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  • FCC votes 3-2 for tough net neutrality regulation [View news story]
    317 pages of regulation held in secrecy until after it's been voted by Presidential appointees. Anyone doubt there will be backdoors in the fine print? Overblown rhetoric now, but facts and details will be coming. Reminds one of the ACA.
    Feb 26, 2015. 03:29 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Valero Energy posts Q4 beat as higher margins offset lower crude discounts [View news story]
    Good points, but it's important to watch both fundamentals AND trader patterns. Good post to illustrate re F recently. This stock right on edge between fundamental investors and daytraders, etc. Bought at $46.04 early January, sold @ $52.20 yesterday. Already having second thoughts and will be looking for buy price. PT now $60.62, but could take awhile to get there. Watch WTI crude....then try for educated 'guess' ;)
    Jan 30, 2015. 01:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • EU, U.S. threaten Russia with new sanctions [View news story]
    Agree with most of what you say, and a review of articles since and before the aggression in Ukraine (and Georgia) are an exercise in Western propaganda. Imho, it's about bolstering NATO and the establishment of a missile "defense" system along Russia's borders. I'm old enough to remember how we felt about missiles in Cuba. We threaten sanctions.,..then we threaten more sanctions. Old, old story. Poroshenko is likely the West's hand-picked guy since the coup replaced the previous govt (and I'm not defending them for a moment) and like him or hate him, Putin is no dummy. Ethnicity aside, Crimea was about its port, and E Ukraine is about the land bridge to Crimea. Putin is a nationalist, operates in terms of Russia's best interests (along with his own) so let's sit back and enjoy the show. Putin has quietly signed lucrative contracts with China, India and now agreements with Iran, so I'm freely admitting to guesswork, but Russia long-term is the play.
    Jan 26, 2015. 11:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stocks tumble as bid for oil disappears [View news story]
    But the Administration is getting a huge political lift from cheap gas at the pump, admittedly from people who haven't the least idea of the complexities of the entire process. Or, this would be an opportune time to restock Reserves.
    Jan 10, 2015. 11:01 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China, Russia pledge to strengthen military alliance [View news story]
    National news is heavily involved in pro-Ukraine, pro-NATO propaganda, not actual analysis. imho
    Nov 22, 2014. 12:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China, Russia pledge to strengthen military alliance [View news story]
    Well said.
    Nov 19, 2014. 11:55 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China, Russia pledge to strengthen military alliance [View news story]
    But...just recently they've signed at least two contracts for energy delivery to counteract sanctions from the West. Again, a logical reaction.
    Nov 19, 2014. 11:54 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China, Russia pledge to strengthen military alliance [View news story]
    Agreed. This Adm never seems to truly consider unintended consequences, and this seems a logical reaction to West's aggressiveness.
    Nov 19, 2014. 11:52 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia, Ukraine to hold new gas talks [View news story]
    My thoughts exactly, Sakelaris. Our far more dangerous adversary is radical Islam, which HAS stated animosity towards us, complete with threats, on a very short timeline.
    Sep 1, 2014. 07:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia, Ukraine to hold new gas talks [View news story]
    Your reply is political only, but my comment suggests a thoughtful approach (rather than visceral) to current investments. I am not here to argue, but to expand (just a bit) approaches and fully realize I'm swimming against Cold War tides.
    Sep 1, 2014. 07:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia, Ukraine to hold new gas talks [View news story]
    Ah, yes. Neville Chamberlain, who is famous or infamous for his attempts at appeasement. Learn from history (the 1930's?) but don't assume history repeats itself. I'm not here to defend Putin, but he is not Lenin, not Stalin, not Kruscheff, not Hitler, and this isn't 1935 or so. I might also suggest that you not demean yourself by insulting others.
    Sep 1, 2014. 07:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia, Ukraine to hold new gas talks [View news story]
    Just a further thought: We seem to have a hard time growing beyond a possibly outdated Cold War mentality. But if we're cautious and selective, there are investment opportunities here. Should Russia overextend her boundaries, well, that's another judgment call.
    Sep 1, 2014. 02:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia, Ukraine to hold new gas talks [View news story]
    Having been out of school for "some time" isn't any excuse for not keeping up with current events as they relate to history, but your remark still puzzles me. Just my opinion, but don't we all try to keep up with world events as they relate to our investments? Rather than buy into one-sided propaganda, it's best to consider negotiating positions, I believe. Sanctions simply send Russia into other alliances (thinking of China and the recent energy deal) and winter is coming to Europe. The ruble is down...but so is the euro. Consider those unintended consequences. Also consider that it's dangerous and expensive to Putin should he push boundaries. Putin is deeply nationalist, but usually performs in Russia's best interests. Okay to learn from history, but these are different times, different personalities, and form judgments according to modern positions. Again, imho.
    Sep 1, 2014. 02:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia, Ukraine to hold new gas talks [View news story]
    The Russia/Ukraine conflict is also about a land bridge to the Crimea and control of the Sea of Azov, economically. Eastern Ukraine is largely ethnic Russian and speaks Russian. Since the new regime in Kiev came to power in February, they have shown little interest in fair rule, hoping to retain Eastern Ukraine wealth for themselves, hoping to involve NATO, the EU and the West (fully understanding Propaganda 101) in their own civil war. Some form of partition seems logical with the least bloodshed, and I doubt Putin plans for all of Ukraine.
    Sep 1, 2014. 11:17 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ukraine continues offensive against rebels [View news story]
    Agree, Sakelaris. Recent "wars" have been won rather handily. It's the occupation that is difficult and expensive. But politicians seem intent on drawing lines on maps without regard to geopolitical and ethnic differences. Most times we've intruded into what are basically local tribal and civil wars for power. What has our quest for imposed democracy gained? Often only bloodshed and chaos. In the current case of the Ukraine, partition seems much less lethal and complicated than moving entire popuations. imho
    May 4, 2014. 08:10 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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