Check some numbers. Californians use about 30 times more electrical energy per capita than Costa Ricans. So be my guest and shut off your lights, stay home from your job, don't use heat or air conditioning a tv, a radio, a computer, or any electric appliance. Don't use medical offices or operating rooms, don't use any of the things electric power makes possible. After you do this a few years, get back to me and let know how your life is. I live in a modern world with modern conveniences. I'm not about to give these up because someone else thinks he should be telling me what I need and how to live.
Your posts are either written by self serving as a solar profiteer, or those of an uneducated green passion person. I can't tell which, but you need to do some analysis.
Before you go around saying you have a panacea, do some evaluation. The inconvenient truth is that the electricity is an always on, on demand commodity. None of the solar advocates address this. When you come up with a scheme that fulfills this requirement, get back to us.
The best I can see is that the monthly charge for being attached to the grid should be increased for all users, and the power cost should reflect the energy actually used or produced. This will significantly reduce the long term ROI of solar. If you have another way to address the always on, on demand issue please present it.
Somebody has to pay for the support of the grid and non solar generated energy that is required, which currently is the only way I see to meet the always on, on demand requirement.
I think Hanes is a long term hold. The principal business is in items which continually need to be replaced. So the market is always there. Under Armor has the current fashion styles, but these change, although usually slowly as seen with Nike's dominance in shoes. I can never predict shorter term movements, but my past experience is usually a drop shortly after a stock splits then rising price again as long as the business fundamentals support it. Good luck.
You have no idea how companies work. There are several factors, but cash flow and expected future cash flow are primary considerations.
I do agree that mutual funds are generally not a good way to invest, but dividends from dividends are not a problem compared with payouts from the mutual fund from capital gains. In tax deferred or advantaged account this is not as much of a problem. However, the expense costs of mutual funds really cripple total accumulated returns over long periods. These would be acceptable if mutual funds actively and successfully managed money, but they don't. Read any prospectus and it will tell you the fund is required to be invested with 90% + of its money at all times. Investors are paying for what over time will probably produce less than market average returns. If mutual funds are the chosen method, index ETFs offer the best apparent approach.
There is no place other than the market now for investors to get the cash flow to provide for their needs. The policies of the government and the Federal Reserve make it impossible for people who normally would use savings types of accounts to provide cash for living expenses. These policies are like making a patient take a potentially fatal drug to combat cancer.
Additionally, it is in the law that corporations must pay dividends from income above levels needed for certain uses. Buffet is a using a loophole in the law to essentially conduct what should be criminal action.
Not until it is at least 200. We would be better off if they didn't split it below 300. If the company continues to have good performance they need to up the dividend though. We have to wait almost a year from now until the next one. It should go up at least 30% unless something unforeseen damages earnings in the rest of the year. It's time to pay us long term share holders.
Don't merge. Wait until BP expenses from the Gulf disaster force them to sell assets. If crude prices stay low, this will be necessary. Then cherry pick the cream and let BP try to make money with what is left. Maybe they can even go BK. That would put an end to endless extortion BP is enduring at government hands. It was a terrible event and they should pay, but the government is just being abusive in the way they are dealing with this. That's what you get when a Marxist President whose favorite pastime is bashing corporations and other productive endeavors is calling the shots.
It's a factor that individual solar will affect the industry. There is a basic problem with this rendering local utilities obsolete. As more people shift to solar, the concrete cave dwellers, industries, a lot of infrastructure will still be dependent upon the utilities. They are going to pay a higher percentage of the cost associated with the system. Also electricity has to always work. A few years ago the San Diego area had a region wide black out. This was a disaster for people trying to get home from their jobs because all the traffic control was out. Reliability, always there on demand, supplies to people who cannot gather enough sun light for their electric needs will require non-solar electric sources. The best solution for this I can see is to up the meter charge to cover the basic infrastructure costs spread across all the users. Anyone plugged into the grid should pay a portion of the cost of running it. Roof top solar is part of the energy generation solution, however the distribution system needs to be maintained. It's always nice to think of the upside, but the law of unintended consequences comes into play over and over again.
The bigger risk for Sempra is how the natural gas investments perform.
Good luck to you with your investments. I hope we can both make money.