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  • Another Detroit in the making? Moody's downgrades Chicago another notch [View news story]
    Headache for Emanuel? I would think the ratings warnings are a timely gift to his re-election prospects; isn't he perceived as being the more fiscally conservative of the two candidates?
    Feb 28, 2015. 11:59 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facing new broadband era after FCC vote, related stocks stable for now [View news story]
    What I "use"? I'm guessing that most of the bits and bytes at the typical web page I connect to are devoted to advertisements...I'd be happy to do without ads to reduce my bandwidth usage.
    Feb 26, 2015. 04:43 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • FOMC minutes: June rate hike not a slam dunk yet [View news story]
    Don’t know if this is what you were saying, but some studies have shown that the Fed doesn’t always “set” the rate but is sometimes merely following the lead of the market. And the market “in its infinite wisdom” may be telling the Fed to stop holding down the short-end of the curve, as two and three year T- note yields have been going up since the middle of 2013.
    Feb 18, 2015. 02:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.K. inflation rate drops to record low [View news story]
    Dear editors: Hate to interfere with the distorted picture you're painting but you forgot to include the following from the story: "Core inflation accelerated to 1.4 percent in January from 1.3 percent in December. This ‘'highlights the fact that the U.K. is far from suffering generalized deflation,’' Archer said."
    Feb 17, 2015. 08:38 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • June rate hike chorus grows louder [View news story]
    And I thought we were teetering on the edge of the Fed devaluing our currency [and diminishing bond-holders real returns] by insisting on some artificial inflation target.
    Feb 16, 2015. 10:06 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Concerns grow over Comcast/Time Warner Cable combo [View news story]
    I hope you are wrong. It is not a healthy thing for this country to have the monopoly news and information gatekeeper to most urban areas controlled [because of Comcast's dual-class stock setup] by one family. JMHO
    Feb 2, 2015. 03:59 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Eurozone prices fall at record pace [View news story]
    Dear Ed: Six-tenth's of one percent year-over-year is a "plunge"? Be careful, you might run out of adjectives ;-) You also forgot to mention you were talking about the headline number and that year-over-year there was core inflation, not deflation [obviously a big decline in oil prices brought the headline number down]. And BTW, the consensus generally is that a decline in oil prices is a good thing for the European economy; not a bad thing.
    Jan 30, 2015. 06:34 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Harsh words for Caesars after bankruptcy case goes to Chicago [View news story]
    Do "harsh words" carry any legal weight whatsoever since he agreed to what Caesar's wanted?
    Jan 29, 2015. 07:56 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Shell to build petrochemical plant in Iraq [View news story]
    With corporate borrowing rates very low, I'm curious what they are referring to re the "high capital costs" of the Qatar project.
    Jan 28, 2015. 09:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • China shares plunge on margin-trading ban [View news story]
    I don't use margin accounts so I don't mind admitting that I'm not sure what the following means: "the three brokerages had rolled over margin-trading contracts for a large number of clients, in violation of existing rules."
    Does this mean that the brokerage firms were not making margin calls? Any explanation/clarification would be appreciated.
    Jan 19, 2015. 10:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Carlos Slim exercises NY Times warrants to become largest shareholder [View news story]
    Slim may be the largest shareholder of the Class A shares; however control of the company lies with the Class B shareholders.
    Jan 14, 2015. 07:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dour outlook for regional malls [View news story]
    Here in Northern Virginia, I believe a few malls that fell on hard times have been or are being turned into multi-use complexes with a mix of retail and residential.
    Jan 12, 2015. 12:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retailers on the mend (a few surprises) [View news story]
    My impression of recent drugstore earnings is that revenue growth came from pharmacy. One would have to think that some or all of that was due to ACA, which resulted in more people seeking medical care and more prescriptions being written. Such strong YOY pharmacy growth will be hard to replicate next year. Customer traffic in the front part of the store was actually down for at least two of the three drugstore companies. If anyone has a different perspective or more information would welcome their observations.
    Jan 11, 2015. 03:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken producers need $55 oil to keep production steady, regulator says [View news story]
    Yesterday SA ran an item saying that Bakken producers were receiving far less than the quoted WTI price. So is the $55 per barrel referred to above referring to the WTI price, or to the price that the Bakken producers actually receive? Presumably the latter.
    Jan 9, 2015. 03:55 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • European equities sink on oil, Greek worries [View news story]
    I thought lower oil prices were good for European economies and, in general, European stocks.
    Dec 30, 2014. 10:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment