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  • Nokia: 3 Different Insiders Have Sold Shares Since November 25 [View article]
    Big deal, only Timo here is of any interest as CFO and he sold 10%. That means he's retaining 90%. The other 2 are nobodies. Insider selling is normal, what's important is who is selling and what %.
    Dec 9, 2013. 07:31 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Forum On Nokia's Mobile Devices [View instapost]
    The only real annoying issue I have with my L1020 is the Bluetooth performance in my car. Music will stop after one or several songs, need to skip song then it continues. Also incoming hands-free call, caller sounds like robotic, quasi incomprehensible. Have sent feedback to Nokia, apparently a known issue. The Bluetooth I had with my L800 worked fine.
    Dec 4, 2013. 11:08 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP could be spared hundreds of millions after court ruling [View news story]
    This is like one long episode of the Simpsons. The prosecution lawyer is Mr. Burns, the Judge is Homer and BP's lawyer is the clown. It's time the US shows that it can deliver justice, not just revenge. This one's not funny.
    Dec 3, 2013. 07:34 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should You Still Buy Frontier Communications At $4.67? [View article]
    Haiku, Your statement is extravagant to an incomprehensible degree. Maybe it will eventually get to 10% of $50 if the next Qs don't have unpleasant surprises.
    Nov 29, 2013. 11:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Banco Santander: Should You Buy This 9% Yielder? [View article]
    Well if it makes no sense to you... 3 years SAN has been in the basement. Fickle? One man's junk is another one's treasure. If it was so well diversified it would not have gone down so low and would have bounced back a lot earlier.

    In the case of BBY.... Let me summarize: long before the Z10 came out after multiple delays there was plenty of hype and celebrity endorsements and some were drooling at the prospect that Blackberry had recaptured its magic..until after 2 Qs the market looked at the numbers and realized it was a dud. Then panic at the top, more duds with Q10 and another super expensive feature phone no one wanted. Mr TH and co put the company for sale and no one wanted it. There you have it.

    But, thank goodness, BBY & SAN are in no way comparable. I'm not saying SAN is a bad stock to own (it's been bad for me though), but you will have to be patient for another few years at least. Much can happen in that time and meanwhile there are better, more profitable banks to invest in. BTW any dividend higher than 5% is a red flag. Look it up...
    Nov 28, 2013. 01:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Banco Santander: Should You Buy This 9% Yielder? [View article]
    622: It's not just me saying it is risky. The Market has decided its risk level and that is why you have a low share price and a high dividend yield. SAN is not a best kept secret with SA users who are the only ones to know its true value. Sure it is diversified but it is still a Spanish bank. And Spain well... the economy is not healthy. Economic policy, like a lot of things, is largely tied to cultural values. If you think the gov't should fund your retirement from age 40, well that's a problem. I exaggerate but let's just say German and Spanish economies are different for several reasons, but the big one is cultural.
    Nov 28, 2013. 10:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should You Still Buy Frontier Communications At $4.67? [View article]
    North of 6 in next 3 months? Don't invest while smoking crack, there's good advice. FTR line losses are an unstoppable avalanche, so what do they do? Stop making this metric public of course. Just sweep under the carpet. Doubling down to reduce your avg cost is very risky in the best of cases. With FTR it is suicidal, if you look at its past record.
    Nov 27, 2013. 08:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Banco Santander: Should You Buy This 9% Yielder? [View article]
    I am long SAN and have regretted it now for a couple of years. With 10 billion shares outstanding and lots more being created out of thin air every 90 days, it will take mucho earnings to move the needle. It could take years before Spain recovers enough to wash the stench off this bank. If you like the banking sector stick to banks in Canada, where you will get a reliable yield of 4-5% in cash, and will not have to fear losing your initial investment, at least with risk nowhere comparable to SAN.
    Nov 27, 2013. 05:51 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should You Still Buy Frontier Communications At $4.67? [View article]
    Dave, you are the first SA member that is a Frontier customer at the same time that I recall reading a positive comment ever.
    Nov 27, 2013. 05:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should You Still Buy Frontier Communications At $4.67? [View article]
    Author, do you have a short memory? FTR has lost over 50% of its value over the last several years. You make it sound as if it's all peaches and cream. This company has been a disaster, my worst performer, and the team presiding over the disaster is still in place. However I don't think her bank account has suffered too much in the process, while she lied to investors about the safety of the dividend. My advice to potential FTR investors is to run the other way. I'm still young and have time to wait out Lyer Lyerson, then maybe there is a chance a competent team can turn Frontier around.
    Nov 27, 2013. 05:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Judge Barbier Swiftly Drops The Hammer Of Justice On BP [View article]
    Keep writing your articles, because even if I cannot show causation, my BP shares are up 10% since you began! :-)
    Nov 25, 2013. 06:00 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP: Problems Are In The Past, Investors Look Forward To Their Payday [View article]
    GM did go bankrupt. I know I had shares.
    Nov 24, 2013. 09:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Profit From BCE's Takeover Of Bell Aliant [View article]
    Speaking of propaganda User 088, Canada's govt is pro business. They want to progressively open up the telecom field to more competition, and that's good for all concerned. However the Bells, Rogers and Telus have little to worry in the vast, sparsely populated country.
    Nov 7, 2013. 06:34 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP Is Best Value In The Sector With Outsized Return Potential [View article]
    The trial BP vs the US gov't is not over, the sentence has not been proclaimed. It will cost billions. There is still risk but I believe BP can manage.
    Nov 4, 2013. 08:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 High Yielding, Undervalued Utilities, Part II: Southern Company [View article]
    Bob, thank you for the well written and informative article.
    If there was a disaster at one of its nuclear plants, or a terrorist attack at several of its nukes, would SO investors be on the hook, wiped out and then SOL?
    Nov 1, 2013. 07:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment