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  • Telecom Italia (TI -6.4%) and America Movil (AMX -1.4%) slump after Brazil's telecom regulator suspends phone sales for the country's top 3 carriers in a number of states, citing poor service and complaints. Telecom Italia's TIM will be prohibited from selling phones in 19 states, and AMX's Claro will be prohibited in 3 states. Sales can only resume after the carriers present investment plans detailing how they will improve service.  [View news story]
    How quaint, here they just pay to change the regulations.
    Jul 19 01:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Morgan Stanley (MS) steps out as a large stakeholder in KPN (KKPNY.PK) after a regulatory filing with Dutch regulator AFM tips off a 10.01% ownership stake. The firm made its move just three days before America Movil's (AMX) €8/share offer for the telecom company. [View news story]
    $1.50 gain in 3 days on an $8.50 stock, 17% or 2000% annualized.

    That, kids, is called genius timing. Or inside information for you cynics.
    May 10 11:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Annaly: What Is Going On? (Part 3) [View article]
    John Krug
    What effect will the shelf registration of 125 million shares at $16.16 have on the share price?

    If the company's value remains constant, the addition of 125M shares to the current 965M would dilute the share price P to P*965/(965+125) = .885P, down 11.5% ~ 1 yr of dividends; using P=16.16 we get 14.31. (making some sense of "the other guy's" stop-loss @ 14).

    RS, pls comment. Thanks.
    Mar 21 11:38 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Only True Fix To The Economy: A Smarter Consumer [View article]
    Our economy depends on consumers being dumb and buying things they don't need and can't afford. If consumers get smart the house of cards comes down.
    Mar 14 12:19 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The German government achieved less than half of its planned budget savings in 2011, implementing just €4.7B of €11.2B in austerity measures, according to the Cologne Institute. 2012 is getting off to a slow start as well. No word yet on whether an EU/IMF team is headed to Berlin to pore over the nation's accounts.  [View news story]
    Instant karma!
    Mar 12 06:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T: Now Is The Time To Buy [View article]
    Re: the withholding; on a taxable account you can take a tax credit on it.
    Feb 19 12:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Happened At Chase's Credit-Card Collections Arm? [View article]
    "It was very traumatic,”

    How sad, just like when the Stasi people lost their jobs.
    Jan 12 11:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bank Charge Of The Day, Mortgage-Payment Edition [View article]
    By the 13th payment we really mean a 13th principal payment, not the full P&I + escrow, a more manageable number. Call it P.

    Determine P (from mortgage schedule/coupon, calc it, call the bank; take the highest or average for the year), divide by 12 and add to each monthly payment as additional principal.

    Alternatively, if that was too hard, use the total payment for P.

    The small mental effort, savings and satisfaction of beating the banksters at something will bring a little monthly joy.
    Jan 6 11:32 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Research In Motion: HTC Is A Sign That The Knife Will Keep On Falling [View article]
    The Playbook on fire sale is not a good sign either.
    Nov 27 04:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Friday Follies: Greece Job [View article]
    Huntsman is handicapped by being sane
    Nov 5 03:06 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Obama Administration's Biggest Macroeconomic Mistake [View article]
    "One thing it’s important to remember, here, is that the numbers Ezra’s quoting are quarterly figures which are then annualized by raising them to the fourth power."

    You surely mean multiply by four, if raised to the fourth the numbers would be quite strange, although, come to think of it, that could explain a lot.
    Oct 14 07:08 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Unemployment's Here To Stay [View article]
    You have the crux of the matter.

    The economy can provide goods and services with a lot less (and decreasing) workers, who are just not needed and there are no jobs for them.

    Eventually options like reduced workweeks, required retirement age and lowered standards will come up.
    Oct 8 03:20 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Housing Will Rebound Stronger Than Expected [View article]
    ...the realities of urban population growth...

    An increasing share of new housing will be multifamily, which the listed builders don't do, and as light frame wood builders can only go 4-5 stories; for real buildings in urban settings the players are developers and serious contractors.

    Rarely mentioned items are the poor materials (all code approved) and workmanship (all inspector approved) in the boom built houses, they will deteriorate faster requiring more maintenance and at some point, combined with the 1 hr commute and $5+ gas, become balls and chains for the homeowner. Even more than now.
    Aug 22 10:47 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 8 Companies to Consider That Are Reporting Earnings on Friday, Part II [View article]
    In considering LPX one should know that it's a consumer of lumber (sold its forests long ago) that it processes into commodity wood products. It plows through the construction cycle with nail producers and the rest of the industry, except for luxe offices and named stadium.

    With ballpark numbers, we have a snapshot
    1. $50M paid in price fixing settlement
    2. $120M stuck in auction rate securities
    3. $260M OSB plant (Clarke Co., AL) closed for lack of demand. OSB is a plywood substitute in price, not quality.
    4. $150M strand lumber (Houlton, ME) operating at last official report at 14% of capacity. If the competition dies and we get 3M yearly starts it will be cooking
    5. China card: LP buys raw lumber, processes and ships it as wood products to China, a country known for its lack of manpower, resources and manufacturing capacity, slow learning and love of leaving money on the table
    6. Japan card. Never mind, those grapes were sour anyway
    7. PHM is its largest customer
    8. $10M/yr, football field naming expense

    Hardly Alfred P. Sloan territory, but definitely worth considering if you detect the greatest housing boom in history ahead.

    The quarterly call and its transcript are priceless, must be the analysts' primer to phone massage.
    Jul 28 06:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Iceland's Higher Growth and Lower Unemployment: A Model for Greece [View article]
    Argentina also defaulted after much grief and much hoop jumping, they seem to be doing fine.
    Jun 21 12:23 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment