Crista Huff

Welcome to John Ransom’s Stocks in the News where the headline meets the trendline:

                  Stock Number One is:

Name:  Apple Inc. (AAPL) --

and the headline says: 

Apple Seen Raising Dividend More Than 50% to $16 Billion  (Bloomberg)

Wall Street analysts are expecting Apple Inc. to raise its quarterly dividend to about $4.14, or a yield of 3.75%.  This increase would easily be funded out of cash flow.

The stock price has been hemorrhaging since it became clear that earnings growth has ground to a halt.  Earnings per share are projected to increase less than one percent this year.

The share price tumbled from a high of $705 to the current range of $420-$450, and has not yet formed a base.

Our Ransom Note trendline says:  AVOID APPLE.

AAPL Chart

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                  Stock Number Two is:

Name:  Ford Motor Company (F) --

and the headline says: 

Ford’s CEO Mulally Gets Pay Slashed (Wall Street Cheat Sheet)

“Ford Motor Company fell short in three crucial areas last year: market share, cash flow, and profit.”  As a result, CEO Alan Mulally has received a pay cut of 29%, to a cash & stock combo of $21 million.

Earnings per share fell in 2012, and are expected to be flat in 2013, due to economic woes in Europe, a glut on the car market in South America, and margin pressures in China.

Our Ransom Note trendline says: AVOID FORD MOTOR COMPANY.

Crista Huff

Crista Huff is a retired stockbroker from a NYSE member investment firm. She writes about market-timing at Goodfellow LLC and is active politically.
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