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  • Cummins - Repelling Headwinds With Smart Strategies And Active Management [View article]
    Anyone who buys shares during this down period will be rewarded in the future. CMI is a great company and a great investment for the long haul. When I buy a company, I look at what it makes, will it be around ten years from now, does it raise its dividend and how is it run as just a few of my criteria, along with making money and free cash flow. Cummins is right at the top of my list.
    Apr 29, 2015. 09:42 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Enterprise Product Partners, Yielding Almost 5%, Looks Attractive [View article]
    It is much better for tax purposes to own KMI which is a stock rather than an MLP. When you sell an MLP, the taxman cometh and the accounting mess trying to figure out just how much you owe in taxes is crazy. MLP's should all do what Kinder Morgan has done. The dividends are great and there are no issues come tax time if you want to sell KMI.
    Mar 21, 2015. 12:40 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Starbucks to split 2-for-1 [View news story]
    I can't figure Starbucks out. Their coffee is terrible compared to Dunkin D's, and even their beans that I buy in bags are terrible when I grind em up. You know, its all about brand and that is what Starbucks has- Brand recognition. Apple has it, Pepsi has it, Oprah had it and many others have it. Eventually though, bad coffee at a coffee store, will kill the golden goose. Starbucks is a buy, for now.
    Mar 18, 2015. 05:18 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 'The U.S. Is Broke' [View article]
    How does a nation get into financial hot water? War. The USA has gotten itself into a few too many wars. Wars are very costly as we have seen with WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the most expensive war in our history, Iraq. When you spend ten years in wars like Vietnam and Iraq, you use up the treasury. When you stay out of war, as China does, you grow your economy. Better to let other nations fight it out and stay out of the battle, than to be a hero by defending nations. Look at France and even Israel for example. They stay out of the big conflicts and do quite well financially. WE, the USA, like to get into those big expensive wars overseas that cost a fortune. No wonder we are broke.
    Mar 18, 2015. 05:13 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chevron's Downstream Expansion Provides Hedge Against Current Pricing Environment [View article]
    CVX just towed a massive rig to the Gulf of Mexico to sit on top of a 200 million barrel oil deposit. I would like to see Chevron buy Whiting Petroleum, but I can only hope.
    Mar 17, 2015. 01:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Union Pacific Is My Favourite Railroad [View article]
    I still have my Lionel Union Pacific twin diesel set from the early 1950's if you can believe it. What is it about this railroad that you just can't like.
    Mar 17, 2015. 12:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Union Pacific Is My Favourite Railroad [View article]
    UNP will be running 24/7 moving all the freight that has backked up on the West Coast. It is going to take between 6 and 8 months to offload all of the ships sitting out there and all those containers sitting on one another.
    Mar 7, 2015. 10:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 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 | 4 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 | 1 Like 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