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  • SolarCity launches solar storage products based on Tesla's batteries [View news story]
    Anyone know the life of these battery banks? Expected # of discharge/acceptance cycles? I assume installation will be in some kind of safety-rated system that is acceptable during house fires/water from emergency response? ...sorry, didn't have time to read the entire announcement.
    May 1, 2015. 11:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Evans: Hold off on rate hikes until 2016 [View news story]
    Protect the Administration...screw the next.
    Jan 9, 2015. 10:52 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New York state to ban fracking, citing health concerns [View news story]
    Wood burning autos are old news...
    Dec 18, 2014. 10:14 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • French, German GDP inch up in Q3 [View news story]
    Drugs & Prostitution...
    Nov 14, 2014. 10:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Interesting action in the precious metals had them continuing overnight a sharp fall begun after FOMC minutes suggested an earlier-than-expected end to Fed candy. This reversed with the 8:30 jobs report which showed still-sluggish employment growth. Gold has since bounced $21 to $1,651, though still off 1.4% on the session. Silver jumps $0.70, but remains -2.6%[View news story]
    The same FOMC that was discussing the "end" of QE2 in March of last year...of course that end was just the beginning of QE3 & QE4EVR.
    Jan 4, 2013. 10:15 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Encana (ECA -5.7%) shares stumble after the EPA says in a draft report the aquifer in a Wyoming gas field operated by the company "contains compounds likely associated with gas production practices, including hydraulic fracturing." EPA says Encana has been funding the provision of alternate water supplies to the area since 2010. (earlier)  [View news story]
    FYI: EPA is a Nixon legacy
    Dec 8, 2011. 10:49 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • April Job Growth Improves as Jobless Rate Ticks Up [View article]
    The headline today should actually have been "Miracle in D.C.: Government program creates a wave of 175,000 fully-employed births and resurrections today!"
    May 6, 2011. 05:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why It's Time to Sell Silver Stocks and Buy Bank of America [View article]
    ...maybe they should increase margin requirements in stocks to get rid of the "froth" in stocks like BAC...
    May 3, 2011. 11:59 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Natural Gas Disrupts the Energy Industry [View article]
    Mr. Cooper,
    You've obviously never worked in the construction industry or you'd have heard the running joke about concrete...there are only two kinds of concrete, concrete that has cracked, and concrete that will.... As for running steel rebar within the concrete, yes, it provides exponential increases to the strength of concrete, but last I checked, I've not seen crews of rod-busters tying 5000' of rebar at any of my local drill rigs......I would, therefore, assume that the concrete casing is not steel-reinforced along its length.....and the risk of cracked concrete would be, again, high.
    Apr 14, 2011. 12:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Putting a Damper on the Big March Job Report Celebration [View article]
    Dean, forgot to add that, of the 216k jobs that were added, 117k were added by the birth/death model...and within those 117k jobs it was noted that the construction component of these theoretical jobs grew 50% "unbelievable" number when one considers, as you mentioned, that the Commerce Dept reported a slowing in construction activity.
    Apr 3, 2011. 09:03 AM | 19 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Natural Gas Disrupts the Energy Industry [View article]
    No mention of the price of environmental costs in regard to 'fracking'... Of course, only those in the 'fracking' locale are affected, so who else is going to care about disease or death of a few when fuel prices can be so cheap! ...reminds me of some other situation...I ...just...cant'...put.... ...finger...on.... It's not like people in the U.S. wouldn't notice if we had people dying in order to secure cheap energy sources...nor would people in the U.S. not put 2 and 3 together and decided that their defense budget was funding cheaper fuel prices. So I'm sure that there'd be an absolute uproar about any collateral/environmental damage that wasn't accounted for in the price of fueling-up their chevy or running the air conditioner at 60degrees day and night.....
    Jan 19, 2011. 08:54 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • So put together, the total is €750B ($966B) of shock and awe to save the eurozone - €440B in loans from the nations, €60B from EU emergency funds, and €250B from the IMF - but it better be enough, as signals from the U.K. and from German elections suggest no future help is forthcoming. Euro +1.3% against the dollar; S&P 500 futures +2.6%.  [View news story]
    So a little QE from the ECB… A little QE from the FED… Let the race to the bottom begin! By next fall I could be heating my house with worthless dollars/euros!
    May 9, 2010. 11:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Deflation About to Rear Its Head? Part 1 [View article]
    "Historically, Government Intervention has ALWAYS been trumped by Market Forces. However, 2009 was a year that defied this trend for the following reasons:

    1. The Government Intervention taking place was/is WITHOUT precedent
    2. Most if not ALL market participants today have little if any knowledge of historic trends and so do not operate based on this information/ insight
    3. Most if not ALL market participants operate under the belief that the last 30 years of credit/ financial expansion are “the norm.” This belief system features the following sub-beliefs:

    * That the Fed can fix or save the market always
    * That stocks are meant to go up and that bear markets are a thing of the past
    * That deflation is not possible in the US"

    I would argue that over the last 30 (actually, nearly 40) years credit expansion HAS become the "norm" and that deflation truly is NOT possible in the US, since the US abandoned the gold standard and set the precedent of the Printing Press. So long as the Fed/Gov't is not constrained by laws of austerity, deflation will not be possible AND, therefore, the stock market SHOULD continue its long-term upward trend in dollar terms, however, as one could EASILY argue, NOT in terms of VALUE (i.e., adjusted for inflation/the hostess-cupcake-inflat...
    Feb 27, 2010. 12:24 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. Treasuries: Heading for a Rally or an Implosion?: Part 2 [View article]
    I believe it's called the Fed's "Treasury Plunge-Protection" China (AND Russia) have been selling/not buying/allowing maturity... Greece/Europe will eventually be just a sideshow.
    Feb 17, 2010. 07:17 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Goldman Sachs (GS) played a key role in helping Greece hide its true debt levels, reports Der Spiegel. In 2002, Greece and Goldman "devised a special kind of swap with fictional exchange rates" that created additional credit of up to $1B for the debt-laden country.  [View news story]
    Of all things...Congress should hold hearings into how/where GS has performed these services...(yes, include the US)...instead they want a company president to come in and testify, through a translator, about some engineering problem that, technically, he knows nothing about.
    Feb 17, 2010. 06:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment