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  • Is Hasbro Seriously Overvalued? Should I Trim It Or Sell It? [View article]
    Dave- I first bought HAS the first day of trading in 2013 for $35.50, and then tripled my position in November last year at $54. I sold Jan 2016 $70 covered calls several months ago, feeling that it was overvalued. So if HAS remains above $70 at that time, the decision to sell will have been made for me. I'll receive $70 per share plus the call option premium already received, in addition to the dividends. As another commenter said, there is a large price gap between $66 and $69, so if HAS declines to that level over the next several months, I can buy back the calls and continue holding HAS if it appears that is the extent of the correction. As that commenter said, there is huge support at the bottom of that gap.

    Another stock in a similar situation as HAS is Lockheed Martin (LMT). Having held a full position for over 2 1/2 years, the large appreciation has created a higher weighting in the portfolio. But in this case, since this is held in a taxable account as opposed to HAS, I have opted to purchase puts from time to time when it appeared that LMT had overextended itself. That protects the position from a large decline in the stock. This is done rather than sell LMT and face a large taxable gain. Besides, I still like the stock (and those dividends). The YOC will soon be over 7%. Thus far I have had mixed results on the puts, some gains and some losses, with a net small loss. But that is acceptable since LMT continues to increase in price over time, the additional appreciation far outstripping that small loss.

    I know you don't do options, but I just wanted you to see examples of how they can be used when a decision to trim or sell a stock presents itself.
    Jul 28, 2015. 11:29 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. companies to invest $140B in support of U.N. climate change deal [View news story]
    "Would you raise your kids next to coal firing plant, a fracking area, or nuclear power plant for that matter."

    Let's not forget that the Kennedy's fought tooth and nail against a windfarm in the ocean off their luxurious estate on Martha's Vineyard. You see, it all depends on whose ox is being gored.
    Jul 28, 2015. 08:21 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • American Realty Capital Properties Gets A New Name [View article]
    I see the nattering nabobs of negativism are still around in the comment threads.
    Jul 28, 2015. 08:09 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. companies to invest $140B in support of U.N. climate change deal [View news story]
    Mortbert- Your data is old. Since 2010, the trend is clearly down. Also, I said no major hurricanes have hit the U.S. since 2005, which is true. You also included years 2002 through 2005, which did have major hurricanes hit the U.S. (Katrina for one).
    Jul 28, 2015. 01:10 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. companies to invest $140B in support of U.N. climate change deal [View news story]
    I'm sure this homework assignment came from the likes of National Geographic, and was loaded with lots of probably's and maybe's.
    Jul 27, 2015. 11:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. companies to invest $140B in support of U.N. climate change deal [View news story]
    All good points. PEP is the only one I own in that group. Like I said above in another comment, I'll have to consider that investment for further review.
    Jul 27, 2015. 11:20 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. companies to invest $140B in support of U.N. climate change deal [View news story]
    Most people now know there has been a vast, global green conspiracy to silence scientific opposition to the idea of global warming- even to the point of falsifying data and ruining others' careers. Using loaded words like "catastrophic" and "deniers" are part of their tactics.
    Jul 27, 2015. 10:52 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. companies to invest $140B in support of U.N. climate change deal [View news story]
    One of the cries of the global warmistas about 10 years ago, in the wake of Katrina, was that here in the U.S. we would be seeing increasing and more powerful hurricanes. Well, how has that worked out? This may be the 10th straight season that no major hurricane has hit the U.S. mainland. And the number of hurricanes formed each year on average has declined tremendously.
    Jul 27, 2015. 10:30 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. companies to invest $140B in support of U.N. climate change deal [View news story]
    We could continue to go back and forth on this, but it is tiring. The bottom line is that, Ian Plimer's comments aside, claims that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global warming are not substantiated, especially when considering thousands of years of empirical data. With hundreds of well-known climate scientists and tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief in the catastrophic forecasts, it is clear that the science is NOT settled.
    Jul 27, 2015. 09:49 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. companies to invest $140B in support of U.N. climate change deal [View news story]
    Pitnick- He referred to carbon dioxide in connection with the forest fires, not the volcano eruptions. Please give me one citation where he referred to carbon dioxide in connection with volcano eruptions. He said "greenhouse gases", the major one of which is sulfur dioxide, and the release of which led to 3 years of global cooling after Pinatubo. You entirely miss his point. His point is that all the attempts to reduce carbon are wasted because of the cooling effects of volcanoes such as Pinatubo, which even the USGS has admitted, as well as other natural occurrences.

    As for Wikipedia's bias, although it claims to have credibility because anyone can edit it, in fact the website represents the viewpoint of its most strident and persistent editors. It is also heavily influenced by paid public relations professionals who do not disclose their conflicts of interest.

    An example of their obvious bias:

    Wikipedia's entry on Benazir Bhutto has nearly 8,000 words on all aspects of her life, and yet not one word acknowledging that she led the movement against the United Nations' creating a new international right to abortion.
    Jul 27, 2015. 08:58 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. companies to invest $140B in support of U.N. climate change deal [View news story]
    Pitnick- "You recommend looking up Mr. Pilmer on Wikipedia, and I suggest that you double check that entry yourself, because his views are plainly refuted right there on the page, backed by plenty of citations in support of the refutation."

    Considering it's Wikipedia, I'm not surprised with their obvious bias. Also, see my answer to hasapiko, as you are under the same false illusions about what Pilmer said, not once referring to carbon dioxide coming from volcanoes in that article.

    And it's laughable that you want us to take the EPA's word on it.
    Jul 27, 2015. 08:26 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. companies to invest $140B in support of U.N. climate change deal [View news story]
    hasapiko-

    Nice try, but Ian Plimer never said anything about carbon dioxide being released, if you care to reread the article. He said "greenhouse gases", which include sulfur dioxide, and which even the USGS was forced to admit that it cooled the earth for 3 years following Pinatubo's eruption. The USGS is totally on the side of the warmistas.

    With the greenies, it's always about straw men and deflections.
    Jul 27, 2015. 08:19 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. companies to invest $140B in support of U.N. climate change deal [View news story]
    Nice info from someone who ought to know, especially coming from Australia. I'm waiting with popcorn to see the greenies' counter to this.
    Jul 27, 2015. 07:57 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. companies to invest $140B in support of U.N. climate change deal [View news story]
    I'm invested in only one of those companies. I'll have to consider that investment for further review now.
    Jul 27, 2015. 07:15 PM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T swings back at 'unprecedented' $100M throttling fine [View news story]
    Go get 'em T. Enough is enough.

    As for the DTV merger, Commissioner Pai suggested the FCC's demands on the deal were not supported and constituted a regulator "wish list" that had nothing to do with deal at hand. "These conditions are the forced tribute that the company must offer to mollify the Capitol," he said. In fact, Commissioner Pai said that the deal needed no conditions, and pointed to the Justice Department approval of the deal as not threatening competition. "When the Commission instructs a regulated entity that it must offer a particular service for no more than a particular price, there is a name for that: It is called rate regulation." He also says the FCC condition preventing the combined company from discriminating against unaffiliated over-the-top providers is not justified. In fact, he says, the evidence suggests the opposite, that any attempt to hamper broadband customers access to OTT providers would hurt the company, not help it.
    Jul 27, 2015. 07:08 PM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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