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  • Yes, Apple Still Is A 'No-Brainer' [View article]
    Tim cook has not lived up to his promotion. He is a supply chain manager period. It seems like all Apple employees have been on vacation since Steve passed away. Reminds me of junior high school when a substitute teacher filled in. 2013 was a lost year for Apple in general, they did absolutely nothing. iPhone 5s is just iPhone 5 with a fingerprint reader and 5c is iPhone 5 in plastic. Their strategy of releasing their only updated products once a year all at the same time makes people forget they exist until the end of the year and many would be customers already have a new phone by October.
    Feb 1 09:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A No-Brainer Dividend Growth Investment [View article]
    Long MCD since 1994, it has been a very good investment. I am not very happy with the performance the last two years since the new CEO. I read all the comments above and find it interesting the the majority of commenters seem to not like the food. I prefer Wendy's myself for fast food. I am amazed that MCD can't actually make their food as tasty as Wendy's, with all their resources. I also am disappointed with the lack of professional service from most of their employees, I think it's because they aren't payed well enough to care about losing their job. New CEO, better trained and payed employees and better quality food are needed in my opinion.
    Jan 22 06:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's - Dominating Competitive Position Feeds Its Delicious Dividend Growth [View article]
    McDonald's dividend is better than a treasury bond with capital appreciation going forward and increasing dividends it's risk/reward is pretty are not gonna stop crying for McDonalds anytime soon and busy moms are gonna continue to find them a viable solution. Besides travelers consider McDonalds a familiar consistent place to eat wherever they may find themselves in the entire would take at least a lifetime to replicate this entrenched position they have built all over the globe.
    Oct 12 02:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's: A Must Own Dividend Growth Stock [View article]
    McD is 12 % of my blue chip portfolio 3.3 % div is nice but I wouldn't add other than my DRIP....great stock, been in it since 1996.
    Sep 26 07:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: $420 A Share Could Have Marked The Bottom [View article]
    People were shaking in their boots over Galaxy s4 until it was unveiled and determined to be a piece of $hit...Now the scared money is coming back to Apple, while the smart money never left...Unless of course you try and time the market, the ultimate fools game.... For the record I am long Apple since 05 @ $37.00 per share, I didn't sell at $ 80.00 in 09 and I wouldn't sell at 443.66 in 13...If my twenty years of investing experience has taught me anything, it has taught me to be patient and hold quality companies.
    Mar 17 11:35 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Is Not Worth $460 [View article]
    4 months ago you couldn't find anybody who thought Apple would ever go down. Now it seems you can't find anybody who thinks Apple will go up. I think that should show you why you can't make money following the herd. Do as they do and you will not make money, dare to see things from your own perspective and you will be ahead of the curve.
    Mar 4 03:11 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Early reports from on the street indicate organized labor protests at Wal-Mart (WMT) stores aren't disrupting Black Friday traffic. The activist group spearheading the effort estimated that close to 25% of all stores would see protests, but live webcams and TV shots from various locations show little action other than frenzied shopping. [View news story]
    Would the unions be happy if all the jobs were in in Asia and India, they have done such a good job making labor unaffordable that companies have moved whatever parts of their businesses they can out of the USA!!!
    Nov 24 02:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM's Big Data For Smart Grid Goes Live In Texas [View article] think IBM is responsible for storms, wow they are big, but they can't creat hurricanes....what it does mean is there are improvements and upgrades that they can do for our ultilies to help them get up and running faster after such disasters though.
    The infrastructure in America needs upgrading and IBM's smart planet division should get plenty of business as a result.
    Nov 10 12:32 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Though analysts have come to its defense this morning, Apple (AAPL -1.9%) can't catch a break - shares now trade at 8.2x FY13E EPS (exc. cash). The decline comes as signs emerge Apple is taking new steps to vertically integrate: Digitimes reports Apple is now directly placing orders with material suppliers, who traditionally interact with manufacturers, and Horace Dediu theorizes Apple may have invested ~$2B in Sharp's display production. He also notes Apple's off-balance-sheet manufacturing/component purchase commitments have risen to $21.1B[View news story]
    Apple is selling off because it,s shareholders are taking their gain now before the tax increase. Apple is making some good desicisions for the road ahead. Relying as little as possible on the companies that would steal their ideas. Some are scared this will hurt earnings. But I don't really think it will. look at the line up of products Apple has and just in time for the holidays. And now the Samsungs and Googles. Can no longer have the inside information to copy.
    Nov 8 02:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Jim Cramer gives his take on McDonald's (MCD -1.2%) slumping comparable-store sales, saying he's confused why the company's promotional pricing isn't promoted. As for the slumping global economy, Cramer wonders why Starbucks knocked out a fantastic quarter with $4 coffee drinks while McDonald's headed south with $1 coffee. (video[View news story]
    I get gas from McDonald's. haven't figured out how to power my Honda with yet though.
    Nov 8 11:25 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL -0.3%) roundup: 1) For the first time, Apple is including Android itself in a patent suit against an OEM (Samsung). Does Google (GOOG) respond with a software patent suit, or does it continue to tread lightly? 2) Apple has been granted 29 new patents from the USPTO (I, II). One covers the iPad's design, and another a method for using a sound sensor to adjust audio output. 3) 88% and 75% of U.S and Western European iPhone owners say they're likely to buy another one, per Strategy Analytics. That's down from a prior 93% and 88%. [View news story]
    Is the glass half full?, I don't need a new iPhone cause my 4s is fine ask me next year my answer would be yes, as my phone co. will subsidize my new iPhone 6. So many people are in my boat, of course there would be a little drop off in the #'s.
    Nov 6 07:15 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Recent Management Moves: Addition By Subtraction [View article]
    A pleasure to read, very informative insight into Apple's management decision's. I am confident in the current team. If the biggest worry is that Mr. Forstall will eventually join the competition, that would seem to be someone other than Apple's problem.
    Nov 5 07:21 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Mea Culpa: Why I Sold Apple [View article]
    I just noticed this is your first article, I would hope you will be keeping your day job.
    Nov 5 01:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Mea Culpa: Why I Sold Apple [View article]
    Your investment timing is terrible to say the least. You knew Apple's products were superior enough to use them for ten years before investing in the stock. You then decide to sell after a year. Looks like you held just long enough to get taxed at a Long term gain.
    I started using Apple products in 2004, bought in 2005 at 37 and my long term gain is compounding ever since.
    The difference between us is greed ,you almost doubled your money in about a year, got spooked because your afraid you'll lose your double. While I have seen my investment rise by a factor of about 15. I took a little off the table this year too, but realize there is nobody making better products, so will let the majority of my investment keep multiplying.
    Nov 5 12:21 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hurricane-hardened New Yorkers snapped up the iPad Mini today: Topeka's Brian White reports the flagship 5th Avenue store sold out in an hour. Lines were much smaller elsewhere, though Piper still thinks 1.5M in weekend sales is possible. Meanwhile, Apple (AAPL -3.3%) has been banned from selling the iPhone in Mexico under its current name after a court ruled the name is too similar to iFone, trademarked by a local firm in '03. Like the Chinese iPad dispute with Proview, this will probably end with a payoff. (earlier) Update: The Verge claims reports of a ban are off, though it looks as if the court "ordered Apple to pay substantial fines and perhaps even pull the iPhone from market." [View news story]
    "AAPL has robbed their customer base clean and will become the next RIMM in 5 years."
    What do you base this intelligence on.......a new technological breakthrough in carrier pigeons?
    If Apple becomes irrelevant in smartphones, who would be the innovator in the category......since their closest competitor Samsung would also be irrelevant since they merely copy Apple.
    Nov 3 01:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment