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  • Is Caterpillar A Better Investment Than Deere & Company? [View article]
    CAT has one of the worst CEO's of any company in America. CEO Douglas Olberhelman has pretty much forced his best workers, who are underpaid, to move on to Canadian jobs where they are paid twice what CAT pays them. CAT is not anywhere near as good as Deere when it comes to good management. Before you invest in Cat, read this article from a year ago about the CEO and his company from Bloomberg Business Week. It is an eye opener on how NOT to run a company:
    May 28 06:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Oasis Petroleum A Good Investment? [View article]
    Thanks for enlightening us on what Oasis is doing and how it is performing, not to mention its future prospects. I have been building a position in OAS and am grateful that the price has remained basically flat over the last few weeks for that reason. It will be interesting to see how this company does with all the land it has locked up. As I understand it, OAS has a lot of leases that may not produce a lot of Oil/LNG. Can you comment on that issue?
    May 28 10:32 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Split: What You Need To Know [View article]
    Now is not the time to buy this great stock. Post split is when the hedge funds will take profits. Too bad for them when the stock goes higher with the new products pre-release hype gets it back up again.
    May 28 10:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Split: What You Need To Know [View article]

    Let's face it, Apple has risen way too far, way too fast over the last month or so. Two years ago(geez, was that two years ago already?), Apple went from like 500 to 700 in six months and then the crap hit the fan. I think this is a similar situation, but the one difference is Apple is willing to buy back shares when the price hits a certain price ($500?) and new products are almost ready to go. Whatever happens, Apple is a great company and despite what the hedge funds try to do to the price of Apple, it will be a great stock to own for years to come. If it gets into the Dow Jones 30, it will get a nice boost too.
    May 27 05:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Take Profits?: 16 Dividend Stocks That Are Currently Overvalued (Part 1) [View article]
    JimRay, if you have done and continue to do research on your holdings, that should give you the confidence you need to decide when you should sell, or buy. Reading comments here is a good idea too. You will find out a lot, both positive and negative about every stock out there. The articles themselves may not be totally accurate, but the comments are enlightening, even if not true at times. I read the WSJ daily, Barrons, Bloomberg Business Week and watch CNBC and Bloomberg for hours (not to mention how much time I spend here and on other sites), but of all those sources, the little bits of information you gather along the way, must be put together to make a good investment decision, including when to sell. I also find that most of the long line of "experts" that give their "advice" on say CNBC, are ditzes and really don't know any more than the people who post here know. There are a lot of very sharp folks here who actually pay attention to the markets and do their own research. The last word of advice is: Don't panic. Have confidence in your research and finally, buy companies that make money.

    One thing I have found about investing. Don't believe all the hype on any stock and don't chase it either, if it is on a roll. Also, once a stock drops about 10%, you will already know why it has dropped if you have been doing your homework. If you believe in your investment, you can actually buy shares, rather than sell in a panic. There is always a reason for such a drop, so find out that reason. If the whole market drops 10%, then is a problem that has nothing to do with your stock. It is due to conditions beyond your control. Over the last five years, anyone who sold on one of these 8-10% drops, got whacked when the market went right back up and made up that loss within a few weeks at most. I don't see that changing anytime soon as long as the world stays out of wars and banking scandals.
    May 27 11:12 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Split: What You Need To Know [View article]
    I agree, Apple sinks in the days following the split and that's when you buy. I believe it will split into $90-$95 shares from $630-$665 and drop to $80-$85 post split. Buy at $82-$84 post split and the stock goes back up to $90 by October.
    May 27 10:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Take Profits?: 16 Dividend Stocks That Are Currently Overvalued (Part 1) [View article]
    Good advice and Warren Buffett has used the same strategy for how long now? Buy good companies and avoid the pitfalls of trying to time the market, short it, or sell some of your holdings just to guarantee a profit for your hard work. I don't own any of your three stocks Buyandhold 2012, but use a similar strategy with my holdings: Union Pacific, Cummins Engines, Apple, Chevron, EOG Resources, Pioneer Resources, Facebook, Las Vegas Sands, 3M, Public Service Enterprise Group and Costco. These are all solid companies and I just keep plowing the dividends back into them. Owning these companies is like owning my own "All Star Team". I like what they do, they are all well managed, make money and stocks that, barring some catastrophe, will be around for many years to come. Most of them have a solid dividend and raise it yearly.
    May 27 10:13 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Split: What You Need To Know [View article]
    Thanks for the article, we are all thinking of what happens the day after the split. I have owned a number of good companies that split and all of them seemed to fall in the weeks after the split. I feel the same will happen to Apple, but to sell it before a new product release (iphone 6) could be a total disaster. For that reason, I believe Apple goes higher into the Christmas season if the new phone is an improvement over the 5 series phones. Actually, buying post split may turn out to be a great time to add shares if they dip 10% as I believe they will.
    May 27 01:16 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Take Profits?: 16 Dividend Stocks That Are Currently Overvalued (Part 1) [View article]
    Most good dividend stocks have gone up 10%-20% in the last six months because bonds have been yielding less than a good company like (MMM), or just about any quality USA company. For that reason, most stocks are overpriced simply because they are being bought for their yield. As long as inflation remains low, these stocks will remain at their current prices, or go even go higher. Also, any companies that continue to raise dividends in this environment will go higher, especially if these companies are making money. I would say that most equities ARE overvalued, but yield starved investors will continue to buy them until the first sign of rising inflation occurs and the dividend yields can't keep up with inflation. For this reason, selling to take a profit does not make sense, unless you can put that money into an equity that has dipped on some bad seasonal news and been hammered. Buying the dips and selling the rips still seems to be working as much today, as it has been for the last five years.

    My no. one rule in today's investing environment, has been to buy good companies with good management, good products and good financials. Buying any company that produces a product that we will not be using in ten years, or a company with too many quality competitors is a risk. For that reason, there are really not that many "safe" companies out there worth buying for the long haul. 3M seems to be a company that fits into my safe mode, so I will continue buying this company for my portfolio. 3M is still a "best of breed" stock that has a great bottom line, is well managed and continues to raise its dividend every year. It also has an amazing product line that few companies can match. Selling it to just take profit does not make sense unless you have a better company to put your cash into. Good luck.
    May 27 01:03 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Reasons Why Apple Is Heading Lower [View article]
    Even if Apple drops post split as I feel it will (it seems that most stocks I have owned have done that), once investors get used to its new lower price, it will begin selling to the upside and I believe it hits $90-$100 dollars a share in December 2014 from the approximately $85 dollar split price. If the new projected iphone 6 is as exciting as rumors project , Apple will may even hit $120 before the end of the year. I know I can't wait to see a bigger phone from Apple. Once thing is for certain. The anticipation of the phone will be HUGE news for the weeks preceding its release, which means the price of Apple shares will head higher.
    May 22 04:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Gogo Is An Excellent Investment [View article]
    Thank you for that update Kyle. I never saw the interview with Michael Small. My apology on that one.
    May 6 11:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Gogo Is An Excellent Investment [View article]
    I posted this link above on ViaSat and if you own GOGO, you had better watch it. It is a Mad Money segment:|headlin...
    May 6 11:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Gogo Is An Excellent Investment [View article]
    hueyuh, check out this MAD MONEY segment on ViaSat (VSAT)|headlin...
    May 6 11:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Sirius Is A Good Gambit Toward A $4 Price Target [View article]
    SIRI was at $3.86 just two months ago. Where is it now, $3.24? I still own a token 500 shares, but I hardley consider that significant. I actually hope you are right and this stock goes higher so I can sell those shares off. As for this stock forming a cup and handle, that is ridiculous.

    This stock is still one of the most shorted stocks in history, which is justified and I do not see that changing anytime soon. As I have said in prior posts, this company simply has too much competition.
    May 5 08:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sirius Is A Good Gambit Toward A $4 Price Target [View article]
    tiger, of course Apple has little to do with hurting SIRI, but that day is coming. Apple is a major threat to SIRI, so take the blinders off. I think there are many companies that will go after a piece of the Sirius/XM pie, some of them formidable. Even the internet is headed for the dashboard which would be an amazing advance and make installing a Sirius radio into a vehicle seem a bit ridiculous.

    I understand the frustration here with those of you who want to see SIRI go higher and even if it does, you know it will fall due to technology advances anyway. I fought the fight myself for ten years, hoping that SIRI would someday replace the ancient AM/FM radio in all automobiles, but all of us know deep down that this company will be ancient history itself. I find it hilarious how people hang on to this stock and its ugly sister GOGO. Both companies are headed for extinction.
    May 1 08:39 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment