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hia_intell 23 posts  |  Last Activity: 20 hours ago Member since: Oct 11, 2008
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    Excerpt from Mieweb article July 1st

    by mmac4207 Jul 1, 2015 10:03 AM
    hia_intell hia_intell 20 hours ago Flag

    They might as well write call options on their production. (No one would be interested in call options on their reserves but only on their upcoming production of two years time or so.)

    Or they could hedge platinum by buying options and futures on the dollar
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    Can anyone make sense of this?

    by missjhurt Jul 1, 2015 10:11 AM
    hia_intell hia_intell Jul 1, 2015 5:21 PM Flag

    The number of shares short and the number of shares in the offering are about the same.

    The company just knows that there are institutional buyers at a fixed price. Actually, the buyers are short sellers looking to get out of the short position without driving the stock price up.

    But why not offer the stock at the current market price and take-it-or-leave-it ?

  • hia_intell hia_intell Jun 20, 2015 3:43 PM Flag

    Well, I'm looking at a school bus diesel from the mid 1980's. The engine was available in both turbocharged and non-turbocharged versions. The school bus is non-turbocharged.

    But I would doubt the total system of turbocharging, compression ratios, and electronic control from the 1980's
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  • hia_intell hia_intell Jun 20, 2015 3:15 PM Flag

    In my own experience, the cities are desperate about local air pollution.

    For instance, rush hour traffic, even on the perimeter highway, has the effect of breathing car exhaust.

    So the cities could lead by limiting non-commercial traffic or engine size in certain business districts during certain hours. And they could require more occupants per vehicle in HOV lanes. They could require commercial diesels to be clean diesels in certain business districts and during certain hours. They could require that all city diesel vehicles be clean diesels but I doubt that they want to regulate themselves.

    There is a Concerned Scientists article on the large number of diesel engines in use that are not modern diesels. And the air pollution from commercial diesels is about 50% of the total. Then retrofit of filter systems is suggested for the older diesels.

    I doubt that retrofit of diesel filter systems would be a good result but NYC has a comparison of retrofitted diesel buses to CNG buses and they like it. That is a few years back though.

    See, the modern clean diesel doesn't just have a filter system but has turbocharging, electronic engine controls, and after-treatment systems. And turbocharging has compression ratios designed for it such that a retrofit to a real clean diesel requires a total engine swap.

    Now city taxi cabs and city buses could be powered by hydrogen-fuel-cells and be zero-tailpipe-emissions because these two systems can use central re-fueling
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  • hia_intell hia_intell Jun 11, 2015 10:58 PM Flag

    Well, the operating system touch interface has no meaning to me on a desktop computer because I sit back away from the screen but pull the mouse and keyboard close to me.

    But as tendonitis develops in computer users then the touch interface on a desktop computer might become popular.

    However, simpler method would be to redesign the mouse. The mouse could have a heat seeking spot that makes a mouse click with no downward movement of the finger needed but just by sliding the finger into position. Or for more desperate computer users the mouse might just make a mouse click every three seconds such that positioning of the mouse is the only technique.

    This is what is so strange about MS. They redesigned the operating system interface without regard to how computer users use the computer and simply believe that the desktop computer will be used the same way that a mobile phone is used
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  • hia_intell hia_intell May 29, 2015 2:10 PM Flag

    Only shares in a margin account are available to shorts.

    But FXCM has a forward P/E of about 6 while GCAP has a forward P/E of about 8. So I think that FXCM will be shorted expecting more pullback.

  • hia_intell hia_intell May 29, 2015 1:20 AM Flag

    The Model S has plenty of weight. It would have enough weight if it weighed 3400 pounds.

    The BMW i8 weighs 3274 pounds. That is a hybrid. The BMW i3 weighs 2635 pounds. That is an electric vehicle.

    I think these fuel cell vehicles will do better on weight with a range of 200 miles instead of a range of 300 miles. We will just see where the offerings go.

    But alternate vehicles aren't really necessary. The cities could require vehicles in the HOV lanes to have 6 or more persons. Then commuter buses would just breeze-in past the traffic. And they could require non-commercial vehicles operating during business hours to have 2.0 engines or less. The rise of the Mini Cooper.

    Sweeping laws would have much more effect than a small percentage of the population using green cars. Here, I'm suggesting not federal laws concerning car offerings but city laws concerning vehicle usage

    But also new cars, as a mid-size car with a 2.0 engine will have good performance if it weighs 2800 pounds. That can be done with Lotus or Corvette chassis technology. And of course done with carbon fiber tubs. But no one does this, no one makes a lightweight mid-size car for the purpose of fuel economy and low emissions
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    CITI FX FXCM is huge news!

    by caddor38 May 22, 2015 12:37 PM
    hia_intell hia_intell May 28, 2015 8:40 PM Flag

    See, the Ruble is a popular carry trade. The big currency pairs are mostly day-trading. Day-trading is okay but it's not the only thing going on.

