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  • 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
  • My Best Diversified Portfolio For Dividend Investors [View article]
    I think the "good prices" have come and gone. IMHO
    Apr 4, 2013. 04:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 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