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  • This Blue Chip High Dividend Stock Has Better Times Ahead [View article]
    Why not consider an estimated inflation factor ? And even an unknown +- stock value ?
    Apr 4, 2013. 03:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Windstream (WIN +0.6%) directors Samuel E. Beall and Carol B. Armitage recently bought 30K and 1K shares, respectively. The purchases come as Windstream trades near its 52-week low amidst concerns its hefty dividend (current yield of 12.5%) isn't sustainable. [View news story]
    A 50% reduction of dividends (6.25%) would only create a BIG buying opportunity, since the share price would also drop.

    A continuing LONG investor.

    Freedom Bravo
    Apr 1, 2013. 06:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nuclear Power Versus Wind Power [View article]
    @51White Oak> This is true what you stated about Nuclear and Coal Fired plants (at least to some extent) to meet load fluctuations. However, you have omitted Gas Turbine Generators, Hydro-electric Generators, Pump Storage facilities, Tandem Diesel Generators, Combined Cycles, etc. These facilities can increase or decrease generation more rapidly as the load demand may dictate. Currently, large unexpected load fluctuations are extremely rare and normal fluctuations can now be predictably forecast by the dispatchers. Furthermore and primarily, there exist a more reliable grid system (interconnected) with neighboring utilities, as events in recent decades have necessitated to design and build.

    You seem somewhat knowledgeable especially concerning older coal fired plants and transmission systems. It has always been the intent for both Coal and Nuclear Plants to operate, at or near, design (24/7) and not 'cycle'. This has been, and still is, the economic design criteria.

    I would also hesitant to refer to "wind mills" as ancient technology, not for sizeable electrical generation 'wind farms'. Locale, both load demand and sufficient/reliable winds, are the true determining factors.
    Mar 27, 2013. 12:18 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill's Growth Story Continues Due To Newbuilds, Industry Strength [View article]
    Ken>".....mistake..... ? ? Not from the investor's stand point. I welcomed the 'double dividend' in December '12. It shows that management has the investors' interest at heart. As far as waiting until June for the next dividend, this only creates a buying opportunity for me. IMHO. Long on SDRL.

    Freedom Bravo
    Mar 20, 2013. 09:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill Limited Is Not Worth The Risk [View article]
    Long on SDRL continues.
    Feb 24, 2013. 06:38 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T: An Oasis Of Stability In The Telecom Sector [View article]
    @sikkabooyah> And your prediction is that this cannot (or has not) happen to any other corporation ?

    How foolish !

    Freedom Bravo
    Feb 19, 2013. 04:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T Is A Cash Spring [View article]
    Long on T & VOD for the above reason.
    Feb 18, 2013. 05:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon Has Substantial Upside Potential [View article]
    @conner> "........would't make sense for VZ"..... (to buy out VOD's share) ? ? So you would prefer to have a company that only owned 55% of a very successful business (wireless), rather than 100% of the business ?

    Why 'share' when your partner contributes NOTHING, and you just continue to allow him 45% ownership in stock and dividends ? ?

    Freedom Bravo
    Feb 11, 2013. 04:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Duke Energy Earnings: We're Watching Latin American Growth And Operational Improvements [View article]
    The 'merger fiasco' will remain an issue, for years to come, to the Commissions in NC, SC and Fla. May be "settled", but not forgotten. IMO
    Feb 11, 2013. 03:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon Has Substantial Upside Potential [View article]
    @Conner> Not sure I understand your comments (?). No, I see no reason for VOD to "ever want to sell", unless they become very desperate, and then would only sell at a very high premium, obviously. How could VZ "force them to sell" ? ? Do you know of an 'Escape Clause' in their original 5 year contract/agreement, whereas, either party may terminate under certain provisions ? What would be the provisions ? I could think of a few.

    In Summary: I just don't see the advantage of having a very successful business (VZW) and own only 55%, and the 45% 'partner' company contributes (at the present time), nothing. Do you really believe there is a business related advantage ? Perhaps, this is a deterrent to keep VZ out of Europe ?
    Feb 8, 2013. 06:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon Has Substantial Upside Potential [View article]
    @conner> Thanks for your comments, however, this is well known. As I originally expressed, "At this time". Don't you think VZ is 'wondering' how their books would look without VOD's 45% ownership ? Would VZ implode ? Don't think so.

    VZ's management is as greedy as most, if not more so, due to the extreme competitiveness. Reduce 'overhead costs', operating costs and increase profits is the bottom line of any business. Yes, sometimes even customer service is compromised.
    Feb 7, 2013. 01:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon Has Substantial Upside Potential [View article]
    @TDog> Please give some specifics and I will look into it.

    Freedom Bravo
    Feb 6, 2013. 11:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Highest Yielding Utility Stocks In The S&P 500 - Part 3 [View article]
    This is well known. I was just trying to keep everything simply on a domestic level with neighboring utilities. Thanks for your comment.

    Freedom Bravo
    Feb 6, 2013. 11:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Highest Yielding Utility Stocks In The S&P 500 - Part 3 [View article]
    Another advantage SCANA has, is that they are approximately one (1) year behind Southern in their nuclear construction program.. With exact duplicates (Westinghouse AP1000), SCANA can adequately prepare and avoid any design, construction, delays/problems, and possibly cost overruns that will somewhat be forewarned by Southern's experiences.

    Freedom Bravo
    Feb 5, 2013. 08:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon Has Substantial Upside Potential [View article]
    At the current time, is there any 'value added' by having VOD own 45% of VZW ? IMO, VOD is obviously in a prime position to collect their share of the dividends (profits ?) without providing any business input to VZW. VZ should attempt to buy out VOD's 45%, but why should VOD sell ? VOD's Market Cap = $135.5B : VZ MC = $127.2B

    Does VZ really need VOD ? ? I read recently that VZ is considering to buy VOD's part ownership, but VZ's debt is already quite extensive, and the price would naturally be quite a large premium.

    Does anyone have an input to this ?
    Feb 2, 2013. 07:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment