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  • If You Are Holding AT&T Just For The Dividend, Sell Now [View article]

    I own T and have been writing calls against it for the past 6-7 years, and also sell puts once in awhile. I have to say, though, that if you are going to sell calls, you are better off in Verizon than ATT. The premiums on T are paltry, imo, and not very liquid.
    Anyone who buys at the top of the market, with any stock that doesnt bounce back, is going to be licking his wounds. One could mitigate that damage by dollar cost averaging as it declined, or buy puts against it. Personally, I doubled the position when it sunk and held on for several years. I sold half of it (finally) at $35.00. It all wound up in the green, but I'd probably have been better off buying an S & P etf. The broker did fine between all the commissions on the calls, puts, and purchase of more stock.

    The other points about the premium on the preferred, the tax considerations, and the callability, and then comparing them to 'low risk' bonds--
    I don't really consider bonds low risk. Remember all the little old ladies who bought Lehman bonds? Their brokers assured them it was the safest investment in the world... until it wasn't! just sayin'.
    Oct 31, 2014. 05:18 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator September 14, 2014 To October 18, 2014. [View instapost]
    Enterovirus 68 statistics:
    Over 500 children infected, possibly four deaths attributable to the virus and bacterial infection ( a double whammy??) they are not sure yet, ten children have symptoms of muscle weakness or paralysis while only 4 tested positive for the Enterovirus. THe article states adults may also have the virus, but it is less likely to be serious because they probably already have antibodies built up to fight it.

    http://yhoo.it/1BFmtlV
    Oct 4, 2014. 12:38 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator September 14, 2014 To October 18, 2014. [View instapost]
    Starpharma > News > News >

    VivaGel® condom approved for sale with launch imminent
    2 October 2014
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    Melbourne, Australia; Starpharma (ASX:SPL, OTCQX:SPHRY) today announced the inclusion of the VivaGel® condom in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), the final step ahead of market launch in Australia.

    Starpharma’s partner in innovating and bringing this product to market, Ansell (ASX:ANN), has made the necessary preparations, including manufacture of launch supplies, and will launch the VivaGel® condom under the LifeStyles® Dual Protect™ name in Australian retail outlets, including Woolworths stores around the country, during October.

    The VivaGel® condom is a world-first product based on innovative Australian technology. It is the only condom of its type, providing barrier protection and also incorporating an antiviral compound (VivaGel®) in the lubricant. Australian consumers will be the first globally to access this innovative product discovered and developed in Australia.

    LifeStyles® Dual Protect™ condoms will carry the VivaGel® brand and Starpharma will receive royalties based on sales.

    Starpharma Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jackie Fairley, said: “We are pleased to achieve this final milestone ahead of launch. We have been working closely with Ansell on the preparations for product rollout and both companies look forward to seeing the VivaGel® condom on Australian retail shelves in the coming weeks.

    “Following certification of the VivaGel® condom by the TGA, there was extensive global media coverage and strong commercial and consumer interest in the product. The reaction on social media was quite extraordinary with the product reaching an audience of more than 10 million in the days following the announcement through extensive positive social media commentary. This overwhelmingly positive sentiment is in keeping with the strong consumer appeal identified in formal market research.

    “The launch of the LifeStyles® Dual Protect™ condom will represent the first marketed product for Starpharma’s VivaGel® franchise, and the first of three women’s health and sexual wellness VivaGel® products that are in various advanced stages of development and commercialisation” she said.

    Ansell VP of Sales and Marketing for Asia Pacific, Chris Kalaitzis, said: “Ansell is already in the advanced stages of launch preparation and looks forward to the imminent launch of this innovative product, with LifeStyles® Dual Protect™ condoms expected on retail shelves in Australia in October.”

    LifeStyles® Dual Protect™ condoms are lubricated with VivaGel® lubricant, which contains the patented antiviral agent, astodrimer sodium (referred to as VivaGel®).

    VivaGel® is an antiviral compound that has been shown in laboratory studies to achieve viral inactivation rates of up to 99.9%.

    As well as appearing on retail shelves, Ansell will also promote the LifeStyles® Dual Protect™ condoms on its website. For further details go to http://bit.ly/YUomOL

    LifeStyles® and Dual Protect™ are trademarks owned by Ansell Limited or one of its affiliates.

    VivaGel® is a registered trademark owned by Starpharma Pty Ltd.

    Download ASX Announcement: VivaGel® condom approved for sale with launch imminent (pdf file, 114kb)
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    Oct 2, 2014. 07:21 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #273, August 15 2014 [View instapost]
    Re: PM's here is a game changer even bigger than the pm etfs were, imo. Give it time:
    http://bit.ly/1mr3p9B
    Sep 20, 2014. 01:52 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New Residential reports inline results, sets reverse stock split [View news story]
    You collect dividends based upon the number of shares, not the price of your shares. After a 1:2 reverse split, your dividend income just might have dropped by half. One won't know until the next dividend is declared after the reverse split occurs. I am concerned that the company is deliberately cutting their dividend by means of the reverse split because it is an issue to maintain it.
    Sometimes the real benefactors of a reverse stock split is a management team that is compensated based on share price. They may make more $ by reaching goals earmarked in their compensation agreements. How they get there is a question every investor must weigh personally.
    For the most part, I think a reverse stock split is nothing better than an accounting trick. And, since I sell covered calls (with stocks that are appropriate for that technique) stocks that go through a reverse split are generally less desirable to me.
    While one can hope that the new share price will attract institutional investment that will bolster the share price and even increase it, that is not necessarily what will happen. I don't count those chickens before they are hatched.
    You may not agree with my assessment, but you will find very negative perceptions of reverse stock splits among published investors and investment advisors. This was already a risky stock, in my view, it is now even riskier.
    I sold my position and am on to companies and back stories I like better.
    Sep 4, 2014. 12:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator August 16, 2014 To September 14, 2014 [View instapost]
    Check out PLL (Pall Corp). Credit Suisse did a very nice write up on it. They expect it to go from $84 range to $102 w/in 18 month time frame +/-. I like the mix of biotech/pharma products and industrial. Any opinions on this company would be greatly appreciated. I am just starting DD. It also pays a modest dividend.
    http://bit.ly/1sXpXwE#
    Sep 2, 2014. 02:05 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator August 16, 2014 To September 14, 2014 [View instapost]
    Remove fat by a simple series of injections? Everyone I know would line up!
    Aug 31, 2014. 01:25 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Books-A-Million Still Struggling... And It's Getting Worse [View article]
    This illustrates my point:
    http://abcn.ws/1lAJepm
    Aug 29, 2014. 11:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator August 16, 2014 To September 14, 2014 [View instapost]
    Why is this limited to the double chin?
    Could such an innovation potentially replace liposuction and work on love handles, as an example?
    Aug 29, 2014. 04:23 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #273, August 15 2014 [View instapost]
    http://bit.ly/1llDC1U

    I love the 5th picture, "I swearz"...
    Aug 29, 2014. 03:52 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator August 16, 2014 To September 14, 2014 [View instapost]
    If the dividend drops, the stock gets dumped, that will be a good opp to get into PSEC really cheap. That's what they call a "back up the truck" opportunity.
    Aug 29, 2014. 09:49 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator August 16, 2014 To September 14, 2014 [View instapost]
    On Schwab's system that would be level 1, WT.
    That's because our brokers don't control that, it's another thing mandated by the government.

    Say guys, not to get too far afield, there are so many rumors about Romney running for president in 2016 that I might just have to dust off THAT avitar for awhile!
    Aug 29, 2014. 09:44 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Books-A-Million Still Struggling... And It's Getting Worse [View article]
    I believe that the written page is going in the same direction as the Dodo bird, into extinction.
    So many fantastic books are available for free or almost free, ( and the used book market will be a tinier segment of the industry, imo). Why carve out precious room for books (and have to dust them) when you can carry a whole library on a hand held device?
    Do we really need to buy origami kits and toys from a book store? Even magazines can be read on-line. After awhile, we will find holding a book an intrusion--just the way many people now prefer playing a game online rather than getting out the board or taking out a real deck of cards.
    A few years ago, I was in a second hand book store that runs on book donations, the proceeds support our local library system. What I saw changed my view of books forever--The same set of "The Great Books" that cost over $1000 a decade or two ago sat in its entirety, on sale for a dollar a volume, in all its acid-free (paper), beautifully bound glory. Now that's what I call a fire sale...
    Aug 28, 2014. 10:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator August 16, 2014 To September 14, 2014 [View instapost]
    Rattie, did you stick with Zalicus through the merger? How did that wind up going? It doesn't look so good to me, they seem to be down a lot, and they had a reverse split.
    Is this a buying opportunity--any thoughts on that?
    The new entity is Epirus, and it's trading on the NASDAQ.
    Aug 28, 2014. 10:25 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator August 16, 2014 To September 14, 2014 [View instapost]
    Hi, everyone. Look at my new avatar. WT sent it to me. Ain't I purdy? I never heard of Big Time candy before.

    I hope some of you took advantage of the GILD trajectory and picked some low hanging fruit. (How many metaphors can I mix in one sentence?) Look at what happened to GILD since I last wrote about it on 8/8/14:
    Date Open High Low Close
    Aug 27, 2014 106.55 108.77 105.76 107.41 16,164,800 107.41

    Aug 8, 2014 91.84 92.54 90.82 92.45 9,820,800 92.45
    The volume is that large number in the chart-not labelled.
    Congrats to my favorite cyber Doctor on achieving level 1 options trading. Keep going.I have level 3 authorization on Schwab, but only for taxable transactions, if it is a deferred tax account, you are at the limit--level 1.
    regards to all,
    OG
    Aug 28, 2014. 04:35 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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