Is The New MLM Program Cash Gopher A Scam?

Is CashGopher A Scam?

The newest free to sign up for program to generate cash on the internet Cash Gopher was released to the public on September 1st and is creating a huge buzz on whether it is a legitimate program. The answer is yes, this is a legitimate program run by a trusted company.

The Company Behind Cash Gopher

The program was started by the company responsible for The MyLot domain has been around since 2004 and they are an American company with contact information in Overland Park, Kansas. As of September 1st, 2010 their website had just over 210,000 members.Their main site is similar to other social networking sites except they have a focus on making money from doing certain tasks you already do online, like searching, posting links, taking surveys and other tasks that advertisers are willing to pay people for.

The CashGopher program is no different. It pays you for doing simple things like viewing advertisements and visiting websites. What people are most concerned about is that the Cash Gopher program requires you to download a piece of software that runs on your PC.

The CashGopher Software

While installing computer programs is a red flag to many people, what the Cash Gopher software does is use cookies to determine searches and pages that you access and data about your computer like connection speed, ip address and geographic location. All this in a effort to serve the most relevant ads to potential customers. While having to download CashGopher software can make people very uncomfortable, it is no different than what huge websites that you visit everyday attempt to do when you search for a page or click on one the links in their search results.

So most of the ‘chores’ that Cash Gopher does are pretty standard practice and are not dangerous to your computer or your privacy. Let’s face it, if they were going to steal your information or hack your computer would they tell you they were going to install software on your computer?

In addition, a lot of the Cash Gopher software’s functions are designed to run when you’re away from the computer. This is where their slogan “Make Money Doing Nothing” comes from. So you probably won’t notice the program as much as you would think. However if it does slow down your computer or you don’t like the program for any reason you can easily uninstall the Cash Gopher program and remove it completely. If you are not bothered by a few pop up ads, you can make money with the Cash Gopher software.

Getting Paid From The Cash Gopher Program

While you can “Make Money Doing Nothing” you can make a lot more by referring others into the program. The Cash Gopher referral program claims to offer users 25% of earnings created by your downline. You can get paid every month once you have made $10 and at this time payment is sent using PayPal.

Is Cash Gopher Legitimate Or Not?

You tell me! This CashGopher program is just days old so I’d like to hear about any experiences people have had with them. Any problems you have had with the Cash Gopher software, the referral program, payments, the website control panel or positive experiences you have had with the Cash Gopher program please post them at our ‘Is Cash Gopher A Scam’ page.

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Stock Traders Beat Up Stocks After Jobs Report

It was one of the worst pre-July 4th holiday trading sessions in the history of the stock markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 223 points or 2.63% in what was a very broad based decline. For a significant portion of the trading day all 30 of the Dow components were in the negative. The technology heavy Nasdaq lost nearly 50 points or 2.67% as well and the broadest measure of the three, the S & p 500 Index was off 26.91 points or 2.91%. A large amount of the selling was attributed to the worse than expected non farm payroll report released this morning.

The employment situation report contains the unemployment rate, nonfarm payrolls and wage information. The report as a whole was mostly in line with the low end of expectations, however payrolls came in at -467,000 well off the largest estimates of -435,000 and a substantial miss from the median consensus estimates of -350,000. The unemployment rate came in slightly better than consensus at 9.5%. Also initial jobless claims were better than expected neither of which helped the markets as they continued to focus on the payrolls throughout the day.

This week Citigroup was again in the headlines when it decided to piss people off in several new ways. With the government adding new restrictions on employee bonuses the bank decided to raise salaries, some up to 50%, in order to retain people they consider “key employees”. In a totally unrelated press release Citi said it would be raising rates on the credit cards of up to 15 million customers. Citigroup was among the biggest recipients of federal aid receiving more than $45 billion in TARP funds. Since 2006 their stock has tumbled 95% and over the last six quarters they have lost close to $36 billion.

Another very unpopular company was in the news this week, American International Group or AIG effected a 1 for 20 reverse stock split on Wednesday. The measure was overwhelmingly approved by shareholders, but the stock fell over 22% on the day. Before the split the stock was trading at $1.16 per share on Tuesday, but was down more than 20% in the pre-market on Wednesday and closed the day at $18.08 per share. Executives said the move was necessary to prevent the stock from being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. In a strange coincidence the NYSE erroneously posted a suspension and delisting notice of AIG on the NYSE’s website, the notice was removed once the error was discovered.

Overall the stock markets have turned decidedly negative for the week and it was one of the worst first weeks of July in the history of the markets. For next week earnings should be the driving factor for stocks. Alcoa reports its earnings on Tuesday which traditionally kicks off earnings season. Chevron, 3com, Progressive Corp among others all report their earnings as well. Next week is pretty light on economic data releases the most important ones to watch are jobless claims on Thursday and Consumer Sentiment on Friday.

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Stock Markets Determined To Trade Sideways

Stock markets on Wednesday traded marginally higher before giving up about half the gains heading into the close. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 57 points or 0.68% to close at 8504.06, the Standard and Poors 500 Index closed up just over 4 points or 0.44% to end the day at 923.33 and the Nasdaq day gained 10.68 points or 0.58% finishing the session at 1845.72.

General Mills, the maker of Cheerios brand and other cereals and snack products reported earnings for their fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal 2009 before the bell this morning. For the fiscal year of 2009 net sales were us 8 percent to $14.7 billion and earnings per share excluding special items rose 13 percent to $3.98, well above analysts consensus estimates. For the fourth quarter ’09 net income was $358.8 million or $1.07 per share, above the estimated .81 cents per share. The stock finished the day up 2.16 or 3.86% to close at 58.18 per share. The stock has been on a consistent climb since hitting March lows of around $46, but is still well off of its 52 week high of $72 per share set last September.

Constellation Brands, the largest wine company in the world, announced its fiscal first quarter 2010 results this morning. The company reporting net income of $6.5 million or 3 cents per share well off of its $44.6 million profit in the same quarter a year ago. The companies stock was higher on the day by 7.33% up to 13.61 per share after the company reiterated its profit outlook for the full fiscal year. “We are generally pleased with our quarterly results, which were in-line with our expectations,” said Robert Sands President and CEO in the earnings press release, “we took steps over the past 18 months to shift the focus of our strategy to building must-have brands that return the greatest profits and that represent good value for consumers.” The full press release is available on their website.

Today the ADP employment report was released and missed expectations. The report came in with 473,000 jobs lost during the month of June, this was much higher than analyst estimates of 394,000. The report showed the rate of job cuts slowed slightly from Mays 485,000 number, but was still a sign that the recession may drag out longer than people had hoped. The ISM Manufacturing number, a survey of over three hundred manufacturing firms on different aspects of their business, was released on Wednesday and came in at 44.8. This was the highest reading for the Index since last August and slightly higher than the average estimates of analysts of 44.5.

Motor vehicle sales for June were also reported by major automakers on Wednesday afternoon. Ford (F) had its smallest drop this year with sales falling 11% last month. On the other hand Chrysler had a 42% drop in auto sales, Toyota (TM) reported a 32% fall and Nissan (NSANY) had a 23% dip in the month of June. Despite those numbers Ford (F) shares were down 2.6% on the day, while Toyota and Nissan posted only modest declines of 0.3% and 0.6%.

Software company LogMeIn went public today in an uncertain ipo market and was trading higher throughout the day. The company makes on demand remote connectivity solutions for small and medium size businesses. The offering was for 6,666,667 shares of common stock and was priced at $16 per share, which was the high end of the range. LogMeIn (LOGM) expects to make $107 million on the offering which was trading above the $20 per share level in early afternoon action. The book managers for the offering were JP Morgan Securities and Barclays Capital Inc.

Tomorrow is the now much anticipated release of the initial jobless claims report. After the ADP report negative surprise no doubt analysts are revising their estimates. The initial jobless claims is a weekly report put out by the US Department of Labor on the number of individuals filing for unemployment for the first time. The consensus estimates on Wall Street were for 620,000 new applicants. I expect this number to be higher around 625,000-626,000. Several small companies will be reporting earnings tomorrow Methode Electronics, Inc. symbol MEI estimate -0.16, Acuity Brands, Inc. symbol AYI estimate 0.57, MSC Industrial Direct Co. symbol MSM estimate 0.38 symbol MSCI Inc. symbol MXB estimate 0.24 per share. The earnings releases should not have any effect on the overall markets or the individual company sectors.

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Stocks Markets Take Back Mondays Gains

The stock markets had a rough day on Tuesday, giving up virtually all of the gains made on Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 82.38 points or almost one percent, the Nasdaq gave up 9 points or half a percent and the Standard and Poors 500 Index, the broadest of the three, was down 7.91 points or 0.85 percent. The Dow was actually in positive territory this morning until the release of the consumer confidence number of 49.3 for June. A big drop from the 54.8 number in May and huge miss of the consensus estimates that were as high as 56. With the consumer being two thirds of the economy this was a painful miss for the markets.

Despite Tuesdays losses the Dow still finished the second quarter with a gain of 838.08 or 11.01%. It was one of the best quarters for the Dow in more than five years. Because of the rough first quarter the Dow Jones is still negative year to date by 3.8%. The Standard and Poors 500 index had its best percentage gain in a quarter in over a decade, tacking on more than 15%, but year to date the index is only up by 1.8%. The technology heavy Nasdaq has been the best performer over both periods gaining 20.1% in the second quarter and 16.4% on the year. Some of the best performing stocks on the quarter were Genworth Financial (GNW), Office Depot (ODP) and Ak Steel (AKS). Some of the worst performing stocks were KeyCorp (KEY), CIT Group (CIT) and Eastman Kodak (EK).

Sealy Corporation the largest global manufacturer of bedding, reported their second quarter earnings after the bell today. Net sales were $298.5 million down from the $375.4 million in the same period a year ago. The net loss turned out to be 0.06 cents per diluted share and was below analysts estimates. The company cited a very difficult retail environment and said they expected a challenging retail environment moving forward. The stock (ZZ) was unchanged on the day at $1.96 per share.

Trading volumes have been increasingly falling since May but after the big consumer confidence surprise trading may step up over the next couple days on the release of more economic data. For Wednesday we have the ADP report, motor vehicle sales, the ISM Manufacturing Index and Construction Spending among others.

The motor vehicle sales report is another measure of consumer spending and is the unit sales of domestically produced cars and light duty trucks. A strong number here is viewed by investors to signify economic growth.

The ADP report is an employment report representing 24 million U.S. employees in the private sector (non government). It is typically released the day before the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s non farm payroll report. The employment statistics also shows data on wage trends and wage inflation helping the federal reserve in determining monetary policy.

The Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Index surveys over 300 manufacturing firms on different aspects of business including employment, inventories, production, and new orders. Readings above 50 indicate an expanding factory sector. May’s number was 42.8 and the estimates for June are for an increase to around 45.

For tomorrow Wednesday July 1 if any of these economic release drastically surprise in either direction we could see an increase in volume going into the July 4 holiday. Also six companies will report their earnings tomorrow including Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ) estimates are for 0.32 cents per share and General Mls Inc. (GIS) estimates are for 0.80 cents per share.

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Markets Drift Higher On Monday

The summer doldrums are definetly here as the markets crept upwards on Monday.  The Dow Jones Industrial average had the largest percentage gain of the three major averages rising 90.99 or 1.08% points to close around 8529.38.  The Nasdaq added 5.84 or 0.32% and ended the day at 1844.06 and the S and P 500 Index finished up 8.33 or 0.91% settling at 927.23. The news of the day was unrelated to trading and involved Bernie Madoff getting a sentence of 150 years in prison meaning the 71 year old crook will likely die behind bars. 

The earnings season is also creeping up on us and the largest tax preparer H and R Block reported today.  The companies earnings were better than most stock traders were expecting saying in their press release that income from continuing operations grew to $513 million or 15%.  Their earnings per share grew to $1.53 up from $1.36 in the same period last year.  Their consoladated net income increased to $1.45 per share or $486 million after reporting a loss for the same period last year.  They said earnings for the full year 2010 from continuing operations were expected to be $1.60 to $1.80 per share.  The closed at 15.67 per share up around .25 or 1.62% around its highs for the day, it is still down nearly 33% year to date.

The other report stock traders were focused on was Apollo Group, Inc. which reported its third quarter fiscal 2009 results.  Apollo Group is a company primary focused on higher education for working adults and runs colleges such as the University Of Phoenix and Western International University.  Some of the highlights of their press release were posting their first quarterly revenue of over $1 billion a 26% increase over the same period last year.  Apollo reported $201 million in net income on revenue of $1.05 billion for the three months ending May 31, 2009.  The company had a third quarter profit of $1.26 per share significantly higher than the .85 cents per share they reported in the year ago period.  Also well above analyst consensus estimates of 1.12 per share. The stock opened the day slightly higher but then dropped more 3.6% ahead of the news to close at 65.99 per share.  After the bell Apollo Group jumped 5.3% and was trading around 69.53.  Look for that good size pop to follow through on Tuesday.

Stock markets on Monday saw a drop in trading volume since the couple large moves last week and should continue the lazy summer trading tomorrow.  Tuesdays most popular earnings release will be Sealy Corporation which analysts expected to make 0.04 cents per share.  For Tuesday June 30 stock market investors will also be watching the release of the Chicago PMI (Purchasing Managers Index).  The Chicago PMI is a survey released by the Institute of Supply Management surveying manufacturing and non-manufacturing business conditions in the Chicago area.  Numbers above 50 percent indicate an expanding business sector.  Stock market traders are looking for healthy economic growth because the view is that means corporate profits will be higher.  While bond traders look for moderate growth that won’t create inflation.  May’s number was weaker than expected at 34.9 and the consensus for June is estimated to be 40.

The other economic release traders will be watching is the consumer confidence number.  The Conference Board surveys five thousand consumers across the country and asks them about their attitudes and expectations of the economy.  Consumer spending is two thirds of the economy so their confidence directly and significantly affects economic growth.  Stock market investors look for a high number which would mean higher corporate profits, while bond traders are always worried about excessive inflation should the consumer be overconfident.  The number for May was 54.9 a major jump off the April level of 40.8 and the consensus estimate for June is 57.

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