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To: Robohogs who wrote (106994)3/7/2012 10:05:21 AM
From: Jane4IceCream
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Agree and added a few more shares on this pullback this morn into my long term account.

Jane

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From: Jerrymac3/7/2012 11:14:29 AM
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FYI..Just received an amended 1099 from my broker (Wells Fargo) which includes an entry wrt MHRprC that reclassifies the dividend income formerly reported as "Qualified Dividends" (current 15% tax) to "return of capital". Also noticed that my cost basis has been adjusted accordingly on my current holdings. Anyone here have this same treatment? Raises a few questions if this is an accurate recharicterization.

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To: Jerrymac who wrote (107003)3/7/2012 11:16:25 AM
From: bruce-l
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Yes, I received the same thing from TD Ameritrade last week.
bruce

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From: Dale Baker3/7/2012 11:40:49 AM
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HF CEO comments:

"Due primarily to the continuing and unprecedented quantitative easing by the U.S. Federal Reserve, we have seen continuous improvement in most of the core sectors of the U.S. commercial real estate capital markets, especially in the public markets. Generally, these improved conditions coupled with a slowly-improving economy continue to benefit certain sectors of the private debt and equity markets for select commercial real estate transactions, especially core properties in the major tier one markets and distressed assets in select major markets, when compared to the transaction environment in 2009 and in the first nine months of 2010. As evidenced by our total transaction activity in both the fourth quarter and for the full calendar year of 2011 when compared to the transaction activity in the comparable periods in 2010, we believe we grew our market share and expanded our EBITDA margins, even with the increased costs associated with our head count growth of 71 associates, an increase of 16.6% compared to the same period in 2010. Just as we have consistently done since the second quarter of 2009, our strong performance during the fourth quarter and full calendar year of 2011 allowed us to further strengthen an already strong balance sheet and grow our cash position to $141.8 million," said John H. Pelusi, Jr., HFF, Inc.'s chief executive officer. "As we have repeatedly stated over the past several quarters, there remain a number of headwinds that have the potential to negatively impact the improving conditions in the overall economy, the capital markets and the commercial real estate markets, especially in the U.S. Global issues such as the Eurozone's continuing inability to solve its collective sovereign debt crisis and the related tier one capital issues in the majority of the European banks, the continued unrest and tensions in the Middle East, sovereign debt concerns in the U.S. coupled with serious budget issues at the federal, state and local levels combined with continuing high unemployment levels are headwinds that, individually or collectively, have the potential to derail the slowly improving economic and capital market conditions, especially in the U.S. Generally speaking, the U.S. commercial real estate property level fundamentals, while continuing to improve in select tier one markets and in select property types such as multi-housing and hospitality, remain challenged. Given that property level fundamentals have historically lagged the U.S. economy, we expect them to remain challenged for select property types, especially in secondary and tertiary markets throughout 2012. These aforesaid headwinds have the potential to adversely impact transaction volumes relative to past historical norms in the U.S.," said Mr. Pelusi.

"As evidenced by our strong performance over the past nine quarters, we were again able to increase our year-over-year revenues, operating income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and earnings per share, as well as further strengthen our strong balance sheet and cash position. We believe we were again able to increase our market share as well as continue to strategically grow the Firm both through organic growth and through attracting high-quality producers from our competitors as evidenced by our 16.6% employment growth and the opening of offices in Tampa, Florida and Austin, Texas. Our full year operating income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and earnings per share in 2011 also represents our highest levels of such measures since our initial public offering in January 2007. During 2012, we will remain focused on continuing to improve our competitive position in the market and strategically growing our market share through organic growth and the continued recruitment of high-quality, talented associates, and we are already off to a great start with the opening of our 20th office in Denver, Colorado," said Mr. Pelusi.

"We believe our 191 transaction professionals, who have an average tenure of approximately 17.5 years in the commercial real estate industry, coupled with our enhanced disciplined management oversight, will enable us to continue to provide value-add winning solutions for our clients as they navigate these constantly changing inefficient capital markets. We remain grateful to our clients who continue to show their confidence in our ability to create and execute winning strategies for them. Finally, we would like to thank our associates who continue to demonstrate their ability to quickly adapt, innovate and share their collective knowledge from each transaction to provide superior value-added services to our clients," added Mr. Pelusi.

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To: Dale Baker who wrote (106991)3/7/2012 11:57:17 AM
From: lazarre
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A recent observation on: Gulf Keystone






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Wednesday, March 07, 2012 Wednesday's most followed: Gulf Keystone Petroleum, Faroe Petroleum, Admiral Group, Cobham, Physiomics



Investors continued monitoring market reaction to the news that the Iraqi government has given ExxonMobil ( NYSE:XOM) a few days to decide on entering the oil-rich Kurdistan region.

Gulf Keystone Petroleum ( LON:GKP), which operates in Kurdistan, topped the list of popular searches on Google Finance, while today’s disappointing update from peer Faroe Petroleum ( LON:FPM)was among the most read RNS statement of the day.

Back in November, the world’s largest oil and gas group by market capitalisation reached an agreement with the Kurdistan regional government covering six exploration blocks.

Traders hope that other majors will follow Exxon and enter Kurdistan by taking over smaller companies already operating in the region.

It was reported yesterday that the Iraqi government, which says that Kurdistan has no authority to grant exploration licences in the region, asked Exxon to clarify its position on the Kurdistan agreements within the next few days.

Today, a government spokesman said the decision whether to allow Exxon to participate in the next licence round will be based on its response.

Some investors in Gulf Keystone breathed a sigh of relief as they feared that the government would threaten to strip Exxon of its rights to the massive West Qurna-1 field in southern Iraq, currently the largest in the country. This would have made the cost of entering Kurdistan prohibitive.

On bulletin boards, some posters noted that it was unlikely that Exxon was interested in participating in the licence round anyway, which means that the statements from the Iraqi government will not have much of an impact on its decision to enter Kurdistan.

Shares in Gulf Keystone rebounded today, rising 17 pence (6.5 percent) to 275.25 pence following yesterday’s 80 pence drop

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To: lazarre who wrote (107006)3/7/2012 1:47:44 PM
From: Michael Thomas
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Lazarre, GUKYF - The only other smaller player in the region I know of is ShaMaran Petroleum. SNM.TO or pink equivalent, SHASF. Might be worth looking into/following should their be further consolidation in the region as the article suggests.

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To: Dale Baker who wrote (107005)3/7/2012 4:10:27 PM
From: Paul Kern
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AGNC gonna be on sale tomorrow

American Capital Agency Corp. Announces Public Offering of Common Stock
Last update: 3/7/2012 4:06:00 PM

BETHESDA, Md., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC) ("AGNC" or the "Company") announced today that it plans to make a public offering of 54,000,000 shares of its common stock. In connection with the offering, the Company intends to grant the underwriters an option for 30 days to purchase up to an additional 8,100,000 shares of common stock to cover overallotments.

AGNC expects to use the net proceeds from this offering to acquire additional agency securities as market conditions warrant and for general corporate purposes.

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To: Paul Kern who wrote (107008)3/7/2012 5:01:20 PM
From: Dale Baker
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Thanks for the heads up, their secondaries have usually been a good entry point. They clearly believe they can put a lot of new capital to work effectively.

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To: Dale Baker who wrote (107009)3/7/2012 5:20:59 PM
From: MoneyPenny
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It's my largest position, I get over 28% annual distribution on my original shares. MP

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From: Dale Baker3/7/2012 5:45:27 PM
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FYI, I own this in my income portfolio:

Windstream Corporation ( WIN) is a $7.0 billion market cap telecom company with a current 8.3 percent dividend yield. Windstream offers broadband Internet, telephone and digital television services to retail customers. Growth prospects are focused on high speed data and cloud storage services for commercial customers. Over the last five years, the company has completed the acquisition of eight smaller telecom companies. The acquisition of PAETEC at the end of 2011 added 36,000 miles of fiber optic cable to Windstream's network. The $1.00 annual dividend was 65 percent of adjusted free cash flow for 2011. Management projects cash flow will increase by a range of 7 to 20 percent in 2012. The 25 cent quarterly dividend has been paid consistently since 2007.

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