Market Wrap-Up for Aug.27 (FCX, CLF, INTC, TIF, BA, more)

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The Federal Reserve will not turn off the printing press, so we continue to move along the same course we have been. It's great news for some today I guess, but long-term, it may not be the ultimate solution to get the economy out of its funk.

Clearly, we need structural changes to be made, and analysts are weighing in on the best course of action. A recent paper published by Joshua Rauh, an associate professor of finance at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, reveals what appears to be a $1 trillion gap in pensions due. If the government took a worst-case scenario approach and wiped out all current pensions due, there would still would be a $500 billion gap because of the promises already made to current retirees. The more likely scenario is to continue to minimize the Social Security cost of living adjustments (COLA) or to reduce current retirees' Social Security benefits.

This all leads me back to the mission of getting investors to awaken to the real dangers out there involving a secure retirement. Getting investors into quality-dividend paying stocks to begin new income-generating streams is a smart way to offset what could be dangerous terrain down the line.


As for today's market, commodity plays took off with the market's rally. Freeport McMoran ( FCX ) and Cliff's Natural Resources ( CLF ) both led the pack there. Also moving up was Boeing ( BA ) , despite news of another delay in its 787 production. Intel Corp ( INTC ) came out with a morning later on in the morning, but did manage to close higher, but the company is still trading near a 52-week low. Tiffany ( TIF ) traded lower following the company's earnings release and tightened guidance. Bonds ( TLT ) got hit on the equity markets rallying. They has been rallying a bit too hard, so no surprise to see a sell-off.

Looking ahead to next week, the earnings picture will remain light, with names like Heinz ( HNZ ) , Campbell Soup ( CPB ) , and JoyGlobal ( JOYG ) reporting. Be sure to catch up with our weekend watchlist updates on Dividend.com Premium , and of course, consult our Best Dividend Stocks list for the best dividend ideas out there.

Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .



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.

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