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  • Yahoo: All But Doomed Now  [View article]
    Hey, that's a very tough call piling the negatives on YHOO at this point. Really brilliant!

    AD
    Feb 4, 2016. 05:21 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Broken Narrative  [View article]
    Kamy:

    If it's such an "intelligent and cogent" piece, why can't you show us how it is thus — rather than merely saying it is, as you did?

    Scribbling trolls can and will say anything, but is it not odd that they are never able to write a cogent, intelligent argument to show what they are saying is fact — rather than mere bloviation?

    I am, the ArtfulDodger
    Feb 4, 2016. 04:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Broken Narrative  [View article]
    Attention All Authors!

    Narrative? Is that similar to the word, story?

    Man, will these cad-followers burn a word up they've heard someone use on the business shows?

    Give us a break with that pedantic crap! It wouldn't be too bad to use "narrative" once in place of "story,: but in every other sentence, help my ears and eyes; they're both burning!!

    One short comment on this feature (how's that for sounding like an idiot?): No mention of AAPL's tremendous potential in China, where the company has a better relationship than almost any business in the world. Or that the Chinese love AAPL products.

    Pitiful left-brained subsector write-up.

    AD
    Feb 3, 2016. 05:17 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Huge Misunderstandings About The Current Investing Environment  [View article]
    Vicad:

    I don't have to show numbers when an author makes a false comparison, which, obviously you don't understand either, as I doubt the author does.

    We must have energy. One way or the other you have to pay for it.

    Going to a retail store and spending money is mostly by choice, discretionary.

    The money they save when mandatory products are cheap, people can also save the money, pay down debt, or give it to charity.

    Comparing the two and making the conclusion that they are a "wash out" is a false conclusion brought about by a false comparison.

    It's an argumentative flaw to say that saving money on something that you must buy and spending it on something you buy because you want to is a wash out.

    Another of the many flaws this piece is this: Mr. Gordon quite conveniently limited your spending choices to retail buys, and by so doing he controls the argument to what he sees as his favor.

    Another thing, Vicad, you are not taking into account is that there are many other intangibles that may have kept the economy from growing to suit you and Mr. Gordon. Healthcare expenses have risen exponentially in the last few years, for instance. Some things such as car sales have done quite well, however.

    The Swiss cheese economy has expanded over the last ten-years, and I believe it will continue to do so.

    So, as far as I'm concerned, if you want to follow touts like Mr. Gordon and jump in and out of stocks at every whim and whistle, have at it. I wish you the best in that endeavor, but I can't name a person on the Forbes 400 who's made their money doing that.

    I remain, the ArtfulDodger
    Jan 28, 2016. 09:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Earnings: Taking A Long-Term View  [View article]
    Mac, my friend, you are mixing narcissists with psychopaths. It is psychopaths that lack a normal amount of empathy, to one degree or the other. Indeed, all psychopaths have been narcissists, but not all narcissists have been psychopaths.

    If Cook is your cup of java, then keep loving him unconditionally, as far as I'm concerned. I simply related to those who may be interested what I'm going to do after watching his little performance on 60 Minutes.

    My view is that after watching him on 60 Minutes I believe he shows very narcissistic traits. That does not necessarily mean he can't or won't run a company.

    Moreover, I strongly disagree that all CEOs have the same lusts that narcissists have; it's simply not true. We have CEOs who wouldn't come on a show like 60 Minutes and grin and preen if you doubled their salary.

    It is true, however, that all politicians and actors are narcissists to some degree.

    I've been up against this before, and I try to learn from the past. I don't really want someone I see as a high-degree narcissist running a company that I have a decent investment in. As I noted earlier, however, I'm hanging on to my AAPL at this point, in the main because of the amazing potential it has to make profits in China. But if I see Cook veering off on his own agenda to feed his lusts, I'll be gone. You are free to stay until the sun freezes, and I wish you well if you do.

    The best to you and your investment in AAPL: AD
    Jan 28, 2016. 09:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Earnings: Taking A Long-Term View  [View article]
    Thank you, 101, but I want to make it clear that I'm not bailing on AAPL at this point. The company has way too much potential, and I'm going to give it every chance possible.

    You can hardly find another company in the world that has the foothold in China that APPL does, and no matter what the US financial deceivers claim, China is where monstrous amounts of profits will be made to investors over the next 10-years.

    Opportunities of that magnitude come around about once every 50- to 100-years, and no sane investor would want to miss one.

    The best to you and your investing: AD
    Jan 28, 2016. 12:36 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Earnings: Taking A Long-Term View  [View article]
    Mac:

    I don't usually respond at all to commenters who haven't shown the rest of us the respect to write a short bio of themselves, but for others who have and need to understand, I'll just ask you this: Did you see Cook on 60-Minutes?

    If you did and you could not see the narcissism, then you don't know how to spot a narcissist.

    As a start you might consider this: narcissists lust for the Three As: Attention, Admiration, and Affirmation. And they go anywhere and do anything to get them.

    AD
    Jan 28, 2016. 12:31 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Earnings: Taking A Long-Term View  [View article]
    Fellow Investors:

    I'm not superstitious — in the least. But when you see CEOs appearing on shows such as 60-Minutes, beaming like peacocks and grinning like possums eating briars, it makes the hair on my chinny chin chin stand on end.

    I’m an APPL owner and have intended on being one for the long-term, but I don’t like narcissistic CEOs — and that’s obviously what we have on our hands.

    Personally, I’m going to take a much more cautious look at the company’s actions over this coming year, because even with all the potential AAPL has in China and other places, I’ve seen a lot self-centered, know-it-all narcissists ruin companies. If that is truly what we have at AAPL, I may well pack my little bit of stew and scamper off into the night to find better feeding grounds.

    I remain, the ArtfulDodger
    Jan 27, 2016. 02:12 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Huge Misunderstandings About The Current Investing Environment  [View article]
    Fellow Investors:

    The claim that lower oil prices does not aid the economy is ridiculous. The author failed to mention the millions of businesses whose expenses will be drastically cut by lower oil prices. Those savings can be used to innovate, to provide pay raises for employees, to pay off debt, to buy new products. That’s not a benefit? Nonsense!

    Moreover, let's say there are 330-million people in the US. Lower oil prices will hurt perhaps, being generous, 1-million of them. They will help the other 329-million people in not only costs at the pump, but in costs of other goods and services across the board. Plus, lower oil prices will help keep price inflation down, which has been a good thing until recently when the Fed decided it needs to create price inflation.

    None of this is even to mention the amazing psychological effect going to the pump and paying $40.00 to fill up rather than $80.00 has on the average person. That is a monster benefit that left-brained thinkers rarely take into account.

    In respect to the 5th part titled "Stocks are Cheap Now," I don't know one person I respect who figures the value of stocks by a generalized PE. That is sophomoric to say the least about it. Anybody who does such a thing I wouldn’t even attempt to correct — much less pay any attention to their claims and predictions. Hell, even Jim Cramer doesn't do that anymore, from what I understand. I don't watch him.

    On top of that, immediately after the first serious downturn in stocks in several years, this author has them in a "bear market." Rousing words to feed the starved bears, I suppose.

    Another author who claims to know market direction, when in fact, no one has ever consistently predicted market direction. And so, only a novice or a salesman would attempt to do such a thing. Take your choice as to which one this author is. I don’t know him, and it’s the first — and last — piece I’ll read of his.

    For the most part, in my opinion, the whole piece is a lot of hooey, because there's very little in it to help investors. It may give people who still think it's possible to make money trading stocks some impetus (to do what I have no idea), but to an investor there's zero here.

    I remain, the ArtfulDodger
    Jan 27, 2016. 01:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • It Would Be Wise To Cover A Relief Rally In Gilead With This Strategy  [View article]
    Fellow Investors:

    I don't see going to all the trouble Abba is advising on doing, with all due respect, because he is savvy enough to own GILD.

    If you can buy a stock like GILD at the current prices it's been trading, you buy the darn thing and keep it until it runs off the board. Don't concern yourself with wiggling this way or that way, moves that often have to be perfect to pan out. No way such a company can trade at these prices for very long.

    I added to my GILD holdings, which I originally bought at much less than this, at under 90.

    GILD and AAPL at these prices, if you can't buy them, you need to get a lunch box, find you a worm trail, get in it every day from 9-5, and forget investing.

    I am, the ArtfulDodger
    Jan 22, 2016. 03:44 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Qualcomm unleashes barrage of product announcement ahead of CES  [View news story]
    Agree, Biz. I own AAPL. AD
    Jan 8, 2016. 08:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Qualcomm unleashes barrage of product announcement ahead of CES  [View news story]
    Hey Sox:

    Thank you for the reasonable comment. It's getting that, here on SA, as well as most paid-article sites, the majority of comments come from trolling children who don't invest or ones who don't have a bio. I don't respond to them; it's a waste because all they want is attention.

    Understand your nervousness. Shows you have a brain. But at this time do you know of another stock even close to QCOM's balance sheet, alluring low metrics, and management talent, not to mention patent capital?

    Not that even all that makes QCOM a good investment. But it's a start! If you have another one similar, please drop me a line. I'd like to take a gander at it.

    The best to you and your investing: AD
    Jan 7, 2016. 08:19 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Qualcomm unleashes barrage of product announcement ahead of CES  [View news story]
    Fellow Investors:

    It's difficult to find a stock the quality of QCOM at its current reasonable metrics. These products merely add to that quality and value, making the price very attractive — for investors.

    No matter! The knockers who are mostly not investors, but merely trolls who roam about looking for something to knock, will soon swarm around and do what they do: knock, hammer, and slander with nothing but innate cynicism to back their words.

    Pay not their nonsense the lest bit if heed. Buy great companies when they're out of favor, and wait for the payoff.

    Long QCOM

    I remain, the ArtfulDodger
    Jan 5, 2016. 06:48 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yahoo: Still Waiting  [View article]
    Fellow Investors:

    How can anyone pay any attention to someone who writes sentences such as this one, especially in what is supposed to be a conclusion: "If there is some hard facts that hedge funds are going to take to task management in an upcoming proxy battle we'll have another look."

    Not one new piece of info. No decent conclusion. Obviously an article written for the hits.

    I remain, the ArtfulDodger
    Jan 4, 2016. 04:24 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Hidden Supply And Demand Problem Within NetEase  [View article]
    Fellow Investors:

    This is a very cynical piece, in that it implies that NTES will never invent another game that can take the place of a popular one it has now.

    This cynicism also goes against NTES's record of being an outstanding innovative company.

    As an owner of NTES and someone who's kept up with the company for years, I don't give the theme of the article any credence.

    I am, the ArtfulDodger
    Jan 3, 2016. 10:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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