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  • Under Armor: The Best Sports Apparel Stock For Investors  [View article]
    @saglimbeni . . . Yes, worrying about high multiples keeps many investors from buying great companies. But what worries me about UA, is your point about the next decade of growth. It seems like all the cards are in the right place for the company to continue to expand, but there is something about their marketing and heavy push for their brand image that bothers me.

    When they started selling shirts with those huge logos, it struck me as overkill. Maybe another company started that trend, but they really seemed to push it. It's an anecdotal concern, and possibly not worth much. But I just get the sense they are trying too hard to be the next Nike. It's obvious that they are engaged in a smart marketing campaign to ingrain their brand into the minds of young people all over the world. It might just work. But I also think there is a possibility Under Armour will market themselves so hard and fast that people will become bored and tired of it, and that in a decade they will be a forgotten brand. . . . It's been a great stock for many, though.
    Jan 2, 2014. 07:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Miller Energy: Digging Itself Into Another Deep Hole?  [View article]
    WRT: “Nobody else wanted to buy those assets anywhere near the price Miller paid, much less where they are valued by the company today,” he reminded. “They figured there was nothing highly valuable there (after estimating the size of the reserves and the costs associated with extracting the oil)."

    In December 2009, when the deal was made, Brent prices were in the crapper. And so were oil stocks. Furthermore, the world was still in the throes of the worst financial crisis in a century. There were plenty of assets on sale, and fewer bidders with less cash. Just sayin'.
    Dec 31, 2013. 12:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Miller Energy: Faulty Reserve Assumptions And Poor Cash Flow Leave Little Equity Value  [View article]
    The part of the proxy that has me interested is this:

    "Worse still, Miller has issued grants to its underperforming executives so that as of July 5, 2013, there were outstanding options and warrants to purchase up to 14,503,847 shares at an exercise price between $0.01 and $6.94 per share. If these warrants and options are exercised, total shares would increase by 30%. . . . This effectively means that the shareholders’ loss of value from such a massive dilution and decrease in voting power will be directly offset by an increase in the management’s and directors’ control. We note the curious fact that by our estimate if the management team were to exercise all their awarded options the aggregate ownership of all insiders will amount to approximately 51% of the voting power of all outstanding Miller shares."

    So . . . given the above statement in the proxy, can anyone here give some likely scenarios of how this plays out?
    Dec 17, 2013. 05:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Miller Energy: Faulty Reserve Assumptions And Poor Cash Flow Leave Little Equity Value  [View article]
    Interesting activity today. Proxy filed by group of large shareholders to replace board, taking aim at coziness with executive management. Excessive compensation, lining pockets, shareholder dilution, G&A expenses, etc.
    Dec 17, 2013. 12:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Energy Investors Rotating Out Of Shale Producers And Into Big Oil?  [View article]
    Found this article on Bloomberg describing the role Platts Publishing has in Bakken price discovery.
    Dec 8, 2013. 11:15 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Energy Investors Rotating Out Of Shale Producers And Into Big Oil?  [View article]
    Fear of domestic glut and bottlenecks. Fear of new production in Iran. Fear of weather. Fear of interest rates. Fear of Fed. Fear that oil will follow the footsteps of natural gas. etc. etc. etc. . . . . It's mostly noise, in my opinion. Fear of weather is my favorite. It's too transitory to have any teeth. Hopefully, shorts will pile in based on weather related events and production cuts that may ensue.

    This summer the Bakken and Eagle Ford could do no wrong. I think there was some over exuberance there. The sell-off is healthy and necessary for the space to move higher.
    Dec 7, 2013. 02:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Abraxas Petroleum: $3 Energy Play Is Going Higher  [View article]
    Global Hunter Securities raised their price target from $2.80 to $4, yet have a neutral rating! . . . Lots of fear in the oil space right now.
    Nov 7, 2013. 11:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Energy XXI: Horizontal Drilling In GOM Results In 390% Organic Reserve Replacement Ratio  [View article]
    Wouldn't it be more useful to back out the debt from your PV-10 figure? Doing that, I get something like $62.58/share for proved reserves. But then you also have income tax to figure in.
    Oct 21, 2013. 03:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Esprit Holdings Already Priced For A Very Uncertain Recovery  [View article]
    Interesting. I always wondered why they abandoned the U.S., especially since the brand was created in San Francisco, and especially since chinese consumers seem to gravitate towards western brands. All sorts of statements from their executives saying the brand has lost its soul. Gees . . . well, take the brand back to San Francisco and get it back. Duh. On a cultural basis, the bay area is one of the hippest areas on the planet, and richest. Seems obvious to me. I'm sure I'm missing something here, but there is plenty of mystique to draw upon in the bay area to build a long lasting and highly desirable brand.
    Aug 26, 2013. 11:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Freeport-McMoRan: Low Free Cash Flow Yield Worth The Risk?  [View article]
    Your article seems to conflate precious metals and industrial metals, which makes you seem ignorant of the subject you are supposed to have some authority over. Sorry, had to say it. I don't mean to be mean. . . . Also, you would have been better off leaving the topic of precious metals out of your article completely, for obvious reasons.
    Aug 25, 2013. 08:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ConocoPhillips: Investor Update On The Safe Dividend, Venezuela, Libya, And More  [View article]
    Michael . . . you could always sell OTM calls on your xom shares. If you get assigned at least you'll have sold at a higher price. If the share price stays put or declines, you can invest the premiums into COP. If you are very confident about your thesis of COP over XOM, in the long term, you should trust it, and gradually move the capital. Maybe do some math and figure out how much money you will lose if you don't reallocate the capital, and compare that to the cap gains taxes. I think it's a shame to do all the research and study you do, then not act on the knowledge. Just sayin'.
    Aug 25, 2013. 07:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ConocoPhillips: The Best Positioned American Oil Major  [View article]
    What is their gas to oil mix on a boe basis, post divestitures?
    Aug 25, 2013. 06:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Could Shake Up Popular Buyback ETF  [View article]
    Good point, but I'm not so sure. Ichan didn't come in until after Einhorn started meddling, and until after the stock had found medium term support around 400. When einhorn started to meddle, and when all the eggheads on wall-street and cnbc started whining about how apple wasn't shareholder friendly, they should have flipped everyone off (in a polite as way as possible of course) and encouraged them to press their sell buttons. There were a bunch of dummies selling at 388, and I can guarantee you there would have been even more dummies selling had it dropped below 300.
    Aug 22, 2013. 07:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Could Shake Up Popular Buyback ETF  [View article]
    I always thought apple should have waited before they started announcing buybacks. It seemed like the market wanted to take the stock down further than it did. Why not let it, then back up the truck on your own shares, maybe even repatriate cash to do it. They could have gotten more bang for their buck, and they could have bought more time to develop new products, giving themselves an eps boost for a couple years or more. I thought the media frenzied negativity in the stock at the beginning of the year was beautiful. I think apple should have stoked the negativity even further. I honestly don't think that the frenzy had reached its climax. If cash is king, we're talking about one of the most powerful institutions in the world. Why they need einhorn or ichan to tell them how to run their company is beyond me.
    Aug 22, 2013. 06:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Schwab's (SCHW) platform appears to be functional after going down during the final hour of trading, and remaining down during the post-market Apple earnings release. Schwab thinks it was the victim of a DOS attack.  [View news story]
    You're right about the time of the outage, Channon. Not "roughly 3:45". Not even close. This was very weird, considering the mini-crash earlier in the day due to twitter hack. I'm inclined to believe it was not a coincidence. Any good reporters out there? Or do all the journalists these days just regurgitate Reuters. There's probably a good story here, but I doubt we'll ever see it.
    Apr 24, 2013. 02:38 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment