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  • Odds raised for successful MegaBrew deal [View news story]
    InBev is determined and Altria management is in excellent position. This should be
    an excellent opportunity for Altria and it's shareholders.
    Sep 18, 2015. 09:11 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More about an Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller merger [View news story]
    I held a significant position in Anheuser-Busch when it was taken over by InBev.
    Patient shareholders did very well. InBev took Bud private got everything in order
    then had an IPO for the new company. Now here they are ready to move again on
    I have great confidence in our leadership at Altria they will make a Great Deal, they
    have no reason to sell unless the deal is exceptional.
    If they choose an equity position in the new company they will have seats on the board and we should all do quite well with future dividends and an increased value
    for Altria as a company and as individuals in our share value.
    Sep 17, 2015. 11:15 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A narrower Big Gulp ban proposed for New York [View news story]
    It's high time we kick all these Liberal Jerks out of office!
    Have the last 6 years taught us nothing?
    Sep 2, 2015. 01:48 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria's Future Is In Cannabis [View article]
    Retired One
    While discussing our position in Altria many years ago my father told me that the
    Tobacco industry had the best lawyers in the world. He was correct then, and the same is true today. The tobacco industry will not enter the MJ business until asked
    by the government, with a solid agreement in place.
    The government will be most concerned about an accurate accounting of their tax revenue, and secondly quality control.
    Big tobacco has proven to be a resilient business, adept at change with a strong
    loyalty to their investor base.
    Aug 22, 2015. 12:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria's Future Is In Cannabis [View article]
    MO and the other industry leaders are smart they will not make a move until they are asked by the government to step in and insure quality control and a steady bonded stream of regulated tax dollars for the government.
    They will then insist that they be indemnified from future lawsuits pertaining to the production, use and distribution of this product.
    Only then will they enter this marketplace in my opinion.
    Jul 30, 2015. 06:25 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Notable earnings before Wednesday's open [View news story]
    MO simply put, it's the cornerstone of my portfolio.
    Jul 28, 2015. 08:18 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reynolds Plays The Waiting Game With The FTC [View article]
    There are 5 FTC commissioners all lawyers appointed to 7 year terms to make all the decisions before the FTC.
    Who came up with this plan?
    How is it possible for 5 lawyers to have the expertise to make intelligent decisions on all the matters before them?
    The panel is made up of 4 women and 1 man. This seems about right after all at least 4/5ths of all the businesses that might have matters before them are run by women aren't they?
    With this kind of a panel in place to handle all the decisions before them the average decision should take longer then their 7 year terms.
    Apr 17, 2015. 11:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Decision Made... Philip Morris > Lorillard [View article]
    Oh my now I am receiving an email notice from someone with a point of view and
    44 shares of stock?
    I certainly can appreciate most anyone's point of view, but I would give much more weight to the information if the investment was in the six figures or higher category.
    Just my opinion.
    With those qualifications in mind let me also say any investment in PM must be made with the understanding that your stock value can be impacted by the actions of foreign governments as we have seen in the UK.
    I am long on MO, LO, RAI, VGR.
    Mar 26, 2015. 01:27 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cowen: Tobacco stocks feeling interest rate pain [View news story]
    Does anyone really believe at this point that anyone cares about the 10 year Treasury yield?
    Altria just retired higher long term debt in a matter of a few days. Just about all long term debt has been replaced with new debt at record low interest rates.
    Only thing affecting current market declines is manipulation and nonsensical stories designed to scare the smaller investor.
    Be it Greek debt, the Israel elections, speculation that the prime interest rates may increase from you think?
    Or any other nonsense it's time to see this for what it really is.
    Market Manipulation!
    Last two Monday's MO has been up, so they sell it off on Tuesday. Next week they will push it up Monday & Tuesday and sell it off on Wednesday.
    I bet we will be looking at 58 in May as LO/RAI merger is completed.
    Mar 17, 2015. 11:04 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria: Now On Sale With A 4% Yield [View article]
    Retired One
    I like your style! That was a well thought out, concise response! Good for you!
    Personally my investments cover just about everything from power, health, consumer goods, all well run companies with a strong commitment to their shareholders.
    You invest to build wealth, not send messages.
    Mar 17, 2015. 08:12 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria Pullback Presents An Opportunity [View article]
    If that was the case it would be insignificant compared to the number of accidents caused by people on cell phones & other electronic devices. Just look around at how few people are actually looking where they are going!
    Mar 17, 2015. 08:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria: Now On Sale With A 4% Yield [View article]
    As I have stated earlier I firmly believe the market is manipulated by the big players who consider the market their job and only a hobby for the rest of us.
    That is why I ignore charts & graphs, moving averages, and other ideas designed to predict the market. One thing is certain until the SEC calls in some of the big players and asks them why they all decided to sell at the same time it will continue.
    They would rather focus on Martha Stewart.
    Buy and hold solid companies and avoid tring to predict short term market movements, if you are luckly one day you just might buy or sell with the big boys, even if it's by accident!
    Mar 16, 2015. 02:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria: Now On Sale With A 4% Yield [View article]
    Why is it then that everyone that smokes doesn't die from smoke related illnesses?
    If you think about it just about everything you do can kill you one way or the other since we are all going to die.
    It's that freedom of choice thing that really must be considered.
    Mar 16, 2015. 02:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: FTC turns up scrutiny on Reynolds-Lorillard deal [View news story]
    As a long term holder of both LO & RAI I believe this merger will offer value and a stronger company moving forward. LO has been a strong performer and I have been a happy shareholder. I have also enjoyed my position in RAI and I believe they will also provide real value for their shareholders.
    LO being smaller was always subject to the whims of the "experts" releasing stories about menthol.
    Once the merger is completed these stories should fade away. We will only have to worry about stories about "the Greek Debt", "Global Warming", and
    The impact of a "strong dollar vs the global economy" when the experts wish to influence the market one way or the other.
    As an investor I only worry about:
    1. Companies business plan.
    2. Debt
    3. Commitment to provide real value to their shareholders.
    I'll leave the Greek Debt & other nonsense for the "experts"!
    Mar 15, 2015. 11:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: FTC turns up scrutiny on Reynolds-Lorillard deal [View news story]
    What a load of nonsense. We would be far better off if someone investigated the FTC to see how much of our money they are wasting on this nonsense.
    Who other then government takes this length of time to make a decision!
    Next time your boss asks you a question try telling him you need 6 months to a year to mull it over!
    Mar 13, 2015. 06:54 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment