayp>The market stumbled from the get-go, with U.S. stocks opening lower after declines in European and Japanese indexes. Then it quickly turned into a slide as a spate of discouraging economic data on everything from manufacturing to auto sales to construction spending poured in.

By late afternoon, the sell-off accelerated further, bringing the Dow down more than 7 percent for the year. The S&P 500 index was down more than 5 percent for 2013.

Some stock watchers took the market's decline in stride. They considered it a necessary recalibration following the market's record highs at the end of last year.

"It's a bit painful for investors to see the equities markets drop as they have, but this is healthy for this market," said Chris Gaffney, a senior market strategist at EverBank. "We've been almost 2-1/2 years without a 10 percent correction."

All told, the Dow dropped 326.05 points, or 2.1 percent, to close at 15,372.80, its biggest decline since June 20, 2013. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 40.70 points, or 2.3 percent, to 1,741.89. The Nasdaq composite dropped 106.92 points, or 2.6 percent, to 3,996.96.

There were signs of worry throughout the market. The VIX index, a measure of stock market volatility, rose to its highest level since December 2012. Investors shifted into U.S. government bonds, pushing yields lower and extending their sharp decline since the start of the year.

Staffing company Robert Half International declined the most among stocks in the S&P 500 index. CarMax and Pfizer were among the few stocks to eke out gains on the day.

Cold U.S. weather emerged as common problem for the economy last month.

Investors were discouraged Monday by a private survey showing U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month as frigid temperatures delayed shipments of raw materials and caused some factories to shut down. Construction spending rose modestly in December, slowing from healthy gains a month earlier.

Automakers also piled on the disappointing news, as an icy January slowed vehicle purchases.

Ford shares slipped 41 cents, or 2.7 percent, to $14.55 and General Motors shares fell 83 cents, or 2.3 percent, to $35.25 after the automakers reported a drop in U.S. January sales, hurt by harsh weather that kept customers away from dealerships.

GM sales fell 12 percent, while Ford said sales fell 7 percent. Chrysler bucked the trend with U.S. sales gains of 8 percent, and analysts still expect U.S. auto sales to reach more than 16 million this year _ a return to pre-recession levels.

"Investors had expectations going into 2014 of a much stronger U.S. economic recovery than actually what we're seeing and we've had to reset our expectations," Gaffney said.

Fresh signs of weakness in China also weighed on the minds of investors.

An official Chinese manufacturing survey released over the weekend showed factory output grew at a slower rate in January compared with December. The report released on the weekend followed an HSBC survey that showed an outright contraction in manufacturing.

Any signs of slowdown in China's economy _ the world's second-largest _ can spell bad news because it drives exports and is a key trading partner for developing countries such as South Africa and Indonesia that supply Chinese factories with raw materials.

Investors have been looking for more pullbacks this year and possibly a correction, the technical term for when a stock market index like the S&P 500 falls 10 percent or more. Three months ago, analysts at Goldman Sachs said there was roughly a 60 percent chance that a correction would happen this year.

Monday's slide moved the market closer to that possibility.

Among other negative signs for the market: In 2013, the Dow had only one 300-point-plus down day. It's had two 300-plus drops in 2014, barely two months in.

"I think we are in correction phase and the bias will be to the downside for a while longer," said Frank Davis, director of trading at LEK Securities. "It would make sense to see a healthy pullback after last year. Air has to come out of the market."

All 10 sectors in the S&P 500 index fell, and telecommunications stocks posted the biggest declines, weighed down by AT&T and Verizon Communications.

Mattel fell $1.79, or 4.7 percent, to $36.05. The world's largest maker of toys reported on Friday that sales of Barbie and Fisher-Price preschool items dropped in its fourth quarter.

Also among the decliners: Jos. A Bank Clothiers, which fell $2.83, or 5 percent, to $53.39 on continued doubts that a takeover bid by rival clothier Men's Wearhouse will go through. The two retailers have been dueling since October when Jos. A. Bank offered $2.3 billion for Men's Wearhouse.

A few stocks posted gains.

Pfizer rose 20 cents, or 0.7 percent, to $30.60, after the company reported that a mid-stage study of an experimental drug for advanced breast cancer met the main goals. The drug is seen as a potential huge seller. Pfizer was the only stock to rise among the 30 members of the Dow.

Facing lower stocks and global jitters, investors moved into the relative safety of U.S. government bonds. Bond prices rose, and the yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.58 percent from 2.65 percent on Friday. The 10-year has had a dramatic move in the last two weeks. In mid-January, the 10-year note was trading at a yield around 2.9 percent.


AP Markets Writer Ken Sweet contributed to this report from New York.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

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Illinois companies delivered in 2013

You had to try hard to lose money in Illinois stocks in 2013.

Like the overall market, a wide array of Illinois-based company stocks provided sweet rewards to investors last year, as individuals and institutions bought shares in anticipation of a stronger U.S. economy, while also taking comfort in the security doled out by the Federal Reserve.

Stocks from all major sectors of the economy gained handsomely. The consumer discretionary category - which includes everything from carmakers to restaurants and travel sites - soared the most. The group of stocks gained 41 percent nationally, even though Americans remained careful about spending.

