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  • Midday top 10 gainers: ZIP +48%. BIOF +28%. STXS +25%. GIGA +21%. FORD +19%. IQNT +20%. EGLE +18%. OTT +18%. GEVO +17%. APAGF +17%.
    Midday top 10 Losers: ABT -51%. SKUL -14%. DOLE -13%. TRIT -12%. ATAI -12%. HMNY -9%. CHRM -9%. NTLS -9%. VSCI -8%. MR -8%[View news story]
    which is why ABT is not a loser! Its child just moved out of the house.
    Jan 2 04:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's (MSFT +1.3%) annual meeting underwhelmed those attending with only a strictly-enforced 15 minute window to ask questions of Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer. Shareholders at the meeting - already edgy with MSFT mired in a $20-$30 trading range for a decade - only heard from Gates once during the meeting as he defended the firm's controversial enormous cash stockpile: "You want to retain enough (cash) so the company has the strength to be able to take big risks even in the face of some economic uncertainty."  [View news story]
    I'm sitting on a big pile of money, but I am too scared to invest it because I might need to dip into it sometime. ;)
    Nov 16 01:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Remarkable Quarter For Westport Innovations [View article]
    Thanks! I sold out yesterday. John S.
    Nov 5 06:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Remarkable Quarter For Westport Innovations [View article]
    Good article. The following seems to sum up conundrum of this company's lack of profitability.

    "Lots of good news, and the assumption of future profitability and future rapid growth is already priced into the stock. Westport has still not demonstrated an ability or desire to drive profitability by reducing costs."

    I wonder what the costs are that could be hindering profitability? What happens to all that cash that keeps coming in at greater and greater rates per quarter? I suspect it may be going into new product development and pushing its innovations.

    What is your take on that?

    I am long WPRT, but not by much.
    John St. Clair
    Nov 3 09:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Abbott Split: A Good Company With Some Risk To Sell? [View article]
    What you recommend makes most sense. I think I will follow your lead. The simple fact that the part being lowered over the side is the pharmaceutical branch, now nameless and with the first mate in charge, tells a lot in itself. Great article!
    Oct 27 08:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Fuel Cells Replace Battery-Powered Cars? [View article]
    What is probably going to happen, in my view, is that in the future there will be a variety of fuel sources developed based on the best application per vehicle type. Whether any one type will prevail in either the short or the long run seems unlikely at least at this time.

    To my way of thinking, nat gas will fill in the gap as the oil supply diminishes. Distribution and storage can be adapted to many of the fueling stations now existing for petroleum (gasoline and diesel). Also, the companies likely to develop it are already in the fossil fuel industry. And for those who like the idea of refueling at home, as long as you have nat gas service there, you can do that too with proper equipment.

    I am long wprt.
    Sep 20 10:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Android Continues to Gobble Up Smartphone Market Share [View article]
    Fascinating comment. Could you please explain what you mean by: "Because Androids are only 30% smartphone."?
    Aug 5 05:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Smartphones Now a Two-Horse Race [View article]
    Other than Apple, most manufacturers (and carriers) confuse the consumer with too many choices. Apple develops and sells one iphone at a time and makes a huge profit margin. Why is RIM coming out with 5 new phones? Doesn't that translate into a lower profit margin for each product?
    Aug 4 02:57 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Smartphones Now a Two-Horse Race [View article]
    "From a manufacturer standpoint, you're correct. It's also important to note that manufacturers of Android phones compete with each other at least as much as with Apple."

    Yes, which is exactly what the chart shows in addition to what the author meant it to show.

    "However, many journalists, commentators, pundits and analysts like to lump all Android phones together for some reason. It's a bit like comparing all non-hybrid cars with the Prius."

    Yes, and is what annoys me because it results in skewed data and skewed reasoning. Apple clearly at this time dominates the market for smartphones if you compare maker by maker.

    In other words, I completely agree with your assessment.
    Aug 4 02:41 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Smartphones Now a Two-Horse Race [View article]
    Doesn't your chart really indicate a three-horse race between Apple, Samsung and HTC? Motorola, despite using Android, doesn't seem to be gaining in the race (based on the chart).

    Your article is good especially in that it differentiates the Android users showing that Android is not monolithic. Thanks for publishing!
    Aug 2 06:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ken Fisher's 30 Favorite Stock Picks [View article]
    Be interesting to know how much skin Fisher has in the game.
    Aug 2 05:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Constructing the Core of Your Dividend Growth Portfolio [View article]
    Owyhee, why not write your own article on SA?
    Jul 29 04:36 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Constructing the Core of Your Dividend Growth Portfolio [View article]
    Thanks to all who commented on my questions. I am getting a wonderful education here!
    Jul 27 03:58 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Constructing the Core of Your Dividend Growth Portfolio [View article]
    Your article is most useful, Bob. You have brought together a boatload of data, analyzed it well and have saved me much time in doing my "due diligence." I own ABT and T and it also makes me feel good that you confirm my choices. It also makes me realize that I can and need to make a cogent plan.

    A couple of questions: how long have you worked your plan and are you beating the S & P or any of the sectors you are in? In other words, what are your results?

    Also, congrats on approval by Messrs. Carnavale and Fish, two of the best SA authors!
    Jul 26 04:00 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • MLPs: An Undervalued Sector Outperforming Other Asset Classes [View article]
    Thanks to all who answered. I was hoping that would be the case.
    Jul 21 07:07 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment