Here's an eye opener for those who think FTR has been a good LT investment -- last 10 years tell the real story -- FTR down about (50%) and T and VZ the mirror image up around 50%. So in the last 10 years holding T or VZ an investor received an increasing dividend and has a cap gain while an FTR investor received a dividend cut by about (60%) and has a cap loss.
Old sage like to brag that he is a 50 year DRIP investor in FTR. But on the other hand he like to focus on his return in the last two years -- when FTR rose from historic lows in the high $3 range.
sage does this to paint a happy face on his investment approach -- that's the Rip Van Winkle method.
" Margins beginning to suffer due to a mobile price war or buying a pay TV bundler about to suffer the same price war issue via IPTV bringing dozens of new competitors is a reason for raising concern."
You say DTV is, " a pay TV bundler about to suffer the same price war issue via IPTV..."
Can you help me understand a couple of things, when you say "about" can you put a better time frame on that? What % will DTV's revenues shrink in 2015 - 2020? What will be the % reductions due to this war via IPTV. Lastly, you say that IPTV will be "bringing dozens of new competitors" so please name the top 5 new competitors. Also, will the content providers charge all the same?
"The big profits are in the populated areas. Ask AOL how the rural dial up business has served them since technology moved forward in the rest of the markets. Satellite is not needed except for in extreme rural/mountain areas."
1.OK mr expert, how much does it cost to lay a mile of cable in:
A. In an unincorporated area
B. In an urban environment
2. How much will it cost to do a 1000 home development:
A. New construction
B. Wire an existing 1000 home grouping.
Time to back up your conclusions smalls -- now that you have posted the same statements so very many times -- put up some back up
"Promises, promises. The fool (Foxnewzz, Breeze, Spamalert), will just change his name and carry on with his usual drivel."
Look in the mirror.
"BTW- My FTR shares have been on DRIP for decades, way before Maggie."
I know -- if you had reinvested in an index fund you would have a big multiple of the value of your FTR shares today. Why -- because FTR has been a horrible investment and you would have been better off saving your money in a checking account. Your approach is a text book example of how not to invest.
"Oh yes, and FTR is a much larger company now due to acquisitions. This is the reason for share dilution and dividend decreases."
That's what I said. You've been diluted and reduced buddy -- big time.
"Shhh....don't tell beeess and d.i.n.k.y !!!
Let's let them think they were right all along.
Its better that way."
Yo sage -- I sold my FTR long position out in 2011 at $8.08.
I then traded it a few times -- always long -- and made some money.
But went she went under $5 I just watched.
But you on the other hand have been on DRIP since FTR peaked at around $16 right before Maggie started to jack things up so she would have a bigger sand box -- so the stock is down from $16 to about $6.75 today or a slide of about $9.25 -- that's about a 60% slide. And that parallels the divvy cut. Funny how that works.
"This is about the middlemen bundlers finding a jam packed room full of competition after being in a room of only three competitors in most local markets...yada, yada..."
That's your prospective. Another is that "this" is about your repeating the same things over and over and day after day. Your addiction compels you to type or die -- at some point a 1920's style telephone appears on your shoulder and starts to ring in your brain and you answer with another negative post-- could be a matter of minutes until it rings again. I've seen this before, you have a company fetish and it's Ma Bell.
And before I forget to ask, what do you think of the DTV deal?
I got a phone call from an 800 # that read service something on the ID and then a guy asked me about voting my shares but then quickly said I see all your shares have been voted -- never mind.
So COV is going after the vote. I'm sure it's a shoe-in given the nice northern trajectory of the stock since the deal was announced of about 44% from $72 a share.
"Another log in??? You got it wrong though. It should be byeverizon,NOW!!!!"
Ah, another gem from harry -- VZ's message board Bard of Avon.
Periodically there are tenders for fractional shares and very small share count holdings. This results when a position is sold after the dividend record date and shares had been on DRIP (dividend reinvestment) -- the fractional shares or small share count takes the same record keeping as a 10k share count position.
So it's probably just a house keeping measure.
"They say every dog has its day. T longs must wonder when our day will come."
Your T add around $32.25 was good timing -- you seem to be getting ahead via buying opps.
While many others here just mouth off. Congrats to you.
T will have a good chance of closing at or above today if something key is announced today.
I assume the BOD recommended vote wins. I believe COV was trading about $72 per share when the MDT deal was announced. The 30 points can be converted into cash up to the exchange date or into cash and shares in new Irish MDT. I'm going to stay invested and enjoy the cash while I decide if I want to put it into MDT.
"Aon is an insurance exchange not a health insurance provider.... And they do not call back or keep their appointments."
That's what that other guy said. So I guess the problem is widespread. Are you an old fart too? Because I think it's you.
"any old guys getting the run around from AON?? They don't keep appointments or call back."
I might be able to help if you will answer a couple of questions. Please understand that I have to ask standard questions when addressing an important issue like AON not being responsive to policy holders. Before we take action however, please provide brief answers at your convenience:
1. Are you an insured? Please check or ask a relative to check for you.
2. Briefly describe the current medical issues. If you can't think of medical names try Web MD first.
3.How many times a day have you been calling?
2.Have you gotten any phone messages from the police?
Please be brief. Please ignore any other reply you might receive.
" I've written on many occasions...AT&T is buying an antiquated video bundling business that is flat lining subscriber growth which will come under revenue pressure as 100X faster bandwidth is rolled out allowing for IPTV"
Yes you have written something like this many times. Your method of teaching seems to be based on redundancy.
I hope you will indulge me a few questions:
What does "as100x faster bandwidth is rolled out" mean exactly? How will it be "rolled out'? How much will the "roll out" cost? Who will be paying for the "roll out" in 2015 by firm by dollar amount?