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Mrt 5 2013 | 12:08 PM
English: Third meeting of the Financial Stabil...

English: Third meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council on January 18, 2011, in the Cash Room of the Treasury Building in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This March marks the five-year anniversary of the collapse of investment bank Bear Stearns, an event that some market observers viewed as symbolically representing the onset of the global financial crisis.

In a recent...

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Gepost Door: Clarke Camper
Senior VP, Government Affairs
The Bell
Mrt 5 2013 | 11:28 AM

Executives and guests of ALPS will visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 5th, 2013 to celebrate the recent launch of the ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF under the ticker symbol "SDOG." .


To mark the occasion, ALPS Portfolio Manager, Michael Akins to Ring the Opening Bell.


The ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF provides a high-yield large-cap equity income ETF to their suite of portfolio solutions. ALPS believes SDOG offers investors a product with attractive differentiating factors from other large-cap dividend ETFs including higher yield and sector diversification. The new exchanged-traded fund tracks the S-Network Sector Dividend Dogs Index (SDOGX) a portfolio of 50 stocks derived from the S&P 500.


The ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF includes:

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Mrt 5 2013 | 11:09 AM

Breakfast Bites: Equities reached record levels on the Dow, this morning as China pledged to keep its growth target at 7.5% and investors bet central banks will continue stimulus measures

  • ISM Non-Manufacturing Index rises to 56.0 the highest level since February of 2012

  • The IBD / TIPP Optimism Index declined by 5.1 points or 10.8% in March posting 42.2 vs. 47.3 in February.

  • Eurostat said January retail sales rose 1.2% on the month, above expectations of 0.3% and the fastest pace of growth seen since April 2011.

  • Markit's composite purchasing managers index for the Europe was revised to 47.9 in February, up from an initial estimate of 47.3. Readings below 50 indicate contraction

  • China will keep its growth target at 7.5% for this year and plans a 10% jump in fiscal spending

  • For today we see S&P resistance at 1528/1532. Support looks like 1512/1515
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Gepost Door: Charles Brown
Managing Director, The Capital Markets Desk
The Bell
Mrt 5 2013 | 11:04 AM

On Monday, March 4 Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), led by newly appointed CEO William Meaney and retiring executive chairman Richard Reese, will visit the New York Stock Exchange and ring The Closing Bell to mark the transition of leadership at the storage and information management services company.  Meaney recently assumed the role of president and CEO from Reese, who retires from Iron Mountain and its board after more than 31 years with the company.

Members of Iron Mountain’s senior executive team and board of directors will join Meaney and Reese in the bell ringing.

About Iron Mountain Incorporated

Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is a leading provider of storage and information management services. The company’s real estate network of 64 million square feet across...

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Ahead of the Bell
Mrt 5 2013 | 9:43 AM

Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading up 41 points and S&P futures are trading up 5 points.  The major indices will flirt with the highest levels since mid-2008, as investors bet global central banks will keep monetary policy loose at meetings this week.  Tensions between President, Barack Obama and congressional leaders eased a little, after the White House invited more lawmakers to find a way to stop $85 billion in damaging budget cuts, while congressional Republicans announced a plan to avoid a government shutdown. A reading of Markit's Eurozone Composite PMI, a gauge of activity of companies in the region, improved a bit, but is still below the mark dividing growth from contraction.

  • On the economic calendar today, ISM non-manufacturing index for January will be released after the market opens; a reading of 55.0 is expected compared with 55.2 for February. Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President...
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Gepost Door: Parasnand Madho
Director, Market Watch & Corporate Actions