    FX gets the daily carry-trade interest. Currency futures don't
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  • hia_intell hia_intell May 28, 2015 8:13 PM Flag

    Well, Tesla gets more successful as the cost of the batteries come down. But as the cost of the batteries come down the car gets heavier. It's a disaster without a carbon fiber tub. Or otherwise, a Lotus type of chassis would be beneficial. The Lotus chassis is made out of aluminum extrusions and then the bodywork is SMC. Or a Corvette type of chassis would be beneficial, where the chassis extrusions are hydroformed (instead of bonded and riveted like the Lotus)
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  • hia_intell hia_intell May 28, 2015 7:57 PM Flag

    Oh I see, there is a $59,900 Model S but the range is only 160 miles
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  • hia_intell hia_intell May 28, 2015 7:55 PM Flag

    Also, the Model S (S85) that has a range of 312 miles, it weighs 4647 pounds, and costs $79,900
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  • hia_intell hia_intell May 28, 2015 7:48 PM Flag

    That's interesting.

    The Mirai FCV is heavier than I would want but it's only 7% more weight than the HS250h on which its chassis is based. The weight is 4080 pounds, the range is 300 miles, and the price is $58,325.

    That price looks similar to the Model S price that they didn't make
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  • hia_intell hia_intell May 28, 2015 4:20 PM Flag

    There's a lot more to it than just range and price.

    The Model S can get 200 miles range but the weight of the vehicle begins at 4323 pounds and goes up to 4936 pounds. Then because the car is so enormously big they add a lot of seats. But often the car just carries one or two persons. And the cost of the batteries to go 200 miles is very high.

    The Roadster could get 200 miles range. It did that with a lightweight Lotus chassis technology. But the chassis was expensive and the batteries were expensive. The car's weight did come in competitive with internal combustion cars at about 10% more weight. That's if the internal combustion car has ordinary chassis construction.

    The BMW i3 is the first mass produced car with a carbon fiber tub. The range of the car is only about 100 miles but they keep the cost of the batteries lower and emphasize fast battery charging. In other words, the 2700 pound car could have 300 more pounds of batteries but chooses not to.

    The only EV with a range of 200 miles and a price of $40,000 is an EV that runs the electric motor off a fuel cell
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  • Reply to

    CITI FX FXCM is huge news!

    by caddor38 May 22, 2015 12:37 PM
    hia_intell hia_intell May 25, 2015 7:57 PM Flag

    A lot of the CitiFxPro clients will go elsewhere because FXCM doesn't offer the Ruble.

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    volatility

    by gqgerb May 22, 2015 12:51 PM
    hia_intell hia_intell May 22, 2015 2:15 PM Flag

    Compare to ticker HYG.

    High yield is predicted to go down but not going down yet.

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    volatility

    by gqgerb May 22, 2015 12:51 PM
    hia_intell hia_intell May 22, 2015 2:12 PM Flag

    This stock goes down when the dollar goes up.

    It seems like it would be a home market stock not hurt by a rising dollar but that doesn't work.

  • hia_intell hia_intell Apr 30, 2015 4:03 PM Flag

    No, the current Fed says that the data is not weak.

    They say that interest rate increases will only be according to economic numbers but they say that the numbers are okay. In other words they are predicting or rationalizing or have some reason to raise interest rates that is not being explained.

    And so Treasuries are down on the Fed, gold is down on the Fed, and stocks are down on the Fed.

    Probably interest rates should rise even though inflation hasn't come in. But why ? I suppose some idea of paying for QE.

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    Musk on biggest problem

    by redshoe77 Apr 10, 2015 11:59 PM
    hia_intell hia_intell Apr 15, 2015 10:33 PM Flag

    I am talking about a situation that a nationwide solar policy is not possible for homesites because of trees.

    And then some of the solar advocacy that is going around is not realistic.

    And it's not just the expense of cutting down trees but the benefit of the trees in summer heat. Hardwood trees shade the house in summer but allow sunlight through in winter. Also, trees have water evaporating out of the leaves and that is a very cool shade.

    We could require "ground source heat pumps" for new residential construction.

    We could give tax breaks for "ground source heat pumps".

    We could outlaw new two-story houses in sunbelt areas
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    Musk on biggest problem

    by redshoe77 Apr 10, 2015 11:59 PM
    hia_intell hia_intell Apr 15, 2015 12:54 PM Flag

    The problem would be every homesite in suburbia cutting down their trees. The demand on the A/C would increase.

    Favoring solar panels is silly when the homesite can have trees and "ground source heat pumps".

  • hia_intell hia_intell Apr 14, 2015 9:18 PM Flag

    That's very close to what I have been proposing.

    Tourist trollies could be powered by fuel cells and then not need the overhead wires. Also, the tourist trolly can use central refueling and so there's no problem. And the result is zero tailpipe emission.

    Of course if light rail is to use fuel cells then that's even a bigger market
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