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  • Boutique research firm Off Wall Street has launched coverage on F5 (FFIV -4%) with a Sell and $70 PT, and has sent shares tumbling in the process. The report comes as F5 furthers its security ambitions by forming a partnership with Websense (WBSN). The companies have developed an enterprise security architecture that relies on F5's mainstay BIG-IP application delivery controllers and Websense's X10G and V-Series Web security/content inspection appliances[View news story]
    This is a company that is doing everything right in a field that is extremely prevalent right now. If some out off the mainstream downgrades to sell shareholders should hold tight to their shares and not play into their hands. In all probabilities they have just discovered and are presenting a buying opportunity to their clients. This has happened since I began to follow tech. I remember when Cisco, Wellfleet, Stratacom, Ascend , were in the same situation as FFiIV is now. They used to be downgraded and would drop in the most scary way. Except for Cisco, all the others were acquired at phenomenal premiums.
    Feb 25 11:13 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Starbucks Is Ready For A Repeat Of 2008-2009 [View article]
    People that go to Starbucks don't shop at Walmart. Have you ever gone to Walmart to relax while you savor a good cup of coffee, any of their delightful varieties. Of course NOT. Only Starbucks affords you such opportunity.
    Jul 24 12:06 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • RBS (RBS) CEO Stephen Hester told investors it would be foolhardy to expect a repeat of the bank's Q1 revenue performance going forward, and warned that "buoyancy" of the financial markets won't last.  [View news story]
    The truth not only verboten in the USA but punished, Ken Lewis is an example
    May 8 11:39 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Shareholder proposals to limit executive compensation at banks and securities firms are back with a vengeance. Some firms are bracing for defeat, realizing investors are fed up with lousy returns and public-relations blunders that make it look like Wall Street has lost touch with reality.  [View news story]
    i vote for cancelling retirement payments to retiring presidents. They retire and become millionaires, just look at Clinton. atart giving away money from the top down.
    Feb 13 04:08 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Mapping Obama's Now-Failed Transport Policy [View article]
    Obama�s 'Extreme Team' On Energy
    Friday , February 06, 2009

    By Ben Lieberman
    ADVERTISEMENTOne of them wanted to see Americans paying $8 a gallon for gasoline. Another tried to block access to domestic oil reserves that could one day exceed those in Saudi Arabia. Another thinks global warming is a dire crisis justifying a massive crackdown on energy -- decades after saying the same thing about global cooling. Yet another had a position in the one of the world’s top socialist organizations.

    Meet the Obama administration’s energy team.

    Forget everything you’ve heard about the president’s moderate picks on the economy, national security and other issues. When it comes to energy policy and related environmental concerns, this group is off-the-charts extreme. Too bad the issue will be a critical one over the next few years.

    Consider Obama’s choice for energy secretary, Nobel prize-winning physicist Steven Chu. “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” The Wall Street Journal quoted him as saying last September. In most Western European nations, gas taxes alone come to around $4 a gallon and are designed to make the pump price so high that people are forced to drive a lot less. At the time of Chu’s comment, the “levels in Europe” were near $8 a gallon.

    Chu has also said that electricity prices are “anomalously low,” though he neglected to indicate how much higher he wants them to go. Instead of a secretary of energy, it sounds like America is getting its first secretary against energy. Chu backed off such rhetoric after being nominated, but his true feelings seem obvious.

    Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) is Obama’s choice to head the Department of the Interior, the agency that handles energy leasing on federal lands and most offshore areas. As a senator, Salazar has opposed much of this leasing, based on overblown environmental fears. It looks like “drill, baby, drill” isn’t going to survive to adulthood.

    In addition to opposing domestic drilling for conventional oil, Salazar was also responsible for legislation blocking the development of oil shale. America has vast amounts of this oil-containing rock, mostly beneath federal lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The process of efficiently extracting this oil is still being improved; oil shale is a long-term project with uncertain prospects at this time. But if successful, it could provide literally hundreds of billions of barrels, exceeding the reserves in Saudi Arabia and providing enough oil to supply the United States for many decades.

    As secretary of the interior, Salazar will have even more chances to stop cold any progress on oil shale, and with it our best hope for a dramatic increase in domestic oil production.

    As with Chu, Obama’s choice for science adviser, John Holdren, has impressive academic credentials but some very strange energy and environmental policy views. Even Al Gore can’t match Holdren’s global warming gloom-and-doom rhetoric, including the claim that it could kill as many as 1 billion people by 2020. Holdren’s a veteran at making such alarming predictions, but back in the 1970s he worried more about whether man would survive the “threat of making the planet too cold.”

    But whether it’s warming or cooling, Holdren has consistently advocated the same heavy-handed crackdowns on the economy and energy use, including the need for a “massive campaign ... to de-develop the United States.” Good thing he’s not in charge of the stimulus package.

    Rob Bradley, chairman of the Institute for Energy Research, has compiled an amazing list of Holdren’s favorite policy prescriptions, including the “limitation of material consumption,” “redistribution of the wealth,” and even “movement toward some kind of world government.”
    Apparently, Holdren isn’t alone on the world government stuff.

    In the position of the president’s top

    Obama�s 'Extreme Team' On Energy
    Friday , February 06, 2009

    By Ben Lieberman
    ADVERTISEMENTOne of them wanted to see Americans paying $8 a gallon for gasoline. Another tried to block access to domestic oil reserves that could one day exceed those in Saudi Arabia. Another thinks global warming is a dire crisis justifying a massive crackdown on energy -- decades after saying the same thing about global cooling. Yet another had a position in the one of the world’s top socialist organizations.

    Meet the Obama administration’s energy team.

    Forget everything you’ve heard about the president’s moderate picks on the economy, national security and other issues. When it comes to energy policy and related environmental concerns, this group is off-the-charts extreme. Too bad the issue will be a critical one over the next few years.

    Consider Obama’s choice for energy secretary, Nobel prize-winning physicist Steven Chu. “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” The Wall Street Journal quoted him as saying last September. In most Western European nations, gas taxes alone come to around $4 a gallon and are designed to make the pump price so high that people are forced to drive a lot less. At the time of Chu’s comment, the “levels in Europe” were near $8 a gallon.

    Chu has also said that electricity prices are “anomalously low,” though he neglected to indicate how much higher he wants them to go. Instead of a secretary of energy, it sounds like America is getting its first secretary against energy. Chu backed off such rhetoric after being nominated, but his true feelings seem obvious.

    Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) is Obama’s choice to head the Department of the Interior, the agency that handles energy leasing on federal lands and most offshore areas. As a senator, Salazar has opposed much of this leasing, based on overblown environmental fears. It looks like “drill, baby, drill” isn’t going to survive to adulthood.

    In addition to opposing domestic drilling for conventional oil, Salazar was also responsible for legislation blocking the development of oil shale. America has vast amounts of this oil-containing rock, mostly beneath federal lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The process of efficiently extracting this oil is still being improved; oil shale is a long-term project with uncertain prospects at this time. But if successful, it could provide literally hundreds of billions of barrels, exceeding the reserves in Saudi Arabia and providing enough oil to supply the United States for many decades.

    As secretary of the interior, Salazar will have even more chances to stop cold any progress on oil shale, and with it our best hope for a dramatic increase in domestic oil production.

    As with Chu, Obama’s choice for science adviser, John Holdren, has impressive academic credentials but some very strange energy and environmental policy views. Even Al Gore can’t match Holdren’s global warming gloom-and-doom rhetoric, including the claim that it could kill as many as 1 billion people by 2020. Holdren’s a veteran at making such alarming predictions, but back in the 1970s he worried more about whether man would survive the “threat of making the planet too cold.”

    But whether it’s warming or cooling, Holdren has consistently advocated the same heavy-handed crackdowns on the economy and energy use, including the need for a “massive campaign ... to de-develop the Unit awas e wlee
    Feb 11 04:00 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Bernanke and Obama's Advisors Are Wrong: Deflation Didn't Threaten the U.S. Economy [View article]
    unfortunately Mr. Obama's worst subject has been history, he doesn't care for it.
    Jan 19 03:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Whole Foods Stock - Buy What You Know? [View article]
    whole foods is pricing itself out of the market. i.e. organic valley ricotta cheese for $7.99 - it can be bought for $4.69 at another store, and I'm sure this guys are not loosing money on the ricotta. At the store where I shop you had to wait in line to check out now there is no wait - on Saturdays.
    Aug 11 10:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Research In Motion's 3G Counteroffensive: The Smartphone Arms Race Escalates [View article]
    people seem to think that the US is the only market for BB, there are millions of people beyond the us borders who will be reaching work age and are anxious to get their first BB.
    Aug 7 10:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Offshoring Is a Dubious Policy When the Question is Oil Drilling [View article]
    us oil exploration and production should have been implemented at least 20 years ago. we would not be inn the mess we are now if our production were up.. To the brainless people that say drilling is not the solution i say this: do they ever read international news? While congress insists in hiding under the drilling is no solution moniker, the rest of the world is engaged in E&P with both hands. transocean just signed up 4 rigs contacts with Petroras totalling 22 rig years work. Gazprom is negotiating to buy lybia's oil and gas production, china and india are cutting E&P deals all over the world. We deserve what we elect.!!!
    Jul 15 01:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Open Letter to the Next US President [View article]
    one candidate has pledged +- 300 billion of our tax money ro solve world hunger, money that will probably end - a large chunk - in the pockets of local chieftains, this money should be used to create jobs repairing the country's infracstructure. A big amount was wasted in the so called stimulus package, is the us the country with the most brainless politicians?
    Jul 9 03:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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