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  • McDonald's annual meeting: Arrests outside, cool confidence inside [View news story]
    If the economy were better, all this would be a non-issue. I believe our President said his number one priority in his second administration was creating jobs. I am still waiting for his first proposal that will create "private sector" jobs.
    May 22 04:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Prospects for Senate vote on Keystone XL fade over amendments fight [View news story]
    Great idea, a carbon tax would really help an economy that is barely crawling. They build Keystone or they don't, doesn't really matter, the oil is coming anyways. The reason the oil is coming, is because the world needs it.
    May 7 09:31 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan clarifies comments implying benefits from oil spills [View news story]
    Rachel Maddow? Never heard of her!
    May 7 12:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation declares $0.69 dividend [View news story]
    As a shareholder, i don't want them to spin-off downstream. There are times when the chemical and refining divisions are printing money, those times often occur when the upstream is not doing as well. In addition, there are a lot of advantages in being integrated, low cost of feedstock being one.

    If all an investor cares about is the size of the dividend, sell and buy something else.
    May 1 08:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation declares $0.69 dividend [View news story]
    Of all the stocks I own, there are none I feel better owning than XOM. They think 25-years or more ahead, which includes making sure they are raising dividends 25-years from now. Add up dividends and share buybacks, no one returns more to shareholders than XOM.
    Apr 30 09:11 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's vs. Chipotle: Customer wait times a factor [View news story]
    If the analyst is tryting to say service is faster at Chipitole than MCD, he is dreaming
    Apr 23 01:58 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Procter & Gamble sells well-known pet brands to Mars [View news story]
    Fair question. I have attached a link that shows how fragmented the dog food business is. No one really has a dominant share and competition is fierce.

    They may have had a billion dollar in sales, but pet profits make a small portion of P&G profits. Keep in mind sale is not for the entire business, European countries were left out.

    The geographic regions included in the acquisition, which account for approximately 80% of P&G Pet Care’s global sales, include North America, Latin America and other selected countries. The agreement includes an option for Mars to acquire the business in several additional countries. Markets not included in the transaction are primarily European Union countries. P&G said it is developing alternate plans to sell its Pet Care business in these markets.
    Apr 9 03:17 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Procter & Gamble sells well-known pet brands to Mars [View news story]
    Unloading the pet food business was a smart move. Many players, little growth and they were not the dominant player. It seems, they got a good price.
    Apr 9 12:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Natural Gas Inventories Poised To Rise From 11-Year Lows, Rig Count Doesn't Matter [View article]
    If they could "create" shortages, don't you think they would have done something when NG was below $2.00? Energy companies will produce what pays the best, right now, oil and natural gas liquids is where the money is being made. The draw downs this winter were huge, Chicago had the coldest January through March period on record. Yes, there is plenty of natural gas, but the infrastructure and production money is going elsewhere.
    Apr 3 08:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Rosneft, with U.S. partner Exxon, on track with LNG plant [View news story]
    Russia doesn't have greenies and a Democratic party beholding to them. They also do not have bureaucracy that takes years to approve something.
    Apr 1 07:24 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Richest Man In History Reveals His Simple Wealth Generating Secret [View article]
    I liked the article and found it interesting. Rockefeller made his money by owning a business. However, once he had the money he did enjoy dividends. Rockefeller, was smart, frugal and generous with his philanthropic efforts. I don't understand why he was vilified.
    Mar 27 09:55 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hastings shows no love for Comcast in neutrality manifesto [View news story]
    Don't blame Comcast, blame the providers. Fox, Disney, CBS, etc. all own multiple channels, when it comes time to negotiate carriage fees, the big content companies sell all their channels as a bundle. Comcast, Dish, Time Warner, whatever, cannot say, we do not want to carry Fox Business because no one watches it, they have to take all the Fox stations, all the Disney stations, all the CBS stations etc. In addition, cable companies have to carry local stations, so if you have Spanish language channels in your viewing area as I do, cable must carry them.
    Mar 21 05:56 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investing: An Introduction To Creating Wealth [View article]
    I liked the article Dave and I think it is a nice set-up for your future articles that I will read because I think your advice could be rewarding for readers. Damn, probably too many I's.
    Mar 19 08:20 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A No-Brainer Dividend Growth Investment [View article]
    Thanks for the comment Joe. As I have said repeatedly, MCD has food for calorie conscious individuals and for those that are not. Majority of people, IMO, are not.
    Mar 14 10:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Busy week for McDonald's attorneys [View news story]
    I agree with Richard, this is an obvious orchestrated attempt by a union or some advocacy group to push the higher pay agenda. What are the chances suits would be filed in California, Michigan and New York (all liberal states) on the same day if it wasn't a planned legal assault by an organized institution.

    One of the complaints was that workers were forced to wait before clocking in. I had several jobs growing up where if my start time was 8:00, I could not clock in until then. Clock in 5 to 10 minutes early every day, suddenly you have an extra hour of pay.
    Mar 14 10:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment