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  • Will food companies sweat organic push from Bentonville? [View news story]
    And then there's location, location.
    At least where I live, the two WFM stores [located in upscale neighborhoods] are no where near any Walmarts, and vice versa.

    Wouldn't necessarily agree about Walmart being more depressing...I want to get out of just about any store as quickly as possible ;-)
    Apr 10 12:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Record number of dividend hikes in Q1 [View news story]
    I wonder if this analysis takes into account that at least a few companies shifted 2013 dividends into 2012 to help shareholders avoid the higher tax rates. For instance, what was then The Washington Post company, now GHC, paid a large special dividend in 2012, and no dividends in 2013. Such activity would help explain the size of the Q1 2013 to Q1 2014 jump.
    Apr 9 02:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Senate approves bill to extend benefits for long-term unemployed [View news story]
    "where approval may be harder to come by due to concern about costs"...and to concern about what having some of the population "being on the dole" for the long term does to the outlook and motivation of those receiving the benefits, and to the outlook and motivation of those having to work for a living. Like many bills in Congress, this may be more about generating talking points for the upcoming election than about seriously dealing with a problem that called for attention several months ago.
    Apr 8 07:23 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fixed-income CEFs still on sale [View news story]
    I'm guessing some of these discounted CE funds are leveraged and also am guessing that a lot of the leverage is done at the short-end of the yield curve. How will the expected rise in short-term rates impact those funds' returns going forward?
    Apr 5 10:01 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wednesday's economic calendar [View news story]
    Kudos on the quick correction.
    Apr 2 08:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wednesday's economic calendar [View news story]
    Dear Ed: second morning this week you've misspelled Gallup. Seeking Alphabet?
    Apr 2 07:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • FBI probes high-speed trading firms [View news story]
    Is the FBI more capable of conducting this type of inquiry than the SEC?
    Apr 1 08:00 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Obamacare could hit 7M goal as deadline looms [View news story]
    Couldn't some of the increased interest in enrolling be explained by the fact that the government extended the deadline by a year or two for a lot of businesses to offer health insurance, so that a lot of employees who were expecting to get health insurance through their business found themselves having to get individual plans instead?
    Mar 31 07:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ModernGraham Quarterly Valuation Of Graham Holdings Company [View article]
    Thanks for the analysis. Any idea why GHC soared in 2013?
    Mar 20 09:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Municipal market still stuck in the 70s [View news story]
    Good article...hope the SEC does something.
    Mar 11 11:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gap increases its minimum hourly wage [View news story]
    Yes, GAP probably don't own them directly but that doesn't mean it doesn't exercise significant influence over how much the workers are paid.
    Feb 21 10:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gap increases its minimum hourly wage [View news story]
    I wonder how much Gap pays the people in developing countries who make many of the clothes?
    Feb 20 08:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Obamacare's got an age problem [View news story]
    I would think it's to be expected that those most in need of cheaper insurance [the older and the sick] would be the first to sign up for the new plans. We'll have to wait a few months to see if the those signing up going forward skew younger.
    Jan 14 07:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Budget passes key Senate procedural vote [View news story]
    "I'll gladly pay you next Tuesday for a hamburger today" - Wimpy
    Dec 18 06:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Costco's FQ1 sales rise 5% [View news story]
    They mention the impact of gasoline price deflation, but what about the impact on comparable sales of the prices they've raised on some of their other products ;-)
    Dec 5 05:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment