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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Stocks slump after record high

After hitting a record high Jan. 15, the stock market headed lower on the heels of disappointing earnings reports from numerous corporations, several banks falling short of analysts’ expectations and a Goldman Sachs warning about rising stock market valuations.

It’s hard to determine what investors are doing with their stocks, because the advance-decline lines reflect a market moving sideways in 2014.

The weak start in the new year has raised concerns in some quarters about the market’s failure to hold the day’s results during the strong time of year – the volatility is worrisome. A few disappointing quarterly reports could lead to serious selling of individual portfolios.

Not many investors are panicking, but the slow start in January is prompting questions about whether this is the beginning of a long-awaited 10 percent correction, which hasn’t occurred since summer 2011.

According to an investment strategist at R.W. Baird & Co., “The loss of momentum in the opening weeks of 2014 can be explained by the fact that stocks entered January overbought and overbelieved, and, therefore, vulnerable to a changing environment.”

Even with the ups and downs, it’s the stock market’s best year since 1997, and investors may wonder which way to go in the future.

Money magazine recommended, “In 2014, think cash,” but not all analysts agree. The outlook for the stock market is positive and supported by moderately improving economic conditions and corporate earnings growth.

The best approach is to maintain a long-term view and consider adding stocks to your portfolio if they are appropriate to your mix of investments. The beginning of the year is the ideal time to review your long-term investment goals.

A major player on the Town Crier “50” made news last week.

Apple Inc. (AAPL; $554.25) continues to gain sales in the enterprise market. The company is projected to take 11 percent of global spending by governments and business on computers and tablets by 2015. Research firm Forrester Research reported that the number is up from 8 percent in 2012 and 1 percent in 2009 but does not include iPhone sales.

China Mobile revealed that the iPhone preorders that began Dec. 25 have topped 1.2 million for the 5c and 5s models.

“This is a watershed day for Apple,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a joint interview with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua. “I’m so honored to be doing business with Chairman Xi and China Mobile.”

Apple built a base of support during the course of 2013 and is still trending positive. Several analysts project the stock to reach $600 a share, perhaps even $630, noting that the 50-day moving average exceeds the 200-day moving average.

For the first quarter of 2014, Apple provided guidance of revenue between $55 billion and $58 billion, a gross margin between 36.5 and 37.5 percent and expenses between $4.4 billion and $4.5 billion.

Investors are looking for a new product from Apple in 2014. Without a new product, the stock price will drop, as it has in previous years.

Among the 49 brokers touting Apple stock, most deem it a strong buy or a buy, with only one recommending a sell. The stock’s high target price is $777, with a low of $270.

Clyde Noel is a Los Altos Hills resident and longtime investor in stocks.

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