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  • Apple: The Case Against A Dividend Increase [View article]
    Apple's business plan, Innovation to create products that change the world, continues to amaze. Apple more than any other company is a symbol of success.

    New products aren't released until kink-free. R & D get first priority. Fortunately management skills breed cash flow available for dividends, even for increases, and set a floor for value investors based on yield.

    Market timing well executing buybacks when stock pricing is pressured decreases the stock float and offsets attacks by short sellers scaring weak investors.

    If you believe in investing in sector leaders, Apple should be at the top of your list.
    Apr 18, 2014. 07:53 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon: The Short-Term Impact Of The Verizon Wireless Acquisition [View article]
    Did VOD get an IRS ruling that the cash distribution will be a return of capital so that it won't be a taxable event unless the amount exceeds the cost basis?
    Jan 16, 2014. 02:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon: The Short-Term Impact Of The Verizon Wireless Acquisition [View article]
    VZ must regard the future of VZW very highly in deciding to open its purse to close the deal & have 100% of wireless. Many VOD holders would have similar sentiments. Mulling strategy my plan is to hold both. Full control of VZW enables VZ to focus innovation and compete effectively here in the USA.

    As for VOD, they didn't waste time in putting $$$ to work in acquisitions and expansion.

    Both should be winners. Stick with them and enjoy the ride up!
    Jan 14, 2014. 02:24 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Qualcomm: Not Cheap, Not Expensive, Just Leave It Alone [View article]
    Just checked long term charts. QCOM started quarterly dividends @$.025 in March 2003. Steady increases since then. Currently paying $.35, raised in June from $.25, not bad for us long term investors.
    QCOM is the leader in its field, innovative technology. Stick with a winner. Research developed patents with revenues from chips and royalties from smartphones and tablets.
    Oct 13, 2013. 01:23 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Paulson buying into Vodafone? [View news story]
    Seems like a no-brainer, tossing a coin, heads I win, tails you lose.
    Sep 10, 2013. 02:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: How To Admit You're Out Of Ideas [View article]
    Read Isaacson's bio of SJ. Innovation, quality, pride. A new product doesn't go into production until kinks are resolved. That's the reason AAPL has been so successful. Why do critics pound the table, complaining they aren't innovating, not having introduced a new product since October. Or that a new product isn't really new, just an improvement of an earlier product.

    Half empty or half full? Or should we just say your full of it?
    Apr 24, 2013. 07:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy Qualcomm - It's The Intel Of Mobile [View article]
    Bumped the dividend to $1.40 annually? Checked the March 27th dividend just received. It was the usual 25 cents quarterly. Can you please refer details about a bump.

    Btw, I'm a long term holder with a cost of 22. Forced to buy when puts sold went below the 25 strike price.
    Apr 7, 2013. 08:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Here's a novel way to drive up a company’s share price," writes the NYT's Jeff Sommer. "Pay billions of dollars in additional taxes." Forensic accountant Robert Olstein reckons that companies such as Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and Cisco (CSCO) should repatriate the tens of billions dollars they hold abroad, pay tax on it, and then use the rest of the cash to repurchase stock. That would boost their share prices by at least 20%. [View news story]
    The purpose of the last repatriation amnesty was to enable corporations to create new jobs here. Well, it didn't happen. Instead corporations used those funds for stock buybacks and to fatten executive salaries and parachutes.

    If repatriation tax consequences were to be offset by a corporate deduction to the extent of increased dividends distributed, the stockholders would benefit by the increased dividends, IRS benefits by increased tax revenues from the stockholders, so it could be a win-win situation all around.

    If only our legislators could come up with creative thinking like that!
    Mar 24, 2013. 12:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Teva (TEVA +0.25%) and Active Biotech (ATVBF.PK) say that early treatment of Multiple Sclerosis with their Laquinimod drug significantly cuts the risk of disability progression in patients, a Phase III trial shows. Additional data from an animal preclinical study demonstrates that laquinimod can restore myelination in the brain and spinal cord. (PR[View news story]
    Recent news to add to Pharma pipeline have lifted TEVA to 40 level. Helping others in distress to have a better quality of life. That's so important. Once recognized, we stockholders should benefit too.
    Mar 21, 2013. 04:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Will Continue To Climb [View article]
    I agree. Fundamentals really hadn't changed. What changed was that bears picked over apparent weaknesses and took control, shaking out weak holders. Reexamination of then lower market pricing and new opportunity happily pointed to pulling the trigger on new trades.
    Feb 12, 2013. 06:51 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Will Continue To Climb [View article]
    I'm a new Apple owner, a forced one, when AAPL slid below the put strike price, 530, and more below break-even point,490, adjusting for the 40 point initiating premium. Sure, I thought of covering on the way down from the shock effect of panic sellers. Luck plays a part in this. Talk about no-brainers, Mike S., I wasn't brain dead.

    I believe the AAPL story, so I sold leap puts at 420,410,400, but the sweetest one was March 450. Enjoying the rebound. Ca-ching!
    Feb 11, 2013. 08:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's (AAPL +3.4%) sell-side fans are beginning to insist the company needs a bigger iPhone. Barclays' Ben Reitzes sees the market for smartphones with 5"+ displays growing to 230M units in 2015 from 27M in 2012, and thinks a large iPhone could boost ASPs by ~5% and 2014 EPS by $7. Sterne Agee's Shaw Wu offers a similar take. "We believe AAPL is leaving money on the table by not participating in larger touchscreen form factors." Wu adds he's seeing evidence of a strategy change in supplier checks. (Blodget) (Wozniak[View news story]
    Shorts are such whiners.

    Hey Shorts, if you think you can do it better, start your own company in your garage like Steve Jobs did.
    Feb 5, 2013. 01:45 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • MIA: Apple Investors [View article]
    What garbage. Today's bounce should continue after weak holders exited AAPL with over 10% of the float traded by the end of last week.

    Yes, we mourn Steve Jobs. He recognized and encouraged innovative talent. AAPL and its $137B will eat your shorts. (Sorry about the pun).

    Funny isn't it that SA authors who don't have the skills to get an IT innovative job at AAPL are criticizing the company's performance. Suffering breakdowns by vendors due to natural disasters, AAPL made up the production shortfall by obtaining other source vendors. Then this was a 13 week quarter, and was mismatched against the 14 week quarter in the prior year. No mentions by the author. Enough said.
    Jan 29, 2013. 12:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Plans for a covered-call Gold ETN are unveiled by Credit Suisse just days after the bank sold its European ETF business to iShares. The fund will hold GLD and try to boost returns - and provide downside protection - by selling "out of the money" calls against it. The launch could come as soon as this month. [View news story]
    I've been selling out of the money GLD covered calls as market prices rise, and selling deep out of the money puts as prices fall. Happily, so far so good.
    Jan 17, 2013. 12:52 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple Really A 'Buy'? [View article]
    We lament Steve Jobs personal tragedy. By his mentoring, striving for perfection at Apple, he lives on. His ideas gave birth to devices that existed for decades in Dick Tracy cartoon strips. He turned fiction into reality. We live in global markets and everyone looks to Apple to be the leader in introducing new products.
    Jan 13, 2013. 05:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment