Investors await U.S. data, earnings reports

The Dow Jones industrial average hit yet another record on Wednesday. sanctions against Russia appeared to have no immediate impact on stock markets, although the move hit Russian stocks.

© 2014 The Associated Press. Germany’s DAX fell 0.3 percent to 9,830.25.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 closed 0.1 percent lower at 15,370.26 and China Shanghai Composite declined 0.6 percent to 2,055.59. government is also set to release economic data including unemployment claims and home construction.

In energy trading, benchmark U.S. penalties are meant to increase pressure to end the insurgency in eastern Ukraine believed to be supported by Moscow.

The escalation of the U.S. Investors had cheered Intel’s report of a 40-percent jump in its bottom line, a sign of recovery in PC demand.

South Korea was the only major market that finished higher. All Rights Reserved. sanctions targeted two major energy firms, a pair of powerful financial institutions, eight weapons firms and four individuals. The U.S.

Stock markets are at lofty heights, making investors nervous a corrective sell-off is looming, particularly as the U.S. Federal Reserve edges toward its first interest rate hike since the Great Recession. The market was boosted by expectations that the country’s new pro-growth finance minister would introduce measures to ease housing market regulations and encourage domestic spending.. The dollar fell to 101.48 yen from 101.65 yen late Wednesday.

In early European trading, Britain’s FTSE 100 was down 0.4 percent to 6,759.68 and France’s CAC 40 dipped 0.5 percent to 4,349.28. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

SEOUL, South Korea – European stocks were lower after most Asian markets abandoned modest gains Thursday ahead of U.S. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng and Sydney’s SP/ASX 200 were little changed.

The U.S. The strong performance of Wall Street indexes is at odds with the modest growth prospects of the U.S. The Kospi in Seoul rose 0.4 percent to 2,020.90. Dow Jones futures inched down 0.2 percent and SP 500 futures dropped 0.4 percent.

In currencies, the euro gained to $1.3535 from $1.3528. economy and the same contradiction also prevails in Europe and parts of Asia.

The new rounds of U.S. crude for August delivery was up 91 cents at $102.11 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added $1.24 to settle at $101.20 on Thursday.

For the rest of the week, earnings reports from Google and IBM are key events on the corporate side. economic data and corporate earnings reports.

Earlier in Asia, most of the region’s markets finished in negative territory or were little changed.

U.S markets were also headed for a lukewarm day

Arsenal top price down…to PS97.

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Compared to 12 months ago, the cheapest match day tickets in the top four divisions of English football is up 4.4% from 12 months, from PS20.58 to PS21.49, almost treble the current rate of inflation,1.5%.. In the Championship, the average price has dropped 3.2%.

The BBC Sport Price of Football study shows that the average price of the cheapest match day ticket from the Premier League to League Two has increased 13%, compared to a 6.8% increase in the cost of living during that time.

Liverpool’s top ticket is PS59, at Everton it is PS47.

THE wide-reaching BBC survey also revealed that Arsenal still have the most expensive matchday ticket in the Premier League – an eye-watering PS97 – even though they have slashed the price of last season’s top priced ticket from PS126.

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Chelsea are next on the top priced tickets list at PS87, although Stamford Bridge does, however, offer the cheapest pies in the top flight – just PS2.50 compared to PS3.30 at Anfield and PS3.20 at Goodison.

The BBC Price of Football study is in its fourth year having begun in 2011, and is the largest of its kind in Britain, covering 176 clubs in 11 divisions across British football, including Women’s Super League One and Two.

The average price of the cheapest tickets across English football has risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011.

In the Premier League, the increase is 15.8%, while it is 31.7% in League One and 19% in League Two

Shell Buys BG For $70 Billion, Betting On A Global Energy Price Recovery – Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A)

The spot price of LNG may be similar to pipeline gas in the region at the moment, but I expect we will see a significant price difference developing again soon. The loosening of sanctions against Iran may be a catalyst for such a project to become reality. A breakeven price in the $50 range is being claimed, but it remains to be seen whether that is more or less accurate. Tapping those fields is capital intensive, but should be viable as long as there will be a long-term recovery in oil prices.

The Asian LNG market.

Pipeline gas imports from outside the European Union are likely to shrink as well. That however may not result in significant LNG imports, especially given the fact that Russia just forgave 90% North Korea’s debt last year, in the interest of facilitating a natural gas pipeline to South Korea, via the North Korean state. The Chinese economy has been slowing as well. Meanwhile, the EU and the US are blocking any attempts to build alternative routes, therefore we could be looking at a huge drop in EU pipeline imports by 2030.


Shell came to an agreement to buy BG Group for $70 billion. These projects will not come close to compensating the loss of Norwegian gas imports however and there is also the political situation with Russia, which has the potential to cut Russian gas exports to the EU by as much as 80 Bcm. Acquisition was seen as being attractive as BG Group’s value was battered by lower energy prices.

There are some headwinds, including the prospect of disappointing LNG demand growth in Asia. So it is very likely that EU natural gas import volumes will actually increase, even as demand will either stagnate or shrink.

The 2014 decline in LNG prices may have been the result of a perfect storm, with Japan market growth declining, China slowing and oil prices pulling down the price of gas and LNG. On the other hand, there is the prospect of increased EU LNG demand.

This transaction is likely to be a short-term drawback for Shell, but will likely turn out to be a good move for the long-term as energy prices will rebound.

It is hard to say what appetite there will be for LNG in China in the longer term, given much cheaper alternatives available from Russia and Turkmenistan and even possibly Iran, if the nuclear issue will be settled. The spot price actually fell significantly more, where it is now in the $8/MBTU range, which is not much more expensive than Russian gas shipped to Europe via pipeline.

Just as is the case with BG’s LNG assets, it is more than likely that its South American assets will prove to be a valuable addition in the longer term, even though it may not look as attractive in the current price environment. Russia stated its goal to end its reliance on Ukraine as a transit route within a few years, one way or another. The economics of those projects since the price of oil has plunged is questionable. The US was going to be a major importer, but then the shale boom happened, so it is now set to become a significant exporter. A $70 billion deal that involves Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) acquiring BG Group (OTCQX:BRGYY) is so far the biggest change that the current oil and gas price decline has produced to date. The proposed pipeline would carry 10 Bcm of natural gas per year, which is equivalent to about a fifth of current South Korean imports.

A pipeline between Iran and India, via Pakistan has been contemplated for many years now. There is also a proposed Israel-Cyprus pipeline which would bring a further 10 Bcm to the EU. The Indian economy is increasingly following the path of China in becoming more industrialized and its economic growth rate is forecast by the IMF to overtake that of China’s slowing growth path. But there are a few projects that are already underway and I am certain that at least some of the projects that currently exist only on the drawing board will become reality. Japan has been importing over 80 Bcm (2.6 Tcf) of LNG per year due in large part to the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

The rest of Asia.

Disclosure: The author has no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. It does bode well for Australian LNG projects, which will find that there will be far less competition on the Asian market from other LNG producers.

China’s Russia deals.

This announcement is probably going to be the biggest news in the energy sector this year. At the same time, domestic EU natural gas production is likely to decline as well, as Netherlands production is forecast by the IEA to shrink by as much as 60 Bcm by 2030. But given a combination of more pipeline sources and a much slower growing Chinese economy, moving forward, I do believe that Chinese LNG demand will disappoint in coming years and decades.

South Korea does have the potential to continue increasing natural gas demand, given that its economy is performing relatively well. There are a number of factors which may threaten an LNG price rebound, while there are some factors which point to strong growth in global LNG demand, which should support prices in the long-term.

Given that last year China was paying as much as 50% more for LNG gas compared to what EU customers were paying for Russian gas, it made perfect sense to make a deal with Russia for a similar price structure as the European customers enjoy. Its economy has been largely stagnated for almost a decade already and there is little evidence that this will change any time soon, therefore natural gas demand is likely to remain stagnated or even decline slightly. Second, China was seen as being more open to signing those deals, due to an announcement that China’s domestic shale gas potential is not as spectacular as first hoped.

The EU factor.

While there is always a chance that the EU leadership will surprise the global energy market and make some pragmatic moves, such as building a pipeline to Iran, or reverse the confrontational attitude towards Russia, I personally doubt it will happen. What this means for Shell is that massive LNG supplies will be diverted from their original target, namely Asia and be re-directed to Europe. Russia’s pivot away from the EU market is one of the main driving forces behind many of these projects, which will make them more likely to be accomplished. Asia has been the main driver of global LNG demand in the past decade or so. Currently, Japan pays almost twice as much for LNG compared to the price that China secured from Russia, given that the price of Russian gas is tied to oil price movements.

Other major current and future potential major LNG customers include Japan, South Korea and India. There is much talk about a pipeline to Azerbaijan, which will likely provide the EU with about 10 Bcm of gas per year. On balance, I think it is likely to end up a good bet.

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The EU currently imports about 400 BCM (12.8 Tcf) of gas per year. It is rather clear that Japan has reached a peak level of imports and if there will be any increase at all, it will likely be minimal. It seems obvious however that Shell sees promise for the long-term, given BG’s position in the Australian LNG industry, where it has a $20 billion facility, which just started shipping LNG late last year. BG Group has had a rough time lately, with the Asian LNG market looking less than promising in the short-term. This does not bode well for Shell’s new acquisition, which is in large part made up of the large Australian $20 billion LNG project from which BG just started shipping gas last year, which is geared towards supplying the Asian market.

Last year, Russia and China signed two major gas deals for a total volume of 68 Bcm (2.18 Tcf) per year. (More…)The author wrote this article themselves, and it expresses their own opinions. Meanwhile, shale gas prospects are not materializing, not only due to a hostile political attitude, but also due to poor results in places where some drilling has taken place, such as Poland, Hungary and Romania. The author is not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). An underwater pipeline between Japan and Russia has also been a topic of contemplation in past years, therefore there is a chance that LNG imports may even be slashed sometime in the perhaps not too distant future. This may not be ideal for the EU economy which is already in stagnation mode, therefore does not need an increase in Energy prices. Furthermore, the spot price which is very volatile and represents only a very small fraction of LNG supplies, does not really represent what customers should expect to pay in the long term. India is also contemplating an ambitious project to bring Russian gas to India via a $40 billion pipeline. It is therefore set to become by far the largest LNG importer within ten to fifteen years. It is therefore clear that Shell made this deal with an eye on the longer-term future of the company. The deals were seen as the result of two major factors. BG is also heavily invested in Brazil with Petrobras (NYSE:PBR), where they are developing some very tough pre-salt fields which have been discovered in past years. All three countries are eager to make it happen. The Asian market has weakened lately, due in large part to a drop in energy prices overall, but also due to significant stagnation in LNG demand growth, mainly because Japan is no longer ramping up imports to make up for the loss of nuclear energy. There is huge potential for it to become a major natural gas importer, but just as everyone else in the region, it is looking to get as much pipeline gas as possible, because it is cheaper.. First of all, Russia became more open to the deals, given the tense situation with Europe, due to the Ukrainian crisis. The author has no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

We should not expect all of these pipeline projects to become reality, especially since many of them are just sketches on maps and nothing more. As a result, the price of LNG paid in Japan declined from $16/MBTU’s in July, to about $14 today

Arsene Wenger – Football Genius or Megalomaniac

To a great extent, they manage to pull it off amazingly well.. He got rewarded handsomely for this transformation as well. This influx of fresh players has strengthened the squad, evident from the top position they occupy currently in the league. And with Ferguson’s departure from Manchester United, Arsenal now looks on to encash on this rare opportunity, till Moyes tries to fit his feet in the extremely big shoes Alex has left behind. To label one manager as a footballing genius, or an inconsistent assessor, or simply as a failure is a mistake many of us tend to make.

Watching Arsenal play can take you to two very distinct dimensions. They instead choose to patiently build up the game from the back, pass the ball around with quick touches and exquisite technical movement, drawing similarities to the eye-catching ‘tiqui-taca’ game that Barcelona adopt. He is the only non-British manager in the Premier League to have won the double (1998 and 2002), and is also the longest serving and most successful manager of Arsenal FC (winning 3 league titles and 4 FA cups). Maybe, just maybe, their castle will hold till the end of the season, which will see them bask in the light reflected off the silverware, that is the Premiership trophy.

But soon after that, things began to crumble. Theirs is a brand of football that discards the stereotypical ‘English’ game of lump the ball ahead and follow it up with a horde of muscle bulging beasts. But he is not the lone opportunist here, with City, and newly reappointed Chelsea manager Mourinho snapping at his heels. He quickly transformed the way they played from a dull yawn-inducing sleepwalk (Highbury was rightly dubbed ‘the Library’), into an exciting fiery rodeo. The last 3 seasons have seen them battle it out with the likes of Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspurs, and Everton for 4th place. Many have pointed out that the reason for this downfall has been Wenger’s stubbornness to buy new players, and also his preference of picking youth over experienced players.

To place men in certain defined categories is a task beyond the normal realms of functionality. Slowly but forcibly, Arsenal have been transformed from genuine title contenders, to the almost-maybe men. Fans are finally getting optimistic about getting the elusive trophy. In fact, Arsenal ironically end up as a ‘selling club’ for most of the bigger European heavyweights. Wenger’s team sit on the top, 2 points clear, and as their crest portrays, seem to be holding off a siege by the other teams in the top four. There have been some hiccups though, like the 6-3 mauling Arsenal received at the hands of City at the Etihad stadium; but staunch supporters believe that this is just a transition period, where the new blood is finding its feet, and just starting to gel in with the rest of the team.

They have now gone 7 years without any silverware, and surely this is a team that is no more in transition. 2004 saw the pinnacle of this football revolution at Highbury, when they went the entire season unbeaten, a task that was last managed over a 100 years ago by Preston North End.

If Arsenal does win this season, it will be a huge relief, rather than jubilation for Arsene, long hogged by the critics for ‘not bringing home a trophy since 2006′. This holds true especially in the case of football managers. This however changed recently, when Arsene finally relented and brought in big names like Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, and Oliver Giroud. This was seen as a desperate move by Arsene after the departure of Fabregas, Clichy, and Nasri.

Wenger has been at the helm of the London club since 1996. Each transfer window opens up with a plethora of experienced names being linked with the club, but ends in disappointment for the fans when they realize that Arsene will not buy

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas – InfoBarrel

There are some basic things you’ll want for a successful party that will let everyone know that you’re party will be one not to miss. Chill. You’ll need fresh mint, bourbon, shaved ice and simple syrup. Fill glass with shaved ice, 2 shots of your favorite Kentucky bourbon and add mint simple syrup, stir and garnish with fresh mint.

If you plan on having a Derby party, you will want to know when your television station will be showing the race and plan the rest of your events around it so that everyone can watch.

Set the stage for your derby party with the invitation that let’s everyone know what to expect. Include items such as tea sandwiches and cucumber sandwiches, deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, fresh vegetables, puffed pastry, quiche, Au gratin potatoes, corn bread, honey baked ham and for dessert it must be a bourbon style cake!

Kentucky Derby Party Must Have’s:

Derby Attire




Find derby clothing in such things as vintage hats, white hats, pink hats, red hats, any other wide brim hats or Edwardian style hat and fedora hats for men, colorful spring dresses or off the shoulder dresses, spring suits for men and add lace, large flowers or bows to any outfit and have an umbrella or walking stick handy. Prepare to have all the ingredients needed for this classic cocktail of the Derby. Heat one cup sugar and one cup water until boiling. Or just make sure that the television room will be ready for post time. Remove mint before serving and double or triple this recipe as needed. Remove from heat and add 5-6 fresh mint leaves. Credit:

Create your own Derby party with a luncheon or dinner menu that mimics southern fare. Scatter posters of horses, jockeys, past Derby races and winners around the main party room, or create your own on a computer finding similar images that would emulate the party theme.

The Invitation

Include Derby part date, post time, luncheon or dinner menu and anything you’d like the guests to bring such as their own binoculars and Derby attire.

Television Schedule


Have fun planning a Kentucky Derby Party, you’re sure to make it an annual tradition for you and your friends that everyone will look forward to!

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas Sure To Please

Buy silver or pewter mint julep glasses to truly authentic the same glasses used or find other derby party glasses with horses or roses etched on them for your guests. Use a dining table or kitchen table with access to a bar area as well as the food station.


Derby Party Menu


Create the perfect table with centerpieces fitting of the Derby such as binoculars for everyone, small horse and jockey figurines, jockey hats, rose petals along the entire table or small vases of fresh roses. If you are unable to attend the Derby but still want to be a part of it, host your own Kentucky Derby Party that will be just as fun and memorable as well as save you huge costs from attending. Derby attire is light, bright, airy, comfortable and flirty so feel free to add something new and exciting for your party!


Choose an outdoor patio or sun room with access to the television so that everyone can watch the horse race on television. Use these party ideas for the best Derby Party ever!

The Setting


Mint Juleps. The outside of the invitation can show vintage hats, jockeys, horses, binoculars or the logo from the Kentucky Derby.

You may want to plan a little wagering too to get everyone into the spirit of the race!


Centerpieces and Decorations

Classic Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

Use black and pink or red if possible as they are the colors that the Derby uses and use your own computer to create an elegant design with script or try evite for easy to use templates.

Tips for a Great Kentucky Derby Party

The first Saturday in May is host to the most famous horse race in the world when The Kentucky Derby takes place in Louisville, Kentucky. Muddle or press down on the mint

Horse Racing

Be it any horse, when participating in a race, it is of utmost importance that it is a pure breed. Betting on a horse for ranking first in the race is known as ‘Bet to Win’. The most common breeds of race horses consist Quarter, Arabian, Thoroughbred, American Saddlebred, Oldenburg and Trakehner. It is even more dangerous in case of fast-pace races, because the faster the horses run, more severe is the fall and the resulting injury. Staking money on a horse to either rank first or second is ‘Bet to Place’, and betting on a horse to turn up in the top three is ‘Bet to Show’. The mother and father of the horse (sire and dam) must be of the same breed, and must be of a standard breed that qualifies for racing. To make up for the mineral loss caused during the race, they are generally given an electrolyte solution for drinking post-race.. Once the horse is fit enough, it is made to run long distances and trained for longer hours. They are given small meals at regular intervals which contain more of grain and less of hay or forage. Depending on the age, rank, and the weight that the horses carry, horse racing can be divided into three main types. Minerals like calcium, zinc and phosphorus, essential for the horse’s growth and development, are also included in the diet. The Roosevelt Raceway on Long Island New York is the largest harness racetrack.

Different types of horses are chosen for different races depending on the racing conditions. Though the distance varies for every race, a thoroughbred race is not more than 12 furlongs and not less than 5 furlongs. Although all horses are friendly with humans, they can turn vicious if treated badly. These races are mainly held in France, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, United States and Ireland. The most famous Steeplechase racing is the Grand National which is held at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool every year. Only ‘Standardbred’ horses are used in a harness race. The training of a racing horse starts with short gallops for muscle build-up. Trotting races are mostly held in continental Europe, whereas in Australia, United States, United Kingdom and Canada, both trotting and pacing races are held. Measures like giving better financial aid to the injured jockeys and implementation of on-site medical facilities can be taken.

Although all horses have a natural ability to run, they have to be trained to build up stamina for racing. The horses are also given massages (Equine massages) to improve their performance, and to ease pain, if any. Experts say that laying softer tracks like polytracks, can be safer for the horses than the hard-mud surfaces. The first type of bet brings in more great prize money, while the other two are relatively low, since their probability of occurrence is greater.

Gambling and Betting

The dangers associated with horse racing have come into the limelight after the death of the Kentucky Derby winners Barbaro and Eight Belles in 2006 and 2008 respectively. The Arabian horses are famous for their performance in endurance races, while Quarter horses do very well in short distance sprinting.

Not only for the horses, horse racing is life-threatening to the jockeys too. While some of them are intelligent and spirited, some are calm yet alert. The obstacles used in the race are up to 1.15 meters in height, and the distance to be run over is about 3200 meters. Well, we hope so too, otherwise, it won’t be too long for the reign of this beloved sport to come to an end.

Training and Feeding


The name of this race comes from the horse breed ‘Thoroughbred’, which was a result of crossbreeding between Arab and English horses in the 17th century. These horses do not gallop like the Thoroughbreds, but trot at a fast pace. In trotting, the horse moves his legs diagonally, whereas in pacing, the horse moves laterally. The racetrack is usually an oval shape, the biggest being the Kentucky Derby in the United States.

Betting is usually classified into three types, namely, bet to win, bet to place, and bet to show. Reports show that 24 horses die at the American race tracks every week, on an average. In Greece, chariot racing was a part of the Olympic games since early times, whereas in England, it became popular when King Henry II mated the Arab stallions with his mares, and started racing them.

However, as the days rolled by, people started betting money on the horses, and the sport is now a great gambling sport all over the world. The California Senate passed a bill regarding the same issue following Barbaro’s death.

As far as the diet is concerned, the horse is given a protein-rich diet along with vitamin supplements. A flat race has a varying distance, whereas a jump race has a distance of two miles to four and a half miles. And now that it is legal in most countries, there has been huge involvement due to the large amount of money raked in.

Types of Racing


Steeplechase is that form of horse racing which is held on an uneven surface, with hurdles like plain fences, water jumps, and open ditches. It implies that every horse is good for a particular distance of racing. Its history dates back all the way to 1500 BC, and is said to have been originated in Egypt. The horses are also supposed to carry weights ranging from 136 lbs to 150 lbs. According to the Jockey’s Guild statistics, 128 riders have died in America on the racetracks since the year 1940. So what is it that makes people put their heart and soul into this sport? Is it the thrill or is it the craze? Well, everyone has their own reasons, but this sport remains to be the favorite-most of all times.

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Handicap, open, novice, claiming, selling and maiden races are some other races that are run with minor changes in the rules, depending upon the age and experience of the horse, as well as the distance of the race.

Betting on race horses has been a favorite pastime for most wealthy men for many years. As mentioned above, Thoroughbred horses are used in fast-pace races, whereas Standardbred are used in a harness race. Depending on the movement of the horse, the race is divided into two different types viz., trotting and pacing. A number of industrialists and business tycoons put their money in horse racing and the gambling associated with it. They often fall down from their horse and are crippled by the other horses running over them, causing spinal cord and even brain injuries. In Great Britain and Ireland, the official term used for this race is National Hunt Racing.

Not only do these horses differ from each other in terms of their pace and physical appearance, the temperaments also vary from horse to horse. The horses are then bred and trained accordingly.


A harness race is one where the horses pull a two-wheeled cart called sulky, in which the driver is seated. Although it was limited only to the upper class when it began, it is now popular amongst people from all classes and backgrounds. They are as follows:

Famous as the ‘Sport of Kings’, horse racing is one of the oldest sports that has been in existence for centuries. After the horse is two years old, it is introduced to racetracks for speed training.

Types of Race Horses

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has stated that its Safety and Integrity Alliance will help implement all these measures. Thoroughbred racing is of two types – flat racing and jump racing

Bet Of The Day: Fulham v Bournemouth

Their win against Wolves on Tuesday was their first win in 5 matches and Bournemouth ‘s current away form has been abysmal. However, just to lower the risk, we bet on Fulham +0.5 Asian Handicap @1.925, bookie: Bet365. (It is exactly the same as betting on Fulham or Draw)

Bet Of The Day: Fulham v Bournemouth 5.00/5 (100.00%) 3 votes.

Fulham and Bournemouth are at the opposite ends of the Championship table with Fulham just narrowly sitting above the drop zone and Bournemouth in with a shout of achieving automatic promotion to the Premier League.

However, lately Bournemouth have gone off the boil. They will definitely find it difficult to beat a Fulham side scrapping for survival and the return of captain Scott Parker could provoke a resurgence amongst Fulham’s performances.

As a result, our experts believe that Fulham have a massive opportunity to obtain even all 3 points at Craven Cottage. In all competitions they have just won 1 game in their last 5 away fixtures

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The object of the game is to reach 21 points or to reach a score higher than the dealer without exceeding 21.

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The player or players are dealt an initial two card hand and add the total of their cards. BlackJack

Copyright 2013 Gale, Cengage Learning. BlackJack” is an invaluable introduction to the game and enthusiastically recommended for anyone headed for a casino blackjack table! It should also be noted that “Ask Dr. Thoroughly ‘user friendly’, “Ask Dr. All other cards are counted as the numeric value shown on the card. A player may win by having any final score equal to, or less than 21 if the dealer busts. Scoring higher than 21 (called “busting” or “going bust”) results in a loss. Blackjack is played with one or more decks of 52 cards.

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The dealer has to take hits until his cards total 17 or more points. If the player and dealer have the same point total, this is called a “push” and the player typically does not win or lose money on that hand.

Many rule variations of blackjack exist. initial ace and six.) Players who do not bust and have a total higher than the dealer, win. Since the 1960s, blackjack has been a high profile target of advantage players, particularly card counters, who track the profile of cards that have been dealt and adapt their wager and playing strategies accordingly.

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In “Ask Dr. Face cards (Kings, Queens, and Jacks) are counted as ten points. The player and dealer can count his own ace as 1-point or 11 points. In a given round, the player or the dealer wins by having a score of 21 or by having the highest score that is less than 21. After receiving their initial two cards, players have the option of getting a “hit,” which means taking an additional card. If a player holds an ace valued as 11, the hand is called “soft”, meaning that the player cannot go bust by taking an additional card; otherwise, the hand is “hard”.. The dealer will lose if he or she busts, or has a lesser hand than the player who has not busted. BlackJack”, author Sam Barrington draws upon his more than 30 years of experience and expertise in playing this popular casino game to deftly write a 156 page instruction compendium that covers the ‘nuts bolts’ of the game while offering a wealth of practical player tips reinforced and illustrated by real-world player examples

Super Bowl 2013 Odds for Ravens vs. 49ers include Colin Kaeperknick Prop Bet

There’s another one pitting his amount of touchdown passes against soccer star Lionel Messi’s number of goals scored against Valencia.

Colin Kaepernick has certainly emerged as one of the top stars to watch in this game, and he’s joined by Ravens star Ray Lewis. 49ers game, some of the different situations offered by various sports book outfits include those focused on the new star QB, Colin Kaepernick.

A report from Yahoo! Sports indicates there were at least 12 prop bets related to Kaepernick currently available at the William Hill Race Sports Book.

With Super Bowl odds currently favoring the 49ers to win the big game by about 3 to 4 points, the other prop situations are where the real fun begins. There’s estimates that this could increase to 30 bets by the time the game. Or how about predicting how well Colin Kaepernick will play for San Francisco against the Baltimore squad?

With Super Bowl 2013 odds available, there’s always fun bets released involving the performance of the national anthem, color of Gatorade used to dowse the winning coach, and which side the coin will land face up with. These are the major stories, as well as the fact it’s the battle of the Harbaugh brothers. Sure, there’s been examples of celebrities winning big bucks on predicting who will win the NFL championship game, but how about correctly picking how long the anthem will last, or other prop items related to players. By the way, one bet Kaepernick won’t want to think about is whether or not 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will take a snap from center. In this year’s Ravens vs. Currently, some of the Kaepernick situations include a wager on whether or not he will have more pass attempts than Lebron James has points against Toronto on Sunday. Right now, the odds are against it, and Kaepernick hopes it stays that way. No hard feelings, Alex.

Research and Markets: Analyzing the Global Online Gambling Industry 2013-2016 Featuring 14 of the World’s Biggest Players

It is becoming ever popular

and its growth is greatly driven by factors such as internet penetration.

Currently, Europe appears to be the quickest expanding online gambling market.

In 2012, European online gambling business operators recorded almost a 45%

increase in the total online gambling yield.

F.1 Impact of Mergers Acquisitions

G.6 Global Online Gambling Industry Segmentation

Research and Markets

Laura Wood, Senior Manager.

U.S. New features and regular

system updates are needed to maintain the websites to stay ahead in the market.

Online gambling may be rather intimidating to both a novice and an expert player

because of the endless options on the internet. Global Online Gambling Industry: Porter’s Five Forces Framework Analysis

- Digital Entertainment Plc

C.8 Industry Competition

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E.4 Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

C.2 Industry Overview

C.6 Industry Trends

G.5 Global Online Gambling Value Analysis

The global online gambling industry is one of the biggest and most rapidly

expanding market at the moment. While

established markets have reached maturity and have less room for revenue growth,

they will still perform strongly and benefit from a recovering economy. Analysis of Major Markets

C.5 Major Products Services

F.8 Impact of Technology

C.3 Industry Revenue Growth

F.7 High Barriers to Entry

- La Francaise Des Jeux

F.4 International Trade Impact

C.7 Market Share Analysis

- William Hill Plc

( has announced

the addition of the “Analyzing the Global Online Gambling Industry” report to

their offering.

- Paddy Power Plc

- GVC Holdings

G. is an online

directory that aids gambling participants find the top online casinos that are

safe, secure, anti-spam, tested and trustworthy from around the world.

C.1 Introduction

B. With a net worth of $30 billion, last year it

expanded at the rate of 2.5% after a slowdown in the 2009 global economic

recession and is expected to continue to grow in the coming five years. Executive Summary

C.4 Industry Segmentation

- Sportingbet PLC

F. In response to

the high risk of fraud in the ever-growing European online gambling sector, the

parliament of the European Union initiated an effort to govern the market. Betting

turned out to be the highest grossing activity in global interactive gambling

last year.

I. Major Industry Players

G.1 Introduction

Key Topics Covered:

F.3 Factors Driving Demand

C. – Zynga Inc

- Gala Coral Group Limited

C.9 Global Casinos Online Gambling: Future Perspective

F.2 Impact of Regulations

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- Betfair Group Plc

- 32Red Plc

G.3 Growth of Online Mobile Gambling

E. There are thousands of websites on

the internet that offer various choices in the gambling sector. Industry Definition

- 888 Holdings Public Limited Company

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F.6 Increasing Globalization in the Industry

G.4 Global Online Gambling Industry Statistics

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H. Online/Mobile Gambling versus Traditional Gambling . Global Online Gambling Industry: Future Perspective

E.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

F.5 Industry Costs

E.6 Threat of Industry Substitution

- Netplay TV Plc

D. Global Casinos and Online Gambling Industry

E.1 Introduction

About 51% of the world’s population takes part in some form of gambling every

year, thus signifying obvious financial benefits from online gambling websites.

With the expansion of the online gambling industry, players have come to expect

only the highest quality of online gambling facilities. Factors Impacting the Industry

G.2 Retail Gambling

- Playtech Ltd

E.2 Bargaining Power of Buyer

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E.5 Threat of New Entrants

- Ladbrokes plc

Online gambling has proven to be the biggest phenomenon in recent years. The

games that dominate are wagering, casino and poker. As of

September 2011, the EU member states still dealt differently with online

gambling, with legislations ranging prohibition, online gambling on grey markets

and monopoly licenses for online gambling providers to entirely open markets. Online gambling was banned in most Asian countries as of 2012, but

consumers generally remained interested in gambling nevertheless