Crista Huff

Stock number one is: 

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., (SYMBOL: APC) and the headline says: Anadarko surprises Wall Street with $2.6 billion Mozambique sale -- MarketWatch

Global oil & gas company Anadarko Petroleum has agreed to sell a 10% stake in its Mozambique offshore gas field to an energy company in India for $2.64 billion cash.  After taxes, the transaction brings Anadarko’s cash position to about $6.4 billion.  Morgan Stanley expects the company to announce a large share repurchase plan.

Earnings are expected to grow 26 and 18 percent over the next two years.  The PE is 21.

Several investment firms raised their price targets as high as $122 on Anadarko shares today.  The stock began breaking past a medium-term trading range in July, currently trading between $89 - $93.

Our Ransom Note trendline says:  BUY ANADARKO PETROLEUM

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Stock number two is: 

Verizon Communications Inc., (SYMBOL: VZ) and the headline says: Expecting a 7th Consecutive Dividend Increase Next Week – Morgan Stanley

"Morgan Stanley is expecting Verizon to announce an annual dividend increase on or near Thursday, Sept 5.  Verizon is the largest U.S. wireless carrier, with 2012 revenues of $116 billion."

Earnings per share estimates have increased since we began recommending Verizon stock in February, currently reflecting 21, 15, and 10 percent growth over the next three years.  The dividend yield is 4.34%, and the PE is 17.

We began recommending Verizon shares in February, saw the stock price rise 23%, then cautioned investors to wait for a pullback to buy more shares.  The pullback took place this summer, and the price is attractive again.

Our Ransom Note trendline says..... BUY VERIZON.

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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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