What Gardening Equipment You Need to Pursue Your Hobby

Gardening for a greener, healthier and more habitable America is one of the causes promoted by the National Gardening Association. The organization is encouraging everyone to pursue gardening as a job or hobby. You can do it, too, if you know how to start your own garden. However, you need to consider a few things first to determine what type of garden you can create. Some of the things that you need to look into are location, gardening equipment, type of soil, gardening tools, supplies, and more.Some people opt to grow annual and perennial plants in places where these plants are suitable, while others opt to start a vegetable garden that is maintained as an organic harvest. These types of gardens are often found in suburban homes. These are often cultivated with the parent’s desire to add more nutrition into the meals of their kids every day. The vegetable garden is a good way to ensure that you will have fresh harvest that is easily within reach.To make this garden productive, you need basic gardening equipment. The necessary equipment and tools can help you put your gardening plans into fruition.Protective Gardening GearWhile you are outdoors toiling on your garden, you need to wear protective gear. By wearing the right gear, you will be protected from the dirt, germs, mud or other harmful stuff that could come from gardening. However, you might be a bit worried at first thinking about the additional cost of having to buy protective clothing and other necessary gears. You don’t need to worry at all because the equipment that you need are not really expensive. Wearing the right gear is also more cost-effective rather than wearing and damaging your trainers, shoes or flip-flops while gardening. By having on a pair of heavy-duty wellington boots or gardening tools, your shoes will be completely protected from soil, gravel, stones, sturdy roots, falling tools, muddy grounds after heavy rains, and other conditions that could put you in danger.There are several garden shoes to choose from, but the sturdiest brands would be your best choice. You can also wear gardening aprons with pouches and pockets that can hold your hand tools, plant labels, seed packets or garden twines. They can also secure your mobile phone and other important personal times while you are gardening. Gardening gloves can protect your hands from cuts, and you can choose among the lightweight and heavy-duty types.Additional Gardening EquipmentThere are garden equipment kits that you can order online. Some good kits include trowel, transplanter, hedge shear, weeder, narrow trowel, knee pad, edging knife, pitch fork, hose nozzle, water stop, adjustable metal hose nozzle, water tap adaptors, and more. You may also buy a tool seat consisting of a chair and tool kit.Garden AccessoriesFun garden accessories are available to make your garden look even more beautiful and functional. You can choose from automated sprinklers, patio heaters, bird houses, greenhouse vents, basket and trugs, carts and containers, seed tray, rain water butt, sprayers, and others.

Which Airline and Hotel Is the Best Choice for Your Asian Business Trip?

For foreigners that have a long business trip to Asia ahead of them, it’s crucial that you feel comfortable. A couple of tips for the business minded traveler going to Asia is travel light, book ahead of time and get in line early. No matter what airline you go through, the airport is going to be a nuthouse, so it’s always a good rule of thumb to be prepared by skipping the long lines, allowing for plenty of time and read that newspaper until it’s your turn to get your boarding pass. Once in Asia, you can find a cab easily from the airport and check in to your hotel. While there are many available hotels and airlines on the market, there are only a chosen few that offer customers luxury, cleanliness and with all the comforts of home.Our pick for one of best airlines for Asian business trips is Singapore Airlines. Not only does it offer luxury accommodations for First Class, Business and Economy seats, but the flight attendants are pleasant, charming and over accommodating. Who wants to sit on a long flight in teeny, tiny seats? Singapore Airlines must understand the need for spacious seats because they have more room than many other airlines out there. They also offer leather seats, dining room table and your choice of available DVDs. Another popular Asian business trip airline is Cathay Pacific Airlines. Cathay Airlines is comfortable with flat beds in business class and 81 inch beds in First Class. First class passengers can also enjoy champagne and freshly fried eggs while all passengers can enjoy a selection of snacks when the mood strikes.Asia has more hotels than you could keep up with, and the majority of them are stylish, clean, centrally located and affordable. For the top hotels for Asian business trips, consider one of the following: the Mandarin Oriental, the W Hotel and the Peninsula. The Mandarin Oriental is a comfortable and clean choice for travelers feeling fatigued after a long flight. It has a business center, stylish rooms and a beautiful bar/lounge which can be deemed a perfect location for wooing potential clients. The W Hotel in Hong Kong is another stylish hotel that is well staffed with accommodating employees who are eager to speak American to you or greet you with a smile at the door. When staying in Tokyo, guests love the Peninsula, which offers portable cell phones throughout the hotel and the Tokyo metro area. This is a great accessory to your stay when your regular Blackberry or iPhone won’t work.As business trips to Asia countries become more common, airlines and hotels in Asia are providing a comfortable alternative while you are away from home. There are endless DVDs during your flight, state of the art beds, portable phones and stylish restaurants and bars to schmooze clients. Best of all, the staff on your airline and hotel can accommodate all of your special requests and more. When on your next business trip to Asia, consider travelling with all the amenities you deserve!

S&P 500 Biotech Giant Vertex Leads 5 Stocks Showing Strength

Your stocks to watch for the week ahead are Cheniere Energy (LNG), S&P 500 biotech giant Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), Cardinal Health (CAH), Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Genuine Parts (GPC).

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While the market remains in correction, with analysts and investors wary of an economic downturn, these five stocks are worth adding to watchlists. S&P 500 medical giants Vertex and Cardinal Health have been holding up, as health-care related plays tend to do well in down markets.

Steel Dynamics and Genuine Parts are both coming off strong earnings as both the steel and auto parts industries report optimistic outlooks. Meanwhile, Cheniere Energy saw sales boom in the second quarter as demand in Europe for natural gas continues to grow.

Major indexes have been making rally attempts with the Dow Jones and S&P 500 testing weekly support on Friday. With market uncertainty, investors should be ready for follow-through day breakouts and keep an eye on these stocks.

Cheniere Energy, Cardinal Health and VRTX stock are all on IBD Leaderboard.

Cheniere Energy Stock
LNG shares rose 1.1% to 175.79 during Friday’s market trading. On the week, the stock advanced 3.1%, not from highs, bouncing from its 21-day and 10-week lines earlier in the week.

Cheniere Energy has been consolidating since mid-September, but needs another week to forge a proper base, with a potential 182.72 buy point formed on Aug. 10.

Houston-based Cheniere Energy was IBD Stock Of The Day on Thursday, as the largest U.S. producer of liquefied natural gas eyes strong demand in Europe.

Even though natural gas prices are plunging in the U.S. and Europe, investors still see strong LNG demand for Cheniere and others.

The U.K. government confirmed last week that it is in talks for an LNG purchase agreement with a number of companies, including Cheniere.

In the first half of 2021, less than 40% of Cheniere’s cargoes of LNG landed in Europe. That jumped to more than 70% through this year’s second quarter, even as the company ramped up new export capacity. The urgency of Europe’s natural gas shortage only intensified last month. That is when an explosion disabled the Nord Stream 1 pipeline from Russia that had once supplied 40% of the European Union’s natural gas.

In Q2, sales increased 165% to $8 billion and LNG earned $2.90 per share, up from a net loss of $1.30 per share in Q2 2021. The company will report Q3 earnings Nov. 3, with investors seeing booming profits for the next few quarters.

Cheniere Energy has a Composite Rating of 84. It has a 98 Relative Strength Rating, an exclusive IBD Stock Checkup gauge for share price movement with a 1 to 99 score. The rating shows how a stock’s performance over the last 52 weeks holds up against all the other stocks in IBD’s database. The EPS rating is 41.

Vertex Stock
VRTX stock jumped 3.4% to 300 on Friday, rebounding from a test of its 50-day moving average. Shares climbed 2.2% for the week. Vertex stock has formed a tight flat base with an official buy point of 306.05, according to MarketSmith analysis.

The stock has remained consistent over recent weeks, while the relative strength line has trended higher. The RS line tracks a stock’s performance vs. the S&P 500 index.

Vertex Q3 earnings are on due Oct. 27. Analysts see EPS edging up 1% to $3.61 per share with sales increasing 16% to $2.2 billion, according to FactSet.

The Boston-based global biotech company dominates the cystic fibrosis treatment market. Vertex also has other products in late-stage clinical development that target sickle cell disease, Type 1 diabetes and certain genetically caused kidney diseases. That includes a gene-editing partnership with Crispr Therapeutics (CRSP).

In early August, Vertex reported better-than-expected second-quarter results and raised full-year sales targets.

S&P 500 stock Vertex ranks second in the Medical-Biomed/Biotech industry group. VRTX has a 99 Composite Rating. Its Relative Strength Rating is 94 and its EPS Rating is 99.

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Cardinal Health Stock
CAH stock advanced 3.2% to 73.03 Friday, clearing a 71.22 buy point from a shallow cup-with-handle base and hitting a record high. But volume was light on the breakout. CAH stock leapt 7.3% for the week.

Cardinal Health stock’s relative strength line has also been trending up for months.

The cup-with-handle base is part of a base-on-base pattern, forming just above a cup base cleared on Aug. 11.

Cardinal Health, based in Dublin, Ohio, offers a wide assortment of health care services and medical supplies to hospitals, labs, pharmacies and long-term care facilities. The company reports that it serves around 90% of hospitals and 60,000 pharmacies in the U.S.

S&P 500 stock Cardinal Health will report Q1 2023 earnings on Nov. 4. Analysts forecast earnings falling 26% to 96 cents per share. Sales are expected to increase 10% to $48.3 billion, according to FactSet.

Cardinal Health stock ranks first in the Medical-Wholesale Drug/Supplies industry group, ahead of McKesson (MCK), which is also showing positive action. CAH stock has a 94 Composite Rating out of 99. It has a 97 Relative Strength Rating and an EPS rating of 73.

Steel Dynamics Stock
STLD shares shot up 8.5% to 92.92 on Friday and soared 19% on the week, coming off a Steel Dynamics earnings beat Wednesday night.

Shares blasted above an 88.72 consolidation buy point Friday after clearing a trendline Thursday. STLD stock is 17% above its 50-day line, definitely extended from that key average.

Steel Dynamics’ latest consolidation could be seen as part of a larger base going back six months.

Steel Dynamics topped Q3 earnings views with EPS rising 10% to $5.46 while revenue grew 11% to $5.65 billion. The steel producer’s outlook is optimistic despite weaker flat rolled steel pricing. STLD reports its order activity and backlogs remain solid.

The Fort Wayne, Indiana-based company is among the largest producers of carbon steel products in the U.S. It engages in metal recycling operations along with steel fabrication and produces myriad steel products.

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STLD stock ranks first in the Steel-Producers industry group. STLD stock has a 96 Composite Rating out of 99. It has a 90 Relative Strength Rating, an exclusive IBD Stock Checkup gauge for share-price movement that tops at 99. The rating shows how a stock’s performance over the last 52 weeks holds up against all the other stocks in IBD’s database. The EPS rating is 98.

Genuine Parts Stock
GPC stock gained 2.8% to 162.35 Friday after the company topped earnings views with its Q3 results on Thursday. For the week GPC advanced 5.1% as the stock held its 50-day line and is in a flat base.

GPC has an official 165.09 flat-base buy point after a three-week rally, according to MarketSmith analysis.

The relative strength line for Genuine Parts stock has rallied sharply to highs over the past several months.

On Thursday, the Atlanta-based auto parts company raised its full-year guidance on growth across its automotive and industrial sales.

Genuine Parts earnings per share advanced 19% to $2.23 and revenue grew 18% to $5.675 billion in Q3. GPC’s full-year guidance is now calling for EPS of $8.05-$8.15, up from $7.80-$7.95. The company now forecasts revenue growth of 15%-16%, up from the earlier 12%-14%.

During the Covid pandemic, supply chain constraints caused a major upheaval in the auto industry, sending prices for new and used cars to record levels. This has made consumers more likely to hang on to their existing vehicles for longer, driving mileage higher and boosting demand for auto replacement parts.

Fellow auto stocks O’Reilly Auto Parts (ORLY) and AutoZone (AZO) have also rallied near buy points amid the struggling market. O’Reilly reports on Oct. 26.

IBD ranks Genuine Parts first in the Retail/Wholesale-Auto Parts industry group. GPC stock has a 96 Composite Rating. Its Relative Strength Rating is 94 and it has an EPS Rating of 89.