Obama: Iraqi Militants Could Destabilize Region

While Obama repeatedly has cited the end of the war as one of his chief achievements, his decision to return some troops to Iraq now raises the question of whether an asterisk ultimately may accompany that claim. Administration officials insist Obama does not intend to commit the U.S. to another lengthy war in Iraq or put American forces in combat roles. Signaling his reluctance to re-engage, Obama also decided to hold off launching airstrikes, though he left the prospect of targeted strikes on the table. The president repeatedly made the case that expanding the U.S.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obamas-test-try-to-avoid-mission-creep-in-iraq/2014/06/22/1ccc6514-fa04-11e3-b836-a372189b76a6_story.html

Obama: U.S. cannot solve Iraq’s problems alone – Los Angeles Times

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said “it’s pathetic” that the mother of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has to plead for her son’s release from a Mexican prison while Obama apparently did not address the issue earlier in the day while meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “It is inexcusable, it is inexplicable, it is obscene, it is horrific,” Ros-Lehtinen told Greta Van Susteren on “On the Record.” Tahmooressi, who suffers from PTSD and served in Afghanistan, has been languishing in custody since he was arrested in late March after he accidentally drove into the country with three legally purchased guns in his truck. “He took a wrong turn from the U.S. into Mexico, a wrong turn into the Twilight Zone,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “Meanwhile, he’s been in a Mexico prison, and the days languish on to learn more for him.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/21/ros-lehtinen-blasts-obama-for-apparently-not-mentioning-marine-plight-during/

Obama: Threat from Iraq militants could grow – The Washington Post

being lured back into the conflict by the deteriorating security situation. Obama has announced plans to send 300 special operations forces into Iraq to train its military, but insists the U.S. military cant effectively quell the conflict unless Iraqs own Shiite-led government pursues a more inclusive approach that doesnt shun the Sunni minority. The issue has divided Congress, with some lawmakers criticizing Obama for doing too little and others warning the return of armed troops to Iraq could be the first step toward pulling the U.S. back into the conflict.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-threat-from-iraq-militants-could-grow/2014/06/22/9a23ee1e-fa05-11e3-b836-a372189b76a6_story.html

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President Obama pausing as he talks will about the situation in Iraq at the White House in Washington on Thursday. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press) Obama: U.S. military can’t solve Iraq crisis alone Dianne Feinstein: U.S. intelligence did not predict rapid advance of Islamic militants in Iraq Cheney: Obama needs to do more, but “no good, easy answers in Iraq’ The radical Sunni Muslim group advancing in Iraq, though it puts the Middle East’s stability at risk, is just one of a number of organizations in the region that pose a threat to U.S. interests, President Obama said Sunday.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-obama-sunday-iraq-20140622-story.html


Beware These Overpriced Stocks – – Msn Money

Stocks move higher as US jobs grow at healthy clip

A lot of that money, probably most, comes from hedge funds and other fast-trading professionals who buy stocks that are rising in the hope that their momentum will continue to push share prices skyward. Once momentum stocks reverse course, these traders make haste for the exits. Individual investors also buy these stocks, and I fear many of them have little idea of how overpriced they are. So let’s quickly review the basics. There are dozens of different ways to value a stock.
Source: http://money.msn.com/inside-the-ticker/beware-these-overpriced-stocks

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Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2014/06/07/what-to-watch/10104071/

3 Stocks Crushed by the Market This Week (CLVS, PBYI, RTRX)

government reported more healthy job growth in May. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index notched its eighth record high in the last 10 trading days. Post to Facebook Stocks move higher as US jobs grow at healthy clip Stocks are closing higher after the U.S. government reported more healthy job growth in May. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index notched its eighth record high in the last 10 trading days.
Source: http://www.azcentral.com/videos/money/business/career/2014/06/08/10199957/

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One of this week’s big losers got hurt by the actions of its CEO. Another received a double-whammy of bad news: disappointing clinical results of its own and from a rival. The third stock on this week’s list also had a double dose of disappointment from clinical results and an analyst downgrade. Which health-care stocks got crushed by the market this week?
Source: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/06/08/3-stocks-crushed-by-the-market-this-week.aspx

Best- And Worst-Performing Cloud Computing Stocks June 2nd To June 6th And Year-To-Date – Forbes

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Worst performing year-to-date are Marketo (NASDAQ:MKTO) down 35.46%, Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) down 34.11%, BrightCove (NASDAQ: BCOV) down 33.83%, Barracuda Networks (NYSE:CUDA) down 29.33% and NetSuite (NYSE:N) down 23.49%. SAPs Ironic Message of Simplicity at SAPPHIRE 2014 SAP promoted their new message of simplicity at SAPPHIRE 2014 held last week in Orlando, Florida. Its ironic that one of the most complex enterprise software companies in the world has chosen a message of simplicity. Even SAP CEO Bill McDermott acknowledged the irony . While I didnt attend the event, I watched the keynote online. There have been many blog posts and articles written about the event. Two of the best ones include Dennis Howletts excellent post on Diginomica , SAPPHIRE Now 2014 SAPs positioning challenge as it simplifies everything and Pierre Mitchells entertaining, insightful analysis, Thoughts on Bill McDermotts SAP Keynote at Sapphire Now 2014 eBay, Ariba, Fieldglass, and More .
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2014/06/07/best-and-worst-performing-cloud-computing-stocks-june-2nd-to-june-6th-and-year-to-date/

Obama And Putin Talk At D-day Celebration – Abc News

President Obama and President Putin did speak with each other on the margins of the leaders lunch. It was an informal conversation not a formal bilateral meeting, Rhodes said. Obama and Putin Draw Cheers and Laughs When They Smile on Split Screen Obama and Putin were first spotted together at a picture for the heads of state attending the luncheon, including Queen Elizabeth II, who wore a white and green dress with a green hat. In the group photo, Obama and Putin stood with three people between them. (Regis Duvignau/AP Photo) As the leaders started to return to the Chateau, Obama checked on Queen Elizabeth while Putin spoke with Hollande.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/06/obama-and-putin-talk-at-d-day-celebration/

“Congress has passed a law and [Obama] has signed a law that he will not close Guantanamo, California GOP Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told CNN on Sunday. Whatever his desires are, that does not conform to the law and he is the chief administrator of the law of the nation and should uphold his constitutional obligation to follow the law.” National Security Adviser Susan Rice recently suggested an increased focus on Obama accomplishing some of his major political goals as he nears the end of his second term — which would likely include closing Guantanamo. “It is a very important part of my job, particularly at this stage in the president’s tenure, to not just be fighting fires and the headlines, which to some extent is unavoidable, but to make sure that the things he cares about — his legacy interests, issues, accomplishments — are nurtured and carried into the end zone,” Rice recently told The Associated Press. “We are trying to put points on the board.” Obama has argued that the prison, built on foreign soil during the Bush administration with congressional approval in the aftermath of 9-11 terror attacks, is expensive and has outlived its purpose because the U.S. cannot continue to hold terror suspects without a trial, a more pressing situation as consolidating student loans the last of American troops leave Afghanistan in the war on terror.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/07/lawmakers-obama-releasing-taliban-detainees-with-no-notice-first-step-in/

Tahmooressi has said he was handcuffed and taken to prison, and that he was beaten after he tried to escape. He said guards hit him so many times in face that he felt his jaw fall out of place, Fox News reported. Tahmooressi, who served two tours in Afghanistan, reportedly suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. Since the U.S. brought Bergdahl out of Afghanistan last week in exchange for five Taliban captives being held at Guantanamo Obama has been widely criticized by many veterans as well as lawmakers from both parties in Congress. “We have a Marine down in Mexico for a couple months. You only hear drips and drabs on that.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/08/vfw-demands-obama-get-marine-from-mexico/

Obama: I “absolutely” want to go off on Congressional climate deniers – Salon.com

The baseline fact of climate change is not something we can afford to deny. And if you profess leadership in this country at this moment in our history, Obama added, then youve got to recognize this is going to be one of the most significant long-term challenges, if not the most significant long-term challenge, that this country faces and that the planet faces. The good news, Obama went on to say, is that the public may get out ahead of some of their politicians. He expressed confidence that as the costs of the climate crisis grow more apparent to Americans, theyll begin to demand more seriousness about the issue from their elected representatives. In Obamas view, that kind of broad-based popular sentiment is key to enacting policies significant enough to stave off a climate crisis. Obama cited Abraham Lincolns famous quote on public opinion to argue that one of the most important things he and climate activists can do is shift the publics views. [P]art of my job over these next two and a half years and beyond, Obama said, is trying to shift public opinion. And the way to shift public opinion is to really focus in on the fact that if we do nothing our kids are going to be worse off. Elias Isquith is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on politics.Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith , and email him at eisquith@salon.com .
Source: http://www.salon.com/2014/06/08/obama_i_%e2%80%9cabsolutely%e2%80%9d_want_to_go_off_on_congressional_climate_deniers/

What’s A Leveraged Etf And What Makes It Dangerous? | The Great Debate

Bottom Line While Russian ETFs are turning around this month driven by cheap valuation and the gas deal, the long-term outlook remains bleak given the ongoing geopolitical tensions in Russia. This is especially true as both the Russian funds carry a Zacks ETF Rank of 5 or ‘Strong Sell’ rating, suggesting that these would underperform the broader market over a one-year period. On the other side, more information the China ETF has a decent Zacks ETF Rank of 3 or ‘Hold’ rating, suggesting room for upside. Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days .
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/gas-deal-fuels-chinarussia-etfs-etf-news-and-commentary-cm357825

The benefits of ETNs are that they provide access to markets, industries, indexes and asset classes that are unavailable to the individual investor through mutual funds, ETFs or direct investment. The ELEMENTS Morningstar Wide Moat Focus ETN (WMW) is one such ETN, tracking the Morningstar Wide Moat index. A wide-moat company is one that has a sustainable return on invested capital that exceeds the cost of capital and offers a sustainable competitive advantage. The Wide Moat Index is comprised of the common stocks of the 20 eligible companies within the Morningstar Wide Moat universe that have the highest ratio of fair value to stock price.
Source: http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/dougfabian/2014/05/31/these-three-small-etf-providers-offer-alternative-approaches-n1845597

So, whats the difference between regular and leveraged ETFs? Regular ETFs are designed to track the price of a specific set of securities, taking the place of traditional mutual funds that focuses on particular investment sectors or classes of stock. ETFs started in stocks, particularly indexes, but now cover all types of assets.In this way they are similar to a mutual or index fund, but can be bought or sold like a stock. Regular ETFs, particularly the ones that track broad indexes like the S&P500, are pretty vanilla financial products. Sure, an index fund might be slightly better for achieving individual investment objectives, but ETFsgenerally have much lower fees than actively managed mutual funds.
Source: http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/30/whats-a-leveraged-etf-and-what-makes-it-dangerous/

SLVs popularity was somewhat surprising given the weakness in gold and gold miners ETFs. The most searched single-country ETFs were two funds that suffered drubbings on the week. Investors distaste for Egypts poll results sent the Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF ( EGPT ) tumbling more than 7%, a loss that was accrued on Thursday and Friday. EWZ declined 2.1% Friday, falling below its 50-day simple moving average.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/most-searched-etfs-sector-surprises-123039369.html