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  • 6 Mid-Cap Electric Utilities For An Income Portfolio [View article]
    SCG (SCANA) is the best positioned utility of those mentioned, IMO. There is a tremendous population and industrial growth in the state due to the beautiful beaches, excellent weather and a strong 'right to work' environment. Many industries have located in SC and the expected future annual electrical growth is 2%-4%. Currently constructing 2 nuclear plants (1000Mw each) to meet the expected demand as the economy slowly recovers and growth continues (industrial, commercial and residential). SCG also has a large network of natural gas pipelines (transportation and retail) in SC, NC and Georgia.

    SCG is a well managed company, and a potential M/A candidate, since they are bordered by Duke and Southern.

    Long on SCG>>

    Freedom Bravo
    May 23, 2013. 06:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Windstream Maintain Its Ample Dividend Yield? [View article]
    @Sunset> I don't know what you got 'in' at, but "got out at $11.25" appears to me to be an excellent time to re-enter ! If not, don't look back.

    Long on WIN. Cut the dividend 50%.

    Freedom Bravo
    May 21, 2013. 05:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why AT&T Is An Income And No Growth Story [View article]
    An analogy for your thoughts: "The second mouse always gets the cheese".

    Long on T and VOD>
    May 21, 2013. 05:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It's Now Trading At $50, So Is There Any Oxygen Left In O? [View article]
    Brad, Always enjoy your Articles and value your analyses. Could you give us your website address, if allowed under SA ? Profile ? If not, then how can we find it ? Will you still contribute to SA ?

    Thanks for the GREAT Articles........have profited very pleasantly.

    Freedom Bravo

    May 17, 2013. 05:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon Wireless distributions will be "more lean" going forward than they have been thus far as the carrier pays down debt and bids in upcoming spectrum auctions, says Verizon (VZ) CFO Frank Shammo in the wake of a $7B payout. The comments suggest Verizon might still use the distributions as a bargaining chip (previous) to get Vodafone (VOD) to sell its stake. Shammo also states 1/3 of Big Red's postpaid subs are now on its costly shared data plans; that's up from 13% last November. (earlier[View news story]
    OK by me. Buyout of VOD (45%) 'ain't gonna' get no cheaper.

    Long on VOD.

    Freedom Bravo
    May 14, 2013. 11:00 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill: An 8.5% Dividend Yield With A Growing Fleet [View article]
    Agreed ! Well stated.

    Freedom Bravo
    May 14, 2013. 05:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill: An 8.5% Dividend Yield With A Growing Fleet [View article]
    Apparently, not current with the news, investment newbies or just too lazy to do some 'minor' research. Perhaps a different hobby would be appropriate.
    May 13, 2013. 05:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Duke Energy - As Interest Rates Keep Falling, Investors Keep Looking For Yield [View article]
    Most Utilities are currently overvalued due to Dividend Hunters. Best investments during these uncertain times.

    Long on DUK

    Freedom Bravo (Investor not Trader)
    May 11, 2013. 11:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Linn Energy: Don't Believe The (Negative) Hype [View article]
    @rip> Great point, but too many assumptions omitted. If the merger is consummated, Bery's "net" operating cash will differ from past cash return. When companies merge, there are considerable operating cost savings, rather than operating as two separate and independent companies. Then there's the 'C' Corp to a MLP issue which should also be considered, as well as the merger costs and other resultant savings and earnings. Demand will be the greatest influence of all.

    These are some of the more simplistic issues that I am sure LINN/LNCO have reviewed.

    There certainly will not be an immediate "recoup", which no one should expect. IMHO, 6 to 8 years would be more reasonable, as an absolute maximum time-line.

    Been Long on LINN and continue to add, thanks to Barron.

    Freedom Bravo
    May 11, 2013. 11:16 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill: An 8.5% Dividend Yield With A Growing Fleet [View article]
    @Duard> SDRL pre-paid the 2013 1st quarter dividend at the end of 2012 4th quarter in addition to their regular 2012 quarterly dividend due to the 'fiscal cliff'' fiasco. This was done to protect the investors' potential increase of the 2013 dividend tax. SDRL is to be commended for being investor friendly.

    Freedom Bravo
    May 11, 2013. 09:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Premarket gainers: CBMX +8%. YRCW +7%. APO +7%. CTIC +6%.
    Losers: PAL -12%. LNCO -7%. LINE -6%.  [View news story]
    Dividend cut.......value of stock declines..........BUY more @ cheaper price ($4-$5). 50% dividend cut, still a good Div (IMHO). Market Cap too high to go 'belly-up'.

    Long on LINN.

    Freedom Bravo
    May 6, 2013. 11:00 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T (T -0.5%) is set to launch new prepaid plans on June 15 under a brand called All in One, Fierce Wireless reports. The services will reportedly include a $35/month feature phone plan and a $50/month smartphone plan, with each supporting unlimited voice and text to go with a data bucket. The report comes a week after AT&T reported a Q1 net loss of 184K prepaid subs, a number that contrasts unfavorably with Verizon's (VZ) 43K net gain. Verizon recently launched a $35/month prepaid plan for feature phones, and $60-$70/month prepaid plans for smartphones. [View news story]
    Agree with chopchop0...........Had VZ (4 years)......T has superior customer service, super device reception(s), excellent plans, less expensive (devices & plans) and as stated above, second-to-none for travel.

    T is the better stock investment. VZ is: 1) heavily in debt for it's Market Value; 2) 'may' discontinue dividends in an attempt to discourage VOD's 45% share ownership; 3) a $100B to $130B buyout option would be a bad business decision; or 4) cash and stock option ? Maybe............?

    Long on T & VOD. Short (very) on VZ.

    Freedom Bravo
    May 5, 2013. 06:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Barron's is out with its list of the 500 financially strongest companies as ranked after a rigorous cash and sales analysis. A quick filter on the list shows a good chunk of the names trade with a single-digit price to earnings ratio including Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT). Despite all the buzz about booming auto sales in the U.S. and China, concerns about growth for Goodyear's products in other regions of the globe have lowered expectations. But with auto sale estimates for full-year being taken higher, Goodyear could see enough consistent revenue growth to justify a higher trading multiple. (Top 25: AAPL, WCC, WDC, DVA, CHRW, QCOM, JOY, V, STX, MRC, MA, CVI, COF, SYMC, MCK, WCG, ETN, BRCM, TMO, CI, CBI, NOV, WNR, HFC, DK[View news story]
    Five and counting...........Put me down for nine.
    May 5, 2013. 05:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon Finally Ready To Bid For Vodafone's Stake In Verizon Wireless? [View article]
    I think this would be a decision of the VOD BOD, tax implications and possibly with 'some' input from VZW.
    Apr 26, 2013. 04:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Quick Look At National Oilwell Varco's Finances [View article]
    @Albert> Not until the 'annual' period of 2013 NIG is determined. (2013 --> 2014)

    RayRay is correct. Only 3 'annual' periods can be counted, since 2009--> 2010 is the beginning 'annual' period.

    Freedom Bravo
    Apr 26, 2013. 04:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment