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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snow Day Links

So I moved my normal administrative day from Wednesday to Thursday today on account of the annual predicted "White Death" as predicted by our local meteorological geniuses.

Looking out my window at 10:30 am today on North Ft. Thomas, I'm pretty sure we all would've been fine with our normal routine.

Anyway, here are a few links for those of you who decided to:

A) Stay home with the kids (even though Ft. Thomas Independent Schools were open).

B) Stay home with a cold today.

C) Stay home and tell your boss you couldn't get out of the Ft. Thomas hills today. Slackers.

- The Highlands football squad moved on in USA Today's version of March Madness in their virtual tournament.

- The Ft. Thomas Fire Dept. is in the process of replacing their ambulance with a state of the art newer version. How sweet would the older model be as a tailgating bus?

- After a recent trip to KMart last night in Newport, I'd like to formally declare I'm in prayer mode for the Newport Pavilion to land Target. Seriously KMart, you are terrible.

Target > Kmart

- Ok, now that I have that off my chest, I have been following Target (TGT) since news has come that they had been delaying their open date. I have to say, there's been nothing but good news. In the last year, the stock price has stabilized around $50 per share (currently $50.10) up from $25 per share a year ago.

- Target said that sales at stores opened at least a year rose 1.8 percent, better than the 0.2 percent decline that analysts had expected. It said that it expects its fourth-quarter earnigns to "meet or exceed" analysts expectations of $1.11 per share.

- I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to finance. You could look at a million different factors when it comes to rating a stock and trying to predict the health of a company. Two factors like I particularly look at are the amount of "insiders" buying the stock and whether or not the company has raised the dividend they pay to holders.

- Below are some companies compiled by Capital IQ, which show companies that are following those 2 criteria.


Net Insider Buys
(Past 12 Months)

Net Value of Shares Bought by Insiders
(Past 12 Months, in Millions)

Date of Dividend Increase
(Past 12 Months)

Chevron (NYSE: CVX)




Verizon (NYSE: VZ)




Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM)




Target (NYSE: TGT)




EOG Resources (NYSE: EOG)




Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH)




Fortune Brands (NYSE: FO)




Data from Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

- Is anyone going to the Freezer Bowl 2010 this Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium? I have tickets, but haven't decided if I'm crazy enough to brave the frigid temps. Perhaps instead of wishing and hoping for Target, I should be thinking and praying about someone offering to buy my tickets and get me out of this!

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