Financial, health care and industrial sectors each climbed more than 33 percent, while only telecommunications and utilities lagged. Yet they were still positive. Even the unpopular telecom sector gained 6.5 percent as the stock market as a whole - measured by the Standard & Poor's 500 index - enriched investors about 30 percent (33 percent if you include dividends). In other words, if you are holding a stock that didn't enrich you with at least a 30 percent gain, you have a laggard.

Among the surprising laggards in Illinois was one recent dream stock: Ulta Salon Cosmetics and Fragrance. The Bolingbrook-based company, which sells cosmetics in a fast-expanding chain of stores, soared to the top of the Illinois list the past few years. But it fell close to the bottom in 2013. That tumble is what can happen to highflying, expensive stocks when momentum cools. Investors do not respond kindly to companies that don't deliver profits or sales as much as analysts predicted, even if substantial growth remains.

Peoria-based Caterpillar suffered the same fate - going from one of the most beloved stocks a couple of years ago to one cast aside by investors, as China and other emerging markets cooled along with demand for construction equipment.

It was not a stellar year for companies that depend on emerging market consumers and businesses. Yet, Chicago-based Boeing soared to the top of the Dow Jones industrial average, in part, because there's been an appetite for its planes throughout the world, and also because analysts have praised the company for innovation and strong production plans. That's in spite of its stumbles on the 787 plane rollout.

Repeatedly, companies ranging from Oak Brook's McDonald's to Caterpillar talked in 2013 about a challenging global environment, with the U.S. in recovery but growing slowly, Europe in recession much of the year and China slowing in its role of global economic powerhouse.

Still, investors became excited as the U.S. housing market picked up and car and truck sales started to approach levels seen before the financial crisis. That carried auto-related stocks higher, enriching investors in Illinois stocks such as Lisle-based Navistar International and Lake Forest's Tenneco. Investors who weren't discouraged by Navistar's troubles the past few years gained 75 percent on the stock in 2013, and auto parts company Tenneco jumped 61 percent.

Investors also liked distressed companies that were showing signs of hope with new management and new strategies. Navistar was one of these; as was Chicago-based Groupon, the young company that slumped badly as individuals seemed to get tired of emailed coupon deals. A new chief executive, co-founder Eric Lefkofsky, and an acquisition that hinted at a new strategy gave the company a second chance with investors. The stock gained 142 percent in 2013.

A wide array of industrial companies became favorites as investors prepared for the next cycle of strength in the economy. Transportation was hot, especially airlines, which have been enjoying lower fuel costs, efficiencies and extra fees. Chicago-based United Continental Holdings' stock was up 62 percent, but it trailed others, such as Delta Air Lines' 131 percent gain and Southwest Airlines' 84 percent. Travel sites also have had an extraordinary year, including Chicago's Orbitz, with the stock up 164 percent. Outside Illinois, TripAdvisor's stock climbed 97 percent and Priceline was up 87 percent.

Investors' appetite for innovation and products that will be in demand as the industrial economy gains strength, helped drive Power Solutions International of Wood Dale to first place among the biggest Illinois stocks. The stock for the company, which makes alternative fuel power systems, gained 364 percent as investors sought companies with fast growth during a period in which growth was relatively slow.

Despite trepidations about what the Affordable Care Act might do to health care companies, the sector was second only to consumer products in 2013, with a gain of almost 39 percent. In Illinois, investors also enjoyed sizable returns in health care - from a 22 percent gain in Lake County health products giant Abbott Laboratories to 84 percent in Lake Forest-based Akorn, a pharmaceutical company growing through acquisitions.

In retail, Hoffman Estates-based sears parts Holdings continued to struggle in 2013. Elsewhere in the sector, Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy noted, e-commerce sites such as represent more than 6 percent of retail sales and should be 10 percent by 2017.

The retail shake-up is also making investors nervous about the future of malls and shopping centers. Among some of the bottom performers in Illinois' stock list are Chicago's General Growth Properties and Oak Brook's Retail Properties of America. But it hasn't just been retail real estate that's been snubbed. Real estate investment trusts have been unpopular lately because investors are anticipating higher yields on bonds. That would make the high dividends paid by REITs less attractive. Other Chicago REITs low on the list are Equity LifeStyle Properties, Ventas and Equity Residential.

As bond yields have been rising, investors have lost interest in utilities. Besides operational issues for electric power companies, being in the unpopular utility sector has contributed to investor attitudes toward companies such as Chicago's Exelon and Integrys Energy. Twitter @gailmarksjarvis

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Target hack is a wake-up call on privacy

The Target hack shows the danger of giving retailers your phone number, email or zip code.

Think twice next time a store asks for your phone number, email or zip code.

If you fork it over, you're feeding the beast of consumer data collection -- and putting your own information at risk.

Target's disclosure that cnn">credit card thieves hacked a database of 70 million customers is a wake-up call.

"It's like an arms race for consumers' information at this point," said Susan Grant, an advocate for the Consumer Federation of America.

