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  • Sprint's Virgin Mobile Prepaid iPhone Service Is Exactly What It Needs To Compete [View article]
    That's a pretty big upfront premium ($450) paid to avoid a 2-year contract. I don't see this offering attracting all that much attention. Still, though it may not present much of a challenge to competitors, this could benefit Sprint; particularly in light of it's current iPhone challenges.
    Jun 9, 2012. 12:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Annaly: A Perfect Storm? [View article]
    Interesting that many are afraid of high dividend yields. Seems to me to be obvious that the important factors here are those that indicate whether or not those dividends are sustainable. Post-Fed meeting is positive in this respect. Past management function is positive in this respect. There's always risk in investing but who puts all their eggs in one basket? Presumedly, no one; certainly not me. Holding positions in Annaly doesn't cost me any lost sleep right now. Looks pretty much like 'set it and forget it' for the next 12-18 months to me. To be sure, there's an adjustment in interest rates coming that may affect my desire to continue to hold Annaly after that but like all investments, this one warrants periodic re-evaluation. For now, like the Chairman indicated, it looks like steady as she goes. Meantime, higher dividend yields are welcome in my portfolio.
    Apr 26, 2012. 11:12 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • As expected, the FCC has approved a spectrum transfer from AT&T (T) to T-Mobile USA (DTEGY.PK), part of the $4B merger breakup fee paid by the former to the latter. T-Mobile, which is petitioning the FCC to block Verizon's spectrum purchases, says the spectrum will help it carry out its 4G investment plans.  [View news story]
    Hmmm, kind of feels like corporate socialism at the hands of the Federal Government.
    Apr 25, 2012. 01:36 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Annaly (NLY) CIO and Vice Chair of the Board Wellington Denahan exercises options to purchase 100K shares of company stock at $13.25 each (today's close $16.17). Her stake in the company is upped 12.3% to 913K shares.  [View news story]
    Always good to hear of a insider purchase of shares, though I'd like to buy at block at $13.25 myself. Perhaps more important to us outsiders is that she now owns over 12% showing a pretty strong confidence in the future of Annaly? That is assuming she holds onto them.
    Apr 24, 2012. 07:31 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Annaly: A Funny Thing Happened While The Boo Birds Sang [View article]
    Refreshing that there are still "investors" out there. I was beginning to think everyone had morphed into "traders". Those of us who seek future income through share accumulation now, appreciate Annaly for it's consistent long-term management, high yields and relatively constant share price that produces larger share growth over time. 1999? That's a long time.
    Apr 21, 2012. 02:03 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why The Street Fears Windstream, Frontier [View article]
    Earnings release will be on February 16th rather than the 23rd. It will be make or break for the stock price.
    Feb 8, 2012. 08:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hungary Tries to Calm Markets; Europe Headed Back in Recession, U.S. Will Not Decouple [View article]
    Manufactured Money, whether created as "legal tender" (cash) or through over speculation (irrational demand as was the case with the U.S. real estate market) is tantamount to currency devaluation and is at the heart of inflation. Much of the escalation in real estate values was fueled by the easing of borrowing standards that occurred during the Clinton Administration and continued throughout The Bush Administration. Congress points their fingers at unscroupulous lenders and cheating appraisers but if fact, their own relaxing of Fannie and Freddie Standards was the de facto root of the disaster; that and a lack of of appropriate regulation in the lending markets. Summation? Creating money out of thin air where there is no tangible basis or backing creates unstable financial markets, undermines the economic foundation and contributes to economic destabilization that hurts the populous. Why did they do it? Because when more are seemingly getting ahead, the people are happy with their leaders. But they don't see the cliff ahead that they are being herded ever faster towards until they are at the edge and then it's too late.
    Jun 6, 2010. 10:20 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • China's Strong Copper and Zinc Markets Good News for Teck Cominco [View article]
    Been looking for some further good news on TCK. It seems the insatiable apetitite for all things metal in China will not only support the expanding Austrailian mining market, but the Canadian and internationally diversified miners as well. Could $59.60 a share as suggested here be conservative? Post earthquake mining there will no doubt have it's effect but now they will likely need even more foreign resources to aid not only expansion but rebuilding as well.
    May 25, 2008. 03:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment