America's shale gas revolution is already paying off big time. Not only has it been a boon to consumers and companies who use natural gas for heating their homes and offices, it also appears to be benefiting the environment. Let's take a closer look.
EIA reports lower CO2 emissions
Last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions for 2012 fell to 5.3 billion tons ��the lowest level in nearly two decades. What's more is that since 2007, emissions have declined consecutively each year, with the exception of 2010. The reason?
The EIA attributed the decline in CO2 emissions primarily to the shift away from coal, the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel, and toward natural gas, the least carbon-intensive fuel, for electric power generation. Less demand for transportation fuels and relatively weak demand for winter heating also played a role in driving emissions lower.
Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2014: Zions Bancorporation(ZION)
Zions Bancorporation, a multi bank holding company, provides various banking and related products and services in the United States. The company offers community banking services, including small and medium-sized business and corporate banking; commercial and residential development, construction, and term lending; retail banking; treasury cash management and related products and services; residential mortgage; trust and wealth management; and investment activities. It also provides personal banking services to individuals, including home mortgages, bankcard, installment loans, home equity lines of credit, checking accounts, savings accounts, time certificates, safe deposit facilities, direct deposits, and automated teller machine access. In addition, the company offers small business administration lending services; secondary market agricultural real estate mortgage loans; municipal finance advisory and underwriting services; and wealth management and online brokerage ser vices. As of December 31, 2010, Zions Bancorporation offered its banking services through 495 branches in Utah, California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and New Mexico. The company was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Anthony Mirhaydari]
The combination of an improving labor market and a strengthening housing market, along with ultra-cheap short-term financing and attractive long-term investments, will work wonders for even the most beleaguered banks in 2011. So if you’re looking for a leveraged way to express a positive opinion on the future of the economy — look no further than Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION).
- [By Dan Freed]
While Zions shares trade at a 12% discount to peers in terms of normalized earnings, JPMorgan says the bank is on its way to "much narrower discount."
The report adds that management is moving ahead with a cleans up the capital structure and creating "a more normal level of credit costs."
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SI Financial Group, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company that provides a range of financial services to individuals, businesses, and municipalities primarily in Hartford, Middlesex, New London, Tolland, and Windham counties in Connecticut. Its deposit products include noninterest-bearing demand accounts, such as checking accounts; and interest-bearing accounts comprising NOW and money market accounts, regular savings accounts, and certificates of deposit The company?s loan portfolio comprises one-to four-family residential mortgage, multi-family and commercial real estate, construction, and commercial business loans, as well as consumer loans, such as home equity lines of credit, unsecured loans, loans secured by marketable securities, passbook or certificate accounts, motorcycles, automobiles, and recreational vehicles. It also offers fiduciary services, investment management, and retirement services to individuals, part nerships, corporations, and institutions, as well as acts as a guardian, conservator, executor, trustee under various trusts, wills, and other agreements. As of July 27, 2011, the company operated 21 branch locations. SI Financial Group, Inc. was founded in 1842 and is headquartered in Willimantic, Connecticut.
Top 5 Income Stocks To Watch Right Now: Golden Valley Mines Ltd.(GZZ.V)
Golden Valley Mines Ltd. engages in the exploration and evaluation of mineral properties in Canada. It primarily explores for gold, copper, zinc, silver, nickel, platinum group elements, molybdenum, cobalt, and uranium ores. The company holds interests in 151 exploration properties located in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, which lies between Ontario and Quebec; James Bay, Mistassini, and Otish regions of northern Quebec; Nunavik region of northern Quebec; Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan; and James Bay Lowlands of Ontario. It also has additional projects in the Republic of Sierra Leone in West Africa. The company was incorporated in 2000 and is headquartered in Val d'Or, Canada.
Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2014: Tanzanian Royalty Com Npv (TNX.TO)
Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation, a mineral resource company, engages in the acquisition and exploration of natural resource properties. The company primarily explores for gold or other precious metals. It holds a 55% interest in the Buckreef project located in Tanzania. The company was formerly known as Tan Range Exploration Corporation and changed its name to Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation in February 2006. Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation was founded in 1990 and is based in South Surrey, Canada.
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First California Financial Group, Inc. operates as the holding company for First California Bank, which provides commercial banking services to individuals, professionals, and small- to mid-sized business in California. Its deposit products comprise non-interest bearing checking, interest checking, savings accounts, time deposits, and money market accounts. The company?s loan portfolio includes revolving lines of credit, term loans, commercial real estate loans, construction loans, consumer and home equity loans, entertainment finance, and small business administration loans. As of March 18, 2010, it operated through 17 full-service branches in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura counties. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Westlake Village, California.