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  • Investors In GE Should Watch Out For This Sub-Industry Peer [View article]
    This demonstrates the fallacy of using SIC codes to compare companies. There is very little overlap of product lines other than Pratt & Whitney and the wind power group. Certainly no appliance division to drag UTC numbers down.
    Aug 27, 2014. 04:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Harley Davidson: A Focus On Environmental, Social And Governance Metrics [View article]
    Harley, politically correct? Imagine that!
    Jul 1, 2014. 03:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric: Increasing Backlogs Is Just One Side Of The Story [View article]
    And, since I have held GE for a little over 6 years, I am still underwater.
    Mar 26, 2014. 03:19 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buffett Or Icahn: Invest In Berkshire Hathaway Or Icahn Enterprises [View article]
    I agree with tex805. My Federal Mogul shares are worthless, but Icahn has wrung a pile of money out of the company, shareholders be damned.
    Mar 20, 2014. 09:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Solazyme Find Growth In Hydraulic Fracturing? [View article]
    Kevin - drilling mud and fracturing fluid are very different.
    Drilling mud is made to be heavy and thick, for the reasons you mention and to contain the pressure in the well. It consists primarily of a clay and water.
    Fracturing fluid is made to flow down a well that is already drilled under very high pressures (8,000-15,000 psi at the pump) and transport a proppant to hold the cracks open. It consists of water, sand and thickeners (often guar gum). Most fracturing fluids today are non-toxic, and the industry is developing more effective fluids all the time.
    Mar 17, 2014. 07:04 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Solazyme Find Growth In Hydraulic Fracturing? [View article]
    Nonsense! Get your facts straight Gregory. Water, sand and guar gum are not toxic. The stuff you are talking about stopped many years ago.
    Mar 17, 2014. 06:57 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric: Unwarranted Sell-Off Represents An Opportunity [View article]
    Whine all you want! I bought GE at $33 and I'm still in for the long haul.
    Jan 21, 2014. 09:45 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Harley-Davidson Valued For Near Perfect Execution In 2014 [View article]
    Finally, an article from someone who "gets it"! I ride a 2012 Ultra Classic touring bike. The new Rushmore Ultra Limited is a great improvement, and reasonably priced based on the changes and upgrades.
    My 22 y.o. daughter rides a Dyna and works at a HD dealership. Her boyfriend is a long time Harley rider. I don't think the demographics are as bad as some think.
    I am also interested in seeing how the Street line sells. Too many dealers poo-poo the Sportster as a little bike and they didn't know how to sell the Buell line.
    I'm long HOG with stops in place.
    Dec 31, 2013. 09:12 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why General Electric Still Has Substantial Upside [View article]
    A large portion of GE's backlog is product that takes years to complete and is not readily available from other sources. It's not like shopping for tires! You can't just swap a Pratt & Whitney engine in where a GE engine goes.
    Oct 16, 2013. 12:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 401(k) Reconstructed - 2013 Third Quarter Review [View article]
    I have been doing this for a while, and I am also an engineer (mechanical). My concerns are the quantity of stocks you are holding and the amount you're spending on trades. I have pared my portfolio down considerably, and trade in round lots wherever possible.
    MLPs can be great additions to your portfolio. I recommend Enterprise Partners or Kinder Morgan- both high quality, excellent returns, growth tied to natural gas.
    good Luck!
    Oct 16, 2013. 10:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Boeing to expand manufacturing facility amid strong demand [View news story]
    Will the last Boeing employee please turn out the lights in Seattle?

    Heard that 45 years ago, when I was in college. It's probably as valid now as it was then.
    Sep 19, 2013. 10:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The textbook business maybe becoming too cutthroat, as McGraw-Hill (MHP) agrees to the sale of its education unit to Apollo Global Management (APO) for $2.5B. After closing, McGraw-Hill will be renamed McGraw-Hill Financial. Shares in MHP are currently halted. (PR[View news story]
    You should look at Engineering textbooks - they are outrageous!
    Nov 26, 2012. 04:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Harley Davidson Pulls A 'Jedi Mind Trick' [View article]
    Anecdotal addition - my daughter (22 tomorrow) and her fiance both ride Sportsters. She is on her 2nd one, and wouldn't buy a crotch rocket.
    I've also had a bunch of different brands since '66, but Harley has come a long way. If I had to pick one bike, it would be a Buell Ulysses - but then I would be single again, since my wife likes the Ultra Classic too much to regress.
    Oct 19, 2012. 09:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Harley-Davidson's U-Turn - Stock Prices Ride High [View article]
    A couple of points:
    If you find a "Mint" Harley for 1/2 price, it will be at least 10 years old (or a scam). Features improve each year, so that is not a big factor.
    I bought at $16, sold at $45, and got back in at $41 - all within the last few years. In addition there are the dividends.
    Oct 19, 2012. 09:00 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wedbush tips off that its channel checks show Outperform-rated Harley-Davidson (HOG) retail sales slowed to a low- to mid-single-digit pace during the quarter, although September is trending stronger. Getting a firm handle on the company's motorcycles sales has always been a bit dicey, but the latest word from dealers is that inventory is running a bit too low. [View news story]
    Model year changeover will do that (make dealer stocks low). The 2013 bikes are coming in, and our local dealers are seeing an increase in sales activity. Some 2012 models remain, but not as many as normal year end.
    Sep 11, 2012. 09:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment