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  • Apple's Dirty Little Rare Earth Secret [View article]
    The USA got back into REE's when China said they would limit exports of rare earth elements, figuring they had most of the REE's on the planet. Our military hardware is dependent upon many of the REE's, so since the USA does have mines that WERE incactive, it was time to get them going again. China is a dangerous adversary. China then found out it made a mistake and dropped the limitations on REE exports.

    One other note on China, they seem to have a world domination attitude and have gone about "conquering" enemies without violence, but with shrewd moves in ways that we don't understand. Using their huge cheap labor pool, the Chinese have produced cheap products with virtual slave labor. The Chinese have the USA by the short hairs because they own so many trillions of dollars in Treasury bonds and could bankrupt our nation if they cashed them in. I wonder how this will all turn out for our nation. Will China become the new number one super power in the world, or will China go the way of Japan in the 1970's. That was a time when the Japanese domination of the USA economy overheated and down went the Japanese into oblivion. I wish the same for the Chinese.
    Feb 20, 2015. 06:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Best Utilities To Own For Total Return And Dividend Income Growth [View article]
    My parents owned PEG for many years and passed this stock on to me. It is a great company and it has done well over the decades. As a matter of fact, PEG just raised the dividend two cents this week. This company is good to own in a portfolio in both good times and bad times, it does not matter.
    Feb 20, 2015. 10:23 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Public Service Enterprise revenue grows 20% on higher demand [View news story]
    Great utility. I own it and this company has always been a great dividend producer to create capital in my portfolio.
    Feb 20, 2015. 10:20 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Dirty Little Rare Earth Secret [View article]
    Here's a Wikipedia story on the history and present state of rare earth elements:
    Feb 20, 2015. 10:15 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Dirty Little Rare Earth Secret [View article]
    Didn't we (USA) open up a huge old rare earth mine in California three or four years ago when China said they would limit REE's?
    Feb 20, 2015. 09:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Union Pacific Is My Favourite Railroad [View article]
    I have been buying shares of UNP for about ten years now. It has been just a great company to own with great management, plenty of product to move(including a nice intermodel operation) and a basic monopoly similar to a utility in the western half of the USA. This is one of my anchor long stocks along with Apple(AAPL), Chevron(CVX), Public Service Enterprise Group(PEG), Cummins(CMI) and EOG Resources(EOG) in my portfolio. UNP though, has one of the most beautiful charts over the last ten years that you will ever see, even with the great recession thrown in.
    Feb 17, 2015. 07:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Four Reasons Why Apple Pay Is Going To Win [View article]
    I think a lot of Apple bashers do not realize that if Apple comes out with a bigger tablet, sales of this item will go through the roof.
    Feb 13, 2015. 07:02 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Four Reasons Why Apple Pay Is Going To Win [View article]
    Agree with the Costco thoughts. Costco is a pretty progressive company and Apple pay would be perfect for this company.
    Feb 13, 2015. 07:00 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Take A Deep Breath And Buy Brazilian Small Caps [View article]
    Do not buy any Brazilian stocks. The government is taking most of the profits that should go to shareholders of this country's stocks. Too bad, some of Brazil's companies could make a lot of cash for investors, but that will never happen.
    Feb 13, 2015. 06:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Crown Holdings' (CCK) CEO John Conway on Q4 2014 Results - Earnings Call Transcript [View article]
    Crown Holdings has been a great company over the last fifteen years. Want to see what a great chart looks like, well look at CCK's. Slow but steadily upward.

    The one thing that is missing from an investment in Crown is a dividend. If this company had a 2%-3% dividend yield, the buyers for CCK shares would come out of the woodwork. Dividends aside though, you have to admit that this company continues to grow and improve on the bottom line. Crown is run by top notch executives who care about the company and the bottom line. - Gregg Lorenz
    Feb 10, 2015. 03:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More special dividends for the retail sector? [View news story]
    After COST announced the $5 dollar dividend, the stock rose about $6 bucks. I see the stock has dropped back to where it was when the dividend was announced and I assume that is because the $5 dollar special dividend was taken out of the price today. If so, that means that our shares are where they were before the announcement and we are $5 dollars a share richer. Outstanding if true. Anyone?

    Update: Just checked the Ex Date and it is the 11th of Feb. That is when the drop should take place. Looks like profit taking today, sorry.
    Feb 5, 2015. 03:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is It Time To Short Apple? [View article]
    If you would have shorted Apple when this article was written, you would be pulling the hair out of your head for a lack of gray matter. Apple is not a fly by night company and it appears to be on the cutting edge of new products and actually improving the tech it creates. Stay long for the next year.
    Jan 28, 2015. 10:14 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken Update: 2015 Oil Prices Are Key To Bakken Rig Movement [View article]
    Mike, do you think the Keystone pipeline will bring more supply pressure on the domestic oil industry by flooding the market with Canadian tar sands oil? Have you studied the pipeline at all?
    Jan 28, 2015. 10:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chevron/Exxon Earnings Preview: 2015 Revisions Are Shocking [View article]
    I have owned CVX since 2004 and will continue to hold it. Chevron has diversified its operations and is still the best integrated to own. Here is a page from the Chevron site that tells us just how great Chevron's direction is worth buying into:
    Jan 26, 2015. 04:23 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2015 Outlook: Pain [View article]
    When the fracking revolution took off a few years ago in the USA, so did our economy. In other words, energy is, and always has been the key to a nation's wealth and productivity. America is lucky, we are having a second oil boom and you can see the results. Each day, our nation's growth improves because we are no longer dependent upon the Middle East for energy.

    A second revolution going on in America besides the oil/natgas revolution is that we produce a lot of grains and vegetables. The fact that the USA can feed itself is also a blessing.

    Thirdly, the USA seems to have enough clean fresh water to satisfy its population and farming industry. Water is more valuable than oil when you get right down to it. The rest of the world NEEDS more water.

    Put the above three things together and this is the nation that is lucky enough to have the most important three necessities for growth and prosperity in today's world. We also have a civil government and population. This is a great time to be an American.
    Dec 31, 2014. 09:31 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment