Sun05242015

Business & Real Estate

Are stock prices poised for sustained drop?

Among the numerous economic and financial indicators that investment advisers use to predict future stock market performance, there is a pretty broad consensus that company profit margins, or earnings per share, are one of the better predictors. The challenge, of course, is the difficulty of predicting future profit margins. 

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Stock volatility still confusing

The market opened down more than 100 points Friday but by noon rose more than 130, the form of volatility that quickly draws investors’ attention. By week’s end, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average were on track to set all-time closing highs.

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2070 Robinhood Lane, Pue Trust to M. & M. Levenson for $1,800,000

67 Yerba Buena Avenue, Huang-Zhang Trust to C. Berner for $4,350,000

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Help boost refund with Earned Income Tax Credit

In partnership with the IRS, the Franchise Tax Board encourages eligible California taxpayers to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit when filing their federal tax returns.

Nearly 3.1 million Californians received more than $7.3 billion in refunds last year, according to state officials. The average Earned Income Tax Credit refund totaled $2,373. The IRS estimates that one in five Earned Income refunds goes unclaimed each year.

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Dividends are the heroes for investors

Unusually low oil prices have wreaked havoc on some economies, but the U.S. economy continues on a strong, steady course, with the market opening at more than 18,000 Friday.

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Local housing outlook stays positive

With a strong December jobs report, an improving gross domestic product and a strong dollar, it is very likely the U.S. will continue to see foreign buyers and investors this year, according to Bay Area real estate expert Carole Rodoni.

The Bay Area, in particular, is a “spectacular housing market,” Rodoni said.

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SEC charges Los Altos resident with insider trading

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday charged a corporate insider from Los Altos, a stock research analyst and two others with insider trading. Together, they generated nearly $750,000 in illegal profits by trading in advance of four corporate news announcements, according to the SEC.

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