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  • Generate Income By Selling Puts Or Executing Option Spreads On These Stocks [View article]
    I have to agree with you on the risk/reward ratio there.
    Sep 2, 2011. 02:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dollar Store Allure: Why Bill Ackman Is Buying Family Dollar [View article]
    Yes, good article. FDO is one of the names that made me a bit of change last year, right around this time too. It's on my watch list, but I think I'm a little too late for much of a dance this year.
    Sep 1, 2011. 11:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Doubling The $10,000 Portfolio: Will The Rally Hold? [View article]
    I would have to agree with you initially, but that is why I went to the "gamer" type trade just for a bit: just to see how and why they work. Granted, I live off what I have in real time and I am not margined, so some of the risk/reward ratios are ridiculous. Some people don't even have 10k in their portfolio, but I have been able to look and look and I think I've found a couple other companies I can afford to buy calls on. Sure, you make more money when you have more money to start with- but that hasn't stopped me before, why should it bother me much now?
    Aug 31, 2011. 07:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Dividend Investors Benefiting From Stock Buybacks? [View article]
    I have to agree somewhat. Like you said, if it weren't for buybacks at ridiculous prices there would only be cash incentives to employees. At least this means that it's a carrot to talent for the company. Keeping good minds and ideas in your company is good insurance (most of the time)for futures.
    I'd stil rather have the cash for the investor, as in a special dividend or increased. But if I had a stock I wanted to buy and hold (I don't have any sentimental attachement to any, but if I did)I would prefer to make sure that persons with talent and feel for the company stay with the company.
    Aug 31, 2011. 07:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How to Play the Shale According to Jim Cramer [View instapost]
    well I say that, because not this article but another I read about it- I think it was a analysis of the company said that out of the 170 or so wells they own, there are also about 100 that they operate that aren't theirs. Not just one buy a few who already own the shale plays have to go to someone who knows or has the tech to get oil out of it. It gets technical, more than I want to know really, but the impression I got was that they had the knowhow to not only make their plays profitable, but others as well.
    Aug 31, 2011. 07:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How to Play the Shale According to Jim Cramer [View instapost]
    Well, CHK isn't really all about shale. It's the tech savvy to get it (of course, but everyone doesn't have it), natural gas and they have that 25/25 plan this year to increase production to gradually equal 25% of liquids (oil and nat gas) of the plays. That is a big benefit of the Utica find, it isn't all shale.
    Aug 31, 2011. 08:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Doubling The $10,000 Portfolio: Will The Rally Hold? [View article]
    Ok, just finished a quick blog and hope to hear some comments/feedback.
    Aug 30, 2011. 08:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Doubling The $10,000 Portfolio: Will The Rally Hold? [View article]
    I started to post a comment, about something I did with your idea/inspiration but it is gonna take too much room. I'll just post a blog- let's just say that I used not your exact idea, and not your exact targets but I'm up around 20%.
    Aug 30, 2011. 07:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Why I Am Strongly Bearish - Take Two [View article]
    Could be a decent article, you've convinced me. See during that mutant hairy dip the market took recently TGLDX lost about 1/4 of what it had made me, and to a small investor that hurts. I had always tried to stay away from triple digit stocks, but when I decided to press my bets: bite the bullet and buy AAPL, guess what? It brought me back to even. I'm definitely not a finance wiz kid but it don't take a genius to recognize a good leader- and Jobs was one. I'll be dumping what AAPL I have to take the profits it has given me, so I can afford a call on more. I'll watch for a few days, til the feeding frenzy is over (and until the funds get settled) and I'll be right back in it.
    I might just have an accurate nic on here, but I've got one thing going for me- a good nose for money: and I smell the holiday season being berry berry good for AAPL.
    Aug 29, 2011. 07:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The $10,000 Portfolio: On The Way To A Double? [View article]
    I ended up the beneficiary of some holdings that were in computershare and abandoned, so they ended up everywhere and either left for dead until worthless or split so many times the companies didn't exist anymore and it took years to track things down. I moved them all to scottrade. Computer share was ridiculous in fees, the good thing is they had a auto reinvestment and dealt with fractional shares. But I am happy with how helpful the crew at Scottrade has been and they don't charge me an arm and leg for looking after these holdings myself.
    Aug 24, 2011. 05:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chesapeake Energy Offers Hope for Improvement in Natural Gas Prices [View article]
    I have to agree (and yes my money is where my agreement is). CHK just might have quite a bit of something that big money is stalling because it would put a dent in their paychecks. But in the end this isn't "intellectual property" that can be dismissed or become obsolete. The product they have will eventually have to be used and bought from them by the bigger energy companies in one way or the other. Yes, I see a lot of red numbers before from CHK, but I also see that they found what they went after. And we aren't talking about a development organization that hasn't drilled before- we are talking about Someone who borrowed to find. They found it, they have the tech to get it, and they have the experience to get it out. I do not think this will be profitable in the next few months, but it is a loaded vault that will have to be used eventually by someone (hopefully the U.S.).
    Aug 16, 2011. 02:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 2 Stocks That Could Dominate the Holiday Season [View article]
    "I doubt I am in the minority in relation to the following behavior. When I think I need or want something, I often look it up on Amazon, even if I initially intend to buy it elsewhere. When I search the item at Amazon, I not only get comprehensive product descriptions, but I learn about viable alternatives, other vendors that offer the product new or used and the experiences of, often, tens to thousands of other people with the product via Amazon's massive review database"

    You certainly have a point there, and one I noticed a little while back. Unlike the neighborhood walmart or grocery where you "shop" for prices- I have seen myself looking up what they have to sell and for how much- on Amazon or Ebay- or both. I noticed that unlike brick and mortar stores people are beginning to use those retailers to judge what they do buy, and quite often end up buying there. And I think that one drives the other.
    Aug 16, 2011. 02:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Eagle Ford and Bakken Players Forecast to Gain More Than 75% [View article]
    I liked your article and since it's related I'll see what you think: CHK. In looking at their balance sheets do you smell anything fishy? I don't, but it's not just a clever name (*wink*).
    Aug 15, 2011. 04:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cisco: Looking 15 Years Younger [View article]
    Hmmm, I bit my lip and got out of my biggest losers on that reverse spike we had. Timed bad on a couple, but I feel they are sound- so I'm just hanging with them (it might be a while, but they'll come around or others will lose a lot more money than me). Anywho, I've got enough for a small position left, do you think CSCO is looking like a buy? or am I too late for a dance here?
    Aug 15, 2011. 04:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Strong Land Oil Service Companies May Be the Best Bargains in the Market [View article]
    There are one of two I timed bad, and CHK is that one, but since I think I had the right idea I'm going to hang with and strap myself into. CHK has taken quite a dip lately, but it seems to me that with a bit of time this has to go somewhere, and I don't think it's down much further- if it comes up empty I'll just take it off taxes and cry a lot. If it dips again today I think I'll press my bet. But for some reason I'm behind a company that shows promise for U.S. energy independence- or at least not as much dependence as now.
    Aug 8, 2011. 08:50 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment