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  • Did Bunge And Solazyme Just Enter A New Age Of Sugar Production?  [View article]
    The partner of my partner is my partner?

    What are the input nutrients in Proterro's process?
    Sep 26, 2014. 03:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Enerplus reports increase in contingent resource estimate, drilling inventory  [View news story]
    "Nice monthly dividend too...."

    Was even nicer before they cut it in half.
    Still long, but slowly selling.
    Jun 18, 2014. 08:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria Will Continue To Flourish And Create Shareholder Value Far Into The Future  [View article]
    I Quit!
    1.5+ PPD (packs per day) of Marlboro Reds (24mg/ml). 50+ years.

    On 6/7/14 it will be 3 months. It took some time and $ to climb the e-cig learning curve, then fine tune it, but I know I won't go back. Plus been cutting back on the nicotine. Now at 15 (between Lites & Mediums).

    Sold my MO (and soon PM) when I realized how relatively painless it is to quit tobacco. And vaping is actually more enjoyable. Before I sold MO I checked their Green Smoke web site: weak. And with vaping shops popping up around me in San Antonio like mushrooms, the closest shop carrying GS was 65 miles away in Austin.
    Jun 1, 2014. 11:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • E-cigarettes may help smokers kick the tobacco habit  [View news story]
    Philip, switching to e-cigarettes is quitting the inhalation of the combustion of tobacco (and its 600 assorted chemical byproducts).

    I've gone from smoking 1.5+ packs of Marlboro Reds (2.4mg/ml nicotine) a day, to vaping (vaporizing) less than 0.5 packs of equivalent e-cigs (with 1.5mg/ml of nicotine) per day. USP Vegetable Glycerin (an ingredient in asthma inhalers) and USP Nicotine (known to NOT cause cancer), and a small % of flavoring, such as is in Nicorette Quickmist.

    I have not smoked a tobacco cigarette in almost 3 months, after a 50 year habit. Haven't run the mile yet, but I have stopped coughing.

    BTW, I sold all my MO (but continue to hold PM) after determining that is was relatively easy to quit smoking tobacco using e-cigs.
    May 20, 2014. 03:11 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 Reasons Why Solazyme Is Pursuing AlgaVia & Encapso Now  [View article]
    Kevin, thanks for staying on top of the SZYM story.

    To Jeremy, I use Zaimo10 "Leather in a Bottle" on my 11-year-old 350Z seats. It's an expensive treatment & conditioner, but it brings back the new car leather smell.
    May 16, 2014. 09:13 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Oil And Gas Equipment And Services ETF: Load Your Shotgun And Open Fire  [View article]
    OIH contains roughly 10% SDRL and only pays a 1% dividend?
    Apr 7, 2014. 11:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Weekly Intelligence For MLP Investors  [View article]
    das, I think VNR shows a decrease due to a switch to a monthly distribution that is not being taken into account.
    Mar 15, 2014. 08:17 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors' Guide To El Nino, Climate Change And Summer Weather Forecast  [View article]
    Re VP: That was a reply to Bachlover.
    Mar 14, 2014. 10:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Bakken Update's 2014 Stock Picks: Small Operator's Well Design Outperforms In North Dakota  [View article]
    omar, you think the wildcatters are hibernating till spring?
    Feb 16, 2014. 11:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Stocks For 2014: High-Yield And Fairly Valued Dividend Stocks For High Current Income - Part 5  [View article]
    Thanks for this look at higher dividend paying stocks. Long T, PM, MO, KMR, DRI.
    You are long BWP? Not EPD?
    Feb 12, 2014. 01:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Broad coalition backs Keystone XL oil pipeline, adding pressure on Obama  [View news story]
    I'm sure you'll be missed at Mardi Gras.
    Feb 4, 2014. 08:55 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla completes its own Cannonball Run  [View news story]
    Took 6 days? Cannonball Crawl.
    Jan 26, 2014. 09:46 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2 Solid Dividend Picks From Barron's Roundtable  [View article]
    Robert, 3.20 / 46.69 = 6.85%
    Do not depend on Yahoo Finance numbers.
    Jan 25, 2014. 02:03 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The ABCs Of Dividend Investing: Divi-Do Or Divi-Don't?  [View article]
    Thanks for this interesting article.

    Data interpretation is a tricky thing. When I looked at your 1st graph I saw XLU as the one outlier (instead of your 2 outliers XLE and XLK) and a horizontal line at about 30% price appreciation.

    Admittedly, that R^2 (by eyeball) is less than your 80%, but throwing out 2 of only 9 data points makes your analysis questionable.

    I would posit that throwing out XLU (utilities that are highly interest rate dependent) would make sense in a year of rising rates.

    Therefore, with a horizontal line at 30%, there is no correlation between price appreciation and dividend growth.

    I would add that I am a DGI (50% of PF), with the other 1/2 in MLP's.
    Jan 18, 2014. 12:07 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Revisiting Solazyme: Management's Take On Technology And Outlook  [View article]
    Opportunist, is your 2013 started hedge fund short SZYM?

    You question Kevin's credibility and integrity? Have you met with Solazyme's management? Visited their HQ? Where's your credibility?

    SZYM's "glaring issues" have been thoroughly covered in the past.
    You have about a month to cover your short before the next CC.

    Thanks Kevin for your update.
    Jan 15, 2014. 08:36 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment