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  • Post-IPO, Can SodaStream Bubble Up the Profits?  [View article]
    "One CO2 tank, which costs $15 to refill, makes around 60 liters of soda. That works out to just 25 cents per liter of soda!"

    How much does the flavouring cost per litre?
    Nov 15, 2010. 02:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Policymakers at the G20 express unusual candor at the eurozone's financial woes. "It is essential to ensure continued recovery that Europe fix its banks," the Canadian finance minister says. "Without further and ongoing action from us, the recovery may not remain on track," South Korea's finance minister says. But Geithner says, "We're in a much stronger position..."   [View news story]
    One of these things is not like the others.
    Jun 4, 2010. 10:56 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Chemical companies are developing soybean, corn and cotton varieties tolerant of harsh older pesticides so that farmers can freely spray these on fields invaded by weeds that are growing immune to Monsanto's (MON) Roundup. It's a "very significant opportunity" for Dow Chemical (DOW), DuPont (DD), Bayer (BAYRY.PK), BASF (BASFY.PK) and Syngenta (SYT).   [View news story]
    So what happens when the weeds become resistant to these older pesticides? Fire resistant crops? Nuclear weapon resistant? Nuke the weeds from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
    Jun 4, 2010. 10:20 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can We Get Ourselves Off Gas?  [View article]
    Do you really believe any revenue from a gas tax increase would "be used to keep roads in good repair and to invest in rail, transit, buses and other infrastructure to facilitate reductions in oil use?"

    I don't believe that for a second.
    Jun 3, 2010. 04:45 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Obama administration wants to switch to more cost-effective metals in making pocket change, the WSJ reports, saving $100M annually in the process. But the effort is likely to stir up strong feelings, and there are concerns for small businesses like laundromats, which would have to retrofit machines for new coins.   [View news story]
    They'll save $100m per year but they'll spend $10B on the laundromat bailout.
    May 10, 2010. 10:48 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A clinical trial of an experimental GlaxoSmithKline (GSK -1.3%) drug designed to harness the potential anti-aging effects of red wine has been halted for "unexpected safety events."   [View news story]
    I've have "unexpected safety events" when I've had too much red wine too. Actually, maybe they were expected.
    May 4, 2010. 04:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Today's low interest rates may be feeding banks' profitability, but they're financially starving savers. Four years ago, the average yield on a one-year CD was about 5.4%; today, 1.3% and stuck there for many months. More than a hardship, it's a potential disaster that strikes at core American values of self-reliance, individual responsibility and fairness.   [View news story]
    "...that strikes at core American values of self-reliance, individual responsibility and fairness."

    What country have you been living in over the past 50 years?
    Mar 30, 2010. 04:54 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much Higher Can Apple Go?  [View article]
    IT people don't keep Windows around for job security. IT people keep Windows around because of spineless management who refuse to take a risk on anything new. That's how it's been at every one of the companies I've worked at.
    Mar 30, 2010. 11:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Rescuers find the body of Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, director of the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund - believed to be the world's largest at more than $450B.   [View news story]
    Too soon.
    Mar 30, 2010. 11:14 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • With NYSE volume increasingly concentrated in just a few stocks, Zero Hedge says, "the entire market will soon consist of exactly two companies (both of which are wards of the state) and one ETF, as liquidity finds the path of least resistance." (HT Felix Salmon)   [View news story]
    We should send Mike Holmes to Wall St. He'd "Make It Right".
    Mar 30, 2010. 11:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The House Financial Services Committee's Barney Frank says "I believe we will get a very good bill out of here" because financial reform is the American public's current No. 1 issue.   [View news story]
    Health care is fixed, the government fixed it by passing a law. Get with the program!
    Mar 24, 2010. 11:59 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • DragonWave Moves to Support Its Stock Price  [View article]
    Thankfully they're buying when the stock drops, unlike most managers who seem to like buybacks when the stock price is at record highs.
    Mar 15, 2010. 11:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The spike in Prius (TM) complaints doesn't necessarily mean there's an epidemic of bad gas pedals. Part of the rise is from increased consumer awareness, but the relentless negative media coverage means consumers are also looking for problems that might not actually be there.   [View news story]
    As soon as you make any product idiot-proof, the world makes a better idiot.
    Mar 11, 2010. 12:43 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors get excited about Synovus Financial's (SNV) new $0.01/share quarterly dividend. Shares +7.9%.   [View news story]
    I know I get excited about 1.3% yields. Oh man, I'm so excited.
    Mar 11, 2010. 10:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • There's "chatter on more asset sales coming," sparking another surge in AIG (AIG +12.4%) after deals to sell Alico to MetLife (MET) and AIA Group to Prudential UK (PUK) garnered $51B. AIG shares now trade above their 200-day moving average.   [View news story]
    Imagine how high AIG's shares will be once they sell off every operating unit and only hold massive liabilities! Better buy now before they really take off!
    Mar 9, 2010. 04:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment