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  • Diagonal Spreads: A Lesser-Known Strategy That Provides Leverage With Some Degree Of Safety [View article]
    I had mentioned analysis of variance and correlation as statistical means of comparing stocks with each other. The more some will vary, the lesser some others will vary and vice versa. The same with correlation. Some stocks may be inversely related with other stocks.
    As manufacturing stocks may go up, construction stocks may go down. New building starts and re-models are also inversely related. The more new starts you have, the fewer remodels you have. As housing sales go down, To me, everything is by association. As models will go up to preserve what you currently have, it is because new starts have gone down along with housing sales.
    Now you have housing sales, new construction and re-model as variables. How are they intertwined and just how do they fit together? Now you can apply Analysis of Variance (AOV) that the three have when compared to each other at the same time.
    Feb 21, 2013. 09:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lowe's (LOW): Q3 EPS of $0.35 in-line. Revenue of $12.1B beats by $100M. (PR[View news story]
    Why is this responsible for the elevation of the value of Home Depot stock? jthorn5656@atmc.net
    Nov 19, 2012. 07:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Home Depot Vs. Lowe's Companies: A Conservative Option Play [View article]
    Just remember my 5 for 50,000 ratio. I saw 200 customers a week which was 10,000 customers a year for five years. I received five complaints from customers who already had problems before coming to HD. They carried their problems with them and I became the brunt of their frustration for all of their problems. It is truly so sad how the poor cashier becomes the scapegoat caught in the middle. You give out all of the respect and never get it back if ever at all. I feel so sorry for everyone of you and have just re-retired. What was intended to be a 4 day 16 hour a week part-time turned into a total fiasco. Sound familiar?
    Oct 16, 2012. 09:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Home Depot Vs. Lowe's Companies: A Conservative Option Play [View article]
    It is quite amazing how numbers get tossed all around lately. You can substantiate anything from the perspective that you want to see it in. The movement in HD and LOW stocks are a mere reflection of consumer confidence, construction activity and employmment in SIC's 15, 16 and 17. I once worked for HD as a cashier for five years. During that time I saw 200 customers a week for a total of 50,000 customers in five years. Out of all of those, I received five complaints. So why is it that HD would base a decision on such a small sample of unhappy customers. What about the other 49,995 customers who were satisfied and happy.
    This is what is hurting both HD and LOW. They demand too much from their employees (associates) and offer them toosmall of a supply in return. The conflict in supply side and demand side economics is creating much dissension among the ranks. Think about it for a while. Alleviate these conflicts and the road to success will be greatly improved. If your mind is closed and you continue to remain in the past, your profits will be greatly limited.
    That seems to be the way managemennt's minds are currently at HD as well as LOW. They are using construction techniques and outlooks to solve retail and customer communications conflicts. This conflict in thinking has resulted in many personnel problems. HD and LOW employees should not be treated like the common laborer which they now are in case you haven't noticed lately.
    Oct 13, 2012. 08:09 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Philip Morris: A Very Shareholder Friendly Stock To Buy [View article]
    So we all die of lung cancer and cancer of other various parts while PM is user and stock market friendly. Irony's seem to be weighing a ton these days. If PM can't kill everyone, it can die trying. Should I say that this is sponsored by the American Cancer Society (http://bit.ly/U4uefr)?
    Sounds like a real moving movie to me.
    Sep 10, 2012. 08:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The summertime blues extend to the weekend after Labor Day for the movie industry, as no movie grossed over $10M and early estimates place the industry's box office haul as the worst since 2003. In particular, family films and late-night showings still haven't fully bounced back from early summer levels. [View news story]
    When you mix religion with politics and military like in 2016 you are asking for trouble. Movies were meant to be entertaining and informative not persuasive, narrow-minded and offensive to certain parts of the population.
    They should have a new rating of NPC for not politically correct.
    Jim Horn jthorn5656@atmc.net
    Sep 10, 2012. 08:43 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The put/call ratio on the S&P 500 moves to the danger zone - low enough to signal few enough are hedging against stocks falling as to almost assure that outcome. However, cautions Tommy Thornton, wait for indicator to turn higher before beginning to sell. [View news story]
    If all is fair in love and war, what is fair about someone continually sticking their finger in my face? It seems like the Republicans are opearting out of pure desperation. Do you realize how much money we could be saving by re-electing the same President for another four years. Look at it this way. No one likes to admit that they may either have made a mistake or elected the wrong person in office. If Obama is not re-elected, how many people will be willing to admit that they made a mistake in the first election. Very few, if any at all. Obama back in office for four more years is a done deal.
    Aug 29, 2012. 10:22 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The put/call ratio on the S&P 500 moves to the danger zone - low enough to signal few enough are hedging against stocks falling as to almost assure that outcome. However, cautions Tommy Thornton, wait for indicator to turn higher before beginning to sell. [View news story]
    How will this affect who will become our President for four more years? How will this affect future economic policy? How did we get here in the first place? How are we going to keep all of the banks from taking over everything? How is the negative European economy affecting our economy? Once I hear the answers to all of the how's, what is someone going to do about it instead of blaming and condemning the other side? I am tired of politicians berating and criticizing the United States. We must have more positives going for us then we do negatives against us, right?
    Aug 29, 2012. 10:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Home Depot (HD) declares $0.29/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous. Forward yield 2.06%. For shareholders of record Aug 30. Payable Sep 13. Ex-div date Aug 28. (PR[View news story]
    Is this Obama's fault also? What is the correlation between this and new housing starts and remodels. That would be a very interesting analysis to perform. Also, what is the correlation between Lowes Improvement and HD? The more Lowes improves, the even more HD improves? Let me know what you find out? Jim Horn jthorn5656@atmc.net
    Aug 17, 2012. 07:23 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Home Depot (HD -2.4%) starts to equip more workers with mobile devices in order to help them assist customers in its cavernous stores. The initiative is part of a broader strategy by the company to incorporate technology to create customer-friendly stores and thereby prompt more visits. [View news story]
    Appearance, appearance, appearance. That is what it is all about. Mobile device is outstanding when processing long lines by using it to ring up sales. It is like an extension of a cashier. Also great for pricing and checking for availability. Define a situation as real, and it is real in its consequences. Mobile devices may complicate matters further though. Don't knock it if you ain't tried it. Seems like I have heard that cliche' somewhere before.
    Jun 21, 2012. 09:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Home Depot (HD) expects share repurchases of $4B in FY12, up from prior guidance of $3.5B. Due to the timing, the company says the expected increase won't have a material impact on EPS. [View news story]
    Customers are still taking good care of their current home investment.
    There is a direct correlation between mulch sales and home prices.
    Increasing mulch sales results in decreasing home price sales so it seems.
    Jun 6, 2012. 07:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Diagonal Spreads: A Lesser-Known Strategy That Provides Leverage With Some Degree Of Safety [View article]
    What I don't see mentioned are any correlation studies (Pearson Product for example) and Analysis of Variance (AOV). Predictability and probability seem to go hand in hand. None of these things are mentioned in your studies. What is correlation between rate of inflation, cost of living (CPI) and average stock price? I know just enough about all of this to get in trouble which seems to be the political portfolio of the day. So how do you stay out of trouble?
    Do you back have to double?
    Apr 26, 2012. 08:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Home Depot Delivers Where Competitors Fail [View article]
    Thought that my HD comments were honest and sincere.
    Apr 19, 2012. 10:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Home Depot Delivers Where Competitors Fail [View article]
    If HD associate cannot help, he or she will find another associate who can. HD never gives up, has faith in its associates and the customer feels the end results. Many associated have retired from other jobs and bring all their experience and education to HD with them. That has a lot to do with all of HD's current success. A warmer then usual winter hasn't hurt anything either. When in doubt, Home Depot is what it is all about.
    Apr 19, 2012. 10:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Piper Jaffray weighs in on home improvement giants Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW), taking its rating on both companies up to Overweight from Neutral. The bullish optimism was prompted by a proprietary survey from the firm that indicates homeowners want to spend more on home improvements this year. [View news story]
    So where do I go to read the article? Had heard someone at church yesterday say the Home Depot store was always dirty and cluttered. My wife's comment was, "What do they expect when you are in a warehouse?" Reality might as well start setting in. The customer wasn't in the garden section. 60% of Home Depot's business is in gardening. Therefore, logically thinking, 60% of Home Depot's effort is in keeping the garden area well-supplied and clean.
    Customers have to live in their houses longer due to not being able to afford to move up in housing cost and size. Why build a 4,200 square foot house when you really only need 2,000 square feet. This obsession with buying bigness is subsiding. Environmental concern, safety, security, health and saving dollars should be current priorities. Having a pretty front yard with curb appeal doesn't hurt anything either. Was kidding with someone and said that I should destroy my front yard and only have sand on it. I could put up a beach umbrella and pretend that my front yard was a beach. Wonder what some people will say about all of this.
    Apr 16, 2012. 08:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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