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  • Overinvesting In Apple Could Be A Good Thing [View article]
    Let us not be too optimistic, there are always those exogenous shocks that derail the mightiest of engines.
    Oct 25, 2014. 11:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gazprom: High Dividend Yield + Some Upside Potential [View article]
    sorry, Pim1, but it is exactly a question of values. We are trying to stop an invasion and you are suggesting how to profit from it.
    Sep 6, 2014. 09:52 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gazprom: High Dividend Yield + Some Upside Potential [View article]
    Russia! This company is at the heart of the Russian hybrid war system that uses companies, such as Gazprom, to pressure European consumers. Not only do the Russians attack with their army, but they employ mercenaries, support guerrillas and foment insurrections with disinformation, misleading information and outright lies, not to mention serious cyber attacks on the US and our allies. Putin supports a variety of eurosceptic groups, such as Jobbik in Hungary and the French National Front, not because he empathizes with the goals of those groups, but because they destabilize the unity of Europe, one of Putin's goals. Gazprom is but one Russian company that has interests all over Europe and which Putin uses to complicate the political decision making of European leaders who have to balance moral courage with the prospect of no heat. Putin is an aggressor and uses Gazprom as a Fifth Column to undermine the European union and its markets. Shun Gazprom and all other Russian companies until this mess with Ukraine is over and Russian "green men," as his insignia-less invaders are called, are gone. To invest in Gazprom is to side with a dictator and to miss the point of American sanctions.
    Sep 6, 2014. 09:05 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Citi Third Quarter 2014 Fixed Income Investor Review [View article]
    Citi needs to deliver soon.
    Aug 28, 2014. 07:24 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What If The Fed Has Created A Bubble? [View article]
    Paying workers a fair wage would cut into 1%ers' salaries, bonuses, board compensation, buy-backs and the profits of the pleasure craft industry.
    Aug 24, 2014. 01:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Huge Problems In The Big Citi: Investors Should Look For Alternatives [View article]
    It seems that all of these shocks have been price in, that they are correcting previous mismanagement and are trimming unprofitable components of their business. I have held the stock since 2007. Once the Fed gives approval for buy-back and dividend increases the stock will do quite well. I have a Citi card and am very happy with their service, so that tells me the bank and stock are coming around.
    Aug 24, 2014. 08:26 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Better Entry Point For Apple Will Become Available For Patient Investors [View article]
    "...failed to break 100..." Jibberish. Apple is the gold standard in its field and looked to for design and creativity throughout the world in many different industries. Whether Apple breaks 100 does not depend on a bunch of wizards with charts and crystal balls, but whether the company continues to produce products the world can't seem to do without, and whether management keeps costs in line. "...failed to break 100" means nothing.
    Aug 4, 2014. 07:12 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Fragile Pulse [View article]
    My IPhone was stolen in Rome. So, I bought a replacement from a top company. Great new phone, but nothing compared to the IPhone. Same with a friend, he has a very top end, large screen phone and complains of issues my IPhone did not have... I think the gold standard is still the IPhone, and the IPad and the various laptops and desktops Apple makes. As long as that is the case they will not have a fragile pulse.
    Jan 2, 2014. 06:03 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Charlie Munger: Energy Independence Is Dumb [View article]
    Mr. Munger fails to add in the cost of thousands of dead soldiers, the billions spent on defending those oil shipping routes and the enmity our energy policy has brought us around the world.
    Jul 27, 2013. 06:58 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Elop's Nokia, A Portfolio Crusher? [View article]
    Thank you. I will take a Tums.
    May 10, 2013. 11:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Happened To Alcoa's Theory About Aluminum Prices? [View article]
    Too much jargon, no definitions. KISS.
    Apr 3, 2013. 06:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Germany Vs. Greece: More Than A Game [View article]
    This is simplistic at best. It is another example of blame transferral by a Greek upon anyone who is not willing to support their self-indulgient lifestyle. Get over what happened 60 years ago. It is only a red herring. Does Greece really prefer to be the welfare family of Europe? Or does Greece proudly wish to pay its own way?
    Jun 22, 2012. 09:01 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Frontier Communications (FTR): Q1 EPS of $0.05 misses by $0.01. Revenue of $1.27B (-5.8% Y/Y) in-line. (PR)  [View news story]
    Frontier bit off quite a mouthful when then bought the Verizon assets. I live in Fort Wayne and the transition was smooth concerning connection services, but billing issues were botched and many apologies were issued. Now, the billing problems seem to have resolved themselves and service continues to be so reliable that it is not an issue. The area manager, a guy named Bill Zielke, is one of the best managers with whom I have ever worked (United Way days) so I have trust in their future. I am long and am accumulating shares.
    May 7, 2012. 08:17 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia’s (NOK -0.6%) comeback attempt has “failed to convince telecom operators in Europe” despite its new line of Lumia phones, Reuters reports: Skeptics say the phones are "overpriced for what is not an innovative product, cite a lack of marketing dollars put behind the phones, and image problems caused by glitches in the battery and software of the early models."  [View news story]
    It's always darkest before the dawn and all that. Well, following NOK now since 1995 I think the darkest part past. This is not a rousing comeback, but the company has started their upward trend. I bought a few more shares last week.
    Apr 17, 2012. 12:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • In response to Nokia's (NOK -14.9%) Q1 warning, marked by an expected 51% Y/Y drop in smartphone shipments, Horace Deidu observes: "Nokia's smartphone market share will drop to about 8% in Q1. It was 12% last quarter, 24% a year ago and 40% three years ago." The damage done to Nokia's brand, mindshare, and carrier partnerships by its Symbian collapse will make it harder for the company to stage a low-end comeback via Windows Phone.  [View news story]
    I have followed and owned NOK for since the mid-90s. It has been disappointing, for sure, but the recent news offers a glimmer. I bought another 100 shares this morning.
    Apr 11, 2012. 11:41 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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