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  • Chevron Is Cheap: Buy Now And Hold Forever [View article]
    If your selling puts just beware of the strikes and the dates of the expiries you choose. With such a monster dividend of $1.07 / qtr you need to be aware of selling puts that look really expensive on an implied volatility only to later discover that they expire just after the stock has gone "ex-div"

    Disc: long XOM & CVX
    Sep 12 02:52 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • United Technologies: A Diversified Dividend Powerhouse To Consider [View article]
    Re-affirmed guidance today and increased the buyback by another $100m ... shares were the worst performer in the Dow30 !! Go Figure.

    Used opportunity to sell some Sept 12th $108 puts for $1.01 to either add to position or collect some "in between dividends" income.

    Disc: long 1500 UTX
    Aug 29 09:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why United Technologies Will Be My Proxy For Urbanization [View article]
    UTX, HON, PNR, & ETN are my Industrials Sector holdings for the rest of the decade. Much as I really like UTX this is probably a sector which deserves some diversification and there are lots of great companies to spread your money around.
    Aug 20 04:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gilead: More Good News For This Biotech Juggernaut [View article]
    I own 3 of these 4 ( no REGN ) and combined they make up 18.7% of my long term portfolio. Long GILD @ 55.97 , CELG @ 60.25 and a little late to BIIB with average cost of 312.60. All three have had an amazing week , with strong buying ieven when the overall market was looking a little "iffy". Forever is a long time but I can't see me selling any of them for many years.

    I also own Bayer in Germany as a more conservative pharma holding which combined with the other 3 takes my Pharma/Biotech holdings to over 20% of my portfolio. Just love the growth and defensive nature of these drug stocks !!
    Aug 15 09:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.K. Sweet Sixteens [View article]
    Hi Philisonh.

    I think SHB:LN is only able to be purchased on the LSE. I am long via CFD's with, it is a great service ... GBP 3.00 per order. I buy a few more on each pullback ( no stamp duty on CFD's which at current levels saves me 3p / share ) and currently am long the equivalent of 6,879 ords.
    Jun 30 05:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.K. Sweet Sixteens [View article]
    I lived in London from 1988 to 2002 ( now back home in NZ ) and traded an index volatility prop book at a big Japanese Bank for 7 of those years and more specifically their FTSE100 book so I know a bit about the UK market. Great analysis and even though I don't own any of these stocks I will do some DD and look to add a few to my portfolio. The big 7 stocks in my UK portfolio at present for your info are: ( I've held each of these for an average of 5 years )
    Berkeley Group
    Shaftesbury ( biggest holding by a factor of 2.5x ... probably the most unique property company in the world with absolutely irreplaceable assets ... They OWN Carnaby Street !! )
    Great Portland Estates
    Greene King

    Again, great analysis, cheers
    Jun 27 09:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Consider This Utility For Its 4.6% Yield [View article]
    I bought some TEG today on the utilities sector pullback. To me there is definitely the potential to increase the dividend as looking at the annual report the earnings cover the dividend approx 1.5x ... I can't figure out why the payout ratio is relatively low for a low growth utility. Am I missing something ?

    Also bought some SO & NU today.
    Jun 11 05:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Merck's Acquisition Of Idenix Pharmaceuticals Is An Admission Of Inferiority To Sovaldi Regimens [View article]
    Do you have any thoughts on the patent challenge that analysts & Merck are talking about against Sovaldi ? Was this known about when GILD bought Pharmassat ?

    Jun 11 12:48 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Angola: A Jewel In Chevron's Crown [View article]
    I can't believe that a 36% stake in this plant is 5% of CVX's global production .... No Way !! Given their global reach in oil , gas , LNG ... sorry , can't believe it !!

    Perhaps 5% of their LNG production , possibly ... but not of their total BBL equivalent production.

    Disc: Hold CVX ( and also BP and NBL in E&P sector )
    Jun 6 06:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Twitter: The Tide Starts To Turn [View article]
    June 6th $35.00 Calls expire worthless this afternoon. Another $124.90 per option towards reducing the cost of the long stock position. Next expiry due now the June 27th 34.50 Calls sold for $1.35 ea. Look to sell some June 20th $35.00 Calls early next week on a decent 75c-$1.00 rally in the stock.

    Also legged into a short Sept 19th $28.00/$36.00 Strangle this week for a total of $4.7065 / strangle. Gives me a net long at $23.30 or short at $40.70. With the collapse in vol this week it has already fallen to $4.35 ...
    Jun 6 05:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Twitter: The Tide Starts To Turn [View article]
    With 5-10% moves happening one day a week this is a great stock to be long or short volatility/options if you are long/short the underlying stock. I have played it from the long stock / short calls side and am having good success with shorting the weekly calls and picking up regular income from worthless OTM calls expiring ( $99.70/option ) today on the May 30th $35.50 Calls I sold a few weeks ago. I tend to be net delta long but do have risk in that obviously if the stock collapses my hedges don't cover me for a really large fall and if the stock were to jump say 20% in a couple of days I may get a little short as the short out of the money calls move to deltas above .50 rather than below.
    Implied vols of 40% allow you some decent profit opportunities if you know what you are doing !!
    May 30 08:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wheelock: Unjustified Discount [View article]
    I own both stocks , but my holding is 4x the value of my

    Wharf is s great company and having visited both HCC and TS I can vouch they are irreplaceable assets. I can't fathom why HK property stocks trade at such massive discounts to NAV ... who knows ... maybe cap rates will creep higher and investors are discounting that?

    Wheelock and Wharf should merge ... having 2 listed stocks effectively owning the same assets is ridiculous and probably in itself adds to the discount. An unwind is highly unlikely but I think would unlock tremendous value. Maybe sometime in the next ten years hopefully!
    May 7 07:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Disney: Why Shares Are Set To Go Higher [View article]
    The gap was due to a stunning market beating earnings announcement ... I don't see how you can use that as a reason not to buy a stock. It makes charting just sound silly ....
    May 5 07:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Disney: Don't Let It Go [View article]
    DIS dividend looks likely to be raised to $1.00 this year ( just seems an obvious target ) given the stellar earnings they are producing. I agree it would be nice to see them go to a quarterly $0.25 rather than the rather unique once per year payout at present ( very common in Europe however ).

    Hold DIS ( 4th largest holding after CELG , UTX, and Nestle in Switzerland )
    May 2 07:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Disney: Why Shares Are Set To Go Higher [View article]
    David Lille ... your comments on 14th April make me realise why charting and long term investing in my opinion don't go hand in hand. Maybe lines on a piece of paper can tell you when to look at getting into a fresh position but if you have a long term winner like DIS and you are in at a great level ( $61.02 ) and you are investing for your kids then a small pullback briefly below some short term moving average shouldn't "freak you out" of a core holding. All your talk of $69.80 being the next support ... PLEASE !!! Disney now back above $80 with earnings on Tuesday .... just wished I'd bought a few more ( I did sell a $78 May 9th Put for $1.50 hoping to get some more but looks unlikely ).

    DIS is a classic "buy & hold" stock !!. As Warren Buffet says "Ask yourself , If the stockmarket were to shut for 5Yrs would be comfortable owning the stock" If the answer is "no" don't buy it ...

    Short term trading is a very different matter but most SA articles are about building a long term quality portfolio of stocks.
    May 2 07:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment