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    Jan 30, 2014 8:10 PM

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    "Hummin" by stan bruns, all rights reserved

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  • Mayascribe
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    Great gosh, trip, the "Hummin" is beautiful, and reminds me of an iridescent hummingbird that loves lavender flowers in Honduras.
    30 Jan 2014, 08:21 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    Its a small (5x7") watercolor I did as a live demonstration at the Hummingbird Festival this past year. I forgot to bring my reference materials and had to "wing it" from memory...
    30 Jan 2014, 09:23 PM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    Gorgeous, TB!

     

    It's like a photo at wide aperture and shutter speed 1000 made magically dreamy in ethereal watercolor. Crisp inked outlines of the action stopped in an instant. I love the hint of honeysuckle foliage in the bokehed background.

     

    Are prints available? My wife would love it.
    30 Jan 2014, 09:54 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    Yes, prints are on my website. Original framed painting is also stii in inventory.

     

    I am not a wildlife artist, but this one came out ok.
    30 Jan 2014, 10:20 PM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    Thanks, TB. I found your Etsy site and ordered the Appalachian Vision. I did not see "Humming." Same site?
    30 Jan 2014, 10:44 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    Yes. I will make sure it's on there, it's a newer piece.
    30 Jan 2014, 10:53 PM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    Thanks. I pm'd you. Would love the Hummin original, and will also grab the Blue Ridge Vision as I check out.
    30 Jan 2014, 10:58 PM Reply Like
  • robert.b.ferguson
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    TB: Greetings. Great WC of the humming bird. My wife puts a feeder outside the kitchen window and watches the local variety which are also blue green iridescent coloration. They are also very aggressive towards one another. I put a larger feeder out in the yard and the hummingbirds try to keep each other away from both feeders. It's a bit amusing watching the aerial combat they engage in. Unlike our brand of combat I've never seen them actually hurt each other. Thanks for the art work and the new QC.
    31 Jan 2014, 05:51 PM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    I bought the original Hummin work on etsy today. I'm hoping it will arrive in time for Valentine's Day, for my wife.

     

    Thanks, TB!
    31 Jan 2014, 09:39 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    Thank you. Will ship Tuesday.
    2 Feb 2014, 05:52 AM Reply Like
  • LT
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    TB, beautiful Hummin Bird. Great job.

     

    To follow up on your APPLE post in the last APC....I think 2014 & 15 is the years AAPL moves forward. I think Apple TV is part of that too. I have owned one since the first or second year they were out. I have gotten my $100 worth of enjoyment out of it too.

     

    It could be gaming, or TV or both. I don't think they will fool around with today's TV tech...it's just not good enough to meet the AAPL standard.

     

    I think one other area they are going to be in is the "payment service". I am most positive that will be the next area they tout. If they want to they could do the PayPal like thing with all retailers, essentially putting PayPal out of business. With all these iPhones and iPads, iPod touch devices...and designing their own chips could put them on par with Visa if they wanted to invest that cash.
    30 Jan 2014, 09:40 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    I like the direction you are talking for apple, LT...

     

    I have some insight in this area which I cannot flesh out right now, but I would keep in mind the idea that the largest players are about to engage in a frantic game of technological leap frog.
    30 Jan 2014, 10:24 PM Reply Like
  • LT
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    keep your friends close and enemies closer:

     

    AMZN
    Amazon reportedly wants to challenge PayPal with P2P system
    TechCrunch reports Amazon (AMZN +4.4%) is developing a P2P payments system that would fully bypass banks and payment processors, and represent a further escalation of its challenge online payments colossus PayPal (EBAY +2%).Amazon launched a payments solution for 3rd-party merchants in October, and is reportedly also working on a Kindle-based checkout system for retailers. TechCrunch observes a P2P system could help Amazon reach "unbanked" customers; PayPal has already made some efforts to win their business.Separately, re/code reports PayPal is "pitching" Apple on offering white-label services (fraud detection, processing, etc.) for its planned mobile payments service. But two of the site's sources state it's unlikely Apple would have any need for PayPal.eBay shares sold off on Monday in response to a WSJ report about Apple's payments service. PayPal handled $27B worth of mobile transactions in 2013, up from $14B in 2012.Both Amazon and eBay's shares have joined a Facebook-fueled Internet stock rally.
    31 Jan 2014, 03:51 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    I had posted this NY Times piece about Apple TV at the end of the previous QC so this is a duplicate-

     

    http://nyti.ms/1a6JGWn

     

    WT
    31 Jan 2014, 09:26 AM Reply Like
  • LT
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    update & disclosure....I posted a few days ago that I purchased a basket of stocks related to the Target breach...the list was
    STM, IFNNY, ATML, NRC, NXPI

     

    I sold half of STM yesterday for a 4% gain on the rally and will sell half of IFNNY on the upgrade to overweight if/when it rallies any. IFNNY reported earnings and the CEO reiterates that it will be profitable again by year end. (4th qtr?)

     

    Related Quotes
    Sym. Price Chg.
    IFNNY Trade
    News 10.435 0 *DJ Infineon Raised to Overweight From Neutral by HSBC
    Jan 31, 2014 02:39:00 (ET)
    (END) Dow Jones Newswires
    January 31, 2014 02:39 ET (07:39 GMT)

     

    My fave in this space appears to be NXPI, I have a nice gain it it and it was by far the strongest during the pullback & quick to move up on the bounce. They own the best patents, NRC & ATML (which is down from where I bought it) are the weakest. Walmart and Kroger machines already smart card capable is a wildcard in how much of a pop these companies get for new machine orders.

     

    Stocks bounced off of support lines yesterday, however I am not sure yet that I trust continued strength. I did buy 10 AAPL Feb.14 calls on this dip as a gamble. So I may reduce my basket above on any further gains....and just let maybe 100 shares of each ride on house money, or close to it.
    31 Jan 2014, 05:04 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >LT-

     

    Which series AAPL Calls did you buy?
    31 Jan 2014, 09:29 AM Reply Like
  • LT
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    $522 calls
    31 Jan 2014, 12:05 PM Reply Like
  • Joseph L. Shaefer
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    Trip, hummingbirds are always harbingers of spring here in the High Country, and yours is a delight. Given the fact that Bluebirds have already branded "Happiness" as their own -- and in light of current market conditions -- shall we dub this the Hummer of Humility -- or Hubris? Either way, "Hummin" is a delight!
    31 Jan 2014, 10:31 AM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    Ajay Banga of MasterCard says they will move to EMV chip cards in the US by October 2014. (See earlier discussions on EMV players.)

     

    Also heard one standout factoid which is not getting a lot of play. Wages only grew 3 percent -- whereas expansion is usually associated with 5 percent plus. This accounts in part for the improved earnings reports, but it may not auger well for consumer spending and housing strength this year. Thus far the most bearish POV I've heard came from a Wells Fargo strategist expecting a 15 percent correction! I've been traveling so doing more watching than trading at the moment.
    Mj
    31 Jan 2014, 11:04 AM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Mercy: Was the WF analyst a female? If so, I have spoken with my broker about her, and he said she is known widely at WF as their most bearish analyst. Sorry, I can't recall her name.

     

    I am watching 1755 on the S&P. If that gets penetrated, then we have 1730 support. If that gets penetrated, look out below!
    31 Jan 2014, 12:07 PM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    Hi Maya,
    No it was an older guy with a senior strategist title -- but I did not catch his name. He was interviewed early this am on CNBC.
    I, too, am watching 1765 as a key break point. Also watching $$$ outflows from equities which were significant this week.
    Mj
    31 Jan 2014, 12:39 PM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    Maya, Just heard his projection again. He is the Head of Trading at WF-- Rick Bensignor. Said that so many hedge funds stopped hedging last year and are unhedged now so if more unloading takes place it will happen fast. He also looked at some historical correlations. Qualified his observations by saying that a "crash" is not expected -- just that the bottom is not in.

     

    Frankly, opinions are a dime a dozen and all over the place, but I do like to see the range of leading thoughts.
    MJ
    31 Jan 2014, 02:04 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Thanks, Mercy. Haven't yet been tuned into any financial networks today. For whatever reason, I guess I'm tuning them out today, and right now I'm watching the TPC at Scottsdale, AZ; played there a few years back. That 16th hole is an absolute scream. Nothing like it in golf. A 20,000 seat stadium completely surrounding one hole...fans going totally bonkers, Camel Back Mountain in the distance....

     

    But yes, the guesswork is all over the map. Oddly, overall, my portfolio has been up this week due to the MLPs I own.

     

    ####

     

    Speaking of MLPs, this week I received the Wells Fargo January 2014 Outlook for MLPs. So if any of you want to know what Wells thinks about your MLP(s) or one you're looking at, give me a shout and I'll give you their answer.

     

    Speaking of "their" answer, as in Wells Fargo's, Joseph and I exchanged PMs regarding this Outlook, and both of us concluded that we most definitely disagree with some of Wells outlooks for a couple of MLPs. Wells seems to be underestimating "potential return" almost grossly in some cases; as in Wells has LINE at a (-1%) potential return for this calendar year. Heck, LINE has already been up as much as 10% just this month alone, not including the divvy.
    31 Jan 2014, 03:20 PM Reply Like
  • Jon Springer
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    @GSElevator on twitter (Goldman Sachs Elevator gossip) is supposed to be an employee of GS posting things he overhears other say in the workplace. Today's post: "The fact that there are ugly hookers tells you all you need to know about free markets... and men."

     

    Fell free to delete as is way off topic and offensive, just struck my funny bone.
    31 Jan 2014, 11:08 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >LT-
    Thanks and good luck!

     

    WT
    31 Jan 2014, 12:40 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >Jon-

     

    The GS Elevator Gossip posting is probably the output of the most recent NSA survey costing the taxpayers $278 Million.
    31 Jan 2014, 12:43 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Record margin debt- Should there be a significant downdraft I suspect the record margin debt will add some powder to the explosion. Just a little leverage at work here.

     

    http://seekingalpha.co...

     

    WT
    31 Jan 2014, 12:49 PM Reply Like
  • siliconhillbilly
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    Is there a "tipping point" (5%, 7%, ??) in a correction where the Big Boys seriously sell to cover their margins?

     

    Actually, I doubt if anything in the markets is that systematized.
    31 Jan 2014, 02:16 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >SHB-

     

    You are most likely correct. I can remember well when a stock could only be shorted as far as a float existed. Now we find short positions far beyond what is out there in the first place.

     

    I believe all bets are off these days. The leveraged positions on precious metals a good example.
    31 Jan 2014, 02:29 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Trades today-
    Sold Calls on (MNKD) $6s of 2/22 for $.24 to Open
    Sold Puts on (LINE) $31s of 3/22 for $.70 to Open

     

    Bot (SCX) on a dip at $15.33

     

    Sold (BBRY) Puts 10s of 3/22 to close for a 38% profit

     

    EDIT Wrong symbols
    31 Jan 2014, 03:58 PM Reply Like
  • Jon Springer
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    Following on DG's banker posts, Vietnam is actually jailing a fraudulent banker for the rest of his life http://bbc.in/1jTR6zt
    31 Jan 2014, 04:13 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Banks Losing control?

     

    Has a tiny blurb on the bankers deaths too.

     

    "The big banks are so deep in this derivative ca-ca that eyeballs are turning brown in the upper level executive suites. Notable bankers are even jumping out of windows, hanging themselves in back rooms, and blowing their brains out in roadside ditches. Is it not strange that there are no reports on the contents of their suicide notes, if they troubled to leave one? (And is it not unlikely that they would all exit the scene without a word of explanation?)"

     

    " One of these, William Broeksmit, a risk manager for Deutsche Bank, was reportedly engaged in “unwinding positions” for that that outfit, which holds over $70 trillion in swap paper. For scale, compare that number with Germany’s gross domestic product of about $3.4 trillion and you could get a glimmer of the mischief in motion out there. Did poor Mr. Broeksmit despair of his task?"

     

    Full story below

     

    http://bit.ly/1akfes3
    3 Feb 2014, 01:03 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Now we have a dead banker in the USA. Numbers piling up.

     

    http://bit.ly/1cDNttG

     

    Toss another banker on the pile.
    3 Feb 2014, 07:52 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Keystone pipeline gets state department OK

     

    http://1.usa.gov/1bJ5h2h
    31 Jan 2014, 04:40 PM Reply Like
  • robert.b.ferguson
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    This is likely preparation for approval of the project. Democrats are coming to the realization that they may well get creamed in the midterm election http://politi.co/1elLZVc and are shoring up union support. At this juncture the green coalition money is less important than the unions ability to mobilize on the ground in local communities. The report minimizes the impact of hydrocarbon release in a small attempt to mollify the green coalition. While there is still a need for their money it is much less important in the midterm because there are no serious national campaigns as there is during the presidential cycle. Keep in mind the unions have supported the project from the start and were not thrilled with the green coalition getting their way the last cycle. Now the administration will throw them a bone to keep them on board.
    31 Jan 2014, 06:12 PM Reply Like
  • D-inv
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    :-) I'm thinking release of the State Department report is political payoff for big labor's stance on the newly formed Republican leadership's position on immigration.
    http://bit.ly/LyjXLl
    31 Jan 2014, 06:53 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >D-inv

     

    Re:Political Payoff-

     

    I guess it's possible but the AFL CIO has always been adamant about citizenship being a condition for any bill on immigration.

     

    WT
    31 Jan 2014, 09:26 PM Reply Like
  • ungawah
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    Last weekend some high-up Canadian official (not Harper) said they needed to know now (i.e. almost immediately) one way or the other on the pipeline.
    Supposedly, the impact of the XL is less than a few years ago as other pipelines have been re-configured and plans are moving ahead for new east and west pipelines w/in Canada. Ought to dampen interest in the railroads and railcar makers.
    I think that 30% of the XL capacity was expected to come from the Bakken.
    1 Feb 2014, 09:47 AM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    I think you have it right, ung. The pipeline will also see some changes from its original design, so the devil is in the details not yet fully revealed.
    2 Feb 2014, 06:01 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Rob, I think that putting this in the news boosts the turnout of the greenies for the dems in the 2014 election if it looks like it might get passed they will be motivated to fight. I see this as political wrangling not capitulation. I think they want the retarded republicans to sit back gloating when they should be working.

     

    Just a thought!!
    3 Feb 2014, 01:09 PM Reply Like
  • robert.b.ferguson
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    DoebleGuns: Greetings. You very well could be right as there are already protestors on the ground and legal action advancing.
    4 Feb 2014, 11:00 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Wells Fargo's Rick Bensignor sees a significant drop in the markets-
    http://cnb.cx/1af56Ay

     

    I believe this was the analyst Mercy had commented on two days ago regarding a 15% drop.
    WT
    2 Feb 2014, 09:50 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    COMEX Gold withdrawals increase significantly-

     

    http://seekingalpha.co...
    2 Feb 2014, 11:18 AM Reply Like
  • LT
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    Any thoughts on ERII ?

     

    http://seekingalpha.co...
    3 Feb 2014, 06:49 AM Reply Like
  • DRich
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    >LT ... For now I'd be inclined to buy on their only proven business ... desalinization. With the advertised Drought in the Western US coming on strong and headlines saying California can't supply enough water to the state, I'd think the 2 large desalinization projects will get a green light very soon. This should be enough to garner PR to the share price. Other projects would not be far behind ... maybe. I'm not counting on the oil services just yet.

     

    That, in my opinion, would make a 2014 share price (factoring in the 9.5% short interest) in the range of $5.50 to $7.00 realistic. Buy @ $4.00 & below. Bottom should be around $3.50

     

    Be careful out there, but water services look good to me for the next 5 years.
    3 Feb 2014, 03:07 PM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    Good perspective DR. I'm also watching Mueller Water Products (MWA) which is down almost 6% today. I sold after Goldman said "buy" but would buy back near $7 if I get the chance.
    mj
    3 Feb 2014, 03:28 PM Reply Like
  • DRich
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    >Mercy Jimenez ... I like Mueller but I believe it is tied to construction too much to be a big mover but a mover it would be. The Risk/Reward doesn't seem to be at or above that magic 3 to 1. I'm looking more to what can be tie-in to existing infrastructure and that leads me to pressure & filtration plays.
    3 Feb 2014, 03:32 PM Reply Like
  • LT
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    Something we should all read and apply:

     

    http://on.mktw.net/1aV...
    3 Feb 2014, 07:36 AM Reply Like
  • robert.b.ferguson
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    LT: Greetings. Thanks for the link. It reminds me of ....Me!
    4 Feb 2014, 11:09 AM Reply Like
  • LT
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    GE
    http://seekingalpha.co...
    3 Feb 2014, 08:26 AM Reply Like
  • LT
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    taking profits on NXPI today....and reducing positions in the rest of the basket of these that I bought on strength. IMO, they remain good investments, but cash needs to be replenished n my portfolio, theres another article where semi conductor sales reach all time high at over $4B under ATML news too. FYI, NXPI has been by far the strongest of the group.

     

    Feb 3 (Reuters) - NXP Semiconductors NV :
    * Raymond James raises target price to $54 from $46; rating outperform
    For a summary of rating and price target changes on U.S. companies:
    Reuters Eikon users, click on
    Reuters 3000Xtra users, double-click
    3 Feb 2014, 08:33 AM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    In case you missed it late Friday -- Taser International (TASR) will be joining the S&P MidCap 600. It appears to be holding a 6%+ gain today: http://seekingalpha.co...
    mj
    Discl: Long (TASR)
    3 Feb 2014, 10:20 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >MJ-

     

    Thanks for the (TASR) heads-up.
    I've got it on my list.

     

    WT
    3 Feb 2014, 10:45 AM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    Shocking news!
    3 Feb 2014, 12:11 PM Reply Like
  • siliconhillbilly
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    >SMaturin: GROAN!
    3 Feb 2014, 02:23 PM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    Yes (TASR) brings out the humor in everyone. Here are a couple more "shocking" headlines:
    "Taser Posts Stunning Rise" http://bit.ly/1cO5VzN and "TASER International, Inc. Stock Is Electrified Today" http://bit.ly/1cO5VzR
    mj
    3 Feb 2014, 02:53 PM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    Those headlines might knock you over but they leave me unfazed.
    3 Feb 2014, 06:23 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    As in no stimulation at all?!
    3 Feb 2014, 07:55 PM Reply Like
  • Alex T
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    WT: What makes Taser such a good buy to you?
    3 Feb 2014, 09:16 PM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    DG,
    It takes a pair of 38's in body-hugging black silk holsters to get my motor running, not a plastic pistol with little bitty electrodes. ;-)
    3 Feb 2014, 09:36 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    body-hugging black silk holsters.....

     

    Tipped with stilettos too and by golly you got my vote.
    3 Feb 2014, 10:23 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >Alex T-

     

    "What makes Taser such a good buy to you? "

     

    What makes it attractive is that it is a niche play in a rapidly expanding field. I'm not sure how good a "Buy" it is but if my due diligence research says it is a better buy than all the other available stocks out there then I most likely will.

     

    WT
    4 Feb 2014, 11:42 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Body hugging silk holsters... Whoo boy

     

    Hearing rapid breathing and palpitating heartbeats- Imagination seeking full view......
    4 Feb 2014, 11:46 AM Reply Like
  • Alex T
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    Thanks
    5 Feb 2014, 04:34 PM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    Update: (NCR) is trading weaker on strong volume. Today it crossed below its 200-day simple moving average. I'm still holding a small position and watching for earnings release on 2/06. http://bit.ly/1ajQkZw
    mj
    3 Feb 2014, 11:22 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Re: (NCR) Thanks for the status report, Mercy. Hope it is temporary.

     

    Two of my favorite research firms Ford and Jefferson both have very positive ratings on the stock. I'm writing calls on mine - Short term with 2/22 expiry.

     

    I can't figure out why the drop is happening.

     

    WT
    3 Feb 2014, 11:55 AM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    WT, I think short interest and "just before earnings" jitters with this meltdown market appear to be contributing to the sell-off.
    mj
    3 Feb 2014, 12:02 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >MJ-

     

    Re: (NCR) positive 3.5% today on increased volume.

     

    Jitters may have taken a Qualude?

     

    WT
    4 Feb 2014, 05:38 PM Reply Like
  • LT
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    Don't be surprised if business doesn't take a different stance on a few issues.

     

    The middle class is steadily eroding. Just ask businesses
    http://cnb.cx/1akn3On
    3 Feb 2014, 01:30 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Sold my shares of DNN for a net profit; I did lose some $ on some shares.

     

    Power was out today for a few hours. About 7 inches of heavy snow out there and more coming.

     

    Sheesh! The market is dreadful today!
    3 Feb 2014, 02:48 PM Reply Like
  • LT
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    300 pts down is dreadful ! At this rate it won't take long, we're already down 5%+ on the indexes and many stocks down 10%.

     

    IMO, the mkt. does not like the news on many fronts,
    - re: the article i posted on the middle class shrinkage
    - fed tapering
    - earnings

     

    So I don't see a bounce to new highs....maybe consolidation with an up trend. End of last week was a head fake that was sold hard today as we can see now.

     

    I'm chomping at the bit and handcuffed myself to keep from dabbling in some blue chip names. (GE, F, IBM, DE, etc.)
    3 Feb 2014, 03:02 PM Reply Like
  • siliconhillbilly
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    Big cap industrials get smooshed. ETN down 3%, GE down 3%.

     

    Either they are getting caught in fund redemptions or someone thinks we are moving to a down business cycle this year. Or both.

     

    I sold both, mostly too early, but I wouldn't buy them back now.
    3 Feb 2014, 03:10 PM Reply Like
  • LT
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    IMO, GE is a buy because of the GE Capital spin off coming in the next few months or earlier.
    3 Feb 2014, 03:20 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Likes feature down for the rest of you? Doesn't work for me.
    3 Feb 2014, 03:36 PM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    Yep it's hit or miss for me also.
    3 Feb 2014, 03:45 PM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    Yup… down for me too… It's also down for articles… I do see you have one like, so someone has access to it.
    3 Feb 2014, 03:45 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    I figured my power outage earlier today outtened my Likes feature, which still doesn't work.

     

    A few weeks ago I mentioned (JO), the coffee ETF, which has been jolting upwards ever since. The weather in Brazil, too wet in the north, too dry in the south, has made for a horrible crop. Probably too late to fire up a trade.

     

    Starbucks is also taking a beating, down about $10 a share over the past month. Dunkin' Brands is doing a little better, only down about $2.50/share.
    3 Feb 2014, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Well, it wasn't a miss on our downside S&P targets, Mercy. They got smashed today.

     

    I'm now looking at 1730, then 1703, if the bottom keeps falling out. 1664 is about a 10% correction.

     

    ####

     

    And my iPhone says it's supposed to be sunny today!
    3 Feb 2014, 04:19 PM Reply Like
  • optionsgirl
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    Re JO
    I think the harvest is actually March in Brazil. (You can check this) so there may be some time for it to fall further.
    4 Feb 2014, 01:38 AM Reply Like
  • DRich
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    I'm warming to the idea that the time to buy Basic Materials is either near or now. I like the world aluminum market now and am buying small into Alcoa (AA), looking at copper with Southern Copper to hit below $25.

     

    Can't make up my mind about steel. Vale & Cliffs stink and don't have a catalyst yet. Buy the mills? Which country or worldwide. Then there are the electronics metals like cobalt, beryllium, tungsten and the like. Any thoughts?
    3 Feb 2014, 03:55 PM Reply Like
  • siliconhillbilly
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    >DRich: I believe it is too early for industrial commodities like copper, aluminum and steel. If the EM situation continues to deteriorate as I expect, demand for metals from China, in particular, could fall substantially.

     

    Of course, my ideas only work if the global economies slow, or even turn net negative for a while. But sooner or later China has to resolve the shadow bank problem, which I believe will get ugly this year. What will it take to make well-to-do Chinese export their money (gold?) rather than buy overpriced apartments in polluted cities?

     

    If energy prices fall more, Russian oil exports are going to generate much less income and its economy could retreat.
    4 Feb 2014, 01:32 AM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Prospect Capital Announces 83.6% Increase in Net Income for Second Fiscal Quarter Over Prior Year Second Fiscal Quarter

     

    http://yhoo.it/1eOcpLy

     

    Up a dime AH. The yield is 12.2%.
    3 Feb 2014, 05:14 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >Maya-
    Thanks for the (PSEC) update.
    Being a long time holder of PSEC the news is welcome of course- My largest holding in two of my four accounts.
    Low in volatility the management is careful about the companies in which invests. The yield is paid monthly so the sharks have to work harder to manipulate it.
    WT

     

    Edited for splelling-
    3 Feb 2014, 05:57 PM Reply Like
  • D-inv
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    Trading plays?

     

    PDH: reports earnings AMC on Wednesday. TA at http://bit.ly/1dZxrGb, short interest - 2.5 days to cover on recent trading volume, 62.6% held by insiders, 25% held by institutions

     

    WIN: reports earnings Feb. 27. TA at http://bit.ly/1dZxrGd, short interest as share of float - ~14.6% at 86,093,321 shares (12.7 days days to cover)
    3 Feb 2014, 10:51 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >D-inv-

     

    Thanks for the two trading candidates. I own (PDH) for the fat dividend. Based upon the charts you linked I would say it's WAY oversold and a good candidate for a pop. I have just watched it swing up and down on a more or less cyclical basis and cash the checks but your chart link shows a possible Swing trade-

     

    (WIN) on the other hand looks quite unhealthy. I know nothing about the company but the graphics are scary.

     

    Thanks, WT
    4 Feb 2014, 09:27 AM Reply Like
  • Jon Springer
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    DG:
    Thanks for the nice comment on the article !
    *In Boston this week for wife to go to a job fair. Interviewed older brother of Khalid - Iqbal - who runs an entrepreneurship center at MIT this past Sunday. I was bummed to end the interview after 2 1/2 hours; could have talked to him all day. Then he tells me they have a younger brother Kamal who is also an entrepreneur and doing well; and one interview becomes three...
    3 Feb 2014, 11:20 PM Reply Like
  • optionsgirl
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    While gold was up the miners and streamers were not,generally.
    I got a sell signal from Schwab on NUE-- For those interested in steel.
    I am looking for a re-entry point (No position currently) when I figure out if this is a pull back or a correction. But, if China is slowing down, (as supported in theory by watching copper fall lately) than will steel companies have softer markets? That is the question. I welcome ideas on this subject. Any opinions?
    Potash (POT) held up nicely.
    4 Feb 2014, 01:42 AM Reply Like
  • LT
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    They don't have it right yet, but at least they are looking at demographics now....

     

    Bombshell Report From The New York Fed Suggests The Labor Market Is Tighter Than People Think
    http://yhoo.it/1fDx2OC
    4 Feb 2014, 05:03 AM Reply Like
  • Jon Springer
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    Blue line doesn't lie. Red line has been rigged. Never mind the decline in earning power of jobs (based on education) or decline in purchasing power of the middle class. Still waiting for Webster's to catch up and define middle class as: when you're willing to pay 10% extra to shop at Target instead of Wal-mart.

     

    *I should finish my first cup of coffee.
    4 Feb 2014, 06:56 AM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    I was just over on Wall Street Breakfast and noticed that the like button works for me there… however it does not work for me on the QC, Swine Flu, EU, or RE concentrators.
    4 Feb 2014, 10:19 AM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    FPA -- my "Like" button works on SA articles but NOT on any of the instablogs. I sent a complaint -- but thus far silence is my answer to the question "When will this be fixed?"
    mj
    4 Feb 2014, 10:50 AM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    What computer platform are you using Mercy?
    4 Feb 2014, 10:54 AM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    I use a 3 screen rig on Windows and 1 screen on a Mac notebook-- but I use Firefox as the browser on both to access SA.
    mj
    4 Feb 2014, 11:02 AM Reply Like
  • robert.b.ferguson
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    Like function still inoperative.
    4 Feb 2014, 11:19 AM Reply Like
  • D-inv
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    :-) Just tried to "Like" your 'works at WSB but not on QC, etc' post and was informed I had already voted for it. Otherwise, my experience has paralleled that reported here by others. Place the cursor on "Like" and number in the box 'bolds'. Click on "Like" and the bolded number increments until the cursor is moved when the number decrements.
    4 Feb 2014, 05:52 PM Reply Like
  • robert.b.ferguson
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    Thanks D-inv.
    4 Feb 2014, 06:25 PM Reply Like
  • LT
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    the like button does not work yesterday or today on my Mac running Safari either.
    4 Feb 2014, 11:07 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    I run a MacBook and a LInux box plus an iPad. I use both Firefox and Safari on the MacBook, and Google and Firefox on the Linux- iPad is Safari and Google.

     

    No "Like" button reaction. Lights up but does not register a vote.
    4 Feb 2014, 11:53 AM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    (UGAZ) is up 20% at the moment -- nat gas volatility is alive and well -- at least until winter inventories get replenished.
    mj
    4 Feb 2014, 11:07 AM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    I think there is a lot of variable production sitting on the sidelines, so I am cautious with the North Am. NG sector right now...
    4 Feb 2014, 11:47 AM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    http://bit.ly/MrYGTY

     

    Last correction I saw a bottom forming around 5%. This time I expected a deeper hole, between 5 and 10%...

     

    But, the wacky stuff I track is giving me hints that we might be near the bottom once again.
    4 Feb 2014, 04:50 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Trip-
    There was no article associated with the link you just posted, just a Bio header about Scott Grannis-

     

    WT
    4 Feb 2014, 05:53 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    Sorry, new format fooled me: http://seekingalpha.co...
    4 Feb 2014, 05:56 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Thanks!
    Much better.

     

    LIKE (1)
    4 Feb 2014, 06:01 PM Reply Like
  • siliconhillbilly
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    TB: Tried to "LIKE" your comment. No go.
    4 Feb 2014, 06:13 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    SHB and All: The "Likes" feature works if you hit the "Like" tab, and then go hit Refresh. It sucks because then you end up scrolling all over the place.
    4 Feb 2014, 06:51 PM Reply Like
  • siliconhillbilly
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    Maya: you can click "Like" and then right click the mouse and left click "Reload" on the pop-up menu. Works.
    4 Feb 2014, 07:57 PM Reply Like
  • D-inv
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    shb ... Just tried your solution and it seemed to work for me (unless someone else succeeded in "Like"ing your comment).
    4 Feb 2014, 08:30 PM Reply Like
  • robert.b.ferguson
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    Maya: Greetings. I tried your suggestion and it gave me an error and didn't reload the page.
    5 Feb 2014, 10:59 AM Reply Like
  • robert.b.ferguson
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    D-inv: Greetings. Doing it that way works. So I guess we will have to deal with the hassle until the SA Elves figure this out.
    5 Feb 2014, 11:01 AM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    Gosh! I'm feeling so unliked I think I may have an identity crisis.

     

    Guess I'll go eat worms....
    5 Feb 2014, 11:34 PM Reply Like
  • D-inv
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    :-) Seems some are more 'empowered' than others to "Like" comments.

     

    WWT posts at 05:53 while I was reading bio and last posted article listed on the page trip linked. Returning to QC I find WWT's reply to trip already blessed with a "Like".
    4 Feb 2014, 06:09 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    I'm wondering if authors (of which we have several article writers that participate here) can "like" while others cannot? A unique set of cookies for the big dogs...

     

    If I get really curious about this phenomenon, I will grab my various machines and see whether another OS means anything. HTL, you use some modern Linux versions, don't you? I still have an ancient computer around here somewhere with RedHat running on it...
    4 Feb 2014, 06:13 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >D-inv-

     

    Re: "Like" It's all in the wrist.......

     

    {;-o}
    5 Feb 2014, 09:46 AM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    TB: Since I value stability, I don't run the latest - I use a Red Hat clone (recently now made officially a part of RH's community effort) that is "enterprise" stable, with 7 years support assured for each major release.

     

    CentOS. Many prefer Unbuntu - I think it's more end-user oriented than CentOS.

     

    But so far we've heard from Windows users, mac users, IPad(?) users and those with IE, Firefox, Safari, Chrome - all seem to have some issues.

     

    HardToLove
    5 Feb 2014, 06:15 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Re: (PDH)

     

    That's one of my income producers that goes through a down draft every few weeks giving me the opportunity to add more.

     

    WT
    5 Feb 2014, 08:40 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >HTL-

     

    I use a Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long Term Support) that has the same issues. I primarily use Firefox BTW.

     

    I'm convinced that the problem is at the SA web server level.

     

    WT
    5 Feb 2014, 08:43 PM Reply Like
  • Alex T
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    WT: Would you say this company would be good to hold long? Could not find info to see what their numbers for quarter were.
    6 Feb 2014, 06:04 PM Reply Like
  • LT
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    Smart Card update:

     

    Target fights cyber theft by speeding up smart card technology
    http://cnb.cx/1bq18Aq
    5 Feb 2014, 03:24 AM Reply Like
  • LT
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    Watch APPLE, I like this patent : and analyst say iWatch could bring in $17.5 B
    http://bit.ly/1fPn8Zw

     

    the only thing I wish AAPL would do is quit waiting so late in the year to launch new gadgets. Manufacturing and production problems are too risky.
    5 Feb 2014, 03:58 AM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    LT,
    The patent for "Sapphire Window" glass may be even more important to the iWatch effort. Harder that Gorilla Glass, and ideal for the touch-sensitive crystal display of a watch.

     

    http://bit.ly/1dqpFVY

     

    The Sapphire plant in Arizona: http://bit.ly/1cyzANd

     

    Just in time for the iWatch?

     

    Currently no positions in AAPL, but still watching their progress and loving their gadgets.
    5 Feb 2014, 10:34 AM Reply Like
  • siliconhillbilly
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    How the H can you patent the material used for a transparent watch cover? Clear, colorless sapphire "glass" has been available for 30+ years! Just expensive. Used for special optical windows and etc. Sapphire domes are used for LADAR system by multiple folks.

     

    Or maybe, if your patent lawyers are good enough, you can patent "frozen H2O for use as a cooling agent". Makes me crazy :-(
    5 Feb 2014, 01:38 PM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    SHB,
    It is more the process than the material:
    "Simply titled "Sapphire Window," Apple's filing describes methods in which the hard material can be grown, harvested into polished wafers, decorated (painted or masked) and cut into discrete windows. As applied to portable electronics, the invention covers camera module covers, like those seen on the iPhone 5 and up, as well as device displays."
    http://bit.ly/168kxbN

     

    Their technology partner has a novel process for growing sapphire crystals and cutting them to thin layers that will dramatically lower cost. You will like this, hydrogen particle accelerator used to flake off thin layers:

     

    http://bit.ly/1b2v7E1
    5 Feb 2014, 01:48 PM Reply Like
  • siliconhillbilly
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    >SM: RE Apple patent filing:

     

    I think my case is proven, if the number of claims is as high as you suggest. Sounds like a patent specifically to allow harassment of smaller companies, even if the number of enforceable claims is very low.

     

    Will the patent office swallow it? I don't have much confidence in the government entities these days. Also, I havn't read the list of claims :-) Who has time?
    5 Feb 2014, 04:58 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    OK you trade junkies-
    Just came across this website in Denmark designed as a common ground for traders- blogs, portfolios to share and performance comparisons.

     

    http://bit.ly/1dqm6Pm

     

    WT
    5 Feb 2014, 10:01 AM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    THX for sharing WT. I like some of the Danish shares, although I stay away from their currency.
    mj
    5 Feb 2014, 10:41 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >MJ-

     

    It's apparently drawing traders globally.

     

    I just took a quick look and it seems similar to the Harvest site you suggested a few weeks ago, but international in scope.
    5 Feb 2014, 01:00 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Bot (CPST) on a pullback- $1.47
    5 Feb 2014, 12:21 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    Watching CPST too, WT...

     

    I want $1.38 - 1.39.
    5 Feb 2014, 12:42 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    $1.30-$1.40 was my original thinking before the run to over $1.60.
    I did keep some cash in reserve should your opportunity range develop.
    5 Feb 2014, 12:50 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    I'm in long at about $1, but I like the trading potential from $1.38 - !.80...
    5 Feb 2014, 01:10 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Yes. Nice trading range.

     

    When I was very young I bought a new car just by trading Syntex between $50 and $70.

     

    Syntex was the developer and held the patents to the world's first birth control formula. It traded in the cycle for about three or four years moving from $50 to $70 in about four months and then back down to $50 in about two months.

     

    It was like an ATM.

     

    WT
    5 Feb 2014, 01:51 PM Reply Like
  • LT
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    Fraud hits one in three data-breach victims
    Number of identity fraud victims increased by half a million in 2013

     

    http://on.mktw.net/1b2...
    5 Feb 2014, 01:38 PM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    For (OTCQB:AXIH) followers, another RR ties sale. Saw it this A.M. but stock price didn't do much. Now +6.1% - surprised me!

     

    "AXION Receives Second Purchase Order from International Freight Transit Line for ECOTRAX® Rail Ties"

     

    http://prn.to/1bvF7U9

     

    HardToLove
    5 Feb 2014, 03:33 PM Reply Like
  • siliconhillbilly
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    (CPST) continues to slide back down on overall poor markets. Where to buy back in? I do like the product and future sales volume, as I project it, but they just don't seem to be able to pay their bills with cash flow!

     

    I note the broader indices have fallen the most. Small caps hit hardest?

     

    BTW, the recent news of the substation hit in Ca. reinforces my thoughts on distributed generation and micro-grids. I have read that large distribution transformers can take many months to replace, IF the manufacturers have the capacity to build them. Kill a bunch in a short time and it could take years to replace them all. All it takes is a hole in the right place to drain out the cooling oil and they self destruct after some period.
    Maybe the TSA can be re-purposed to Power Grid Security and actually do something useful, like walk a beat thru a power substation!
    5 Feb 2014, 05:12 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Re: (CPST) Today-

     

    Cramer done it dirty-

     

    http://bit.ly/1kVvy3D

     

    WT
    5 Feb 2014, 05:32 PM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    Thanks for that WWT. I took the opportunity to take a couple small trading blocks after I saw a 3 minute period take it to $1.42 on 61.3% of the volume to that time, 10:32 IIRC.

     

    1.42 has offered support/resistance twice before. This is also the bottom edge of a gap-down open (gap filled already in the past). The gap extremes often "act" again even after being filled.

     

    I figured it would revert to the intra-day mean, ~$1.50, which it did. Since they were small trading blocks, decided to let 'em ride another day and see of we revert to another mean 'round ~$1.54 or so.

     

    HardToLove
    5 Feb 2014, 06:26 PM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    Walk a beat through the power station?

     

    Who would they get to grope and gawk at, the Tranformers?

     

    Ain't happnin.

     

    Power companies need real security. Not Security Theater by badged gorillas.
    5 Feb 2014, 06:29 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Comments (4223) | Send Message
     
    >HTL-

     

    Re: (CPST) Nice catch!

     

    You were a lot more nimble than me!

     

    WT
    5 Feb 2014, 08:31 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >SM-

     

    Maybe they could get moonlighting TSA agents. It's my understanding that there are now 1.2 times as many TSA personnel than passengers now.

     

    WT
    5 Feb 2014, 08:34 PM Reply Like
  • D-inv
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    PDH reports $.30/unit quarterly distribution ($1.72 tty).

     

    Average propane price for the quarter was $1.20/gal. Average propane-to-propylene spread was $.34/lb.
    5 Feb 2014, 06:51 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Bot Calls 2/6
    ADBE $62.5s of 2/22 @ $.63
    CMG $565s of 2/22 @ $5.60

     

    (CPST) up $.08 @$1.54 11:04
    6 Feb 2014, 11:02 AM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    I put my (CPST) td'g blks sell @ $1.54 at 10:24 this A.M. Got there, but no fill. It'll have to run at it again I guess.

     

    HardToLove
    6 Feb 2014, 11:57 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Re: (CPST)

     

    Cramer ddn't help

     

    WT
    6 Feb 2014, 12:09 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Comments (4223) | Send Message
     
    I found a pretty well done collage of articles on Puerto Rico's debt headaches from Reuter's 'Counterparties" but can find no way to upload the piece. I had to delete my comment twice because all the link showed was the Counterparties logo. Must be a privacy thing.
    I am able to email however.
    If anyone wants the article message me and give me an email and I will send the article.

     

    WT
    6 Feb 2014, 12:15 PM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    WWT: Try going here and making a tinyurl.

     

    http://tinyurl.com/cre...

     

    HardToLove
    6 Feb 2014, 12:26 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    That's just it- There is no URL since Counterparties is embodied within an email. I could do a Grab and save it as a pdf but that would not contain all the good links that the article contains.

     

    I will be glad to email.

     

    WT
    6 Feb 2014, 12:48 PM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    WWT: Ah! I see.

     

    HardToLove
    6 Feb 2014, 01:16 PM Reply Like
  • LT
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    NXP up sharply on Q4 beat; soft guidance taken in stride
    With many other chipmakers having already issued soft Q1 forecasts, NXP (NXPI +5.7%) investors are shrugging off the chipmaker's light Q1 guidance - revenue of $1.175B-$1.215B and EPS of $0.84-$0.90 vs. a consensus of $1.23B and $0.89 - and instead focusing on a healthy Q4 beat aided by cost controls (opex -15% Y/Y to $392M) and $163M worth of buybacks.
    Q4 gross margin was 49%, up from 46% a year earlier and in-line with guidance. NXP is forecasting a 48%-49% gross margin for seasonally weak Q1.
    NXP's 17% Y/Y rev. growth was fueled by a 50% increase in portable/computing chip sales to $159M (boosted by sales of M7 motion co-processors to Apple), a 21% increase in automotive chip sales to $275M, and a 20% increase in industrial/infrastructure chip sales to $194M.
    Identification chip sales (inc. NFC chips) rose 13% to $329M, and sales of standard products (analog chips) rose just 2%.
    6 Feb 2014, 02:55 PM Reply Like
  • robert.b.ferguson
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    Since Spawn is too busy with her newly started career(s) to come out and play I will update you on what has transpired. She graduated from NMSU on December 14, 2013 with a BAS specializing in 3D animation. At the time she was working part time at Raytheon (RTN) as a Technical Writer reviewing technical manuals. Upon graduation they hired her full time (Doubling her salary.) doing training modules for use in training soldiers. One of her short stories was published in an anthology entitled The Red King Book One. The title of her piece is The Devil's Knocking. The book is available on Amazon but anyone wanting to read just her story can email me.
    6 Feb 2014, 03:13 PM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    That's fantastic Robert. Did buttons pop off your shirt? Can she sew? ;-))

     

    HardToLove
    6 Feb 2014, 03:20 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    If she needs an illustration, let me know...

     

    Congrats to her. One of the more interesting angles to an animation career!
    6 Feb 2014, 03:42 PM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    Great news Robert. Being a published author this early in her career is a real coup.
    Congrats,
    mj
    6 Feb 2014, 03:53 PM Reply Like
  • robert.b.ferguson
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    Buttons everywhere! Lucky someone didn't lose an eye! Thanks.
    6 Feb 2014, 03:56 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Great news, Robert-

     

    Does she give lessons on getting published? I have forgotten how to accomplish that feat!

     

    WT
    6 Feb 2014, 03:58 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    If you need some help shining those buttons I can send a can of duraglit. Congrats Rob.
    6 Feb 2014, 11:16 PM Reply Like
  • Jon Springer
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    Awesome news. Congrats to Spawn!
    7 Feb 2014, 06:21 AM Reply Like
  • robert.b.ferguson
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    Comments (10491) | Send Message
     
    How strange. I thought I had figured out the new system for putting likes up. My latest attempt seems to have wiped out all the likes that succeeded.
    6 Feb 2014, 04:10 PM Reply Like
  • robert.b.ferguson
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    Now they're back!
    6 Feb 2014, 04:11 PM Reply Like
  • robert.b.ferguson
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    The thumbs are working today! I gave you guys some bogus information by mistake. The name of the anthology isn't the red king it's Lucky or Unlucky 13 tales of fate. http://bit.ly/MFGdTU She's writing under A.Lynn.
    10 Feb 2014, 01:14 PM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    (CPST) The Cramer counter-balance is in play!

     

    Thanks to CaptWhizBang at Investorshub for the link.

     

    "Cowen Positive on Capstone Turbine (CPST) into Q3 Report"

     

    http://bit.ly/LCvUPG

     

    On other news maybe I got lucky that even though pps hit my sell target twice today, no one took my shares! I looked at everything and noted headroom from a descending resistance - so that was OK, but then noticed that commonly three consecutive big down days don't often have more than one up day immediately following.

     

    But i held my trading shares anyway - figured the downside isn't all that big and I can dump 'em early if the breeze starts to stink.

     

    But if Cowen has influence, I might have gotten lucky. :-))

     

    HardToLove
    6 Feb 2014, 05:07 PM Reply Like
  • LT
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    Feb. 6, 2014, 9:59 p.m. EST
    Apple repurchases $14 billion of own shares: WSJ

     

    If any other company did this they would rally 5-10%, Because that raises the total buy backs to $40 Billion.
    AAPL is so out of favor it has rallied $15/share, but no real % gain. It just stopped the falling stock price. disclosure: I still hold a few call options, will either sell today or roll over to another date further out.
    7 Feb 2014, 06:25 AM Reply Like
  • LT
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    Rumor: Apple could produce 100-200M sapphire iPhone displays with new equipment
    A report on Thursday claims Apple partner GT Advanced has taken receipt of sapphire manufacturing and testing equipment at its plant in Arizona, with the new machines estimated to output between some 100 and 200 million 5-inch iPhone displays per year.
    7 Feb 2014, 06:29 AM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    Re: Like button, got this e-mail 12:38 A.M: "We have received a notification from our tech team that the issue that you have noted would be resolved by today".

     

    Over on nother blog, didn't work yet, nor here either.

     

    HardToLove
    7 Feb 2014, 06:33 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    SA Tech problems-

     

    Russian hackers!
    7 Feb 2014, 09:35 AM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    Could be. Dyslexic Russian hackers might mistake "SA" for "NSA", yep...

     

    Cyrillic alphabet as viewed through a dyslexic lens...

     

    My head hurts.
    7 Feb 2014, 10:23 AM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    Tried to give 6 "Likes" to the Russian hacker theory but alas my vote still doesn't count with SA -- or NSA -- or the Russians! LOL
    7 Feb 2014, 10:28 AM Reply Like
  • siliconhillbilly
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    Clicking "Reload" after clicking "Like" still works. But it moves you back to the paint on the blog where you started. PITA, but "wuth it" ;-)
    7 Feb 2014, 05:01 PM Reply Like
  • LT
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    Read this carefully and note the companies that may benefit, WaterFX is also included that's not highlighted.

     

    Solar Water Pumps Wean Farmers From India’s Archaic Grid
    http://bloom.bg/NdI6be

     

    The government is looking to swap 26 million groundwater pumps for more efficient irrigation models powered by the sun
    7 Feb 2014, 06:56 AM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    LOL. Note the headline photo, showing the government's idea of a "drip irrigation system"... Oddly enough, I believe this is also in line with what will really happen as soon as the once-a-decade government inspector leaves the area.

     

    Good time to invest in water resource management in India, imo.

     

    Also, one must wonder how much it will cost to replace 26 million pump installations with solar. No mention (as usual, for solar projects) in the article as to cost. I would think about $20k per would do it, which will run them a mere half trillion $ or so. A mere pittance.
    7 Feb 2014, 07:13 AM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    Interesting article LT. I couldn't find a symbol for WasterFX -- are they publicly traded?

     

    On another topic, (NCR) took a 6% dive after earnings release last night: beat on EPS but not on revenue, although expects 12%-14% revenue growth this year. I will add another small bloc on this dip to get 40% full on my position.
    mj
    7 Feb 2014, 07:27 AM Reply Like
  • siliconhillbilly
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    trip: As I understand it, the aquifer under much of India is dropping at a fast rate. In the near future (10 years?) It may take very fancy pumps to raise water. I see frequent crop failures in the future for that region. The aquifer just can't recharge at the rate it is being pumped.

     

    I read that 1 ton of wheat takes 1000 tons of water to grown. One of the least water efficient crops around.
    7 Feb 2014, 05:36 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >MJ-

     

    You may have been looking for the link with an incorrect spelling.
    This is what I found:

     

    http://bit.ly/1bzAtBh

     

    WT
    8 Feb 2014, 01:32 PM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    Thanks WT. That is the spelling I was using I just can't seem to find a publicly traded symbol for it. It appears they are privately held.
    mj
    8 Feb 2014, 08:30 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >MJ-

     

    I had been following the emerging news on (NCR) and heard the presentation on the earnings. I have to admit I was shocked when the stock tanked. I can only assume that it was uninformed panic selling. I had accumulated my desired allocation over the last two weeks so I will just have to be patient.

     

    The future is bright.

     

    WT
    7 Feb 2014, 09:32 AM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    Agree WT. I am in this one for the long term which means I usually scale into the position. I think the AH sell-off was knee-jerk reaction much like the 100 point initial drop in Dow futures after the jobs report and then a ride up to a positive 70 points or the Gold price jump and fall within minutes. I heard nothing to change my long-term goal, but I do expect more panic selling this am (especially on a Friday!) LOL
    mj

     

    7 Feb 2014, 09:45 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Re: Panic selling-

     

    I just wish I could figure out a dependable methodology to capitalize on the big crashes and ultimate recoveries. I have studied the swing points and have tried to time the moves but no real success yet either in the indexes or individual stocks.

     

    It's a combination of volume with tightening of spread but there must be more components needed to play intelligently.

     

    WT
    7 Feb 2014, 10:01 AM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    I haven't figured it out either WT, even though I use fundamentals and technicals to guide me. In the end I am not smart enough to pick bottoms -- so on positions I plan to hold long-term I always scale in. If I miss some of the upside I turn to another fish in the sea. If it drops -- I add slowly as long as the fundamentals and my trust in management have not changed

     

    For quick scalps -- the focus for me is on "quick." That's why I stopped posting on StockTalk where folks expect real time postings. When I am watching multiple positions in several different time zones concurrently I can't take time to post. If I am scalping I take a small loss quickly and a small gain equally quickly. :-))
    mj
    7 Feb 2014, 10:18 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >Mercy-

     

    You must sleep in shifts-
    US markets. 09:30 to 16:00
    Aussie 18:00 to 24:00
    Norway 03:00 to 10:00

     

    I'd be worn out after one day!

     

    WT
    7 Feb 2014, 02:34 PM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    Fortunately my activity does not require 100% every day -- in every market -- but power naps do help quite a bit! LOL
    mj
    7 Feb 2014, 02:39 PM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    (CPST): PPs hit my descending resistance this A.M., took profits @ $1.575, roughly. If it tanks for me, might buy some back.

     

    In other news, Jackson12 at Investorshub linked this article about an Aussie manufacturing installation, Hardchrome Engineering, using Capstone.

     

    Thanks to him.

     

    http://bit.ly/1bCurTD

     

    HardToLove
    7 Feb 2014, 10:01 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Re:(CPST)

     

    I think you caught another good one, HTL.

     

    I'm looking for $1.60 but hit a ceiling at %1.57- Probably hang on for a bit.
    7 Feb 2014, 10:38 AM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    WWT: I suspect this is the price it will hang at because so many times it runs up into reporting (Monday 16:45).

     

    I've done well in the past AH because there's almost always a knee-jerk sell-off if the new release on earnings isn't "spotless". Then pps tends to recover when, and if, it turns out it wasn't really bad at all, just not as good as a typical retailer expected in the headlines.

     

    Today is a "Flat Friday" too I think - not atypical.

     

    HardToLove
    7 Feb 2014, 11:34 AM Reply Like
  • Freya
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    Thx for the link HT.

     

    I haven't wavered from my conviction that Fuel Cells and Batteries are all stopgap measures waiting for Capstone to replace them in nonresidential environments.

     

    I can see the need for residential customers Like Myself who experience periodic power outages from our grids for Batteries,etc. But everything out there is really expensive Like a $2,000 unit I'm trying to suck my hubby into since it can be powered via solar.
    7 Feb 2014, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • Mercy Jimenez
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    Freya may I ask who makes the solar unit you have looked at?
    THX, mj
    7 Feb 2014, 02:41 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Here is a complete solar/battery system with 19KW output for around $13,000. You probably need a lot of sunshine to feed that baby.

     

    http://bit.ly/1iB0CVz

     

    WT
    8 Feb 2014, 05:34 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    As with most solar projects, it pays to read the fine print...

     

    The solar panels will yield up to two kw assuming a five hour sunny day. They get to 19kw with lots of funny math. The battery array is just 8agm units, which sounds about right for what the solar panels will actually generate. Installation, hardware, racking and cabling is not included...

     

    Caveat emptor.
    8 Feb 2014, 05:48 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    "...five hour sunny day."

     

    I would probably attain that three out of seven days on average in the mountains of the Northeast.

     

    I do have good numbers with my solar WATER driven collector system that provides around 60% of heating and hot water needs for my 2500' home at 1700' elevation. The secret here is 2500 gallons of insulated water storage, 12 Novan 3' X 8' collectors and a complex heat exchanger system.

     

    WT
    9 Feb 2014, 09:58 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Re: (NCR)

     

    Bot Calls- April 34s @$1.10
    7 Feb 2014, 10:09 AM Reply Like
  • ungawah
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    "Greenbrier to Offer Safety Retrofit for Rail Tankers" in today's WSJ ought to help stocks like Trinity, America Railcar and others.
    http://on.wsj.com/NeTUtQ
    7 Feb 2014, 11:22 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    Re: ADBE Calls
    ADBE $62.5s of 2/22 @ $.63 on 6 Feb
    Sold at $.92, probably a bit early.
    Still a 45% profit works for me.
    7 Feb 2014, 11:29 AM Reply Like
  • Freya
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    For your Scrutiny and perusal....heavy Insider buying.

     

    CopyTele COPY.
    7 Feb 2014, 01:22 PM Reply Like
  • LT
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    Sold my AAPL calls today for a nice gain. NXPI broke out today up $2 & over $50, but I am already out of it :(

     

    ATML is a bad loss...lesson, cheap gets what I pay for ! lol
    7 Feb 2014, 05:18 PM Reply Like
  • jpau
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    I mentioned PRE/PD back in December, when it was trading under 22.50. Now up almost 10% and just announced divvy.
    7 Feb 2014, 06:16 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Another banker kills himself. This one did himself in with a nail gun. Really that's what they are saying. Now realize that a nail gun us not really a gun. Now imagine nailing your finger with one nail. Do it 7 or eight times. Think you could do that? This guy shot himself in the head and torso 7-8 times in order to kill himself.

     

    Unless he was a masochist I am having a hard time believing he did not give up after 3-4 tries. Jeepers after 3-4 one has to be thinking this is not working but it hurts like holy hell.....so maybe its better to give up. OR someone "helped" him. ummmmmm

     

    http://bit.ly/LFFW2m
    7 Feb 2014, 06:34 PM Reply Like
  • jpau
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    Is there a decent weather site online other than weather.com?
    7 Feb 2014, 06:55 PM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    Jpau: Not sure exactly what you're looking for, but I use this to get my local weather and each start up has a 2 minute national overview.

     

    http://bit.ly/LFJp0T

     

    HardToLove
    7 Feb 2014, 07:01 PM Reply Like
  • jpau
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    Thanks H.T., I'll try it out
    7 Feb 2014, 07:08 PM Reply Like
  • Jon Springer
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    noaa.gov often a bit more accurate

     

    weatherunderground http://bit.ly/1aNgiou has a lot of good features but it isn't intuitive how to use them all
    10 Feb 2014, 07:08 AM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >jpau-

     

    Try Accuweather- Set it for your own locale-

     

    http://bit.ly/1f2Tixx

     

    WT
    7 Feb 2014, 08:30 PM Reply Like
  • jpau
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    thanks WT, bookmarked it too. I just haven't been pleased with the 'accuracy' of weather.com 's forecasts lately.
    7 Feb 2014, 09:35 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >jpau-
    You're welcome-

     

    Accuweather is pretty reliable. They will give you email warnings and periodic updates as well so you don't have to look it up, it is done for you. Neat stuff.

     

    Where I live you NEED to know when and how much of whatever. Your travel plans depend on it.

     

    WT
    8 Feb 2014, 08:36 AM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    I like going to the source for the most granular and complete data, NOAA's weatherdotgov.

     

    Example with Manhattan Zip Code:
    http://1.usa.gov/LHWd7d

     

    The various radar maps are also a great way to get the big picture: http://1.usa.gov/LHWerK
    8 Feb 2014, 10:37 AM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    It's the one branch of government that has figured out how to build a useful website.
    8 Feb 2014, 10:40 AM Reply Like
  • LT
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    http://yhoo.it/1fRPcfE

     

    All American Credit Cards Will Disappear In 2015 And Be Replaced With This New Tech
    8 Feb 2014, 04:11 AM Reply Like
  • D-inv
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    "Like"ing work around still needed. Thanks for the link, LT
    8 Feb 2014, 12:16 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    What a week!

     

    I sat up late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning watching on the Weather Channel a huge splotch of pink creep toward my home. The forecast, two days after nine inches of heavy, sticky snow, was for more heavy snow, followed by sleet, then freezing rain.

     

    Only freezing rain happened, and around 4 AM I finally retired, wondering why I still had power. Around 8:45 AM I woke up to no power. The house was still warm from my boosting the temperature, so I went back to sleep.

     

    After rising again, I called my sister, who lives about ten minutes away. Had to use the land line, because my AT&T wireless service was down. She reported major damage to the living wall of pine trees my sister and her hubby had the foresight to plant some 25 years ago. Behind their property is an 88 acre farm, and one day in the future, they knew the matron of the farm would pass, the land would be developed, and they would have a couple of hundred pine trees creating total privacy of their 3 1/2 acres.

     

    Sadly, they lost many, many pine trees, and all the work and foresight of this dream of a living wall has been compromised by Mother Nature's wrath.

     

    The conversation went unfinished, as the land line went dead, and still does not work.

     

    The cold night came, and I sat in my kitchen, throw blankets over the curtain rods, giving my kitchen, with the curtain, two layers of protection against the sliding door.

     

    In the candle light, over the next two nights, I finished off Tom Clancy's "Vector Threat," a very unsettling novel about China using bit coins to anonymously, and secretly purchase huge amounts of cloud space.

     

    Murders happening in Libya, Las Vegas, lots of places. Tensions and skirmishes on the increase in the South China Sea, which later escalated in to some fantastic imagery of air-to-air jet fighter battles.

     

    The clever Chinese had created in guise that the Iranians and Russians were the ones creating havoc with infrastructure and communication in the US.

     

    The Chinese then managed to infiltrate shut down USA's Internet, electrical power around much of the country. They also infiltrated the NSA and were able to know every move the US Military and the CIA were doing, before they did it.

     

    Earlier that day, I decided top take a spin down to the local Bed, Bath, and Beyond to stock up on candles. Bought $140 worth (amazing that there were any at all!), and in driving around, I have never before seen such carnage. I live where there are lots of 200 plus year old homes, with trees that old, too, many which had smashed down through 6 foot tall wrought iron fences; a tangled gnarled mess of trunk lines, snapped trees, root balls eight or ten feet high, many streets closed off, creating a kind of maze of destruction to get around.

     

    On night two, I finished "Vector Threat." I closed the book, and a shutter of cold and realization pulsed through my body. In the event of a national emergency, I realized that without power, no TV, no Internet, no land line, no radio, and no cell service, that if something did happen, I would be totally unaware. The frightening thought is that "could" be exactly what our government would want; to keep it's citizens in the black.

     

    Night three came, and cell service had been restored. When, I don't really no, because my cell had no battery life left. While charging it up in my Explorer, I received a text, and learned that my local tavern was up and running. I went back into my home, blew out about 80 candles (I went through over 250 tea candles during this event), and decided to go get my first hot meal in three days.

     

    The first sip of chicken and rice soup went down like the first sip of water a person would take after not having water in the desert for days. I had to take about 3 minutes before I could sip another spoon of soup; my right hand was shaking as if I had palsy. I realized then that I was indeed cold to the bone.

     

    On the way up to the tavern, I stopped where Channel 3 was filming beneath a No Outlet street. A massive tree was down across the street, the trunk line was down, and the poor folks up that street had no way out.

     

    At the tavern, I learned that Berwyn, a town a mile west of my home was on national news. Four miles to the east, Wayne, PA, was also on national news. And I live right between.

     

    I also learned that the Devon Marriott Courtyard was open, and had rooms available. I got my check, scrambled home, and spotted another TV van, Channel 6. I stopped. Told Channel 6 that earlier that afternoon I called PECO, and learned that their expectation of my receiving power at 11PM Friday night, was being reevaluated. Thought it was smart of me to retreat to the Marriott. Luck would be it, that I got the last room.

     

    Having forgotten my medicine, I didn't go to the room, and after returning home I decided to (what the heck) go back to the tavern, drink some more Irish Whiskey and beer. Just before 11 PM, I decided to leave the bar (my third time there), and do a drive by to see if I had power restored. Stopped at the vastly more lit up Channel 6 van, and yelled out the window, "Use your power to help me get power!" He responded that was the intent, and that he was going live in 30 seconds.

     

    Amazingly, as I drove down my driveway, the lights popped on. I went into my home to grab a bottle of Tallamore Due whiskey, and headed off for the Marriott. My home was an icebox. Upon arriving to the Marriott, I bumped into some friends, pretty much both punch drunk from this whole ordeal, and definitely drunk from rum and cokes. I sat down, offered up some whiskey, and watched the Opening Ceremonies with them for about 1 1/2 hours.

     

    Eventually, they all decided to retire, and I decided to go home, having never entered the room I had paid for.

     

    The funniest story I heard, was at a busy cross roads in West Chester, PA, a guy stole the generator that was powering the traffic lights. What he did not know, was that generator was also powering a camera. Later on, the man was arrested and jailed, and the generator was back in place.

     

    Tonight, tomorrow, and on Monday, more snow is on the way.
    8 Feb 2014, 04:58 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    You should invest in some hurricane lanterns. Lots of heat and light for 26 hours on a tank of fuel. I keep 4 of them in the house.

     

    http://bit.ly/1jmTGhC
    8 Feb 2014, 07:11 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Thanks, guns. Hindsight....
    9 Feb 2014, 10:30 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Maya, This winter is not over. Get a couple for just in case. They really work well. They have a monster one that runs 72 hours too but it would be a bit heavy to carry around with that much fuel in it. Trip and fall with it and you would probably set a blaze we would see here in Ohio. Something like the Chicago fire and Mrs O'Learys cow.

     

    FPA I have considered salt but I think I would be broke over the full 1200 feet. For now I just keep the tires in the tracks and drive forward and we make it to the end of the driveway everytime. Its the stopping that requires a bit of preplanning. Al least I did not go through what Maya did. I have a large buddy heater too for just in case but man I am not really looking forward to using it. I could also go with the "three dog night" aboriginal style if necessary since we have three dogs.
    Cold like this appears in Chicago 1975.

     

    http://bit.ly/1ckV6kQ

     

    9 Feb 2014, 02:56 PM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    UGH!

     

    IT's snowing again tonight in New York's backyard. Getting pretty tired of it. $1000 snowplowing bill last month and the turkeys buried my stacks of wood pellets at the top of the driveway with the last plow. I have had to dig through the ice to find them.
    At least our pellet stove can keep the old shack warm in these polar vortex days, even if the weather gods knock out our power, since I can rig a generator to keep it going, along with fridge and lights for the warm center of the house.

     

    I am so glad we put in new windows and insulated siding last summer! What a difference it has made.

     

    There have been winters recently where we had to abandon the house and go to a hotel until ConEd got our power restored back here in the granite hill cul-de-sacs. We have been lucky in taht regard this winter.

     

    Perhaps because Sandy knocked down all the oldest and most vulnerable trees the year before.

     

    I'm ready to move to a tropical island.
    9 Feb 2014, 08:20 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Two years ago, we had The Winter That Wasn't. This year we have The Winter That Won't Go Away.

     

    At the end of my street, in 2012, Sandy doubled over the aluminum street sign adjacent to my property. Today, I noticed that a ~ 16 inch thick limb crashed down upon it from the other side of the road, pummeling it, twisting it, nesting it; you wouldn't see it unless you were looking hard. It's like Shrek had a moment of grotesque fury.

     

    Snowed more this evening, and more coming this week. Tonight's storm, some models a week ago, were predicting two to three feet. I can't imagine what it would be like around here if that happened, after what just happened.

     

    I'm with ya, Doc. I really should be waltzing around Ambergris Cay right now.
    9 Feb 2014, 08:42 PM Reply Like
  • SMaturin
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    The forecasters said "an inch or less."

     

    It already looks like two. On top of the twelve plus sleet sheets we have gotten in the past couple weeks.

     

    I think the forecasters must moonlight at CNBC.

     

    I may stand accused of being a climate denier, but these guys should be prosecuted as weather-deniers! There oughta be a law against this! Write your congressman. Petition the White House!
    9 Feb 2014, 08:43 PM Reply Like
  • Windwood Trader
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    >DG-
    Re:emergency lights-
    There are LED lanterns now with very bright light that will last for a week. The high capacity ones are about $30 and no fuel or fumes to worry about.

     

    http://amzn.to/1npEg9M

     

    WT
    10 Feb 2014, 10:25 AM Reply Like
  • D-inv
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    Maya, enjoyed the essay. Care to share when your interest in writing emerged?
    10 Feb 2014, 10:29 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Those are great in the summer time but in the winter time I prefer the heat generated from the lamps. Not much problem with the fumes using lamp oil but for some it might be bothersome if they have underlying health concerns I guess. I am impressed with how far the LED lamps and flashlights have come. Be glad when the price comes down on the LED lights for the home.
    10 Feb 2014, 10:31 AM Reply Like