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  • Tesla: The Short Of The Decade? [View article]
    The decade is still young. I think Blackberry was the short of the decade. We'll probably both be wrong by 2020.
    Aug 19 10:49 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Avoid Buying Individual Stocks In Distress [View article]
    Excellent article and an excellent list of things folks don't think about. The big pie in sky is almost always "when the price gets low enough they'll get bought out". Most buyouts happen when the price is nowhere near 52 week lows. Companies with good stuff get bought. Companies with good stuff aren't in distress when they are bought.

    Of course there is always some temptation though. Some stock that just missed oblivion and then became a 50 bagger. You could write this article every few months but it won't dispell the memory of that one day in 2001 when Kinross Gold Corporation was 20 cents a share for a couple of hours.....hmmm it might get back to 20 cents a share soon.....maybe I should buy it this time.
    Aug 15 12:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Microsoft Continue To Drop The Firm Hammer Of Justice On Bears? [View article]
    Windows 9 is going to be great.

    Around lunch time Sunday morning a bing streetview car rolled down my street catching my house needing trim work and a paint job. Ah well life goes on.
    Jul 1 10:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Residential PV Solar More Trouble Than It's Worth? [View article]
    Interesting take on solar. The complexity of managing the and converting the dc current that comes out of pv stops most residential dwellers (including me) from adopting it.

    But storage will be a big deal eventually. Lots of big buildings are using vanadium batteries (some of them are the size of small buildings) to store off peak power for use during peak periods to shave many dollars off their electric bills. Eventually one of the companies working on these problems for big property companies are going to discover a way that residential can benefit from the technology too. How long? I won't guess that but it will happen.
    Jun 26 12:02 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dendreon: An Update On The Debt Situation [View article]
    They do deserve some credit. They have developed an exotic niche treatment for advanced prostrate cancer. It's expensive and doesn't scale well so it can't be a "blockbuster" but it certainly does help some people. What is the stock worth? Right around 5 bucks forever probably.
    Jun 18 11:52 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • This Is's D-Day And The Alibaba Troops Are Disembarking [View article]
    It will be a fascinating battle to watch. I won't bet on it either way though. Sharks are in the water.

    A chinese woman (customer of ali baba) was on the radio during a profile of Ali Baba's CEO. She described the wonders of Ali Baba's prices and service. She then added a caveat. " I wouldn't buy baby clothes or baby food from them". Of course she was referring to the products of Chinese suppliers there but.....

    It will be fascinating.
    Jun 11 12:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I Was Wrong About Apple [View article]
    I'm not an apple fan boy or anything. I am a techie though and in my opinion you are going to be waiting a long time for Apple to pull a blackberry. I still meet people that buy an I phone now because they got mesmerized by borrowing one from someone else.
    Jun 9 10:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 42-month high for AIG after boost to buyback [View news story]
    Wow. It looks like AIG is the only financial to buy and hold back in the dark days of early 09. All the other ones promised to recover like this and did not do it (did not even come close). When I found out how much the Fed them out bailed I thought about backing up the truck......I should have done it.
    Jun 6 12:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Models trashed as bond rally defies expecatations [View news story]
    The WidowMaker (short treasuries) lives and breaths these 5 years after the collapse. Some day it will grow old and die......someday. I'm not playing in that pool though and speculators shouldn't either.
    Jun 2 02:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • E-Cigs Are A Different Industry From Traditional Tobacco [View article]
    I reached the same conclusion. E cigs help some people cut way down on real cigs, that is bad for big tobacco.

    Specifically in agreement with your article is that 2 of my friends use them. One has an e cig that literally looks like a metal pen. it is literally invisible in among the other metal accessories he carries around. He is a technician. The other friend prefers to use an e cig that looks like a high caliber, high velocity bullet. He likes guns. Big tobacco is not selling either of those e cigs.

    Big tobacco can sell fluid but I bet the margin on that is going to be a lot lower than the margin on a real cigarette.
    May 30 02:10 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • May Chicago PMI rises to 65.5 [View news story]
    I am not surprised. Business is trucking right along here in the mid-west.
    May 30 10:53 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Friends Not Enemies Pose The More Difficult Challenge [View article]
    User, I agree with the content of your statements, especially 6 and 7, but not the tone. I believe the west considers Russia a regional power while Russia considers itself a global power. Time will tell of course.
    May 27 02:33 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dumb Investment Of The Week: Getting Involved In Herbalife - The Ultimate Wall Street Donnybrook [View article]
    Excellent article.

    And thanks for that Van Gundy link. That's the best sports analogy I've seen for quite some time.
    Apr 21 02:19 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Coca-Cola's Decade-Long Struggle To Fix Its Declining CSD Business [View article]
    Very good article.

    I cannot imagine going more than 1 day without drinking Coke classic. I am 46 but I will feel 150 years old if there will ever come a time where I can't buy it every day because it's not popular enough to stock. I can deal with the world of 3 big tv networks and black an white bubble screen square crt TVs being a long forgotten memory but I will not be able to deal with that.

    I would buy a machine that serves me coke if it doesn't cost more than 10 percent more per liter. Those little pod containers are not recyclable plastic yet either and the 2 liter bottles are. In any case it It looks like it's at least a year or three away though.
    Apr 7 04:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Rising Risks For Dividend Growth Investors [View article]
    There is plenty of support left for dividend growth stocks. Baby boomers retiring every month.
    Mar 28 04:45 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment