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    What started out as a small group discussing anything related to investing has grown extremely educational over the last few months.

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  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » SO IS SELL IN MAY AND GO AWAY STILL ALIVE ??
    18 Apr, 11:38 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Matters what your selling and where your going.
    18 Apr, 11:42 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » OPPSS..

     

    I forgot this !!

     

    Rankings Name Gain/Loss Portfolio Value Percent gain/loss
    *** 1st *** Econ. Analyst $74,988.14 $174,988.14 74.99%
    ** 2nd ** FearandGreed $22,404.94 $122,404.94 22.40%
    * 3rd * JohnBinTN $14,714.10 $114,714.10 14.71%
    4th User7415481 $13,058.09 $113,058.09 13.06%
    5th ExtremeBanker $10,670.57 $110,670.57 10.67%
    6th John Wilson $8,765.73 $108,765.73 8.77%
    7th CWinn $7,872.94 $107,872.94 7.87%
    8th CoinsK $6,135.73 $106,135.73 6.14%
    9th Rinascimento $6,093.84 $106,093.84 6.09%
    10th Windwood $5,352.10 $105,352.10 5.35%
    23 Apr, 08:55 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Certainly get council on it but Dee does look good.
    1 May, 08:59 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Who didn't see this coming ?

     

    Ukraine pro-Russian demonstrators refuse to stand down !!

     

    Pro-Russian protesters, many of whom are armed, have refused to vacate administrative buildings they have occupied in eastern Ukraine despite an agreement between the government, Russia, the U.S. and EU to "de-escalate" the crisis.

     

    Under the deal, the buildings were to be vacated and armed militias disbanded.

     

    Despite the continued standoff, Russia's Micex index is +2.2% in response to the agreement. The USD-RUB is +0.1% at $35.568.
    18 Apr, 12:19 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    WB alternative.
    18 Apr, 02:13 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    " Who didn't see this coming ?"

     

    US Paratroopers deployed to Poland for exercises in Poland, Latvia etc.
    Deployed in "response to developing situations in the Ukraine that may affect nearby NATO Countries. Ukraine is about the only country in that area that failed to join NATO, or Putin would never have dared. I believe that Germany is the closest country with the military power to oppose Russia; but equally, I do not believe that the Ukraine would be all that happy to see German Troops in their country again unless they are very desperate.
    That pretty much points to US troops again involved in centuries old European squabbles. Cannot win and cannot afford to lose.
    As we said in VN "Old soldiers never die-Young Ones Do!"

     

    Wanna see gold rise? CNN alone will be worth a $10-$20 pop I believe.

     

    Despite all that, today's breather was expected after the recent push upward in the Market; but overseas, US index futures are already up.
    S&P Futures up 5.45, NDQ 100 up 37.7. Good news for Tech IMO.
    Gold only up slightly so far.
    IT, your NUGT play might have been well timed after all.
    23 Apr, 09:35 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » OW

     

    Just trying out a strategy from a different angle. I expected someone to school our POTUS militarily after the Syria "line in the sand" fiasco
    23 Apr, 09:58 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » OW

     

    Then I read this !!

     

    http://huff.to/1iOftx8

     

    Gold has got to spike at some point don't you think?
    23 Apr, 10:08 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Notice that the Russian overflights of NATO Baltic countries has stopped completely? The MIGs dare not intrude because they would never know if there was a Raptor in the area. The USAF would love to pop a MIG over a NATO country, and an F-22 would pop a MIG without the MIG ever knowing it was there. The Russians set the precedence for overflight shoot-downs way back with the U2. As long as it fell into a NATO country, all Russia could do would be to cry foul.
    You would get your Gold pop then for certain.

     

    The thing about a shoot-down would be that it would be swift, clean, limited and justifiable. It would send the exact message that the US needs to. They might even claim that it wasn't even a US pilot.
    24 Apr, 12:07 AM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Now if POTUS had a pair, he would send Raptors over Russian airspace, certainly over Ukraine, but he lacks the cajones.

     

    Where's a Reagan when we need him? Putin wouldn't dare provoke him, he woulda loved this kinda confrontation.
    24 Apr, 12:15 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » OW

     

    I don't even see another Regan remotely possible in 2016.. Hillary will just put on those glasses again and say she fell down...

     

    Yup !
    27 Apr, 08:20 PM Reply Like
  • Economic Analyst
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    If you do choose to go away in May, it my be time to upgrade your mobile communications to 802.11ac WiFi before departure.

     

    RE : Charter Communications, Inc (NASDAQ: CHTR)

     

    http://bit.ly/1mkjsSy

     

    http://bit.ly/1mkjsSD
    18 Apr, 04:07 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » SO IS ANYONE SELLING IN MAY ? This article was well written.

     

    Thoughts ?

     

    http://seekingalpha.co...
    28 Apr, 02:37 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    My 63 Market day hold on (OKE) expires 5/12, so I'll be selling that from my RLP.
    The rest of my RLP stocks are good into June or if they hit Price Targets. Assuming it holds above ~$62, that will be a >5% gain in 3 months.
    I put in a 1% Trailing stop since I am within about 2 weeks of Time Target. That is something I do only if I have acceptable profit as my TT gets close. I would hate to take a big downturn after waiting it out so long. It still is gaining a few cents/day, regardless of Market Movements.
    If I was the Buy and Hold type, I would likely hold it for years. I am an unabashed Trader though, as investing is only a hobby.
    My retirement is contractural obligations resulting from sales of companies I owned privately. When I sold them to larger companies, I contracted LT income in place of a big taxable check. Back when I sold, I would have had to pay massive tax bills; but by taking the income over up to 40 years, the tax bite has dropped to almost nothing.
    Remember that if you ever own a company that someone wants to buy. Even if they go bankrupt, I am second in line only behind the government, even ahead of Bond Holders.
    28 Apr, 06:38 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » OW

     

    Seems like you made the correct move..
    28 Apr, 09:06 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Most of my stocks Time Targets don't expire until June/July, so I'm going away in late May, but will still have an eye on my holdings. Just be a long weekend to play with my Grandson.
    18 Apr, 09:15 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Man their is a lot data out their,have to know which is yours.
    19 Apr, 09:07 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » HAPPY EASTER ALL..I will leave this comment for the day !

     

    Keystone pipeline decision delayed again, likely until after November elections

     

    The Obama administration is indefinitely extending its review of the Keystone XL pipeline (TRP), probably delaying a decision on the project until after November's U.S. midterm elections.

     

    The State Department - which has had the project under review for nearly six years - says it needs more time to prepare its recommendation to Pres. Obama because of ongoing litigation in Nebraska that is unlikely to be resolved before next year; the department was set to close a review process with eight other federal agencies on May 7.

     

    Pipeline supporters are criticizing the delay as a political ploy, but the move looks likely to keep environmental activist money flowing into the election races; billionaire Tom Steyer, who has pledged to spend $100M to support candidates who back strong policies to fight climate change, is praising the delay as "good news."

     

    STILL HAVE MY SHOVEL READY !!
    20 Apr, 01:00 PM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    Some background info on Steyer from Wikipedia:

     

    "In 2010, Steyer and his wife, along with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, signed the Giving Pledge to donate half their fortune to charity.[5] Steyer is on the board of Next Generation, a non-profit that intends to tackle children's issues and the environment."

     

    Comment: the "charity giving" -Ha,ha, ha, ha - what a joke, of these people like Gates, Steyer and Buffet is totally bogus. That's right. TOTALLY BOGUS charity giving. The "GIVING PLEDGE" is a farce. When they make charitable contributions, they are contributing to each others "charities" which are NPO's that have thinly veiled political/philosophical NWO agendas. Also they maintain control of the charity themselves so they are really "contributing" to themselves and getting a tax write-off.

     

    I.E, Buffet contributes to Gates "Children's" charity, the main purpose of which is population control - reduction of the world's "useless eaters". The objective of Gates "charity" is compulsory vaccination of third world children - a huge obsession of Gates.

     

    I haven't checked it out, but they probably sit on each other' board of directors or have surrogates who do this.

     

    Steyer's and Obama's obstruction of the Keystone Pipeline is an example of their war on the economy and the middle class. Democrats who are up for re-election are starting to worry, and for good reason, about their identification with Obama.
    20 Apr, 01:56 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JW

     

    I think you might have a blog to write ?? Interesting stuff...
    20 Apr, 09:16 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    I'm still trying to get my head around the big deal over a Pipeline that will create a few thousand temp jobs for a few years, then a few hundred jobs after that. A single FAB does that. The push is because the Tar it will deliver is so heavy that there are only like 2 cracking plants in the world that can break it. Meanwhile, Berkshire's railroads are carrying the same oil, fattening his pockets (at much greater risk of spill). It's a zit on the economy either way. Way overblown by both sides.
    I think I see a conflict between one charity trying to vaccinate children, while another wants to get rid of them. We'll need them as consumers eventually probably.
    Like George Carlin said "Move those starving people to where the food is. It's a hellova lot cheaper than trying to move the food to them all the time!!"
    Then you look at a wannabe 1st world country like India, who is making little attempt at controlling the rural population that they can't feed, so they'll likely eventually be playing Pitch/Catch with Afghan Nukes figuring they have enough people to out last Afghan's Nukes.
    It's all so confusing. So many tempests in teapots here with Nuclear Winter beginning to look likely in Eurasia. Someone needs to just slap them all around, Every leader from Afghan to Zaire should be given 1 knife each and locked in a room. Anyone who complains gets thrown in without a knife along with em. Then when it's over, BOMB THE ROOM.
    21 Apr, 12:55 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Happy Easter IT and Challengers.
    20 Apr, 01:24 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    Happy Easter AL,hope you get to enjoy your first one on the Gold Coast.
    20 Apr, 03:28 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Tom you are doing so well on the challenge,so happy for you !
    20 Apr, 05:02 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Happy Easter, all. Hope everyone had some good eats today/tonight. :)
    20 Apr, 08:42 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    And same for you John who do so much for this group.
    I am a fan of TVA now ! Thumbs up for TVA !
    20 Apr, 08:54 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » All that was missing today was some football games!!
    20 Apr, 09:17 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    MSFT was a big help today on something i feel with me at least MSFT has always gone beyond the call of duty.
    To keep that kind of technical ethics in says a lot.
    20 Apr, 09:29 PM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    A belated Happy Easter to all.

     

    Football missing?
    Syracuse spring game (orange vs. blue) was on TV...it may take a HS football coach to find such games, but I was able to watch some before my wife caught me...Football season never ends for me, so it seems...three football dvds in my homework bag are telling the truth!

     

    Looking forward to getting back here more with my view of the stock market and world in general.

     

    Take care.
    21 Apr, 04:08 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    America is the Global financial manager.
    PC1 should be an exhibit on detail,synergy and conservation and control of the actions that are valued in currency.Currency is symbolic of group,national & Global work done.Then the currency is respectfully put to overhead and preservation ,so capital can grow and work and improve all our lives.As Global citizens this is a primary duty incumbent upon us all.
    21 Apr, 09:22 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Typical evening of late, Gold down a bit overseas and Index Futures up. Should be a good day in the Market Monday.
    20 Apr, 09:15 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » INFLATION ??

     

    http://aol.it/1eSE3NQ
    20 Apr, 09:52 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    IT thank you for the link,Loved IT,anything bought to us by (BA) is chocked full of wisdom !
    21 Apr, 06:22 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Ok, time for some reports...

     

    In my RFP my best investment seems to be (PSEC). My Mutual Funds are just treading water. Anyone have some solid winners ?

     

    I love that dividend. JBT... Which investment do you have that surprises you ?
    21 Apr, 01:59 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    (LMT) continues to impress me. So does (FTR). Both are almost doubles for me. I'm still at a loss with (PSEC), even counting 2 months of divs. It is not a buy and hold, sleep well at night stock.
    21 Apr, 03:06 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Mutual Funds are a great way to create wealth-for the Fund Managers. Win or lose, they still get their 1-2+% of your money.

     

    I researched FTR quite deeply about a year ago, and at the time it was getting murdered by DTV and DISH. I see it has recovered some; but probably only because people can't find any other cheap stocks. It's not something I would buy for Buy-and-Hold and sleep well either.
    (JAZZ) is up ~$2 after hours to $141.09. ~153 PT within 12 weeks. No Div, but up ~150% 1 year.
    21 Apr, 06:38 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » OW

     

    Vanguard is a great family of funds for those who don't feel comfortable picking stocks on their own imo..
    21 Apr, 06:43 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    OW,

     

    A double is a double. Staying long (FTR).
    21 Apr, 06:52 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    That double is history now. Odds it will happen again? Kinda slim, but go for it.
    Personally I'd take the profits off and leave the principle. Do some interest compounding.
    21 Apr, 07:41 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Free shares every 3 months. That's the kind of compounding I like.
    21 Apr, 07:42 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    I know I'm not going to change your mind; but you are currently drawing ~6.8% on your "Compounding". That's half the S&P or so.
    Surely you can do better.
    21 Apr, 08:10 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    I try not to chase yield. I like sticking with what I consider "safe". Yield on invested funds = 13.38%.
    21 Apr, 08:15 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    IT
    OK Tried to give you (JAZZ) yesterday, (KORS) is today.
    Lone Line Capital discloses 5.5% passive stake in KORS.
    Greenlight closed their Short position.
    No dividends, but 10% is not unreasonable over 3-4 months.
    Or Less
    22 Apr, 05:53 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Heh Differing opinions are what make Markets. I know people who swear by Fidelity for the same reason.
    Personally, I like (and in retirement have the time) to do my own research.
    Except for a few, the stocks in my paper fund here are far from what I buy. For instance, my RL experience with QCOR was in the low 50's to ~70. Wouldn't touch it today. Still with ~30% short on it, there could still be a squeeze before Malinkrodt(sp?) buys it at ~86 in July.
    One lawsuit values it at ~$99; but chasing lawyers is even worse than shorting it.
    22 Apr, 06:30 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » So is real estate the best investment ?

     

    http://aol.it/1mwFHr0

     

    Maybe not !
    21 Apr, 02:32 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Concerning Real Estate;
    I just made 3.5% on (DRN) in ~10 Market days. (Real estate 3x Levered). Bailed at 52.5 where it's pretty much still at. Would love though to turn 3.5% every 2 weeks all year LOL.
    I think DRN is still valid short term, but not a Buy-and-Hold.
    21 Apr, 06:48 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Real estate is a carcass.
    21 Apr, 08:18 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    The institutions have pretty much quit buying the bargain Real Estate, Seems like only Veterans can get loans (because the Gov guarantees them), and Farmland is unbelievably overpriced. Back in the 80's, land that was typical for southern Iowa was at ~$700/acre. Land in that same county that was comparable has risen to ~$15K/acre. There is no way to be profitable at that price if there is a loan against that land. It's not great land, ~60% tillable, and at best you get 140-150 bu corn/acre and 1/3 that of soybeans. Only livestock farmers break even mostly there, but still the price gets bid up by investors parking money.
    My take is that only the "Premium" home builders are doing well, although I haven't researched any specific stocks in Real Estate in a long time. (DRN) only showed up on my radar as I was looking at Levered Long ETFs.
    21 Apr, 10:36 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Use my cash to buy (KORS) at close please.
    22 Apr, 12:33 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    oops Wrong room my bad
    22 Apr, 12:40 PM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    Bought (KORS) some months back on a tip from my lovely wife who is a pretty accomplished shopper :)

     

    Added shares to her portfolio and have loved the rise of (KORS).

     

    Fidelity Contra Fund has been a winner for my wife's portfolio as well.

     

    My goal is to match the return of her portfolio with that of my portfolio and not have a single common stock between the two. So far there is under a tenth of a % difference between the two.

     

    Always looking for dividend stocks and trying not to become overweight in any one sector.

     

    Balance is the key and it is tough to attain.

     

    Cheers.
    22 Apr, 07:13 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Aye, My Paper Portfolio here is way overweight Pharmaceuticals; but in my rlp, I stay far more diverse. Still, JAZZ has been great this week, That and KORS are big in my rlp. (CBI) and (http://bit.ly/s5vCUr) are slow but steady. Will probably add more CBI next month, or if my JAZZ hits it's PT.
    Right now, Dividend payers have gone up so much Divs are low.
    Cheers and Good Hunting.
    22 Apr, 07:27 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    For anyone holding or has held MDSO, A suit is planned.
    I have emailed the lawyers at jimb@johnsonandweaver.com to see if my holdings earlier this year are included. I do not yet know eligible dates to be included.
    I have held them 2x this year, once for a gain, the latest an offsetting loss.
    They have dropped from >66 to ~40 on the BOD doubling the outstanding shares, and an earnings miss that took them down >22% today alone.
    Really glad to have triggered out when I did.
    22 Apr, 08:31 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » New home sales plunge in March !!!!!

     

    The seasonally adjusted new home sales pace of 384K in March is 14.5% below that of February and 13.3% lower than a year ago. It's the slowest pace since July, and 14.5% is the 3rd-largest decline in 20 years. The median sales price of $290K is up 12.6% Y/Y. The supply of new homes on the market is 6 months at the current sales pace, up from 5 months in February.

     

    Homebuilder ETFs: ITB -1.7%, XHB -1.2%.
    Toll Brothers (TOL -1.6%), Lennar (LEN -1.9%), Hovnanian (HOV -1.5%), Pulte (PHM -1.6%), KB Home (KBH -3.3%), Beazer (BZH -2.4%), Ryland (RYL -2.6%)

     

    The 10-year Treasury yield dips two basis points to 2.69%. TLT +0.4%, TBT -0.8%

     

    ARE THEY BLAMING THE POLAR VORTEX FOR THIS AS WELL??
    23 Apr, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    IT,

     

    You need to use more '!'s on your doom comments. 5 is not nearly enough to generate conversation.
    23 Apr, 07:52 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    Can always count on a response from you:)

     

    More then 5 ??
    23 Apr, 08:53 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    At least 7. Maybe as many as 12. 5 just barely caught my eye.

     

    To answer your question, though - yeah, it WAS probably the weather. March here in SW Tenn. was uncharacteristically harsh. We've still only got into the low 80's like twice so far this deep into April.

     

    I'm glad I am (once again) not in the HVAC business anymore...
    23 Apr, 09:01 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Just umpired a softball game in NY today and was thinking about actually putting my gloves on !!

     

    So figure April to be just as bad sales wise..
    23 Apr, 09:14 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    I've been grilling more often than usual, and burning trash... I'm trying to do my part. I'd vent some freon if it wasn't so darn expensive... Maybe I'll buy a case of Aqua-Net and do some can plinking. ;)
    23 Apr, 09:25 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT.

     

    Well I guess my Jets will be drafting high next year too!

     

    Take a peek at their schedule !

     

    Week 2 through 6 are impossible games.. Who makes up this schedule ?
    23 Apr, 10:02 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    The Bears and the Lions are definitely beatable. I'll judge The Pack's season after week 1 (hopefully the refs will keep a close eye on those dirty birds from the west coast...) - the Jets may stomp or get stomped. Never know what you're going to get with the Packers.

     

    Mmmm... Preseason in just a little more than 3 months... :)
    23 Apr, 10:14 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    I better go check my Chiefs schedule. I'm sure it's gonna be tuffer than the first nine "Pillow Fights" than they had last year. It's pretty weak when your toughest fight in 9 games is the Cowboys Cheerleaders. LOL
    23 Apr, 11:47 PM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    The real reason the US hates Russia and Iran
    http://bit.ly/QG4zic
    23 Apr, 07:47 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Goldman upgrades precious metals miners, Barrick Gold upped to Buy !!!!!!!!!!!! (12) for you JBT ...

     

    Gold and silver equities now appear more fairly valued, Goldman Sachs says, raising its sector coverage view to Neutral as it sees more responsible capital allocation, successful cost cutting initiatives, a refocus on maximizing free cash flow, and sound strategic portfolio optimization improving the positioning of select companies and offsetting its below-consensus outlook for commodity prices ($1,200/oz. gold from 2015 forward).

     

    The firm upgrades Barrick Gold (ABX) to Buy, believing the company's financial flexibility has significantly improved; ABX +1.8% premarket.

     

    B2Gold (BTG) is initiated with a Buy rating and C$4.20 price target, as Goldman cites imminent production growth from the Otjikoto project which enhances BTG’s free cash flow generation and should fund future development.

     

    Figured I just throw this out there and see what happens>>
    23 Apr, 09:19 PM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    A few people must have believed GS today as the miners were up although gold has lagged and has not responded yet. The miners usually lead the metal. We will see soon.

     

    I see danger in what looks like a"broadening top" that may be forming in the S&P500. Especially if it goes to a new high around 1900. Especially if a new high occurs around the end of April or first week of May (which would coincide with "in May, walk away")
    23 Apr, 11:08 PM Reply Like
  • CoinsK
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    Test
    24 Apr, 02:19 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Stocks fall to weekly loss; Amazon results, Ukraine anxiety rattle investors !!!!

     

    Stocks fell sharply, erasing the week's gains for the major benchmarks, as the earnings-fueled optimism of earlier this week soured amid disappointing results from the likes of Amazon; investors also were reluctant to hold stocks ahead of the weekend as tensions in Ukraine show no signs of easing.

     

    Weakness in momentum names resembled the aggressive selling that took place at the start of the month, as Facebook, Google and LinkedIn all fell between 1.7% and 7.8%.

     

    Amazon played a big part in consumer discretionary weakness, plunging nearly 10% after reporting below-consensus earnings and issuing cautious guidance, and other feature names fared poorly, as Priceline and Netflix fell by 4.9% and 6.4%, respectively.

     

    Earnings season so far presents a muddled picture: Of the 48% of S&P 500 companies that have reported Q1 results, 73% have topped analysts' average profit forecast, but expectations were low, as S&P 500 profits so far are just 0.2% higher from a year ago.

     

    The 10-year Treasury yield fell a basis point to ~2.67%, while gold futures advanced 0.8% to ~$1,300/oz.

     

    SIMPLY TRADING IN A RANGE FOR NOW..

     

    Thoughts ???
    26 Apr, 08:55 AM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    I like your Bloomberg-like week-end summary. Good wrap-up of the week.

     

    Thoughts are:
    1. Stocks recovered and then sold off Friday. No new highs. Contrarianadvisor says this is a rolling over of a right shoulder and that the highs are already in place. If there happen to be new high yet, then it would look like a broadening top or megaphone which also has negative implications. It may be too late now for new highs. In either case "in May, walk away" could be what happens.
    2. Look for knee jerk profit taking at a hint of the market of a stock topping out where a stock may drop 5% in a day just on funds trying to take profit near the top, and triggering sell programs. Look at (T) this week.
    3. Gold (GLD) $125.43 did stop selling off and even rose up to the 200 day MA $125.46. Gold must rise this coming week above the 50 and 200 day averages - or else...
    26 Apr, 01:58 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    IT You said it "Muddled" and the guys the money flowed into yesterday are much less so.As unpleasant as it is the Big Stick of Gov. can really keep one on their toes and tighten the tongue.Muddled about says it all.
    26 Apr, 09:08 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Some of these guys must of been loaded Friday's haul with fork lifts,Cramer sure has been quiet.
    26 Apr, 05:02 PM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    It appears that the revival of the cold war with Russia and China has perhaps more to do with the maintenance of the "petrodollar" standard than it does with the sovereignty of Ukraine and Japan's ownership of the Senkaku Islands.

     

    I made a couple of comments about this matter on Jeffrey Dow Jones article about "Gold sell-off..." [a lot of interesting comments >500]
    http://bit.ly/1rtQDDu

     

    Here are two other articles that ask the right questions about the US motivations; petrodollar, preventing Russia from laundering Iranian oil and sanctions if we don't get our way.
    http://bit.ly/1rtQ3G6
    http://bit.ly/1rtQ5h5

     

    Both excellent reading
    26 Apr, 07:45 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Even more so the liquefied.
    26 Apr, 07:47 PM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    al
    Is it just you and me?
    26 Apr, 09:11 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    No also those ice cold glassy eyed guys in high places,building more barns and buying more fork lifts.
    And taking the burden of our overworked public servants.
    26 Apr, 09:28 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    I'm here, too - I read everything. Nothing new to add, though, as I have grown tired of reassuring IT that the end of the world is not nigh upon us. ;)

     

    My portfolio was up on Friday... It has been running counter to the indexes. Up a decent amount so far for the month of April. 401k's are kind of blah, but not a calamity.

     

    Hoping the markets get over Ukraine next week and let me finish on an overall up-note for the month.

     

    Telcos spit out divs next week ( (VZ), (T) ), and I'll be doing regularly monthly additions to (LMT) and (XOM) the week after.
    26 Apr, 09:29 PM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    You got two "likes" out of that.

     

    I was wondering how oil producers (XOM) or drillers (SDRL) may do during a downturn
    26 Apr, 09:37 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    (XOM) is a very boring stock. That's how I like 'em, though. My average cost per share = $76.21. ;)
    26 Apr, 09:58 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    Bearish Bias makes one look for negative events ignoring at the same time positive occurrences. Don't like the feeling it produces neither.
    27 Apr, 10:54 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    Only have a few openings left in the bunker. I think your deposit got lost in the mail.. I CAN ONLY HOLD THAT 3 BEDROOM FOR ANOTHER WEEK.. LOL
    27 Apr, 02:30 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JW

     

    Can drag a horse to water, but.......
    27 Apr, 08:21 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    XOM could take a big hit if a real Trade War breaks out with Russia. they have massive investments in Russia and are building up a new LNG plant Rueters"Rosneft and Exxon also have a joint venture to evaluate the development of tight-oil reserves in western Siberia, and are building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on Russia's eastern coast." also "Putin said on Tuesday that Moscow saw no need for counter sanctions but could reconsider the participation of Western companies in energy projects. [ID:nL6N0NL71M]
    Royal Dutch Shell is shelving plans for new investments in Russia Short Term"
    1 May, 09:20 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » This is far from over...
    1 May, 09:23 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Good combination.
    26 Apr, 09:35 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    From my research, Energy companies shouls hold their own quite well over the next 6Mo-1Yr.
    I also read everything posted here, just not always have anything to add. Lot of what's said says it as well as I could.
    If you ever want me to look at a stock, just holler-I research as a hobby.

     

    My own Market Outlook is positive for well chosen stocks, but neutral overall. There will be a lot trading in a narrow range, some will fall hard like Amazon, others may take off. I still am positive on (KORS) and see this pullback on (CBI) as a buying opportunity.
    26 Apr, 09:47 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    OW,

     

    That what makes me optimistic that my stocks have been "well chosen" - when they do well in up markets, and at least get by in down ones. I have yet to post a net portfolio loss at the end of a year, knock on wood.
    26 Apr, 09:56 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Well, 2008 was kinda rough, but I had spent most of my "Trading" money on home improvements and a car by mid 2008. I'm just hoping that the home improvements pay off someday, but may be 20 years before I sell. That was the year my wife talked me into buying Wachovia (against my better judgement). That was the last Stock Tip she ever gave me. If she starts I just glare and that does it <g>.
    27 Apr, 09:05 PM Reply Like
  • Economic Analyst
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    Guys,

     

    I'm scratching my head on a couple of prospects. I'm leaning toward a move on (CVX) vs (XOM). I also follow (CTL) vs (FTR), and am watching (BOA) and (IBM).

     

    Any thoughts appreciated.
    27 Apr, 01:51 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    See my comments above about (XOM) getting hurt in Economic Sanctions vs Russia. Russia is XOM's biggest investment outside the US.
    1 May, 09:23 PM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    EA
    I do follow (T) and it had a big case of profit taking last week. Read my comment above. I wouldn't be surprised to see (CTL) ad (FTR) sell down from here with profit taking. Both of them do not have any prospects of raising their dividends, last I heard.
    (XOM) appears to be double topping and (CVX) had those three peaks May July, Sept last year around 127 and now it is peaking below 125 and looks like it will sell down some from here.

     

    Those energy stocks would be good to have on a watch list in the event of market decline to buy after they go down with the market.

     

    I am inclined to think that most stocks across the board will be much cheaper in two months.
    27 Apr, 06:24 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JW

     

    Seems your outlook isn't alone. So have we had a crash already ?

     

    http://seekingalpha.co...

     

    How bad will it get ?
    27 Apr, 06:39 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Consensus.
    ui was advised.
    27 Apr, 06:45 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    I still favor (OKE) and (ETE) to hold up in energy. I have owned OKE for a while now and it even stayed up Friday when the sky was falling, just like the last 2-3 day drop earlier in the month.
    27 Apr, 10:09 PM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    OW
    How do you like doing K-1s from MLPs on your tax return? I avoid MLPs if I can help it.
    27 Apr, 10:21 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    I send my stuff to a lawyer and let him worry about my taxes. There was 1 year I had to file in 7 different states, and worked in one<SD> w/o a state tax.
    28 Apr, 10:18 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Then I read this? Wonder what some think ?

     

    http://seekingalpha.co...
    27 Apr, 06:53 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    NG and related is the place to be.
    27 Apr, 07:00 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Liquefied with a censor and cell,will conserve domestic for export.allow for "Adjustments", take a look at D charts.
    27 Apr, 07:55 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Tom how are you doing,good evening.
    27 Apr, 08:36 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    Hi Al,doing alright being in a tough trade again. Do smell coffee (JO) again might get a cup today.
    28 Apr, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Ya gotta love Bank Of America.. OOPPPS >>

     

    http://huff.to/1isSZmO

     

    Now how can such a large bank make a huge mistake like this ?
    28 Apr, 11:55 AM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    John #2 woohoo!
    28 Apr, 01:22 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Agree,congratulations JBT !
    28 Apr, 01:26 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Oh wow - look at that. It will be fleeting, I'm sure.

     

    I've been AFK most of the day - what was today's negative market trigger?
    28 Apr, 01:42 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » No one knows for sure. Market was up plenty in the morning and all I hear is profit taking. Not buying it .

     

    But you might want to read this BEFORE your next outside pig roast !!!!!!!!!!!

     

    http://aol.it/1it9ak6
    28 Apr, 01:52 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    You are right John,I plan to get you!
    28 Apr, 01:58 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    IT,

     

    "PEDv doesn't pose a risk to human health and isn't a food safety issue, the USDA says."

     

    As long as it's not prions, cooking to at least 165 will kill all the nasties.

     

    Have not noticed an increase in pork prices lately... We eat more beef and chicken, anyways.

     

    (Kroger had wings on sale over the weekend - $1.49/pound. We got 20 pounds of wings. :))
    28 Apr, 02:16 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    Tell you what I would do as a test. Serve a piece of pork that was tainted with this virus, cook it until it is overcooked, and then ask one of those USDA reps to swallow it !!

     

    Wanna bet what that person would do ?
    28 Apr, 02:19 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    You like the yard pimps?
    28 Apr, 02:21 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » TOMMY

     

    Personally I am not a fan of pork. More of a chicken or beef person like JBT . A nice salad does well also.

     

    Just pointing out another inflationary situation. Milk on it's way up as well.
    28 Apr, 02:26 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    IT
    as a pescatarian no yard pimp or pig for me.
    Now if inflation would be calculated as before 1980 we would be around 9%. Seems right.
    With GPD metrics also altered maybe the freezing point (32F) will also be adjusted to reflect better today's climate although that can be verified because water would not freeze at higher temperature. Inflation/GPD/...... on the other hand can't be disproved.
    28 Apr, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Nice. They call them yard pimps a lot down here in the south. I could never be a percatarian...
    28 Apr, 03:05 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    We all make our choices, how fortunate we are to have such luxuries. So far the 21st century is alright.
    28 Apr, 03:21 PM Reply Like
  • User 7415181
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    JBT,

     

    Pretty good price on the chicken. Two weekends ago we came across ground beef for $1.79/lb at a farmers market. We bought forty pounds. Good thing we have a chest freezer.

     

    We used to be able to get pork butts/shoulders for about the same price at the same market two years ago. Now they want close to three dollars.

     

    IT,

     

    I've noticed over the last eight years or so instead of just using one store, we go to many throughout the week and compare prices. I suspect many folks are in the same position. One lucky thing for us is that we have a Kroger and a Publix both within a mile of where we live and they're always trying to one-up each other with sales.

     

    Like anything else that's bad, kind of have to adjust to it. But our food budget still runs about the same as it always has.
    28 Apr, 05:57 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    User,

     

    We're the same - we shop the ads, particularly when it comes to meats. We have a full-size side-by-side in the garage so we can stock up. Two weeks ago, the neighborhood grocery had whole beef briskets for $2.29/pound. :) We only bought one (13 lbs.), as I will only cook brisket fresh - never from frozen.

     

    Tenderloin is still high, though. :( King crab has been regularly $12.99/pound, so that's not too bad.

     

    Very good price on the ground beef! :)

     

    P.S. I love food. :)
    28 Apr, 06:17 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » USER

     

    The competition where I am isn't much for the larger stores. But "Shop Rite" is the store that wears many hats.

     

    Can even get fresh Sushi !! Guy knows me by now so he makes some great to-go dinners for us.
    28 Apr, 09:10 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT.

     

    What a difference a day makes. You have been climbing slowly and it seems the best method so far..

     

    Hope your RLP is doing the same.
    28 Apr, 01:34 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    IT,

     

    RLP has been doing fairly well, considering such a manic market environment lately. Stocks and 401k's are in the plus for 2014 so far, but the 401k's have been taking a licking this month (April was actually a good stock month - go figure).

     

    My (PSEC) was briefly green last week, but it's back in the red now. :( (LNCO) was my big mistake - down 13%, while (WIN) (which I sold to buy (LNCO)) is up 13% since my sale.

     

    Win some, lose some, and all that. Trick is to win more than you lose. ;)
    28 Apr, 01:53 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    PSEC is ex dividend today. I still like it. As you know besides Mutual Funds I own (PSEC) and will continue adding more funds on a monthly basis to it.

     

    Not so sure about the Mutual Funds right now though. Gold seems to be fighting to get back to that $1300 range. Also the Mint sold the 4th highest ASE'S last month, FWIW...
    28 Apr, 02:01 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » WHO CALLED TWITTERS IMPLOSION THIS YEAR ?????

     

    A familiar pattern repeats as a sharp selloff in small caps (IWM -1.8%) and tech momentum names lead the broader decline in equities. The Nasdaq (QQQ -1%) is managing a sizable dip even as Apple gains 3%. Down 4.4% today, Facebook is back to about flat YTD, Twitter -4% on the session, is lower by 37% YTD. The iShares Biotech ETF (IBB -2.6%) has moved into the red for the year.

     

    Leading S&P 500 (SPY -0.4%) decliners are Bank of America -5.6% after suspending its capital plan, and Google -1.9%.

     

    What sector's working today? Consumer staples (XLP +0.8%). Proctor & Gamble +1.5%, Altria +2.3%, Pepsi +1.6%, Phillip Morris +1%.
    28 Apr, 01:40 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Their is atrophy in the system.
    28 Apr, 06:26 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    These challengers are really doing some top notch work.
    28 Apr, 09:29 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » North Korea getting mouthy some ,eh ?

     

    http://huff.to/1jaVr06
    28 Apr, 09:31 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Those NKoreans.... Always good for a smile. They poke, and poke, so hard... Yet they get nothing.

     

    I think they really want to provoke a confrontation so they can get their beehinds handed to them abd get some humanitarian relief shipped in.

     

    That little guy's frustration level must be unbearably high.
    28 Apr, 09:59 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    They are probably drinking.
    28 Apr, 10:01 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Mouthy and trigger happy.Who feeds those guys.

     

    None of this is phasing those Russians,they think they are doing great and in good shape,they don't know the difference and it is a waste of time.
    28 Apr, 09:33 PM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    Maybe (BAC) didn't make a mistake. Maybe something was exposed. Have any of their bankers "suicided" themselves lately?

     

    North Korea: example and proof of how a whole nation can suffer mass delusion that feeds back on itself and amplifies and strengthens in the feedback loop.
    28 Apr, 11:32 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    John (BAC) is genies,these guy run whole sections of the planet.They know good and well who to be buddies with while they spy on each other then say they do because they care.
    29 Apr, 07:19 AM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    When I was young and just getting started, I would lay in 2 deer for the winter, one with a bow, the other with a Kentucky Rifle (I learned how to shoot with people shooting back-I'm still alive so I guess I was a fair shot). Residents of Iowa can get 2 tags that way, and a 3rd if the first gun kill is a doe. I would look for "Spike Bucks" though. I don't think they even sell "Out of State" licenses to this day.

     

    Now that the kids are grown, and money is no issue, I never even price meat, just call in an order to the Meat Market, and wife picks it up. I still like to smoke/jerk Brisket though.
    Never buy meat in the Groc Store unless I see something while I'm there. Couple weeks ago I spotted the best marbled T-Bones I had seen since Iowa. If you know meat, a small amount of great beef beats many pounds of local "Cactus Fed" beef.
    With failing kidneys, I have to limit red meat anyway.
    Hint: to take the gas out of beans, boil a whole potato with em, then pitch the tater. Enzymes in the tater skin break down the protein in beans that make gas I'm told (learned from local Hispanics).
    29 Apr, 01:12 AM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    Thanks OW,gona try that potato.
    29 Apr, 04:20 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    It is priority time.See who (JO) does today,i'm already on my second cup.
    29 Apr, 07:14 AM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    Enjoy!
    29 Apr, 08:05 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    3rd cup, hope it helps,was just down town all the guys were at the coffee house.
    29 Apr, 08:13 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    The guys who hardened assets are fine,ED , NU , UIL.
    29 Apr, 10:46 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Next President needs to make it a priority to get that Sea wall built...
    29 Apr, 11:37 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » SO IS ANYONE BUYING ? Markets seem to just keep moving north !
    29 Apr, 01:07 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    My buys don't through til next week. :( Although (T) and (VZ) will re-invest divs tomorrow.
    29 Apr, 01:29 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    Try Coffee IT. There is a major shortfall coming up.
    You probably won't like it since it has the opposite color of gold. :)
    29 Apr, 02:22 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » TOMMY

     

    I actually like silver as the better long term investment since it is needed in many industries..

     

    Tried to drink coffee decades ago. Green tea is better for me :)

     

    The wife LOVES her coffee though. So what symbols would you offer for consideration ?
    29 Apr, 02:27 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    You are the heavy metal guy!
    (CAFE) and (JO) you might want to offset your wife's coffee consumption by going long one of those funds.
    29 Apr, 02:32 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    Forgot to mention for the health conscious folks,coffee makes a good enema !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    29 Apr, 02:35 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Hence me not drinking coffee..lol

     

    Green tea suits me just fine..
    29 Apr, 02:37 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    After lunch switch,good move IT.
    29 Apr, 02:39 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    You are right,green tea also works for enemas.
    It is not recommended to drink the brew after it has been used for the cleansing purpose,surely must taste awful.
    29 Apr, 02:47 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Have you eaten at Burger King lately ? Or McDonalds ?

     

    They have the same properties ( enema )
    29 Apr, 02:56 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    It's been over 20 years that I've eaten at those places.
    Nasty stuff. Did flip burgers as a teen at MC,very tight ship they run.
    29 Apr, 03:12 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Took our son to (MCD) this morning for his B-Day (ick - he turned 15 - when did I get old?). No problems to report with the plumbing... Certainly doesn't feel like I've had an enema... ;)
    29 Apr, 03:16 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    You might be laxative intolerant.
    29 Apr, 03:22 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » This week the kitchen is getting redone ( I have 10 thumbs ). So we ate out at Micky D'S last night due to being next door at a Lowes. Really had no choice at 9pm either.

     

    It worked like a charm in the morning !

     

    JBT...Wish your son a HAPPY BIRTHDAY from me. 15 ? Wait until he turns 26 then talk to me about feeling old:)
    29 Apr, 03:45 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    I'll pass on your birthday wishes - thanks. :) At least at 26 they're grown, and should be capable of taking care of themselves. I give ours until June until he starts bugging us to get him his learner's permit... Scary stuff.
    29 Apr, 03:52 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    They always come back for money :)

     

    College costs and then her Masters send shivers down my spine...
    29 Apr, 04:00 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Wait until he turns 40 like my eldest this year-THEN you will feel old!!
    29 Apr, 09:09 PM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    OW...I feel old with a 19 and 13 yr old...but I still look good for a 40something :-)....well that's what I tell myself...Ha!
    30 Apr, 09:36 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    My wife still hasn't left me (I'm 44, she's 35), so I guess I do somethin' right. :) Maybe my knowledge of the law, especially divorce law, has something to do with it. :)

     

    I will sue! ;)
    30 Apr, 10:16 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    "I will sue! ;)"
    That's what my wife tells me. We'll be 42 years if we make it to June. If not-It's a Community Property state, so I'm HOSED!!
    1 May, 09:27 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Fear can fight.
    29 Apr, 02:07 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Respectfully.
    29 Apr, 02:17 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    Al,thanks for having a third cup today it did the trick !
    29 Apr, 02:24 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    and bite!
    29 Apr, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    I forced a 4 one, no mas , that's it,i did all i could.
    29 Apr, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    you must be wired!
    29 Apr, 02:27 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Decaf ???
    29 Apr, 02:28 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Coffee does have it's effects.

     

    Exactly.
    29 Apr, 02:31 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » LOOKS LIKE GOLD WANTS TO HANG AROUND THAT $1300 FIGURE..

     

    Why ????
    29 Apr, 02:42 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Being set up for defensive reserve ? What do you think ?
    Did you hear anything about rinsing out the dead wood in the next two years ?
    29 Apr, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » On a different topic these sanctions against Putin might come back to haunt us . They are going after his cronies and their investments.

     

    A few own companies , and I do have a concern how smoothly all of this goes. Putin isn't a foolish man.
    29 Apr, 02:59 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    He ain't no Huckelberry! Gave a Hugh to Schröder yesterday.
    29 Apr, 03:17 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » TOMMY

     

    What is your opinion on the outcome of this? Can it get out of control ?
    29 Apr, 04:01 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    Depends what you mean by out of control. WWI and II where well orchestrated, Switzerland was declared neutral a bit before so that the crème de la crème could go on vacation there while the milk cows (or beef) suffered a harsh reality.
    29 Apr, 04:28 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Ok, do you envision any shooting to escalate ?
    29 Apr, 05:01 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » MY TWITTER CALL....

     

    Twitter's full-year revenue outlook disappointing...

     

    Twitter (TWTR) expects Q2 revenue of $270M-$280M vs. a $272.9M consensus. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to total $25M-$30M, down from Q1's $37M (above guidance of $10M-$16M).

     

    The company's full-year revenue guidance range has been hiked by $50M to $1.2B-$1.25B; however, the consensus is already at $1.24B. Adjusted EBITDA guidance has been raised to $180M-$205M from $150M-$180M.

     

    Monthly active users (MAUs) rose 6% Q/Q and 25% Y/Y to 255M, roughly in-line with expectations. Mobile MAUs +8% Q/Q and +31% Y/Y to 198M.

     

    Timeline views rose 6% Q/Q and just 15% Y/Y to 157B. Timeline views had fallen 7% in Q4, something Twitter partly blamed on a shift to conversation views.

     

    Ad sales rose 125% Y/Y to $226M; a barrage of new ad products helped growth picked up from Q4's 121%. Data licensing/other revenue rose 76% to $24M vs. 80% in Q4. Mobile accounted for 80% of ad revenue, up from 75% in Q4 and 70% in Q3.

     

    International revenue only accounted for 28% of total revenue, up slightly from Q4's 27%. $50M was spent on capex.

     

    TWTR -8.6% AH.
    29 Apr, 05:05 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    IT thank you for the assessment,would you agree that the numbers indicate TWTR does have an market competitiveness.
    29 Apr, 10:44 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » AL

     

    I think we have too many competitors.... Hence my prediction of it imploding this year. imo
    30 Apr, 01:09 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Fib chart is pretty accurate,sweet little Blue Bird though.
    30 Apr, 01:14 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Anytime you have an egomaniac Dictator like Putin things can get out of control fast. Look at Assad, he just gassed his own people AGAIN!
    29 Apr, 09:12 PM Reply Like
  • tommyinexile
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    OW
    Don't think that this has much to do with ego rather that Russia has invested in eastern Ukraine and don't want to see that taken away by the West. When French businesses are threatened in an African country by "rebels" troops move in fast to protect their interest and nobody cares in the international community.
    Besides even a Dictator needs support of the Elite in their country.
    Personally don't see much difference between Political Dictatorship and Money Dictatorship.
    This is only a personal opinion,nothing more.
    30 Apr, 04:30 AM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Personally I can't disagree much about Dictatorships.
    Never cared much for the French myself (personal opinion also). They had troops in Rwanda, but did nothing to stop the genocide. Foreign Legion is vastly overrated. Poor leadership and inflexibility. Some of my Purple Heart friends fought with them and said they were unimaginative and really in no better shape than the average US Infantryman.

     

    The only things at risk being taken away by the West are his bribed officials. Anything legit would be profited from, not suppressed. The Ukraine Government is not nationalizing companies, they just have to install certain anti-corruption safeguards to get EU loans.

     

    Putin hates losing legitimately bought public officials.
    30 Apr, 08:27 PM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    I have been watching the Australian and Canadian dollars. They had sold off - I emphasize 'had' sold off. Now the AUD is now in a new uptrend:
    http://yhoo.it/1fwoHil#symbol=;range=1y;comp...
    The Canadian dollar is bottoming now:
    http://yhoo.it/MG7fdW;range=1y

     

    I wrote this on AVI's last article. The Ukraine crisis is about the dollar, not about gold although gold may benefit. It may be the dollars last stand.
    My comment is here:
    http://seekingalpha.co...

     

    Seeking Alpha listing of currency ETFs
    http://bit.ly/95lIhA

     

    (FXC) and (FXA) are two currency ETFs that have good upside potential as the dollar breaks support as a result of US intimidation of Russia and China.
    30 Apr, 12:48 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » US GOVT LOST 11.2 BILLION DOLLARS. THINK WE ALL CAN GET A SMALL BAIL OUT ?

     

    WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. government lost $11.2 billion on its bailout of General Motors Co, more than the $10.3 billion the Treasury Department estimated when it sold its remaining GM shares in December, according to a government report released on Wednesday.

     

    The $11.2 billion loss includes a write-off in March of the government's remaining $826 million investment in "old" GM, the quarterly report by a Treasury watchdog said.

     

    The U.S. government spent about $50 billion to bail out GM. As a result of the company's 2009 bankruptcy, the government's investment was converted to a 61 percent equity stake in the Detroit-based automaker, plus preferred shares and a loan.

     

    Treasury whittled down its GM stake through a series of stock sales starting in November 2010, with the remaining shares sold on Dec. 9, 2013.

     

    At the time of the December sale, Treasury put the total loss at $10.3 billion but said it did not expect any significant proceeds from its remaining $826 million investment in "old" GM, the report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program said.

     

    The U.S. bailout of GM and Chrysler, which received about $12.5 billion, saved 1.5 million jobs in the United States, according to the Center for Automotive Research.

     

    Last week, GM posted its 17th consecutive profitable quarter. Earnings, however, were hurt by a $1.3 billion charge for the costs of various recalls, including for faulty ignition switches on 2.6 million cars.

     

    GM is under investigation by the Justice Department, U.S. auto safety regulators and Congress over its failure to detect the faulty ignition switch for over a decade. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is also investigating GM. (Reporting by Eric Beech; editing by Matthew Lewis)
    30 Apr, 01:21 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Everybody loves the Chinese !
    30 Apr, 01:37 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Here come the Chinese !!!

     

    http://bloom.bg/1fPrw94
    30 Apr, 01:39 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    @IT
    That just means we'll have more customers for our Ag products. By their standards I think I read India in 3rd place. India has certain 1st world features, but their poverty overall is beyond belief.
    If you are looking for a trigger for Armageddon, look no further than India/Afghan. They scare me more even than Russia with the exception of the Cuban Missile Crisis-which I lived through as well.
    Fluoridated water is nothing compared to Above Ground Hydrogen Bomb testing, which I remember also. I will never forget the crisis that swept the country when Russia blew up the 50 Megaton above-ground test, and milk carrying warning labels.
    30 Apr, 08:55 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » OW

     

    This POTUS will do nothing ! Sanctions only work so long. Not saying we need to put boots on the ground, but that fly by would have been shot down by Regan...

     

    Just sayin I miss the ole guy.
    30 Apr, 09:04 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    I remember nuclear attack drills... :) Of all the things that scare me (and there are a lot), the nuclear option is not one of them.

     

    I not only drink fluoridated water, I rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse. ;)
    30 Apr, 09:04 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Their is always some angry person or person's out their with an issue.
    30 Apr, 09:23 PM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    It...often disagree with u, but I must say in this regards I'm right with you...where have all the good time gone...
    30 Apr, 09:38 PM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    Al...so true...I saw an angry person at a wedding this weekend....and it wasn't the bride or groom:-)...
    30 Apr, 09:39 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Their were no angry people in Roller Boogie with Linda Blair.
    30 Apr, 09:41 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » CWINN

     

    Ever think i prod a little to try and spark something :)

     

    But honestly or leaders just scare me. The House, Senate, all of them are scary...
    30 Apr, 09:55 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Elect me to POTUS... I would be like a second coming of Reagan. ;)
    30 Apr, 10:18 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Whose your running mate ? Just in case they take you out ...
    30 Apr, 10:21 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Hmmm, someone who can keep it real... Like Ron Ermey.
    30 Apr, 10:24 PM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    Al...there was in the exorcist
    30 Apr, 09:44 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    CWinn i waited it out for Roller Boogie-my favorite part is when the song says are you ready can you handle this are you ready wooooo.. roller boogie ! How can one even think of an exorcist ?
    30 Apr, 09:48 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT and others.

     

    Is there such a thing as a botched execution ?
    Just asking >>>
    30 Apr, 10:26 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    I think it was more like a higher level of justice served.... I hope he suffered.
    30 Apr, 10:27 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    I hope he was wide awake when his heart stopped so he could hear himself go flatline!
    1 May, 09:35 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » OW

     

    Ouch !! Guy had a bad day huh ?

     

    http://huff.to/1rKImew
    1 May, 09:47 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Maybe I'm a bit hardened by war, but I just can't feel sorry for him. The only difference is that I would have used a subclavian or Jugular site.
    1 May, 11:47 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    I do think though the good times have continued at SA & IT's their is nothing like roller boogie but when we become men we put away those things of our youth.
    30 Apr, 09:58 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » HITTING ON ALL CYLINDERS !! I KNOW, I KNOW, IT WAS SURE COLD OUTSIDE >>>>

     

    Q1 GDP growth revised sharply lower

     

    Treasury prices pop and yields slip after Q1 GDP growth is revised to a gain of just 0.1%. The original estimate had been expansion of well over 2%.

     

    The ADP jobs gain of 220K was ahead of estimates for 210K, and also included upward revisions for March and April totaling 72K jobs, though January was revised lower by 54K, and December lower by 47K. There's additional revisions further back, but what's the point?

     

    The 10-year Treasury yield - higher earlier - is now off by one basis point at 2.69%. TLT +0.1%

     

    JUST MISSED !!!!!!!
    30 Apr, 09:58 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » HERE IS MORE GOOD NEWS !!

     

    Initial Jobless Claims: +14K to 344K vs. 319K consensus, 330K prior (Revised, previous estimate 329K).
    Continuing claims +97K to 2.771M vs consensus of 2.708M.

     

    DOES IT MEAN ANYTHING ?
    1 May, 03:00 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Smile & agree,seek higher ground.
    1 May, 03:05 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    It means about as much as every other one of those reports over the past 6 years.

     

    Does that answer your question?
    1 May, 06:03 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Not really.. One day this has to hurt !
    1 May, 06:13 PM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    Never...the govt will take care of us
    1 May, 06:47 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Watch for average wages tomorrow-That will tell you about workforce necessity or not.
    1 May, 09:36 PM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    Dollar index $USD on Stockcharts, looks like it is in danger or dropping below 79.4 and giving back all its gain since late 2011.

     

    I continue to think a drop in the dollar here will be the story that is developing. Not due so much to economic factors, "a dismal reading on first quarter" but due to international tensions and fall-out against the dollar by those who Obama and the NWO plutocats are going out of their way to offend. China and Russia are being forced to discard the dollar.

     

    Hold both (FXC), (FXA) and maybe (CYB) at some point.

     

    Gold may rise as a result of the dollar falling off.

     

    It's speculation but, it is confirmed by a dream I had about five EW waves of strong negative sentiment carrying a giant cargo ship filled with dollar bills away from the Fed to the Indian Ocean where it was discovered by the Chinese who were looking for Malaysian Flight 370. The Chinese stopped looking for 370 and returned with the cargo ship of dollars back to China. Then I woke up. ;(
    30 Apr, 10:15 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JW

     

    You may be onto something. Keep us updated ??
    30 Apr, 10:17 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Time to write that book ! tks JW.
    1 May, 05:54 AM Reply Like
  • Ordinary Average Guy
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    JW, Not likely. The Chinese already have too many $USD and would not be interested in this ship/cargo. Now the US losing a ship full of $USD would be entirely possibly.

     

    But what I really think would happen is that the US would report the ship missing and then the FED would immediately buy more treasuries to replace the alleged missing cargo. Myself, I would be one of a handful of people that would claim that the ship is not missing, and the FED just used this as an excuse to issue more money into the system.

     

    Nonetheless, the US and several other countries would increase their search efforts in the Indian Ocean to find flight 370 & the missing US ship full of $USD. This all sounds too conceivable.
    1 May, 09:46 AM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    OAG
    I think the huge cargo ship filled with dollars may be symbolic of all the Fed's effort and work to hold up the US economy with the 5 or 6 years of QE. It just floats away and the Chinese end up with the assets.

     

    Then the Chinese use these assets to buy hard assets. I think that may have been implied in the dream, but I couldn't remember all the details.
    1 May, 07:19 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » MOVING ON !!!

     

    http://seekingalpha.co...
    1 May, 03:57 PM Reply Like
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