Thanksgiving travel weather: Soaking for East, big storm for Pacific Northwest
By Jason Samenow
Are you ready to get out of town for Thanksgiving? You may want to allow some extra time if you’re traveling in the East and Pacific Northwest Tuesday and Wednesday.
Two cold fronts at these ends of the country - with plenty of moisture to work with - will prove to be soakers. Not to mention, severe weather may breakout Tuesday afternoon in parts of the South and Southeast while damaging winds, river flooding and heavy mountain snow is likely in the Pacific Northwest
The week’s quietest weather day? Thanksgiving Day itself.
Keep reading for the day by day details....
By the far, the most widespread inclement weather across the country stands to occur Tuesday.
In the East, moderate to heavy rain will stretch from Louisiana to Massachusetts with a slight risk of severe thunderstorms from the Gulf Coast to Tennessee Valley. Count Jackson, Miss, Huntsville, Al. and Nashville, Tenn. among areas that may experience severe weather. Heavy rain, which may cause stream and river flooding, is likely from the Ohio Valley to southern New England (mainly at night), including Harrisburg, Penn, Allentown, Penn. and Hartford, Conn. In interior northern New England, the rain may turn to snow - mainly at high elevations Tuesday night.
In the Pacific Northwest, wind-swept rain and heavy mountain snow is likely Tuesday and Tuesday night. Winds may gust over 30 mph throughout the region (some areas along the coast may gust to 50-70+ mph) and snow amounts from 8 to 16 inches are possible at elevations above 3500 feet.
Seattle meteorologist and weather blogger Cliff Mass writes this about the Pacific Northwest storm:
A VERY serious storm is going to hit the Northwest during the next two days--one that will cause flooding and coastal wind damage. And the urban areas are doing to experience a deluge.
The Olympics, the north Cascades, and the mountains of southwest Washington and NW Oregon are going to get hammered with 5-10 inches of rain.... Even Seattle will get nearly 4-5 inches if this forecast verifies.
There is a serious threat of flooding on a number of rivers. ...
....The other threat of this event is wind--HUGE winds along the Washington and Oregon coasts (worst along the Oregon coast). ...
BIGGEST POTENTIAL FOR TRAVEL DELAYS TUESDAY: northern Mississippi and Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio, western Pennsylvania, coastal Oregon and Washington (including Seattle)
On Wednesday, inclement weather conditions are concentrated along the immediate East Coast and from the Pacific Northwest into northern California.
Along the East Coast, conditions are probably worst in the morning to midday hours, followed by gradual improvement as the cold front moves offshore. But the day may begin with showers and thunderstorms along the I-95 corridor. While the Storm Prediction Center is not projecting severe weather at this point, a few gusty storms can’t be ruled out, especially south of the Mason Dixon Line from the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore region through the Carolinas. Any snowfall is mainly limited to interior Maine.
Along the West Coast, while the stormiest weather will have passed through Seattle and Portland Tuesday, it will push south into northern California and even into the San Franciso Bay area by Wednesday night.
BIGGEST POTENTIAL FOR TRAVEL DELAYS WEDNESDAY: Atlanta to Boston (morning); Pacific Northwest coast (morning), northern California (afternoon/evening)
Naturally, the most tranquil weather day looks to be Thanksgiving day itself when few will be traveling. The cold front in the East moves into the Atlantic leaving behind cool and breezy but sunny conditions. Meanwhile, some unseasonably mild conditions reaches places like Chicago and Minneapolis as winds turn southerly. And the frontal system in Pacific Northwest dries out as it moves into the Rockies - with little precipitation to speak of
On Black Friday, as the western system moves into the Heartland, it will tap some moisture from the south bringing rain showers from eastern Texas to Wisconsin. Meanwhile, the next storm system slams into the Pacific Northwest. The East remains dry.
Stay tuned for our next update which will examine conditions for the weekend.
02:01 PM ET, 11/21/2011
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Ohio state law regulates a variety of potentially dangerous behaviors, everything from use of fireworks to drunken driving. There is no reason a balanced statute on ownership of exotic animals cannot be added to the books.
It was clear before the Muskingum County Sheriffs Department had to kill dozens of exotic animals, including rare tigers, the state should have better regulations on owning such creatures. Sheriffs deputies had to shoot the animals after their clearly disturbed owner, Terry Thompson, opened their cages before killing himself.
Former Gov. Ted Strickland had issued an executive order banning most ownership and sales of exotic animals, but the mandate was allowed to expire when new Gov. John Kasich took office. In reaction to the Muskingum County tragedy, Kasich issued his own order last week.
Kasichs action does not ban either sale or ownership of exotic animals. In effect, he merely increases state oversight in an effort to enforce existing laws better.
That gives legislators some breathing room to consider new laws.
Some have suggested an outright ban on private ownership of exotic animals. That worries the few Ohioans who possess creatures such as tigers, bears, mountain lions, etc.
A ban also would raise the question of whether organizations such as zoos and preserves such as The Wilds would run afoul of the law.
There is a simple bottom line here: Only responsible Ohioans - and that includes both organizations as well as individuals - should be allowed to sell and/or keep exotic animals. It was obvious before Thompson set the stage for a tragedy that he did not fit into the category.
Surely legislators, working with animal welfare groups, zoos and preserves and individual owners of exotic animals, can come up with equitable, humane new rules. That should be done as soon as possible, because Kasichs order is no more than a stopgap measure.
