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  • America's Natural Gas Highway: The Only Energy Policy That Makes Sense Starting To Take Shape [View article]
    Infrastructure costs are the barricade which the present fuel providers use to hide behind.

    There seems a lot of noise about a reduction coming in our dependence on foreign fuel but I would not bet on it.

    The GM guys involved in the fuel cell quit when it became Gov't Motors and we now have the present administration showing no sense of economics or technology. The worst part is that they are ruining the economy by falling for more cons than a freshmen cheerleader at her first frat party. Google hydrogen cell GM cars.

    There is also a guy with a method to pay for the infrastructure changeover without taking two centuries or floating the bonds that T. Boone Pickens wants us to do. Raise gas prices and collect funds for the new pipes and production facilities for the AFV that works.
    Jan 19, 2012. 03:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Stock Market - Increasing Risks And Potential Implications [View article]
    Why don't you evaluate downside etfs like sds or sqqq? Having 10% in one of those kinda makes sense, doesn't it?

    Or are we headed for wild in the streets?
    Jan 13, 2012. 09:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Today In Commodities: Off The Beaten Path [View article]
    I moved quickly to short oil and did well. The crisis is a phantom but I would not stake my life on a price plummet. I just hit holes like a running back. Good idea about hogs. Gold and silver, no longer havens, have become strange blue chip stocks without a real productive function.
    Jan 13, 2012. 09:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Commodity Trends: Short And Sweet [View article]
    Nice, brief article. Thanks.
    Jan 13, 2012. 09:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Flow International (FLOW) FQ2 beats across the board as profit rose 22% Y/Y on significantly higher sales from its standard segment. Gross margins widened on the jump in revenue to 39.2% from 37.5%. Shares +30% AH.  [View news story]
    Share price has continued to rise. Wonder where the Feb. reports will take it?
    Jan 13, 2012. 01:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Undervalued Stocks Trading At Lows That Are Being Accumulated By Insiders [View article]
    Sometimes insiders buy to keep the stock from moving to $0.02.
    Jan 6, 2012. 07:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One week after paying a fine to make allegations go away that it discriminated against minority homeowners, Bank of America's (BAC) Countrywide unit is ordered to face another lawsuit as a federal judge reverses a lower court ruling. The suit stems from a Hispanic couple that contends they were pressured to refinance their home on terms they could neither understand nor afford.  [View news story]
    I socialize with minorities and they think the whole meltdown was the result of greedy bankers and predatory loans. They never heard that the banks were "pressured" to make loans which had poor underwriting standards to help the poor and minorities. I say folks protesting with signs is pressure..and then the feds guaranteed the loans. Everyone went off a cliff.
    Dec 31, 2011. 08:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Signs Of Deflation Grow [View article]
    Zebdoggymark, I'm not Cullen but I'm sure he would tell you that the way CPI is tabulated has changed over the years. Some feel that it has become a political tool with the worst ingredients left out. You can google this subject.

    I like Cullen and his approach but the whole exercise has limited utility. We have been "sold" the idea if hyperinflation by gold merchants and right wing radicals. Nobody ever considered that there are numerous factors involved in price levels. It was a shame that more people were not warned that there are a number of pathways to control inflation which were not available in the 1970s and this is NOT the 1970s!

    Well, excuse me while I polish my gold coin collection. Which is probably due to deep six.
    Dec 19, 2011. 02:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AMR CEO Tim Horton admits that the carrier could become a takeover target candidate from "opportunists" in a letter to employees that was more direct in tone and less defiant than previous communications about the firm's prospects out of bankruptcy. He also writes that AMR will restructure debt and aircraft leases, ground planes, and will "most certainly end the process with fewer people than we have today." Shares trade down 4.4% on the day on their inevitable path to being worthless. [View news story]
    "AMR" may get out of it but there will be little or nothing for shareholders. I read of shares moving to $3. How any value would get by the employees and creditors is a mystery.
    Dec 16, 2011. 09:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold prices (GLD -3.5%) are supposedly tied to inflation, but Eddy Elfenbein believes gold's value should be based on interest rates. He finds gold acts like a leveraged short position on short-term real rates, with a break-even point at 2%. David Merkel's variation on the model projects gold reaching $3,000 in mid-2013 if the Fed stays true to its word to keep rates low.  [View news story]
    The shoe boxes are full!! Unless the whole wheel comes loose, "Gold" has had its run. People made a lot of money selling coins which will be hidden away for the next 200 years in various places.
    Dec 15, 2011. 06:42 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Bank Stocks: Now Is The Time To Buy [View article]
    Our banking and financial stocks were hit a bit too hard all along. That is understandable in light of 2009. But things remain at a high level of goofy.

    The prediction is that the European Crisis is going to drive the US markets lower again today.This is after another solution was heralded last week. I am generally not a paranoid person. However, the yo-yo volatility of these markets makes no sense but sure does open a door for profits to those who can buy and sell fast enough.

    Our media seems to be going along with this just as they bite on all kinds of tricky programs launched by our politicians without giving us the whole story Just ask anyone where the payroll taxes are coming from to see what I mean. And the other party can be nailed, too.
    Dec 12, 2011. 07:50 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Markets Surge As World Engages In Global Bailout - But Don't Chase The Rally [View article]
    Yup. I have been reading about the terrible hyperinflation for about eleven years. Sure has helped sell a lot of gold coins. It is shame the geniuses couldn't have seen the subprime mortgage bubble or the fact that inflation has more factors than just money supply.And someone tell the other side that government spending is not what community activists tell us it is. It can be a dangerous drug.
    Dec 1, 2011. 09:48 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Stock Market: Elevated And Rising Risks [View article]
    We don't have mass hysteria and hate like the 1930's. We have a funk among the adults who lack imagination and cranky children who want to have their cake with no mess in preparation or clean up afterward.

    Western governments have not designed an economic system which supports their sundry goals. Is this what you are worried about?

    I can see the impetus for a crash or a boom.
    Nov 21, 2011. 10:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Todd Sullivan's look at investing in the big banks reveals the potential for "very healthy" double-digit returns, especially for Bank of America (BAC), whose litigation risk is "massively overstated... as if they will lose every case against them and be forced to pay the whole amount they are being sued for." While perceptions are dictating valuation for now, "over time fundamentals will win out."  [View news story]
    Buy B of A. Just get Buffet's deal. Remember MF Global! It looked like a real bargain at $1.60.
    Nov 19, 2011. 08:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A 11-year mission to pull oil out of the ocean near Kazakhstan serves as a cautionary tale for drillers after the price tag of the venture hits a staggering $39B due to political and geological roadblocks. Though Exxon Mobil (XOM +0.8%), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A), and partners are now only months away from finally seeing the Kashagan project deliver oil, analysts warn investors might not see actually turn a profit before the contract for the oil field expires in 2041. [View news story]
    Rotten imperialists.
    Nov 17, 2011. 06:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment