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  • Seadrill seals $319M in jack-up deals [View news story]
    SDRL & ESV have been flat for 3 years. Growth for both (16-20% yoy) are healthy & dividend rates are incredible. What's going on? Outta favor sector?
    Apr 2 03:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    Not responsible when President is from one party but responsible if from the other party? Wow, that's pretty good as you will always win the discussion, in your own mind.
    Apr 2 10:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Very Strong Demand For Mac Pro 2014 [View article]
    I don't believe you know anything about Cook or what he thinks. Some people will attempt to make EVERYTHING a political issue. Nonsense.
    Apr 2 09:39 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Microsoft Outperform Apple In 2014? [View article]
    "NOK will increase MSFT revenue well over $100 billion this year though will drag down profits for a while."

    NOK did $30b last fiscal year. Down 22% from prior year.
    Apr 1 04:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    7.1 million signed up for ACA! 1st goal accomplished.
    Apr 1 04:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Microsoft Outperform Apple In 2014? [View article]
    MSFT has always had the capacity to outperform AAPL but their products are very subpar compared to the latter. Can the new CEO turn it around, yep, I own both stocks. Just recently MSFT after completely avoiding it for 15 years due to the current issues that it still has, buggy software released way too soon. Surface is not the answer. When was XT made available, 2001-2. Fix the SOFTWARE and they will have a chance at beating AAPL.
    Apr 1 10:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    I had 1 surgery in 2012 that propelled my out of pocket by $3,000 for that year. Other than that no extraordinary costs other than a Ct-Scan once every 2 years at a cost of, then, $ 700 out of pocket. Therefore, considering the above, $ 5,100 of the $114k would be considered non-typical on an insurance basis.

    BTW, Ct-Scan is now 35% cheaper than 2010 cost per estimate just received.

    I fully understand that you feel I am a beneficiary of ACA. I do not disagree, I am. I just hope subsequent generations will not be subjected to the type of issues that face "individual health care policies" prior to ACA. I only had to put up with it for 4.5 years. I know some that have had to deal with it for a lot longer.
    Mar 31 08:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    I encourage anyone that is on an ACA exchange plan to present their experiences/costs for the first 3 months of existence as there is a bunch of incorrect info on WSB.

    Let me be the first. My wife & I have a PPO Gold ACA plan with no direct subsidies from gov't. Last year we had 2 separate individual PPO plans (1 for me & 1 for my wife). In 4.5 years, prior to 2014, we spent approximately $ 114,000 in insurance premiums and out of pocket medical expenses. Prior to 2014, we had $75 per month in med prescription costs (very low for our age).

    For the last 3 months (since ACA plan) our savings have been;

    $500 savings per month insurance premium (500 x 3 = 1,500)
    $ 275 savings on my annual physical (wife in Oct) = 275
    $ 1,000 saving for my colonoscopy (wife in Oct, cost = $0). 1,000
    $ 110 saving for 3 months meds 110

    Total savings for 3 months = $ 2,885

    For you anti ACA folks this may make you angry. That's ok as I was angry for 4.5 years paying an astronomical amount for our health care as an individual buyer of insurance. Some might say I wouldn't pay that amount but I had no choice as I have assets to lose if I was not covered. I realize there are folks that can't pay that for insurance, now you can with ACA plans.
    Mar 31 04:48 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    A large expense for families in the area I live in is transportation costs. In the last 20 years I have owned only GM. Passed the vehicles down to sons and all were very good economical cars. One had 250,000 miles while the others were driven to an average of 150,000 miles. Took good care of them and my overall expense was very low compared to others I knew/know. Both sons bought other foreign cars after getting out of college & have since returned to GM due to maintenance costs associated with other maker.

    Replace a timing belt every 50k miles? Give me a break.
    Mar 31 03:42 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Biogen Idec: Looking More Attractive After Pullback [View article]
    Agree. A majority of momentum stocks had momentum for a reason & most reasons still exists 3-4 weeks later. It may require earnings reports to get some back in favor. Look at MU today, although it has not reported earnings it will later this week and buy side is coming back big time as it is up >7% today.

    If your momo stock is fundamentally sound & continues growing at expected rate, that will not go "outta style" for long.
    Mar 31 02:10 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Housing Market Is Starting To Get Hammered [View article]
    I would not bet on housing prices going down in the next several years. Of course it's all about location & jobs. A bunch of dirt flying around with older homes getting demo'd for land to build. Biggest risk is much higher rates, >8%, hoping gradual increase & if so, the race will be on for buyers, existing & first timers.
    Mar 28 04:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Housing Market Is Starting To Get Hammered [View article]
    As I said you may be right, however, I have children that are 1st time buying age and 1 just bought and the other is looking now. Both have some debt but not all 1st timers have student loan debt. Believe it or not, many had parents that paid for their college. Not everyone should be stirred in the same stereotypical pot. And no, they are not from Mars.
    Mar 28 12:30 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Housing Market Is Starting To Get Hammered [View article]
    As an ex-retailer I was amazed how people across the country moved in "herds". If sales on a specific day were up in Dallas, sales were up in Denver & the same held true on down days. I am not convinced that 2 months data are an accurate predictor of spring-summer housing sales. You may be correct but if things begin to heat up it can do it very quickly. A lot of folks wanting to move either up or down size. In my neighborhood of 90 homes, only 1 is currently for sale. I bet there will be > 6 by June 1.

    Thanks for sharing your article.
    Mar 28 11:10 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ensco: A Great Buying Opportunity In A High-Yielding Stock [View article]
    Arie, a follow up to my comment above. You have thus far timed the turn around, at this point, perfectly. Congrats!
    Mar 27 11:13 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10 Healthcare Dogs Prescribe 6% To 16% March Upsides [View article]
    Very useful information. Thanks for sharing your article.
    Mar 27 10:30 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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