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  • Don't Over Think It: Buy Microsoft [View article]
    Sell Puts at $1 lower strike price than current market price which expire out 4-7 weeks into the future. It's a win - win. You collect the premium selling the Put, and if it drops to the below market strike price on expiration, we get to buy the stock !
    Mar 29, 2015. 05:26 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • GE expands job cuts at Lufkin oil unit [View news story]
    A large company such as GE has many stakeholders to consider - employees, shareholders, customers, pensioners, etc. Any decision by management will have consequences that must be weighed for both short and long term results, and they will vary by prospective whether we are shareholders, employees, or other. Regardless of your prospective, GE has been and will continue to be a company that shapes and moves the world long beyond our lifetimes. Like 'em or hate 'em, you'll be hearing and talking about GE.

    Long GE shareholder since 1991.
    Mar 28, 2015. 12:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T - I Just Bought More Stock [View article]
    I've been selling Puts @ 32.5 and 33 for the past 5 months and keep collecting $0.65 - $0.90 /sh. premiums. I am happy to keep collecting or purchase at these prices, if I'm forced to buy @ < $33/sh.
    Mar 22, 2015. 11:33 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Marcellus Shale gas pipeline can cross holdout properties, judge rules [View news story]
    Good luck with your residential solar installation. You're obviously paying far more for elec power in NY than we pay in TX. Renewable power choices (solar, wind, etc.) are reasonable incremental additions, but availability (sun shining, wind blowing) is still under 40%. Base load, large scale fossil fuel power gen sources are still the best balance of reliability and cost effectiveness that I've researched.
    Mar 20, 2015. 11:23 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • SandRidge price target cut to $0.50 with more losses ahead, Barclays says [View news story]
    Someone is looking to make money in both directions - short it to $1 and then make some long when it quickly reverses to where it is now.
    Mar 5, 2015. 03:55 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Exxon's Tillerson on M&A: "No limitation on what we might be interested in" [View news story]
    XOM has been, and continues to be, a very well managed company that is long term focused unlike many other companies. IMO voting against XOM with your wallet might work in the short term, but longer term you do so at your own financial peril. What other company(s) are you investing into for the long term ?
    Mar 5, 2015. 12:20 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation - A Bullish Take For The Long Term [View article]
    That peak oil argument is pretty stale - first it was 1972, then it was 1986..... I don't know about peak oil, but I'll put my money on ExxonMobil- investing since 1985, and the rest of my life.
    Mar 3, 2015. 07:30 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Target beats by $0.04, beats on revenue [View news story]
    My observation is not so extreme - I see a Target (Houston, Tx) parking lot perhaps 40-60% full.
    Feb 25, 2015. 10:23 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Target Or Procter & Gamble For Long-Term Dividends? [View article]
    PG and TGT are both excellent div growth stocks. Long both, but I believe TGT has more capital growth potential, while PG is more solid with less risk.
    Feb 5, 2015. 03:17 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Recent Buy: AT&T [View article]
    I've been selling 32.50 Puts picking up the premium and hoping it will close @ 32.49 so the shares will be put to me. I like T - it's a great long term core holding !
    Jan 29, 2015. 06:48 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. Declares $1.00 per Share Supplemental Common Stock Dividend [View article]
    Nothing like a positive response from a company making a supplemental dividend payment to share holders - the only thing better is raising the dividend, if it is sustainable !
    May 31, 2013. 01:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yield-starved investors are piling into frontier-market debt, allowing small countries with no capital markets track record to raise cash at rock-bottom rates. Case in point: At 5.2%, General Electric's (GE) 10-year bonds yield 58 bps more than Paraguay's, and only 142 bps less than Rwanda's. [View news story]
    Unlike several other large US companies with underfunded Pensions (ie. ExxonMobil, etc.), GE has a pension fund that is fully funded, depending upon the discount rate of future funds you select. I do agree that GE is somewhat like the US government with an enormous long term debt, but the lion's share of our US government debt is unfunded pension and insurance obligations(Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc.).
    May 28, 2013. 06:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • JNK: Chasing Yield Is Not a Plan [View article]
    Lee - Thanks for the insight on Junk Bond Funds. You just made me realize that my attempt to diversify my investments with a small dose of a Junk Bond ETF might be better served to put that 5% (or whatever) allocation along with the balance of my Equity investments.
    Mar 9, 2011. 08:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment