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rgchjr1945 32 posts  |  Last Activity: Jul 12, 2016 1:35 PM Member since: Sep 27, 2011
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    by mr_dinky_dot_bomb May 27, 2016 1:49 PM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 May 27, 2016 2:32 PM Flag

    The Scabs are mangers from all over the company including the engineering force. They are all still there and will be there for the next strike.

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    AMGN yield 2.6%, PEP yield 2.9%

    by jserper May 19, 2016 11:57 AM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 May 27, 2016 2:11 PM Flag

    The interesting thing is that PEP's growth rate over 2016 & 2017 is an average of less than 6% while AMGN'S is over 8%. So you pay a multiple of 3.5X the growth in PEP but for AMGN only pay a multiple of less than 2X their growth rate. The growth rates calculated by using analysts" average earnings estimates for 2016 & 2017 and the actual results for 2015. In addition for the last 3 quarters AMGN has beat the estimates buy at least 30 cents per quarter. It looks like AMGN may be entering a new growth phase that takes earnings gains into the 10+ % range. This is a classic growth and income stock that is moderately priced. I have been buying!!

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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    Is anyone following Dominion Midstream?

    by jcotton15 Jun 17, 2016 11:52 AM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 Jul 5, 2016 11:19 AM Flag

    Many of the midstream MLP's have weak sponsor companies and have sold off periodically. DM is also in the same ETF's as these weak sisters so they get hammered through ETF selling. Finally, for some reason these midstreams seem to trade with oil. Makes no sense since most of the midstreams are predominantly gas related.

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    July 4th sales should be great!

    by dsc20601 Jul 3, 2016 10:20 AM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 Jul 4, 2016 4:02 PM Flag

    Why will be sales great. It has either rained or been miserable in the midwest all week-end. In addition huge numbers of people are on vacation and the last thing on their mind is to go to Lowes.

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    LMT 2.8% dividend yield authorized

    by wondering_man45 Jun 30, 2016 3:24 PM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 Jul 4, 2016 3:39 PM Flag

    This is the 4th quarter of the $1.65 divy. Based on the last 3 to 4 years and analysts's estimates of 2017, i would guess they should increase the divy at least 15 cents per quarter as a minimum. The 4th quarter announcement date is usually around the end of September with an X-dividend date around December 1 and pay s=date around Christmas. LMT has long leads with the announcements. $7.20 per year or more would be a nice payout for 2017.

  • WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., June 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) today announced the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System accepted its capital plan and did not object to its proposed capital actions.

    The capital actions include a recommendation to increase the quarterly dividend $0.02 to $0.30, a 7 percent increase. This action will be considered by the board at its July 26 meeting. The plan also incorporates other uses of capital including the two completed acquisitions (National Penn Bancshares and Swett & Crawford) and capital distributions of up to $640 million in share repurchase transactions beginning in the third quarter of 2016.

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    Pls Split!!!!

    by infosecman1 Jul 9, 2016 11:23 AM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 Jul 9, 2016 2:43 PM Flag

    All of the defense stocks are high in dollar price. I looked at charts and of the 4 best stocks in this group over 1, 2 and 5 years: LMT =$252, NOC = $222, TDG = $270 & RTN = $138. Even the fund you mention is $120. LDOS is about 51 but is not one of the main companies. When it comes to performance the 4 large companies i mentioned above are the best bet. Too many stocks in the Fund bring down it's performance. There are some ETF's of which ITA mirrors the fund and is easier to get in and out of. Best bet is to buy one of the high priced stocks and just own fewer shares. i doubt any will split but they appear to be good investments. I do own LMT.

  • Lowe's Cos. LOW, +0.24% announced on Friday at its annual shareholders meeting that it is raising its dividend 25% to 35 cents per share. The dividend is payable on Aug. 3, 2016 to shareholders of record as of July 20, 2016. The company says it has declared a cash dividend ever year since going public in 1961.

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    by kevinbarrylaw May 19, 2016 1:36 PM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 May 26, 2016 11:21 AM Flag

    I just created a 2 year chart of PSX vs. OXY and VLO. Over the last 2 years as oil dropped (as shown by OXY), PSX and VLO both rallied and did the best when oil was the lowest. I choose OXY because it is primarily a pure oil play and although they have cut CAPEX they have low debt, lots of cash flow and increasing volumes so it really defines what has happened to oil.
    VLO is primarily a refiner/marketing company so you would expect it to be most sensitive to oil prices. PSX on the other hand has less than half of their investment in refining and even with marketing and lubricants is only a little more than 1/2 the business. Almost all of their CAPEX is going to midstream operations and of coursw they have 1/2 of CPChem. They also have commodity risk from the DCP partnership.
    So for the most part as oil goes down refining margins go up plus the product is cheaper due to the commodity cost so consumers are willing to buy more.

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    Why does lowes say they want college graduates?

    by dsc20601 May 11, 2016 4:19 PM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 Jun 1, 2016 5:07 PM Flag

    What did you major in?? or did they not care but wanted someone for their management program. I am sure they also need lawyers, CPAs, marketing folks etc.

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    new 52 week high in sight....

    by blu10duck May 30, 2016 10:20 AM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 May 31, 2016 2:08 PM Flag

    Not if general market news is not good. In the January/February swoon the stock traded under $25 and was still under $28 when earnings were announced. We are too dependent on a federal reserve that has pretty much screwed up everything they have ever done for over 100 years. Janet Yellen is just as clueless as those who preceded her. They are a bunch of academics who belong to one school of economics or another and do not have the ability to change their thinking. Small cap stocks get hammered the worst in these idiot induced down turns. The only thing that helps is good earnings. Let us hope that when TIS reports for the 2nd quarter the rest of the market is not in a funk.

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    why hasnt the CEO been fired yet?

    by aud802009 Jun 30, 2016 4:17 PM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 Jul 4, 2016 3:17 PM Flag

    The spin apparently is the only thing that Mulva did right because the old COP was poorly managed. Think about all the money that was tied up in the non-core assets that have been sold form about one year prior to the spin until today. look ay the value unlocked in the PSX part of the company. We have hit a wall with PSX but that is a function of the overall refining industry. The current CEOs of both COP and PSX are doing fine.

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    Cramer (Mad Money) said....

    by earthday3015 Jul 1, 2016 12:12 PM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 Jul 4, 2016 3:59 PM Flag

    So what makes it go to $50?? What is the driver?? Do you know something about 2nd Q earnings?? Because that is the only thing that will move this stock any significant amount

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    Don't let the Internationalists Take Our Country

    by benderb86 Jul 1, 2016 8:07 PM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 Jul 4, 2016 3:44 PM Flag

    I do not find it incomprehensible at all. They are all self serving #$%$ who are only interested in themselves and their BS ideas. On this 4th of July I salute my fellow vets who I served with in Nam. These other #$%$ ants are takers and do not know what it is like to sacrifice.

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    Cramer (Mad Money) said....

    by earthday3015 Jul 1, 2016 12:12 PM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 Jul 10, 2016 10:46 AM Flag

    The whole online fitness business is why i like this stock long term and have been buying in this latest down draft. To expand shoes, clothing ect. is a huge investment in both marketing and distribution and takes lots of time. Look how long it has taken Nike to get to $96 billion market cap. On the other hand a thousand silicon valley teckies can take the apps they bought and monetize them for a lot less expense. Example look at what Face Book has done. And UA is integrating apps and physical product. Market Cap is only $26 billion which is not that big.

  • rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 Jun 1, 2016 11:40 AM Flag

    Most of the Starbucks I have seen are all in strip malls or inside other stores like Kroger, Target etc.

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    Watch for breakout

    by rbgmauq May 3, 2016 11:03 AM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 Jul 4, 2016 3:57 PM Flag

    So we have not seen $65.82. Now what??? Mired in the low $60's.

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    New Dividend ??

    by minustide May 18, 2016 11:57 AM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 May 27, 2016 7:31 PM Flag

    They raised the dividend 7 cents per quarter. They must be confident in current and future business.

    I would not worry about the debt since interest rates are lowest in 100 years. It is a pittance compared to the size of cash flow. The total dividend payout is only $1.25 billion while they are buying back an average of $3.5 billion in stock over at least the last 3 years.

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    run for the hills, boys

    by posando Mar 3, 2016 6:05 PM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 May 27, 2016 4:11 PM Flag

    He exercised and option. It was granted at around $20 and he simultaneously bought the stock and sold. Unless he was going to put up about $1 million to buy the shares and hold them. he already owns about 195,000 shares. Although not starving he isn't making the same kind of bucks as Wiseman and Salzburger. It is also not a capital gain so he makes the difference between $66 and $20 and then pays a ton of taxes all at the highest rates as regular income.

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    new 52 week high in sight....

    by blu10duck May 30, 2016 10:20 AM
    rgchjr1945 rgchjr1945 Jun 1, 2016 11:49 AM Flag

    I own a ton of the stock and bought every time it has tanked. The dividend is good and the current CEO has a plan to go national. I am in this for the long term. Just saying that there are too many things to go wrong in the short term. As a small cap stock that is thinly traded a few idiots can send this up or down pretty quick. i agree with the CEO. On one of his quarterly conference calls he was forecasting over $55 per share.

    Sentiment: Buy

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