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  • New versions of iOS and Mac OS X will be unveiled at Apple's (AAPL +0.8%) June 10-14 WWDC conference, the company announces. Meanwhile, with shares near $400, the sell-side is much more cautious in its post-earnings comments than it was at higher levels. "These Apples won't harvest before fall," writes Deutsche's Chris Whitmore, disappointed at earnings call remarks suggesting major product launches won't arrive until autumn. "Apple needs to introduce a 5-inch iPhone, a new 5S, and a low cost iPhone." Jim Cramer wasn't pleased with the call either. "This is the kind of conference call that was a revolt against management ... management is in complete denial." (previous[View news story]
    Most people I know will be buying I phones when the contracts expire this summer. Hard to believe they all have I phone 4's but they do.
    No Samsungs are considered. I do not think I would want to own the stock of a company that did what the pundits of wall street tell them to do.
    Apr 24 03:29 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The all-too-brief, conciliatory effort to find some middle-ground over the "fiscal cliff" issue may be disappearing in Washington already. Stalemate appears to be re-emerging over a big obstacle. Team Obama wants a gargantuan $1.6T tax hike and to eliminate a number of tax deductions over the next ten years in an effort to boost revenue and finance a bigger government. Spending cuts don't even appear on the radar at this juncture, which could well be a deal-breaker. [View news story]
    The top earners should pay more in taxes. It will not even make them blink. The 1.6 is factored in over the minimum of 5 years.
    The people who voted for Obama know the GOP does not care about them. The GOP are more beholding to big pharma and Grover Norquist and not the people they represent. There is something seriously wrong with the picture. Get your facts straight before you complain.
    Nov 21 06:43 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wal-Mart (WMT) reportedly plans to deny health insurance to new employees who work fewer than 30 hours/week. The policy change will use an Obamacare loophole to shift the costs of health insurance to the government. [View news story]
    Obamacare is probably in need of tweaking. So why would anyone think it would be perfect. The former system was certainly a disaster.
    Quit complaining and or learn what is going on and help make it perfect.
    Dec 1 04:00 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Obama photo op at Wal-Mart goes sideways [View news story]
    At first I did not get it but indeed Walmart kills little stores. When you save you make up for it in taxes because taxpayers subsidize Walmart's labor force. Sam Walton would not have been onboard with their current policies. The little guys down the street pay their taxes and pay wages too and consequently cannot compete. So Walmart needs to do both. Go solar and raise wages.
    May 9 09:52 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wal-Mart (WMT) reportedly plans to deny health insurance to new employees who work fewer than 30 hours/week. The policy change will use an Obamacare loophole to shift the costs of health insurance to the government. [View news story]
    Walmart is going to find that Costco is what is happening in the consumer world. Ever so slowly people will shop more at Costco and not at Walmart.
    It is called bad PR for Walmart.
    Dec 1 04:11 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Doug Kass doesn't pull any punches in making a bear case for Apple (AAPL +0.9%). The iPhone 5 "feels like a toy," Kass writes, while claiming Steve Jobs would have never "let it go out the door like that." With Jobs gone, Apple risks "losing that magical Walt Disney feeling," he adds. Kass, who shorted Apple in winter (that hasn't worked out well), also believes Apple is "losing mojo and mindshare" to Samsung, and predicts his fears might start to be realized after the December quarter. [View news story]
    It is not just the phone that makes APPL a growth stock which is still growing. Once you buy the phone you buy the rest like a Mac or an Ipad etc.I would not go back to any other device or operating system. My life became so much more productive when I switched a year ago. Lots of people are still making the switch.
    Oct 3 01:53 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More on Lowe's (LOW): Unlike competitor Home Depot (HD), the company misses on the top and bottom line as sales fall 0.5% Y/Y and comps decrease 0.7%. Exterior categories were impacted by cool temperatures and "greater precipitation" which "delayed [the] spring selling season." March's performance was "particularly soft." FY13 outlook: sales growth of ~4%, comps growth of ~3.5%, EPS of $2.05 against consensus of $2.08. Shares -4% premarket. (PR[View news story]
    Why can't they get it together?
    Whoever is running the company needs to restructure and be more aggressive in marketing.
    May 22 07:23 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • New versions of iOS and Mac OS X will be unveiled at Apple's (AAPL +0.8%) June 10-14 WWDC conference, the company announces. Meanwhile, with shares near $400, the sell-side is much more cautious in its post-earnings comments than it was at higher levels. "These Apples won't harvest before fall," writes Deutsche's Chris Whitmore, disappointed at earnings call remarks suggesting major product launches won't arrive until autumn. "Apple needs to introduce a 5-inch iPhone, a new 5S, and a low cost iPhone." Jim Cramer wasn't pleased with the call either. "This is the kind of conference call that was a revolt against management ... management is in complete denial." (previous[View news story]
    My BBRY's broke every 6 months. I was owned by Verizon. In the end the BBRY server would not forward my e-mail and when I was living at Verizon for days and on the phone to RIM they finally admitted it was the RIM server. Beyond that I wanted to use a specific data base that my blackberry just could not handle and it was supposed to. A phone that works is a blessing and a time saver and I phone does offer that and a lot more. I love my I phone. Many others love theirs too and will not change again.
    Apr 27 11:30 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Sears Holdings (SHLD) Chairman Eddie Lampert's letter to shareholders pitches the case as to why the company's retail strategy is ahead of the curve. The exec notes Sears doesn't suffer the operating losses of money-losing stores and isn't penalized by the rating agencies for the accompanying lease expenses tied to store upgrades. He also says that unlike many peers the company is able to generate significant cash from the net inventory invested in the stores. [View news story]
    Unload KMart the big error
    Mar 1 09:50 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Senate hearings on the JPMorgan (JPM) "London Whale" loss may be coming soon, according to the WSJ, which says Sen. Carl Levin is weighing the idea. Jamie Dimon was already subject to a public grilling over the matter shortly after its disclosure last May. [View news story]
    Ditto
    Feb 19 05:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Hedge fund titan Leon Cooperman has been selling Apple (AAPL) but buying battered Freeport McMoRan (FCX), he tells CNBC. Cooperman holds FCX founder Jim Bob Moffett in high regard despite coming under fire from shareholders, but he's not keen on AAPL's reluctance to return cash to investors and warns the iPhone’s uniqueness may be diminishing. [View news story]
    true enough but they may make one in solid gold
    Jan 2 05:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. kids again want iPads for Christmas ... and so do a lot of their parents. A Nielsen survey found 48% of kids aged 6-12 and 21% of kids aged 13+ are interested in buying an iPad (AAPL) over the next 6 months. That's similar to last year's numbers. Meanwhile, an Ipsos poll found 1/3 of U.S. consumers to be interested in buying a tablet this holiday season. 25% of them want a regular iPad, 15% want a Kindle Fire, another 15% a Samsung tablet, and just 8% an iPad Mini. NPD's Richard Shim estimates Q4 North American tablet shipments will total 21.5M, easily outpacing notebook shipments of 14.6M. [View news story]
    Know adults who went to buy one I pad and bought one for every member of a family of 5. The mini I pad should be "just right"!
    Who wants to tap their phone and exchange a play list???? A 14 year old only but then they would have to buy a Galaxy and that is just not cool.
    Nov 21 06:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's (AAPL -1.5%) sell-side fans are quick to attribute the weekend's lower-than-expected iPhone 5 sales on supply constraints. Piper's Gene Munster notes Apple's retail inventory is half what it was at the time of the 4S launch, and says his prediction of 8M sales was based on a belief Apple's figures would include all pre-orders (apparently not the case). The WSJ reports this morning that retail partners such as Best Buy and Target were given limited supplies at launch time. [View news story]
    Better phone and more delivered tomorrow.
    Sep 24 12:06 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Zillow: The Next Apple [View article]
    As a Realtor Zillow is not a threat and I live in an area that is a Sellers Market. The 6% is split between the Buyers brokerage and the Sellers Brokerage with 1 and 1/2 % usually going to the agent who does the work for you. Your first error was that an average commission is 6% which is not correct. On lower priced homes( foreclosures and short sales)it has to be a about 6% in order to compensate the Buyers Agent's who often have to write countless offers in order to secure a property for their buyer.The Generally speaking not that many agents collect a full 6% on regular sales. There is so much that goes into pricing a home that is hard to factor in or in assisting your buyer in determining a rational price to offer on a home they want to buy that it just simply cannot be done by a computer program . The 6% may seem high and even 5% may but you must factor in: the time to place and cost of advertising, the tenacity to follow up with ads and inquiries and a lot more and that you will probably be paying 3-4% anyway to a Buyers Agent who brings the Buyer.You should try being a "Realtor for a week " and then you will have the right to call it "babysitting".
    Overall you have given an inadequate summation of the process and that is not fair to your readers and should be factored into your recommendation.
    Sep 17 08:59 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A check back to QE2 found stocks rising on speculation of an announcement, and spiking on the day of the announcement - very similar to this time around. The next month, however, saw a sizable sell the news downturn before the effect of the Fed action kicked in, sending stocks on a big multi-month rally. [View news story]
    The market goes up and the market goes down then it goes up etc.
    We have had no real growth for well over a decade so is the cycle turning?
    Sep 14 08:57 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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