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  • June Same Store Sales Actually Weren't Bad [View article]
    "Target saw growth of 2.1% versus an expectation of 2.4%"

    IT'S THE END OF TIMES!!!

    The author's point is valid.
    Jul 9, 2012. 03:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Research In Motion May Be A Value Trap [View article]
    "We think the fact that RIM refused to pursue an alliance with a cash-rich software company demonstrates how management is in firm denial of the true health of the business."

    While there are many, many legitimate criticisms of RIM, this is not one of them. Microsoft is where tech companies go to die.
    Jul 9, 2012. 03:54 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Death Of The Buy And Hold Investor [View article]
    It's the classic dichotomy between traders and investors. One is sexy, the other is for widows & orphans.
    Jul 9, 2012. 11:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Death Of The Buy And Hold Investor [View article]
    I don't understand people claiming buy-and-hold is dead. I'm looking at my portfolio of 19 stocks that I've accumulated over 2.5 years, and I've got a 24% gain. That's roughly 10% annually. I've never sold a stock in my life.

    Quit trying to time the market. Stop using strange, leveraged instruments like SDS and VXX. Let the computers move SPY back and forth to their hearts' content. Let the flash crashes happen. Coca-Cola is still going to be increasing earnings whether its share price is $76 or $4. So will Apple. So will others. And in the end, the prices will always normalize.

    I'm an amateur investor in my 20's. If I can do this successfully, so can anyone else.
    Jul 9, 2012. 08:33 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia: Finland's 'No' May Lead To Buyout [View article]
    Keep adding, keep losing, keep trying to convince others your right.

    Ride this European pig all the way to $0.
    Jul 4, 2012. 02:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon Ready To Plunge On Margin Squeeze [View article]
    "I bet that Apple's (AAPL) iPad will also cut its prices in the long run once it sees that consumers are starting to look for non-Apple tablet alternatives."

    Not really. The iPad is wildly outselling everything else. What we're seeing is two markets - an iPad market and a tablet market.
    Jul 3, 2012. 04:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook: The Real Fun Is About To Start [View article]
    "AAPL's P/E of 14.2 is slightly higher than the industry average of 13.0, and the S&P500 average of 14.0"

    Cool. Now look at the average earnings growth rate of the S&P500 vs the earnings growth rate of AAPL. Doesn't really make much sense for the two P/E's to be equal then, does it?
    Jul 3, 2012. 03:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has granted Apple (AAPL) a preliminary injunction on U.S. sales of Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) Galaxy Nexus phone, which it co-developed with Google (GOOG). The ruling comes two days after a preliminary injunction was granted on sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. A recent William Blair report claimed the Galaxy Nexus has been Verizon's #3 phone in June. An Apple patent covering unified voice and text search drew the injunction.  [View news story]
    Patent law is a bit more complicated than having an idea. You need to draw up the documentation such that when the patent expires, a moderated skilled person in that field should be able to replicate its design. So while people may have been talking to computers in movies for decades, Apple may have patented the techniques that the computer uses to process the request.

    This is also why many companies are afraid of patenting their ideas at all. They fear foreign companies using the patents to reverse engineer the products and flood the market with cheap knockoffs because intellectual property is simply not valued in some countries.
    Jun 30, 2012. 12:44 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Obama administration’s new five-year oil leasing plan displeases many, from Republicans who seek to open more areas for drilling to environmentalists who say drilling may lead to more BP-style disasters. The plan released yesterday schedules 15 lease sales through 2017 in the Gulf of Mexico and Arctic while keeping Atlantic and Pacific coasts off limits.  [View news story]
    Yes, and a majority does not support gay marriage either. But we don't live in a simple democracy, we live in a republic. We entrust elected officials to legislate in our best interests, even if it means allowing gay marriage and offshore drilling in spite of majority opinion, because they're the right things to do. One is social equality, and the other is energy security.
    Jun 29, 2012. 11:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook: The Real Fun Is About To Start [View article]
    You're right. AAPL's P/E of 13.92 is OUTRAGEOUS!

    If ever there was proof that Apple needed to split its stock, this is it. People consider it "expensive" because it's $600/share. Split it, Tim.
    Jun 26, 2012. 08:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The first reviews for the Tesla (TSLA) Model S start to pour in, largely on the positive side. The electric vehicle boasts impressive acceleration, a smooth ride, and a massive infotainment system chock full of delights, according to the writers. With demand for the model uncertain, and its success seen as an all-or-nothing watershed moment for the company, early buzz on the car is viewed as critical. (Reviews: Engadget, Motor Trend, Wired, CNET[View news story]
    The Model S comes with an optional 85 kWh battery pack that provides ~300 miles per charge. At a national average retail cost of electricity of $0.10/kWh, it will cost $8.50 for a complete recharge.

    For comparison to a car that gets 30 MPG, it's the equivalent of paying $0.85 per gallon. ( 300 mi / 30 mi/gal = 10 gal, $8.50 / 10 gal = $0.85/gal ) For a car that gets 50 mpg, it's equivalent to paying $1.41/gal. For a car to get equivalent price efficiency for its fuel, it needs to get 123 MPG if gas costs $3.50/gal.

    The higher initial cost of the electric car offsets the price advantage of the fuel savings. This will hopefully improve in the future, and without subsidies required.
    Jun 24, 2012. 09:59 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The first reviews for the Tesla (TSLA) Model S start to pour in, largely on the positive side. The electric vehicle boasts impressive acceleration, a smooth ride, and a massive infotainment system chock full of delights, according to the writers. With demand for the model uncertain, and its success seen as an all-or-nothing watershed moment for the company, early buzz on the car is viewed as critical. (Reviews: Engadget, Motor Trend, Wired, CNET[View news story]
    You did a nice job ignoring the facts I presented above and instead chose to stick to the talking points.

    I typically vote Republican, and I'm also an engineer. I know the science and technology behind these vehicles and the distribution limitations. Any new transportation technology not running a petroleum liquid fuel will require an entirely separate distribution system. Natural gas has good penetration into many homes for heating, as well as many industrial pipelines, but it's not in every home. Compressing or liquefying natural gas is extremely inefficient.

    On the contrary, electricity exists in every home. As such, people who wish to use a personal vehicle for small trips under 300 miles (round trip) from home can buy an electric car like the Tesla Model S. Longer trips will require a new network of recharging stations. This is easier than a new network of natural gas refueling stations.

    There are pros and cons to each technology. Stop spreading your rhetoric like you know what you're talking about. You don't know shit.
    Jun 23, 2012. 04:28 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The first reviews for the Tesla (TSLA) Model S start to pour in, largely on the positive side. The electric vehicle boasts impressive acceleration, a smooth ride, and a massive infotainment system chock full of delights, according to the writers. With demand for the model uncertain, and its success seen as an all-or-nothing watershed moment for the company, early buzz on the car is viewed as critical. (Reviews: Engadget, Motor Trend, Wired, CNET[View news story]
    Coal is burned in central power plants in a Rankine Cycle with 33% thermal efficiency, compared to a gasoline engine Otto Cycle with ~19% efficiency.

    Yes, coal powered cars are cleaner than gasoline powered cars. And if your local generation supplier gets electricity from nuclear, it is truly emission-free energy.

    Calm your rhetoric.
    Jun 23, 2012. 02:43 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 'Microsites' Will Help Boost AT&T Profits And Stock [View article]
    The iPhone has been out for 5 years, and its penetration is only accelerating. The data doesn't support you. It points to a stronger Apple, not a weaker one.
    Jun 23, 2012. 02:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 'Microsites' Will Help Boost AT&T Profits And Stock [View article]
    The next iPhone will be LTE, and Verizon currently has the largest LTE footprint in the industry. Also, they've committed to have their entire 4G LTE network built out to the same level as their current 3G network by the end of the year. If they hit that, it'll be a huge deal.
    Jun 23, 2012. 02:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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