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skinz4q 105 posts  |  Last Activity: 9 hours ago Member since: Dec 25, 2005
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    $96.'s again soon!

    by leonard4mvp Mar 13, 2014 11:36 AM
    skinz4q skinz4q Mar 13, 2014 3:47 PM Flag

    I'm looking for a lot lower than 96's. I think 93-92 is more like it... IF it can hold there. If not, then it could visit the 88-87 area. Whatever they come up with to try to turn this ship around, it'll take some time to do any good. Bad weather was a good excuse during the winter for poor comps. What excuse will they use in July? Bad weather in Antarctica? Just remember what I always say... CRAMER IS THE KISS OF DEATH!

  • skinz4q skinz4q Mar 13, 2014 11:15 AM Flag

    It happened when he had a few months left in office... IN HIS FIRST TERM!!!

  • skinz4q skinz4q Mar 12, 2014 4:44 PM Flag

    I disagree. MCD will definitely increase the dividend, but I don't expect a big increase. The company has increased the dividend EVERY year since 1975 when they paid the first ever dividend. That said, they could do what some other companies have done to remain on the Dividend Aristocrat list; raise by a cent or two. But, a token increase is still an increase.

    I'm not convinced that MCD is still the growth story that it once was. The company is so enormous that it has become unwieldy. I don't think the present management has the vision to come up with a game-changer that will enable the company to re-fuel the rockets. If they had held onto CMG, that might have been the catalyst to propel it to new heights quickly. Trying to change the old-fashioned corporate mind-set in a company like MCD is like trying to turn a battleship. They need to bring in some fresh, outside blood to re-think the long-term strategy and get out of the rut they're presently in. Wings is not the answer. Maybe the company should be looking at acquiring some small companies in the food industry and using them as sort of test laboratories to try out new ideas. CMG was a great idea, but they got rid of it just as it was about to soar. MCD is not going out of business, but it has sure lost its mojo.

  • skinz4q skinz4q Mar 12, 2014 2:38 PM Flag

    That's exactly what GWB did when the Russians invaded and occupied Georgia. That sent a clear signal to Putin that this sort of thing is acceptable. Putin is just using the license that Bush gave him about 10 years ago.

  • skinz4q skinz4q Mar 12, 2014 2:35 PM Flag

    I suspect it was a case of suicide. Either the capt or the F/O locked the other out of the cockpit and flew the plane into the ocean. There's no other explanation for the transponder being turned off. However, try to have a little compassion for the families and friends of the dead. They want and deserve some sort of closure. They have a right to know what happened. The insurance company deserves to know why they're going to have to pay out many millions of dollars.

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    Hurry! Jump on the manipulation bandwagon!

    by leonard4mvp Mar 12, 2014 9:44 AM
    skinz4q skinz4q Mar 12, 2014 12:29 PM Flag

    Cramer is the KISS OF DEATH! He was pooh poohing MCD when it was 93 only to jump on the bandwagon at 98. He'll be saying to sell when it gets back down to 93. Moron!

  • I'm looking for MCD to give back at least half of what it gained yesterday by the end of this week - if not sooner. Think about it: It gained more than the equivalent of a full year of dividends in a single session. The premise for the gain was a dubious effort to manipulate the price higher by using smoke and mirrors. Increasing the debt load for the purpose of giving the money to the shareholders is not, in my opinion, the way to make the company more valuable in the long term. This is an act of desperation by management that has run out of options. They talk about improving customer service. Customer service can't get much worse than what it is. They're steadily losing the battle to come up with innovative new products that will resonate with customers. I bet they wish they had never sold CMG. If not, they should.

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    So where is this 20% pullback in PCL?

    by eyeorewolf Jan 29, 2014 8:08 AM
    skinz4q skinz4q Mar 12, 2014 9:25 AM Flag

    You have to buy it for the pullback to happen. That's the way it works. You won't recognize the pullback until after it has already happened. Regardless of whether PCL pulls back from here, this stock is dead money. I sold out at $50, and I still think it's too high to start buying.

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    Damm I bought 20k shares at $11.21

    by fmrmlbcatcher Mar 11, 2014 4:38 PM
    skinz4q skinz4q Mar 11, 2014 5:37 PM Flag

    I find it hard to believe anyone would pour nearly a quarter of a million $$$ into something as speculative as PLUG all in one shot. I really hope you're making this up. Seriously. I hate to see anyone lose that kind of money (unless I'm on the other side of the trade.)

  • skinz4q skinz4q Mar 11, 2014 5:30 PM Flag

    Buy, buy, buy and say bye, bye, bye to your money.

  • skinz4q skinz4q Mar 11, 2014 4:13 PM Flag

    You're not missing anything. It is, as you say, an act of desperation. Thompson knows shareholders are screaming for his head. MCD has been one of the worse performers in the DJIA, and I'm sure the BOD isn't too happy.

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    Borrow money to return to shareholders

    by teknowiz Mar 11, 2014 1:02 PM
    skinz4q skinz4q Mar 11, 2014 1:56 PM Flag

    This scheme strikes me as an act of desperation to get the stock price moving. Piling on debt to pay the money back to shareholders makes absolutely no sense, IMO. Apple did the same thing, but they had such a huge hoard of untaxed cash sitting offshore it made sense, sort of. MCD is expanding faster outside the U.S., so the unrepatriated cash reduces the need for more borrowing. My guess is that MCD will sell off when the whole picture gets clearer and folks realize what's going on. This is just an attempt at smoke and mirrors to fool investors into thinking they're getting something for nothing. Hmmm... this reminds me of an "economic stimulus" situation.

  • skinz4q skinz4q Mar 11, 2014 10:11 AM Flag

    Give Thompson credit where credit is due. He's an excellent operations guy. He knows the nuts and bolts of the company inside out. However, he's not the visionary that MCD desperately needs to continue to grow in an increasingly competitive environment. On a short term basis, he's not responsible for the bad weather. But he is responsible for some of the bad moves the company has made recently. The only thing that can save his butt would be a big surge in the stock price. Is the move today sustainable? I sort of doubt it. I don't see anything fundamental to account for it, but it couldn't have come at a better time for Thompson.

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    In @ 120.98

    by me_novice Mar 7, 2014 3:09 PM
    skinz4q skinz4q Mar 7, 2014 5:30 PM Flag

    Did it ever occur to you that no one cares about your trades???

  • skinz4q skinz4q Mar 6, 2014 2:39 PM Flag

    After hitting a new all-time high of $127.37, AMGN is now about 124.50. I don't see anything to account for the sudden collapse on an otherwise up day for the market. AMGN has a habit of doing this, and it can be very disconcerting. With an earnings growth rate that is about half the P/E, I expect AMGN to under-perform the overall market. Using my rule that the growth rate should equal the P/E ratio, AMGN should be selling for about $70.

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    MCD is ready to RUN

    by creature_of_id Mar 5, 2014 6:07 AM
    skinz4q skinz4q Mar 6, 2014 9:46 AM Flag

    MCD is running... just like diarrhea. Market is hitting new highs while MCD goes down the tubes.

  • Reply to

    dipped my toes in the water

    by bird.blaster Jan 30, 2014 4:11 PM
    skinz4q skinz4q Mar 5, 2014 10:16 AM Flag

    Thanks. Both of these have management fees that are more than double that of POAGX, and they're both strictly biotech funds. I need more diversification than these one-trick-ponys offer. POAGX charges a 0.69% management fee which is substantially below the sector average. I steer clear of any fund that charges more than 0.70%, so POAGX is at the top end of my acceptable range. Also, I tend to be a very long term investor, so I don't switch in and out of sectors as they got hot and cold. Right now, biotech is THE place to be, but that won't always be the case. POAGX has extremely small turnover, so they don't incur a big tax burden on the shareholders. I've been in AMGN since 1987; just to give you an idea of my investing time frame. AMGN is one of just a handful of individual stocks I still own. I've been switching almost entirely to mutual funds for the sake of simplicity when I die.

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    Lawyers Are Moving....

    by skinz4q Mar 2, 2014 8:39 AM
    skinz4q skinz4q Mar 5, 2014 9:55 AM Flag

    This was never reported in the paper. I was told by a store employee that the prepared-foods section was found to be "filthy" and unsanitary and that a big crew of cleaners was brought in to do a top-to-bottom over night cleaning job. The Health Dept came in to inspect before the store was allowed to reopen the following day. The store employees are under strict orders not to say anything to anyone about the whole thing.

  • Reply to

    dipped my toes in the water

    by bird.blaster Jan 30, 2014 4:11 PM
    skinz4q skinz4q Mar 4, 2014 10:31 AM Flag

    If you like the biotech sector but also want diversification, take a look at POAGX (Primecap Odyssey Aggressive Growth Fund). Up around 55% for 2014, it has an amazing track record that has been greatly boosted by their big biotech holdings. No load, no 12b-1fee, relatively low management fee and tax-efficient philosophy has tripled my money in the past 5 years. Just an idea you might want to take a look at. Primecap also manages the VHCAX (Vanguard Capital Opportunity Fund) that was their top performing fund for 2013. VHCAX is closed to new investors, so the POAGX makes an excellent substitution.

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    Lawyers Are Moving....

    by skinz4q Mar 2, 2014 8:39 AM
    skinz4q skinz4q Mar 4, 2014 9:34 AM Flag

    Since the Health Dept shut down the Stamford store for sanitation violations and made them do a top-to-bottom scrubbing, their image has been badly tarnished. This stock is on the "damaged goods" markdown rack with the rotten apples and moldy cheese.

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