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  • SunTrust: Thanksgiving shopping a "bust" [View news story]
    Black Friday has been spread out over at least a week. If total sales Monday are better than last years total sales then it is not a "bust".
    Nov 27, 2015. 01:02 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Goldman hits Phillips 66 with Sell rating, upgrades PBF Energy to Buy [View news story]
    I was a bit surprised with this news, too. Not sure GS even understands what PSX does. Hopefully, they will drive the price down for whoever they are fronting for.

    I will be adding to my position after January. Long PSX
    Nov 23, 2015. 11:50 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Adding A Brand Name, High-Yield 'Turnaround' Stock Could Power Your Income Portfolio [View article]
    Good analysis. I will follow you, as asked.

    I am long WMT and have been in 3 different accounts since the early 90's. I have reinvested all the dividends and have a very good position. I never have been a fan of toy companies, or game makers. They just appeal to a very fickle audience. I try to stay away from that.

    I also pay very close attention to market sentiment. The universal negativity towards WMT, calling for its eminent demise has me thinking it will soon be time to add to my position. Especially when the company is a market leader and a behemoth.

    I followed all the Angst towards Walgreens a few years ago, which led me to buy in in the low $30's. With reinvested dividends and about 3.3 years time I have seen that position triple.

    I do agree with you that Amazon is, and will continue to hurt WMT. I buy a lot of stuff from Amazon, mostly at WMT and WBA's expense. It's convenient and I don't have any concerns about empty shelves.

    I see 2 possible achilles heels for Amazon. Theft of delivered items, and strikes among union shop delivery services. I live in a very safe neighborhood and have no concerns about boxes being left on my porch. Many people do not share that luxury, and as thieves catch on we will see and epidemic of missing merchandise.

    UPS and USPS are strong union shops. A prolonged strike by either puts Amazon in a very difficult position. Fed-ex, Uber, etc. might pick up the slack. But, it would probably require a change in activity by consumers back to stores, at least for the short term. If the stores are ready for it, then habits could change back to pre-Amazon days.

    And change is in the works. I visited several local Walmart stores last week to see for myself. The stores are much cleaner, brighter and less cluttered. This is noticeable immediately as you enter the store. This is not scientific, but it appeared that the shelves were better stocked.

    Good investing to all.
    Oct 19, 2015. 11:44 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It's Time To Fix What's Actually Broken: My Open Letter To Wal-Mart [View article]
    Good article. I too am a long time holder of the stock, as well as a long time shopper at the WMT and Sams stores. Some of the issues you bring up I have not had experience with, but the empty shelf, no inventory issue has slowed down my visits to Wal-Mart in particular.

    For years I have made monthly visits to wal-Mart for our toiletries. In the past couple of years they have been out of the items I want, almost always. I finally gave up and now order these things on an Amazon monthly subscription.

    I would prefer to do business with a company I own an interest in but my time has value and have not been in a Wal-Mart for several months now. I have considered selling my shares because I fear the company is on a down-hill slide. But, it has been good to us over the long haul and I hope the new CEO will really make some meaningful changes.
    Oct 5, 2015. 02:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chevron And The First Signs Of A Recovery In Oil [View article]
    I have been log CVX since 2011. I added last july and I have a pretty large loss. I may sell to take the tax losses but I will then buy it again after the market settles down. I still believe in them long term. Also long COP and PSX
    Sep 23, 2015. 10:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill - Avoid This Stock [View article]
    I have had this stock on my watch list for about 3 years. It was in the 40's with a young inventory and a management promise to keep the dividend through 2016. Oil starts to fall and, all of a sudden, no more dividend....poof, it's gone. How can anyone trust this management?
    Sep 10, 2015. 09:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Falls... And Lands In My Dividend Growth Portfolio [View article]
    Thanks for the analysis. Like the other guy, I like your style.
    I am long APPL since the late 1990's and have added several times since 2010. It is my largest position so I have been reluctant to add more. I have no intention of selling because it still produces the best, and it is undervalued. IMHO.
    I marvel at some of the naysayers as they continually wring their hands about Apple's ability to maintain iPhone volumes. People who currently own an iPhone are highly likely to get another one when they upgrade.
    Over the last 10 quarters Apple has sold over 450 million iPhones. That is just the 5 and 6 series. Add in the 10 quarters before that and the numbers swell to over 650 million units. And still, we are not counting anything sold before the iPhone 4.
    Regardless of what upgrade cycle you choose to use, that is a whole bunch of people waiting in the wings for the current offering.
    Add in the millions of folks around the world clamoring to get an iPhone for the first time and volume possibilities become mind boggling.
    Based on this type of info you have made a good move, and you will never regret it.
    Aug 5, 2015. 01:50 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Report: New Apple TV set-top due in September, will have remote with touchpad [View news story]
    You know not of which you speak.

    I had an Apple TV 7-8 years ago in London and it got everything that my US one got.

    I have a friend in Birmingham, UK with an Apple TV and he gets all the stations including MLB tv., CNBC, etc.
    Jul 30, 2015. 09:53 PM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ConocoPhillips: Never Mind The Oil Price Crash, This 5.6% Dividend Yield Play Is Way Too Good To Pass Up [View article]
    I did the same thing. Added to my position at 56.34. Wish I had waited until Monday. Still believe I will be fine in the long run. Long COP
    Jul 30, 2015. 04:03 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chevron - A Nearly 5% Yielding Rock Of Stability In The Energy Sector [View article]
    Long CVX, COP and PSX in the oil related segment. I started my positions about 3-3 1/2 years ago. All 3 saw significant gains while paying increasing dividends. CVX and COP have pulled back to a near break even point for me while PSX has maintained most of its gains even in the down market. Each position started was for about the same amount of capital.
    Yesterday I added to CVX and COP to balance out the 3 positions. Each of these companies have strong points and weaker points but each pays a great dividend ranging from 2.7% to 5.5%.
    For now I reinvest the dividends but at some point I will use the income in retirement. Most likely 8-10 years out.
    I can't be sure of what oil is going to do, but it is currently is at a low point. If it goes lower I think my capital will be protected by the high dividend in CVX and COP which will purchase more low priced shares. PSX is more about chemicals, refining and pipelines, and a little oil production. They are still growing revenues and profits even in a down market, plus they have aggressively grown their dividend since being spun off in 2012. My capital is pretty safe with them.
    These are lifetime investments so I don't worry too much about short term markets, but i don't like to lose money. My long term focus is protect my capital base and generate an income stream which will likely grow faster than inflation.
    Jul 22, 2015. 02:16 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Microsoft And Google Couldn't Emulate The Apple Mobile Device Model [View article]
    All the competitors were legacy phone builders. Motorola has been in the 2 way communications business for decades. My first mobile phone in 1991 was a Samsung bag phone. They all went into the smartphone business as an addition to their old business models.
    Apple, on the other hand, started fresh as a smartphone manufacturer with no legacy and no carryover compromises in management and processes. Apple built its business model to create the smart phone business.
    Dinosaurs just don't usually compete well with the new kids.
    Jul 9, 2015. 10:22 AM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Commerce Bancshares: Why Are You Investing In This? [View article]
    Not sure of your motivations, but I am thinking you have something personal against CHSH.
    I am a long term holder. I looked at my spreadsheet and I had a position worth $143,812 on 12/31/10. All dividends reinvested and recipient of a 5% stock dividend each year. As of 6/30/15 it is worth $237,408.
    I can't find my HP financial calculator but I think that works out to somewhere around a 10% compound annual return. I will take that all day, every day, on any investment I ever make.
    Maybe you should limit your tomes to something you are more familiar with.
    Long CBSH
    Jul 6, 2015. 10:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Reevaluate Wal-Mart [View article]
    Your info is incorrect.

    I have 3 positions in WMT in IRA's and in our regular account. The ira's are about 19 years old and the other account is 9 1/2 years old. We have reinvested the dividends in all of them.

    In each account our position has just about doubled. Not stellar returns but definately not running in place either.
    Mar 3, 2015. 06:09 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Peabody Energy Remains Confident In Recovery In Coal Demand, But Where From? [View article]
    Thanks for your article. I have been watching BTU for a long time and never bought in. Still considering an initial position.

    In your analysis you wrote:
    "Beijing's announcement that coal's share of energy consumption must decrease from 72% in 2014 to 65% by 2017 and then to 60% by 2020".

    If the Chinese economy continues to grow, even at reduced rates of 4-7%, there will be a growing need for power. Much of that power might be generated by non coal related activity. But it is quite likely that coal will be needed. And even if they can reach the goal of 60% as a smaller slice of the pie. You would still see increased coal usage if the Economy has grown by 30%(bigger pie).

    This is an over simplification but I think it still applies.

    Not yet long BTU
    Feb 23, 2015. 04:25 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Fiscal Q2: iPhone Channel Tailwind [View article]
    On the earnings call in response to an analyst question, Tim cook said that the number of iPhones sold in the last quarter coming from iPhone upgrades was only in the low teens.

    If the typical upgrade cycle is in the 18-36 month window from original purchase then there were almost 200 million iPhones to upgrade in the last quarter. Holdovers from older periods adds to that number. That means there are 160-180 million potential upgrades. Plus another 30 million becoming eligible this quarter. Add switchers from other formats and the number of possible iPhones yet to be sold is staggering. Maybe 75 million in one quarter was just the beginning.

    Long APPL, would buy more but it is my largest position.
    Feb 2, 2015. 10:43 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment