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  • Southern Company Doesn't Look As Good As It Did 12 Months Ago [View article]
    user - agree with your comment. I am thinking that there is no question that higher expenses will come from the Nuclear plant. However once online, which will probably be two years after the planned date, this stock will soar. So for long term holders looking for income with eventual appreciation, this is the stock to own. For short term or those looking to profit from price appreciation, too early for that. You may even lose money on a early investment.
    Jan 13, 2015. 09:10 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Companies With Better Dividends Than AT&T? [View article]
    Century Link will work as well...
    Jan 12, 2015. 08:17 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • My Bet Is That Microsoft Will Outperform Apple In 2015 [View article]
    Just a note that Mr. Blair has pro MSFT for many years and time has proven him to be correct. He is also (in my opinion) of the top authors on Seeking Alpha. Just a comment.
    Jan 7, 2015. 06:34 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • No Rate Increase In 2015 [View article]
    Emerging markets may be a decent investment in 2015 as they have been way down over the past couple of years. Bonds on the hand I am not so sure about. The US economy has grown at increasing rates over the last several quarters with the lastest data showing a 5% increase in GDP. I think that trend will continue and I would not be surprised to see the dow over 19K in 2015. I would also not be surprised to see the FED increasing rates, which would hinder most bond funds...
    Jan 5, 2015. 08:05 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10 Best Value Stocks For 2015 [View article]
    Peter - I agree with you concerning Gazprom and Sberbank, I would not define them as value stocks, more like speculation - which (to me) is not a good investment. Granted they may take off, but ....
    Dec 30, 2014. 12:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • GE: A Promising Pick, Looking Ahead To 2015 [View article]
    I am long GE and will continue to hold it as it is part of my dividend portfolio and as I near retirement it fits my needs. As far as price appreciation is concerned, although GE seems to have become a Microsoft of 2000 to 2011 (i.e. a Large Cap with huge potential but stock price remained flat for over a decade), I think the stock price will head well into the 30's but not until we see economic improvement internationally. So for 2015 perhaps a couple of dollars, but into 2016 and 2017 the stock should rise. Now for me I am happy to hold, for those seeking growth there may indeed be better buys out there.
    Dec 23, 2014. 04:08 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Planning Depends On When You Begin Your Dividend Income Strategy And/Or Your Beginning Portfolio Balance. [View article]
    pim69 - you are 100% correct.
    Dec 17, 2014. 06:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric: The Opportunity Of The Coming Decade Materializes [View article]
    David - a fine article as are others you have written.
    My take on GE (and it is part of my portfolio for dividend income) is that it is a good stock for dividend income. It is diverisfied with many "irons in the fire". It makes high quality products and has a very strong "on order and reorder" list (airlines, aerospace, energy etc.) so I foresee GE being able to pay dividends well into the future. On the capital appreciation side, granted that GE is at the mercy of geopolitical risk, but there is also an intangible that I can not quite figure out. It is almost as if GE is the Microsoft of 2000. In other words its price hovers in the low to mid 20's and may do so for a number of years (MSFT was flat for almost 12 years). A stocks price should represent future earnings and future growth and one could give a strong arguement that GE has that (as stated above the order and reorders from growth industries). So in my book GE could/should be in the low 30's.

    Being close to retirment I am (fortunately) fine with GE, just as I am with my ATT stock. (ATT is always around 33, but pays a 5% dividend) So again, very nice article and I agree with your conclusion on the GE dividend, but remain skeptical/puzzled about its price.
    Dec 6, 2014. 06:58 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Johnson & Johnson A Stock Worth Having In The Portfolio Right Now? [View article]
    A nice article true, however to me it leans to the idea of 1. Making the claim that an individual knows (at any given time) the best stock to buy (kind of like market timing, which is not possible). And 2. It means that one may end up with a large portfolio of stocks with relatively small shares. J & J is a stock (and there are others) that can be bought on a dollar cost avg basis and/or a DRIP basis and/or a buy and hold basis and reap the rewards. Now granted that some management has to be done and perhaps my bias is towards retiring and income investing, but bottom line is that I read too many articles where the author implies that they know the best stock to pick at any given time which leads to a mixed portfolio and higher costs then need be.
    Nov 14, 2014. 07:02 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • There's No Reason To Own Johnson & Johnson - Sell It, And Buy VHT Instead [View article]
    Vanguard is a very good Company with great Mutual funds as well as ETF's and more.

    I guess that's why the largest holding of Vanguards VHT ETF is Johnson & Johnson, by a lot. Just saying...
    Nov 10, 2014. 06:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: Sysco's Dividend To Remain Constant [View article]
    Sysco is indeed in a sector (food) where margins are thin and competion is fierce. Their merger with US Foods will also (at least initially) put pressure on cash flow which may indeed cause the dividend rate to remain constant or grow by the usual penny. However, if managed correctly, Sysco could become a very profitable company (again in relation to the food sector) which would allow larger increases in dividends while at the same time being a great defensive stock. In other words high upside potential with little downside risk. Granted time will tell, but Sysco has the potential to become an income investors dream.
    Nov 8, 2014. 06:51 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Alcoa: After The Double, Buy Or Sell? [View article]
    Alcoa has shown that it is being managed very well. It has implemented some great cost cutting initiatives (e.g. selling old smelting plants), become the aluminum supplier for the auto industry, and is keeping abreast with new technology (airline business, aerospace). Add to that price increases of aluminum and I am thinking that AA may hit $30.00 in the not too distance future.

    Granted this article is well written and has its merits, but stocks are priced on a companies future earnings and I am thinking AA is going to soar. However and as always way your own analyis and risk.
    Nov 4, 2014. 10:22 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Turns Out Microsoft's Buyout Of Nokia's Devices Unit Worked Out [View article]
    I like your articles and this one is not exception. My only comment on this is that we may need a bit more time to really state that the Nokia deal worked out, although I do agree that the arrows are all pointing in the right directioin.
    Oct 28, 2014. 10:39 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Earnings Preview: Transitioning From Deep Value, Capital Allocation Story To Growth Stock ? [View article]
    Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) reports its fiscal Q1 '15 earnings after the closing bell on Thursday, July 23rd, 2014. ????
    Oct 22, 2014. 06:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Looking Into Microsoft's Thursday Earnings Report [View article]
    This article should be titled
    "Looking into 1% of Microsoft's Thursday's Earning Report"
    Oct 21, 2014. 06:19 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment