The markets got off to a shaky start this morning as overseas
markets were in worry mode about the tensions in the Korean
peninsula, as well as the lingering economic concerns surrounding
Ireland and possibly other European countries.
The trading in the day after Thanksgiving is almost always on
the light side as the equity markets closed early (1:00pm Est.).
This was always a day I did very little on, but was a great day
going through my accounts to make sure my positions were what I
expected, and that I had not inadvertently made any transaction
errors over the course of time. It happens to the best of
investors, so be sure to double-check all your transactions every
Some of the names that pushed us lower today were Freeport
), Mastercard (
), PetroChina (
), and Simon Property Group (
). Gold-mining plays also lagged, with Agnico-Eagle Mines (
), and Newmont Mining (
) both lower. Del Monte Foods (
) bucked the early drop on news the company is going to be
acquired. Private equity firms are continuing to make their moves.
They will look geniuses if the equity markets hold up well, as the
usual plan is to unlock hidden values and streamline operations in
order to get the company ready for either a sale or IPO in due
Looking ahead to next week, earnings will be extremely light,
with notables such as Barnes & Noble (
) and Kroger (
) coming out with earnings results. Be sure to catch up with our
latest watchlist updates this weekend on Dividend.com Premium, and
as always, you can view our current recommendations on our
industry-leading Best Dividend Stocks List.
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