google that nytimes article -
"...would you buy stock in a company that barred you from sharing in its future earnings? Of course not. Participating in the upside is what stock ownership is all about.
And yet, as of December 2010, holders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac common stock were subject to such a restriction by the United States government. They didn’t know it at the time, though, because the policy was not disclosed."
1. never invest what you can't afford to lose
2. don't use margin. margin is the STOP SIGN screaming you cannot afford to invest. Sell, get out, take a six month break before riding again.
3. have a nice day
4. make sure your soon to be ex-wife knows you'll do an agreeable low cost divorce. truly - it will save you tons to be agreeable at this point since you've proven your total financial recklessness which simply parlays into you having no sense of responsibility which may harbor latent psychopathic and sociopath tendencies destined to mutate into really weird tics. I'd get that checked out if i were u course i'm crazy as a bedbug myself. lol and divorced. but my ex and i are great friends. hahaha untreated in the USA!
Mr. Markey was not aware that Mr. Ackman had donated money to the Democratic senatorial committee and that his sister — who donated $500 to Mr. Markey’s campaign — had contributed money to him when he sent the letters on Thursday, Ms. Barry said.
((But now that Senator markey DOES know a man w/ a billion$ short bet against a company is on the line...)
While federal campaign filings do not show that Mr. Ackman contributed directly to Mr. Markey’s campaign, they do show that he donated $32,400 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on April 30 — the same day Mr. Markey won the Democratic primary to fill the seat vacated by John F. Kerry. A little more than a month after Mr. Ackman made his donation, the Democratic senatorial committee gave $45,400 to Mr. Markey’s campaign, though it is not clear where the money came from.
mlm laws are murky - why not have the laws cleared up? but senator dinging a company a campaign contributor has put a bet on? murky laws --- clear behavior.
funnier: every time some senator, hedger, whoever, has a question about mlm laws, no one calls a freaking senator. they call Herbalife! Cause HLF has had to keep someone on the payroll forever to try to interpret freak laws penned by officials of this ilk and curious character......
from the he dg e
Unperturbed members of the elite club decided out of the blue that it had a $10 billion valuation, printing an instant billionaire (Drew Houston) and a lot of multi-millionaires. All for just $250 million. For BlackRock, it was petty cash.
But inflating Dropbox’s valuation to $10 billion manipulates the entire IPO market that depends on buzz and hype and folly to rationalize these ridiculous valuations. Unnamed sources “leaking” these valuations to the media are part of it. It balloons the valuations of other startups. It creates that “healthy” IPO market where money doesn’t matter, where revenues and profits are irrelevant, and where custom-fabricated metrics are used to sell these shares to the public – mostly mutual funds that bury them in your portfolio.
Tech isn’t exactly booming, as we’ve seen from numerous revenue and earnings debacles...Intel’s: revs were down 1% from 2012 and 2.4% from 2011. Net income was down 13% from 2012 and 25% from 2011. PC industry just saw its worst decline in shipments ever.
Dell and HP announced big layoffs. Other tech companies too are “realigning” their workforce. Revelations of how the NSA has compromised products and services of US tech companies caused orders to collapse in China, Russia, and other countries, where orders were supposed to grow at big double-digit rates. It left IBM, Cisco, and brethren with a mess on their hands [read.... Costs Of NSA Scandal To Bleed US Tech For Years].
But that hasn’t kept valuations of tech startups from being pushed into the stratosphere. Turns out, it’s relatively easy these days. By the stroke of a pen and $250 million, an elite club decided amongst each other that the “valuation” of on-line storage provider Dropbox was close to $10 billion.
(seems these valuations are machine generated... gravity? SEC? -- market makers are stuffing pensions w/ this "air" -- )
from the he dg e NFLX is using the cash generated from its doomed, runoff legacy DVD rental business, which in Q4 generated $110MM of the total profit, or half of total, and is using that to fund its international expansion. So far, NFLX has 10.9 million total international streaming subs, which resulted in losses of $57.2 million. It remains unclear what the breakeven on this international growth strategy is in terms of subs, although NFLX has so far burned $663 million on foreign expansion in the past two years, offset by $991 million in profits at its domestic streaming operations. Does this justify a 300x P/E? For now the market's answer is a resounding yes, having sent the stock higher by $55 in the after hours, up 17%!