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  • Platinum Cheaper Than Gold May Signal Trouble Ahead For The Stock Market [View article]
    Yes, but the potential demand for gold is astronomical. The potential demand dwarfs the supply. That is much less true for the far more abundant silver. So the price differential reflects these facts.
    Feb 19, 2015. 10:40 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: Chevron - Lower Earnings, Higher Dividends [View article]
    "Expectantly" is misused in the article. It cannot be used as a synonym for "as expected." Just saying this politely and fyi.
    Feb 2, 2015. 01:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Recent Buy: AT&T [View article]
    Overall I prefer Verizon to AT&T. It just seems like a better-run company with better service and a safer (albeit lower) dividend yield.
    Jan 30, 2015. 08:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: Will Shake Shack Become Overvalued Before You Can Get A Piece Of The Action? [View article]
    My tip is: don't "play" stocks.
    Jan 30, 2015. 08:43 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: Will Shake Shack Become Overvalued Before You Can Get A Piece Of The Action? [View article]
    The pattern with heavily hyped IPOs is almost always the same: a initial pop, which may last hours, days, weeks, or even months, followed by a decline BELOW the initial offering price as the excitement and greed wear off. Take a look at the chart for BABA (Alibaba) for a classic example.
    These are just burgers, for heaven's sake, in an already saturated burger market. Any way you dress them, they are still just burgers 'n' fries.
    Jan 30, 2015. 08:41 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Big Earnings Release For 3M [View article]
    3M is one of my favorite stocks and one of the best-run companies out there. The brand alone is worth a ton and is practically synonymous with quality. Stock price up and stock price down, I'll keep it forever.
    Jan 27, 2015. 07:53 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Best Of The Best: Top 7 Dividend Aristocrats [View article]
    MCD is starting to die. Today's young people are avoiding it more and more. And so are shrewd investors.
    Jan 26, 2015. 12:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A 10% Energy Sector Yield With Low Utility Sector Risk: GNE Preferred Stock [View article]
    This company hasn't made a dollar for over two years now. To me that signals risk. I don't like companies that don't make any money.
    Jan 26, 2015. 12:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T Has Been Battered Lately [View article]
    I prefer Verizon in this space. It's a stronger company with a better reputation.
    Jan 26, 2015. 12:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Kimberly-Clark - Lots Of Headwinds, Dividend Provides Support [View article]
    KMB is one of a host of stocks that will benefit enormously when the dollar eventually weakens. Also, KMB stands to benefit as the population ages and the "adult diaper" market strengthens relentlessly. A keeper.
    Jan 26, 2015. 12:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's: Expect A Full Recovery In 2015 [View article]
    I just wish they could aim the artificial cheese so it actually landed on the burger or fishwich and not off to one side. Ditto for the added pickles, if you're lucky enough to get any when you ask for them. When I used to eat at MCD's occasionally, I'd often get a single pickle slice when I asked for added pickleS. I don't know what chilled me more, the food material or the dead monotone of the voice coming out of the speaker. Yuck, yuck, and more yuck.
    Jan 22, 2015. 09:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's: Expect A Full Recovery In 2015 [View article]
    McDonald's is a disgusting and fundamentally evil enterprise better suited to the manufacture and distribution of Soylent Green than of food for human beings. It is at the rectal end of the factory-food system, another highly destructive and indeed cruel enterprise. Maybe MCD is an Amercan icon as you say, but it isn't one we should feel any pride in. Also, the trend in America is away from McDonald's and toward food produced closer to home and on a smaller scale. So investors in MCD are fighting the flow and will inevitably lose.
    Jan 22, 2015. 09:23 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: Sturm Ruger Buys Back 680,800 Shares Of Its Stock - Why I'm Still Avoiding [View article]
    I used to own this stock but I do not like the fluctuating dividend.
    Jan 20, 2015. 08:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is It Time To Buy Exxon And Other Big Oil? [View article]
    As usual the predictions of doom will prove extreme. You can forget about $30 or $40 a barrel oil and 90-cent gasoline &c. Most tight-oil operations won't be profitable if the oil price drops much below $60 a barrel. That's just a fact---plenty of info. on that is turned up by a Google search. Futhermore, fracked wells have a lifespan of about two years before production falls off---and the drop is much steeper than for a traditional well. So those are two reasons why the current boom is likely to prove short-lived. Another reason is the inevitable increase in demand as gasoline (and NG) prices sink. Auto dealers, for example, have already noticed rising sales of guzzlers. There's a ton of pent-up demand and frustration among consumers after years of high gas prices. People are ready to party. I think this is a great time for investors with a long time horizon to buy Big Oil shares, esp. companies with lots of refining operations (refining profits are boosted by lower oil prices). These diversified, integrated companies have the clout and breadth to survive just about anything. I doubt if they will even have to cut their dividends, although dividend increases may be affected for some time to come. In the long run oil prices will recover and oil shares too. Their business is the life blood of our civilization.
    Dec 7, 2014. 08:50 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon Looks Good, But Debt Is A Big, Long-Term Shadow [View article]
    I can't imagine a safer investment than Verizon. It even has a better reputation than AT&T, which is itself a safe investment. We are all thralls to cell phones and have to pay that bill each and every month. Verizon has a lock on us and it isn't going away. It is like a utility, and it's normal for utilities to carry lots of debt and get away with it. That said, I agree that over time the Vodafone purchase should be paid for.
    Nov 18, 2014. 09:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment