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  • Duke Energy (DUK +0.6%) will close two coal-fired power plants in North Carolina two years ahead of schedule, as it continues to transition to more-efficient plants. The utility's modernization effort includes retiring as much as 6,800 MW of older coal and large oil-fired operations; by the end of 2013, DUK says it will have retired more than 3,800 MW of this capacity. [View news story]
    Yes, possibly create a short term increase in jobs, but any retrofit of 80 year old plant(s) to burn natural gas is not economically justified.

    These plants have been outdated (inefficient) and seldom used for 30 years. The announcement of "closing" the plants, is strictly PR (BS).
    Feb 2 12:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • More on ConocoPhillips (COP): Q4 EPS beat by a penny as an overall increase in production Y/Y managed to offset margin pressures to its bottom line. Net earnings cratered 58%, as commodity prices fell and the company was hit by lower average realized prices for oil and natural gas, falling 2.7% and 1.5%, respectively. Production from continuing operations edged up 1.8%, primarily due to new production from major projects and drilling programs, as well as higher production in Libya and China. Shares -0.9% AH. [View news story]
    I agree ! Long on COP.
    Jan 30 09:09 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Whisper Number Impact: Earnings Preview For Qualcomm [View article]
    <oskar96> IMHO Expect it not to stay, but increase throughout 2013.
    Jan 30 05:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hold AT&T For Attractive Returns [View article]
    Sold out VZ, added to T and bought VOD. Much happier now !
    Jan 29 01:04 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T: Uncertainty And Red Flags Could Mean A Buying Opportunity [View article]
    Price after closing...$33.70 @ 6:59pm (up 0.78%)...........So...... ?
    Jan 22 07:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill: West Leo Contract Extension Provides Further Evidence Of Offshore Drilling Strength [View article]
    Long, Long on SDRL !
    Jan 21 10:30 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Highest Yielding Utility Stocks In The S&P 500 - Part 3 [View article]
    @smp You should also note that SCANA is a 2/3 owner of the new nuclear units (2) under construction. An Electric Cooperative (Santee Cooper) is the other owner. This should alleviate 'some' of the "risk" to SCANA when considering potential cost overruns and/or associated delay costs. IMHO

    Freedom Bravo
    Jan 20 11:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Now Taking Bets On The AT&T Vs. Verizon 2013 Battle [View article]
    CORRECTION: Above comment should read 50-54 pounds, instead of Dollars, as reported in the WSJ.
    Jan 9 12:55 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Now Taking Bets On The AT&T Vs. Verizon 2013 Battle [View article]
    Recent news indicates that VZ is (again) considering to buy off VOD's 45% stake, but at a price of somewhere between $50B-$54B ? Don't think VZ can handle that without reducing divy and heavily borrowing, both of which will obviously be detrimental to share value.

    VOD will always be an albatross to VZ, as well as the Communication Union workers that continues to demand higher wages & benefits with threats of strikes. In comparison, Sandy is but a bump in the road to VZ.

    I remain Long on VOD & T (also unionized, but to a lesser degree).

    Freedom Bravo
    Jan 9 12:29 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why You Should Distribute Shares Of Verizon [View article]
    Much Longer on T than Vzzzzzzzzz ! !
    Jan 8 10:10 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Now Taking Bets On The AT&T Vs. Verizon 2013 Battle [View article]
    I am not a CPA or an Auditor, but logically speaking, they (VOD) are in-part VZ's co-owner. A 45% ownership should be considered an operation(s) expense (VOD's dividend 'cut') and be deducted before FCF is computed. I wonder ? ?

    VOD does receive 'their share' of the dividends just as an independent investor. The question remains, "Is VOD considered a shareholder ??"
    Jan 8 06:56 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Clean Energy Fuels Will Become Increasingly Profitable [View article]
    Not only UPS, but also FedX, USPS, garbage trucks, buses, taxis, utility cars & trucks and the list goes on..........All these applications are currently being 'tested', evaluated and used for the economics and the reduction of pollutants by approximately 65%.

    Other countries are far ahead of the US in the use of CNG & LNG for personal autos and trucks in addition to fleets.

    Natural Gas will never completely replace petroleum, but the demand and pollution will be greatly reduced. This is the near future energy demand and investments.

    Freedom Bravo
    Jan 4 12:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Clean Energy Fuels Will Become Increasingly Profitable [View article]
    ADDITIONALLY: Rare Earth Elements for batteries (lead), electronics (gold, silver, copper), ferrous metals for electric motors (iron ore), some coal for electric generation, etc. are mined by 'Strip Mining'. The worse kind of "Rape of the Earth".
    Jan 4 12:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Clean Energy Fuels Will Become Increasingly Profitable [View article]
    <uhewson2> VERY GOOD and true response !

    Freedom Bravo
    Jan 3 06:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T: Solid For Dividend Investors, With An 8% Shareholder Yield And Future Growth [View article]
    @Brad.......Appreciate your response. I just don't consider a debt of $60B 'excessive' for a company with a Market Value of $199B. Yes, debt is important in evaluating a company, but too many other important factors must also be in the equation to arrive at an investment decision. I'm sure any competent management group would take advantage of the current low (or no) interest rates on loans. Extra capital is often required for Service & Business expansion, R&D, M&A, Stock Buy-back, etc., etc.. A business that demonstrates good management, a large demand of their product or services and a good FCF to support above average dividends are but a few of the things that is my initial cursory 'philosophy'.

    The comment about the industry "will always HAVE to invest in new technology" applies to all industries/businesses, if they intend to remain competitive. Albeit, the communication sector is extremely competitive as well as pharmaceutical, energy, healthcare, IT, financial, and the list goes on.

    I agree with your list of investments with low, or no, debt for I invest in most of them, too, but not solely on their debt position, as you seem to have indicated.

    Wishing You A Very Prosperous New Year !

    Freedom Bravo
    Jan 2 09:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment