Intel Continues Effort to Reduce Environmental Footprint with 3 Million Square Feet of Solar Panels

Intel Corporation (INTC) seeks to expand the boundaries of technology to provide the most amazing experience possible while designing, manufacturing, and selling integrated digital technology globally.

Intel has released their annual Corporate Responsibility Report, that discusses the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce its global climate and environmental footprint. One of the highlights in the report is the installation of nearly 3MM square feet of solar panels that help heat, cool, and light in nine different nations. That is enough solar panels to cover 52 regulation U.S. football fields.

The solar panels harvest 33MM kilowatt-hours of green power, which is equal to the amount of annual energy used in 3700 U.S. homes. The energy is used to heat and cool Intel’s buildings, as well as provide lighting and electricity for the company’s campuses. 100% of the energy used by the company in its chip manufacturing in Europe and the United States comes from renewable sources. The company has been the No. 1 or No. 2 corporate buyer of green power in the United States for the last 10 years.

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DowDuPont Increases Q1 EPS

The Dow Chemical Company is a part of the DowDupont Holding Company (DWDP), a business that is focused on agriculture, materials science and specialty product sectors that seeks to lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges.

DowDuPont reported its first quarter 2018 earning May 3, 2018. The adjusted earnings per share were reported at $1.12 per share, a 7% increase when compared to quarter one 2017.

The company’s net sales Q1 2018 were $21.5B, a 5% increase from the previous year. The Materials Science division saw a 17% increase, Specialty products sales increased 11% , and the Agriculture sales division saw a decrease of 25% due to weather-related delays to the planting season.

$300M of cost synergy savings were achieved in the first quarter by DowDuPont, which is ahead of their run-rate plan.

The company returned almost $2B to its shareholder through $.9B in dividends and $1B in share repurchases.

We delivered solid first-quarter sales and operating earnings gains, while our teams advanced the intended business separations. The Materials Science and Specialty Products divisions delivered better-than-expected top- and bottom-line growth with higher prices and volume gains, including value adding product innovations. Their growth more than offset weather-related delays that are expected to shift a substantial portion of our Agriculture earnings to the second quarter. All three divisions hit their cost synergy targets, producing savings of over $300 million as we build momentum on our $3.3 billion in cost synergies and put more focus on the $1 billion in growth synergies. And we continue to expect Materials Science to spin by the end of the first quarter of 2019, with Agriculture and Specialty Products separating by June 1, 2019. These will be three world-class companies equipped to further their leadership positions in attractive growth markets.” -said Ed Breen, chief executive officer of DowDuPont.

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Disney’s Conservation Fund Awards Grants to Nonprofits

The Walt Disney Company (DIS) and its subsidiaries is a diverse worldwide entertainment company that operates in four business segments: Studio Entertainment, Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media.

The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) will award over $8 million in grants to 80 nonprofit organizations for the 2018 year. These grants come as a part of The Walt Disney Company’s “Reverse the Decline” inititiative. The initiative partners the company’s philanthropic money with professional expertise from Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment team with the goal of maximizing the impact of conservation efforts.

DCF supports leading global conservation organizations with funds and resources to inspire action, protect the planet, and save wildlife and habitats. The fund’s grants also go to the support of conservation programs that work to engage communities into overall solutions that serve people, wildlife and habitats. The fund has a comprehensive focus on preserving and increasing populations of 10 at-risk species that include apes, butterflies, coral reefs, cranes, elephants, monkeys, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks and rays, and tigers.

A few of the programs receiving grants from the Disney Conservation Fund this year include:

  • California Condor Nest Guarding Program- Santa Barbara Zoological Foundation
  • Conserving Rhinos through Community Engagement- Save the Rhino International
  • Conserving the Cao Vit Gibbon- Fauna & Flora International
  • Rewilding Australia with Tasmanian Devils- Global Wildlife Conservation
  • Seagrass Surveys for Education and Conservation- Marine Resources Development Foundation

In the last 23 years, the Disney Conservation Fund has helped conserve over 400 species globally, support 2,000 conservation projects, help over 600 nonprofits work hand-in-hand with communities, and recognized 150 Disney Conservation Heroes. The funding for the grants is provided by The Walt Disney Company and supplemented by contributions from guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and other Walt Disney World Resorts.

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Should We Be Investing in Gold or Gold Related Stocks Now?

During the 2016 – 2017 time period, we saw gold trade in the $1200-$1300/ounce range. So far in 2018, gold has proceeded to trade in excess of $1300/ounce. You don’t have to a be a rocket scientist or be working with or investing in gold for years to reasonably conclude that when gold trades higher, the profits typically increase for gold producers that is when assuming that extraction costs or existing reserves are not plagued with further inflationary pressures. If this happens ultimately share prices of these companies increase in value.

With this situation believed to be in full swing,  we are actively on the hunt for investing ideas in publicly traded gold companies that should outpace the etf GLD and/or the average gold producer’s profits and therefore one could expect their associated shares to realize outsized gains.

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Precious Metals – Gold, Silver Rising Along With Global Trade Tensions

Precious metals moved higher on Monday. Gold prices jumped more than 1 percent, silver climbed 2.1 percent & Platinum rose .6 percent as the U.S. dollar weakened against six major currencies & China imposed extra tariffs of up to 25 percent on 128 U.S. products, raising global trade tensions.

The ETF for gold,  SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) moved up +1.17% today.

The iShares Silver Trust (SLV) traded up +1.56% today.

First Majestic Silver Corp. (NYSE: AG), a mining company focused on growing primary silver production in Mexico and who is aggressively pursuing the development of its existing mineral property assets, was up +1.96% today.

SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) was off -2.17%.

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Gold rises more than 1 percent on renewed U.S.-China trade tensions

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Gold prices rose more than 1 percent on Monday as the U.S. dollar softened and China raised tariffs on U.S. products, escalating global trade tensions…

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Diversified Resources Company BHP’s First Half Year Results

BHP is a world-leading resources company that extracts and processes minerals, oil and gas and their products are sold worldwide. Their global headquarters are in Melbourne, Australia. they operate under a Dual Listed Company structure with two parent companies (BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc) operated as if they were a single economic entity, which they refer to as BHP.  They are run by a unified Board and management. Their stated corporate purpose is to create long-term shareholder value through the discovery, acquisition, development and marketing of natural resources. They do this through their strategy: to own and operate large, long-life, low-cost, expandable, upstream assets diversified by commodity, geography and market.

They are among the world’s top producers of major commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal and copper. BHP also has substantial interests in oil, gas and energy coal.

Recently BHP reported results for the half year ended 31 December 2017.

BHP Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Mackenzie stated, “Higher commodity prices and a solid operating performance delivered free cash flow of US$4.9 billion. We used this cash to further reduce net debt and increase returns to shareholders through higher dividends. We are on track to deliver further productivity gains of US$2 billion by the end of the 2019 financial year as we secure improvements in both operating and capital productivity, aided by smarter technology application across our value chain. Our capital expenditure program remains focused on high-return, low-risk development opportunities in commodities where we see greatest potential. We remain firm in our resolve to maximise cash flow, maintain discipline and increase shareholder value and returns.”

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Goldman Likes Fundamentals, Refers to Market Sell-off As Technical

CNBC reported today that Goldman Sachs (GS) analysts noted that the recent sell-off in the equity markets are technical in nature and that the fundamentals are still in place. They went on to reiterate their year-end target for the S&P 500 at year end as 2,850. Their positive outlook is directly attributed to the U.S. GDP growth which they said is “robust”.

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Goldman says sell-off is not fundamental, keeps year-end forecast for market

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Caterpillar (CAT) Beats on Q4, Full-Year Earnings Reported Today

Caterpillar (CAT) reported earnings today Q4 & 2017 yearend earnings today before the market open of $2.16 per share, which beating market estimates of $1.827 per share.

CAT highlighted the following:

  • Fourth-quarter sales and revenues up 35 percent
  • Broad-based sales recovery gained momentum in the fourth quarter of 2017
  • Fourth-quarter 2017 results include a charge of $2.4 billion, or $3.91 per share, from U.S. tax reform legislation
  • Expect growth in many end markets in 2018
  • Implementing new strategy focused on operational excellence and profitable growth
  • Sales and revenues in the fourth quarter of 2017 were $12.9 billion, compared with $9.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Fourth-quarter 2017 loss was $2.18 per share, compared with a loss of $2.00 per share in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Full-year sales and revenues in 2017 were $45.5 billion, up about 18 percent from $38.5 billion in 2016. Full-year profit was $1.26 per share in 2017, compared with a loss of $0.11 per share in 2016

  • The company expects 2018 profit per share in a range of $7.75 to $8.75. Excluding restructuring costs of about $400 million, adjusted profit per share is expected in a range of $8.25 to $9.25.

“After four challenging years, many key markets improved in 2017, and our global team delivered strong results. We remained focused on operational excellence and made early investments in profitable growth initiatives as we began to implement our new strategy,” said Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby.

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GoldCorp (GG) Delivered Q3 of On Target Gold Production at Low Costs

David Garofalo, President & Chief Executive Officer of GoldCorp (GG) recently stated post reporting Q3’s Earnings, “We have delivered another quarter of on target gold production at low costs, led by strong operating performance at Peñasquito and Cerro Negro. The success of our efficiency program is evident in continued low operating costs and an expanded margin per ounce of gold produced. With the optimization of our portfolio now complete, we have a full and robust pipeline of development projects poised to deliver value growth in the short, medium and long-term.”

Goldcorp Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

VANCOUVER , Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ –  GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) (“Goldcorp” or the “Company”) today reported its third quarter 2017 results.  Third Quarter Highlights Net …..

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Goldcorp (NYSE: GG) Releasing Q3 Results October 25; Hosting Conference Call & Webcast October 26

Vancouver, B.C. based Goldcorp (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) is a leading gold producer focused on responsible mining practices with safe, low-cost production throughout the Americas. Goldcorp maintains a portfolio of long-lived, high-quality assets positions that the Company believes will deliver long-term value. In 2017, Goldcorp announced its ambitious 20/20/20 five-year growth program to drive increasing net asset value per share. The program is expected by the Company to deliver a 20% increase in production, a 20% increase in gold reserves and a 20% decrease in all-in sustaining costs over the next five years.

A number of factors have been pushing the price of gold higher over the past few weeks when it hit a 52-week high of $1357.17/oz in the second week of September. Gold has now come back to approximately $1274.50/0z today.

Goldcorp announced recently that it is releasing its Q3 2017 results after the market close on October 25, 2017. The company also will host a conference call and webcast on October 26 at 10:00 am PT. To participate call Toll-Free (US and Canada) 1-800-355-4959 & Outside the US and Canada dial 1-416-340-2216. A live and archived webcast will also be available on Goldcorp’s website at www.goldcorp.com. The conference call will be available for replay by phone at Toll-Free (US and Canada) 1-800-408-3053 & Outside the US and Canada at 1-905-694-9451 The Replay end date is November 26, 2017. The Replay Passcode is 2296992.

Goldcorp to Release 2017 Third Quarter Results on October 25; Conference Call and Webcast on October 26

VANCOUVER , Sept. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – GOLDCORP INC . (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) will release its 2017 third quarter results after market close on October 25, 2017 , followed by a conference call and webcast …..

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