One more thing. can you explain why EPS was down for each of the last 3 quarters of 2014? The 4th quarter (12/2014) was actually negative at -$0.77 or -158.4% as compared to 12/2013. The EPS for all of 2014 was -65%.
In a sense you're right, if you bought it low enough. But you have to ask yourself how this fits in your portfolio if the upside is limited. If you're happy with just the dividend, this might work for you. (This is how I am holding JNJ.) But you might find more growth elsewhere.
I find that they are competitive, and that they are downright cheap when there is a sale or a coupon. In addition to what you can find in a grocery or discount store, they carry premium hair care items that I have never found on sale elsewhere. They also offer consultation on purchases and the ability to sample cosmetics. I'm not sure how to evaluate the prices on cosmetics, since I haven't seen most of their products elsewhere, but they have good deals on those, too. I have found their cosmetics to be top quality. They also offer "total purchase" coupons. They seem to have a good online presence, although I have never purchased from them that way.
On Sunday, 60 Minutes will have a piece on RAI's work to develop a cure for Ebola using a special strain of tobacco. It will be the last time we will see reporter Bob Simon, who was tragically killed in a car crash.
I think you are confusing share price with valuation. (No need to call someone a name like "dummy".) I don't think that they did the reverse split because of the acquisition. In fact, I am a Duke employee, and I can tell you what the CFO told us at the time. It was hard for them to raise capital when the share price was so low. We like to think that Wall St. is smart, but sometimes they aren't and can be swayed by something like share price (as opposed to valuation). In this case, share price was a reflection of the number of shares issued, so they did a reverse split to correct it.
Maybe you heard on CBS News that Samsung is using the smart TVs to spy on people in their homes, listening to conversations in the room. If Samsung is doing it, the other companies are probably doing it, too.Is that really worth it to you?
Thanks for your comment! I wasn't thinking about selling, but then I looked at the numbers. I had such a small holding that I would have gotten just a few shares of HRS in addition to the cash. Also, even if the deal went up another 10%, it wouldn't have been that much more money for me.
I like the dividend, but AT&T is dead last in customer satisfaction. How long can they continue to do well? Most of the return will come from the dividend, which is about 4%. My analysis says to expect about 6% total return. Their earnings per share have a checkered past, with the most recent quarter down by about 20% from a year ago.
I don't get your example. DUK closed at $23.28 on 7/12/12 before the 3 for 1 reverse split, and opened at $69.26 following that split on the next day. I think maybe you're implying that the increase in share price was due to the "merger" when in fact the big change was due to the 3 for 1 reverse split. The stock has appreciated 25% since then, which is an annual increase of about 11%. This is very good, but I wouldn't label it "stellar".