It's become standard for many retailers to ask for personal details at checkout. Then there's online shopping, in which you have to turn over certain info. Among other things, stores want the information so they can shower you with catalogs and emails.

Related: Tips for all Target customers

The problem is that you are trusting the stores to safeguard it. Criminals who steal your credit or debit card information can do more damage if they have your contact information. It's easier for them to commit fraud or even trick you into revealing more via fake emails, letters and phone calls.

Your information is "toxic" if it gets in the wrong hands, said Rob Shavell, CEO of Abine, a company whose software enhances privacy while shopping. "The more of it they store, the more it becomes a danger to the consumer and the business."

The idea behind Abine shows just how far wholesale data collection has gone. The service lets you create a shopping avatar -- with its own new phone number, address and credit card -- to create more distance between you and the retailer.

Data brokers and marketing companies know that customers feel uncomfortable about sharing too much.

They advise retailers to ask for your zip code -- then take your name from your credit card's magnetic stripe. The company can later use that information to find your exact address.

Security experts say the industry is often too lax about protecting data and that regulations are lagging way behind.

Related: What your zip code reveals about you

Grant, the consumer advocate, said there's a patchwork of state laws regarding mass data breaches, such as those that require companies to inform people when their privacy has been violated. She wants national laws that would limit how companies collect data in the first place, how long they keep it, and establish liability if they lose it.

"The stakes are much higher now," said John Simpson, a privacy advocate at Consumer Watchdog. "They claim they need all this data for legitimate business purposes. But if they're going to gather the data, that requires a level of cybersecurity a number of companies haven't been able to meet."

First Published: January 11, 2014: 9:47 AM ET

Valuable artworks on show in HCM City - News VietNamNet

Valuable artworks on show in xo so mien bac City

VietNamNet Bridge - HCM City art lovers are in for a treat with an exhibition displaying paintings and sculptures by some of Viet Nam's top artists at the Fine Arts Museum.

The work of Le Ba Dang.- Photo

"We selected 115 works for the exhibition to welcome the New Year and to express our gratitude to the donors," said Ma Thanh Cao, the museum director.

Highlighted in the collection are many paintings by renowned artist Nguyen Sang, sketches by Nguyen Gia Tri, the master of lacquer painting, and works by Le Ba Dang and Vo Lang, from France.

Dang, who lived and worked in France for decades, came back to Viet Nam many times to display his works.

Lang was a graduate in the 1942 - 45 class at the Indochina College of Fine Arts in Ha Noi, he won many art awards when he was at school.

He moved to France in 1949 and died in 2005. His works can be found all over the world, including the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, which is a collection of art works by the world's best-known artists.

Last year, Lang's family in Paris presented HCM City Fine Arts Museum with seven of his oil paintings so that "his works are returned to his motherland".

Lang created the paintings in 1950s.

The exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum at 97 Pho Duc Chinh, District 1 will last until the end of April.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Ebay Promotional Codes in January 2014 Announced by

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New York, NY -- ( SBWIRE) -- 01/08/2014 -- In uncertain economic times, consumers are turning to age old practices reengineered for the digital world. Gone may be the days of clipping coupons from magazines, but couponing, and the thrifty mindset, is anything but history. That's why more shoppers than ever are turning to

Launched 2013, is designed to supplant other online coupon and discount providers. Where before consumers had to jump through hoops for their discounts, now they have a streamlined option in

For 7 years, the site's CEO closely monitored other digital couponing tools. His research allowed for the creation of a smooth platform, where no gimmicks that stand in-between shoppers and discounts. And not a moment too soon. strives to give consumers a free concise method to access the best available popular deals and discounts such as ebay promo codes, without the headache. The simplicity lies in the fact that the top deals are directly based on customer feedback. Offers which are the most frequently voted for and commented on show up at the top of the page. Truly a site of the people, puts the power in the purchaser's hands. And continual updates, taking into account the most recent data, ensure it stays that way.

According to PSSmarketing, an online publication for "marketing, branding, sales and advertising specialists," online couponing is on the rise. "Digital couponing has been growing in leaps and bounds recently, a trend that is expected to persist for the next few years," said their mobile marketing division.

They also cited an eMarketer survey which indicated that over 92 million people redeemed digital coupons in 2012. By 2014, that number has soared to over 100 million.

To ring in the New Year, is now promoting its new collection of deals on EBay, as well as a whole list of free samples. Individuals can try dozens of products from familiar companies including, Philips Norelco, Hormel, MARS Chocolate and other everyday brands.

Unlike at competing sites, patrons of will be spared the tedious process of building profiles and surrendering mountains of personal information. Instead they need only enter their name an email if they want to leave a comment. And if they only wish to vote on a particular deal? No information is required at all. Not only is more efficient than other deal websites, it is far safer.

Coin conscious shoppers should see where they can save by checking:

Additional information is available on the site's YouTube videos, which offer quick how-to lessons:

Despite the shifting sands of physical commerce, the dependability of finding online discounts is stable. Nowhere is this truer than at The site that consumers have come to trust will continue to deliver throughout the coming year, and beyond.

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