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  • Why Microsoft Remains A Solid Buy [View article]
    Good article, and a hold recommendation for sure. As far as a buy is concerned one wonders. Again MSFT had a multi billion dollar write-down via its Nokia loss. And one continues to wonder what direction MSFT will take. Tons of little purchases here and there and the Cloud looks promising (actually looks good), but where will true future growth come from???. So I see MSFT as a nice hold (and as you mention a decent dividend), but as a buy ??? I guess for a Dividend Portfolio, but Growth there are a lot of other stocks worth checking out first.
    Jul 28, 2015. 01:04 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: How Windows Will Become Obsolete [View article]
    They got the money out of your taxes. I would not mind the government supplying a standard, extremely low cost smart phone to people, but it is unreal that people who receive a benefit need an i6 apple.
    Jul 24, 2015. 04:40 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • NYT: Major job cuts expected at Microsoft [View news story]
    I own MSFT and to be honest have made a nice paper gain. Also use MSFT as one of my income stocks in my Dividend Portfolio. And over the last several years I have basically defended MSFT against many of the critics. Now I still plan to hold on to MSFT, but my lord they seem as bad as the US Government. A great Company/Country that wastes money and makes many a bad move regardless of who is leading.
    Jul 8, 2015. 06:17 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Alcoa Earnings Preview: Stock At Critical Juncture, Fundamentally And Technically [View article]
    Brain, again you supply a very good article. I bought AA a few years back when it was around $8.00. As time went on all sorts of great talk for AA with some analysts stating that AA may head back to the days of your... ie $40.00. Now we see that AA is heading (as your article points out) or has the potential to head back to $8.00. Today Ford is selling there F 150's at a nice clip (using Aluminum) while GM continues to use steel. Aero space is picking up and AA did a nice job making that transition and going into specialty metals. So as you say this is a key quarter for earnings. We shall see as time is always the true teller... I do have a question for you and that is it will take several more years to complete the total transition; AA from a smelter to a specialty metals company and once that occurs do you think AA will rocket into the $20's, $30's or more???
    Jul 5, 2015. 11:38 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 Things You Must Know About Buying Stocks Now [View article]
    Frontier may have a nice dividend but it looks to be "on the ropes" (ie its going down hill) as a company. Translated I would not touch Frontier, I would keep Exxon. If you need to sell some Exxon and want to buy something else it will depend on your needs. If you need income because you are retired then check out a solid utility or even ATT (Not Frontier). If you want growth, perhaps a Mutual Fund in Vanguard (call them for assistance)
    Jul 3, 2015. 03:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • July 2015 Stock Considerations [View article]
    DivHut - nice article and you captured my attention as I just purchased a Bank Stock (Peoples United - PBCT) and will purchase two additional stocks by years end. Therefore at the end of 2015 I will have a Dividend Portfolio of 25 stocks. The stocks under consideration are: Bank of Nova, Toronto-Dominion, Cincinnati Financial, Wells Fargo, Ventas, Target, CISCO and Emerson Electric)

    Several you post in your article, and I currently own HCP. As you say there is always some bad news to give an excuse not to invest. However, when building a dividend portfolio one needs to look at certain metrics such as payout ratio and a long term horizon.

    Anyway a nice read and good luck to you.
    Jul 3, 2015. 03:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Joy Of Portfolio Boredom [View article]
    Great article with great title "The Joy of Portfolio Boredom" could also be titled "How to Sleep Like a Baby"
    Jul 1, 2015. 08:59 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Dividend Growth Portfolio - How Did Income Hold Up During The Last Recession? [View article]
    BoomBoom -- they all look solid, I am leaning towards picking up 200 shares of TD as you suggest. Let me just ask you about Bank of Nova Scotia as well, I had a recommend on that one a while back. Thanks for the response.
    Jun 19, 2015. 05:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A Dividend Growth Portfolio - How Did Income Hold Up During The Last Recession? [View article]
    Bob great article, I have been using SA for about 3 years now and you were one of the first (and best) that I have followed for advise on my Portfolio. I am planning to retire in 5 years. My portfolio is a bit weak with financials and I am thinking about purchasing Cincinnati Financial and a Canadian Bank (I read in a comment(s) above that others are leery about US banks). So to all any thoughts on Cincinnati and any recommendations on a Canadian Bank.
    Again Bob thanks
    Jun 19, 2015. 04:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Numbers Needed For The Prime U.S. Workforce To Recover [View article]
    Good article - does anyone feel that based on the employment situation described here, last Quarter's Earnings as well as the IMF declaring a global economic "drag" that the FED will still raise interest rates this year (perhaps September?) or will they hold off until 2016.
    Jun 10, 2015. 09:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's Historic Turnabout In The Internet Of Things [View article]
    I read the article and the comments and of all of those, combatcorpsmanVN hit the nail on the head.
    Jun 4, 2015. 05:19 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Learning From The Masters: Q&A Session With Rosenose [View article]
    Great article and Rose more than impressive.. All the best.
    May 19, 2015. 09:32 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What Should PPL Corp. Shareholders Do With A 65% Stake In Talen Energy? [View article]
    The distribution rate is .125 Talen for every PPL so 100 of PPL will generate 12.5 shares of Talen. There will not be any fractional shares, so you would ultimately receive 12 Shares and I think a check (a small check) for the remaining .5. These are currently estimates with the final distribution rate (.125) to be determned on 5/20/15.
    May 14, 2015. 06:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investing Requires Perseverance [View article]
    Rose and Paul - thanks much!
    May 13, 2015. 11:41 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investing Requires Perseverance [View article]
    Chowder, great article and I often check SA to assist in my decision making. One such thought I have now is that I have a dividend portfolio and 3 of the stocks in that portfolio are ATT, Century Link and Verizon. These stocks have a yield of over 4% or 5%. My question for anyone is take a look at ATT. It is a Dividend Aristocrat, but I read many a SA article that says that ATT has such a high payout ratio and lots of competion that is may be wise to dump it. This also holds true for the others.

    Question: When does one sell a Dividend Aristrocat or Champion with the above article in mind?
    May 13, 2015. 09:30 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment