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  • 3M Company: Why I Was Wrong To Be Bearish [View article]
    I loved it in the $70's and $80's (avg of $84) plus I'm doing DRIP. So far it has been an excellent investment. Of course, it doesn't really count until you sell and realize any profits...
    Oct 31, 2014. 10:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Seriously Siri-Less Apple [View article]
    BBRY is already scrambling as QNX will be replaced in cars with Android and iOS in the near future.
    Oct 3, 2014. 12:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles targets October IPO date [View news story]
    I, personally, thought that I would never buy Chrysler brands because, I too, have the perception that they are of low quality.

    However, I did a lot of research on Jeep when I when shopping for a new SUV last year and was surprised by the quality, ride, fuel performance, etc. I ended up buying a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. So far, there have been no problems with it, with the quality, or with the local dealer.

    There are tons of Jeeps on the road spanning multiple eras. Drive through Maine, New Hampshire, etc. and you will see Jeeps all over the place. Of course, people do not realize that Jeep is it's own division within Chrysler and was one of the few still making money for the company while the rest was failing miserably. It's also the brand that is leading the way in the new FIAT/Chrysler.

    I agree that FIAT/Chrysler still has a lot to do to convince the car buying public that they can make good quality vehicles. Only time will tell if they can succeed or not.
    Sep 2, 2014. 11:56 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. box office on track for August record [View news story]
    Movie studios decided to release the summer blockbusters a month or so later than usual. In the past, Memorial Day, July 4th, and then the rest of July were when the summer blockbusters came out. This year it shifted to the month of August. Most of the June/July movies, in my opinion, were second rate (for summer fun) films.

    I'm not sure if this was a deliberate attempt by the movie industry to make additional money off of second rate films at a time when families are on vacation, etc. or if movie production was delayed. But yes, the good movies (by "good", I mean fun, not artistic or solid script, etc.) are all coming out in August.
    Aug 19, 2014. 11:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Merger talk lifts media stocks [View news story]
    It just goes to prove that $LGF consistently outperforms competitors in the area of distribution. Of course, it's important for $LGF to continue focus on producing quality and popular content to feed the distribution system. But this move should enhance the ability to unlock additional revenue from existing and future content.
    Jul 16, 2014. 11:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Column: Jeff Immelt is the American Canada needs to lead oil sands clean-up [View news story]
    Highlighting Immelt and GE as some sort of savior is just hyperbole written by a clueless article writer. From a bit of research, the Oil and Gas industry has been incrementally improving the Oil Sands process resulting in better efficiency and lower emissions. In other words, doing exactly what Immelt was discussing. All Immelt was saying was they they were working with Oil and Gas partners to continue this process.
    Jul 14, 2014. 11:44 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Summer box office doldrums continue after weak holiday weekend [View news story]
    Exactly... The only good movies out, in my opinion, are Transformers and X-Men.

    Tammy should have come out in Jan/Feb/Mar with the rest of the B movies, Earth to Echo and How to Train Dragon 2 are kids movies that should be out during Christmas or Thanksgiving, Jersey Boys is really a fall movie, and Deliver us from Evil is a Halloween movie.

    I get that the movie producers are trying to tap into different audiences during the summer but they have forgotten that audiences want fun action movies. In my opinion, other genres tend to do poorly, in comparison, during the summer.

    Looking at the release schedule, there aren't any decent movies coming out until August. It's almost as if the movie studios have written off June and July...
    Jul 8, 2014. 12:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chrysler recalls over 10K SUVs for unintended acceleration concerns [View news story]
    This is a problem with Cruise Control that affects vehicles manufactured from Jan 16th to April 17th. Accelerating with cruise control on may extend the acceleration for up to 2 seconds after releasing the accelerator pedal, and then return to normal. According to Chrysler, this does not affect breaking or the cancellation of cruise control.

    It would have been nice if the summary had included the breaking part instead of the "visions of Toyota" statement. But, while being more factual, it would have made it less dramatic.
    Jun 9, 2014. 10:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Coca-Cola: 4 Different Insiders Have Sold Shares This Month [View article]
    These exact same type of stock transactions happen all the time by executives with stock options in just about every publicly traded company. Executives are not allowed to personally sell stock in their own companies whenever they want as it could hint at insider trading, so they set up an automated system with their brokers to exercise stock options and trades on a scheduled basis.

    As WDL said, this is a non-story.
    May 19, 2014. 03:43 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Warning shots fired from movie heavyweights on future of industry [View news story]
    It's always fun reading comments from a movie studio head that puts out very few movies and isn't even close to being in the thick of things. If they want to produce animated shorts for Netflix and/or Microsoft then more power to them. However, I personally don't believe that he has the vision or understanding to predict where the industry is going.

    It's possible that, in 10 years time, movies will no longer be a growth industry. However, as portable devices get better, wireless becomes cheaper, and connectivity increases between various devices I believe that we will see even more content distribution, increasing movie revenues.

    As for the traditional movie theater, I believe that it will survive. But, as most people have mentioned, the experience may change from pure sit down entertainment to more of an event, with dining and other services thrown in.
    May 6, 2014. 04:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Early forecast for April U.S. auto sales [View news story]
    Car sales keep increasing due to low interest rates and as a result of people keeping their vehicles longer during the housing crisis. Prices keep increasing as more and more technology options become standardized. My thought is that we will see sales increase through the summer with the market tailing off in late fall.

    Of course, watch $FIATY have another great quarter for Jeep sales...
    Apr 24, 2014. 04:17 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Worker walkout disrupts Jeep Cherokee production [View news story]
    It's already resolved...

    UPDATE 5 p.m. Thursday: After workers spent a shift on the picket line, management gave in and recognized the UAW.
    Apr 17, 2014. 05:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Coca-Cola doubles down on soda [View news story]
    I agree. I've been waiting for stevia for a long time now.
    Apr 11, 2014. 03:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: A New Life, 80% Upside [View article]
    What has been a driver of $FIATY is Chrysler and specifically the Jeep line. Jeeps have been selling like hotcakes since the latest refresh. The question is can FIAT expand the Jeep lineup and take it to new countries without cheapening the brand?
    Apr 1, 2014. 06:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Coca-Cola defends its compensation plan [View news story]
    You're last statement is actually how this will dilute shareholder value even if the shares are not sold on the open market immediately. With more shares outstanding, dividends and dividend increases will be less per shareholder. So, there is a dilution effect no matter what happens.
    Mar 25, 2014. 11:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment