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algo41 61 posts  |  Last Activity: 9 hours ago Member since: Jun 12, 2000
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    Acquisition by SLI

    by algo41 Jul 29, 2015 4:40 PM

    It occurs to me that the acquisition, draining SLI balance sheet, may make merger deal less likely, as HNH is draining its own balance sheet through its own acquisitions. Then again, looking at ATNY, Steel Partners seems to like leverage and get away with it as regards getting loans.

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    reducing SAFM's stock volatility

    by q12wertyu Jul 29, 2015 3:08 PM
    algo41 algo41 Jul 29, 2015 5:12 PM Flag

    For a stock with such earnings volatility this makes sense. A "soft" rule would be good specifying a % target, which would be followed unless there was a reason not to.

  • Do gears and gearboxes have any relationship to rest of company? Or is SLI becoming a conglomerate?

  • Checking SEC forms, there is no longer an Aug 15 date for a special meeting to approve merger.

  • Taiwan is guaranteeing loans to big corporations to stimulate investment. Hurco makes much of their equipment in Taiwan. So I would assume they would benefit.

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    by picker1129 Jul 22, 2015 11:01 AM
    algo41 algo41 Jul 24, 2015 10:25 AM Flag

    I just checked and Westcott scissors are on Amazon, for example. I suspect that the retail pipeline of inventory to sales is lower for Amazon than for say Walmart, which means this could be another source of temporarily falling retail demand as total retail pipeline falls.

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    FX derivatives

    by algo41 Jul 20, 2015 10:06 PM
    algo41 algo41 Jul 23, 2015 9:23 PM Flag

    Enjoy your vacation.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday

  • I don't endorse it by any means, but might explain price rise today:

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    by picker1129 Jul 22, 2015 11:01 AM
    algo41 algo41 Jul 22, 2015 6:13 PM Flag

    They seem to expect store closures in office market to continue into next year. That does have a doubly depressing effect, as they point out, because of reduction in total inventory held by stores, so demand on ACU is less than retail sales.

  • I have trouble believing this is reason for pre-market tumble, especially given new price target, but then I am not that familiar with Wall Street doubletalk, as I don't tend to pay attention to it.

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  • I believe such sales should be limited to a 2 week period after 10-Q is released, although such a policy is a problem with low volume stock. Certainly, by May 5, insiders have a pretty good idea of results for the quarter ending in May and should not be allowed to trade. Investors should be wary of trading themselves at such times.

    Boone sold 20,000 shares May 5 at $13.00 and gave away 3,000 shares and now has 802k shares
    Nasser sold 23,384 shares May 14 and now has 270k

  • Reply to

    mergers in the railroads

    by a67vietnam Jul 21, 2015 9:53 AM
    algo41 algo41 Jul 21, 2015 4:32 PM Flag

    Couldn't there be more big investor unhappiness, putting pressure on management for mergers? I wonder, though, if any merger would get US government approval.

  • Hurco looks like it is undervalued, especially given its cash balance. What worries me, is how much it has benefited from FX derivatives as Euro has sunk. On the line "Foreign exchange forward contracts" in the 10-Q 3.045 million is reported as "amount of gain recognized in operations" for the 6 months, which I equate to 31 cents eps. However, the format is very confusing, so this makes me very unsure if this should be subtracted from eps in trying to get a basis for some sort of extrapolation. The Euro has sunk only about a penny since the end of the quarter so I don't need to worry about that.

    Any comments?

  • In the period after the merger "offer" I bought some more SLI thinking Steel Partners clearly was not worried about quarterly results and EPA, especially after company buying back stock at $42. Now, original idea of signing an agreement in less than a month was probably not realistic, and would look bad for fending off lawsuits. Still, no one else seemed to embrace my logic.

  • algo41 algo41 Jul 15, 2015 5:39 PM Flag

    Was your desire to short the reason for your incessant posting about how price would be forced up by short sellers trying to close out their positions? I wonder if anyone took that seriously.

  • From abc news:

    Two top veterinary officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and farmers affected by the bird flu outbreak said Tuesday it will take increased surveillance, improved farm security and more money to fight off a possible fall return of the disease that devastated chicken and turkey flocks.

    The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee held a livestreamed hearing to discuss the response to the outbreak that has killed 48 million birds since early March in 15 states, including hardest-hit Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.

    With no new outbreaks in three weeks, it appears the virus has been eradicated for now, said Dr. David Swayne, director of a USDA poultry research laboratory in Georgia.

  • as of this posting, 8-k has not been filed, let alone a 10-Q. Earnings were great.

  • Steel Partners is a publicly traded company (SPLP is symbol, about 50% owned by insiders).

  • Reply to

    the clear case for McD

    by bradgreenwald666666 Jun 4, 2015 10:52 AM
    algo41 algo41 Jul 1, 2015 10:00 PM Flag

    Their dividend is considerably less than their eps. Sales per store are higher on average than for most of their competitors.

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