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gopher_catcher 7 posts  |  Last Activity: Feb 10, 2015 9:46 AM Member since: Oct 31, 2012
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    What to expect for the stock split...

    by roundtree24 Feb 9, 2015 4:02 PM
    gopher_catcher gopher_catcher Feb 10, 2015 9:46 AM Flag

    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.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Shouldn't SRE reduce or suspend

    by whbuncensored Feb 6, 2015 4:46 PM
    gopher_catcher gopher_catcher Feb 6, 2015 6:45 PM Flag

    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.

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    by trsoccer02 Feb 3, 2015 5:03 PM
    gopher_catcher gopher_catcher Feb 3, 2015 5:11 PM Flag

    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.

  • gopher_catcher gopher_catcher Feb 3, 2015 3:04 PM Flag

    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.

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    OT: "Solar Wars"

    by investors_liberation_movement Jan 22, 2015 10:43 PM
    gopher_catcher gopher_catcher Jan 23, 2015 8:24 PM Flag

    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.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Dividend increase in 2015?

    by ombogat2000 Dec 14, 2014 5:38 PM
    gopher_catcher gopher_catcher Dec 15, 2014 1:13 PM Flag

    It was a little better than 3% in 2010. At that rate, we would be a little higher than $3/year. The high payouts associated with utilities usually go hand in hand with slow share price appreciation. Sempra's price appreciation appears more growth stock than dividend income utility. The company has huge capital expenses with the LNG, NG expansions. I don't have the latest costs from these developments, but they have to balance the debt load and the payout. Hopefully they can raise it to $3 +, but this large an increase might have to wait a cycle. Maybe they could do two increases in one year, six cents for the first two quarters, then another six for the second two quarters. At the end of that year, we would be about back to 2010 yield. The company is making huge investments in the NG area. If they deliver as planned, we should have a nice income stream for years, but this is already priced into the stock. They may have to wait until they actually start shipping the LNG to boost the dividend much.

    This investment has delivered the cash income I chose it for years ago, and the price appreciation is very nice but of little real use to me since I bought the stock for the dividend, not share price appreciation. I think the price appreciation will not continue, and the share price will again only rise slowly from here. If I were good at understanding this stuff I'd have a lot of money, rather than being concerned about increases in dividends to give me more spending money. When I look back at all the stuff that has happened, the settlement costs for the gas, the SONGS problem, the electric price scams of early 2000s , the big renewable, green push by the California Government , the reversal in gas supplies in North America, it is amazing the company has done as well as it has.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • gopher_catcher by gopher_catcher Dec 10, 2014 10:49 PM Flag

    GE's recent emphasis on producing oil field development products appears to be heading for hard times. I expect there will be significant profit reductions from these business segments. The earnings reduction may be more than a cent a share this quarter. Do other people feel this is significant to GE for this quarter and going forward?

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