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  • As crude oil prices tank, more concerns arise for MLPs, even as many have virtually no direct exposure to Europe's troubles. Even at huge Enterprise Products Partners (EPD), macro concerns seem to be outweighing solid earnings. Sustained low Treasury yields may send more income investors to MLPs, but uncertainty over the future of dividend tax structures clouds the picture.   [View news story]
    Remember, these MLPs are basically toll takers and the gas must be transported from point A to B. Price of the commodity is practically irrelevant. With the various issues on oil pricing, coal pollution, nuclear and the time horizon to the next alternative (solar, wind, algae, whatever) they will always have a strong income stream - most have lengthy contracts >10 years, as well. In the past 2 years, my personal returns have been as high as 65%, and dividends up to 12% on some MLPs. A no brainer - the NatGas mkt hasn't even to begin to run.
    May 31, 2012. 01:57 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Though Apple (AAPL) continues to heavily promote Siri - it just hired John Malkovich to do some ads - the voice assistant service, which is powered by Nuance's (NUAN) voice recognition technology, remains a lightning rod for criticism. Disgruntled user Jon Friedman calls Siri a "gimmick for self-indulgent people with a tremendous amount of time on their hands." "Steve would have lost his mind over Siri," a former Apple employee recently told Adam Lashinsky.   [View news story]
    Somebody's not thinking about the application to Apple TV as one example: Imagine saying : "when will there be a rerun of" (missed episode of favorite TV show) or "are there any George Clooney movies on tonight." Replacing all those remotes and channel listings would be awesome. Even "bring up slide show of Spain vacation" from photo albums.
    May 30, 2012. 05:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will New iPhone Give Boost to Verizon and Apple Shares?  [View article]
    Apple user since 1984 (remember the IIe?) To this day don't understand why the Windows/Softies are still around
    Dec 22, 2010. 12:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will New iPhone Give Boost to Verizon and Apple Shares?  [View article]
    Technophobes is correct - referring to those who gravitate to the simplest easiest to learn setup and interface
    Dec 22, 2010. 12:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment