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bbandassoc 1105 posts  |  Last Activity: Nov 6, 2015 7:28 AM Member since: May 31, 2011
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  • bbandassoc by bbandassoc Sep 9, 2014 9:14 PM Flag

    The new offering represents a tremendous amount of profit potential in the coming year or two and the stock will react once the trading and Alibaba IPO are past. I would be surprised, even in a bad market, if Apple isn't trading at $120+ by year-end. A few key things today include 1) the subsidy model is alive and well as evidenced by VZ offering the iPhone 6 for free with a trade-in (they need Apple for the data usage more than they need to reduce the subsidies), 2) Apple Pay is going to gain a foothold quickly and has not been included in any analyst models, so upgrades are on the way, and 3) the iWatch can be a margin enhancer with the higher priced models and while magnitude and pace of adoption is unknown, I want several for family and I am sure others will want them too, especially those interested in the health and fitness utility.

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    KMI Funds

    by bbandassoc Aug 26, 2014 9:54 AM
    bbandassoc bbandassoc Aug 29, 2014 4:18 PM Flag

    Good points, and yes, I was speaking of KMP and (I believe) El Paso as well, if I am not mistaken. All part of KMI.

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    AAPL will open up big on Tuesday

    by a2020trading Aug 29, 2014 9:01 AM
    bbandassoc bbandassoc Aug 29, 2014 9:25 AM Flag

    Apple has big Mondays nearly every week. The best investment anyone could make is to buy big on any down movement on Thursday or Friday and simply hold until late Monday. Tuesday is often very positive as well. Wednesday thru Friday is usually a crap shoot. That said, I agree with you. It's end of month and many money managers will want to show Apple in their portfolio given its rise. Also, with the date official and rumors rampant, they will want to buy Tuesday morning when they return from vacation en masse.

  • bbandassoc bbandassoc Aug 28, 2014 12:14 PM Flag

    Last time around, I bought my trading position at $13.45 and you or someone else said they were waiting for $13 and was right. I exited my $13.45 trade at $14.70 along with the 25% of my highest cost long position that was purchased at $14.70 as it was my highest priced long position and my hope was to be able to increase the size of my trading positions. Fortunately, that has worked out nicely. I agree VALE will be much higher in the future and I am satisfied with my sub-$14 long and knowing I have already locked in my long-term capital gains rate when that time comes. That's a long-winded way of saying I just put a bid in at $12.95 to start a new trade.

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    KMI Funds

    by bbandassoc Aug 26, 2014 9:54 AM
    bbandassoc bbandassoc Aug 26, 2014 11:01 AM Flag

    U r missing point. If KMI is no longer an MLP in the coming weeks, then, the funds with charters to invest in MLPs will reallocate funding. It's just a fact.

  • bbandassoc by bbandassoc Aug 26, 2014 9:54 AM Flag

    Perhaps one advantage LINE has over LNCO near-term is that the monies invested in MLP funds will have to be reallocated from KMI. LINE should benefit from the reallocation.

  • bbandassoc bbandassoc Aug 15, 2014 4:09 AM Flag

    The 38% cut in subsidies announced last evening will hurt Apple in China and with all three carriers cutting subsidies at the governments demand it could take a lot of wind out of the sails. Still, CM will get iPhone 6 in the first round.

  • bbandassoc bbandassoc Aug 6, 2014 9:56 PM Flag

    If I'm not mistaken, they go ex-dividend tomorrow and we are in a sell the news market at the moment, so I would think it would take a very strong report for them to be green tomorrow. For me, I will be satisfied if they say nothing that causes me concern re: the viability of the business model and that they are making progress with the BRY and DVN deals with an improving pay-out ratio. Otherwise, I will enjoy my monthly distributions and enjoy the show. What the stock does is not my primary concern. GLTA

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    Dividend to be cut

    by ding_king2000 Aug 1, 2014 10:34 PM
    bbandassoc bbandassoc Aug 2, 2014 7:09 AM Flag

    You must have missed the results and call, so let me fill you in. Cash flow was up and already sufficient to cover the dividend. Cash flow is forecast to increase further in 2H14 due to higher volume, lower cap-ex and anticipated higher I/O prices. More likely to see a special additional dividend than a cut.

  • bbandassoc by bbandassoc Jul 31, 2014 3:03 PM Flag

    Seems to me they had a reasonable quarter considering I/O pricing, but their guidance is quite bullish with projected higher volumes, higher prices, and lower cap-ex expenditure. Perhaps this was the trough quarter? GLTA

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    Iron Ore Prices

    by warped_economics Jul 29, 2014 9:30 AM
    bbandassoc bbandassoc Jul 29, 2014 10:24 AM Flag

    There are two major influences on VALE stock price. First, there are the macroeconomics surrounding iron ore, including price, demand, supply, etc. Second, there is the inflow and outflow of monies into and out of Brazil. For quite awhile, money has been flowing out of Brazil ETFs and other investments due to the government. Shorts piled on businesses, like VALE, to where it is one of the most shortest stocks around. However, with the recent government stimulus and upcoming elections, money is flowing back into Brazilian ETFs. This has the shorts somewhat caught should things to continue to improve. VALE is grossly undervalued and could rise 25%+ just to be valued equal to its peers, unrelated to iron ore. On the iron ore front, while prices may not cooperate for some time, China is improving and VALE is now increasing supply along with much lower operating costs. They will do just fine in this environment until price increases again. The smaller players with higher costs will get squeezed out along the way creating demand for the larger, lower cost suppliers, albeit at lower prices than in the past.

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    Earnings Response

    by recombinantman Jul 25, 2014 2:11 PM
    bbandassoc bbandassoc Jul 25, 2014 4:26 PM Flag

    Not uncommon to see a stock retreat after announcing a big deal and going into a quiet period. In this case, there is the backdrop of political grandstanding about inversions in general (though I doubt anyone really thinks Congress will act before this deal is done). Still, we are not likely to go much higher (and may go lower) before the deal is done and the stock that gets put in the hands of those who don't want to hold it are flushed through. I did note Gonzalez said there would be a large stock buyback upon completing the deal. That said, I will add on any weakness because this will be a $70+ stock later in 2015 IMO.

  • bbandassoc by bbandassoc Jul 16, 2014 5:14 AM Flag

    The G20 is discussing tackling what they claim is a $57 trillion global infrastructure deficit by loosening the rules relating to such entities as insurance companies and pensions to more readily fund such projects. They claim doing so would quickly increase global growth about 2% annually. IF they could make progress along these lines, it would seem any announcement of such would cause VALE to move up aggressively. Regardless, the magnitude of the problem would seem to support VALE stock over time. I found article on AAPL site, as they were mentioned it in relating to taxation.

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    no reason to go down

    by helpallaretaken Jul 14, 2014 8:50 AM
    bbandassoc bbandassoc Jul 14, 2014 10:36 AM Flag

    Actually, most of these large deals are followed by a down period of 3 to 6 months, likely due to all the stock that hits the market after the deal closes. I like the deal though and, if there is weakness in the coming months, I will gladly buy more ABBV.

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    Class Action Lawsuit Dismissed

    by chris.trendle Jul 9, 2014 7:29 AM
    bbandassoc bbandassoc Jul 9, 2014 8:09 AM Flag

    No surprise here. They sue just because the stock dropped on an SEC inquiry. It's a race to see who gets to represent the class, should one ever be awarded. When it turns out the SEC doesn't come up with anything, there is no longer a basis for the suit. The attorneys were just going for a settlement anyway and hoped never to find themselves in an actual suit that cost them time and money. I wish we would have some reforms that forced those making these frivolous suits pay when they lose. It would greatly reduce the taxpayer expense for such waste.

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    $1.60 difference in the price of LINE vs: LNCO

    by sandra888us Jul 7, 2014 10:09 PM
    bbandassoc bbandassoc Jul 9, 2014 7:06 AM Flag

    I do not understand it and that's why I added LNCO to my holdings when it dropped to $26 a while back. It seems to me they should be trading in a much closer proximity to each other and that LNCO is the better buy at the moment. The only reasons LNCO would trade less than LINE would seem to me to be 1) tax implications, 2) BRY sellers and 3) general composition of holders. My impression, perhaps wrong, is that LNCO is held by more professionals while LINE is held by more retail holders. The pros may be slower to get back into a stock with a sordid recent history.

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    Just how Looong??

    by gardnergallery Jul 9, 2014 1:55 AM
    bbandassoc bbandassoc Jul 9, 2014 6:51 AM Flag

    I hold nearly 200K units in various accounts. Having purchased my position last summer on the fall, I am very pleased with management. While they perhaps got overly aggressive with put accounting and set themselves up for the bear attack, it was the bear attack with the resulting SEC inquiry that spoiled the BRY deal. Since that time, they have done the right things with the cards they hold IMO and the environment remains constructive (high commodity prices, low interest rates, plenty of acquisition targets) for them to implement their strategy. I suspect we will see your $35 to $37 objective this year. However, to get back to $42, it will likely take an increase in the distribution and a general expectation that further increases will continue in the future. I just don't see this stock trading at less than an 8% distribution rate. An 8% distribution today would be a stock price of $36.25, so that may be a cap without further distribution increases or other materially favorable news, but that's quite a bit higher than we are today. GL

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    Why has Vale been going up recently?

    by cheetah779920 Jul 3, 2014 12:46 PM
    bbandassoc bbandassoc Jul 4, 2014 7:07 AM Flag

    Some thoughts. First, the short thesis is that China is heading for a hard landing in 2015. The latest data out of China over the past couple of months challenges that thesis. Second, all the talk about the iron ore sitting in ports as financing collateral putting continued pressure on the price is also not proving to be true. The price has actually been coming back up into the $90's in recent weeks from the mid-$80;s suggesting this thesis may not be true either. Third, considering all of the short volume in VALE, the moment the thesis shows cracks for shorting, it's a race to get out first because, if you don't, the price could be much much higher before you do with so many shares short.

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    by bobbyjopro Jul 2, 2014 5:51 PM
    bbandassoc bbandassoc Jul 2, 2014 6:07 PM Flag

    Take the record date and subtract 3 trading days.

  • bbandassoc by bbandassoc Jul 1, 2014 9:21 AM Flag

    Nothing like a little good news out of China to get VALE headed up. If it becomes apparent that China is on the mend and not heading for a hard landing in 2015 (current thinking), the shorts will start covering in haste.

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