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  • Comcast (CMCSA) plans to buy out Microsoft's (MSFT) stake in, according to reports. Talks have heated up again on a deal that has been bandied about ever since Comcast bought NBC in 2009. If a deal flies this time, the network is expected to rebrand as [View news story]
    lipstick on a pig
    Jul 12, 2012. 10:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • With Housing Bottoming, Two Harbors Looks Good With Its Big Dividend [View article]
    pass, I am not convinced the housing bottom is a done deal, if it were then why are the defeatocrats clamoring for more loan give a ways and principal reductions charged to the banks? Housing can not recover until disposable income improves and a real market begins. possible tax increases at year end and those associated with 'Bama care will take more money out despite claims of taxing the rich. are the rich the 30+million required to buy insurance? don't think so.
    Jul 10, 2012. 11:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Shares of Wal-Mart (WMT +0.4%) trade just a hair below $70 as they continues to shrug off the company's scandal in Mexico and etch out new 52-week highs right and left. The prevailing sentiment is that a sluggish, but growing, economy could be sitting in the company's sweet spot for maximizing sales as bargain shoppers continue to flock to its stores with nary a thought about bribery allegations.  [View news story]
    certainly easy to ignore bribery charge in country where bribery is accepted as business model, suggest not ignoring bribery in USA where currying political favors is mandatory. WMT pays me dividends, the administration does not and only takes my money.
    Jul 2, 2012. 03:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The debate on the link between soda intake and obesity stays in the national conversation with new pieces out in medical journals that find corporate social responsibility campaigns from beverage giants Coca-Cola (KO +0.4%) and PepsiCo (PEP -0.4%) serve more to shift blame to consumers than provide a public service. Despite all the sound and fury over the last month after NYC Mayor Bloomberg kickstarted the discussion, sales figures from soda companies are reportedly as strong as ever. [View news story]
    no smoking unless is medical (ha ha) marijuana so you can enjoy your munchies later. there are multitudes of 0 calorie drinks perhaps a law authorizing on "fat" drinks be sold to malnourished countries. never blame the individual for their behavior and actions, it is always someone else fault.
    Jul 2, 2012. 10:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy Fertilizers While The Drought Persists - The Mosaic Company [View article]
    MOO gives exposure to most stocks mentioned.
    Jun 29, 2012. 11:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal plans to directly challenge Disney's (DIS) ESPN at the beginning of the year when its Versus network officially becomes NBC Sports Network, but the rebranding of the network as the go-to sports destination starts late next month with coverage of the London Summer Olympics. The NBC network, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo will share coverage, with the new NBC Sports Network brand expected to be heavily promoted. [View news story]
    challenges are good but not always successful, I'll stay with DIS over msnbc and there freaks.
    Jun 28, 2012. 09:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A publicity stunt by McDonald's (MCD +0.1%) to temporarily open its largest restaurant ever in London as the hype over the Summer Olympic starts up backfires to a degree when local official complain over the company's ties to obesity issues at an event that stresses physical achievements. The company has defended itself by pointing to healthier options on its menu and asking rhetorically why beer companies are seemingly given a pass. [View news story]
    they lie with different accents.
    Jun 26, 2012. 11:50 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Oppenheimer cuts its target price on ConocoPhillips (COP +1.1%) shares to $65 from $90 while retaining its Outperform rating, and adjusts EPS estimates for FY12 and FY13 to reflect the Phillips 66 spinoff. The key to higher valuation is COP's strategy of maximizing cash return to shareholders through the large dividend and opportunistic share repurchases, the firm says.  [View news story]
    target price predictions are seldom valid and meaningless in the vast scheme of markets.
    Jun 26, 2012. 10:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cowen's Doug Creutz comes at Disney's (DIS) new Pixar movie Brave from a different direction, noting that despite its strong opening weekend the movie marks the 2nd consecutive Pixar feature to draw shaky critical reviews. The analyst says that with Disney on the hook for $7.4B to buy the creative spark at Pixar, results need to be consistently high to ensure a long-term return on the mega-investment. [View news story]
    right, parents always look at reviews to see if it is worth taking the kids too. give me a break doofus
    Jun 26, 2012. 09:23 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • TechRadar provides the first meaningful review of Microsoft Surface. Its comments are mostly positive, praising Surface's design, ergonomics, and keyboard covers, as well as the performance of apps on Windows RT (MSFT). However, commentary about its software is relatively light. TechRadar's verdict: "Surface doesn't feel like an iPad (AAPL) in your hands; it feels like a well-designed Windows tablet crammed with clever touches that make it practical."  (earlier)  [View news story]
    another obsolete tech toy for the market to chase? don't think so.
    Jun 23, 2012. 10:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ConocoPhillips (COP) -1.2% premarket after shares are downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. COP "continue[s] to trade more like a defensive super major rather than a somewhat higher-beta domestic oil/E&P post the spin-off of its downstream assets," the firm says, as it sees greater upside elsewhere in the integrated/domestic oil and refiner sector.  [View news story]
    sorry, I can't believe GS
    Jun 20, 2012. 10:45 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • While I Am A Fan Of McDonald's, The Stock Is Still A Sell [View article]
    profile doesn't indicate expertise in this area nor many others. It must be easy to post for SA.
    Jun 19, 2012. 11:05 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The CFPB launches a website today that will publicly list complaints made by credit card customers against specific banks and lenders. The watchdog agency says its goal is to make the credit card market more transparent, though the banking industry is braced for a wave of reputation-tarnishing claims.  [View news story]
    first complaint will probably be: They want me to pay back what I owe, I want relief!
    Jun 19, 2012. 10:12 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Summer of discontent? European box office totals for major movie studios are getting smacked around by the mind-blowing TV ratings of the European soccer championships. In Germany, the nation's last group stage game drew a stellar 74.2% share that left movie theaters all but empty as the leading movie of the pack - Men in Black 3 - only earned a paltry €1.3M ($1.6M) for the weekend. The soccer games run for another two weeks and later this summer the Olympics take center stage. [View news story]
    who wants to see the 3rd or 4th remake of a movie that was originally novel but is now just more of the same. the movie media have little real creative and imagination with fewer and fewer real actors. why spend to see overpriced drivel when you can see it, if you wish, in a few months on tv. the movie business is a dying business as are many brick and mortar malls.
    Jun 18, 2012. 11:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ConocoPhillips (COP) CEO Ryan Lance creates a stir by warning OPEC oil ministers that North America could become self-sufficient in oil by 2025. Even if Lance overstated the likelihood for regional self-sufficiency, the potential for a radical reshape of the geopolitics and business of oil, especially if techniques pioneered in the U.S. can be copied elsewhere, must have been a cold slap in the face.  [View news story]
    about time someone stands up to opec since the state dept won't. flush the administration and America goes forward, eliminate the congressional cowards and quit kissing communist liars and the USA will rebound.
    Jun 14, 2012. 01:13 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment