Market Wrap-Up for Mar.25 (CF, POT, PRCL, ACN, BBY, more)

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The market picked up where it left off yesterday, as the end-of-quarter "window dressing" continued. We did close off the highs of the day however.

We saw growth-focused buyers push high-beta names (stocks that move more than most other stocks) higher like CF Industries ( CF ) and Potash Corp ( POT ). Earnings-related winners today included Oracle Corp ( ORCL ) and Accenture ( ACN ). Both stocks did finish well off their earlier highs. Dividend.com Premium subscribers would know Accenture ( ACN ) was a name that was recently on our "aggressive" recommended list, but we recently removed the name after a decent profit. Our "aggressive" names are not usually held for a long period of time and are suited for investors that tend to look for more short-term potential. We don't focus too much of our coverage in the "aggressive" space, but we will occasionally see opportunities that we like.

In other areas of the market, Best Buy ( BBY ) shares fell following a rare "Sell" call from a Wall Street analyst. This name continues to underperform for investors and is a name that we are still avoiding.

We added a new high-yield play to our Best Divided Stocks List today. Be sure to check out the post if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out this morning.

It was a lot of fun yesterday speaking to the business and accounting students at Stockton University. It's great to see the hunger in their eyes. One of my messages was to stretch their horizons beyond what their majors are and continue to keep learning when they are out of school.

One of the interesting questions from one of the students was about how friends can be a factor with your goals. This is something I touched on the other day in the newsletter. I have friends from many years back, and we all know that as we all get older, keeping in frequent contact with our old buddies is just not easy to do at times. I remember talking to one of my good friends last year from way back in high school. I mentioned to him I had founded a company and that if he went online, he could check out Dividend.com for himself. His response> "I don't go on that thing (meaning the computer), it's too much junk and I don't have the time." I thought I must have time-warped back to the 1980′s or something! My friend is a business owner and has done fairly well, but as far as keeping up with the benefits of technology, he has failed miserably.

Why I use this as an example is that we will have friends that we will sometimes professionally outgrow. Part of learning is also meeting new people and expanding our network. Like I said to the students, it's not an easy thing to try and meet new people. We all tend to gravitate inward and avoid change as much as possible. Anyone looking to build their business, their knowledge, their net worth even, can not afford to not take the steps necessary to get out of one's comfort zone. If moving to another part of the country is what is necessary to follow your dream, you need to make the tough decision to do so. One quick piece of advice if you do move: don't buy a home until you are certain you can secure the dream you had envisioned. It always makes sense to rent first. I had a relative of mine who uprooted his family down to Florida and ended up buying a condo in Jupiter as real estate prices were topping. He returned to New York and was fortunate enough to get his old job back, but his condo purchase has not turned out well, and it continues to act as a monthly drain on his budget. Keep that lesson in mind. To summarize, expand your horizons, embrace change,be ready to make tough decisions when it comes to getting out of your comfort zone, and make new friends (preferably ones that are as ambitious as you are - whether it is about being a successful investor, business person, etc.)

On the other end of the spectrum I love hearing from older investors that are hungry to keep getting great investment returns. We had someone call the office recently that was in their 80′s and had numerous questions about our service. This person was complaining about the lack of options he currently has when it comes to generating income. You have to keep pushing regardless of age to keep learning and also seeking better results. I read about an increasing number of retirees that have been dabbling in the trading game, but only with a small sum of their overall net worth (As long as they don't touch their dividend winners of course!). It gives them something to do and there is certainly nothing wrong with that if it gives you the sense of purpose you feel you are getting. This is kind of why I put in some of own trading rules in the "Be a Dividend Millionaire" book as well. I know people can not resist the urge to "roll the dice" at times, so I wanted to at least put some good nuggets in there. Speaking of the book, it should be hitting Amazon.com in the next couple of days. Anyone that has pre-ordered the book will be getting them soon. If you can, please put up a review for me on Amazon.com It would be awesome to hear how the book reads for many. I hope everyone likes it!

As we look ahead to next week, we will be getting earnings results from the likes of KB Home ( KBH ), Family Dollar Stores ( FDO ), and Mosaic ( MOS ), just to name a few. Be sure to catch up with our latest watchlist updates this weekend on Dividend.com Premium , including reports on earnings/story stocks, analyst upgrades/downgrades, dividend ETFs, and more. And as always, you can view our current recommendations on our industry-leading "Best Dividend Stocks" List.

Thanks for reading! P.S. Please pass this e-mail on to someone you think can use some financial motivation. Thanks again!
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