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Michelle Obama Arrives In China For Official Visit

The president this year has exercised what the White House calls his “convening powers” to bring together influential groups to focus on the challenges facing young black men, the trials of the long-term unemployed and barriers to a college education that face the disadvantaged, among other things. He’s held a student film student loan forgiveness act Obama festival to spotlight the need to improve technology in public schools. And coming up in June: a White House meeting on working families designed to push businesses to adopt more family-friendly policies and pay female employees on par with men. Obama will pretty much try anything to mobilize support for his agenda: He turned up on the comic website Funny or Die recently to plug his health care law on Zach Galifianakis’ mock interview show “Between Two Ferns.” Within days, the interview had snagged 18 million views, on par with Justin Bieber. The same day as the interview, Obama went sweater shopping at a Gap store in Manhattan, a high-profile reward for a company that has moved voluntarily to boost the minimum wage for its workers.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-powers-persuasion-advance-agenda-22999783

As Michelle Obama and China’s first lady Peng Liyuan prepare to meet, anticipation is high

Kerry spoke again by phone Thursday about Ukraine. Lavrov, a separate ministry statement said, accused the United States of condoning the activities of ultranationalist and extremist forces that he said were targeting businessmen, journalists, dissenters, Russian speakers and our compatriots. The Pentagon said that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also spoke with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, who told him that Russian troops along the Ukrainian border were there only to conduct exercises. Defying U.S. and European warnings, Russia moved troops several weeks ago into Crimea, a part of Ukraine with an ethnic-Russian majority population. In short order, it organized a referendum in which Crimea voted to become part of Russia and Putin announced this week that Russia would annex the region. On Thursday, the lower house of the Russian parliament voted 443 to 1 to admit Crimea and the metropolitan region of Sevastopol into the Russian Federation, putting some of the final procedural touches on the takeover.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/obama-expands-sanctions-against-top-aides-associates-of-putin-over-annexation-of-crimea/2014/03/20/ad5166f8-b04d-11e3-a49e-76adc9210f19_story.html

Obama Hits Russia With More Sanctions Amid ‘Grave Concern’

Still, some say a strong signal of long-term energy support from the White House would benefit Europe, both in the near term and in the future. RECOMMENDED: Get your 2014 Emerging & Frontier Markets Forecast FREE. The U.S. must take a long perspective on what its coming energy-export-superpower status will mean, make sure it is achieved, and make clear the political significance for countries now too dependent on Russian energy,” writes Walter Connor, who directedSoviet and East European Studies at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute between1976 and 1984.”In the shorter term, all kinds of aid/support for reform and stabilization in mainland Ukraine must be lined up now,” Mr. Connor, who now teaches at Boston University, writes in an e-mail statement. Some in Washington might want to see the US take a page from its Iran playbook and immediately target Russia’s oil and gas sector which accounts for about half of Russia’s federal revenue. Limiting Russia’s energy industry would deal a huge blow to its economy, and might make Putin take a seat at the negotiating table. But Russia does not export any natural gas to the US, and what little oil Russia exports to the US has been largely replaced by increases in domestic US production and imports from Canada and Brazil, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2014/0321/Obama-sanctions-more-Russians-over-Crimea-but-keeps-US-energy-weapon-sheathed

Obama sanctions more Russians over Crimea, but keeps US energy weapon sheathed

When the news was announced at the UC regents meeting in San Francisco, officials and the audience gave UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake a round of applause. “We just tried to make a compelling case for why this was the place for him to be this year,” Drake said. UC system President Janet Napolitano , who previously served in the Obama administration as U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, spoke with Obama about the invitation, Drake said.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-obama-irvine-20140321,0,5225432.story?track=rss

Obama traveled to India with the President in 2010. The trip included a visit to the University of Mumbai, the Diwali Candle Lighting Celebration, and dinner with Prime Minister Singh Rashtrapati Bhavan. The first lady traveled to Copenhagen to represent the United States at the International Olympic Committee session in October 2009. HIDE CAPTION The U.S. first lady will meet with Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan on Friday The two women have several activities planned Mrs. Obama won’t be talking politics during her week-long visit to three Chinese cities Her mother and her two daughters are also joining the trip (CNN) — First lady Michelle Obama is in China for an official visit to expand Sino-American relations, but she will refrain from talking about political differences.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/20/politics/michelle-obama-china/index.html

Pengs decision to be a more conventional, Western-type first lady, shunning overtly political controversies in favor of soft power, is closely matched with Obamas approach to the role though under a more rigid set of circumstances. Because of the traditional gender restrictions and limitations the Chinese government places on women, Pengs political role is purposely narrow, sparking the kind of feminist debate in which Obama has sometimes found herself embroiled, says Feng Yuan, a feminist academic and head of the Anti-Domestic Violence Network in Beijing. It doesnt matter how different Peng is from the past first ladies. They all reflect the gender division of this country, says Feng, noting that Chinas political system remains thoroughly male-dominated. But Peng is quite different from past first ladies, who were neither seen nor heard, have never functioned as diplomats and often kept such a low profile within China that they could not be picked out in a crowd.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/as-michelle-obama-and-chinas-first-lady-peng-liyuan-prepare-to-meet-anticipation-is-high/2014/03/20/6cc55378-b522-4af6-bb06-e672787bde19_story.html

Obama to speak at UC Irvine graduation

to penalize key sectors of the Russian economy, including its huge energy business. Officials said Obama could act on that authority if Russian forces press into other areas of Ukraine, an escalation of the crisis in Crimea. The president said the latest penalties were the result of “choices the Russian government has made, choices that have been rejected by the international community.” “Russia must know that further escalation will only isolate it further from the international community,” Obama said, speaking from the South Lawn of the White House. European Union leaders, too, said they would expand the number of people targeted with various sanctions and indicated they would cancel an EU-Russia summit. Chancellor Angela Merkel told the German parliament that if the crisis deepens in Crimea and Ukraine, the EU is prepared to move to economic sanctions on a higher level.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-make-statement-ukraine-22984094

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What’s Working, And What’s Not, In Market

World stock markets mostly shrug off Crimea vote

Low P-E stocks. The stocks deemed the least-pricey fared poorly, dipping 0.04%. The other major trend: the stocks that did the best last year are also topping the performance charts again in 2014. The 50 best-performing stocks in the S&P 500 last year are up 6.85% this year, vs. a gain of just 1.52% for last year’s worst-performing decile of stocks.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2014/03/18/whats-working-on-wall-street/6566589/

Under Armour http://www.todayhotstocks.com shares jump on stock split

officials warned Moscow against making further military moves toward southern and eastern Ukraine. In early European trading, Germany’s DAX edged up less than 0.1 percent to 9,062.63 while France’s CAC 40 added 0.2 percent to 4,224.13. Britain’s FTSE 100 gained 0.1 percent to 6,537.59. U.S. stocks were poised to rise.
Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/world-stock-markets-mostly-shrug-off-crimea-vote/

Trader studies market.

Bull Market Anniversary, were taking a stroll down memory lane and reviewing how major currencies and their stock markets, as represented by ETFs, have fared since the bottom. Our reference point for the so-called bottom is March 6th, 2009, which in hindsight was the turning point for the S&P 500 Index . Note that the performance charts below are compiled using cumulative monthly returns with adjusted closing prices from March 2009 through March 2014, thereby offering a five year snapshot of how major currencies have fared in relation to their nations respective equity market [see also Major Index Returns by Year: A Visual Guide ]. U.S.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/currency-etfs-vs-stock-market-130045446.html

Stock Market Today: Wal-Mart’s Video Game Threat and Hertz’s $1 Billion Stock Buyback

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Currency ETFs vs. Their Stock Market Since Market Bottom

The video game retailer’s stock was down 4.4% in pre-market trading after TheWall Street Journal reported that Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT ) is jumping into the used video game business. Wal-Mart will soon begin paying customers for pre-owned games and allowing them to apply that cash toward new game purchases, or for any other items within its stores. Despite a successful push into other business categories over the last few years, used game profits remain key to GameStop’s bottom line, accounting for almost 25% of earnings. Still, the company has fended off many other challenges to that lucrative business.
Source: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/03/18/stock-market-today-wal-marts-video-game-threat-and.aspx

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Obama Tells Democrats To Focus On November Midterms, Not 2016

‘NOT A SIGN OF STRENGTH’ Obama, who has drawn fire from Republicans for his handling of Ukraine, rejected suggestions the Russian move was a clear strategic step. “I actually think that this has not been a sign of strength but rather a reflection that countries near Russia have deep concerns and suspicions about this kind of meddling and if anything, will push some countries further away from Russia,” he said in remarks to reporters on Tuesday. Obama said he held a meeting of the National Security Council on Tuesday morning, his second such session in two days about Ukraine. US officials are still considering an array of economic weapons to penalize Russia, starting with targeting the assets of Russian officials directly involved in the intervention in Crimea or more broadly student loan consolidation to target a wider range of Russian officials, officials have said. Senator Orrin Hatch, the senior Republican on the US Senate Finance Committee, urged the Obama administration in a letter on Tuesday to use all available tools to ensure Russian compliance with international law, and offered to work with the administration to give it more such tools if needed. Putin’s remarks on Tuesday in which he said Russia would use military force in Ukraine as a last resort were seen in the Obama administration as a sign he is keeping his options open in Ukraine, the official said.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-Germanys-Merkel-discuss-resolution-to-Ukraine-crisis/articleshow/31447536.cms

It also wanted to recognize deep cuts that the federal government has already weathered, thanks to the sequester. Almost every year in the last decade, both Presidents Obama and George W. Bush have identified redundant, bloated or useless programs and departments to be cut from the federal budget. Lawmakers have mostly ignored them. Take the abstinence-only sex education, a hallmark of the Bush administration. In 2007, researchers who followed 2000 children over 10 years concluded that abstinence-only programs don’t keep teenagers from having sex.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/05/news/economy/budget-cuts-sex/index.html

“It would immediately raise millions of people out of poverty. It would help millions more work their way out of poverty. And it doesn’t require new taxes, doesn’t require new spending, doesn’t require some vast bureaucracy,” Obama said. Connecticut has already raised its state minimum wage above $7.25, and Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy is seeking to hike it again to $10.10. Republicans have objected to the plan to raise the minimum wage, bolstered by a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which said the plan could lead to 500,000 fewer jobs.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-tells-democrats-focus-november-midterms-not-2016-020034176–business.html

They warned of invading forces and a desperate Russia breaking international law. “President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations,” Obama said, “but I don’t think that’s fooling anybody.” Putin blamed Western powers, particularly the United States, for causing what he called “anarchy and armed coup” in Ukraine. How far will Putin go in Ukraine? Can bloodshed be prevented in Crimea? Crimea downplays Russian ultimatum “I have a feeling people in America sit in some lab doing experiments, like on rats,” he said, “without knowing consequences.” Here are some of the questions at play, with a look at how key players are weighing in: What’s happening in Kiev and Crimea?
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/04/world/europe/putin-obama-ukraine-facts/index.html

And all the data suggests that the patient pays from 10-20 percent more.” Brow also says a hospital gets paid twice as much for chemotherapy as a community cancer center. For patients, it is a matter of both price and convenience. Patient DeAnne Schaffer explains, “I could come here, and get my chemo within five minutes. I go to the hospital, it could be five minutes, it could be ten hours, depending on what’s going on.” She adds, “I know it’s health care and it’s not fast food, but would you rather have five minutes or ten hours?” Geraldine Witzig, another patient, says “I definitely would prefer to be here. In the hospital, you really are at the – you are on the schedule that the hospital staff is on.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/05/obama-administration-paying-hospitals-more-than-many-community-cancer-centers/

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Photo Release — Nasdaq Welcomes Varonis Systems, Inc. (nasdaq:vrns) To The Nasdaq Stock Market

Varonis Systems, Inc., a provider of software solutions for unstructured, human-generated enterprise data, opened for trading on The NASDAQ Stock Market on February 28, 2014. A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=23870 Varonis provides an innovative software platform that allows enterprises to map, analyze, manage and migrate their unstructured data. Varonis specializes in human-generated data, a type of unstructured data that includes an enterprise’s spreadsheets, word processing documents, presentations, audio files, video files, emails, text messages and any other data created by employees. This data often contains an enterprise’s financial information, product plans, strategic initiatives, intellectual property and numerous other forms of vital information. IT and business personnel deploy Varonis software for a variety of use cases, including data governance, data security, archiving, file synchronization, enhanced mobile data accessibility and information collaboration.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/photo-release–nasdaq-welcomes-varonis-systems-inc-nasdaqvrns-to-the-nasdaq-stock-market-20140228-00675

NASDAQ Gainers Watch List: Liberty Global Plc (NASDAQ:LBTYA) and Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) Added to Growing Stock Report’s NASDAQ Gainers Watch List.

(NASDAQ:MAT) Added to Growing Stock Report’s NASDAQ Gainers Watch List. Save New York, NY — ( SBWIRE ) — 03/03/2014 — Growing Stock Report expands its NASDAQ Gainers Weekly Watch List adding Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ:LBTYA) and Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT). Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ:LBTYA) a company that together with its subsidiaries, provides video, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, and mobile services in Europe, Chile, Puerto Rico, and internationally closed up in its previous session (+1.41%) on 3,145,706 shares traded after LIBERTY GLOBAL PLC Filed SEC form 8-K, Regulation FD Disclosure. Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ:LBTYA) is currently up (+30.09%) from its recent 52-week low which has prompted Growing Stock Report to add the stock to their NASDAQ Gainers Watch List.
Source: http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/nasdaq-gainers-watch-list-liberty-global-plc-nasdaqlbtya-and-mattel-inc-nasdaqmat-added-to-growing-stock-reports-nasdaq-gainers-watch-list-469431.htm

Tri-Tech Holding Inc. Announces Receipt of NASDAQ Delisting Notice, Plans to Appeal

In other NASDAQ OMX Group news, EVP Bruce Aust unloaded 20,000 shares of the companys stock on the open market in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.97, for a total transaction of $779,400.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 98,101 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,822,996. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link .
Source: http://www.wkrb13.com/markets/272349/nasdaq-omx-group-upgraded-to-buy-by-thomson-reutersverus-ndaq/

NASDAQ OMX Group Upgraded to Buy by Thomson Reuters/Verus (NDAQ)

With software copyrights, product patents, and capable employees in China, the U.S. and India, Tri-Tech’s capabilities span the cycle of innovation. Please visit http://www.tri-tech.cn for more information. An online investor kit including a company profile, presentations, press releases, current price quotes, stock charts and other valuable information Good buys for today for investors is available at http://www.tri-tech.cn/ir.
Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140303-909065.html

Israel Dealmakers Summit 2014 to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell

Participants include Chairman, CEOs, Government Leaders, Investors, Entrepreneurs and Corporate Professionals featured alongside a VIP Delegation of Global Dealmakers. The summit balances a featured roster of world-class speakers with significant networking time, providing unique insights and relationship building opportunities among this prestigious group of top industry dealmakers. This year marks the conference’s 6th Anniversary, and we are excited to host our annual summit again in New York City with an amazing lineup of global speakers. About NASDAQ OMX Group: NASDAQ OMX /quotes/zigman/86035/delayed/quotes/nls/ndaq NDAQ -0.10% is a leading provider of trading, exchange technology, information and public company services across six continents.
Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/israel-dealmakers-summit-2014-to-ring-the-nasdaq-stock-market-opening-bell-2014-03-03