Editors note: Brett Snyder is the founder of air travel assistance site Cranky Concierge, and he writes the consumer air travel blog The Cranky Flier.
(CNN) -- Its the holiday season, and that means air travelers across the United States have shelled out good money to spend time with their families. With record fuel prices squeezing airline margins, travelers may have paid more than they expected this year. And if the government has its way, you might be paying even more next year for less frequent flights, especially to small cities.
As we all know, the federal government is short on revenue, and it has been trying to find a way to reduce costs as well as increase money coming in the door. A small part of that plan involves the airlines.
The plan being put forth has two tax changes. One would see the security fee increase from $2.50 per segment to a flat $5 each way. With proposed yearly increases, it will hit $7.50 each way by 2017 and may climb from there. (The rule only specifies that it cant go below $7.50, but the Department of Homeland Security can continue to bump the tax up).
Would this help pay for better security? Not so much. About 60% of the revenue from this would be directed solely toward deficit reduction and not toward security at all.
The other tax would slap a $100 fee on every single airline departure. That might sound like peanuts in the scheme of things, but it could have some pretty negative impacts, especially on small cities that are already hurting for service. Small cities are served by small aircraft, so a $100 fee per airplane has a much higher impact per passenger on smaller planes.
Unsurprisingly, there are multiple sides to this issue. On the one hand, we have the anti-tax people saying taxes should never be raised on anything. They dont like this plan. On another side, we have those arguing for shared sacrifice, saying that every person and every industry needs to do its part to improve the financial situation in this country.
There also are many more nuanced positions that dont automatically oppose taxes but do oppose these. One of those groups, supported by the airlines themselves, is StopAirTaxNow.com. The argument here is that the airline industry provides a very large number of jobs, and this would help kill a large chunk of them.
Another, the American Aviation Institute, just completed a study showing that the annual impact of this tax increase would be $9 billion, because of an expected drop in air travel when the cost of travel goes up.
So whats the right stance here? Air transportation is tied to economic growth, so lower fares and more flights are certainly a good thing. High fuel prices have already pushed airlines to increase fares significantly, so the last thing travelers need is another increase in the cost of a flight.
Even worse than an increase in cost, however, is the disappearance of flights altogether. This new $100 per departure tax proposal has me particularly concerned about small city service. Small cities have already suffered a great reduction in service over the years.
Think about a community thats served by a 19-seat aircraft. This tax would add more than $5 per seat to the cost. If its only half full, which is often the case on these routes, then its more than $10 per passenger.
So while an argument can be made for increasing taxes on any industry, the way this is set up isnt pretty. If you have to travel to small towns, you can look forward to fewer flights where flights are already pretty sparse. Some cities might lose service altogether. Good luck getting home for the holidays then.
Thanks to cheaper gasoline and enough economic improvement to set free long-repressed desires to hit the road, an estimated one of every seven Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving week -- up 4 percent from last year.
"This is the first significant increase in any holiday travel this year," said Bill Sutherland, vice president of AAA Travel Services, which released its annual holiday travel forecast.
Meanwhile, highway officials say Utahns should see relatively few choke points from highway construction this week, as roadwork has been reduced for winter. But some complications could come from rain that is expected on Thanksgiving Day and some snow on Friday.
Sutherland said 42.5 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles from home this week, and that shows a release of "pent-up [travel] demand from Americans who may have forgone holiday travel the last three years."
He added, "As consumers weigh the fear of economic uncertainty and the desire to create lasting family memories this holiday, more Americans are expected to choose family and friends over frugality."
In the Mountain West, AAA forecasts a 4.1 percent increase in travel this week over the same time last year.
"After three consecutive years of historically low holiday travel volumes, more [Mountain states] regional residents are expected to capitalize on the recent reduction in gasoline prices," AAA said.
The organization reported that the average cost of regular unleaded gasoline in Utah on Monday was $3.33 a gallon. That was down from $3.52 a gallon a month ago, but up from $2.83 a year ago.
(Written by Rebecca Lipman. List compiled by Eben Esterhuizen, CFA. Accounting data sourced from Google Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.)
Are you looking for companies that are exhibiting healthy accounting behavior? One approach is to look into inventory trends - doing so provides an interesting insight into the health of a company's sales trends.
Strong Inventory Trends
To explore this idea we ran a screen on stocks with positive trends in inventory, indicated by growth in quarterly revenue outpacing growth in quarterly inventory year-over-year. We also screened for companies with quarterly inventory decreasing as a percent of current assets.
To understand why these trends are encouraging, think of why the opposite trends would be discouraging. If revenue were growing slower than inventory, it could indicate that the company is having trouble selling its inventory - although it may just indicate inventory building or a change in sales policies.
To increase the quality of this screen, we also screened for companies reaching new 52-week highs.
The idea of this "new high" screen is that the stocks are exhibiting upward momentum. Investors can try to capitalize on the existing trend and the momentum behind it.
Do you think these momentum plays have strong sales? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.
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1. DXP Enterprises Inc. (DXPE): Distributes maintenance, repair, and operating products (mro), equipment, and services to industrial customers in the US. Revenue grew by 20.67% during the most recent quarter ($207.85M vs. $172.25M y/y). Inventory grew by 11.63% during the same time period ($79.11M vs. $70.87M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 38.82% to 37.82% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-09-30 to 3 months ending 2010-09-30).
2. Chart Industries Inc. (GTLS): Chart Industries, Inc. manufactures and supplies engineered equipment used in the production, storage, and end-use of hydrocarbon and industrial gases in the United States and internationally. Revenue grew by 51.79% during the most recent quarter ($211.31M vs. $139.21M y/y). Inventory grew by 41.52% during the same time period ($135.73M vs. $95.91M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 22.67% to 19.45% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-09-30 to 3 months ending 2010-09-30).
3. The Home Depot, Inc. (HD): Operates as a home improvement retailer. Revenue grew by 4.23% during the most recent quarter ($20,232M vs. $19,410M y/y). Inventory grew by -0.03% during the same time period ($10,756M vs. $10,759M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 68.28% to 67.83% during the most recent quarter (comparing 13 weeks ending 2011-07-31 to 13 weeks ending 2010-08-01).
4. Hi Tech Pharmacal Co. Inc. (HITK): Develops, manufactures, markets, and sells generic, prescription, over-the-counter (OTC), and nutritional products in liquid and semisolid dosage forms in the United States. Revenue grew by 42.99% during the most recent quarter ($56.21M vs. $39.31M y/y). Inventory grew by 14.84% during the same time period ($27.7M vs. $24.12M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 20.48% to 16.71% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-07-31 to 3 months ending 2010-07-31).
5. Jaguar Mining Inc. (JAG): Engages in the production of gold, as well as in the acquisition, exploration, development, and operation of gold mineral properties in Brazil. Revenue grew by 64.34% during the most recent quarter ($60.56M vs. $36.85M y/y). Inventory grew by -21.49% during the same time period ($30.98M vs. $39.46M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 32.16% to 15.98% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-06-30 to 3 months ending 2010-06-30).
6. Lancaster Colony Corporation (LANC): Engages in the manufacture and marketing of consumer products focusing primarily on specialty foods for the retail and foodservice markets in the United States. Revenue grew by 3.57% during the most recent quarter ($274.52M vs. $265.05M y/y). Inventory grew by -16.01% during the same time period ($110.25M vs. $131.26M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 40.09% to 32.08% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-09-30 to 3 months ending 2010-09-30).
7. Oceaneering International, Inc. (OII): Provides engineered products and services primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry with a focus on deepwater applications. Revenue grew by 16.65% during the most recent quarter ($602.21M vs. $516.27M y/y). Inventory grew by 6.94% during the same time period ($259.32M vs. $242.5M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 26.94% to 25.94% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-09-30 to 3 months ending 2010-09-30).
8. Philip Morris International, Inc. (PM): Engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside of the United States. Revenue grew by 22.26% during the most recent quarter ($20,706M vs. $16,936M y/y). Inventory grew by -9.64% during the same time period ($7,453M vs. $8,248M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 53.27% to 49.39% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-09-30 to 3 months ending 2010-09-30).
9. Vectren Corporation (VVC): Provides energy delivery services to residential, commercial, and industrial and other customers in Indiana and west central Ohio. Revenue grew by 27.61% during the most recent quarter ($539.4M vs. $422.7M y/y). Inventory grew by 10.09% during the same time period ($207.3M vs. $188.3M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 37.2% to 33.3% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-09-30 to 3 months ending 2010-09-30).
In the first article we discussed the complexities and problems involved in initiating and sustaining several of the long distance romantic relationships and marriages that have been proliferated across the globe in our era, especially for people of developing nations. I outlined some useful suggestions of practical steps we can take as preventive as well as curative measures for the multiplicity of depressing situations and relational problems that have characterized these long distance separations.
If you missed the Part I and wish to be on the same page with us in the discussions, you can access the article on MYJOYONLINE.COM with the title of the article, or browse with the link: http://opinion.myjoyonline.com/pages/feature/201110/74064.php.
Overseas travel for people in developing countries
Although many people from developing nations will always want to travel to developed countries where the grass is greener, there are several of the inhabitants who do not mind settling in any locality in any of the other developing nations outside of their own locality where they can get what they desire or need. Sometimes the migration is even focused on larger cities or areas with rich resources (such as mining or farming and industrial areas) where they can obtain higher income. Those who attach fantasy of the classy feeling and air of being elite and modernized by living in Western culture in Europe or North America, for example, will never want to live in another developing nation no matter what you give them (unless circumstances really compel them to do so). If the fiancée or spouse therefore moves from North America or Europe (where the one originally migrated to) to live in, for example, another African, Carribean, Latin American or Asian country outside of the native land, the other partner will be reluctant to follow his or her mate to a place that is not his her cup of tea. It appears that many people from developing countries are now being attracted to some developed Asian countries that look promising and lucrative for industry, business and education. Transactions are less cumbersome for them, and everything seems more affordable and easier to obtain in such places.
I notice that these days many people in developing nations (especially the men with prospects for lucrative business and job opportunities) are becoming less attracted to move out into outside wealthy nations, because they are unable to obtain the needed visa and immigration documents to join their partners, or do not actually want to travel outside their nations and live abroad for any long periods of time. The stresses and struggles plus alienation from familiar customs, native family, friends, insecurity created by too many assumptions without certainty of the success of future plans, and loss of common freedoms, make such moves unattractive. This scenario is presently posing problems for partners residing in foreign nations whose fiancées or spouses still reside in their native countries, who are now in a great fix as to what they should do with their courtships and marriages that are falling apart, since their partners are unable or unwilling to join them abroad.
The roots of the drive and motivation for travel, and migration to other rich countries (or other high class or rich localities in the same country) by people from developing or underdeveloped nations, I believe, can be traced to one or more of these 6 reasons listed below (or a variation of one of them):
1) The hard economic conditions in many developing and poor nations of the world drive people to seek for ?green grass? outside their countries. Sometimes the migration is to another locality in the same nation (or same continent) where they can flourish better. A common notion in the 21st century for many people is that ?when conditions are hard, or if you want faster progress in your life, and you travel outside your country or to another location to tap into the resources in a richer and more developed place, you can always do better, prosper, and ultimately succeed in life.?
2) The quest for better and higher education and training that involves extensive technology is of prime importance to those who wish to learn more and develop 21st century professional skills, and many people therefore travel to acquire such training in other countries or localities.
3) A common factor these days is the reunion of friends and family members, and the sponsoring of such people by those who are privileged to settle in developed places ahead of their loved ones. Spouses and family members travel to join their loved ones, or visit to assist them domestically and in diversities of ways for some time. Friends also travel to secure a job or good position in another country or different place in the same country, and encourage another friend to come over and enjoy the same privileges.
4) A section of people in our communities leave one town to another town in the same country or travel to other countries to temporary or permanently settle outside their original environment because of crisis, tragic occurrences, and destabilization, or even persecution. Most of these moves are impromptu, and can adversely impact a relationship, marriage or family life.
5) There are those who belong to the group that simply looks for fun and adventure, and cannot remain in one location or even on one job or home for any considerable length of time. I will call them social floaters.
6) Some people are experts in their fields, who are officially invited, posted, or recruited to work in other developed nations or sites outside of their normal areas within the same country, or people who work with international organizations that post them to different locations around the world.
Take Precautionary Measures
If you are settled in a marriage with your partner, or deeply involved in a romantic relationship, courtship, or marriage plans with anyone, I strongly advise you to sit together and critically analyze all of these six factors, and honestly agree on the one is the primary reason for the travel or migration of one partner, and which factors are likely to come into the picture after your mate has arrived at the other end. Many travel to enroll in school, then they graduate and want to make some money; then they want more money to acquire property, and finally become engrossed in money-making ventures ad infinitum. I tell you that if you buy a car, you will want to buy or build a house, then be tempted to purchase a ship, and then a private jet, until you wish to start building a city to name it after yourself! There is no end to the gathering of the worldly toys under the sun. The best thing to do is to have a definite wise mutual plan with your mate, cut your coat according to your size, define a purpose in life to fulfill, and accomplish your goals with effectiveness and lasting value without signing up to compete in the ?rat race?. At the end you don?t become a rat and you don?t win any race too!
You must understand and admit that in several cases, either some of these factors were not considered at all in the original plan, or became important to one or both of you after you got separated. There are those who have obligations to assist or ?bless? and ?thank? beloved family members and special friends who have been of much help to them in the past, or even assisted them with the plane tickets and money for the travel, and whom they feel obliged to return favors to, and therefore end up focusing on them rather than their fiancée or spouse after things start progressing at the other end. Some family members and friends are also opportunists who will pester the life of their son, daughter, family member, or friend to move heaven and earth to get them over to where he or she resides in that locality or country, in order to prosper as well. The situation gets worse when the travelled partner loses every respect for the mate or their own family, and then tragically loses the fear of God in him or her, and then becomes immoral, wanton, carefree, delinquent, irresponsible, callous, un-loving, and lighthearted with his or her relationship.
The worst happens when the travelled partner gets into fornication or adultery with another person in that city or country, and communication (which is the blood of the relationship) turns into arguments, cheeks, sauciness, impertinence, fights, and abuses during a brief visit, or over the phone or in e-mails and Facebook or other instant messaging. When communication ceases completely, then you know that the relationship or marriage is woefully shattered and going down the drain. That is when the person starts living more seriously with another lady or gentlemen, have a baby with the one, and then you will hear that he or she is sponsoring someone else in his or her family to come over, and might even sponsor another concubine to join him or her. The obvious and most dreaded ultimately hits you hard and mercilessly --- the one tells you that he or she wants a divorce, or wishes to break the promising courtship that had so far moved along sweetly before he or she traveled, and the one consequently slaps you with the grim news that he or she is no more interested in marrying you. Some men exhibit disrespectful and abhorrent bravado by actually perform official marriage rites with another lady, before they even tell their female fiancée or wife that they wish to sever relationships with her.
Plan to maintain the romantic fire of your long distance relationship
There should be definite plans to keep your relationship alive, active, interesting, and pleasurable during your time of separation. A few suggestions are as follows:
1) Depend entirely upon the power of God as your first line of protection and primary source of power and provision to supply all of your needs and keep you, your partner, children, your marriage, fiancée, or relationship.
2) Both of you must seriously make communication your number one foundation as well as the primary material to keep your relationship intact and flourishing. Communication is always the blood of all relationships. Thoughtfully plan to engage in frequent conversation by visits (at weekends or monthly etc. if possible), phone calls, e-mail, post cards, letters, or other means. Hearing each other?s voice is a great balm. Do not call only when there is a need or complaint. Apart from the emergency calls, and calls to report special problems, solutions, and needs, learn the art of spontaneous phone conversation about common things of life and especially what is mutual. Be a good listener. Listening attentively is a very important part of excellent communication and conversation.
3) Avoid being forceful, controlling, and argumentative. Remember that you are not together physically to see each other?s face and predict how the other one is taking what you are saying. The husband or male fiancée in particular should be the strong leader who does not misuse his manly qualities and privileges to yell at the fragile lady partner, but must demonstrate real strength and wisdom by gently, patiently, and wisely resolving difficult issues. The man must exhibit good leadership by diffusing tension during conversation, engage in conflict management, and successfully steer general discussions. The lady must learn to control her words and temper, as well as control of financial demands and cravings for attention.
4) Engage in regular prayers. The power of any corporate prayer is dependent upon the power and preparation of the individuals participating in the prayer. If your partner has backslidden, has a different belief, or does not like to pray with you, do not force him or her to do so, but ask for wisdom from God to be truly loving and tactful, as you look for opportunities to say short prayers for him or her. As you pray for your difficult partner, and handle him or her with love, patience, forgiveness, and gentleness, you can throw in very short sentences of prayer at appropriate times that would touch and bless the one, until God breaks through with your secret sincere prayers. Remember that prayer is the best communication, because it is communication with God. If prayer becomes established, then mutually make your commitment, obedience, devotion, and prayers very strong in the romantic relationship, courtship, or marriage. Establish also the condition of never parting on the phone without some form of prayer as closure. Prayer has worked wonders for my wife Henrietta and I in our 29 years of marriage, and we can assure you that sincere prayer of faith will work for you as well.
5) Meditation on scripture is a sure way of cleansing our souls, giving us assurances based on God?s promises, setting us straight, awakening our dead conscience and making us think, plan, speak, walk, and operate in God?s light and in the Spirit. Scripture will always bring God?s Spirit into your life and into all of your relationships with people. True prayer that is based on scripture will also diffuse all anger, competition, envy, resentment, arrogance, pride, arguments, selfishness, quarrels, fear, anxiety, worry, doubts, suspicions, and discouragement.
6) Make use of other available avenues of communication such as personal greetings and passing of information through trusted friends and family members.
7) Decide to be romantic and loving in all of your communication and interactive opportunities. Remember you are dealing with a lover who is starved of physical contact and visible affection from you. Know the differences between men and women and what invokes love and affection in the other partner.
8) Forgive very quickly and don?t delay to say sorry when the other partner is (or feels) offended. Even if you don?t see why he or she should be offended by ?that little thing?, or if you think it is ?meaningless offence?, you must still apologize (respecting his or her point of view), for the fellowship to continue flowing. Do your best to desist from repeating offences and continuing to say sorry all the time. Such habit will damage your integrity and thereby erode any trust, suggesting that you are faking repentance and character change to merely deceive your partner and get your way in order to obtain what you selfishly want to obtain in the relationship.
9) Be very honest in everything you say, without giving room for doubts, mistrust, fear, and anxiety or worry regarding your loyalty. Let your ?yes? be ?yes?, and your ?no? be ?no?. Beware of secret plans in the absence of your partner. Beware of lies or half-truths. If the complete truth later gets to your partner, that is a disaster for the trust and confidence between the two of you.
10) Beware of pleasing or putting first your family members and friends before your spouse. Let every family member and friend know clearly that your wife or husband comes first, even when the two of you are temporarily separated. Do your best to discuss and mutually agree on the disbursement and distribution of things to family members and friends before you do so.
10) Avoid close relationships with old boyfriends and girlfriends in the absence of your mate, especially if you indulged in immoral acts with them in the past. Old fires can be easily re-kindled, and they can easily lead you astray into sin and unfaithfulness, and ultimately ruin your marriage or courtship.
11) Have a firm control over late night parties, club meetings, late night visits that cause you to come home very late, or visits with opposite sex where you are alone with another man (if you are the wife), or another woman (if you are the husband). Far-away partners will frequently be disturbed and will have fear, anxiety, mistrust, and doubt sown in their minds if they regularly hear the voice of an opposite sex with you in conversation or with you in your room (or if you are often in the room of such strangers), during a phone call to your abode or location, or if people begin to give such reports of your questionable activities to your mate. Sometimes the one is a genuine study mate for academic activity, or close business partner etc., but things must be clearly communicated, and trust must be built in order to avoid all suspicions. To prevent any doubts, I suggest that you discuss any such necessary frequent interactions with your mate, provide all the necessary information, and set everybody?s heart and mind at peace. If the person interacting with you is decent and principled, he or she might also be concerned about how your husband, wife, or fiancee would take it at a distant location if he or she gets to know of the close association with you. We know that some partners are unduly possessive, and suffer from chronic extreme jealousy. In that case much prayer, wisdom, exhibition of due affection, rich conversation, provision of adequate information of your motives and movements, and planning of your interactions, will enable life to go on peacefully. Usually you might feel that your partner is ?getting on your nerves, and is too controlling?, and so you arrogantly, discouragingly, or fearfully try to hide your interactions with others in his or her absence, which rather give you future deeper problems of suspicion and distrust when your partners later discovers your activities.
12) Develop a good sense of humour along with your chats; and let your sense of humor be alive as needed, but avoid sarcasm and mockery that leaves your partner feeling stupid on the phone or feels degraded after reading your letter or e-mail. Throw in appropriate jokes and laughter frequently in conversation. Take time to study and know your partner well, and be conversant with the things that will make him or her sad, cry, anxious, worried, fretful, happy, laugh, silent, or open up.
13) Balance photographs with communication. Men are creatures of the eye, and will love to see monthly meaningful photos from any woman. The lady fiancee or wife (and children) should therefore send him good pictures that carry messages of love, affection, progress in his absence, and general interactions. It is even easier now if you have computers or cell phones at both ends for transmission of electronic pictures. Women are creatures of the ear, and could always be nurtured and kept romantically alive with rich conversation and affection on phone etc.
14) Little gifts with meaning, properly thought of and exchanged from time to time, will also keep your long distance relationship alive.
15) Arrange for your partner to be cared for in some good, mature, and sincere hands. Several people have often made special arrangements with particular trusted family members, elders, friends, pastors, men and women of God, and responsible colleagues at work, church, or school, and in their neighborhoods, to keep in constant touch with their spouses or fiancées in their absence. Most of these caretakers do a good job (although some casualties sometimes result from careless or selfish handling of the people entrusted to them). I consider this as a wise move that should be properly, strategically, and officially made before the other partner travels. If that was not initially done, it could still be arranged at some point while the partner is away. It may not work in some cases because of human pride that would not admit or ask for assistance, and especially when the mate does not trust people due to past bad experiences. The partner that was left behind (or the traveler) might not also want any formal assistance in order to maintain his or her privacy in the relationship, or would not want it to appear as if someone was monitoring him or her.
Whatever your circumstances, explore and exploit all available resources and opportunities that will enable you to maintain the best relationship with your partner, while you leave no stone unturned to do the best with what you have. Cultivate the unflinching determination and firm resolution to be faithful till the end in your God-given courtship or marriage relationship, and aim at pursuing the singular vision of a very fruitful and successful family life that should constitute an enduring and a glowing legacy for several generations in the annals of history. May the Lord be your helper!
Obtain more detailed information on this topic from Dr. Kisseadoo?s Book ?Challenges Of Modern Men And women In Relationships?. Tune in to JOY 99.7 FM in Accra, Ghana on Saturdays at 5:30 am ? 6:00 am (Ghana Time) or US Eastern ST 12:30am ? 1:00am Mid-October to March) and listen to Dr. Kisseadoos broadcast Hope For Your Family. Access on the Internet using MYJOYONLINE.COM, and click on ?Live Radio?. Obtain Dr. Kisseadoo?s books online from: RedLeadBooks.com or Amazon.com using his name. His book ?Facing And Fighting Through The Storm? launched in June 2011 narrates the amazing encouraging testimony of God?s miraculous deliverance healing experience of Dr. Kisseadoo in 2009. Contact him in the USA (1-757-7289330) for copies of all of his 14 books, free counseling and prayer. Visit his website: www.fruitfulministriesint.com for essentials that will enrich your relationships and ministry. Call 233-20-8209567 or 233-276-322982 in Accra or 233-264-650261 in Kumasi for message CD?s, books, free counseling, prayer, and seminars. Use DrSamuel Kisseadoo to access his Wall on Facebook. Copyright Nov. 2011 Rev. Dr. Samuel A. Kisseadoo (Professor of Biology, USA. International Evangelist. Ordained Licensed Minister. Teacher, Author, Conference Speaker). Founder and President, Fruitful Ministries International Inc. (Evangelistic Teaching Ministry). 6 Red Robin Turn, Hampton, Virginia 23669, USA. Tel.1- 757-728933 E-mail: email@example.com
For a look into a companys sales trends, one idea is to consider growth in inventory over time. Comparing this to growth in revenue could show some interesting results.
We ran a screen on stocks exhibiting the technical indicator golden cross, in which a stocks 50-day moving average crosses above its 200-day moving average. We screened these stocks for those with positive trends in inventory, with growth in quarterly revenue outpacing growth in quarterly inventory year-over-year. We also screened for companies with quarterly inventory decreasing as a percent of current assets.
To understand why these trends are positive, think of why the opposite trends would be negative. If revenue were growing slower than inventory, it may indicate that the company is having trouble selling its inventory - although this could just indicate inventory building or a change in sales policies.
Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.?
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We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below and monitored the performance of the list relative to the Samp;P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this lists recent performance, click here.
Do you think these companies have strong sales trends? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.
List sorted by difference between revenue growth and inventory growth.
1. Plains All American Pipeline, LP (PAA): Engages in the transportation, storage, terminalling and marketing of crude oil, refined products and liquefied petroleum gas and other natural gas-related petroleum products LPG in the United States and Canada. Market cap of $9.97B. SMA50 at $61.19 vs. SMA200 at $60.69 (current price at $64.08). MRQ revenue has increased 37.78% ($8,837M vs. $6,414M y/y) while MRQ inventory has decreased 30.21% ($1,086M vs. $1,556M y/y). Inventory/current assets have decreased from 41.26% to 25.92%, comparing 3 months ending 2011-09-30 to 3 months ending 2010-09-30. The stock has gained 11.2% over the last year.
2. Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA): Designs, develops, manufactures and sells electric vehicles and advanced electric vehicle powertrain components. Market cap of $3.63B. SMA50 at $27.68 vs. SMA200 at $26.37 (current price at $33.52). MRQ revenue has increased 84.60% ($57.67M vs. $31.24M y/y) while MRQ inventory has increased 24.58% ($49.22M vs. $39.51M y/y). Inventory/current assets have decreased from 16.39% to 11.94%, comparing 3 months ending 2011-09-30 to 3 months ending 2010-09-30. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 44.46% (equivalent to 23.89 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 13.15% over the last week.
3. Zygo Corporation (ZIGO): Designs, develops and manufactures ultra-high precision measurement solutions to enhance its customers manufacturing yields; and optical sub-systems and components for original equipment manufacturers and end-user applications in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $302.71M. SMA50 at $13.52 vs. SMA200 at $13.14 (current price at $16.69). MRQ revenue has increased 41.36% ($43.99M vs. $31.12M y/y) while MRQ inventory has increased 6.15% ($26.6M vs. $25.06M y/y). Inventory/current assets have decreased from 25.11% to 21.17%, comparing 3 months ending 2011-09-30 to 3 months ending 2010-09-30. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 11.75% over the last week.
4. Majesco Entertainment Co. (COOL): Provides interactive entertainment products primarily in the United States and Europe. Market cap of $129.27M. SMA50 at $2.79 vs. SMA200 at $2.73 (current price at $3.03). MRQ revenue has increased 60.91% ($19.55M vs. $12.15M y/y) while MRQ inventory has increased 31.71% ($4.61M vs. $3.5M y/y). Inventory/current assets have decreased from 16.03% to 11.71%, comparing 3 months ending 2011-07-31 to 3 months ending 2010-07-31. It has been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 6.57% over the last week.
5. Monsanto Co. (MON): Provides agricultural products for farmers in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $38.83B. SMA50 at $70.27 vs. SMA200 at $69.33 (current price at $71.01). MRQ revenue has increased 15.05% ($2,247M vs. $1,953M y/y) while MRQ inventory has decreased 4.24% ($2,623M vs. $2,739M y/y). Inventory/current assets have decreased from 38.46% to 29.67%, comparing 3 months ending 2011-08-31 to 3 months ending 2010-08-31. The stock has gained 24.61% over the last year.
6. CalAmp Corp. (CAMP): Develops and markets wireless communications solutions that deliver data, voice and video for critical networked communications and other applications in the United States. Market cap of $124.84M. SMA50 at $3.35 vs. SMA200 at $3.24 (current price at $4.28). MRQ revenue has increased 14.62% ($33.8M vs. $29.49M y/y) while MRQ inventory has decreased 1.25% ($11.84M vs. $11.99M y/y). Inventory/current assets have decreased from 32.94% to 30.63%, comparing 13 weeks ending 2011-08-31 to 13 weeks ending 2010-08-31. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 25.72% over the last week.
7. CVS Caremark Corporation (CVS): Operates as a pharmacy services company in the United States. Market cap of $50.09B. SMA50 at $35.77 vs. SMA200 at $35.43 (current price at $38.41). MRQ revenue has increased 12.50% ($26,674M vs. $23,711M y/y) while MRQ inventory has decreased 1.95% ($10,379M vs. $10,585M y/y). Inventory/current assets has decreased from 61.05% to 54.81%, comparing 13 weeks ending 2011-09-30 to 13 weeks ending 2010-09-30. The stock has gained 30.84% over the last year.
8. Hickory Tech Corp. (HTCO): Provides integrated communications services to business and residential customers in the Midwest. Market cap of $142.76M. SMA50 at $10.10 vs. SMA200 at $9.88 (current price at $10.83). MRQ revenue has increased 4.05% ($45.24M vs. $43.48M y/y) while MRQ inventory has decreased 10.17% ($5.92M vs. $6.59M y/y). Inventory/current assets have decreased from 16.79% to 10.34%, comparing 3 months ending 2011-09-30 to 3 months ending 2010-09-30. Offers a good dividend, and appears to have good liquidity to back it up--dividend yield at 5.25%, current ratio at 1.55, and quick ratio at 1.39. The stock has gained 22.5% over the last year.
9. Nxstage Medical, Inc. (NXTM): Engages in the development, manufacture and marketing of products for the treatment of kidney failure, fluid overload and related blood treatments and procedures in the United States. Market cap of $1.08B. SMA50 at $20.67 vs. SMA200 at $20.35 (current price at $19.45). MRQ revenue has increased 24.14% ($55.9M vs. $45.03M y/y) while MRQ inventory has increased 11.26% ($35.56M vs. $31.96M y/y). Inventory/current assets ave from 45.38% to 22.59%, comparing 3 months ending 2011-09-30 to 3 months ending 2010-09-30. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 12.35% (equivalent to 11.45 days of average volume). The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 13.16%.
10. Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (EL): Engages in the manufacture, marketing and sale of skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products worldwide. Market cap of $22.02B. SMA50 at $99.74 vs. SMA200 at $97.79 (current price at $112.14). MRQ revenue has increased 18.41% ($2,476.7M vs. $2,091.7M y/y) while MRQ inventory has increased 8.51% ($982.2M vs. $905.2M y/y). Inventory/current assets have decreased from 28.30% to 27.57%, comparing 3 months ending 2011-09-30 to 3 months ending 2010-09-30. The stock has had a good month, gaining 19.29%.
11. Calavo Growers Inc. (CVGW): Procures and markets avocados and other perishable commodities and prepares and distributes processed avocado products in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $359.94M. SMA50 at $21.12 vs. SMA200 at $21.05 (current price at $24.64). MRQ revenue has increased 44.13% ($165.14M vs. $114.58M y/y) while MRQ inventory has increased 37.59% ($21.85M vs. $15.88M y/y). Inventory/current assets have decreased from 25.97% to 22.09%, comparing 3 months ending 2011-07-31 to 3 months ending 2010-07-31. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 15.64% (equivalent to 27.78 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.32% over the last week.
12. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (HAIN): Manufactures, markets, distributes and sells natural and organic food and personal care products in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $1.56B. SMA50 at $31.98 vs. SMA200 at $31.82 (current price at $34.92). MRQ revenue has increased 13.34% ($292.36M vs. $257.96M y/y) while MRQ inventory has increased 6.88% ($181.51M vs. $169.82M y/y). Inventory/current assets have decreased from 48.53% to 46.75%, comparing 3 months ending 2011-09-30 to 3 months ending 2010-09-30. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 6.03% (equivalent to 6.63 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.36% over the last week.
*Accounting data sourced from Google Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.
Posted at: 11/21/2011 4:56 PM
Updated at: 11/21/2011 6:41 PM
By: Andrew Lovelette
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Gas Prices Drop for Holiday Travel
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- More than 42 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving, according to AAA.
And as we get closer to the holiday gas prices are dropping.
As we approach some of the busiest travel dates of the year, gas prices have fallen nearly 12 cents in Minnesota over the past week to $3.19 a gallon.
Im happy to see them coming down, especially now when people are going to be driving around a lot. I think it will help people with their Thanksgiving travels, said Dave Henry, travelling on business from Anoka.
AAA expects a four percent increase in Thanksgiving travel over last year. Thats because many are anxious to get out of the house.
But despite dropping prices at the pump, customers say the decision to drive is a tough one.
I think if youre looking at a trip of a 200 miles it can cost $100 to make that trip now and thats a lot of money, said Henry.
Pat Wherley, travelling home to Stevens Point, Wisconsin from a hunting trip, said, You know, before when gas prices were lower wed just gas up and go and not even worry about it, but now we do.
Gas prices are still almost 41 cents higher than this time last year.
The constant changes in fuel prices have customers wondering why.
Henry said, You know it seems when the price of oil goes up the prices go up very quickly and when it goes down they fall kind of slowly. So I dont know why. Im not sure what drives the prices.
Customers hope gas prices continue to drop but seem less optimistic about the future of the industry.
Its going to rely on researching better types of energy for sure and I dont see it ever going to change, said Jacob Schloesser, on his way home for the holidays.
If youre thinking about flying home for the holidays, AAA says expect to see a 20 percent increase in Thanksgiving airfares.
Much of it due to fuel costs and capacity cuts.
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Nov 21, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
CareGivers, the most experienced international provider of home
care services, announced today key findings of a recent panel
discussion involving the judges for Homewatch CareGivers' 2011 National
Family Caregiver of the Year award. The $10,000 award, which was given
to Sami Peterson of Fort Collins, Colo., was
announced October 24.
According to the members of the independent, industry-based voting
panel, three trends emerged during the judging process. In the
discussion that followed the award announcement, those trends were
revealed to be:
Increased disparity between men and women, with women more likely to
be primary caregivers when the burden of care is high
Increased difficulty navigating medical and insurance systems
Increased difficulty staying afloat financially in a bad economy
The most prevalent trend was the increased disparity between men and
women, with women more likely to be primary caregivers when the burden
of care is high. Like eight of the 10 finalists, Peterson is female,
between the ages of 40 and 60, and faces an unusually high burden of
care by providing primary care to both her 66-year-old husband, Rob, who
has Huntington's disease, and her developmentally disabled 17-year-old
son, Will. She also works full time as a project and case manager at the
Larimer County Workforce Center in Fort Collins and participates in the
Northern Colorado Huntington's Disease Support Group.
"Forty percent of the finalists for the award provide primary care for
multiple people," said panelist Leann Reynolds, president of Homewatch
CareGivers. "The burden of the care provided in each of the female
finalists' cases was extremely high. That trend has increased over the
three-year history of this award, and it is backed by the industry's
leading research, which speaks volumes about its authenticity."
According to the caregiving industry's most comprehensive report, "Caregiving
in the U.S.," which was published in 2009 by AARP and the National
Alliance for Caregiving, 71 percent of family caregivers in situations
where the burden of care is increased are women, typically between the
ages of 40 and 60, with children. According to the panelists, Peterson
stood out as the winner because of her ability to serve as a shining
light for many other women in similar situations.
"Sami's story is heartbreaking on the one hand and inspiring on the
other," said panelist Beth Ludden, senior vice president of LTC Product
Development for Genworth
Financial. "As a family caregiver, she illustrates the three major
trends that emerged during the award process in that she has thrived in
an intense family caregiving situation, has done wonders in navigating
the complex medical and insurance system, and manages to provide
financially for her family during tough economic times."
The National Family Caregiver of the Year award was created by Homewatch
CareGivers in 2009 to generate awareness of the issues faced by family
caregivers and to nationally recognize one caregiver from the general
public each year whose story is judged the most compelling by a
10-member industry panel.
For more information on this program or Homewatch CareGivers, please
About Homewatch CareGivers
Founded in 1980, Homewatch CareGivers is the most experienced
international provider of full-service home care for people of all ages.
Caregivers are triple-screened and continually trained and supervised by
healthcare professionals to provide reliable, compassionate and highly
skilled services in companion, personal and comprehensive care. Home
care services are personalized for each client and customized care plans
are administered through an international network of 113 franchise
owners with 191 territories, including 17 international owners. Each
office is locally owned and dedicated to ensuring quality of life for
clients and peace of mind for their loved ones. Call 1-800-777-9770,
for company and caregiver information, or learn more from
SOURCE: Homewatch CareGivers
Reid Wegley, 303-859-2432
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Save the Fun Zone, Balboa traditionalists say
They launch a Facebook campaign against plans to replace the amusement park with an ocean-themed educational center.