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  • Tsinghua chairman visits U.S. to discuss Micron bid [View news story]
    The deal will not go through because Tsinghua Unigroup is substantially Chinese government controlled and owned, and Micron is a defense contractor.
    Aug 28, 2015. 03:50 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Apple Found The Holy Grail Of Electric Vehicles? [View article]
    Ultracapacitors may be the way to go for recovering braking and downhill kinetic energy and supplemental performance in tandem with fuel cells. Honda seems to think so. They have the advantage of essentially unlimited lifespan and no limitation on charging speed; disadvantage of much lower charge density than lithium batteries.
    Aug 25, 2015. 03:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Europe's CHMP backs Keryx Pharma's ferric citrate for elevated phosphorus in CKD patients [View news story]
    Lowest price in two years. Difficult to fathom, given the gradually improving news. I accept abdullah999's advice and will stay the course. Should we expect the shorts to start covering, given the magnitude of the dip and the likelihood that we are probably close to the bottom?
    Jul 24, 2015. 02:45 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • After Hours Gainers / Losers [View news story]
    The market cap of Netflix is extremely crazy, since each subscriber is now worth an average of about $650, or almost eight years of revenue. Each recent subscriber (past two quarters) is worth thousands of dollars. Is Netflix the new illogical teflon stock, similar to Amazon?
    Jul 15, 2015. 07:57 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple iPhone: Why Slightly Bigger Means Much Better [View article]
    More like self-fulfilling prophecies. Their degree of validity stems from the herd behavior of those who believe in them and act upon them.
    Jul 9, 2015. 02:54 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Clobbers Samsung In China [View article]
    Don't forget kitchen ranges. I'm a former chef, and I highly recommend Samsung gas ranges to anyone who would like performance comparable to high end ranges at a much more affordable price point.
    Jul 8, 2015. 09:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Beats 1 Is The New iPod And Apple's Latest Bet [View article]
    Sirius will continue to struggle, with or without Howard Stern. He represents less than 5% of the Sirius audience, he is extremely well paid on a per listener basis, so his departure will be relatively inconsequential for them. I have Sirius in my car, and I've never listened to him. I rarely use Sirius for music; I use it mostly for news and sports. Satellite isn't obsolete; it offers coverage in areas where 3g and 4g is unavailable - most of the globe.
    Jul 6, 2015. 09:41 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Watch Is Making Luxury Watchmakers Uncomfortable [View article]
    It appears to me that Warren Buffett is living exactly as he wants to live, and it isn't a middle class existence. Individuals of modest means don't give away billions of dollars. I find it entirely inappropriate for you to compare Buffett to wealthy individuals who end up homeless because of serious mental health issues. By contrast, Buffett's asset allocation decisions appear to be entirely sane because he has not endangered himself, his family, or anyone else.
    Jun 5, 2015. 02:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More on Sanderson Farms' FQ4 [View news story]
    From Investors' Business Daily:

    [Meanwhile, Sanderson Farms' (NASDAQ:SAFM) fiscal Q4 EPS jumped 105% to $4.04, topping estimates by 3 cents a share.

    The producer of fresh and frozen chicken products reported a 4.6% increase in revenue to $760.85 million, just above consensus for $758.28 million.
    CEO Joe Sanderson said, "While poultry markets improved only slightly compared to fiscal 2013, grain prices, especially corn prices (the company's primary chicken food), were significantly lower during the year when compared to fiscal 2013."

    But shares slid 4.3% amid concerns that growing poultry demand might result in industrywide overproduction and slimmer profit margins.]

    In other words, the analysts' spin on the earnings report has now turned into: Today's success MIGHT lead to tomorrow's overproduction? That could be true in virtually any industry, and it's not reasonable that a positive earnings report should be interpreted that way.
    Dec 18, 2014. 01:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More on Sanderson Farms' FQ4 [View news story]
    Meanwhile, the stock is tanking, based upon an erroneous Zacks/AP report that this was an earnings miss.
    Dec 18, 2014. 10:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Has To Take Bendgate Seriously [View article]
    If Apple does agree to repair/replace the bent phone under warranty, then a bigger problem for Apple might be customers with cracked screens from some other cause (not covered under warranty) subsequently bending their phones and falsely claiming that the bent case caused the cracked screen. This obviously won't fly if the screen appears to show a point of impact, but they might get away with it sometimes.
    Sep 26, 2014. 12:24 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Demand Explained By Thorstein Veblen [View article]
    This article is about as incomprehensible as Thorstein Veblen's lectures were reputed to have been during his Stanford years. I rather doubt that Mr. Veblen was thinking about functional assembly line items, produced by the millions, as objects deserving of inclusion in his "conspicuous consumption" category. In an earlier article ("The Real Premium Smartphones are not iPhones"), Mr. Blair presented a survey of various limited edition Android smartphones, many of which incorporate jewels or precious metals into their cases and are priced starting at least 10x higher than premium mass market smartphones - those are all excellent examples of "conspicuous consumption."
    Sep 15, 2014. 06:45 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Pay And Watch Offerings Unlikely To Move The Needle [View article]
    "Somebody that has an Android phone is going to now pay up for an iPhone?" Somebody who has an older iPhone has one more reason to upgrade with iPhone and not wander into the Android camp - increased utility and convenience. For a current Android owner who is now ready for a new phone but undecided and still shopping, this moves the needle incrementally towards Apple - if one of the factors guiding the buying decision is the ability to utilize mobile payments, does anyone honestly believe that Google Wallet will win out over Apple Pay? Incremental movements, given enough time, have a way of tipping towards critical mass.

    "Not enough retailers signed up so far" - we're only two days past the public announcement; Apple Pay doesn't actually begin until October. What did you expect at this very early stage?

    "Outside of tech geeks, how many people are going to take the time to figure out whether Pay works at the retailer?" Judging from what's happened so far, I'm going to go out on a limb and state that retailers will be loud and clear about letting consumers know that they accept Apple Pay. Immediately after the Apple event on Tuesday, Chase posted an announcement on their home page, letting me know that my Chase Visa card is eligible for Apple Pay. I don't remember a similar announcement in 2011 when Google Wallet was unveiled. Best Buy already installed NFC readers in many of its stores in 2011 for Google Wallet, but has subsequently turned them off because of the failure of that mobile payment system. Given that track record, it is understandable that they should be gun shy about turning them back on again for Apple Pay - they'd rather play wait and see. Apple's timing couldn't be better on unveiling this payment system. Retailers in the US will need to upgrade their card readers very soon to read embedded chip credit cards. Since this is an obligatory investment, many or most of them will simultaneously opt for card readers that also include NFC capability, and thus be ready for Apple Pay.
    Sep 11, 2014. 03:33 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Pay And Watch Offerings Unlikely To Move The Needle [View article]
    Mobile pay isn't so much about literally leaving your credit card(s) at home (unless we someday get to a point where 100% of retailers accept Apple Pay or Google Wallet, etc.) - it's about speed, security, and convenience for both the consumer and the merchant when performing transactions. At this stage of the mobile game, we all carry ID when we are out and about, so stuffing a credit card or two behind the driver's license "just in case" isn't an inconvenience. The author raised the issue about being stranded because of a dead phone battery - that's something of a red herring. Apple Pay appears to be the most well thought out mobile pay system to date, and if widely utilized, is likely to lead to a very significant increase in iPhone sales. In just a couple of years, one could easily imagine dedicated checkout lanes at Home Depot or Costco for Apple Pay customers, with customers being served much faster in those lanes, and customers in the slower lanes looking over and jealously wishing that they too had iPhones. At perhaps 20 basis points per transaction, the author is correct in noting that the direct revenue stream from Apple Pay isn't likely to move Apple's profits or share price all that much - the real money for Apple and their investors can be from increased phone and/or watch sales, or someday, license fees from other smartphone manufacturers, if Apple Pay becomes the dominant mobile payment platform.
    Sep 11, 2014. 01:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: 4 Reasons Why The Giant iPad Will Be A Giant Flop [View article]
    Apparently, Stock Exchange, you have no idea what a POS system is, and therefore you have no idea what my comment was about. The logical conclusion that follows is that you had no business publishing this SA article because you didn't research your topic before writing it. Believe it or not, businesses do indeed utilize cloud computing. Try searching: iPad POS system; you might actually learn something. At this point, only iPads and Surface tablets are significant players as tablet-based POS systems, with iPads currently being overwhelmingly preferred. Android tablet based POS systems are almost nonexistent.
    Sep 9, 2014. 05:27 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment