Geothermal Stocks, Mutual Funds & ETF: Investing in Geothermal Sector

In the previous 2 articles, we have covered Geothermal Energy: Geothermal Power Plants: Introdcution, Example, investments, Risks and Types of Geothermal Power Plants and Geothermal Heat Pumps GHP. In this article, we will take you through a list of stocks available for investing in geothermal energy sector. Later we will also cover the mutual funds and Excahnge traded funds ETF available for investing in the Geothermal Energy or geothermal power sector. Geothermal Energy Stocks Funds A disclaimer is always goo, so invest at your own risk :)

Are there any Geothermal Stocks or Mutual Funds available for investments?
Geothermal Energy or Geothermal Power has emerged as one of the front runners as the alternative to the fossil fuels. Hence, investors may like to benefit from the capital gains they can make from this sector. There are multiple companies and stocks which are directly or indirectly going to benefit from the increase in the usage of Geothermal Energy or Geothermal Power. They cover companies which amke Geothermal Energy or Geothermal Power heat Pumps, or companies which are involved in trading of Geothermal Energy or Geothermal Power, or companies which make equipments for Geothermal Energy or Geothermal Power processing, or companies which owns or operate the Geothermal Energy or Geothermal Power Plants. We have covered a list of such companies and mutual funds in this article.

Calpine Corporation (CPN): Has 19 Power generation plant and operates them on own, build and operarte basis.

Constellation Energy Group (CEG): offers a lot of variety as it uses nucler energy, geothermal, hydro, natural gas, etc. to produce and sell electricity.

IdaCorp, Inc (IDA): involved in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy. Offers variety as hydroelectric, natural gas, diesel, coal, and geothermal plants.

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Nevada Geothermal Power (NGLPF): An explorer and developer for Geothermal Energy and Projects.

Ormat Technologies Inc (ORA): This company works on owns and operate basis. Has international exposure as it sells electricty to Guatemala, Kenya, Nicaragua, and the Philippines along with the USA.

PG&E Corp (PCG): Primarily a gas utility company, offers diversification in the form of electricty being generated from natural gas, nuclear, hydro, coal, geothermal, wind, and several other types of renewable sources.

Polaris Geothermal (PGTHF): Primarily a developer of altenate energy and has presence in Latin American region.

Raser Technologies (RZ): Mainly an equipment company, builds high performance electric motor and is working on controller technology.

Sierra Geothermal Power Corp (SRAGF): developer of renewable power from geothermal sources.

U.S. Geothermal Inc (GTH): developer of renewable power from geothermal energy power plants.

Western GeoPower Corp (WGP):developer of renewable power from geothermal projects

Types of Geothermal Power Plants and Geothermal Heat Pumps GHP

In the previous article we have covered Geothermal Energy: Geothermal Power Plants: Introdcution, Example, investments, Risks. In this article, we will take you through the various details about Geothermal Heat, Geothermal Heating, Geothermal Heat Pump, Geothermal Pump & Geothermal Power Plant. Geothermal Energy Power Plants
What are the different types of Geothermal Power Plants?
There are mainly 3 different types of Geothermal Power Plants. We have listed them below as follows:

Dry steam Geothermal Power plants: The Geothermal Power Plants are built to utilize steam sourced directly from a geothermal reservoir. This steam at high temprature is used to rotate the generator turbines. this is the simplest design and no wonder why the very first geothermal power plant was built on this particular design in Italy at a place called Tuscany that too way back in 1904. This place has a natural source for steam emerging from under the earth.

Flash steam Geothermal Power plants: how does a Flash steam Geothermal Power plants work? This is a bit complex compared to the Dry steam Geothermal Power Plant discussed above. It is built on the principle of supplying high-pressure & hot water at high temperature from the earth and transform it into steam. Again, this steam is used to turn the generator turbines. The interesting part for this design of Geothermal Power Plant is the reusability of steam. After the steam has turned the turbines, it cools down. This steam is then condensed to water again and this water is once again sent back to the ground allowing reusability and energy efficiency. This is why most geothermal power plants across the globe follow this pattern and are flash Geothermal Power plants.
Flash steam Geothermal Power plants

Binary power Geothermal Power plants: How does a Binary power Geothermal Power plants work?
Though not very common, but as the name suggests they use 2 different liquids. Everything remains the same except the fact that the heat generated is transported to another liquid - which is expected to turn the turbines with a better efficiency. It is this second liquid which turns the turbine blades of the Geothermal Power Plant.
Binary power Geothermal Power plants

How do the Geothermal Heat Pumps Work?
The Geothermal heat pumps utilize the temperature difference between the earth and the climate above it. Though our atmosphere temperature varies a lot based upon the season and solar heat, the temperature of the earth surface upto a few feet beneath remains almost constant regardless of the season. It is reported to be in the range of 50 to 60 degree F. Hence, the Geothermal Heat Pumps tend to utilize the temperature differential between these 2 locations and generate energy. We will provide an article about Step by step guide to installing Geothermal Heat pumps at home.

Geothermal heat Pumps are really efficient, energy savings, do not harm the environment and are perfect match for alternate energy fuel

Geothermal Energy: Geothermal Power Plants: Introdcution, Example, investments, Risks

In continuation to our discussion on Alternative Energy Mutual Funds, in this article we will talk about the other commonly used medium for Alternative Energy, which is the Geothermal Energy or Geothermal Power. As for the name, the Geothermal word is a combination of Geo meaning earth & Thermal meaning heat, overall the word means energy or power sourced from the heat generated from earth.Geothermal Energy Power Plants

Why is Geothermal Energy or Geothermal Power becoming so attractive?
It is said that Geothermal Power or Geothermal Energy is cost economical and pollution free for the environment. Given the recent awakening about the ill effects of environment pollution and global warming, the world is looking for Alternative Sources of Energy. Geothermal Power or Geothermal Energy is one fo the options available as an alternate source of energy.

Which countries are prominently using Geothermal Energy or Geothermal Power?
Countries like El Salvador, Philippines, Iceland, Kenya & Costa Rica are the prominent players in this field. They are reported to use Geothermal Energy or Geothermal Power for around 15 percent of their elecricity needs. Though the availability of Geothermal Energy or Geothermal Power is confined by the geographical locations called tectonic plates on the earth. As of 2005, around 25 countries were using Geothermal Energy or Geothermal Power for electricty generation.

Where is Geothermal Energy or Geothermal Power use? OR what are the uses of Geothermal Energy or Geothermal Power?
Mostly in heating and electricty generation.

Which locations in United States of America USA have Geothermal Power Plants?
The USA has maximum no. of Geothermal Power Plants in the world - 49 in total. They are spread across four different states:
- California - has 33 Geothermal Power Plants
- Nevada - has 14 Geothermal Power Plants
- Utah - has 1 Geothermal Power Plant
- Hawaii - has 1 Geothermal Power Plant

List of Recession proof Countries: Surveyed by Servcorp

So you were wondering when will this factor called Global Recession end and whether your country has been affected by the recession
Servcorp has recently published results of the survey in which they have disclosed about the countries which are least hit by recession. Here, we provide the list (Courtesy of ServCorp) as below: Recession proof Countries

Rank      Country

1st      Australia

2nd      China

3rd equal      India, Singapore

5th      Hong Kong

6th      Canada

7th equal      Japan, Qatar

9th      New Zealand

10th equal      Malaysia, Sweden, Vietnam

13th equal      Netherlands, United States of America

15th      Indonesia

16th      South America

17th      France

18th equal      Belgium, England, Korea, South Africa

22nd equal      Austria, Taiwan

24th equal      Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Lebanon, Russia, United Arab Emirates

30th equal      Brazil, Morocco, Philippines, Scotland, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand


What I am particulary surprised about is the inclusion of USA at the 13th spot. It has been the front runner for the recession due to its global influence, yet it managed to end up at the 13th position in the recession proof countries. That's interestng!
Anyways, these are survey results

Reliance Infrastructure Fund: Review & Analysis of NFO

The Reliance Mutual Fund house has come out with its latest NFO or New Fund Offer. It's called the Reliance Infrastructure Fund. Seeing the recent positive trends in the stock market and the stable government formation, it is betting on the Infrastructure growth in the country. Also, the good response received by the ICICI Prudential Target Returns Fund (Review & Analysis) where it managed to collect 800 Crore Rs. from the market, has also sent a positive message to the mutual fund industry. Hence Reliance, which is one of the big mutual fund houses of India, has come out with the Reliance Infrastructure Fund. Reliance Infrastructure Fund
What is the basic investment strategy or ideology for the Reliance Infrastructure Fund?
It's obvious to everyone now. There is going to be a stable government at the center, led by an economist. Stability so there can be progress and that will be lead by improvement in infrastructure. Hence, this Reliance Infrastructure Fund aims to generate returns by investing in the infrastructure companies under the assumption that they will benefit and give positive returns. They expect government funding, private equity investments, Public Private partnerships PPP, Foreign investments, etc. to be the source of money for infrastructure companies and hence they wish to benefit from the same.

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Which specific sectors and areas will the Reliance Infrastructure Fund invest in?
There is a long list available. Some of them are indicated below:
Airports
Banks, Financial Institutions & Term lending Institutions
Cement & Cement Products
Coal
Construction
Electrical & Electronic components
Engineering
Energy including Coal, Oil & Gas, Petroleum & Pipelines
Industrial Capital Goods & Products
Metals & Minerals
Ports
Power and Power equipment
Road & Railway initiatives
Telecommunication
Transportation
Urban Infrastructure including Housing & Commercial Infrastructure
Mining
Aluminum

What are the details of Reliance Infrastructure Fund?
The Reliance Infrastructure Fund is an open ended scheme so you can buy and sell units at the NAV values every business day. 65% 10 100% of the money will be invested in equities or stocks, rest will be debt and money market instruments and cash.

Available plans for investments:
Growth Plan: Growth Option & Bonus Option
Dividend Plan: Dividend Payout Option & Dividend Reinvestment Option

Minimum investment amount for retail investors is Rs. 5000.

Which benchmark index will be tracked by Reliance Infrastructure Fund?
It will be BSE 100.

What is the load structure: entry load and exit load for Reliance Infrastructure Fund?
For retail investors upto 2 Crores of investment, 2.25% is the entry load (isn't that big???)

Exit load: 1% if redeemed/switched on or before completion of 1 year from the date of allotment
Nil if redeemed/switched after completion of 1 year from the date of allotment

However, that high entry laod of 2.25% will not be charged if the investor applies directly to the Reliance Mutual Fund House.

Is there any Systematic Investment Plan or SIP plan available for investing in Reliance Infrastructure Fund?
Yes. SIP is availble in the Retail Plan of Reliance Infrastructure Fund.

What is the NFO period or dates for Reliance Infrastructure Fund?
The NFO period is currently open - from 25th May 2009 to 23rd June 2009. Scheme to re-open on July 22nd , 2009.

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What's the final summary and risk of investing in Reliance Infrastructure Fund?
The Reliance Infrastructure Fund is another simple mutual fund which is betting on the growth of infrastructure in the country. So nothing so special and exciting about the mutual fund. Like any other mutual fund, this fund will try to generate returns. The long list of areas/sectors they have provided for investing, covers almost everything in the infrastructure region.
The big question is, will this fund deliver?
That will happen only if the fund managers really identify the gems in the infrastructure sector to maximize the returns. So as like any other mutual fund or fund manager, you have to bet on the fund manager's performance.
Then there is danger for this infrastructure sector to underperform. What if the global problems continue and there is no foreign or private investment coming to infra sector. What if other internal problems block the growth of this sector. So it's the investor's call

Natural Resources Mutual Funds & ETF List: Investments, Trading, Risks, Example & Introduction

In this article, we will list some of the commonly available and heavily traded Natural Resources Mutual Funds. We will also see if there are any cheap and low cost Natuaral resources Mutual Funds available or not. Due to the sudden crisis in the oil and gas markets, there is an outburst of funds in the Alternative Energy Fund segment. There is also a boost in the so called Natural Resources fund investments, which form another similar category along with Alternative Energy Funds and Green Funds.
Natural Resources Mutual Funds
We had covered in the following article about the Investments, Risks Introduction and examples of Natural Resources Mutual Funds

Are there any examples of Natural Resources Mutual funds available for investments?
Yes. Dreyfus Premier Natural Leaders (DNLAX), Franklin Natural Resources (FRNRX), Merrill Lynch/BlackRock Natural Resources (MDGRX), Morgan Stanley Natural Resource Dev (NREAX), Oppenheimer Real Asset (QRAAX), Pimco Commodity Real Return Fund (PCRAX) and Putnam Global Natural Resources (EBERX) are a few of the funds which are operating in the natural resources segment. But they may come heavy with the charges.

Are there any low cost Natural Resources Mutual funds available for investments?
An investor can opt for buying natural resource and commodity-oriented ETF or exchange-traded funds. These ETFs charge much lower fees than their managed fund counterparts and offer more diversity. Major Natural Resources ETF (Exchange Traded Funds) are:

DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC) Major Focus on - Futures contracts to track the Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity index. Weightings are: crude oil (35%), heating oil (20%), gold (10%), aluminum (12.5%), corn (11.25%) and wheat (11.25%).

Energy Select Sector SPDR XLE Major Focus on - Oil company stocks.

iShares Dow Jones US Basic Materials IYM Major Focus on - Chemicals, base metals, mining forestry company stocks. (Not all commodities).

iShares Goldman Sachs Natural Resources IGE Major Focus on - Oil, oil services, base metals and mining company stocks.

iShares COMEX Gold Trust IAU Major Focus on - Gold.

iShares Dow Jones US Energy FundIYE Major Focus on - Oil company stocks.

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production FundIEO Major Focus on - Oil exploration and oil company stocks.

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment & Services FundIEZ Major Focus on - Oil service company stocks.

iShares S&P Global Energy Sector IXCMajor Focus on - U.S. and foreign oil company stocks.

iShares MSCI Australia Index EWAMajor Focus on - Includes mining and natural resources company stocks.

Another option could be to buy stocks of natural resource and commodity companies directly. Examples of such companies inclide Alcoa (AA), Baker Hughes (BHI), Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Weyerhaeuser (WY). Here you will have to pay the standard brokerage charges for stock trading which may be less than the Natural Resources Mutual funds charges

Solar Panels Installation Guide: Step-By-Step Guide to Install Solar Panel

In the previous article, Solar Panels Costs & Price, we provided you with the information about the Costs & pricing of the SOlar Panels from various companies and sizes. In this article, we will aim to provide you with the Step by Step Guide to Installing Solar Panels at home. This article will serve you as a checklist for Solar Panel Installation Guide. Solar Panel Installation
We aim to provide this article as a basic checklist for someone who wishes to get into the installation of solar panels at his home or office. Some of the common brands of Solar Panels are Aten Solar, Evergreen, BrightWatts, BP Solar, Kyocera, Sharp and Mitsubishi.

Let's begin with the basic and first steps to Step by step guide for installing solar panels:

· First of all, identify whether it is really feasible and practical to install solar panels at your desired location. If you happen to live in a ice covered region which does not get sunlight for 10 months in a year, then there is no point in going for solar panel installation. So, start by conducting an energy audit to identify what amount of electricity can be generated at your location.

· If your energy audit report shows that it is feasible and practicle to go for solar panel, then identify the space at your location where you can install solar panels. This can be a space on your roof top, in your courtyard, the frontlawn or even at the window panes. After identifying the possbile locations, measure all of the area and categorize it as per the availability of the solar energy. See next step for more details.

· This is crucial step. You must identify which area is getting the solar energy throughout the year and daytime and which area is getting limited solar heat and energy. To quote an example, if you have a flat rooftop, you are sure to get soalr energy all throughout the day and the year (except for some rainy/winter days). Hence, they form the maximum energy absorbing areas. Other category will be the one which may not get full soalr energy. Say your courtyard is receiving solar energy only for a 5 hours a day because in the morning, it is in shade due to a nearby building. Then comes the vertical window panes, which may have a completely different reception time and area. So ensure that you capture all the information correctly, and write it down in a tabular format, to ascertain which areas will be most profitable and efficient for installing solar panels.

· The next step would be to identify the size and areas for the purchase of solar panels. We have covered the Prices of different size solar panels in this article, for an indicative purpose.

· After deciding the sizes are areas of the solar panels, identify the rigth mounts for your solar panels. This will depend largely on the location and the orientation (horizontal/ vertical/ slanting) of the soalr panel installation.

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· For installation on the roof, you may need to use a stud finder to find your rafters. These rafters are required for providing support to the solar panels post installation.

· Identify & Mark the exact places of installation - be accurate in sizes.

· Use lag bolts to secure the mounts after you have drilled them.

· You may have to use the rails to set up the solar panels. They will be setup along the rails.

· Use a conduit to connect the converter in your home to these solar panels that are installed. Ensure that the conduit is suitably secured and won’t get shattered if there’s bad weather

Filene Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 1664 employees

he news is not good for the employees of the Filene, which is a famous company. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Filene Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Filene Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Filene layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 1664 layoffs by Filene as the company is planning to sell itself.

What is the total no. of employees of Filene?
The total no. of employees of Filene is not known as of now.

What will be the cost and savings by Filene layoffs?
No info about that.

When will the Filene layoffs happen?
It is learnt that the layoffs will happen on June 15

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Filene layoffs ?
These layoffs will happen at all locations of Filene, as the company is planned to be sold out.

What is the primary reasons for Filene layoffs?
The primary reasons for layoffs is the owners deciding to sell the company.

Any other news about Filene layoffs
As per Columbus Dispatch, Filene is expecting that some of the employee may be retained by the new buyer. Thouh it is now confirmed who the buyer would be and what percentage of employees will be retained, if any.Early this month, Filene's filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Filene Layoffs Job Cut

Whataburger Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 400 employees

The news is not good for the employees of the Whataburger, which is the famous food chain company. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Whataburger Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Whataburger Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Whataburger layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 400 layoffs by Whataburger.

What is the total no. of employees of Whataburger?
The total no. of employees of Whataburger is not known as of now.

What will be the cost and savings by Whataburger layoffs?
No info about that.

When will the Whataburger layoffs happen?
It is learnt that the layoffs will happen on May 31

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Whataburger layoffs ?
These layoffs will happen in Tampa Bay, Orlando, Ocala and Gainesville areas.

What is the primary reasons for Whataburger layoffs?
The primary reasons for layoffs is not known, but it is reported that competition especially from smaller firms is giving tough times to Whataburger.

Any other news about Whataburger layoffs
As per TampaBay, Whataburger is pulling out of Central Florida
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Whataburger Layoffs Job Cut

Solar Panels Cost Price: Solar Panel Latest Price per watt

So far, we've been talking about Solar Energy Trading and investments. We also touched upon the topics like Low cost PV Solar Cells & Solar Panels: High Efficiency of 40%, Solar Energy Storage: in batteries, PV Solar Cells & Solar Panels. Solar Panel Price We also touched upon the topic of Solar Panels: Sources, Installation, Technology Introduction.
In this article, we will aim to cover the pricing & cost factors of installing solar panels. Though utmost care has been taken to ensure that prices reflect the latest information, but it is quite possible that prices may change by the time you read this article and decide to buy. So Here are the Solar Panel Price or Solar Panel Cost for various brands, wattage and types of Solar Panels available.




































































































































Solar Panel

Brand


Watt


Min.

Quantity*

US$/Unit


US$/

Watt

Aten Solar50
368
$92.50$1.85
Aten Solar56
368
$103.60$1.85
Aten Solar42184$90.30$2.15
Aten Solar42
96
$94.50$2.25
Aten Solar42
138
$94.50$2.25

Evergreen

190
56$530.97
$2.79

Evergreen

190
28$541.97
$2.85

Evergreen
195
56
$555.97
$2.85
BrightWatts120
2
$348.00
$2.90
BrightWatts200
4
$596.00
$2.98
BrightWatts220
100
$655.60
$2.98
BrightWatts155
4
$461.90
$2.98
BrightWatts
100

10
$298.00
$2.98

BP Solar
175
40
$532.97
$3.05

BP Solar
190
40
$578.97
$3.05

BP Solar

190
40$589.00
$3.10
BP Solar190
20
$598.50
$3.15
Evergreen
180

30
$565.20
$3.14

Evergreen
190
30
$596.60
$3.14

Kyocera
135
20
$431.00
$3.19

Kyocera

180

20
$575.00
$3.19

Kyocera
205
20
$654.00
$3.19

Kyocera
135
20
$438.60
$3.25

Kyocera
180
20
$584.80
$3.25

Kyocera
205
20
$666.00
$3.25

Kyocera
135
20

$445.45

$3.30

Kyocera
180
20

$593.95

$3.30

Kyocera
205
20

$676.50

$3.30

Kyocera
210
20
$694.25
$3.31

BP Solar

190

10
$636.50
$3.35
BP Solar175
20
$586.25
$3.35

Kyocera
210
20

$705.55

$3.36

BP Solar

175

2
$603.75
$3.45

Kaneka
6025$211.96
$3.53

Sharp
208
22
$765.00

Sharp
208
16
$775.00

Evergreen
200
20
$750.00
$3.75

Sharp
208
12

$785.00

$3.77

Sharp
216
24
$850.00
$3.94

Sharp
175
24
$696.50
$3.98

Sharp
170
20
$690.00
$4.06

Sharp
170
10
$700.00
$4.12
Sharp1701$710.14
$4.18
Mitsubishi1751
$731.03

$4.18
Sharp1751$731.03
$4.18
Sunwize1751$731.03
$4.18
Mitsubishi1801
$753.04

$4.18

Mitsubishi
125
4
$525.00
$4.20

Sharp
175
8
$750.00
$4.29

Mitsubishi
125
1
$550.00
$4.40
XC3i851
$396.00

$4.66

Some of the common brands of Solar Panels are Aten Solar, Evergreen, BrightWatts, BP Solar, Kyocera, Sharp and Mitsubishi

Solar Energy Stocks: List for investing in Solar Stocks

In the article, Solar Energy Stocks: Best Performing Solar Stocks, we had covered the information about some of the best performing solar energ stocks. In this article, we elabrate the depth of our research and list some more solar stocks, which may be of interest to you for investing in the solar energy sector.Solar Energy Stocks

Akeena Solar, Inc.

ARISE Technologies Corporation

Canadian Solar

Carmanah Technologies

DayStar Technologies

Energy Conversion Devices

ErSol Solar Energy

First Solar

Hoku Scientific

ICP Solar Technologies

MEMC Electronic Materials

SES Solar

Solar Night Industries

Solar Thin Films

Sunpower Corporation

Suntech Power Holdings

Sustainable Energy Tech

Intel Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 300 employees in Ireland

The news is not good for the employees of the Intel, which is the famous processor and chip manufacturing company. We had initially reported about a possible Intel Layoffs Job Cut in January 09 and Intel Layoffs Job Cut in December 2008. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Intel Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Intel Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Intel layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 300 layoffs by Intel in Ireland. This can be just the beginning of the huge layoffs.

What is the total no. of employees of Intel?
The total no. of employees of Intel is 84000 as of now globally. Ireland is reported to have around 5000 employees.

What will be the cost and savings by Intel layoffs?
No info about that.

When will the Intel layoffs happen?
It is learnt that the payouts for redundancy were accepted only till Monday, which has already passed.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Intel layoffs ?
These layoffs will happen in Ireland. No further info available department wise.

What is the primary reasons for Intel layoffs?
The primary reasons for layoffs is not known.

Any other news about Intel layoffs
As per Herald, A company spokesman said: "The clear message is that Intel is committed to Ireland and is not closing the site. While people are losing their jobs, the site is in safe hands." The company has offered a redundancy package worth up to two years' salary.
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Intel Layoffs Job Cut

Bay Trading Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 1230 employees

he news is not good for the employees of the Bay Trading, which is the famous High street fashion company, sold out recently. But as a part of the buyout, employees are goiong to take a big hit as they will loose the jobs. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Bay Trading Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Bay Trading Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Bay Trading layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 1230 layoffs by Bay Trading.

What is the total no. of employees of Bay Trading?
The total no. of employees of Bay Trading is 1800 as of now.

What will be the cost and savings by Bay Trading layoffs?
No info about that.

When will the Bay Trading layoffs happen?
It is learnt that the layoffs will be made as soon as possible as the buying Rinku Group requires only only 566 jobs and 130 shops.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Bay Trading layoffs ?
No info available location wise.

What is the primary reasons for Bay Trading layoffs?
The primary reasons for layoffs is due to the firm being bought over by another company.

Any other news about Bay Trading layoffs
As per SkyNews, The shops which were not part of the sale will run down their stock before shutting their doors for the last time.
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Bay Trading Layoffs Job Cut

Flint Energy Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 1100 employees

The news is not good for the employees of the Flint Energy, which is the oilsands construction company. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Flint Energy Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Flint Energy Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Flint Energy layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 1100 layoffs by Flint Energy.

What is the total no. of employees of Flint Energy?
The total no. of employees of Flint Energy is not known as of now.

What will be the cost and savings by Flint Energy layoffs?
No info about that.

When will the Flint Energy layoffs happen?
Some 200 foreign workers are already asked to go. No more info is available about the concrete dates.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Flint Energy layoffs ?
The layoffs will include 1,000 hourly staff members & 100 salaried office workers.

What is the primary reasons for Flint Energy layoffs?
The primary reasons for layoffs is due to deteriorating market and business situation.

Any other news about Flint Energy layoffs
As per Calgary Herald, Flint was looking for 1,000 new employees in November and couldn't find anyone; today thousands of workers would like to join the company, Lingard said.
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Flint Energy Layoffs Job Cut

Hewlett-Packard HP Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 6400 employees

The news is not good for the employees of the Hewlett-Packard HP, which is the world famous computers and printers & accessories company . We had reported about Hewlett-Packard HP Layoffs Job Cut and now the news has added to it. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Hewlett-Packard HP Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Hewlett-Packard HP Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Hewlett-Packard HP layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 6400 layoffs by Hewlett-Packard HP.

What is the total no. of employees of Hewlett-Packard HP?
The total no. of employees of Hewlett-Packard HP is around 320000 as of now.

What will be the cost and savings by Hewlett-Packard HP layoffs?
No info about that.

When will the Hewlett-Packard HP layoffs happen?
The layoffs will occur in a planned and phased manner over the next 1 year.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Hewlett-Packard HP layoffs ?
No info is available location or department wise.

What is the primary reasons for Hewlett-Packard HP layoffs?
The primary reasons for layoffs is cost cutting and structural changes in the organization with an aim to improve effectiveness of business.

Any other news about Hewlett-Packard HP layoffs
As per IndiaTimes, HP said net profit fell to $1.7 billion, or 86 cents per share, in the second quarter of its fiscal year from $2.1 billion, or 87 cents per share, a year ago, in line with the expectations of Wall Street analysts.
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Hewlett-Packard HP Layoffs Job Cut

Capital One Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 180 employees at Baton Rouge

The news is not good for the employees of the Capital One, which is the world famous credit card company . We had reported about American Express AmEx Layoffs Job Cuts and now the Capital One is going for layoffs. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Capital One Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Capital One Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Capital One layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 140 layoffs by Capital One.

What is the total no. of employees of Capital One?
The total no. of employees of Capital One is not known as of now.

What will be the cost and savings by Capital One layoffs?
No info about that.

When will the Capital One layoffs happen?
Around 70 % of the job cuts will happen by July while the remaining will go in November.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Capital One layoffs ?
As reported, Baton Rouge will be the location affected. Capital One Direct Bank Department in the Industriplex Office Park and are with the small business customer for their enquiries on the phone.

What is the primary reasons for Capital One layoffs?
The primary reasons for layoffs is consolidation of operations. The job cuts here will be for shifting these jobs to Texas and Maryland and will add 70 positions there.

Any other news about Capital One layoffs
As per WaFb, Thorpe says the workers were notified now in order to "give them ample opportunity to post for other jobs within Capital One or seek other employment."
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Capital One Layoffs Job Cut

TV Audience Behavior During The TV Ad Breaks: Marketing Campaign & Strategies

Deeksha Hebbar, the Associate Marketing Manager for Google TV Ads, had been kind enough to share some important data and statistics about how the TV viewers or audience react when the ad break starts in between their favourite TV programs or movies and how much time does it take for the audience to come back to the same TV channel in anticipation of the ad break being over and the program to resume. Some more finetuning to the images presenting the statistics was done by Amit Agarwal of Labnol.org (Image Courtesy Labnol). I have done some more tweaking to the graph to make it more relevant to the discussion presented in this article. For original graph, please visit the labnol link presented above. TV Ad Breaks
It is clearly visible that as soon as the TV commercial starts, the audience suddenly looses interest and levels of interest for the audience drops significantly. The interest level remains at that low level for almost 2 minutes or more for the tv ad commercial - somewhere in between the ad break timeslot.

So what's the conclusion from above? Only the first few seconds of the ad break are worth showing the tv ads as a part of Marketing Campaign. Immediately after the ad starts, the audience simply looses interest and either dont look at the tv commercials or switches the channel. Hence, the conclusion from this graph is that there is not much of significance in putting up ads in this kind of timeslot as a part of marketing campaign.

Now have a look at what happens when the tv ad starts to end. Just around 30 seconds before the end of the TV ad, the audience interest again start picking up. The reason for this behavior can be explained on two facts:
1) The audience who did not switch the channel got the necessary lengthy break, diverted their attention to something else, got a chance to soothe their eyes during the break and hence, they are now coming back to the favourite TV program.
2) The audience who switched to another channel have now completed their channel surfing and now coming back to the channel of their favourite program in an anticipation of completion of TV ad.

Ultimately, the conclusion is that the middle segment of ad break (which may be from 1 minute to 2.5 minutes before the end of the TV Ad) is NOT fruitful for the marketing campaign. The audience simply dont pay attention to the TV ads aired in this time slot of ad break - they either dont look at it or they switch channels.

Now, what has Google done for its own TV ads?
Again, let's go back to the graph presented. Google knows how to do research and maximize it to its benefits. That's where Google TV ads fit in. The Google TV ads are being aired in the time slot when the audience interest again starts to grow - i.e. just before the end of the TV ad break. That is highlighted in the Google Ad slot in the above graph.

What is the conclusion for the marketing people for TV ads?
The conclusion is simple: Buy the TV ad time slots just before the commercial ends. As I have observed myself, most of the channels have ads for their own programs at the end of the TV ad. Probably they did their own research earlier and were capitalizing on that ad slot for Campaigining for their own TV programs. But it was Google which declared these results to all.

What is the conclusion for the TV Channels for setting their ad rates for TV ads?
The TV channels can benefit from this research report and set the variable ad rates with regard to the time slot of the TV ads. Probably, the first ad at the beginnning of the TV ad break can be priced higher. The remaining time slot till the 30 second before the ad ends, can have a low price ad rates. The last 30 seconds of the TV ad slot can be priced at the costliest rates for Marketing Campaign

Nokia Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 490 employees

The news is not good for the employees of the Nokia, which is the world famous mobile phone company . We had reported about Nokia Layoffs Job Cut in February and Nokia Layoffs Job Cut in March. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Nokia Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Nokia Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Nokia layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 490 layoffs by Nokia.

What is the total no. of employees of Nokia?
The total no. of employees of Nokia is around not known as of now.

What will be the cost and savings by Nokia layoffs?
The company plans to go for cost cutting to the tune of 700 million euros.

When will the Nokia layoffs happen?
No concrete details available about the dates of layoffs.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Nokia layoffs ?
As reported, there will be 170 jobs in logistics, production management and production support. Then, there will be a voluntary resignation package for up to 320 employees working at its Salo plant in Finland.

What is the primary reasons for Nokia layoffs?
The primary reasons for layoffs are global cost cutting.

Any other news about Nokia layoffs
As per indiaTimes, Nokia had its first ever loss in the January March Quarter.
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Nokia Layoffs Job Cut

Gulfstream Aerospace Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 219 employees

The news is not good for the employees of the Gulfstream Aerospace, which is the Business jet manufacturing company . Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Gulfstream Aerospace Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Gulfstream Aerospace Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Gulfstream Aerospace layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 219 layoffs by Gulfstream Aerospace.

What is the total no. of employees of Gulfstream Aerospace?
The total no. of employees of Gulfstream Aerospace is around not known as of now.

What will be the cost and savings by Gulfstream Aerospace layoffs?
No info about that.

When will the Gulfstream Aerospace layoffs happen?
The layoffs are scheduled to begin on July 3 and will last for 2 weeks.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Gulfstream Aerospace layoffs ?
As reported, the job cuts will be in Dallas and 8500 block of Lemmon Avenue will be affected. The aircraft completion and refurbishment facility will be affected.

What is the primary reasons for Gulfstream Aerospace layoffs?
No info about that.

Any other news about Gulfstream Aerospace layoffs

Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Gulfstream Aerospace Layoffs Job Cut

Finnish Railways VR Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 1400 employees in Finland

The news is not good for the employees of the Finnish Railways, which is the government owned railway organization of Finland. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Finnish Railways Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Finnish Railways Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Finnish Railways layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 1400 layoffs by Finnish Railways.

What is the total no. of employees of Finnish Railways?
The total no. of employees of Finnish Railways is around not known as of now.

What will be the cost and savings by Finnish Railways layoffs?
No info about that.

When will the Finnish Railways layoffs happen?
The layoffs are scheduled to happen for a range of timeperiod where each instance will last for 3 weeks.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Finnish Railways layoffs ?
As reported, the job cuts will be in Finland and the cargo department employees will be affected.

What is the primary reasons for Finnish Railways layoffs?
The loss of business due to fall in shipment volume which is a result of economic slowdown and less manufacturing and distribution. That is the main reason of layoffs.

Any other news about Finnish Railways layoffs
As per NewsRoom STT, The company had launched statutory cooperation procedure talks with all employee groups in March.
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Finnish Railways Layoffs Job Cut

Amgen Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 101 employees

The news is not good for the employees of the Amgen, which is the famous drug-manufacturing company. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Amgen Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Amgen Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Amgen layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 101 layoffs by Amgen.

What is the total no. of employees of Amgen?
The total no. of employees of Amgen is around 17000 as of now.

What will be the cost and savings by Amgen layoffs?
No info about that.

When will the Amgen layoffs happen?
The layoffs are scheduled to happen between July 13 and July 27th, 2009.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Amgen layoffs ?
As reported, the job cuts will be in Bothell.

What is the primary reasons for Amgen layoffs?
There is going to be a consolidation of work. The company has decided to merge some of the common work being done in Bothell with its Thousand Oaks, California headquarters. That is the main reason of layoffs.

