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  • Why Coca-Cola Could Underperform This Sector Peer [View article]
    Two very different companies that happen to be in some of the same businesses. I've owned both for many years, MNST since it was Hansens, KO as a core holding, buy and hold forever stock. Not really easy to compare against each other, but I'd buy more of either on a significant dip.
    Jul 25, 2014. 03:02 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nike, Inc. Dividend Stock Analysis [View article]
    The other commenter is missing the point that these analyses are aimed at the dividend growth "buy and hold" investor. I own many of the stocks you review and find these very valuable in assessing which to buy as well as a good entry price. Keep writing them. Long NKE and awaiting a correction to add more. BTW, @cross, I am also long AFL stock and generating additional income through short puts. I expect AFL to contnue its erratic behavior, primarily due to its exposure to the yen, but generally move upwards over the the longer term. D4L offers by subscription a newsletter, spreadsheet and "dashboard" offering exactly what you requested, a ranking of the most favorable stocks to buy. I find it invaluable in helping me with my due diligence, and well worth the very reasonable subscription price.
    May 17, 2014. 03:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why McDonald's Still Has Some Pep In Its Step: Part 2 [View article]
    I thought buyouts occur when the stock is at a bargain price due to significant underperformance AND someone thinks they can manage the enterprise better. In this case I don't think MCD management is doing badly, and its hard to imagine an obvious strategy for doing much much better. Even hedge funds have limited capital to risk and would shoot for other targets. just my opinion. Like Ignis, its also my largest holding.
    Apr 5, 2014. 07:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Technical Analysis Of Medtronic: Be Ready To Buy The Dip [View article]
    Assuming enough capital and desire to buy at least 200 shares, I'd buy half or 1/3 of a position now and sell an OOM put on the remainder at a more desirable price. This strategy works for me. I keep a mental stop-loss of about 10% but don't place a sell order until that limit is reached. MDT may be technicaly "overbought" but its not a bad purchase at its current price and PE. PS I own MDT and am looking to add to my position if the opportunity arises.
    Apr 1, 2014. 08:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Is Worth $67.12: Why Aswath Damodaran Could Be Right About Tesla's Fair Price [View article]
    Good point. Most people buy cars in the $20k-30k range, I suspect. I have only bought one car in my lifetime that was more than $30k (2003 Honda Pilot) and that was 10 years ago, and I still drive it. But I would buy a $35k Tesla with 200 mile range.
    Oct 31, 2013. 04:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Is Worth $67.12: Why Aswath Damodaran Could Be Right About Tesla's Fair Price [View article]
    <quote> A $35,000 car would have a lower gross margin of say 15%. But Tesla cannot afford to cut down quality; hence it must begin at a quality level consistent with other cars in the $100,000-price range ....

    Really? I disagree. If Tesla were selling a $35,000 car, it only would have to have a quality consistent with other cars in the $35k range. This includes the mainstream automobiles bought by 90% of us. As long as it had decent range (>200 miles) as Elon has hinted, and was a decent handling and nice looking car, I think Tesla could sell a huge number. That's what is scaring GM.
    Oct 31, 2013. 11:39 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Coca-Cola: An Updated View On A Lifetime Investment [View article]
    MCD? sure. NOK? not so sure.
    Oct 1, 2013. 07:28 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Panera Bread - Morgan Stanley Is Right, On The Back Of A 'Full' Valuation [View article]
    So to summarize:
    PE 23
    revenues up 11% recent quarter
    earnings $1.74 from 1.50 prev yr
    recent price down 20%
    low debt
    same store earnings growth 3%
    5 year growth, revenues +77%, earnings +133%
    15% EPS growth expected
    net cash $341M
    stock buyback authorized, but not buying at recent prices

    may be overvalued a bit, but I like PNRA, buying on dips.
    and recent downgrade could be a positive contrarian indicator -
    downgrades/upgrades seem to be backward-looking and are
    usually much too late to be useful.
    Oct 1, 2013. 07:04 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan Inc: A Dividend-Growth Stock In The Making [View article]
    I don't understand this long term plot comparing all three.
    Why do KMP and KMR diverge after 2010, but all track roughly the same at all other times. Is this some sort of dividend or tax effect?
    Aug 24, 2013. 08:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Wal-Mart A Good Buy After Its Earnings Report? [View article]
    You wrote: " ... In fact, when using the EPS metric, we can see that investors should give Wal-Mart the earnings premium it deserves as its EPS of 5.14 is above 4.62 for Costco and 4.26 for Target." Maybe I am misinterpreting this but you should consider the stock price as well rather than compare EPS directly. I do concur that Walmart's current PE is the lowest of the three. But this could indicate that the market is less optimistic about future WMT earnings despite your projected earnings estimates. I am long WMT so I must agree with your conclusions, even though I don't understand your methodology.
    Aug 24, 2013. 01:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Many Of My Dividend Growth Stocks Have Become Overvalued, What Do I Do Now? [View article]
    OTOH selling cash secured naked puts is one way to get a little additional income while not yet owning the stock. I have had some success doing this on stocks I want to own, that have been temporarily beaten up but not yet reached my buy price. If the price goes up, at least I get the option premium, if it goes down I get the stock at my price point (which might be higher than the market price) in addition to the premium.
    Apr 26, 2013. 04:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ROE Model: Buy Coke / Short Pepsi [View article]
    The commenters are missing the point. A long-short strategy is market neutral. Sure its possible, even likely that both Coke and Pepsi will both go up in the long term. The author is saying that no matter what the market does, Coke is a better investment and will go up more or down less than Pepsi. Personally, I too wouldn't short Pepsi. Maybe a better article would be to compare two companies in a different industry.
    Mar 29, 2013. 03:45 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • They Don't Ring A Bell At The Bottom [View article]
    Wait, don't they ring a bell every day? Its quite probably a bottom for something. I know you can't call the exact bottom or the top, but what are some indicators?
    Jun 8, 2012. 05:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What's Better? Dividends Or Covered Calls [View article]
    You mean net at least $1000 don't you? Or do I need to change brokers?
    Apr 3, 2012. 07:08 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.S. Air Force plans to buy 18K iPad 2s in what could be an important milestone for Apple's (AAPL +0.1%) foray into becoming a supplier to the federal government. The goal of the USAF's tech buy is to replace the bag of manuals and navigation charts carried by pilots and navigators that can weigh as much as 40 pounds. [View news story]
    They still have to obtain/install the content. Since the flight crew probably already has laptops, they could have installed the content (as pdfs) at any time. They could have also purchased kindles or other e-readers to perform this function. I think the AF just wants iPads 'cause currently they're hot, I mean cool as in hot. The weight savings may be a red herring. On a spacecraft 40 lbs is really significant, on an aircraft less so (about 6 gallons of fuel).
    Feb 12, 2012. 10:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment