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Royal Canadian Mint Wildlife Silver Bullion Coin Series Ending

Royal Canadian Mint Wildlife Silver Bullion Coin series comes to a close with a tribute to the Wood bison

OTTAWA, Feb. 1, 2013, After five successful launches of 99.99% pure, one-ounce silver coins celebrating Canada’s rich and abundant wildlife, the Mint is bringing its popular Canadian Wildlife Silver Bullion Coin series to a close with a superb tribute to the Wood bison. This 2013-dated addition to the Mint’s silver bullion coin program was launched today at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany before a premier gathering of world mints, distributors and customers.

“The Mint has been delighted by consistent customer enthusiasm for our Silver Wildlife bullion coin series and while it is ending with a sixth and final coin, we look forward to continue introducing variety to the bullion market and to building interest in our industry-leading products,” said Ian E. Bennett , President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “As a majestic example of Canada’s abundant wildlife, as well as a great conservation success story, the uniquely Canadian Wood bison is a fine ambassador for a bullion coin program which has made the Mint stand out once again for innovation and quality.”

The Mint’s Ottawa facility will produce up to one million “Wood bison” silver bullion coins. Through this special series, a total of six different species of Canada’s legendary wildlife, including the grizzly; wolf; cougar; moose; and antelope, have been celebrated on finely crafted bullion coins struck of the same pure silver as the Mint’s world-famous Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins. This new pure silver bullion coin will soon be available through the Mint’s extensive network of bullion distributors.

The reverse image of the coin is designed by Canadian artist Emily Damstra . It shows a Wood bison galloping in a vivid display of strength and endurance. Canada is the only country in the world where the Wood bison, a subspecies of the American bison, can be found in the wild. Though 200,000 of these massive animals once prospered in the woodlands of the Canadian West, only hundreds remained by the early 1900s due to over hunting and human encroachment.

Extensive conservation efforts have raised their number to more than 10,000 and today, protected Wood bison herds exist in parts of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Yukon Territory, and the Northwest Territories.

It is important to note that Mint does not sell bullion directly to the public. Since the introduction of its first bullion coin in 1979, the Mint only sells bullion in large volumes to a global network of bullion distributors, who have the required infrastructure to sell and buy back bullion on a daily basis, and at real-time market prices.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.

Images of the new Canadian Wildlife silver bullion coin are available by visiting ftp://communications:MINT2007@ftp.mint.ca.

SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mint

 

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Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: IBM, General Motors, Ford Motor, Nissan Motor and Toyota Motor

CHICAGO, Jan. 23, 2013, Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include IBM (NYSE: IBM), General Motors Company (NYSE: GM), Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F), Nissan Motor Co. (OTC:NSANY) and Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM).

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Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

IBM Finally Beats On the Top

IBM (NYSE: IBM) finally broke a multi-quarter slump in the top line with fourth-quarter revenue of $29.3 billion, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $29.18 billion. Non-GAAP earnings per share of $5.39 improved 14% from last year and beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by about 2.7%.

For a while now, IBM’s revenue and EPS have been going in different directions, with the former slumping slightly while the latter was able to eke out gains. The top line weakness was attributed to slowing IT spending, which had a big impact on the entire tech sector given IBM’s status as a bellwether.

Today’s quarterly performance by no means signals a rollicking industry for the fourth quarter, but it does suggest some improvement. It could also be a big benefit to earnings season in general, which didn’t inspire much confidence to begin with and hasn’t been that encouraging so far.

Revenue was still down 1% year over year, though was flat when adjusting for currency. It was up 1% excluding divested RSS business adjusting for currency. Meanwhile, IBM’s earnings surprise may be small, but it gets the company back into the green after only matching in the third quarter. Before then, the company had a very impressive record of consecutive EPS surprises.

For the full year, non-GAAP earnings per share of $15.25 was up 13% and ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate at $15.09. Revenue was down 2% at $104.5 billion.

For 2013, IBM expects non-GAAP earnings per share of at least $16.70, compared to our estimate of $16.58.

At the moment, IBM is stuck at a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Out of 22 total estimates, there have been no upward revisions in the past 60 days, but there have been 5 to the downside. We’ll have to wait and see if today’s quarterly report will be enough to lift the Zacks Rank.

We have always believed that IBM had a good long-term picture, due to its key growth initiatives, strong product pipeline, expansion in emerging markets and continuous acquisitions. The short-term, though, was a question mark. Perhaps this quarter will get it moving in the right direction again.

IBM is certainly moving in the right direction after hours, with shares up approximately 3% at this writing.

GM to Invest $1.5B in North American Plants

General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) revealed that it will pump in $1.5 billion in its North American facilities in 2013 as part of its $8 billion annual investment plan for its global operations for new vehicle development.

GM has invested $10.2 billion in its North American facilities since 2009. In May 2011, the company had also initiated an investment plan of $2 billion, targeting 17 assembly and components plants in 8 states for 18 months in the U.S. The program, intended to create or preserve more than 4,000 hourly and salaried jobs at the plants, has been completed.

Recently, GM also mentioned that it would be able to save thousands of dollars in costs per car in the production of next generation Volt by adopting a more efficient design. The new design will help the company use smaller vehicle components and save weight. However, the company did not reveal the launch date of the plug-in hybrid car.

Recently, at an industry conference in Detroit, GM stated that it expects modest growth in global auto sales in 2013 as improvements in China and the U.S. will be offset by sluggish car sales in Europe. The automaker predicted a 5% rise in industry sales in the U.S. and international market each and European market to shrink 4% in the year.

The company foresees pricing pressures to exist, particularly in China and Europe. However, it expects that moderate market share gain across the world, driven by new vehicle launches will boost its profit margins. GM plans to upgrade 70% of its global lineups by the end of this year.

In North America, GM aims to boost market share and increase vehicle pricing. The company expects to enhance profit margins in the region to 10% in the next three or four years from 8% currently. Meanwhile, the company has targeted break-even results in Europe by 2015. In China, GM intends to improve margins by continuing investing in Cadillac and rolling out its OnStar communications, in-car safety system.

Many automakers started focusing on electric powered vehicles as President Barack Obama ‘s administration set a goal of achieving 1 million battery-powered vehicles on the road by 2015.

In August 2012, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) announced its plan to invest $135 million to develop key components, including advanced battery systems, for its next-generation hybrid-electric vehicles. The automaker is looking forward to doubling its battery-testing capabilities to 160 individual battery-test channels by 2013. It aims to boost development of hybrid-electric vehicles by at least 25%.

Recently, Nissan Motor Co. (OTC:NSANY) announced that it has started the production of all-electric 2013 LEAF at its Smyrna, TN plant. The new LEAF will be produced together with the company’s gasoline-powered products in the plant. The automaker also opened its largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in Smyrna, which is adjacent to the LEAF assembly facility. The plant will address the company’s goal of making zero-emissions mobility around the world.

Last year, Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) had revealed plans to unveil 21 gas-electric hybrid models by 2015, most of them having a similarity with its widely acclaimed Prius. As many as 14 vehicles among these hybrids will be all new.

This apart, Toyota plans to launch a fuel cell vehicle, which runs on hydrogen to produce electricity, by 2015. However, Toyota will launch eQ (iQ EV in the U.S.) in limited numbers due to a conservative view on the global hybrid vehicles market.

GM, a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock, posted a 9.7% fall in earnings to 93 cents per share (excluding special items) in the third quarter of the year from $1.03 in the corresponding quarter a year ago. However, earnings per share in the quarter far exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 61 cents.

Revenues in the quarter grew 2.5% to $37.6 billion, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $36.3 billion. Worldwide sales volume inched up 1.6% to 2.3 million units from 2.2 million units a year ago. However, total market share declined to 11.6% from 12.1% in the third quarter of 2011.

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SP500 Earnings Report Database

SP500 Earnings Report Database: Netflix, KeyCorp, Pfizer, General Electric, American International Group, and EMC 

HONG KONG, Jan. 25, 2013, EarningForecast.com has issued consensus earnings forecast reports and equity research for the following companies: Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY), Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), General Electric (NYSE: GE), American International Group (NYSE: AIG), and EMC (NYSE: EMC).

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Report Highlights:

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX): On January 23, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) announced fourth-quarter 2012 profit of US$0.13 a share, well above analysts’ estimate of a loss of US$0.12 a share. Revenue for the quarter jumped 10.10% to US$945 million from a year ago, versus the consensus estimate of US$934.12 million. By the end of Thursday’s trading, Netflix shares soared US$43.60 (or 42.22%) to US$146.86 and made a new 52-week high of US$149.17. See NFLX earnings forecast report here.

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KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY): KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) shares slumped US$0.06 (-0.65%) for the session to US$9.24 on hefty volume of 45.94 million shares, above its average volume of 14.75 million shares. KeyCorp has a market capitalization of US$8.63 billion with price ranged within US$6.80 – US$9.50 over the past 52 weeks. Investors may want to find out where KEY will go from here. Observe comprehensive KeyCorp earnings forecast report here.

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Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE): Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) shares began the trading session with a price of US$26.87 and throughout the session made a new 52-week high of US$27.30. At the close of the trading day, the stock finally gained 0.75% to US$26.85. Pfizer shares was traded above average volume with 44.45 million shares traded, 13.86 million shares more than its daily average. Check PFE earnings forecast report below.

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Today EarningForecast.com also observed abnormal trade volume for the following companies; Check out the consensus earnings forecast reports below:

General Electric Company (NYSE: GE):

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American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG):

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EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC):

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KPMG Survey: Mergers And Acquisitions Projected To Be On The Rise In 2013

KPMG Survey: Mergers And Acquisitions Projected To Be On The Rise In 2013

Survey Results Show Expected Focus on Middle-market Deals in 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2013, Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is expected to increase in 2013, according to a survey conducted by KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, and the Research practice unit of SourceMedia, the publisher of Mergers & Acquisitions. The survey of more than 300 M&A professionals in the U.S. found that 76 percent of respondents anticipate that their company will make at least one acquisition in 2013.

According to 60 percent of the M&A professionals, companies’ large cash reserves will drive deal activity and 40 percent acknowledged favorable credit terms as a supporting factor. Opportunities in emerging markets will also be a catalyst for deals, said 26 percent of respondents. Primary reasons for making acquisitions varied among the survey population, with 20 percent of respondents reporting that expanding geographic reach would be their primary motivator, while 19 percent cited a quest for profitable operations, followed by 17 percent who anticipated making acquisitions in order to enter a new line of business.

“Although there is still plenty of uncertainty in the markets, we will likely see M&A activity pick up as the year progresses,” said Dan Tiemann , Americas lead for KPMG’s Transactions & Restructuring practice. “Financing conditions continue to be positive. Many companies are holding large amounts of cash and the U.S. debt markets remain open.” Tiemann also added, “As part of efforts to pursue their growth agendas, companies will look to execute transactions that align with their business priorities and strategic road map.”

Deal size is expected to remain on the smaller side, similar to 2012. Seventy-nine percent of the survey population expects their deals to be valued at $250 million or less, and 12 percent foresee deals valued between $250 million and $500 million. Only two percent expect to engage in deals valued between $1 billion and $5 billion.

The survey results are consistent with marketplace trends, said Phil Isom , U.S. leader for KPMG’s Corporate Finance and Restructuring practice. “Middle-market deals continue to dominate. They are easier to finance and to justify to shareholders in what is still a somewhat uncertain economy,” he said.

The survey also examined respondents’ projections for M&A among specific industries, which indicate possible increased activity in the technology sector (39 percent), healthcare and pharmaceuticals sector (35 percent), and energy sector (31 percent). When asked which region would experience the most deals in 2013, 73 percent of respondents cited North America. Western Europe and China garnered 28 percent and 27 percent of responses, respectively.

Marc Moyers , KPMG’s national sector leader for Private Equity, agrees that technology and healthcare will continue to be attractive, especially for private equity investors. “The constantly evolving world of technology and investment opportunities that arise as we get more clarity around Obamacare will create attractive opportunities in those sectors,” he said. “Private equity investors will continue to seek out U.S. companies with significant upside potential, as well as emerging markets with strong growth opportunities.”

Additionally, nearly two-thirds of the M&A professionals noted that deal activity would likely be most inhibited by recessionary fears and a slow growth environment. Thirty-one percent would credit sluggish deal activity to uncertainty surrounding the tax code, whereas concerns about Europe were cited by 23 percent and regulatory considerations by 20 percent.

Sixty-nine percent of survey respondents said they considered tax implications at the outset on a deal. “Every transaction — merger, acquisition, or restructuring — has tax implications,” according to Lisa Madden , U.S. leader for KPMG’s M&A Tax practice. “How the business is transferred, what jurisdictions the business operates in, and where the acquisition financing is placed within the enterprise can all have a major impact on the way a deal is structured and, perhaps most important, on its final value for stakeholders.”

Integration challenges should also be analyzed at the inception of a deal. Survey results concluded that the most significant integration concerns are cultural issues (38 percent), human capital issues (36 percent), and operational and rationalization issues (34 percent).

With the prospect of significant synergy opportunities and the impetus to pay a higher price for assets to support long-term economic and strategic goals, corporate buyers will have an advantage over private equity buyers in the current deal environment, said 44 percent of the survey population. Thirty percent of respondents thought private equity buyers would have the advantage, while 17 percent responded that neither party would have the advantage.

About the Survey

KPMG LLP engaged the Research practice unit of SourceMedia, the publisher of Mergers & Acquisitions, to survey 305 merger and acquisition professionals from U.S. corporations, private equity firms and investment funds in November 2012. A complete copy of the report is available on the KPMG U.S. website.

KPMG LLP

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (www.kpmg.com/us), is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International.”) KPMG International’s member firms have 145,000 people, including more than 8,000 partners, in 152 countries.

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KPMG LLP

(201) 505-6074

jbredehoft@kpmg.com

SOURCE: KPMG LLP

 

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Affluent North American Investors Believe They Are Financially On Track

Manulife Financial, John Hancock Investor Sentiment Surveys: Affluent North American Investors Believe They Are Financially On Track

  • Affluent Canadian and American investors optimistic about the future
  • Seventy per cent of affluent North American investors on track to meet financial goals
  • US investor sentiment holds steady while Canadian sentiment rises
  • Canadians and Americans aligned in financial New Year’s resolutions and priorities

TORONTO, Jan. 21, 2013, Affluent North American investors are feeling very optimistic about their personal finances heading into 2013. Seventy per cent of affluent investors in both Canada and the United States agree that they are either ahead of plan, or on track, to meet their personal financial goals and about 50 per cent anticipate that their financial position will improve over the next two years.

Six out of ten affluent Canadian and American investors say that they are on track to meet their current financial goals while roughly 10 per cent say that they are ahead of plan on their goals. Just one in five investors surveyed in both countries indicate that they are behind on their financial goals but they are likely to catch up.

“It’s positive to see that, despite ongoing news about the fiscal cliff, global debt and U.S. debt ceiling, economic uncertainty and other challenges, our surveys indicate that affluent North American investors are feeling very confident about their financial future,” said Paul Lorentz , Executive Vice-President, Investment and Insurance Solutions for Manulife Financial.

The findings are derived from a comparison of the results of the latest Manulife Financial and John Hancock Investor Sentiment Index surveys. The surveys – conducted in Canada and the U.S in December 2012 – measure affluent investors’ feelings about whether or not this is a good time to invest in a variety of savings and investment vehicles and the likelihood of purchasing specific financial products and services.

Investor sentiment differs in North America
In Canada, overall affluent investor sentiment index strengthened in the second half of the year, rising to +31, from +26 in January 2012. In the U.S., investors’ confidence held steady in the fourth quarter of 2012, with the John Hancock Investor Sentiment Index® ticking upward slightly to +18 from a score of +17 in the third quarter of last year.

New Year’s resolutions, financial priorities aligned
Other findings from the surveys show that Canadians and Americans are aligned in their financial New Year’s resolutions and how they plan to achieve their top financial goals.

  • In Canada (31 per cent) and the United States (29 per cent), the top financial-planning related New Year’s Resolution is to trim household budgets.
  • Rebalancing portfolios is the second top resolution for 19 per cent of Canadians and also for 19 per cent of Americans.

Top financial priorities for 2013 among affluent Canadians and Americans differ slightly.

  • Canadians’ top three priorities are to manage/maintain current lifestyle (32 per cent), pay down debt (18 per cent) and save for retirement (15 per cent).
  • American respondents say their top financial priorities are the same: however, they differ in order with maintain/manage their current lifestyle (35 per cent) topping the list followed by, saving for retirement (29 per cent) and paying down debt (11 per cent).

Similar steps to achieving financial goals
When asked what steps, if any, affluent investors are taking to achieve their financial goals, Canadians and Americans identified the same top four steps. However, these steps varied in terms of priority.

Percentage of Affluent investors that indicated what steps they have taken to achieve their financial goals:

Step taken

Affluent Canadians

Affluent Americans

Talked to a   financial
professional for advice

45%

40%

Saved a certain   amount on
a regular basis

41%

59%

Reduced spending

40%

45%

Calculated how much
money needed to achieve
goal

27%

41%

Seven in ten affluent Canadians work with a financial advisor to achieve their financial goals while in the U.S., five in ten affluent investors choose to seek professional financial advice. However, affluent investors in both countries indicated that they work with advisors for a similar reason. Seeking advice on how to get better returns is the main reason for Canadians (24 per cent) and Americans (56 per cent) to work with a professional financial advisor.

“We encourage people to work closely with an advisor and stick to a financial plan,” Mr. Lorentz added. “People with integrated financial plans, working with strong, reliable and trustworthy companies, generally feel better prepared for the future, are more confident about reaching their goals and are better equipped deal with the ups and downs in the economy.”

In both countries, those who do not work with a financial advisor say it is because they feel knowledgeable enough to manage their investments on their own (Canada, 26 per cent, U.S., 43 per cent).

About the Investor Sentiment Index Surveys
Both Investor Sentiment Index surveys are conducted in a similar fashion. The survey measures affluent investors’ feelings about the current economic climate and their evaluations of what represents a good or bad investment given the current environment. The poll also asks consumers about their confidence in reaching key financial goals and the likelihood of purchasing financial products and services.

An online survey of 1,127 investors was conducted in the U.S. between November 26th to December 7th. In Canada, a sample of 1,003 investors were surveyed between November 30th to December 8th. Both surveys included household decision-makers at least 25 years of age, with a household income of $75,000 or greater and investable assets of $100,000 or more.

The Canadian research was conducted by Research House, an Environics Company. The U.S. survey was conducted by independent research firm Mathew Greenwald & Associates.

In a similarly-sized random sample survey, the margin of error would be plus or minus +/- 3.10 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions.

Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$515 billion (US$523 billion) as at September 30, 2012. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

About John Hancock
John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife Financial, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners.

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, fixed products, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com.

SOURCE: Manulife Financial Corporation