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  • Orchids Paper Products A Paper Tiger, But In A Good Way [View article]
    Why the almost 10% drop today???
    Apr 23 12:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wal-Mart: Not Really Cheap [View article]
    Wal-Mart is entering the electronic money transfer business. Customers can wire money between stores for a fraction of the cost of Western Union and others. This is going to be huge eventually. Much of their shopping base relies on money transfers and are not "banked".
    Apr 18 02:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Only 20 Companies That Matter [View article]
    Yes, there should have been a + in
    Mar 28 10:57 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Only 20 Companies That Matter [View article]
    GDP= C + I + G (X-M)

    Consumer Spending (largest part)
    I= Business Investment
    G= Government Spending
    X= Exports
    M= Imports
    Mar 27 08:09 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Only 20 Companies That Matter [View article]
    The sad truth is that the unemployment % is a much less meaningful statistic than it once was. As an economy, we do so much more with less. A smaller percentage of the workforce can now produce even greater output. Those that are a contributing part of this bifurcated economy drive consumption and GDP. Those that are not are completely marginalized in a macro sense. So what if we have 92 million people unemployed. They are existing in some form or fashion (welfare, off the book jobs (a huge number). Odds are, they have few to no marketable skills that would be of any benefit anyway.
    It's a harsh reality, but it's one that I do not see changing.
    Mar 27 07:50 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Only 20 Companies That Matter [View article]
    No offense, but if you haven't profited off the last 4 years, you really should not be investing. Do not let your political views cloud your investing views. Does this fake recovery make my profits any less real when I sell? Holding gold and avoiding stocks because the recovery is "not real" is downright silly.
    I'm amazed that this view is still just further lets me know that there is room left to run.
    Mar 27 07:36 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Small-Cap Dividend Growth Stock With A 4.5% Yield To Consider [View article]
    Soo...what is going on today with TIS? All I can find is something related to an investigation of the board for their proposed upcoming stock issuance. Anyone have more to add??
    Mar 21 11:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Ukraine Conflict's Bulls And Bears [View article]

    If I'm understanding your response correctly, you are drawing a correlation between Putin's power grab and the supposedly weak/waning impression that America now projects (let me guess..since 2008, right). I realize you were not alive for the Cold War, but plenty of shenanigans occurred when we had so called "strong" Presidents in office (Jimmy Carter notwithstanding).
    Are you suggesting that we deploy our military? Tank the economy of the EU with tougher sanctions against Russia (which will simply invoke their own)? What exactly are the better options?
    Mar 17 09:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Ukraine Conflict's Bulls And Bears [View article]
    An interesting analysis that would have been better had you left out your personal political viewpoints. America's influence waning? Care to back this up with some statistical analysis? Also, the FOX news talking point about America slashing it's defense budget to WWII levels is tired and old. Last time I checked, defense was government spending (and a large chunk). Aren't you a proponent of less government spending?? The current 522 Billion dollar proposal is still larger than the defense budgets of China, Russia, and England COMBINED.
    I would never pay someone to manage my personal investments, but I am extra wary when someone's political views are so obvious. I've found that they can cloud sound investing decisions.
    Mar 17 02:12 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Philip Morris International: A Great Dividend Buy Today [View article]
    Honestly, I wasn't even aware that CVS sold cigarettes. I don't think I've ever even seen someone purchasing cigarettes in a CVS. Even if Walgreens and a couple others go along with it, cigrattes are readily available on every street and every corner of the country via the gas station/conv. store outlet.
    Feb 7 05:49 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T Georgia Statement on FCC's Decision to Allow Trials of Transition to all-IP Network [View article]
    Georgia can't afford to salt the roads, but thank God they invested in ATT, so people stranded can call for help....
    Jan 31 12:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Vector Group: Not The Best Investment [View article]
    So...Why the giant jump today?
    Jan 21 07:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Sold DeVry And Bought Philip Morris [View article]
    Colorado took in over 5 Million dollars of tax revenue in the first week of legalized pot. This is a goldmine that cash-strapped states cannot and will not ignore. Of course backwards states will hold out or refuse, but my bet is that half the country legalizes in the next twenty years..maybe sooner. Big tobacco has the distribution and the experience to step in. E-cigs and pot will be the drivers domestically.
    Jan 12 06:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2014: Here Comes The Dumb Money [View article]
    Dumb money is always the other guy...
    Dec 15 09:42 AM | 23 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Critical Questions For 2014 [View article]
    Casca, you make my point all too easily.

    1. You have absolutely no data to back up any of that. Nice generalizations.

    2. ??? see #1. Even if this was remotely true...this is a positive for stock owners. (my original point) In this case, of medical equipment manufactures. Just one of many examples.

    3. Walk into This has been going on and will continue to do so..nothing new here. Supermarket cashiers to Lawyers are all effected by this.

    4. Where are these "better people" you speak of? Oh yeah, they already have jobs (because they are "better people") so you work to improve the labor pool you are drawing from.

    5. Ok. So if this is going to happen, shouldn't we try to boost consumption even more?? Saving hundreds of dollars a month on health insurance will help defray $10-20 a month more in energy costs for the "average person"
    Dec 4 11:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment