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  • A Requiem For Plug-Mania [View article]
    You are way too emotional man, chill out.
    Mar 14 03:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • San Francisco voters to decide on soda tax [View news story]
    You call that small? That's $1.35 tax on a 2 liter bottle.
    Feb 5 02:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • As Arch Coal Begins Operations At Its Leer Mine, Here's Why I'm Staying Bullish [View article]
    Ugh you are right...

    'In conjunction with these transactions, Arch previously announced plans to reset the amount of dividends on its common stock to $0.01 per share per annum beginning in 2014. "Arch remains focused on prudently managing its financial resources in order to enhance value for all stakeholders," said Eaves. "In keeping with that objective, we continually review our capital allocation strategy to proactively maintain strong liquidity, re-invest in our business and return capital to our shareholders. We believe that the realignment completed today – including the reduction in the dividend – strikes the right balance and represents the best long-term interests of the company at this time."'
    Dec 18 07:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha fires a shot at Bloomberg, StreetAccount [View news story]
    The symbols are an improvement, but like other posters I feel it would be nice to have a setting to revert back to the old style. The bullet format and white space takes up a lot of real estate on the screen. The spacing between the bullets and individual market currents also requires adjustment. I feel its harder to quickly identify the end of one current and the start of the next.

    Regarding the e-mail alerts, the bullets aren't so bad there. Ultimately I may rely on those more and visit the site less because it takes too long to identify interesting items.
    Jul 30 08:43 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha fires a shot at Bloomberg, StreetAccount [View news story]
    That is incorrect...

    * Dividend
    * announcements
    * take
    * up
    * too
    * much
    * space

    Much better :)
    Jul 29 03:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha fires a shot at Bloomberg, StreetAccount [View news story]
    I agree with thorn. The old format was much faster to read. I also agree with other comments regarding the excessive white space and lack of ticker symbols. Overall, the old format was much better in my opinion.

    Also, I think the currents are too lengthy. I appreciate how brief they were previously. If I am interested in reading more, I would follow the link.
    Jul 29 01:51 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 Tools To Add To Your Investor's Toolbox [View article]
    For those without ValueLine access you can get individual company reports free for any of the companies in the DJIA:
    Jan 31 12:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Norfolk Southern: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis [View article]
    Col accounts for 31% of NSC revenues so it would be pretty significant. A lot of what I've seen indicates that most of the natural gas switching is already done and coal stockpiles are dwindling, so I would think most of that is already priced in to NSC.
    Jan 23 01:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Norfolk Southern: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis [View article]
    Sorry that didn't format like I thought - here's a summary of pension funding:

    NSC: 82.3%
    UNP: 79.2%
    CSX: 69.3%
    KSU: No defined benefit plan
    CNI: 97.4%
    Jan 23 12:05 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Norfolk Southern: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis [View article]

    Here's a few that I just pulled up:

    Assets Obligations Funded (Assets/Obligations)
    NSC 1.67 bil 2.03 bil 82.3%
    UNP 2.51 bil 3.17 bil 79.2%
    CSX 1.85 bil 2.67 bil 69.3%
    KSU N/A (No defined benefit plan)
    CNI 14.7 bil 15.1 bil 97.4%
    Jan 23 12:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Norfolk Southern: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis [View article]
    Hi Robert,

    According to the latest ValueLine data (November 2012) for NSC, Pension obligations were at $2.03 billion with $1.67 in assets.
    Jan 23 11:46 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dave Van Knapp Positions For 2013: Tuning Out Market 'Noise' With Dividend Growth Investing [View article]
    "well you are young and you can make up if it doesn't pan out. Take the risk now."

    When I hear that line I pull out The Intelligent Investor (The copy with commentary by Jason Zweig - - You can see the chart on the Amazon 'Look Inside' preview). On page 526, there is a chart that shows two investments. One with a 50% loss in the first year and a 10% gain ever year after. The second stock is just a 5% return each year. It takes 18 years for the first stock with the 50% loss to catch up to the stock with a 5% return each year.

    That's all I need to stray away from growth stocks and focus on DGI.
    Dec 28 12:47 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Smart Investors Should Ignore The Gimmick Of Intel Share Buybacks [View article]
    Enterprise value per share does not equal share price otherwise the term wouldn't exist. EV is different than share price (and therefore market capitalization). Furthermore, EV is calculated as market cap + debt - cash.

    Perhaps this will help:
    Dec 20 12:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The top 10 dividend-yielding stocks from the "ultimate stock pickers" at Morningstar: GSK, COP, INTC, LLY, NVS, MRK, PM, PFE, SYY, JNJ[View news story]
    What about it?
    Dec 19 07:53 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Strict Value Investing With Dividend Stocks [View article]

    Great article as usual. I'm typically a lurker and do not comment much, but I appreciate your persistence on the stocks you write about.

    I started investing 6 years ago in blue chips and dividend growers after reading The Intelligent Investor. I was young and the slow portfolio growth wasn't appealing, so I took the Investors Business Daily route trying to time the market and get in on momentum.

    Needless to say, the few I made a good buck on didn't offset the big losers. I looked at my past performance and the only stocks that truly did well for me were the ones that I held for a while and paid dividends. I started reading SA articles from you, David Crosetti, and David Van Knapp and was sold. I re-read The Intelligent Investor and revamped my entire portfolio to dividend growth investing.

    I've been watching WAG since you first wrote about it a few months ago. I finally jumped in after the dividend increase but unfortunately couldn't buy until after last week's pop. Regardless, I can sleep better at night knowing I'm collecting a good dividend even when Mr. Market doesn't cooperate.

    Anyhow, thanks again your work. It's nice being back on the DGI side of the fence and not so worried about the volatility of my holdings every day.

    Jul 27 01:55 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment