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  • Sorry Big Mac, It's Going To Take Plenty More To Change This Company [View article]
    Well, I read most of the posts, and it took a while. I've got to admit my faith in MCD is shaken. Own 300 shares @ $96.98 so will have to take a hit if I sell. That just kills me. But I don't feel comfortable enough holding the stock either. Will have to make a decision Monday. Will be interesting to see what RS is proposing today. Currently own most of the FMBP portfolio.
    Jan 31, 2015. 08:42 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Chevron: I Revise My $150 Price Target Due To Lower Oil Prices [View article]
    I would suspect $80 is more realistic.
    Dec 19, 2014. 07:56 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Online signs of strong demand for 2015 F-150 [View news story]
    Well I've got a 2008 F-150, 4-door, V8, 96,000 miles. Nice truck. I've owned 5 or 6 new F-150's. Really liked them all. Waiting to see what the 2015 truck looks like. Will definitely be buying a truck. However, I was around 150 miles outside of home last Friday driving along when my dash lit up with transmission fault and the blinking 'O/D OFF' light on. Well, I managed to get back to the Ford dealership near my town and dropped it off. They're going to fix it. That is, for $3,714 plus tax. Asked what they would give me in trade for a new truck. Best they would do is $8,000 as is. $11,000 if I fixed the transmission. Moral of the story? I get clobbered either way. So when you say pickup trucks can be found on many wish lists for a wide variety of purposes, it is not just a combination of features, advantages and benefits. Its also past experience. And right now I'll be eating four grand. Won't say I'm not buying a Ford next time, but for the first time in decades, I'll be looking at the other trucks before I buy. Not just because of the transmission, but because of the meager trade value they placed on my truck that had a sticker value of around $36M 6 years ago.
    Nov 4, 2014. 02:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Online signs of strong demand for 2015 F-150 [View news story]
    Metal, give me a written guarantee and I'll buy a new F and stock along with you.
    Nov 2, 2014. 09:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Fear And Winning The 'Game' [View article]
    AS, you appear to be pretty solid financially, but maybe just a little lonely. I think maybe a "Special Other" might be just the ticket for you. On your next trip to the library, look around a little. Your solution might be sitting just across from you. You sound like a really good person. I wish you the best.
    Oct 29, 2014. 08:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Fear And Winning The 'Game' [View article]
    AS10675, just put the wife to work, maintain a quality dividend paying stock portfolio and enjoy the pension check when it arrives each month, not to mention the social security check. You'll be alright. Forget about getting a job. I also retired in 1995 and never looked back. However, I do the dishes and all the laundry. Also feed the pets. I guess everything comes with a price. :>D
    Oct 29, 2014. 08:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford Q3 2014 Review: North America Losing Pricing Power [View article]
    Yes it is, Downtown. Yes it is.
    Oct 29, 2014. 07:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Coca-Cola, How A Giant Company Starts Losing Relevance [View article]
    How about hanging out at a coke machine? I never knew anybody that hung out at a coke machine. That's not just silly, that's ridiculous.
    Oct 29, 2014. 07:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford Q3 2014 Review: North America Losing Pricing Power [View article]
    All I can say is, Ford's high margin F-150 has gotten ahead of itself. Used to be, you could buy one with very adequate accessories for somewhere between $25M & $30M. At least you could when I bought my last one in 2008. That same truck today will probably cost between $30M to $35M and up. Its pricing itself out of customer range. I'm not saying the truck won't sell, but its not going to have the volume sales it used to. Ford will have to start using gimmicks like big rebates & such to move the inventory and that will translate to lower margins. And of course, that will translate to lower share price. Most truck owners don't buy them to necessarily haul big stuff. They buy them because they were a more affordable alternative and practical at the same time. They're still practical, but they sure aren't affordable. I would be careful about buying Ford stock, let alone the Ford truck. Just my opinion.
    Oct 28, 2014. 06:47 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Fear And Winning The 'Game' [View article]
    Cparmerlee, surely you aren't suggesting that your way is the only way to successfully invest in stocks. If your way was proven to be the most efficient and effective way to invest, you would be right up there with Buffet by now. Would you not agree? As a matter of fact, so would most investors. You'd make more money selling your method than you would from investing in the Market. I think you're being a little too critical in your posts. Don't forget, there's more than one way to skin a cat. I like RS's careful approach to investing. If you think owning 50 or more stocks is the key requisite to sensible investing, then be my guest. I think 20 or so solid dividend paying stocks will do just fine for an investor, and with a lot less stress. So far, its working pretty good for me.
    Oct 20, 2014. 07:55 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Fear And Winning The 'Game' [View article]
    I have to admit, the fear factor crept in a few times in the last couple weeks and I was tempted to sell. I managed to overcome the urge and even picked up more shares of a PFE, CVX & GE. The BTDP lives on and the journey continues. RS, thanks for your above article. It was a great pep talk.
    Oct 19, 2014. 07:21 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why McDonald's Cannot Do The Obvious Things To Improve Shareholder Value [View article]
    If Young folks can go to McDonalds and make $30,000/Yr flipping burgers, I suggest the majority of them forego going to college and incurring $15,000 yearly loans or more for a questionable job. Just forget about it. 60% of them don't complete college anyway, and most of the rest get degrees that are literally worthless or unusable. They're better off getting in line at the nearest McDonald and filling out the application. $30M a year and some bennies aint too bad. Especially in this country. Tink about it.
    Oct 14, 2014. 07:22 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Won't Be Buying Alibaba Anytime Soon [View article]
    Well, I guess I won't have to worry about. At day of IPO, I put in a limit order @ $63. Of course, I didn't get it. Cancelled the order next day and never looked back. I knew the insiders were getting it at that price, and I just couldn't bring myself to buy it any higher. So much for BABA.
    Oct 7, 2014. 06:47 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Consumers Accept An Aluminum Ford F-Series? [View article]
    Hammer, I'm not sure if this is still the case, but I recall that many discounts offered on purchase of a new vehicle require "Must Purchase From Dealer Lot". If that is true, then a special order might negate those discounts. Its been a while since I've shopped for a new car so I can't say for sure. Years ago, the only way I bought my new cars was through special order. But then they started the "Dealer Lot" thing. Also, special discounts would have a time limit, and they would not honor the discount if a special order vehicle arrived after that date. Not sure what kind of lead times are involved with special orders as far as build and deliver. Next time I price out a car, I'll ask about that. Have a good one.
    Oct 5, 2014. 08:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • We're Sticking With Ford Through This 1-2 Punch [View article]
    Macro or micro makes no difference to me. I was not criticizing Ford, other than they played down conditions in both countries as far as sales were going. Ford has taken a hit on share price in the last couple weeks. They have announced a drop in expected future earnings. This is not the time to be scooping up Ford stock. Unless, of course, you enjoy a little gambling along with your investing. That's up to you. Like I said, there are better fish to fry in my opinion.
    Oct 4, 2014. 08:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment