I invested approx. $20k in 1993. Since then the stock has split and moved to approx. $90 a share ($180 presplit). So now my $20k investment is worth $214k, a ten bagger. But, that's not all. OXY pays me over $500 a month in dividends today and OXY's dividends have more than paid me back for my initial cost basis of the shares. This $500 a month is like paying me 30% annually on my original investment. It's like I loaned OXY $20k and they paid me back very generously. Where else are you going to find such an investment/payback? Hey, thanks OXY, I'm not rich but I'm very comfortably retired because of you.
Your investment advice is as useless as the motley fool's. it was a great investment 10 years ago, it should be a great investment going forward is essentially your thesis. Useless, and to be honest, bragging on a yahoo forum comes off as rather pathetic.