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  • Has Buffett Gone Mad? Berkshire Hathaway Founder Steps Up A $1B For College Basketball [View article]
    Hey, Mr. Buffet, with all the Billions you already have it hardly seems that you would need to offer an enormous prize to promote yourself and your business interests even further. Instead, how about making one or more significantly magnanimous offers to anyone who finds the cure for such awful, debilitating, and fatal diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, Muscular Dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), etc., etc. Wouldn't that make much better use of your fabulous wealth while lessening the suffering of humankind and still fostering the ingenuity and competition you value?
    Jan 25 09:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time Warner Cable (TWC) has reportedly contacted Cablevision (CVC) and Cox Cable about buying them as TWC looks to grow through acquisitions rather than be bought by John Malone's Liberty Media (LMCA), which owns 27% of Charter Communications (CHTR). While talks with Cox and Cablevision haven't led too far, the latter's founder and Chairman, 86-year Chuck Dolan, could be ready to sell. As for Liberty, TWC believes a tie-up for Charter would add too much debt and it is skeptical about prospective synergies. [View news story]
    7/1/13 CVC closed at $18.44, UP a dollar sixty-two per share !
    Don't say I didn't tell you.
    Jul 1 06:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time Warner Cable (TWC) has reportedly contacted Cablevision (CVC) and Cox Cable about buying them as TWC looks to grow through acquisitions rather than be bought by John Malone's Liberty Media (LMCA), which owns 27% of Charter Communications (CHTR). While talks with Cox and Cablevision haven't led too far, the latter's founder and Chairman, 86-year Chuck Dolan, could be ready to sell. As for Liberty, TWC believes a tie-up for Charter would add too much debt and it is skeptical about prospective synergies. [View news story]
    On Friday I sold my 1,100 shares of CVC at $16.85 for a modest profit of about $2,400 after a year or so in order to get out in the black and avoid further volatility. This tells me that CVC, now free of the weight of my shares, will soar like a hot-air balloon, and what better catalyst for that is there than a buy-out offer or even a rumor of one. Be advised, fellow investors!
    Jun 30 06:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The right-to-work bill in Michigan awaiting Governor Snyder's signature won't have any impact on the bottom line of the Big Three anytime soon, but could pull at the thread of the organized labor movement in the state, according to analysts. With the unions able to flex their muscles with the Detroit automakers historically, the question now centers on if future labor negotiations could be influenced, if even just a shade? [View news story]
    Right To Work really means Workers Have No Rights.
    If you don't believe that, try working for a private employer in Florida where you're treated like dirt and repeatedly reminded that the slightest infraction of Company Rules will result in your immediate termination.
    Dec 10 08:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lenders in search of a reasonable yield - and still wary of mortgages - are easing standards for auto loans, leading to a resurgence in ABS backed by the paper. A surge in lending, the average age of autos on the road of 11 years (a record), and beaten-down shares of GM and F? Something doesn't add up. [View news story]
    The factor that doesn't make sense is the affinity of Americans for cars made by anyone but our own manufacturers. Look at any group of cars on our roads and see how few are Chevies or Fords. Even if some foreign brands are partially manufactured here, all the profits go abroad. We're shooting our economy in the foot and wondering why we can't run forward. I guess we must love BMW, Mercedes, Bentley, Lexus, Nissan, Toyota, Kia, etc., etc. more than we want to get out of the Great Recession. And wait, Chinese cars aren't even here yet. Besides, China adds a 25% tariff on imported cars, while we take in all their products under Free Trade.
    Aug 14 02:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford (F) reportedly is planning a radical redesign of its F-150 truck, trading in steel for a largely aluminum body, in a bid to meet tougher fuel requirements. Ford hopes a switch to the lighter metal will cut the weight by ~700 pounds, a 15% reduction for the company's most popular U.S. pickup. But can die-hard pickup buyers be convinced that aluminum is as tough as steel?  [View news story]
    Why stop at pick-ups? Let's make all types of vehicles out of lighter weight products such as aluminum.
    Jul 26 06:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China plans to subsidize the development of pure-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the nation to reduce the nation's dependence on oil and cut emissions. The State Council's public goal of seeing 5M alternative-energy vehicles produced by 2020, blows away previous estimates and sets the prize high for a company able to knock out a technological breakthrough in the industry. EV-related plays include F,GM, TSLA, NSANY.OB, AVAV, ECTY, GACR.PK, KNDI, HMC, JCI, NRG, ZAAP.OB, VLKAY, and AONE.  [View news story]
    It's about time the Chinese Commies, oh, excuse me, The People's Republic of China, did something positive for the world besides just adding to the population.
    Jul 10 01:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford: Time To Shrink The Amount Of Outstanding Shares [View article]
    pebbea, I'm sorry, but I can't resist responding to your comment. For a few months at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 F shares traded below $2.00. I know because I bought them then to bring my avg. cost way down. I ultimately made $100K on F when it went up to only $12 or $13. So, what "entry point" are you waiting for? I'm pretty sure that the Ford family is not going to pay you to take shares off their hands. Go for it!
    Jul 8 12:24 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford's June Sales: To Cheer Or Not To Cheer? [View article]
    Dear Marek, I agree with most of your facts such as our minuscule memory and our desire for big cars at the slightest easing of fuel prices. However, there are large families and other folks that simply must have vehicles with the carrying capacity of the Flex (didn't we used to call such things "station wagons"?) Then there are farmers, contractors, and other businesses that need pickup trucks. Someone must provide such vehicles and Ford happens to do that quite well, so why criticize them for it? When was the last time you saw a mini garbage truck or a mini Abrams tank? It's not like Ford isn't pushing forward with much more fuel efficient cars at all; they're simply filling their market's demand which IMO is merely good business sense.
    Jul 3 01:27 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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