Stocks Close Mixed For Second Consecutive Session – U.s. Commentary

Vietnam Rally Fails to Alarm Bulls as Stocks Hit ’08 High – Yahoo Finance

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko released a statement indicating that a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin resulted in an agreement on a “ceasefire process” for the eastern part of the country. Poroshenko toned down an earlier statement announcing a “permanent ceasefire” agreement following denials from the Kremlin. The Kremlin noted that Putin and Poroshenko expressed largely similar views on possible ways to end the crisis but argued that Putin could not agree to a ceasefire because Russia is not party to the conflict. Early buying interest was also generated by upbeat economic news out of China, with a report showing that Chinese service sector activity grew at a faster rate in August. Nonetheless, traders seemed reluctant to continue buying stocks ahead of the European Central Bank’s monetary policy announcement on Thursday and the release of the monthly U.S.
Source: http://www.rttnews.com/story.aspx?Id=2378581

Dividend Stocks: Look Before You Leap – Forbes

Are you sure you want your investment results to be dependent on a companys willingness to share? The big push today to get you to buy dividend-paying stocks is, like all fads or crazes, a temporary phenomenon thats good for Wall Street but may not help build the portfolio you want to be able to count on for would buy mor glid stock now your future needs. The devils in the details. Its true that corporate dividends in general are currently competitive with bonds and similar alternative investments and buying them might turn out to have been a wise choice. Problem is, you wont know for sure until you actually need the money. As long as your time horizon is 10 or more years, you could very well reach your financial goals.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/investor/2014/09/03/dividend-stocks-look-before-you-leap/?ss=personalfinance

Although the Nasdaq Composite touched another record high at the open, the tech-heavy index underperformed its counterparts largely due to heavy losses in Apple ( AAPL ). The iPhone maker, which continues to be plagued by a recent security breach, lost more than 4% in value in the wake of today’s launch of Samsung’s Gear S at the Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin. The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. Copyright (C) 2014 MTNewswires.com. All rights reserved.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/stocks-erase-early-gains-as-ukraine-cease-fire-raises-doubts-apple-weighs-on-nasdaq-cm386683

Stocks Erase Early Gains as Ukraine Cease-Fire Raises Doubts; Apple Weighs on Nasdaq – NASDAQ.com

construction spending rebounded by more than expected in the month of July. The subdued reaction to the data comes as traders seem reluctant to make any significant moves ahead of a monetary policy announcement from the European Central Bank and the release of the monthly U.S. jobs report later in the week. Among individual stocks, shares of Compuware (CPWR) have moved sharply higher after the software company agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5 billion. Cruise line operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) is also turning in a strong performance after announcing an agreement to acquire Prestige Cruises International for about $3 billion.
Source: http://www.rttnews.com/story.aspx?Id=2377658

Stocks Continue To Experience Choppy Trading – U.S. Commentary

29. She has raised her year-end VN index (VNINDEX) forecast by 7.4 percent since January to 650. Some investors are still concerned that bad debts in Vietnam’s banking system and a below-target pace of initial public offerings by state-owned companies will restrain the nation’s economic recovery. A program of privatizing government-owned companies has raised less than half of the targeted funds this year.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vietnam-rally-fails-alarm-bulls-061206345.html

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