1. Smaller company--easier to move the needle
2. Huge position in the Permian Basin/Texas--strong operating leverage.
3. Increased its divy by 4%+ in May. A clear show of strength.
4. Management has clearly committed to asset sales (ie, Middle East), and capital distributions to shareholders via share buybacks and/or dividend increases.
How much did you pay for your solar panels/installation?
What is its expected operational life?
What is your ownership costs over the life of your installation? (including financing costs)
"gives to think that epsilon 35% Participation, in the Auburn Midstream Business is to be sold,"
Not sure what you mean--please explain. TIA.
Basic rule of investing: Buy low.
OXY pays you ~3.8% to wait for share price recovery.
Don't over complicate a simple matter.
VNR is organized as a LLC, but is taxed as a partnership and, consequently, issues K-1s.
Visit the IR page of its website for a succinct summary.
"have a feeling management is short their own stock."
Management has a fiduciary responsibility towards company owners/shareholders. What you're suggesting constitutes a breach of this responsibility. You really need to educate yourself.
Everything that I wrote is easily verifiable--e.g., visit the IrRS website and do a search.
Your brokers, like you, are incompetent.
You really are a lunatic. (I take no pleasure in pointing this out----sincerely)
qqq's suffers from profound ignorance--he got everything wrong! (this takes talent)
1. "your dividend is taxed at regular income (Just like your paycheck)"
GM pays, like the common stocks of most US corporations, qualified dividends and which receives preferential tax treatment:
--tax free for those in the 10-15% marginal tax brackets
--taxed at 15% for those in the 25-35% brackets
--taxed at 20% for those lucky few in the brackets 35%
--ie, Qualified dividends are NOT taxed as regular income
2. "So a 34 cent dividend would subtract 34 cents from closing price the day before. You really gain nothing but aditional tax at end of year!"
Depends on the stock and its fundamentals. Lots of stocks continue to appreciate--both on ex-divy date and through the rest of the year. Statistically, dividend stocks tend to outperform---the cash payout is a sign of the firm's stability.
3. "Long term capital gains tax kicks in after 1 year at 20% of any stock gain."
Long term cap tax rates are individual specific:
--15% for the masses: 25-35% tax brackets
-- 0% for those in 10-15 tax brackets
--20% in the top bracket
4. "Thats why people like no dividend stocks."
Only ignoramuses like you.
Dividends are profoundly important, especially when reinvested and compounded over long periods of time.
Many folks have heard that the long term historical SP500 returns ~10%. Most aren't aware that dividends contribute ~4% of this figure. In other words, without dividends, the long term return of SP500 index would be similar to a diversified bond portfolio of ~6%!
I've tried the Prius--it's nowhere near as refined in technology nor handling performance/comfort. It's cheaper than the Volt--for good reason. The Leaf--range limited and impractical, like the Prius in sophistication.
To sum it up: the Volt is a singular vehicle that offers efficiency without sacrificing operating performance and comfort. I've owned many vehicles including German/Japanese luxury brands, but the Volt gives me a certain smile and satisfaction when driving it that's unique.
The surveys are true--owners are very happy with their Volts.
GM is absolutely correct with its PHEV strategy on the long evolutionary path to pure EVs. Good strategic move that WILL pay off. (the checker players don't understand). No comparison.
(Cheblammo--you're right: my purchase of the 2015 Volt neatly summarizes my opinion of the Volt.)
--gas usage: normally, ~ 7-8 gallons/month. More, of course, for long drives out of town. Over ~ 44,875 miles and a month short of 3 years, we averaged 250 mpg+. (250 is the display limit). I recall that there is a website for Volt owners to register, and which monitors their vehicle's stats with greater detail. Some folks are at 3000 miles+ I, unfortunately, didn't do this. :( Except for our out of down/vacation drives, we were normally at ~ 95%+ electric mode usage--we're the ideal 40 miles rt owners.
--average EV range/charge: ~43 miles. Range depends on driving habits, and my wife is now getting 50+ miles EV in her 2015 model--don't know if GM tweaked the design or whether it's the new tires (these are new Goodyear low resistance tires)
--OnStar: I've mentioned long before that it's a gem--for the owner and GM. It provides safety benefits (e.g., automatically calls 911 in case of accidents, impacts/overturns, without the driver input) and convenience: navigation, telephone (via OnStar--I don't mean bluetooth linked smartphone), onboard Wi-Fi (and other features I never explored). OnStar was part of my lease. Regular subscription rates are pretty reasonable, ~$29/month, and this is a potentially huge, recurring profit center for GM.
--auto diagnostics: common on many mid-high end vehicles today (tire pressure measurements & warning, fluids status, etc.). Besides onboard displays, I also receive these diagnostics as part of the monthly OnStar vehicle reports emailed to me including other operating statistics. Really, really neat.
--fit and finish: excellent. The plastics used are high quality. With the leather seating/trim, very attractive and comfortably laid out interior.
Excellent memory--and, my apologies for the looooooooooong delay!
(I have a hangup about good writing and was waiting for the opportunity that never came to provide a detailed writeup--been too busy). No more excuses--my comments:
In a word: Superb.
Perfect--no. But, has exceeded my/wife's expectations for performance and quality.
--the center console is too busy and with crowded pressure/membrane controls placement. My wife is the principal driver (use it M-F for her commutes), I use it mainly on weekends and vacations, and this may be a factor in my opinion. A daily driver probably becomes very familiar with the controls, and has no problem with hesitancy/fumbling. I also prefer traditional knobs vs touch/membrane controls.
--2 bucket seats in the back bisected by the battery column. This is, of course, well known. Not a problem in my family of 4, though occasionally a limitation with extra passengers and larger families.
--absolute reliability. In 3 years, I only had to do a single oil change (technically not needed according to the oil sensor, but I thought it a good idea at 2.5 years). There were minimal maintenance requirements---other than window washer fluid fills.
--economics: our average monthly energy savings, net of electric charge, was ~$900. Three years ownership = $2700 off the lease payments.
--my final OnStar statistics through 5/2015 (35 months): of 1053 miles total for the month of May, 89% in electric mode. Over entire 35 monthls, ~87%
--no range anxiety: this was/is priceless. We simply get in and go. Last December, my wife and I drove from SoCal up to Mendocino Coast in NoCal for anniversary celebration: ~1350 miles round trip on two full charge (from home, and at a converted Coast Guard lighthouse !).
--driving experience: he Volt has 50/50 weight distribution and is low slung, and which gives it a stability and comfort comparable to luxury vehicles.
I've done the math--it's very compelling.
You've seen the commercial with the line "A mind is a terrible thing to waste"?
Why do you choose to live in ignorance?
GM is benefiting from its new products cycle on top of an industry cycle that's still in the upswing.
I turned in my 2012 Volt two weeks ago, bought the 2015 Volt. Terrific vehicle, absolutely reliable and a joy to drive.