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  • Diageo: A Future UK Dividend Aristocrat?  [View article]
    Ex-dividend date Thursday, February 25/2016, payment date (ADR) Tuesday April 12/2016.
    Jan 28, 2016. 09:21 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's EPS lifted by 40.1% gross margin, $691 iPhone ASP; dividend declared  [View news story]
    Services and "other products" up 26% and 62% totalling $10.5B. Looks like the ecosystem is doing well.
    Jan 26, 2016. 05:22 PM | 24 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple sees pre-earnings upgrade, several target cuts; shares near $98  [View news story]
    Added to my AAPL today. First time in about a year. I'm expecting this (past) Q's results to be inline with Apple's guidance. Same for the current quarter.

    Curious to see if a smaller screen "6" will make an appearance. I think it would be a smart move. My impression is there are a lot of iPhone users that would like to update their "small" screens including all the other updates and larger memory.
    Jan 11, 2016. 07:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ugly start to new year  [View news story]
    Ghost cities and SOEs. This should really be no surprise. Central planning is pretty difficult to execute flawlessly, so the chickens are coming home to roost with an oversupply problem on a global scale. Probably will be an ongoing theme for 2016.

    "Be careful out there"
    Jan 4, 2016. 07:57 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • These Stocks Are Proven Over Time: 3M Co.  [View article]
    For me, that list of global stocks would include PepsiCo, Visa and Becton,Dickinson.

    Following those I've chosen Agrium and Apple. I'm sure these are not everyone's picks, but they are suitable for myself.

    Thanks for the question.
    Jan 2, 2016. 08:49 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • These Stocks Are Proven Over Time: 3M Co.  [View article]
    I see 3M as one of the few quality global stocks that one can acquire. I would rate it in the top 5 or 6 (along with JNJ which you covered). The only time I think I might sell any shares is if it exceeded 5% of total stock allocation. And would only trim down to no less than 4%. Would do the same with JNJ (and Unilever Plc).
    Jan 2, 2016. 04:37 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • These Stocks Are Proven Over Time: Wells Fargo & Co.  [View article]
    Ted, I'm getting a slight case of déjà vu here. And you are correct that WFC tends to be more conservative on extending credit. I don't think they are going the securitization route that others have embarked upon in the auto loan business. Still ....

    I am also aware they also have an energy loan portfolio that needs to be monitored.
    Dec 31, 2015. 08:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • These Stocks Are Proven Over Time: Wells Fargo & Co.  [View article]
    First, let me say I enjoyed your article. The 2 dividend comparisons with the current one was informative.

    Secondly I've been a WFC shareholder since about September 2006 (after the share split that year) and DRIP'd it throughout the GFC. I took it off of that, as well as others in late 2011, evened up the share count and then added once more in late 2012 when I thought a dividend increase was forthcoming. Have not added since. Quickly looking at my account(s) it represents about 2.6% of my stock holdings, so it's slightly above average there, but less so on an income basis. Over the time I've owned the stock (9+ years) it's appreciated about 70%. I tend not to worry about it too much and is the only US bank I would consider owning.

    While I am not greatly concerned at this time, I am being vigilant about what appears to be less than stellar underwriting standards (not necessarily specific to WFC) in the auto loan segment in the US financial markets. I will not hesitate to reduce/eliminate my holding if my research starts indicating a problem is building.

    Again, good article.
    Dec 31, 2015. 08:22 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Telus chief, family trust buy C$10M in common shares at market  [View news story]
    :) Added to my position on the day after the Shaw Comm announcement a couple of pennies below Darren E's price. I'll take that as a confirmation it was an OK price going forward. It was lower at the opening of that day though.

    Sadly, it involved somewhat fewer shares that he and his family trust acquired.
    Dec 22, 2015. 09:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • TrueCar forecasts big pop for U.S. car sales in December  [View news story]
    Car sales being brought forward, leaving an eventual "air pocket" somewhere in the future.
    Dec 22, 2015. 05:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Shaw Communications buys into wireless with C$1.6B WIND acquisition  [View news story]
    Market has over reacted to this, plus at least 2 downgrades as of 1:00 pm in NY for Telus, BCE and Rogers. Assuming Shaw can execute this well is not certain (former SJR shareholder). Thus, I added to my Telus holdings on TSX @ C$37.xx
    Dec 17, 2015. 01:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Shaw Communications buys into wireless with C$1.6B WIND acquisition  [View news story]
    This is a bit of a surprise. But with the amount of cord cutting going on maybe it shouldn't have been. Interesting times ahead for the three big telco incumbents (BCE, Telus and Rogers).
    Dec 16, 2015. 10:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dialog Semiconductor warning touches Apple, suppliers  [View news story]
    @ gpalermo64,
    Apple seems to be on a buying spree of former semiconductor facilities. Now, either T. Cook has decided to become a REIT kingpin or he has the intent to use them for the purpose which they were mostly designed for. That is prudent (to retro-fit) rather than building anything greenfield, and besides that would telegraph their intentions.

    Will they be used for production? Maybe/maybe not; but they would make good labs and pilot plants for design ideas. And design of all components would seem to fit Apple's DNA ~ including power management.

    It seems not too long ago that a slow down in China's economy was going to affect Apple's revenue according to analysts. I know how that turned out.
    Dec 15, 2015. 10:59 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BD Unveils New BD FACSCelesta™ Flow Cytometer During the 2015 American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting 
    Not as news-worthy as an "all-day breakfast" but it is an innovation that helps in lab accuracy/detail and, in the long run, will probably make a positive difference in health care. No CNBC for you BDX.

    disc: long BDX
    Dec 12, 2015. 04:24 PM | Likes Like
  • Will Apple Switch To OLED Screens?  [View article]
    @ bart_sst, thanks for the link. I will now crawl back under my rock where apparently I've been residing. :)
    Dec 9, 2015. 08:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment