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  • 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
  • SCANA Corporation (SCG) declares $0.5075/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous. Forward yield 3.79%. For shareholders of record June 10. Payable July 01. Ex-div date June 08. (PR[View news story]
    Extra Long on SCANA ! Is Merger being negotiated ? ?

    Freedom Bravo
    Apr 25, 2013. 05:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T: Financial Shenanigans, Painful Truth Coming [View article]
    @Daniel>Considering all the negative comments to your 'Shenanigan Article', why has there not been a single Editor's rebuttal ? ? Not even a "Thanks" for the few agreements. Just wondering........

    Freedom Bravo
    Apr 24, 2013. 03:25 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Grab A 15% Yield From This Undervalued Dow Dividend Stock [View article]
    @combie> I fully intend to continue investing in BA and advise my investors to do the same. Your BS about "Charleston is a mess" and supply chains are completely unfounded and reflective of a disgruntled Unionized Grunt. BA is expanding in Charleston which you are completely unaware, obviously !

    Long on BA.

    Freedom Bravo
    Apr 21, 2013. 04:32 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Going Places With AT&T [View article]
    As a faithful and satisfied customer and investor of AT&T since Cingular, I always try to stay up to date with all the news. However, I never seem to read any reports with reference to U-Verse. How much does U-Verse add to the value of AT&T ? FiOS seems to have been somewhat of a disappointment to VZ.
    Apr 18, 2013. 10:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Southern Company (SO) declares $0.5075/share quarterly dividend, 3.56% increase from prior dividend of $0.49. Forward yield 4.29%. For shareholders of record May 06. Payable June 06. Ex-div date May 02. (PR[View news story]
    Long on SO since the 80's (DRIP). Excellent managed company over the years.

    Freedom Bravo
    Apr 15, 2013. 09:33 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • North Carolina's Supreme Court overturns a decision by state regulators that allowed Duke Energy (DUK) to increase rates for customers, finding the state utilities board didn't fully analyze the issue before approving a 7.2% rate hike in 2012, which provided DUK a guaranteed 10.5% rate of return on equity. DUK believes the increases will be upheld upon review. [View news story]
    @spinrbait> "populist attitude" ? Not on your life ! I too, enjoy my luxuries that the electric utilities indirectly provide (A/C, heat, hot water, lights, refrigerator, HDTV, etc., etc.) at seemingly 'reasonable' operating costs. Disgusting personal morals and poor business ethics is what my comments tried to identify, for the obvious reasons of the intervention of the NC Supreme Court, but you have missed my point entirely.

    Yes, I too, am a customer as well as a stock holder of Duke Energy, among numerous other electric utilities (investments) that are better managed. I enjoy the steady growth in stock value and dividends in addition to the reliable service provided by Duke. However, the management, BOD's and possibly the Commission are the objectives of the Court, IMHO. What other reason could there be ?

    You need to be updated and reminded of the facts on the past fiasco of the merger, rate increases, retirement of the coal plants, CR#3 (Florida's rate payers), solar/wind farms. Glad you got your free shipping, me too.
    Apr 14, 2013. 11:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • North Carolina's Supreme Court overturns a decision by state regulators that allowed Duke Energy (DUK) to increase rates for customers, finding the state utilities board didn't fully analyze the issue before approving a 7.2% rate hike in 2012, which provided DUK a guaranteed 10.5% rate of return on equity. DUK believes the increases will be upheld upon review. [View news story]
    It appears that the 'Merger Debacle' was thought to be settled, but the NC Supreme Court apparently has information that was not originally released or incorrectly justified. It is true that the 'Court' very rarely interferes with the regulatory decisions, but this merger was so obviously mismanaged (and approved, with such minor sanctions) that the Court was compelled to act on behalf of the rate payers.

    Bill Johnson's immediate (and costly) dismissal, Jim Rogers/BOD, CR#3 decommission, merger costs and then an approved 7.2% Rate Increase to enable a 10.5% guaranteed ROE (?)----what a chain of events, just to name a few ! Perhaps the Court will call in the FBI for a thorough investigation.

    It's time that the Court(s) stood up for the hostage rate payers.

    Freedom Bravo
    Apr 14, 2013. 12:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Duke Energy: An Overview Of The Chilean Operations [View article]
    It is questable that Duke's investment (hydro and diesel) into the Chilean's Electric Generation was a profitable idea. Curtailed hydro generation due to the dought and all fuel (oil and gas) must be imported (shipped) at volitle market prices that increases the bus bar costs. The country needs an additional 8 GW now, and a 6%-7% growth demand through 2020 ? The current and future cost of electricity will definitely have a detrimental impact to any projected future economic growth in the country. Reminds me of Duke's Florida CR#3 decision as part of the Progress Energy's merger.
    Apr 8, 2013. 06:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment