Friday, December 20, 2013

Britain’s Got Talent, BP Doesn’t

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 BP plc (BP), formerly known as British Petroleum, was the biggest integrated oil company in Europe before the Macondo incident in April 2010. To raise cash to pay settlement and cleanup costs, BP was forced to divest low-profit reserves and operations around the world. Subsequently, its oil and natural gas output fell from around 4,000 million barrels of oil equivalent1 (MBOE) per day in 2009, to around 3,330 MBOE per day by 2012. BP has already paid out $27.2 billion in cash since the incident, and the matter is expected to be settled this year. However, even after significant losses, it still has the second-highest reserves. It is considered a part of the ‘Big Oils’ group, and is ranked with Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM), Chevron Corporation (CVX), Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A), Total S.A. (TOT) and ConocoPhillips Co. (COP). Read More : BP,COP,CVX, RDSA, TOT

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Disney’s Top 10 Animated Classics from the Past 5 Years

Disney movies either make you feel like a little kid again or they make you think “Shit, am I that old now?” Regardless, a good animated movie is one of the finer things in life, and if you’ve been MIA for the past five years, or if you’re just looking to jog your memory, here are our top ten picks from the past half-decade.

WALL-E (2008)

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It ranks first in Time’s “Best Movies of the Decade,”and for good reason too. WALL-E is one of the most touching animated stories you will ever see on screen. From the terrifying implications of modern consumerism and how it’s going to leave the world a virtual wasteland, to showcasing the rise of human dependency on technology, this movie deals with some very grave subjects. But at the same time, it also tells the story of two robots finding love — and damn, if that isn’t the cutest thing ever. Read More : DIS, DC, AC.

THE DEPRESSED FAMILY GUY: BRIAN GRIFFIN

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Following the death (actually dead, not coming-back-in-the-next-episode dead) of one of the more intelligent dogs to grace television, we take a look back at the surprisingly thoughtful moments when Brian Griffin’s story touched us. Read More : DFG

5 Shows That Make You Want to Live in New York City

New York City has been the muse for some of the most famous directors, artists, writers — you name it. It’s hard not to fall in love with the city’s diverse population and ever-evolving landscape and lifestyle. Here are five shows that make us want to pack up our bags and move to the city as soon as possible.

Sex and the City (1998-2004)

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Few shows have glorified New York or made it a certified character the way Sex and the City did. From glamorous parties and club openings to cozy cafes and art galleries, the whole show is nothing if not a love letter to the city. Read More : NY, LNY.

Favorite Moments from the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special

The most-awaited moment of the year finally arrived on the 23rd of November. The episode was everything we were looking for and more. This was obviously quite a feat since the expectation surrounding this one episode was mental. Here are some of our favorite moments from The Day of the Doctor.

Opening theme

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So Moffat won us over right from the get-go. The opening theme was a very pleasant surprise as instead of the current, more electronic one, we saw a retreat to the original score and weird Rorschach test-like sequence. Read More : DWA, AS, FM.

10 FASHION MOMENTS IN THE TARANTINO UNIVERSE PART 1.0

Who would have thought you could scour Quentin Tarantino’s work and find something for the fashion world among the blood, violence, and monologues? As can be expected of the King of Pastiche, most of the costumes in our list are a spin on existing iconic pieces or film costumes — however little they may be known to the general public.
Although these costumes are often sacrificed on the altar of violent bloodshed, we’ve still counted down the ten most notable style moments in the world of Quentin Tarantino.

Esmeralda Villalobos in Floral Red – Pulp Fiction (1994)

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Sure, we don’t see a lot of her in Pulp Fiction, but can anybody ever forget the unruly curls, the heavy eyebrows, and the bare feet of the taxi-driving vixen Esmeralda Villalobos? We don’t know what she wears exactly, but we’re dying to find out. We know it’s floral and we know it’s red, but it’s the element of mystery that gives Esmeralda a place on this list. Read More : FM, TU.

AN EMOTIONAL TARDIS IN HAIKU

Except for one episode (The Doctor’s Wife), we’ve never really heard the TARDIS talk. Yes, we understand its communication through the Doctor, but that doesn’t seem enough. We’ve all been curious at some point to understand the mysteries of the TARDIS better — the frustration it may feel, the inner dialogue it may have. Though we don’t speak for it, here’s an attempt at some of the TARDIS’ musings in haiku.

Possessive

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50 years, almost.
Me and my Doctor, always.
Back off, Amy Pond

10 STUNNING STILLS FROM DOCTOR WHO

When you travel through space and time, you’re bound to come across more beauty than the average person is. Doctor Who has some of the most fantastic scenery and creatures ever aired on TV. As we anxiously await the 50th anniversary special, let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful cinematography and CGI that New Who had to offer.

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“To save you, I could do anything.” Read More : SS, DW.

Five Most Underrated Harry Potter Deaths

The lord giveth and the lord taketh away. J. K. Rowling aka Queen Jo gave us the universe of Harry Potter, and from that she took some of our favorite people away. Reading Harry Potter over the years and getting to know the characters, it was like making friends and falling in love with them. Put your wands up for all the people who the mainstream neglect  to mourn when remembering all the friends we’ve had to say goodbye to.

Colin Creevey

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Introduced in Chamber of Secrets, Colin Creevey was Harry’s biggest fan. He followed Harry around for photographs and autographs and even transferred this crazy hero worshipping on to his younger brother, Dennis. Colin was constantly awestruck by everything in the magical world, since he, like Harry, had spent his entire childhood clueless about wizardry. He was adorable and he reflected how we would react if we were to get the chance to attend Hogwarts. Read More : UHPD, HP

The Mythical Guy-Girl Friendship Proved Real

The most interesting relationships on television aren’t the lovey-dovey ones, they’re the friendships; even more so when they’re the male-female platonic friendships. Here’s a list of friendships we think everybody should appreciate.

Sherlock and Joan

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Elementary’s Sherlock and Joan differ from the usual Watson-Holmes relationship not only in that Watson is female, but because Sherlock goes out of his way to teach Joan his craft. His respect for her is obvious, and Watson’s life exists outside of Sherlock as well, which is a sign of a very healthy friendship. Read More : MGG

Gift-Wrapped $114 Million Mansion

Inside The Extravagant Gift-Wrapped $114 Million Upper East Side Mansion

The Upper East Side has set new standards with its very own version of the Palace of Versailles. The luxurious townhouse includes an interior inspired by the castles of Italy, and sweeping views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, perfectly wrapped in a Christmas bow.

The 19th century mansion sits at 12 E. 69th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, located near some of the finest dining and shopping centers in the world. Read More : ESM

SILIC T-SHIRTS AND SMART BRAS

FROM SCIENCE FICTION TO REALITY SILIC T-SHIRTS AND SMART BRAS
The material in the Silic t-shirt, a creation by university student Amir Patel, has billions of silica particles bonded to the fibers that repel water-based liquids. What seems like something out of a sci-fi movie is now a reality! These t-shirts are made by using hydrophobic nanotechnology which gives them the ability to repel any type of liquid. This almost magical t-shirt is part of a fundraising effort that has already reached the original $20,000 goal, but online donations are still open, and the t-shirt is up for grabs on an online site from
May at a fair price of £30.

This t-shirt, unlike other hydrophobic nanotechnology application processes out there, is not cancerous. They ensure satisfaction and safety above all. Partnered with a former designer from the Vera Wang Collection, they bring us designer clothing at a sensible price. A shout out to the clumsy ones – you no longer have to worry about getting your clothes dirty! Read More : SF, TS, SB.

The Girl With The Darogon Tatoo Fourth Installment Has A New Author

New Author Signed Up For the Fourth Installment of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Series

Looks like fans of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist will get another ending after all. Swedish publishing house Norstedts made a statement via their website, announcing that a fourth Millennium book is on its way, nearly a decade after the death of the trilogy’s author, Steig Larsson. Swedish author David Lagercrantz has been signed to write the fourth installment of the best-selling series. Read More : NA, TGWDT.

Dwayne Johnson Highest Grossing Movie Star

Although Iron Man 3 was the highest-grossing film of the year, it wasn’t enough to put Robert Downey Jr. on top of Forbes’ list of The Top-Grossing Actors of 2013. Dwayne Johnson, however, had his hands in more than one cookie jar. The Rock chose to do one major blockbuster (Furious 6), one pretty big film (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), and two smaller ones.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson grossed $1.3 billion from his movies, beating Downey’s $1.2 billion. And considering that he has a few more big movies lined up for 2014, we can expect Dwayne to have similar results for the next year. With the Fast & Furious franchise returning, and his role in potential blockbuster Hercules, The Rock will definitely be earning a lot of money for a lot of studios. Read More : DJ, TR, MS.

iTunes Best Downloads of 2013

ITUNES BEST-SELLING DOWNLOADS OF 2013

iTunes just released its best-selling downloads list for 2013. Hitting 50 million app downloads in May, 2013 has been good to Apple.

Candy Crush Saga was the most popular free app on the iPhone and iPad, while Minecraft topped the lists for paid-for apps on the iPhone and iPad. Read More : APPL, iTN, BS.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

HOW TO INVEST SMART

How to Invest Smart For Your Retirement

ETFs are investment tools that allow people to get exposure to a wide range of securities and underlying assets that provide liquidity and transparency. This also makes them great for retirement planning! Read More : SI

5 MUST-BUY STOCKS

5 Stocks That Are a Must-Buy for These Fictional Serial Killers

Traditionally, there were only two types of characters on TV: the hero who everybody loved and the one who everyone hated. But modern day television programming has given birth to a third kind – the character who everybody loves to hate or hates to love. To further elaborate, Bidness Etc has made a list of five serial killers - from TV or movies - that everybody loves to hate. But there is one twist - we are also recommending stocks that match perfectly with their personality and habits and would be great investment opportunities for them! Read More : ISRG, PG, JPM, HD, MMM

Fortunes From A Womens Dream

A fortune built upon every woman’s dream

Estee Lauder was one of the richest woman in the United States, and a pioneer in the beauty and cosmetics industry. While she was a perfectionist and made sure her products were of the highest quality possible, it was her unique personality and personal sales touch that turned her company in the successful brand that women all over the world came to love and cherish. Read More : FWD

The Warren Buffett Approach to Value Investing and His Picks for 2013

The Warren Buffett Approach to Value Investing and His Picks for 2013

Warren Buffett is perhaps the biggest and most iconic name on Wall Street, and his high-return investment portfolio reflects his genius and financial acumen.
Here’s why he is widely revered as the best investor of the century:
  • His equity portfolio has performed twice as well as the stock market and US mutual funds, according to a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research titled ‘Buffett’s Alpha’.
  • Historically, his investments in publicly-traded stocks have done better than investments in private companies. This indicates that the success of Buffett’s investing strategy relies on smart stock allocation.
Read More : XOM. USB, GS, MS, BRK.A, COP, WFC, BAC, JPM.

3 HIT RETAIL IPOS OF 2013

3 HIT RETAIL IPOS OF 2013

2013 was a great year for IPOs in the US, with 221 companies offering their shares to the public, making it the best year in a decade. The IPOs raised over $50 billion combined, also the highest in a decade. The fourth quarter of the year has been the most active, with 70 listings so far, making it the most active quarter since 2007.

Most of the newly-listed companies registered significant opening day gains and about 70% of them are still trading above their offering price. Read More : VNCE, NDLS, PBPB, M, NMG, SKS, PNRA, CMG, KORS, SFM.

3 Consumer Staples That Investors Love For Their Growing Profits

3 Consumer Staples That Investors Love For Their Growing Profits


Consumer staples like food, beverages, tobacco and household items are in demand regardless of how well or poorly the economy is doing. For this reason, consumer staples companies grow slowly and steadily over time, and are good defensive investments.

But while investors can rely on nearly all consumer staples stocks to yield steady returns, some companies in the sector maintain higher earnings growth rates than others due to their better operational efficiencies and/or the nature of the goods they produce. Read More : EL, HSY, HRL, XLP.

WALT DISNEY DIVIDENDS

WALT DISNEY DIVIDENDS
While Disney is not a high yielding dividend stock, it has consistently paid out dividends to its investors and has been increasing its annual payout for the last three fiscal years by increasing its dividends dividend per share, which is currently $0.75. Disney’s three-year dividend growth is 28.9%, while the its annual dividend yield is 1.07%. read More : DIS

WAL-MART DIVIDENDS

WAL-MART DIVIDENDS
Walmart has paid out dividends to its shareholders since 1974. It has also increased its annual cash dividend every year since the first $0.05 dividend it paid in March 1974. Strong cash flows and a healthy balance sheet make Walmart a reliable, dividend-paying stock. Read More : WMT

VISA DIVIDENDS

VISA DIVIDENDS
Just like other card companies, Visa is currently not a high yielding dividend stock, although its dividend per share has consistently increased every year since its IPO. Its potential to increase dividends and sustain this increase in the future seems likely, given that it has a relatively low dividend payout ratio, while having no debt to repay. Dividend per share in 2013 was $1.32, while the 5yr dividend growth is 65.9%. Read More : V

VERIZON DIVIDENDS

VERIZON DIVIDENDS
Though the dividends paid by the company have increased consistently YoY, the dividend yield has been falling after peaking at 5.5% in 2008.The cash coverage ratio has been declining since 2008. This is due to massive Capex done by the company in similar periods to expand 4g LTE network which is expected to reduce in the future. VZ

UNITED HEALTH GROUP DIVIDENDS

UNITED HEALTH GROUP DIVIDENDS
UnitedHealth Group’s five year dividend growth is 101.3%, due to the company’s exponential growth in dividends per share from 2009 to 2012. The company paid three cents per share in 2009 and 80 cents in 2012, an increase of 25.6 times. Its five year average dividend yield is 0.89% and its current annual dividend yield is 1.66%. Read More : UNH

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES DIVIDENDS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES DIVIDENDS
United Technologies paid out $0.59 per share in dividends for the third quarter of 2013. The company has raised the amount of dividends it pays out per share steadily over the last nine years; however, the dividend yield on UTC stock has fallen over the period. The stock used to yield dividends equaled 15.4% of its price five years ago, but now yields only 8.8%. UTC enjoys low volatility in its cash flows, which allows the company to pay out dividends consistently. Read More : UTX

TRAVELERS COMPANIES DIVIDENDS

TRAVELERS COMPANIES DIVIDENDS
Traveler’s has increased dividend payments in its most recent quarter. The company paid $0.5 per share, which was a 9% increase from its previous payment of $0.46. The estimated dividend per share for the year is $1.96. The company’s dividend yield is 2.52% currently which is 2% lower than the company’s five-year average dividend yield of 2.58%. Read More : TRV

COCA COLA DIVIDENDS

COCA COLA DIVIDENDS
Coca-Cola has traditionally been a stable dividend paying stock, and has paid dividend since 1920. It is also part of the highly regarded S&P Dividend Aristocrats Index. The company has increased its dividends every year for the past 50 years. Coca-Cola’s current annual dividend per share is $1.12, and its dividends have increased at a rate of 8.15% every year for the past 5 years. read More : KO

PROCTOR AND GAMBLE DIVIDEND

PROCTOR AND GAMBLE DIVIDEND
P&G has paid dividends every year since its incorporation in 1890. It has also increased dividends annually for the past 57 years. The company paid $2.29 per share in FY13. Its dividend yield is lower than Unilever’s, but higher compared to Colgate Palmolive’s. The company also generates strong cash flows and has a strong balance sheet position. PG
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PFIZER DIVIDENDS

PFIZER DIVIDENDS
Pfizer has been growing its dividend payments for the past three years and in 2012 the company paid $6.5 billion in dividends to shareholders. Free cash flow has been growing at a compound annual growth rate of 0.74% from 2010 to 2012 and cash from operations has seen fluctuations. Read More : PFE

NIKE DIVIDENDS

NIKE DIVIDENDS
Nike has continuously increased the rate at which it pays annual dividends over the last eleven years. Its cash flows and payout both has improved over last couple of years. The company’s dividend coverage is also improving which reflects its ability to keep paying the dividends in future. Read More : NKE

MICROSOFT DIVIDENDS

MICROSOFT DIVIDENDS
Microsoft (MSFT) Dividends: Microsoft has a dividend payout ratio of 35% with a three-year dividend growth rate of 21%. The company has strong cash flow metrics which allows it to pay dividends and repurchase shares. Read More : MSFT

MERCK & CO DIVIDENDS

MERCK & CO DIVIDENDS
After years of consistent dividend payments Merck increased its dividend per share again in 2011 and then further in 2012. The most recent payment made by Merck was of $0.43 per share in 3Q of 2013. Year-to-date the company has paid out $1.26 per share in dividends. The dividend yield saw an upward trend which is an indication that the company is focusing on its shareholders and making increased returns to them. Read More : MRK

MCDONALD'S DIVIDENDS

MCDONALD'S DIVIDENDS
McDonald’s has steadily paid out solid dividends since 1976, and is part of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index. Its current annual dividend per share is $3.12, which translates into a dividend yield of 3.19%. The five-year average dividend yield for McDonald’s is 2.96%, and dividends have grown 15.5% annually over the last five years. Read More : MCD

JPMORGAN CHASE DIVIDENDS

JPMORGAN CHASE DIVIDENDS
JPMorgan raised its dividends in2QFY13 to its pre-financial crisis level. It is not expected to increase dividends further until it meets the minimum supplementary leverage ratio requirement of 5%, which is expected to be achieved around early 2015. Given its current cash dividends ratio, it is safe to say that it does have the ability to continue paying the dividends already announced. Read More : JPM

JOHNSON & JOHNSON DIVIDENDS

JOHNSON & JOHNSON DIVIDENDS
Johnson & Johnson has been increasing dividend payments every year for the past 50 years. The company has paid $1.93 per share in dividends year-to-date. The most recent payment was $0.66 per share in 3Q 2013 which was an 8% increase from the same quarter in 2012. The company’s dividend coverage is on recovery after a 32% decline in 2011. Read More : JNJ

IBM DIVIDENDS

IBM DIVIDENDS
IBM has been paying dividends for more than a decade and has a dividend yield of 2%. Its yearly dividend came out to $0.59 in 2002, while its current year dividends equal $3.30. IBM has a healthy cash flow metric, which will sustain its ability to pay dividends and increase share repurchases in future. Read More :IBM

INTEL DIVIDENDS

INTEL DIVIDENDS
Intel (INTC) Dividends: Intel has been one of the highest dividend yielding stocks with a current dividend yield of 3.75%, higher than NASDAQ 100 and S&P 500 yields of 1.42% and 2% respectively. Overall, for past 5 years, its average yield has been 3.3% with a 5 year average growth of 14%. Read More : INTC

HOME DEPOT DIVIDENDS

HOME DEPOT DIVIDENDS
Home Depot has been paying dividends every quarter since its first dividend payment on June 22, 1987. Its history of making dividend payments even in times of recession, when its stock price fell by over 40% FY07 to FY08, makes it a solid dividend stock. Furthermore, it has a higher dividend yield of 1.9% compared to Lowe’s’ 1.4%. Home Depot paid 25% of its cash flows from operations (CFO) in dividends, compared to 30% in FY09. Read More : HD

Goldman Sachs Dividends

Goldman Sachs Dividends
During 3QFY13, Goldman Sachs increased its quarterly dividends per share from $0.50 to $0.55. As a result its indicated annual dividend yield increased from 1.3%.to 1.4%
Annual dividend per share from FY07 to FY12 remained steady at $1.4. Read More : GS

GENERAL ELECTRICS DIVIDENDS

GENERAL ELECTRICS DIVIDENDS
General Electric has been paying dividends since 1899 and for the most recent quarter the company has paid $0.19 per share. This payment was a 12% year-over-year increase in dividend payment and the company’s 4yr dividend compound annual growth rate is 17.41%. Read More : GE

EXXON DIVIDENDS

EXXON DIVIDENDS
Exxon is one of the 51 companies that have made it to the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats list. For the past 31 years, Exxon has increased its dividends per share by 6%, with the average annual increase for the last five years around 10%. Not only does Exxon pay high dividends, it has been able to consistently give high shareholder returns.Read More : XOM

DUPONT DIVIDENDS

DUPONT DIVIDENDS
DuPont has been consistently paying dividends since 1904. It has a forward annual dividend yield of 2.84%, and a five-year average dividend yield of 4.4%. Dupont’s dividends are growing at 4.76% and 1.4% over the last one year and on average over the last five years respectively. Read More : DD

CISCO DIVIDENDS

CISCO DIVIDENDS
Cisco started paying dividends a year ago and is becoming a dividend stock. It has dividend yield of 2.5% and a payout ratio of 33%. The company’s one year dividend growth has been 121%. Currently, it has been paying a quarterly dividend $0.17 with a dividend coverage ratio of 3.5x, though this has declined over the year because of heavy returns to shareholders. Read More : CSCO

CHEVRON DIVIDENDS

CHEVRON DIVIDENDS
Chevron has consistently paid out high dividends, as its dividend yield was around 3.3% by the end of 2012. The company has increased its dividends for the past 26 years and for the past five years, payouts have grown 9% every year. Read More : CVX

CATERPILLAR DIVIDENDS

CATERPILLAR DIVIDENDS
CAT has raised dividends consistently over the last three years. The company’s five-year dividend growth rate has averaged about 7.5%. The stock’s dividend yield was 2.25% in 2012 declining from 3.6% in 2008. With the exception of 2009, CAT has maintained a coverage ratio of at least 3.6 times its payouts.Read More : CAT

BOEING DIVIDENDS

BOEING DIVIDENDS
Boeing paid is on track to pay $1.90 for FY13. The company paid total dividends of $1.81 in 2012, a 6.5% increase from 2011. While the company has raised its dividends steadily over the last 10 years, its payout ratio has fluctuated due to free cash flow changes. Read More : BA

AT&T DIVIDENDS

AT&T DIVIDENDS
The dividends of the company increased at CAGR of 1.92% from 2008-2012 despite the company incurring heavy pension related expenses. AT&T has been paying dividends at an increasing rate, which has been outpacing the growth rate of its cash flow. Payout ratio to Cash Flow of Operations (CFO) has averaged around 30%. Read More : AT&T

AMERICAN EXPRESS DIVIDENDS

AMERICAN EXPRESS DIVIDENDS
AmEx is considered a stable dividend-paying stock. Unlike other financial services companies, AmEx did not cut dividends during the recession. In the second quarter of FY13, the company increased its quarterly dividends 15% from $0.2 to $0.23. The current annual dividend per share is $0.86, while the dividend yield is 1.1%. This is lower than American Express’s five year average dividend yield of 1.81%. Read More : AXP