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  • Why Apple TV Is Fighting For Survival [View article]
    Many great comments and vivid new revealing insights from the comments.

    The jury is still out as the battle for dominance in the Internet streaming TV market is yet to begin with the New Apple TV entry in September. However, given Apple's savvy reputation as being perhaps the most adept in adapting to market changes and consumers appetite, taste, and craving tendencies, I would put my bet on Apple for now, plus the many dynamic, bold, and aggressive strategies and attacks on the rivalst on multiple fronts and multiple new products..

    Disclosure: I am holding a humble small sum invested in AAPL; have sold some and pocketed profits.
    Mar 28, 2015. 07:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yellen: Gradual rate hikes likely this year [View news story]
    I pity her PR obigaation to holding these talks. She HAS to speak like this as otherwise, it would be construed by the general public that she admits failure of the Fed for the past 7 years of the so-called 'Easing'.

    In the good old hey days of the Roman Empire, historians noted that the Roman Ruling Elites reportedly flocked to resorting to taking the calming herbal Valerian to help with their rising insomnia, thus sealing the much-touted benign and non-addictive reputation of this wonderful herb to modern time.

    The Ruling Elites of today may find refuge in this herb as well. LOL!
    Mar 28, 2015. 01:25 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apollo Warns, Get Out Of For-Profit Education Now [View article]
    David Waldron, I second and copy your comment.

    I do sincerely hope that the Department of Education Bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. would have the wisdom, courage, and foresight to heed our humble little advice here. I for one, however, based on my own limited experience, am not so hopeful indeed.

    A little less than two decades ago, while my wife and I were sitting in our car waiting for our son to come out from an interview with an alumnus of a top-most highest-ranking college (part of the selection process of the application), I noticed that in the same parking lot there were full of cars with Ivy decals on the rear windows.

    Immediately, for a moment, an unpleasant thought came to my mind: Government and Ivy Schools are in the same bed - not a particularly pleasant thought though, but it reinforced by belief that the present over-buildup in the higher education sector is a self-feeding frenzy by the Government Bureaucrats in D.C., which makes me believe that there might be littlle hope of a reversal of this trend.

    I pray that the old saying "It will get worse before it gets better" would not hold true.

    Amen and Amen.
    Mar 28, 2015. 01:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apollo Warns, Get Out Of For-Profit Education Now [View article]
    Traditional-styled education is becoming obsolete, in my opinion.

    The US economy has shifted heavily to the service sector with ensuing shifted demands, and Community Colleges with practical job-skilled training is now the way to go. US and Canadian colleges particularly in the liberal arts sector have been over-built for quite some time.

    Further, North American traditional engineering curriculum tends to emphasize preparing candidates for graduate research. In Canada, the University of Waterloo (U of W) pioneered the co-operative programs in the 60's helping with undergraduate students placements in interns positions in industry before completing their degrees.

    The U of W program was well-received by both students and employers at large, and was widely duplicated around the world. As in Medical Schools, the emphasis is on clinical practice, and not medical research.

    It is now ripe time for a Major Overhaul of the US higher educational system! Way long-overdue.
    Mar 28, 2015. 08:32 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Fitch downgrades Greece's currency and debt ratings [View news story]
    Miracles are hard to come by...
    Mar 28, 2015. 02:41 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Yellen: Gradual rate hikes likely this year [View news story]
    LOL! It's like we heard thunder over and over again, and even saw lightning, but...

    No Rain!

    What a dry spell and a drought!
    Mar 27, 2015. 11:45 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • FT: PetroChina looks to swap Canadian assets [View news story]
    By 'Swap' does it mean they would trade PTR Chinese and overseas assets other than those in Canada with Canadian assets? What would be their financial incentive in doing so? CNOC already owns a chunk of SynCrude Canada.
    Mar 27, 2015. 12:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gilead's Sovaldi cleared in Japan for HCV-2 [View news story]
    What about China, and urrh,...India? Are there insurmountable roadblocks and impediments in these two most populous countries? Anyone?

    Disclosure I have since reopened a small position on GILD, so far so good. Note: SEC disallows share buyback in the 5 weeks period preceding the quarterly earnings announcement, which is due around May 4th. It might be good time for GILD to do some buyback at these bargain prices, just my 2 cents.
    Mar 26, 2015. 02:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gilead's Sovaldi cleared in Japan for HCV-2 [View news story]
    I believe the Chinese have quite a few infected with Hepatitis too. Does anyone know if these drugs are being sought for approval in China as well? If approved, the market is going to be huge.

    Pricing would be a concern but I'm sure management and the Chinese authorities would be able to ironing something out. The Chinese government is increasing anxious to be viewed as proactive and caring for its citizens going forward as an integrated global economic member and powerhouse.
    Mar 26, 2015. 10:03 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Gilead's Sovaldi cleared in Japan for HCV-2 [View news story]
    Not necessarily down on good news; it is bullish, very bullish indeed! Its time has come!
    Mar 26, 2015. 07:28 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Merck adds $10B to buyback [View news story]
    $15B here, $15B there, another $15B there again, the Biotech sector is continuing to be coming on strong, very strong indeed.

    Long Biotech.
    Mar 24, 2015. 10:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China factory data slips; more policy easing seen [View news story]
    FXI capitalization of ~$6B is still miniscule compared with just the size of a medium-sized US company's. This figure may expand in the future, hopefully. On the flip-side it is a signal and indicator that global investors are still cautious about Chinese equities in general, and as a result, Chinese equities are at a discount.

    Some say that this situaation is owing to the image of their government. While I view this theory with a grain of salt, but nonetheless there may well be some truth, and my thought is that their PR work is still lacking. After much ado in recent years, their global image is still at issue.
    Mar 24, 2015. 08:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple TV Is Fighting For Survival [View article]
    The streaming TV field is crowded and the competition AAPL will face will be fierce. There is also inertia for change for those consumers who had established loyalty with their choices. Nevertheless, I believe entrance into the TV field is a natural progression of AAPL to fulfill its grandiose vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) to come, with synergistic penetration across its current and future yet to come many products.

    The jury is still out with the Apple Watch, its initial acceptance by consumers will be a key factor as the Apple Watch is envisioned to be one of the corner stones of their overall strategy. No easy wins but I have blind faith in AAPL.

    Long AAPL.
    Mar 24, 2015. 01:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • China factory data slips; more policy easing seen [View news story]
    The 'Committee' must act soon, and now; do not delay any longer lest it becomes perilous. Do it NOW!
    Mar 24, 2015. 04:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Royal Bank Of Canada - Challenges Lie Ahead, But So Do Rewards And Dividends [View article]
    Oil is now in dire straits.
    Mar 23, 2015. 08:33 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment