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  • Cummins Seems Fully Priced For Now [View article]
    CMI has some incredible potential growth kickers. With a forward p/e around a ridiculously low 10, I do not regard this stock as fully valued.
    Jan 18, 2013. 08:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Coach: Undervalued And Growing Rapidly [View article]
    I do exactly the same thing: buy my wife a Coach purse every Christmas! Like many men, I hate shopping; this is my fast-n-easy (but not cheap) solution to the annual problem of her major present. She's VERY happy with these purses.

    I've considered buying the stock in the past, but retail is not my preferred area. My only retail stock is McDonald's.
    Jan 10, 2013. 10:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Philip Morris Approaches The Sweet Spot Again [View article]
    I own both, but if I could buy only one, I'd buy PM.
    Jan 8, 2013. 03:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Philip Morris Approaches The Sweet Spot Again [View article]
    And it turns out there was no need for the ruckus at all . .
    Jan 8, 2013. 03:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Utilities To Add To The Core Of Your Portfolio For Bond-Like Returns [View article]
    Not skewered, skewed. Just saying.
    Jan 3, 2013. 10:00 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Buffett And Munger Value Stocks With Solid Profit Potential For 2013 [View article]
    WU is one of those companies that is very cheap for a reason, unfortunately. Reduced rates of immigration will hurt it, too.
    Jan 3, 2013. 09:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Big Bakken Sale Should Improve Fortunes For This Fast Growing 4% Yielder [View article]
    Very smart recommendation, Bret. You were dead right, and may continue to be, on this one. The Williston Basin asset sale represented only 12.5% of BKH's energy reserves.
    Jan 3, 2013. 09:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Natural Gas Transportation Stocks For 2013 [View article]
    "Fair value" is a vague concept and always a moving target. The PE's of these companies are ludicrously low and I think you get great value and terrific potential at current prices.
    Jan 1, 2013. 09:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Natural Gas Transportation Stocks For 2013 [View article]
    I used to believe that NG-transportation technology lacked the potential for scaleability and would forever be hopelessly impractical. I was wrong. I'm feeling quite confident about my investment in CMI, which has the added bonus of having very smart, forward-thinking management. CAT is also a good company but doesn't equal CMI's unusually competent management. Ideally, you own both of them.
    Jan 1, 2013. 09:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Merck Offers Promising Results; A Must Have Dividend Stock [View article]
    OK, but just to be nice, let's remember it's the drugs that fail, not the people.
    Dec 31, 2012. 03:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • No Lost Decade If You Bought Dividend Stocks [View article]
    Unless there's a major company-specific problem, I don't agree with that particular activity. It translates into "selling your winners." Don't sell your winners! Don't punish a stock for doing well.
    Dec 27, 2012. 09:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Dividend Growth Stocks For The Next 5 Years [View article]
    I consider XOM one of the true "no-brainer" stocks out there. EPD is another great outfit with far more upside than downside. But IF I had to put all my apples in one basket, I'd pick XOM. GE, IP, and BlackRock are much inferior.
    Dec 26, 2012. 07:19 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Stocks With Payout Ratios Over 100 Percent [View article]
    I feel that authors of articles on SA should have to demonstrate some sort of competence or expertise in their subject matter before being published. As many other commentators have observed, the author has no understanding of the MLP business model. Articles like this one do readers a disservice or are actually dangerous, in the sense that others may act on such misinformation. In the past, trained professionals known as editors performed critical filtering and analysis before publication---or sent such material to expert reviewers. This absurd although probably well-meant article would have been rejected and returned to the author with a polite note and possibly a detailed explanation. Not in this day and age. Everybody is an "expert."

    I myself am not an expert on MLPs, and would never presume to publish an article either critical of or positive about them. I do own two MLPs, based in part on the opinions of people qualified to offer them.
    Dec 24, 2012. 10:45 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Computing MV Oil Trust's Q4 Distribution: Solid Returns [View article]
    Other oil companies are holding steady despite low oil prices. It's the trusts that are getting killed. Who knows why.
    Dec 17, 2012. 04:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Value Dividend Stocks For Investing Like A Contrarian [View article]
    Excellent comments, Zap. Thanks. HPT is a real survivor, too, and past can be prologue.
    Dec 13, 2012. 10:07 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment