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  • Linn Energy CEO Ellis eligible for $6.9M award as company teeters  [View news story]
    I'm really quite confused here. How does one get rewarded for running a company that is failing? When tough times arrived back in the late 1980s, my spouse took a 20% pay cut, along with everyone else in the company, in order to save the company AND their jobs. The company survived and is still in business providing jobs.
    Feb 6, 2016. 09:10 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SolarCity threatens to shut down Nevada operations if PUC proposal approved  [View news story]
    Pretty soon the government will figure out a way to tax the folks who are off the grid and use solar with storage batteries or wind power. Leave it to the government to muck anything up that they put their minds and hands on. They supposedly encourage being green, yet penalize you for it. Make up my mind Washington!
    Dec 22, 2015. 06:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T: The Die Has Been Cast  [View article]
    We should learn from history. Anything that the government decides to step in and control becomes an expensive, bureaucratic, hopelessly encumbered mass of regulations that end up as nothing more than just another way to suck taxes from We the People to support just another government program designed to give jobs to those who support the growing socialist agenda in this country. Ronald Reagan was so right when he assessed the actions of the government, "If it Moves, Tax it. If it Keeps Moving, Regulate it. And if it Stops Moving, Subsidize it." Remember these words when you go to the polls in 2016. This country needs a leader who understands economics to save us from the egotistical ineptitude that is presently at the helm.
    Apr 16, 2015. 08:35 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Maintaining A Long-Term Bullish Outlook For Silver  [View article]
    In the jewelry industry I've noticed that they are utilizing silver in place of gold in that they are setting more precious stones and pearls in silver than they did prior to the rise in gold prices. Unfortunately, many stones like opals, emeralds and pearls are soft and do not fair well when silver polish is applied to keep the silver shining. Unless the silver is rhodium plated, these pieces need polishing and the polish dulls the softer stones. Depending on who is supplying the information, it can cost from $12.00 to $18.00/ounce to mine silver. I think at this point trying to predict silver's direction is like predicting which direction that squirrel in the middle of the road is going to run.
    Apr 7, 2015. 09:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • SolarCity - Why I'm Selling It And Buying First Solar  [View article]
    This article states that Elon Musk of SolarCity is considering installing stationary batteries in solar homes within 5 to 10 years. I assume that this is something that would be taken into consideration when investing in either of these two companies. According to the article SolarCity has installed these storage batteries in some Walmart stores.
    Feb 15, 2015. 10:20 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A Few Reasons Why Goldcorp's Drop Looks Like A Buying Opportunity  [View article]
    According to the World Gold Council's all-in sustaining costs, or AISC, the cost to produce gold was between $1,100-$1,200/ounce. That didn't include taxes or interest expenses. Below that they may as well shut down until demand meets a decent profit margin.
    Oct 1, 2014. 11:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why, Even At An All-Time High, Disney Is A Buy  [View article]
    Do you see Disney splitting in the near future?
    Aug 14, 2014. 03:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: Elliott Management pushes EMC to spin off VMware unit  [View news story]
    I am slightly confused here. I was under the impression that VMware was a money maker for EMC? Were that the case, why would they want to spin it off?
    Jul 21, 2014. 08:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Focus On Lithium: Tesla, Apple, Toyota And NEC Will Drive The Next Wave Of Lithium Demand  [View article]
    I've held NEC for many years. Bought 1000 shares @ $8.40 on the rumor that it had some type of entirely new organic battery that charged quickly and lasted for a very long time. Not too long after buying it, it slowly started to slide and I couldn't figure out why because it was a good company. Does all this good news to do with lithium batteries mean that NEC will finally start going up? Or will it be ignored because it isn't an American company?
    Jul 8, 2014. 07:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is AT&T A Good Investment Over Verizon?  [View article]
    Where I live a Verizon cell phone is useless so we maintain our landline, however, AT&T recently bought space on a new tower in town. Verizon has not followed suit. We have to drive/walk 1/2 mile further up the mountain to get 1 bar for Verizon. I've been in sections of Virginia where Verizon didn't work either.
    Mar 21, 2014. 07:37 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Refiners rally as EPA declares ethanol blend wall a reality  [View news story]
    I know many small engine mechanics who will lose a lot of business if they reduce the amount of ethanol in our gasoline as it is just terrible for marine & small engines. Ethanol was one of the worst ideas foisted on us. Not only did the price of cattle & poultry go up because the price of corn escalated, but many of us noticed a definitive decrease in our mpg. I had a 4 cylinder Highlander at the time ethanol first became mandated and my mpg dropped by about 3 mpg. How is that a good thing???
    Oct 11, 2013. 12:26 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 Water Utilities With Consistent Dividend Growth  [View article]
    I believe that Vanguard had a water fund but I can't recall the name of it. Does anyone out there know what it is?
    Aug 28, 2013. 10:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Treasury yields head south fast following Bernanke's dovish tilt last night, the 10-year off about 10 bps to 2.56%. TLT +1.5% premarket. The 5-year yield (IEI) is back down to 1.4%, off 20 bps since hitting 1.6% last week - a level making little sense with the Fed sitting on a 0% Fed Funds rate for the next 2-3 years. TBT -2.4% premarket.  [View news story]
    If he raises the rates, the gov will pay more to borrow, making our debt even worse, so I don't think there will be any big hurry on the Fed's part to raise interest rates back to "normal" where seniors can invest in 5.5 to 7.5% CDs and not worry about their money being flushed down the Wall Street toilet when the markets turn bearish.
    Jul 11, 2013. 10:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • EMC (EMC +1.1%) and VMware's (VMW +5.6%) Pivotal Initiative will be taken public, EMC CEO Joe Tucci discloses during the companies' investor day (webcast). EMC will own 69% of the spinoff, and VMware 31%. Pivotal is headlined by EMC's Greenplum analytics database/hardware unit, but also features a slew of other product lines aimed at companies working on big data projects or developing Web/cloud apps. Given the hype surrounding Pivotal's addressable markets, the post-IPO valuation could be huge.  [View news story]
    I own 925 shares of EMC. Does anyone know what this will mean to me?
    Mar 13, 2013. 10:51 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Frontier Communications: Should You Buy On The Recent Pullback?  [View article]
    If you are interested in Frontier, FIRST check out Fair Point Communications the telecom that bought out Verizon's landlines in the Northeast. Not a pretty picture. They filed for bankruptcy due to the massive debt they accumulated trying to upgrade landline service in New England.
    Jan 1, 2013. 01:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment