Market Wrap-Up for Nov.18 (HNZ, GPS, FL, NKE, HPQ, KO, more)

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Market-watchers were busy keeping a close eye on today's options expiration to see if this week's weakness would continue. When all was said and done, the averages ended up closing mixed on the day, but still down for the week.

Shares of Foot Locker ( FL ) gained following the company's earnings report . We also saw shares of Nike ( NKE ) rise today, as the company just announced a dividend payout hike last night , bringing its yield above 1.5%.

Shares of Gap Inc. ( GPS ) and H.J. Heinz ( HNZ ) caught a bit of selling following both companies' results. You can view Gap's report here and Heinz's here .

Elsewhere, positive Wall Street commentary helped boost shares of Coca-Cola ( KO ), Carnival ( CCL ), and Hewlett Packard ( HPQ ). HPQ is slated to deliver its results next week.

New Dividend Stock Recommendation

Be sure to check out the new name just added to our recommended list this morning as we continue to look for opportunities to expand our list of investment-worthy dividend plays. You can find the full run-down of our big upgrade here .

Our "Beat The Markets with Dividend Stocks" eBook is Coming Next Week!

We're putting the finishing touches on a brand new eBook (nearly 300 pages!), slated for release next week. In this book, we look ahead to 2012 and what could lie ahead for dividend investors. A $39.95 value, the eBook will be a free download for paid Premium subscribers.

Beat The Markets with Dividend Stocks contains a full economic forecast for 2012, including in-depth analysis on 65 of the biggest dividend stocks out there. It's a great way to get prepared for your investing next year! We'll be sure to alert subscribers as soon as the book is available.

U.S. Pension Backstop Sitting With $26 Billion in Debt

News broke earlier this week that the U.S. agency that insures corporate pensions, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp, reported a record annual deficit of $26 billion. The agency paid nearly $5.5 billion in benefits this year alone to 873,000 retirees and assumed responsibility for 152 under-funded plans.

Thankfully, many of our readers have taken my message of taking charge of their own retirement to heart. This process is much easier than many people think.

It doesn't take much more than opening an online brokerage account (setting up your own IRA plan as well is a huge plus for dividend investors looking to put more money to work and take advantage of tax benefits). Next, save some money each month and set up an automated system to deposit funds into your brokerage account. Finally, consult quality investment research sites like ours at for your investing ideas. As long as you have the persistence to do repeat this process weekly, monthly, and year-over-year, you'll be on the path to investing success.

I will continue to repeat myself on this point because it is so true. No one will ever care more about your money and financial well-being than YOU!

Backtracking a Way of Life for Many Analysts

Most of the time on business television, you'll see the same tired line-up of fund managers paraded in to talk their books. Typically, these guys (and girls) take a non-stop bullish stance on the markets. Most simply reiterate some of their favorite ideas - until those ideas stop working, of course. At that point, the analyst backtracks and focuses on a new group of stocks. They forget all about the bad calls they've made and never mention those names again.

Investors can get in a dangerous position when they attach themselves to any one particular money manager, and attempt mimic his or her investing style. Unfortunately, many buy into the old school "This person is on television, they must know what the heck they are talking about" mantra. In reality, these talking heads can be just as clueless as anyone. I can't tell you how many bad ideas and market impressions I hear and read about on a daily basis in the mainstream business media!

My best advice is to seek out analysts that remain consistent with their overall messages. Consistency isn't about remaining ultra-bullish or perma-bearish. It's about being being cognizant of the realities in the global markets and being honest and forthright about specific strategies for investors moving forward.

And in general, I urge you to ignore advice from analysts or fund managers who manically jump from one idea to the next.

My personal research at focuses on keeping things simple for the everyday investor. I don't ever want to be a shill for the markets. When things are not to my liking, I will express those concerns (as you've probably read). These days, we see conflicts of interest everywhere you turn, with advertisers influencing the message of the media or a profound lack of accountability for consistently bad calls from those in the media interview loop.

Times are changing, and individuals are seeing media messages in a new perspective. If pundits think they can B.S. their way through serious issues (business, economy, politics) anymore, they'll history in no time. Straight talk is the only way we all become smarter at the end of the day.

A Look to Next Week and a Weekend Preview

Looking ahead to next week, quarterly earnings results will be fairly light. We will still see reports from the likes of Hewlett Packard ( HPQ ), Hormel Foods ( HRL ), and retailer Guess, Inc. ( GES ), however, just to name a few. Also, it will be a short week with the markets being closed next Thursday for Thanksgiving Day, and closing early on Friday (at 1:00pm EST).

Be sure to catch up with our latest watchlist updates this weekend on Premium , including reports on earnings/story stocks, analyst upgrades/downgrades, dividend ETFs, and much more. And as always, you can view our current recommendations on our industry-leading Best Dividend Stocks List .

Thanks for reading, and I'll see this weekend! P.S. Please pass this e-mail on to someone you think can use some financial motivation as well as being kept in the financial news loop that could affect them.

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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Referenced Stocks: CCL , FL , GES , GPS , HNZ

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