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  • Investor group to buy GE Capital consumer finance arm for $6.3B [View news story]
    When it says $A8.2B, I presume that's money that'll be taxed up the wazoo if they repatriate it to the US?
    Mar 15, 2015. 01:07 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Yahoo: Playing Wait-And-See [View article]
    I just got out after holding since Oct 2012, got in at $16.71. I feel like I might be kicking myself in a year or two, but in the meantime, I still got a decent return for the time I've held it and I'll sleep a whole lot better while this all gets figured out.
    Mar 4, 2015. 02:00 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Coca-Cola declares $0.33 dividend [View news story]
    Companies don't become dividend aristocrats by paying out as much as they can each quarter. That would lead to inevitable dividend cuts with each hiccup in the economy, which nobody likes.
    Feb 19, 2015. 02:05 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much 'Extra' Return Are You Getting If You Reinvest Dividends? [View article]
    Funny that you look at it that way. I look at my inability to time the market as a two-way street (I don't know the optimal time to buy a stock, and I don't know the optimal time to sell once I buy it), and collecting dividends is a piece of my dollar-cost averaging strategy.

    Just as my biweekly payroll deductions encourage me to invest regularly regardless of macro conditions (though it is admittedly still sort of a timing decision when I choose which stock), the dividends help ensure that my exit of a given stock will never be a 100% timing decision either. I'm getting a modest return of capital every quarter.
    Jan 28, 2015. 12:35 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Brent Falls To New 5-Year Low [View article]
    Chenevert got a $172M parachute for that abrupt resignation over his priorities, I'd be furious if I were a UTX shareholder.
    Dec 8, 2014. 09:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: Yahoo set to invest in Snapchat at $10B valuation [View news story]
    I agree Andreas, I'm up 146% and I'll take MM over Carol Bartz or Scott Thompson any day.

    And given what Facebook ponied up for Whatsapp, maybe the relatively paltry billion spent on Tumblr (the only big acquisition Mayer has really made) can prove to be a steal in the long run.
    Oct 7, 2014. 01:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time For Yahoo To Buy The New York Times [View article]
    "It's a good time because Yahoo needs to do something to prevent a takeover that might come from Softbank (OTCPK:SFTBF) or Alibaba..."

    Why? I think most of us shareholders wouldn't mind that one bit.
    Oct 3, 2014. 12:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yahoo responds to Starboard; 3 more products shuttered [View news story]
    As a YHOO long of a couple years, I welcome activists targeting the company, but a merger with AOL is worst case scenario. I can't help but think that Starboard has their own ulterior motives (like owning a big stake in AOL) that don't serve the average YHOO shareholder.
    Sep 27, 2014. 12:45 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • This Could Be The Catalyst To Push GE's Shares Higher [View article]
    I agree. I'm a shareholder and I like getting dividends, but given GE's not-to-distant past (massive dividend cut about 5 years ago), this is one company that I'd prefer play it safe with their payout.
    Sep 25, 2014. 08:24 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. government threatened huge fines to force Yahoo to release data [View news story]
    I'm pretty sure that those fines wouldn't be deductible.

    Besides, what's to stop them from getting fined and then having the FBI kick down the door and seize their data anyway?
    Sep 11, 2014. 11:31 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Starbucks' Pullback From $80 Presents A Buying Opportunity [View article]
    I don't think Schultz's stance in that case hurt Starbucks one bit. The younger generations are decidedly pro-gay marriage, gays generally have above-average disposable income, and amongst those who care either way and buy $5 coffees, I'm sure he invited more business.
    Mar 5, 2014. 07:54 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Union Pacific Corporation beats by $0.06, misses on revenue [View news story]
    What constitutes a "miss" or inline on $5.63 billion revenue? $90 million seems borderline immaterial, would they still call it a miss if it was $30 million off? $3 million? $3? Where is the line drawn?
    Jan 23, 2014. 08:40 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dave Van Knapp Positions For 2014: The Best Dividend Growth Stocks Will Pay Out More This Year [View article]
    "Dividend growth investing also has a psychological appeal. Managing the emotions of investing is a huge part of success no matter what your strategy is. I have found that focusing on the dividend side of the equation pretty much insulates me from worrying about fluctuations in the market."

    I've never figured out a good way to articulate this, but the whole psychological appeal to me of dividends is that knowing when to sell a stock is way more difficult than knowing when to buy, and just as a biweekly payroll deduction helps me dollar cost average into the market, the quarterly dividend helps me DCA my way back out in some small way (at least out of my current positions, I do tend to reinvest it elsewhere).
    Jan 12, 2014. 01:26 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Orange juice prices on watch [View news story]
    Where's Clarence Beeks?
    Dec 26, 2013. 09:57 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Coca-Cola: No Return Potential Beyond The Dividend [View article]
    I drink Coke pretty much every day, but I've bought cans almost exclusively for the last 20 years because I can't stand those stupid plastic bottles.
    Dec 10, 2013. 11:35 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment