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  • Apple: Stop Comparing Apples To Oranges [View article]
    Apple has a distinct company culture. The perfectionist, thorough research and development, the "campus", i.e., creative atmosphere and milieu of Apple are part of its DNA. George Washington died and the USA marched on, led by capable leaders.

    It is a different company, and as Jobs said, Apple is and will be run like a startup, with all that implies. It doesn't imply complacency, sloppiness, sloth, or mediocrity.

    Apple is like Mensa. Among its users and employees, no other company receives almost fanatical loyalty, even love.

    Long AAPL. Buy the dips.
    Apr 15, 2012. 01:16 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Research In Motion Over The Long Run [View article]
    Look at the lows for RIMM over the past year. It has been lower twice, the lowest about 12.50. Now things are worse, more market share lost, and nobody's writing apps for Rimm Dim. The units are crap, users report they fall apart after a year of use, and the veneer paint wipes off, making them look cheap and tawdry.\

    Wake up. All Apple has to do for the "Indian Market and other poor countries, is come out with a much cheaper iPhone right at the price point for the Blackbury, blitz the advertising in those countries, subsidize and undercut RIMM Dim with their enormous cash hoard (Jobs was no fool), and RIMM goes the way of Palm.

    They've got a gun to their head; Apple can finish them off anytime it wants.

    I'm short this pig, and I am sure there is no upside to this pathetic company
    Apr 1, 2012. 10:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • TGIF - Stop The Rally, We Want To Get Off! [View article]
    I think you have a brain chemical imbalance or those hormones you are taking after your sex change operation need to be calibrated
    Mar 17, 2012. 06:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why History Should Worry Apple [View article]
    The only way for Apple to fall far would be to appoint Barack Hussein Obama as CEO.
    Feb 22, 2012. 11:31 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fair Labor Association's inspection of Apple (AAPL) contract manufacturer Foxconn's facilities has turned up "tons of issues," reports Bloomberg, following a talk with FLA head Auret van Heerden. Van Heerden adds there will be "some very significant announcements in the near future" related to the FLA's findings. (earlier)  [View news story]
    Sounds to me that Apple-who by manufacturing in China-gave employment to those who would be far poorer. And who is this Fair Labor Practices group? A bunch of lawyers with sociology degrees, with a minor in Alinksky organizing ?? Utopian One World Marxists who never met a Fellow Traveler they didn't like?

    This is a hit job on low hanging fruit, because Apple is more idealistic than most companies. Why don't they go after Brazilian mining companies? Because they would be shot and the police would look the other way. What about practices in Africa, where Africans enthusiastically enslave other Africans? Vietnam anybody? Burma?

    Gimme a break. Sell your stock immediately when the market opens, so I can add more to my portfolio.
    Feb 19, 2012. 06:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • GM's Chevy Volt problems appear to extend beyond battery issues: the WSJ reports GM was set to miss its 2011 Volt sales target of 10K units even before the NHTSA battery fire. Production and distribution issues played a role in the sales weakness, but the Volt's $41K price tag may have been the largest factor. GM hopes to sell 45K Volts next year, but there's growing skepticism about its ability to hit that goal.  [View news story]
    Moose, you got me larfing on that one! Yes, Just like Nancy Pelosi and Hilda Solis said: giving out unemployment insurance is a positive stimulus for the economy. Think of the wonderful, overpaid, pampered UAW workers who need that new bass boat, or a second SUV.

    As a retired union member, I have to acknowledge that Right To Work Federal legislation needs to be passed and ALL public sector unions abolished; who is management? You, the taxpayer. We are where Britain was just before Thatcher. Labor unions controlled by Communists with the goal of establishing a world wide collective based on redistribution of wealth, loss of national sovereignty, and top down governing by the elite mega rich controlling the apparatchik puppets like Obungler and his moll, Moochelle.
    Dec 11, 2011. 10:34 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why A Billionaire And Birinyi Are Buying Research In Motion Now [View article]
    There is zero possibility of RIMM gaining new subscribers and high probability of continually losing subscribers. THIS is an investment opportunity? When they do go for sale, the price is likely to be driven down. Watch the stock drop another 10% by early next year, if not earlier.

    There are much better investing opportunities.
    Dec 5, 2011. 07:19 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL): FQ4 EPS of $7.05 misses by $0.23. Revenue of $28.3B (+39% Y/Y) misses by $1.15B. AAPL -5.6% AH. (PR)  [View news story]
    For a "miss" of analyst's expectations, one has to assume that there is some objective and compelling confidence in the targets set by analcysts. Why is that? Could a more realistic target have made AAPL outperform again? AAPL outperformed their own targets.

    Analysts are like film critics, if they had the talent and mojo, they would be working at doing and creating.
    Oct 19, 2011. 07:35 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • When's the Right Time to Sell Apple? [View article]
    <<Only a true worldwide economic collapse will kill this incredible company.<<

    Completely wrong. No other company in the world has a cash to earnings ration like Apple. If anything economically could kill Apple, then there would be nothing left but basket weaving on the planet. Think twice before you agree with those "analysts" that harp on Apple paying dividends. I would rather they bought back their stock and smoked those shorties that artificially depress the stock.
    Aug 20, 2011. 10:55 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Era of the Laptop Is Over: Apple to Sell 20 Million iPads Over the Holidays [View article]
    Or they could start a buy back of their stock.
    Aug 20, 2011. 10:32 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Corn Overreacts to USDA June Reports [View article]
    I've got a helluva headache here. Will somebody help? So let's say corn prices will decline due to whatever. For the farmer to make the same amount of money, he will have to plant more corn, more acreage. That means more fertilizer. If corn were stratospheric in price, then he would have to plant less to make the same money, resulting in .....less fertilizer!!. Corn prices are still historically high, so is not the farmer going to use the same fertilizer rate per acre??

    I'm confused. You know, before the ethanol scam, the Federal Govmint used to buy the excess corn and ship it to poor starving Muslim African countries, to feed and save the starving children so that they could grow up and hate us. I personally have delivered grain in Africa, courtesy of the "People of the United States of America".

    What is going on here with fertilizer prices taking a dive today?
    Jul 1, 2011. 04:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Zaky: Why Apple's Guidance Is Still Important [View article]
    Andy,

    Today we had another big dump at the end of the market, just as before, which was the subject of your past article. There was no news, nothing. Just a ~600K share immediate sell off. Then ~ 2 million shares in under 15 minutes, with the final dump being over 733K shares.

    No other stock I know has this happen to it. I doubt if it could be a little rumor or small item like the announcement of another lawsuit. Others like Nokia, etc., hardly seem to be affected.

    The point is: what is a retail, individual investor to do, with this kind of out of nowhere dump?

    I doubt if someone is hitting the wrong key on the keyboard so frequently. Is there some advantage to someone who is doing this? It seems that this instant sell would result in a loss, instead of an orderly buyer/seller apportionment.

    You opinion, please.
    Apr 29, 2011. 04:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Can iPad 2 Hold the Line Against Charging Competitors? [View article]
    Go back for the last 10 years concerning the relative merits of the Mac computer vs. the PC and you will find the same comments as the above. While tech geeks can gush about some obscure tech specs under the hood, it is the user experience that counts, the stability, the eco-system, the reputation for tech support, and the "comfort" factor.

    I've been a Mac user for over 20 years and have converted several colleagues and friends to Macs, and they thank me all the time. I have not met an actual human who went from Mac to PC and is happy about it.

    Rather than the Apple "closed" system being a hindrance to increased market share, it a priori will be stabler, less prone to viruses, and can be made to do things that an OS made for different platforms cannot do with the same stability and uniformity.

    I, like the 98% who use these products, DON'T want to tinker, hack, etc.; I want to use it and have it do what I expect all the time and feel that it is a solid product backed up by a first class company.
    Mar 4, 2011. 11:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Short Ideas From Cramer's List of Large Cap 'Fad' Stocks [View article]
    The entire top echelon of Apple-its vice-presidents-have been there with Jobs since he came back to Apple. This is almost 12 years of a band of brothers working with each other, each of them personally recruited by Jobs. Before this time, they were at the top of their respective fields of expertise.

    Ascribing the majority of Apple's CONTINUING successes to Jobs is a mistake. Enough of Jobs' special gifts and preferences have by now been absorbed by the VPs. Continued hiring of the best and brightest has been accomplished over many years. The fact is that the Apple bench is deep with enormous human resources. People don't work at Apple as a job but as a calling.

    Great sports teams have continued to win when a great coach passed on, many times by his lieutenants who trained and observed the master, taking on the best qualities of a champion.

    Apple will do just fine when Jobs has passed. There has been zero turnover at the high levels-except for Rubinstein as ChiefEngineer-and his replacement and department efficiency did not suffer. Jobs is a meticulous planner and visionary. You can be sure than his physical condition has motivated him to put into place people and structures that will make for a relatively bumpless transition to his departure.
    Feb 26, 2011. 06:51 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Post QEII Sell-Off Is at an End [View article]
    Andy, your comments are highly valued by a large number. Don't let a noisy, few losers discourage you or give you pause. These nasty little mutts hate winners and success.
    Dec 7, 2010. 09:30 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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