Any other news about Amgen layoffs
As per SeattlePi, The job cuts leave Amgen with 70 workers in Bothell and just under 900 in the state.
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Amgen Layoffs Job Cut

Lloyds Bank Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 625 employees in Britain UK

The news is not good for the employees of the Lloyds Banking Group, which is the famous banking group of Britain. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Lloyds Bank Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Lloyds Bank Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Lloyds Bank layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 625 layoffs by Lloyds Bank. The bank had announced in April about 1290 job cuts and this is a part of that announcement.

What is the total no. of employees of Lloyds Bank?
The total no. of employees of Lloyds Bank is not known as of now.

What will be the cost and savings by Lloyds Bank layoffs?
No info about that.

When will the Lloyds Bank layoffs happen?
No conrete info is available about the dates of layoffs. But there were 985 job losses at its motor finance unit. Then 30 job cuts due to the merger with Scottish Widows and Clerical Medical insurance units.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Lloyds Bank layoffs ?
As reported, the job cuts will be in Britain and in the wholesale division.

What is the primary reasons for Lloyds Bank layoffs?
There is going to be a restructuring of the wholesale division of Lloyds. That is the main reason of layoffs.

Any other news about Lloyds Bank layoffs
As per Reuters, there is some respite for the affected employees. More than 300 new jobs had already been identified within the wholesale division and those facing redundancy would be considered for the new roles
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Lloyds Bank Layoffs Job Cut

Georgia State University GSU Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 300 employees

The news is not good for the employees of the Georgia State University, which is the famous university of Atlanta. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Georgia State University Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Georgia State University Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Georgia State University layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 300 layoffs by Georgia State University. That constitutes around 8% of the total employees at the university.

What is the total no. of employees of Georgia State University?
The total no. of employees of Georgia State University is around 3400 as of now.

What will be the cost and savings by Georgia State University layoffs?
Around 9 million USD are expected to be saved.

When will the Georgia State University layoffs happen?
No conrete info is available about the dates of layoffs.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Georgia State University layoffs ?
As reported, though there are no details available, but it is learnt that no full time faculty jobc will be cut. University is also cutting on travel and taking other cost cutting measures.

What is the primary reasons for Georgia State University layoffs?
There is a big reduction in the state funding and university has suffered losses of 37 million USD. That is the main reason of layoffs.

Any other news about Georgia State University layoffs
As per RomeNewsTribune, Officials with Georgia Highlands College said this morning there are no current plans to cut any staff there.
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Georgia State University Layoffs Job Cut

Medtronic MDT Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 1800 employees

The news is not good for the employees of the Medtronic, which is the famous medical device making company. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Medtronic Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Medtronic Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Medtronic layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 1500 to 1800 layoffs by Medtronic. Out of these, around 600 job cuts are expected to be from the twin cities.

What is the total no. of employees of Medtronic?
The total no. of employees of Medtronic is around 8000 as of now.

What will be the cost and savings by Medtronic layoffs?
No info about that.

When will the Medtronic layoffs happen?
The layoffs are expected to be completed by June 30, 2009

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Medtronic layoffs ?
As reported, the Minneapolis based company said around 600 job cuts will be in twin cities.

What is the primary reasons for Medtronic layoffs?
All can be attributed to the cost cutting which is one of the major reasons for layoffs.

Any other news about Medtronic layoffs
As per DailyGlobe, The reduction includes about 400 U.S. employees who have accepted early retirement or voluntary separation agreements or who will complete the term of their employment by May 29. Though there are news that company plans to add 700 jobs in sales or research and development.
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Medtronic Layoffs Job Cut

American Express AmEx Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 4000 employees

The news is not good for the employees of the American Express, which is the famous credit card and payment processing company of the USA. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the American Express Organization, which may be going for layoffs. American Express Logo
How many employees may be fired in the American Express layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 4000 layoffs by American Express.

What is the total no. of employees of American Express?
The total no. of employees of American Express is around 67000 as of now. Hence the job cuts constitute around 6% of the workforce.

What will be the cost and savings by American Express layoffs?
Around USD 800 million are expected to be saved in the cost cutting. Though the plan is said to follow $1.8 billion in cost cuts.

When will the American Express layoffs happen?
There is no concrete info about the dates but some of the affected employees are already informed while other will be informed in the coming weeks.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the American Express layoffs ?
The job cuts will be across the globe and in various segments.

What is the primary reasons for American Express layoffs?
All can be attributed to the cost cutting which is one of the major reasons for layoffs.

Any other news about American Express layoffs
As per IndiaTimes, The deep cost cuts show that even a company like American Express, which prides itself on catering to a more affluent clientele, is not immune to the pullback in consumer spending.
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of American Express Layoffs Job Cut

Solar Energy Stocks: Best Performing Solar Stocks

So far, we've been talking about Solar Energy Trading and investments. We also touched upon the topics like Low cost PV Solar Cells & Solar Panels: High Efficiency of 40%, Solar Energy Storage: in batteries, PV Solar Cells & Solar Panels. Solar Energy Stocks
Now, its time for us to look at some of the best performers of the markets so far. Though we dont intend to given any recommendations for any buy or sell, these are some of the infor as sourced from various sites available on the internet.

We also have covered some of the Solar ETFs:
KWT ETF: Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF: Van Eck Global Solar Energy ETF

TAN ETF: Claymore MAC Global Solar Energy ETF

Here are some of the so called top performers within the Solar Energy Stocks Sector:

1. XsunX (OTCBB: XSNX)

2. Emcore Corp. (NASDAQ: EMKR)

3. MEMC Electronics (NYSE: WFR)

4. Daystar Technologies (NASDAQ; DSTI)

5. Evergreen Solar (NASDAQ: ESLR)

Saga Foods Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 500 employees Hungary

The news is not good for the employees of the Saga Foods. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Saga Foods Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Saga Foods Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Saga Foods layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 500 layoffs by Saga Foods.

What is the total no. of employees of Saga Foods?
The total no. of employees of Saga Foods is arouond 1800 as of now. Hence the job cuts constitute 28% of the workforce.

What will be the cost and savings by Saga Foods layoffs?
No info about that.

When will the Saga Foods layoffs happen?
The layoffs will start by June 10 and will go on in a phased manner till November

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Saga Foods layoffs ?
No info is available location wise.

What is the primary reasons for Saga Foods layoffs?
Decline in orders and a contraction of Saga's markets is one of the major reasons for layoffs.

Any other news about Saga Foods layoffs
As per Portfolio, The only information the company disclosed to the press indirectly was that it would release a statement about the planned measures via a communications agency.
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Saga Foods Layoffs Job Cut

CAE Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 700 employees

The news is not good for the employees of the CAE, which is a Manufacturer of civil full fight simulators for all major aircraft types and an independent provider of aviation training services. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the CAE Organization, which may be going for layoffs. CAE Logo
How many employees may be fired in the CAE layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 700 layoffs by CAE.

What is the total no. of employees of CAE?
The total no. of employees of CAE is arouond 7000 as of now. Hence the job cuts constitute 10% of the workforce.

What will be the cost and savings by CAE layoffs?
CAE will take a $34-million charge on the layoffs, which will begin this month, and expects to save $15 million a year as a result of the cost-cutting measure.

When will the CAE layoffs happen?
No conrete info is available about the dates.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the CAE layoffs ?
600 of the job cuts will be at its St. Laurent complex. The jobcuts will be done in 2 phases, 380 in the next few weeks and 320 in fall season.

What is the primary reasons for CAE layoffs?
Decline for products and services due to the falling airline and aviaation sector is one of the major reasons for layoffs.

Any other news about CAE layoffs
As per MontrealGazette, CAE's revenue rose 17 per cent last year to $1.66 billion, while its net profits jumped 31 per cent to $199 million.
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of CAE Layoffs Job Cut

Stock Building Supply Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 2200 employees

The news is not good for the employees of the Stock Building Supply, which is a major construction materials dealer. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Stock Building Supply Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Stock Building Supply Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Stock Building Supply layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 2200 layoffs by Stock Building Supply. It is reported that since 2006, this company has reduced 1700 jobs.

What is the total no. of employees of Stock Building Supply?
The total no. of employees of Stock Building Supply is arouond 7200 as of now

What will be the cost and savings by Stock Building Supply layoffs?
No info about that

When will the Stock Building Supply layoffs happen?
No conrete info is available about the dates.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Stock Building Supply layoffs ?
No info available location wise.

What is the primary reasons for Stock Building Supply layoffs?
Decline for products and services due to the falling real estate sector is one of the major reasons for layoffs.

Any other news about Stock Building Supply layoffs
As per NewsObserver, The company plans to keep 5,000 jobs under a recently formed partnership with The Gores Group of Los Angeles
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Stock Building Supply Layoffs Job Cut

Alternative Energy ETF Exchange Traded Funds and mutual funds

We had provided a good coverage and detail of ETF Investing: ETF Investments, Investments in Exchange Traded Funds and then we talked about the ETF Investments Risks & Precautions. Alternative Energy ETF
Spread over many other articles, we have tried to give our review of which ETF or Exchange traded funds are good. In this article, we attempt to summarize the same in a single article and also provide links to individual article which you may like to go through.

If you are looking for investments in the Solar Eenrgy Sector, then look no further than the Solar ETF. Though there are many solar etf's available for trading in the market, we have covered the below mentioned ones:
Solar ETFs:
KWT ETF: Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF: Van Eck Global Solar Energy ETF

TAN ETF: Claymore MAC Global Solar Energy ETF

If your interest is investments in Wind Energy Sector, then you can opt for investment and trading in the Wind ETF. We have covered the following Wind ETF:

PowerShares Global Wind Energy Portfolio Wind ETF

FAN ETF First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy Index Fund

If you are concerned about the environment and want your investments to improve along with the environment, then go ahead for investments in the Clean Tech ETF:
Clean Tech ETF: PowerShares Cleantech Portfolio ETF

Then, we also covered some of the Natural Resources Mutual Funds in the following article:
Natural Resources Mutual Funds

Socially Responsible Mutual Funds SRI:
Socially Responsible Mutual Funds SRI

Renewable Energy Mutual Funds
Renewable Energy Mutual Funds

Green Investments & Mutual Funds
Green Investing: Green Investments and Green Mutual Funds

Alternative Energy Mutual Funds
Alternative Energy Mutual Funds & Alternative Energy Funds Investment Performance Index

Nike Layoffs Job Cut: may fire 1750 employees

The news is not good for the employees of the Nike, which is a major shoe and apparel maker. We have earlier reported about the Nike Layoffs Job Cut. Now the situation is getting worse for the employees as the recession is taking a toll on all sectors and all of the sectors are feeling the heat. The latest on to add to the list is the Nike Organization, which may be going for layoffs. Nike Logo
How many employees may be fired in the Nike layoffs?
As per the reports, there can be around 1750 layoffs by Nike. That will be around 5% of its total workforce.

What is the total no. of employees of Nike?
The total no. of employees of Nike is arouond 35,000 as of now

What will be the cost and savings by Nike layoffs?
No info about that

When will the Nike layoffs happen?
No conrete info is available about the dates.

Which locations and department of employees will be affected by the Nike layoffs ?
500 jobs will go at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton. The layoffs are reported to be done on global basis so many other locations will be affected. Department wise details are not available.

What is the primary reasons for Nike layoffs?
Decline for products is one of the major reasons for layoffs.

Any other news about Nike layoffs
As per AP, The company, whose other brands include Converse, Cole Haan and Umbro, remains the industry leader.
Let's hope that alternative jobs are available to the affected employees of Nike Layoffs Job Cut

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