Our favorite pick in the gold mining space is attempting to recreate history.
Back in March, Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon told readers about a unique gold mining company that is miles ahead of its competitors: Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG)
You should without a doubt not only own gold, but also own some gold miners. I believe Goldcorp is the best mining company to own right now, he said. Its past shows that it has the ability to innovate and come out stronger on the other side.
You see, in March 2000, the company launched the Goldcorp Challenge. Goldcorp put up $575,000 and essentially said Tell us where to drill.
The response was incredible.
14,000 people from all walks of life showed up from over 50 countries around the world. Physicists, students, military officers, engineers, geologists – anybody you can think of
Pundits touted the challenge as a disaster, predicting that it would expose the company to a hostile takeover but the joke was on them. Goldcorp ended up with geological and target data that it had never had access to before.
investing money: TransUnion(TRU)
- [By JJ Kinahan]
Ready To Shop? A highlight this coming week is Black Friday, and recent data hint that shoppers might be ready. A record 195.9 million consumers now have access to revolving credit such as bank-issued and private label credit cards, TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) said in a recent press release. This is the highest level of revolving credit access since TRU began measuring the variable and is greater than the 192.6 million consumers who had access to such credit products in Q3 2016. “The third quarter of 2017 exhibited a lending market that continued to operate in a stable manner, with consumers continuing to gain access to credit and take advantage of that access,” said Ezra Becker, senior vice president and head of research and consulting for TransUnion, in the press release. “However, we are beginning to see a slowdown in originations, which may be a signal of saturation in the lower-risk credit tiers and some pull-back in lender risk appetite in the higher-risk tiers.” Still, Becker predicted a “robust holiday shopping season.”
investing money: Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.(MMC)
- [By Reuters]
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NEW YORK — Walgreen is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Wednesday.
The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees fixed dollar amounts to purchase their own plans on such exchanges.
The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts Oct. 1.
“What happens to employer contributions over time? Will they put in as much as they put in the past? These are unanswered questions but potential negatives,” says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The benefit to Walgreen and other employers is unknown at this point, as their cost-savings aren’t clear.
Of the 180,000 Walgreen (WAG) employees eligible for health care insurance, 120,000 opted for coverage for themselves and 40,000 family members. Another 60,000 employees, many of them working part-time, weren’t eligible for health insurance.
Aon Hewitt (AON) says other participants in its program include retailer Sears Holding (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). These new additions raise enrollment to 330,000 from 100,000 last year, and Aon Hewitt estimates enrollment will jump to 600,000 next year, a fivefold increase from 2012.
By 2017, nearly 20 percent of employees nationwide could get their health insurance through a private exchange, according to Accenture Research (ACN). A recent report by the National Business Group on Health said that 30 percent of large employers are considering moving active employees to exchanges by 2015.
Other major providers of private exchanges include Mercer, a division of Marsh & Mc
investing money: Unifi, Inc.(UFI)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI) shares were also up, gaining 18 percent to $26.92 as the company announced Q3 earnings of $0.56 per share on revenue of $161.3 million.
investing money: Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.(ETH)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Wednesday was a strong day for the stock market, as the Dow finished up nearly 100 points and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq both posted gains as well. Investors remained generally upbeat about the prospects for the U.S. economy in 2017, and a rise in crude oil prices helped lift the energy sector higher during the market session. Yet comments during a press conference from President-elect Donald Trump weighed on the healthcare sector, and some individual stocks took particularly hard hits. Among the worst performers were Perrigo (NYSE:PRGO), Novadaq Technologies (NASDAQ:NVDQ), and Ethan Allen Interiors (NYSE:ETH). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.
investing money: Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc.(ARCI)
- [By Jim Robertson]
Before the market opened on Monday, small cap Appliance Recycling Centers of America (NASDAQ: ARCI) reported earnings with shares surging 137.70% on extremely high volume of 13,556,238 well above theaverage volume of around 48,702 shares. However, the company only has a market cap now of around $9.65 million now meaning its still more of a microcap stock.