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  • Apple Can't Replace Steve Jobs - But It Must Try [View article]
    If you want market returns, then invest in a market index fund.

    Complaining that Apple stock is being outperformed by Google stock, or the NASDAQ, indicates your lack of understanding in the term 'investing'. It also indicates a lack of understanding with regards to what the management of a company I supposed to do. Here's a hint: it has nothing to do with trying to make the stock price go higher.
    Mar 12 10:59 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Can't Replace Steve Jobs - But It Must Try [View article]
    "News Flash - Steve Jobs has been replaced!"

    Yes, and by the guy that Steve Jobs himself picked to replace him.

    I'd take the opinion of Jobs himself over some random author who thinks that Apple needs a 'revival'.
    Mar 12 08:36 AM | 22 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Google Could Follow Apple Down [View article]
    "Is GOOG a bigger tax cheat/avoider than APPL??? It has been publicly rumoured that APPL us the largest corporate tax cheater in the history of the US of A."

    I guess you're one of those people that thinks companies should willingly pay more tax than they are required to?

    It's always amusing when I see people label a company like Apple a tax "cheat".

    The "mechanism" as you call it is legal. Don't like it? Then maybe the problem lies with those that make the laws, not those that follow them.

    But I guess it's easier to hate the big, bad corporations than it is to actually get off your ass and try to do something.
    Mar 11 05:53 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Judge finds that RBC had conflict on interest in Ambulance deal [View news story]
    "RBS also failed to disclose that it was looking to help Warburg finance the acquisition."

    I'm guessing that was supposed to say "RBC"?
    Mar 9 08:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Is Building A Mobile Payments Platform To Rival PayPal [View article]
    "I can't imagine any store putting in turnstiles. That's just customer hostile."

    I'm guessing the same attitude was prevalent when retailers started suggesting the shoppers check themselves out...

    It doesn't have to be one absolute solution, but if I know I can walk into a store, get all the stuff I want, and then walk out, I'm all for it. Turnstiles aren't hostile if they make your life easier.
    Feb 28 06:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cook: Apple TV did more than $1B in FY13 sales [View news story]
    "I'm holding and hoping, but getting more frustrated watching the Dow and S&P hit new highs while apple is 100 points lower than it was when the dow was at 1300. "

    The great thing about living in a free society is that you are actually free to do what you want.

    So, you are perfectly free to sell your Apple shares and buy a Dow Index, or an S&P index... of course you're also free to complain about how AAPL is not outperforming the markets at this point in time, but I'd question the effectiveness of that strategy.
    Feb 28 02:27 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Is Building A Mobile Payments Platform To Rival PayPal [View article]
    "Clerks will be replaced with security personnel at the door who will have to stop every person to ensure the item they are walking out the door with was paid for. Without a cash register receipt a, how do you suggest they verify payment?"

    There will likely need to be some type of security and verification, but it doesn't need to be a person.

    Short term, RFID chips in every item can be read along with the mobile device used to make the purchases - if the items don't match, alarm sounds. Similar to existing low-tech system with security tags on items. As well, items removed from a shelf and not scanned or put back within X minutes will trigger an alert of some kind.

    Long term - exits can be in the form of positive release turnstiles. If your items match your purchase list, gate opens and off you go. If not, you can't leave.

    Of course that's just one possibility, but there are ways to reduce and even eliminate the human factor across a large sector of the retail landscape.
    Feb 28 08:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Tale Of 2 Nasdaqs: This Bubble Is Real [View article]
    '"Believe", "Ignore", "Future"...

    Such an approach is of course a dangerous way to gauge a company's success.'

    Reminds me vividly of quotes about the insane valuations in 1999:

    "It's a new paradigm"
    "Traditional valuation methods no longer apply"

    While that will possibly be true for SOME stocks (though very few, if any, IMO), when used as a general rule it's a recipe for disaster.
    Feb 28 08:47 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Is Building A Mobile Payments Platform To Rival PayPal [View article]
    " and with their latest security fiasco, I'll be first in line .... NOT>.."

    Yeah just like their Maps 'fiasco'.

    There was a problem and they had it fixed, for iOs in a matter of hours, I think, and for OSX in a matter of days.

    Yeah, terrible, terrible fiasco. If only they could offer the same rock-solid, error-free performance of other operating systems.
    Feb 28 07:26 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Leads Notable Short Interest Moves [View article]
    "If you want to get rich investing in shares you need to take risks and ignore the so called experts!"

    That's actually about as far away from what you should do if you want to get rich investing in shares.

    It's what you need to do if you're desperate to get rich tomorrow.

    Investing shouldn't be exciting. It should be boring. If you want excitement, you should go bet on the dog track. Or horse track. Or rooster fights.
    Feb 27 08:56 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Onslaught Of High Performance, Low Cost Smartphones Spells Trouble For Apple [View article]
    "There are people who can help you improve your ability to read the calendar or the clock."

    Really? That's what you come up with? I'm guessing that thinly veiled insult was a retort to my statement about the frequency with which you post about Apple?

    Contrary to your clever dig, I'm not in this case giving anybody the benefit of anything other than my opinion on the remarkable volume of words you post about Apple. As I mentioned, I think it speaks volumes about your character, and therefore by extension the value of the advice you give - day in, day out, ad nauseum.

    As I mentioned, you're within your rights to do so, and I'm sure you can get the SA censors to delete this comment, but just because you're able to do something doesn't mean that you're beyond being criticized for doing it.
    Feb 27 08:50 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Onslaught Of High Performance, Low Cost Smartphones Spells Trouble For Apple [View article]
    I think the most telling thing about this author is that he posts a negative article about Apple almost EVERY SINGLE DAY. Some days he manages to get two of them out. Before noon.

    While it's perfectly possible that he's right, I just can't imagine where he finds the time to wax so prolifically about one of the most successful companies in history.

    Don't get me wrong, it's well within his right, and if he's actually making money from the $0.01 per view, then all the power to him. But I think it speaks volumes to his character that he feels the need to find a different way to say the same thing each and every day.

    Look for this comment to be deleted, as I'm sure Mr. Blair will flag it as a personal attack.
    Feb 27 08:01 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Leads Notable Short Interest Moves [View article]
    Interesting read, thanks. SODA hadn't been on my radar but I might take a small position and hope for some positive news and a short covering rally... 42% is a big number.

    Just a question, would it be better to show the shorts as a % of the float, as opposed to a total number? That would eliminate any discrepancies caused by the changes in share numbers.

    I'm also keen to get some more AAPL at these levels. I don't think that Tim Cook et al bought back $14B worth just to get a 3% bounce...
    Feb 27 07:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple's Valuation Is Irrelevant [View article]
    I think you're confusing 'investing' with 'trading'.

    To classify a company trading at 900x earnings as a 'good' investment is - to me at least - insane.

    It might end up being a good trade, and possibly even a good investment, but your basis for making the claim simply seems to be that it's not Apple.

    I'll buy a solid company at 10x earnings every day of the week. Sky high valuations indicate an irrationality in the market - sure, you can make money, but I don't like to rely on the irrationality of others to make money.
    Feb 26 12:40 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bank of Montreal (USA) declares $0.76 dividend [View news story]
    Um... what?

    According to the linked PR, the dividend is in line with the previous quarter. And as far as I know, $0.76 is still more than $0.68.

    Confusing to say the least.
    Feb 25 08:47 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment