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Mosaic (NYSE: MOS) Public Offering in Round Two

The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) announced today that the previously announced secondary offering (the “offering”) of 18 million shares of its common stock, related to Mosaic’s inclusion into the S&P 500 Index, has priced at a public offering price of $57.65 per share.

The secondary offering is comprised of 18 million shares owned by the Margaret A. Cargill trusts. In addition, the underwriters have been granted a 30-day option to purchase up to 2.7 million additional shares from the selling stockholders to cover over-allotments, if any.

Mosaic will not receive any proceeds from the offering and there will be no change to the number of outstanding shares or earnings per share of Mosaic as a result of the transaction. The offering is expected to close on September 29, 2011.

A registration statement on Form S-3 relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and became effective on June 23, 2011.  This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any offer of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and UBS Securities LLC served as the joint book-running managers for the offering.  A prospectus supplement relating to the offering has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  A copy of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus are available and may be obtained from http://www.sec.gov or from one of the following banks involved in the transaction.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions
1155 Long Island Avenue
Edgewood, NY 11717
Telephone: (866) 803-9204

UBS Securities LLC
Attention: Prospectus Department
299 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10171
Telephone: (888) 827-7275

About The Mosaic Company

The Mosaic Company is one of the world’s leading producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. Mosaic is a single source provider of phosphate and potash fertilizers and feed ingredients for the global agriculture industry. More information on the company is available at www.mosaicco.com.

The Mosaic Company has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and other documents filed with the SEC for more complete information about The Mosaic Company and this offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Web site at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, The Mosaic Company, any underwriter or any dealer participating in the offering will arrange to send you the prospectus if you request it by calling toll-free (866) 803-9204 or (888) 827-7275

http://www.mosaicco.com

New S&P 500 Index Options Product Begins Trading

CBOE Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) announced today that it will begin trading SPXpm, its new S&P 500 Index options product, on Tuesday, October 4.  SPXpm options will be traded on the Company’s all-electronic C2 Options Exchange (C2).

C2’s SPXpm product is a cash-settled index option based on the S&P 500 Index, the premier benchmark of the broader U.S. market.  SPXpm is similar in structure to the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s (CBOE) flagship S&P 500 SPX contract, the most-actively-traded U.S. index option product, except it has “p.m.” settlement.

“We are pleased to announce a launch date for what we believe will be another major product for CBOE Holdings,” said CBOE Holdings Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William J. Brodsky.  “In designing an electronic compliment to our flagship SPX option, we worked closely with customers to create the “best in class” among electronically traded S&P 500 products. The result is a product tailored to provide point-and-click access to the S&P 500 Index, with greater efficiency, greater control and lower costs.”

One SPXpm option contract is ten times larger than one SPDR ETF options contract (SPY), significantly lowering the cost of accessing a p.m.-settled S&P 500 contract.  The new contract also features the ease of cash settlement, as opposed to physical settlement in ETF options.  Finally, SPXpm uses European exercise, which eliminates the risk of early assignment.

SPXpm should appeal to a diverse group of customers including active traders, high-net-worth investors, retail online users and high frequency traders.  OTC participants may use SPXpm as an exchange-traded alternative that eliminates counterparty risk.

With SPXpm’s launch on C2, trading alongside SPX on CBOE, customers will have two very deep pools of liquidity in which to trade S&P 500 cash index options – one that favors the convenience of screen trading, and one that provides the flexibility afforded by floor trading to negotiate large, complex orders.

SPXpm Contract Specifications:
Symbol SPXpm
Settlement PM-settled, European style exercise
Multiplier $100
Premium Quote Stated in decimals. One point equals $100. Minimum tick for options trading below 3.00 is 0.05 ($5.00) and for all other series, 0.10 ($10.00).
Strike Price Intervals The minimum interval for SPXpm options shall be no less than five points.
Expiration Months Up to twelve near-term contracts.  LEAPS may also be listed.
Expiration Date Saturday following the third Friday of the expiration month.
Last Trading Day Trading in SPXpm options will ordinarily cease on the business day (usually a Friday) preceding the expiration date.
Trading Hours 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (CT)

A complete overview of SPXpm can be found at: http://www.cboe.com/SPXpm.

CBOE Holdings, Inc. is the holding company for Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), C2 Options Exchange and other subsidiaries.  CBOE, the largest U.S. options exchange and creator of listed options, continues to set the bar for options trading through product innovation, trading technology and investor education. CBOE offers equity, index and ETF options, including proprietary products, such as S&P 500 options (SPX), the most active U.S. index option, and options on the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX). Other products engineered by CBOE include equity options, security index options, LEAPS options, FLEX options, and benchmark products such as the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM). CBOE’s Hybrid Trading System incorporates electronic and open-outcry trading, enabling customers to choose their trading method. CBOE’s Hybrid is powered by CBOEdirect, a proprietary, state-of-the-art electronic platform that also supports C2 Options Exchange (C2), the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE), CBOE Stock Exchange (CBSX) and OneChicago. CBOE is home to the world-renowned Options Institute and www.cboe.com, named “Best of the Web” for options information and education.

CBOE is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), with all trades cleared by the OCC.

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CBOE-C2

CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CBSX®, CBOE Stock Exchange®, CFE®, CBOEdirect®, FLEX®, Hybrid®, LEAPS®, CBOE Volatility Index® and VIX® are registered trademarks, and BuyWrite(SM), BXM(SM), SPX(SM), CBOE Futures Exchange(SM) and The Options Institute are servicemarks of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (CBOE).  SPXpm(SM), C2(SM), and C2 Options Exchange(SM) are service marks of C2 Options Exchange, Incorporated (C2).  Standard & Poor’s®, S&P®, S&P 500® and SPDR® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, LLC and have been licensed for use by CBOE and C2.  SPXpm is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Standard & Poor’s, and Standard & Poor’s makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in SPXpm.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements are those statements that reflect our expectations, assumptions or projections about the future and involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  These statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and projections about future events. There are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from that expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including: legislative or regulatory changes; changes in law or government policy; increasing competition; loss of our exclusive licenses; decrease in trading volumes; an inability to introduce competitive new products and services; competitive pressures on our existing products, services and trading access fees; changes in price levels and volatility in the derivatives and equity markets; economic, political and market conditions; increases in our fixed costs and expenses; loss of existing customers; difficulty developing strategic relationships and attracting new customers; increased costs related to, or the loss of, intellectual property; rapid technological developments; increases in trading volume and order transaction traffic that we cannot accommodate; our ability to maintain our growth effectively; damage to our reputation and brand name; loss of market data revenue; detrimental changes to our fee structure; failure to effectively monitor and manage our risks; customer consolidation; and changes to the tax treatment for options trading.

More detailed information about factors that may affect our performance may be found in our filings with the SEC, including in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and other filings made from time to time with the SEC.

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Capital Financial Global, Inc. (OTC:CFGX), announced today that it has acquired a 100% interest in the St. Louis Gold Mine in Clark County, Nevada.

The St. Louis Mine is comprised of Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, Baltic, and Antarctic Lode patented gold and silver mining claims situated on 85.54 acres of property located in Clark Country, Nevada, approximately four miles north of Searchlight, Nevada, a well-known gold mining area.

The move is consistent with the Company’s stated long term strategy to back its lending operation by gold and precious metals so it can be insulated against another credit crisis, wherein much of the world’s core assets were devalued almost overnight.

“I want to make sure the back-bone of this company consists of assets that have intrinsic value and that can be freely traded anywhere in the world without being subject to third-party appraisals or local housing prices, and precious metals are really good for that,” said Mr. Paul Norat, CEO of Capital Financial Global, Inc.

Mr. Norat further stated, “Every monetary system in the world is supposed to be backed by gold, it only makes sense that we aspire to do the same.”

About Capital Financial Global, Inc.

Capital Financial Global, Inc. (OTC:CFGX) is a specialty finance company that facilitates the movement of credit and illiquid assets in the secondary debt markets, by originating new loans, buying and selling existing loans, and by converting assets upon which these loans are secured into cash or trade-able form.  The company is publicly traded on the OTC Markets trading system under the symbol CFGX.

Our Business Model

The Company makes money by originating new loans, buying and selling existing loans, and by converting assets upon which these loans are secured into cash or trade-able form.

Our Basic Strategy

The Company looks for opportunities for arbitrage by exploiting price differences in assets and interest rates due to distressed economic conditions rather than deterioration in the intrinsic value of the assets themselves.

Market Segments

The market segments the Company operates in are: residential & commercial real estate, insurance trusts and pension funds, precious metals, and investment grade government securities. The Company will also aggressively pursue any other opportunities that falls within its overall strategy.

Forward-looking statements:

Statements in this press release relating to plans, strategies, economic performance and trends, projections of results of specific activities or investments, and other statements that are not descriptions of historical facts may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking information is inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, which include but are not limited to, risk factors inherent in doing business. Forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “forecasts,” “potential,” or “continue,” or similar terms or the negative of these terms. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The company has no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Contact:
Capital Financial Global, Inc.
www.capfiglobal.com
Email: ir@capfiglobal.com
Tel:  801-747-2000

Web Site: http://www.capfiglobal.com

Stock Market Volitility Keeps Consumers on Edge

New Bankrate poll reveals how Americans feel about their finances

A study released today by Bankrate.com (NYSE: RATE) revealed a steep drop in consumers’ financial security. Bankrate’s overall Financial Security Index fell to a 2011 low of 92.3 amid a recent stock market correction, a U.S. credit downgrade and a barrage of poor economic data. Consumers’ feelings about their savings, net worth and job security all established 2011 lows.

The new study was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International and can be seen in its entirety here: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/consumer-index/aug-2011-financial-security-poll.aspx.

Overall Financial Situation:

  • 35% of Americans say their overall financial situation is worse now than 12 months ago; just 19% say it is better.
  • 41% of senior citizens feel their overall financial situation is worse now than one year ago.
  • One in three Americans younger than 30 say their overall financial situation is better now than it was 12 months ago.

Net Worth:

  • 30% of Americans report lower net worth than one year ago; only 20% say their net worth is now higher.

Savings:

  • 47% of Americans are less comfortable with their savings now compared to 12 months ago.
  • More than half of Americans age 50 and older are less comfortable with their savings now compared to 12 months ago.

Job Security:

  • One-third of Americans between ages 30 and 64 feel less secure in their jobs now compared to 12 months ago.

Retirement:

  • 29% of employed Americans are saving less for retirement than last year, nearly double the 15% that are saving more.

“Recent volatility clearly has consumers nervous,” said Greg McBride, CFA, senior financial analyst for Bankrate.com. “But in these uncertain times, it’s important not to overreact to short-term events. Consumers should make sure that their investments properly reflect their long-term objectives. As long as that’s the case, substantial changes are not necessary.”Bankrate’s Financial Security Index results are based on telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of 1,001 adults. The interviews were conducted from August 4-7, 2011 by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The margin of error is +/- 3.7 percentage points.

About Bankrate, Inc.

The Bankrate network of companies includes Bankrate.com, Interest.com, Mortgage-calc.com, Nationwide Card Services, InsureMe, CreditCardGuide.com, Bankaholic, CreditCards.com and NetQuote. Each of these businesses helps consumers to make informed decisions about their personal finance matters. The company’s flagship brand, Bankrate.com is a destination site of personal finance channels, including banking, investing, taxes, debt management and college finance. Bankrate.com is the leading aggregator of rates and other information on more than 300 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used auto loans, money market accounts and CDs, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees. Bankrate.com reviews more than 4,800 financial institutions in 575 markets in 50 states. Bankrate.com provides financial applications and information to a network of more than 75 partners, including Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO), America Online (NYSE: AOL), The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times (NYSE: NYT). Bankrate.com’s information is also distributed through more than 500 newspapers.

Kayleen Yates
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Bankrate, Inc.
kyates@bankrate.com
(917) 368-8677
www.bankrate.com

Web Site: http://www.bankrate.com

Teixeira describes the debt deal’s potential impact on homeowners and prospective homebuyers.

“Uncertain economic times will affect homeowners in time.”

However, if homebuyers have been waiting for opportune market timing, this may be it. Interest rates are low, there is inventory out there, and we are working in a known market. Who knows what fall will bring.

Burlingame REALTOR Mary Ann Teixeira says that the debt deal and decrease in credit standing of the government not only affects the stock market, as have been seen the past few days, it will trickle down through the rest of the economy—especially to the housing market. Potential homebuyers need to know the facts.

“We are navigating a precarious course with the financial markets right now,” said Teixiera. “With the passage of the debt deal, we will soon see it manifest itself on the housing market.”

Teixeira says that it always takes time for the impact to really be felt. Right now the sell-off in the stock market has investors placing their money in Treasury securities, and because mortgage rates track yields on the 10-year Treasury notes, interest rates are low.

As part of the long-term spending cuts that must be agreed upon this fall, lawmakers have been debating a proposal for a simplified tax structure with lower rates and elimination of tax deductions.

Right now, home loan borrowers can deduct the amount of interest they pay on their mortgages from their taxable income. The interest deduction is capped at the first million dollars of debt on the home. There is a proposal now to reduce the cap to $500,000. Currently the deduction costs the U.S. Treasury about $100 billion a year. Reducing the cap to $500,000 would save the Treasury $15 billion.

“How the long term decisions and adjustments will play out is unknown right now,” said Teixeira. “However, if homebuyers have been waiting for the opportune time to enter the market, this may be it. Interest rates are low, there is ample inventory, and we are working in a known market. Who knows what fall will bring.”

For additional information about financial implications of the economy on homebuying or San Francisco Bay Area real estate and relocation, call Mary Ann Teixeira at (650) 241-0318, or visit her website at http://www.maryannt.com.

About Mary Ann Teixeira
Mary Ann Teixeira is a licensed Bay Area REALTOR® with McGuire Real Estate in Burlingame, California who specializes in relocation services, homes for sale, and luxury homes. She is a seasoned buyer’s agent who serves the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula communities of Atherton, Burlingame, Cupertino, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Woodside.

The Editorial Advisory and Securities Review Committee of BetterInvesting Magazine today announced Thoratec Corporation (NDQ: THOR) as its October 2011 “Stock to Study” and Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) as its October 2011 “Undervalued Stock” for investors’ informational and educational use.

“The committee chose Thoratec because of its historical high growth, strong current fundamentals and continued opportunities for its medical devices for circulatory support,” said Adam Ritt, editor of BetterInvesting Magazine. “For the Undervalued selection, the committee cited Praxair’s attractive business model, which relies on long-term contracts with its industrial-gas customers, and opportunities in emerging markets.” Check BetterInvesting Magazine’s October issue for more details about these selections.

Committee members are Robert M. Bilkie, Jr., CFA; Daniel J. Boyle, CFA; Philip S. Dano, CFA; Donald E. Danko, CFA; Maury Elvekrog, CFA; Walter J. Kirchberger, CFA; Marisa Lenhard, CFA; and Paul McVey, CFA.

As stated, the BetterInvesting committee’s Stock to Study and Undervalued Stock choices are for the informational and educational uses of investors and are not intended as investment recommendations. BetterInvesting urges investors to educate themselves about the stock market so they can make informed decisions about stock purchases. For more information about investment education tools available to individual investors and investment clubs visit www.betterinvesting.org.

BetterInvesting Magazine is published monthly by BetterInvesting.
BetterInvesting is the brand identity of the National Association of Investors Corporation, a national, nonprofit association with members consisting of individual investors and investment clubs. Founded in 1951 and with headquarters in Madison Heights, Mich., BetterInvesting is considered the voice of the individual investor, as well as the pioneer of the modern investment club movement. BetterInvesting is dedicated to providing a sound program of investment education and information to help its members become successful long-term, lifetime investors. For more information about BetterInvesting, visit its website at www.betterinvesting.org or call toll free (877) 275-6242. For additional BetterInvesting data and news releases, visit the Media Center at www.betterinvesting.org/mediacenter.

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Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ: ALLT) today announced its decision, effective immediately, to withdraw the proposed secondary offering to the public of 4,500,000 of its ordinary shares and 965,000 ordinary shares offered by certain selling shareholders due to adverse stock market conditions. The Company may elect to offer any or all of such shares at a later date or dates, subject to stock market and other conditions.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About Allot Communications

Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ: ALLT) is a leading provider of intelligent IP service optimization and revenue generation solutions for fixed and mobile service providers. Allot’s scalable, carrier-grade solutions provide the visibility, topology awareness, security, application control and subscriber management that are vital to managing Internet service delivery, enhancing user experience, containing operating costs, and maximizing revenue in broadband networks. Allot’s rich portfolio of solutions leverages dynamic actionable recognition technology (DART) to transform broadband pipes into smart networks that can rapidly and efficiently deploy value added Internet services.

SafeHarbor Statement

Information provided in this press release may contain statements relating to current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about future events that are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally relate to the Companys plans, objectives and expectations for future operations.These forward-looking statements are based upon managements current estimates and projections of future results or trends. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These factors include, but are not limited to:  changes in general economic and business conditions; the Companys inability to develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications; loss of market; and other factors discussed under the heading Risk Factors in the Companys annual report on Form 20-Ffiled with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT

Jay Kalish
Executive Director Investor Relations
International access code: +972-54-221-1365
jkalish@allot.com

Zacks Releases Strong Sell List

Zacks.com releases details on a group of stocks that are currently members of the exclusive Zacks #5 Rank List – Stocks to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell): Ameron International Corporation (NYSE: AMN) and Watsco, Incorporated (NYSE: WSO). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGN) and Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED).

To see the full Zacks #5 Rank List – Stocks to Sell Now visit: http://at.zacks.com/?id=92

Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks #5 Rank List of Stocks to Sell Now by 80% annually (+2% vs. +10%). While the rest of Wall Street continued to tout stocks during the market declines of the last few years, Zacks told investors which stocks to sell or avoid.

Here is a synopsis of why AMN and WSO have a Zacks Rank of #5 (Strong Sell) and should most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #5 Strong Sell rating is applied to 5% of all the stocks in the Zacks Rank universe:

Ameron International Corporation (NYSE: AMN) announced second-quarter profit of 11 cents per share on July 8 that missed analysts’ expectations by 81.7%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slipped to $1.40 per share from $1.95 per share in the last 30 days as next year’s estimate dipped 9 cents per share to $3.45 per share in that time span.

Watsco, Incorporated (NYSE: WSO) posted a second-quarter profit of $1.09 per share on July 26, which came in 21 cents wider than the average forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the full year fell to $2.91 per share from $3.20 per share over the past month. For 2012, analysts expect a profit of $3.59 per share, compared to last month’s projection for a profit of $3.96 per share.

Here is a synopsis of why REGN and AMED have a Zacks Rank of 4 (Sell) and should also most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #4 Sell rating is applied to 15% of all the stocks ranked by Zacks;

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGN) second-quarter loss of 69 cents per share, posted on July 28, lagged analysts’ projections by 68.29%. Estimate for current year slid 45 cent per share to a loss of $2.33 per share over the past month as next year’s estimate dipped 35 cents per share to a loss of $1.30 per share in that time span.

Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) reported a second-quarter profit of 67 cents per share on August 2 that fell 2.90% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently $2.30 per share, compared with last month’s projection of $3 per share. Next year’s forecast dropped to $2.93 per share from $3.09 per share in the same period.

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About the Zacks Rank

Since 1988, the Zacks Rank has proven that “Earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices.” Since inception in 1988, #1 Rank Stocks have generated an average annual return of +28%. During the 2000-2002 bear market, Zacks #1 Rank stocks gained +43.8%, while the S&P 500 tumbled -37.6%. Also note that the Zacks Rank system has just as many Strong Sell recommendations (Rank #5) as Strong Buy recommendations (Rank #1). Since 1988, Zacks Rank #5 stocks have significantly underperformed the S&P 500 (2.8% versus +9.7%). Thus, the Zacks Rank system allows investors to truly manage portfolio trading effectively.

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Gold Prices Rise on Russian Gold Purchase


The price of gold is expected to increase $6 to $10 a day until an agreement is reached by the House of Representatives according to Regal Assets. While most investors remain optimistic that there will be a deal reached by the deadline, the topic is causing other areas of the US economy to be exposed such as state debt and bank closures.

According to the FDIC three banks were closed on Friday by the regulators taking the count of U.S. bank closures in 2011 to 58 averaging about 8 per month. The 157 bank closures in 2010 was up from 140 in 2009, and more than six times of the 25 bank failures in 2008. Only three banks failed in 2007.

The stress of US local debt to the national debt has international investors demanding gold bullion over the US dollar. The Central Banks of the Russian Federation keep about 50 percent of its reserves in United States dollars released its official international reserves statement showing a net accumulation of more than 200,000 ounces of gold.

Tyler Gallagher of Regal Assets says “Russia’s gold behavior is grounded in the country’s hard-learned lessons about commodity markets”. Since its financial crisis in 1998, Russia has enacted policies intended to counterbalance the historical cycles of commodity prices to protect the economy during downturns. China, which is facing high inflation, has a 10-year gold buying plan for its central banks.

Regal Assets is encouraging American investors to keep pace with global investment strategies. Regal offers gold in 1 oz gold bars or gold bullion coins that are internationally recognized. Americans can buy gold and silver online and have it shipped direct to their home for physical delivery by calling 1-877-962-1133 or online http://www.RegalGoldCoins.com

 


Zacks Equity Research highlights El Paso Corporation (NYSE: EP) as the Bull of the Day and The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: SWKS), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T (NYSE: T).

Full analysis of all these stocks is available at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2678.

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

El Paso Corporation’s (NYSE: EP) high-grade E&P assets and large inventory of pipeline projects offer significant value in the long run. The company benefits from hedging a substantial portion of its future production, which offers operating clarity and cash-flow visibility even when energy prices remain volatile.

We believe the competence of management and the company’s access to financing will enable successful execution of El Paso’s industry-leading pipeline backlog going forward. We upgrade our recommendation for EP shares to Outperform based on the company’s announcement to split its business into two strong stand-alone entities, as well as its raised 2011 guidance.

We believe the separation will enable further balance sheet improvement and greater operational transparency for the new company. El Paso possesses a Zacks #1 Rank, indicating a Strong Buy.

Bear of the Day:

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) reported second quarter 2011 earnings per share of $1.85, significantly below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.29 per share. Coupled with global macroeconomic concerns, the results deteriorated driven by a decrease in revenue and poor performance in the Institutional Client Services division.

Further, the Investing and Lending division also recorded lower revenues. After reviewing the results, we are maintaining our Underperform recommendation on the shares.

Our six-month price target of $117.00 equates to about 9.3x our earnings estimate for 2011. Combined with the $0.35 per share dividend, the price target implies an expected negative total return of 8.4% over that period, which is consistent with our Underperform recommendation.

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Skyworks Beats Expectations

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: SWKS) reported revenues of $356.1 million, which surpassed management’s guidance of $345 million. The reported figure includes $6.5 million of revenue from the acquisition of SiGe semiconductor (which closed on June 10, 2011).

Excluding the SiGe contribution, revenue would’ve been $350 million, up 27% year-over-year organically.

Skyworks posted a net income of $51.5 million or $0.27 per diluted share compared to a net income of $34.7 million or $0.19 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter. Excluding acquisition-related charges but including stock-based compensation expense, Skyworks reported a net income of $0.41 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny.

Guidance

Going forward, Skyworks projects revenues of $400 million, with a $20 million – $25 million from the SiGe acquisition. Gross margin is expected around 44.6% – 45.0%.  Excluding stock-based compensation expenses and restructuring charges, EPS is expected at $0.53.

Skyworks continues to benefit from strong underlying demand in the mobile Internet market driven by market share gains and new product ramps. Broadband mobile subscriptions continue to grow in leaps and bounds.

The advent of cloud computing is expected to take the trend further with the ever-growing need for wireless connectivity. The products from Skyworks support all smartphone and tablet operating systems, including Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile and others.

Skyworks continues to gain traction on the network infrastructure side of the mobile Internet connection as operators install new base stations, new routers, and back-haul equipment to expand coverage of data services and prepare for next generation LTE deployments.

As carriers like Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T (NYSE: T) accelerate their LTE plans, Skyworks expects a solid opportunity for growth in the coming years with its broad product portfolio.

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