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  • Dividend Champions: 17 Increases Expected By The End Of November [View article]
    ABT was getting to my buy price of around $32 prior to the announcement. I'm a little disappointed I missed out prior to the run up but I still own a small amount of ABT in an IRA. To me, the technicalities of whether or not the streak still exists is a mute point. You have to ask yourself: Is the new ABT still dedicated to increasing their dividend every year? I think it is.
    Oct 19, 2013. 01:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: $500 A Share Now Solidly Behind It, $550 Target Up Ahead [View article]
    Call me a fanboy, I noticed that the gold 64GB 5s was in stock at an apple store 5hrs from us last weekend so we hopped in the car and took a road trip. I'm upgrading from the iphone 4, so it's a huge difference; very happy with it.
    Oct 19, 2013. 12:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Replace A Loser With A Dividend Growth Blue Chip [View article]
    I think historically, a 2% yield on IBM is pretty good, and as you indicated, it has a high dividend growth rate and low payout ratio. The last time I bought it was at a 1.87% yield back in 2010, and it had a phenomenal run up from there. I bought in an uptrend then, and I think it probably will fall more now in the short term. From a dividend perspective, I think it's probably a buy. It's the long term moat and overall business model that is keeping me out of the name.
    Oct 19, 2013. 12:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wake Up And Smell The Balance Sheet At Starbucks [View article]
    I hadn't realized SBUX debt level was so low. Thank you for the article. The high PE has prevented me from investing in the name, and I continuously monitor for a pullback that has yet to come.
    Oct 19, 2013. 12:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buying Opportunity Ahead For Union Pacific [View article]
    I'm looking at the $135 level to jump in.
    Oct 19, 2013. 11:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Replace A Loser With A Dividend Growth Blue Chip [View article]
    Both companies are getting interesting. I sold the Jan 14 135 puts the day after earnings and would be willing to purchase the stock at those levels. I looked at selling some IBM puts, but even with the 6% drop in the stock price the day following earnings, the options premiums really didn't increase that much. If IBM keeps dropping, I'd give it another look. I'm still not convinced on the long term moat of IBM. UNP essentially has a duopoly out west, and I don't see that changing.
    Oct 19, 2013. 11:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Exxon A Potential Sell? [View article]
    I just bought a 5% portfolio allocation of XOM around $87 last month, and just sold 10 $82.50 NOV puts today, so we obviously disagree in regards to whether XOM is a buy or a sell, but I appreciate the in-depth article and time it took to put it all together. I look forward to a vibrant back and forth discussion in the comment section. Again, nice article....
    Oct 8, 2013. 04:09 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Buffett Traits That Lead Me To Microsoft [View article]
    That was my thought after reading this article, and what has prevented me from investing in MSFT. It's much easier to predict that KO will still be selling coke in 20 yrs than it is to predict where MSFT's revenues will come from. Enjoyed the read, however.
    Oct 8, 2013. 11:47 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • McCormick And Company: Decent Stock But No Margin Of Safety [View article]
    Down to $66.36 as I write this. At what level do you think provides a good margin of safety?
    Sep 26, 2013. 11:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Pessimists Missing Company's Improving Prospects [View article]
    Munster et al must feel like fools. I'd be interested in the breakdown of units sold of the 5C vs 5S.
    Sep 23, 2013. 10:58 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • iPhone Price And Positioning [View article]
    I'll take the opposite view....I think the 5C is going to be huge, selling far more units than the 5s. (Although, I'd be buying the 5S if I decide to upgrade.)
    Sep 17, 2013. 11:14 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Visa Worth A Buy Right Here? [View article]
    I believe the lack of debt, large buyback, and dividend growth make V an excellent buy at these levels. Bought a 5% allocation for my portfolio around $181. Only major question is whether the coming mobile payment revolution/disruption will involve V and MA or not. I tend to believe it will.
    Sep 15, 2013. 02:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • DIY Dividend Investors Club: Building A Sustainable Long-Term Dividend Portfolio (Part 1) [View article]
    I don't think that DVK and Chuck Carnevale have a lock on investing articles. For me, anything that encourages conversation or debate is a positive. And remember, you have access to all of this for free. Either choose to follow along or not. Not a big deal....
    Sep 15, 2013. 01:03 PM | 19 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Five Take-Aways From Apple's IPhone Event (2013) And A Positive Outlook For 2014 [View instapost]
    Agree the Japan deal is more important in the short term. Japan buyers can actually afford the 5C. Even though WS gave a collective yawn over the iphone event, I think they'll still sell a lot of phones this year. Great instablog, much better than most of the articles on SA I read. You should resubmit it....
    Sep 11, 2013. 10:26 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Abbott Offers Earnings And Dividend Growth [View article]
    I'm looking to fill out my portfolio with a 5% allocation to ABT. The dividend is low now, but with an estimated 32% payout ratio based on the low end of 2013 guidance, there is plenty of room to raise it over the next few years, not even including the expected EPS growth. I believe the payout ratio was around 50% prior to the split.
    Sep 9, 2013. 10:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment