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  • iPhone Surging, iPad Collapsing - Apple May Be Near Its Peak [View article]
    The higher AAPL goes above a pre-split $800 level the higher the chance Blair will be proved right.

    When AAPL crossed $700 the first time, there seemed to be no real barriers to its continued rise. A mix of (seemingly) marginal numbers and a whole lot of FUD helped drive the stock to ridiculous lows.

    The only point here is that if it happened before, it could happen again. The only thing we can be sure of is that if it does, it won't be because of any amazing prescience on Blair's part. As the saying goes, a broken clock is still right twice a day.
    Nov 18, 2014. 01:43 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Could Have Upside To $136 Per Share [View article]
    "While I'm not sure that is a quantitative measurement, I am always impressed with the traffic in/out of the stores."

    Not everything can be quantified... there's always the "smell test". One of the reasons I kept buying AAPL all the way down to the low $400's was that every time I went into their stores they were jammed with people. People buying stuff.

    I never bought COST because even when it was in the 90's (2 years ago) it was still 'expensive' based on some basic metrics. But every time I went there (usually weekly) the place was always busy. In hindsight it was a poor decision. Of course now I'm still not buying it because it still seems expensive. But hey, I never said I was a clever fellow...

    Not everything can - or should be - quantifiable.
    Oct 29, 2014. 07:26 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Titans Clash: MCX Vs. Apple Pay [View article]
    "Guys, this is the internet age. It doesn't take much to confirm MB's background."

    Based on the fact that Rexall Canada appears to have been founded in 1904, I'm going to guess that Pharmx Rexall (Ontario) and Rexall Canada aren't the same thing.

    For a normal person posting here this probably wouldn't be an issue, but when one holds one's self (oneself?) out to be an authority on any number of subjects then claiming to have founded a nationally recognized company will definitely draw some attention.
    Oct 27, 2014. 07:39 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Titans Clash: MCX Vs. Apple Pay [View article]
    " I founded the Rexall drug store chain in Canada and I can tell you the credit card expenses were material."

    I'm sure there's an explanation, and I'd love to hear it, so I'll ask:

    According to the Rexall website (

    "Rexall in Canada was established in 1904 in the early days of the United Drug Company and quickly established itself as an innovator in retail pharmacy."

    I'm guessing you're not more than 110 years old, but I'd be happy - and quite amazed - to admit I was wrong.
    Oct 27, 2014. 06:47 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • EU: Apple Tax Deals Granted By Ireland Broke State Rules [View article]
    I'm still curious about your pedigree as an investment advisor. You very clearly make recommendations but I don't think I've ever seen anything that would make anybody take you seriously.

    You have made multiple erroneous claims and assumptions, yet you carry on as if they never happened and each day is a clean slate.

    You are very obviously free to post here as often as you want (twice today on AAPL alone!), but it would be great to understand what exactly is behind the "Shock Exchange" moniker when you make proclamations.

    Actually, that last bit was a lie - I know exactly what's behind it, but it would still be great to hear you try to defend it.
    Sep 30, 2014. 03:58 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • European Commission Tax Probe Could Cost Apple Billions [View article]
    "^ Would you let this person manage your money?"

    No, but to be honest it has less to do with any juvenile comments, and more to do with the fact that s/he insists on referring to him/herself in the 3rd person...
    Sep 29, 2014. 05:29 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • European Commission Tax Probe Could Cost Apple Billions [View article]
    I think you should point out the worst case scenario - that the probe could cost Apple TRILLIONS. I mean, in theory, it COULD, right?

    Just to clarify one thing for you - the EU is going to publish the REASONS for their investigation tomorrow. Not results. Big difference.

    Finally, read this piece on Forbes about the reality of the situation, then come back and report.
    Sep 29, 2014. 08:49 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Demand Explained By Thorstein Veblen [View article]
    "and while the BlackBerry has its own set of sensors and many shortcomings, I believe it will be harder to hack and unlikely to be stolen, since no one else seems to want one."

    Um, aren't you still long BlackBerry?

    I do find it amazing that you are so determined to be right about Apple. At a point long before this, a rational person would have likely stopped and said "Gee, maybe I'm wrong on this one, if if just a little bit."

    But not you. You seek out obscure references from more than a hundred years ago to validate your petty perceptions about people that buy Apple products. Your vitriol is becoming less and less based on any semblance of fact and more and more on casting aspersions on people you view as inferior because they don't have an outdated BB and a Cartier watch.

    Like others have posited, I'm not convinced you actually are who or what you say you are - if you've held the short positions you claim to have held and lost even a fraction of the money that some here claim that represents, then you'd have to be a special kind of person to keep trying to convince others to follow you.
    Sep 15, 2014. 04:16 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay - Taking A Bite Out Of Payments [View article]
    "Any vendor can roll out a NFC + fingerprint + single use token system"

    Odd that only one has, then?
    Sep 11, 2014. 09:57 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple's iWatch Isn't A Guaranteed Home Run [View article]
    You'd be foolish to discount past performance as an indicator of future potential in this case. Of course it's still no guarantee, but I'd rather bet on a company that has shown the ability to create and then dominate new product categories (Apple) that ones that can't (BBRY, SSNG, etc.)
    Sep 9, 2014. 08:01 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple's iWatch Isn't A Guaranteed Home Run [View article]
    "Why Apple's _______ Isn't A Guaranteed Home Run"

    iPad Mini

    If there's one thing that Apple has demonstrated an ability to do, it's to provide something that people never knew they needed.

    Not a guarantee, but in my humble opinion it would be foolish to bet against them.
    Sep 8, 2014. 07:49 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: 4 Reasons Why The Giant iPad Will Be A Giant Flop [View article]
    Every time I read the comments in one of this author's posts, I can't help thinking about the Seinfeld episode where George starts referring to himself in the third person.

    "George likes his chicken spicy!"

    Kind of like how the Shock Exchange refers to itself in the third person all the time. Except the quotes aren't nearly as humorous.
    Sep 8, 2014. 07:45 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Set For Strong Sales Of iPhone 6 In Just A Few Weeks - But Is It Too Little, Too Late? [View article]
    "It is sad to see adults whose lives are so empty they need to define themselves by what smartphone they use, but there seem to be scores of them who read every Apple article to evangelize the company and demonstrate their devotion to the cult."

    It's bad enough that SA allows such an ignorant author to post so prolifically, but what's worse is they don't allow us the simple option of ignoring certain authors. Or even include the author's name on the main page so we know before we click.

    While I still find some worthwhile investment ideas, it's becoming more and more difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff, and until SA makes some serious effort to help readers do that, the idea of SA as a bona fide investment forum will continue to flounder.

    And I quite literally laughed out loud when I got the email asking if I'd be willing to PAY to get SA articles early. Imagine, being able to read this drivel BEFORE anybody else? Sign me up!
    Aug 28, 2014. 06:54 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • After China's Government Bans Purchases Of Apple Devices, Is BlackBerry In Catbird Seat? [View article]
    ">You are aware that the 'secure encryption' of BB phones like Merkel and Obama are basically aftermarket enhancements?

    This is fundamentally incorrect. BB communications are secured on a parallel internet that avoids major switches where they might be tapped anyone save one or two governments with massive resources."

    Google "obama blackberry NSA". I guess maybe the NSA is lying about it, but to what end I couldn't say.

    I know you're a rabid blackberry fan, which is fine as far as it goes, but the current story is that SOME Apple products were not on a list (as opposed to being BANNED), said list having to do with energy efficiency as opposed to security. And the reason the products weren't on that list? Because Apple didn't supply the required paperwork to the Chinese government.

    I'm not worried about people spying on my cell phone, but if you think having a blackberry makes you immune, I think you're being naive.
    Aug 11, 2014. 09:44 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • After China's Government Bans Purchases Of Apple Devices, Is BlackBerry In Catbird Seat? [View article]
    "Apple's lack of security..." Apple doesn't lack security. You are aware that the 'secure encryption' of BB phones like Merkel and Obama are basically aftermarket enhancements? And the security concerns raised by China were based on the location tracking the iPhone uses - which can be turned off in about 4 seconds.

    At this point the reason that BB has not been excluded for Chinese gov't purchases is likely because the Canadian gove't has not indicted any Chinese nationals for espionage. Although, tensions between China and Canada are heating up as we speak, so who knows.

    I do know that I would never, ever, want to have my fortunes dependent on the Chinese gov't. Not only are they fickle and change their minds on a whim, they have shown a fierce bias towards promoting their domestic technology at the expense of foreign firms.
    Aug 7, 2014. 07:34 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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