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tgagrippa 58 posts  |  Last Activity: 16 hours ago Member since: Aug 1, 2008
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  • Reply to

    buy out....

    by cscokid_00 Feb 8, 2016 4:06 PM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa 16 hours ago Flag

    @crusader: Which one would you put new money in?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Postscript

    by keyes_fred Feb 8, 2016 4:05 PM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Feb 8, 2016 7:16 PM Flag

    @keyes: Yeah, that's pretty much the conclusion I came to a year or maybe a little more than a year ago but I held on because the management's actions with OIS seemed to telegraph they knew this, too, even if they weren't saying it publicly, and they were working on reinventing the company's future. Plus, I thought OIS was a genuine opportunity, which it may well still be. But when you're seeing laptops and desktops with drives in the 240 GB range selling for less than $300, you know the writing is on the wall. Plus, they don't put disk drives in mobile phones and tablets and that is what "computer" has really meant since 2012 or so. Digital technology eventually turns all related hardware into commodities, it seems.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Will not be profitable

    by ballz79110 Jul 7, 2015 7:02 PM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Feb 5, 2016 7:28 AM Flag

    You called it, ballz, per today's earnings update. This company cannot get out of its own way, it seems.

  • tgagrippa tgagrippa Feb 1, 2016 9:03 AM Flag

    I have been weighing a position in LEE as well. I note that our esteemed board buddy Longtimefollower is sniffing around that ticker, too. I believe you will see big consolidation in the newspaper business in the next two years and LEE will very likely be sold. They are, indeed, doing a good job of debt management, though this is coming partly at the expense of the quality of the papers. Eventually, there will be a reckoning for that. As we have seen with HTCH, a company is only worth what the market says it is. LEE is selling at a rock-bottom PE and that is chiefly because the market believes the business model is doomed, which I think is mostly correct, and because of the company's debt. I am talking a lot and not saying much, I guess. But I am contemplating taking a small position and letting it sit based on the takeover likelihood alone, which I think is very high with LEE. The ongoing and effective cost-controls, it seems to me, offers good downside protection at $1.4x per share.

  • tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 29, 2016 11:40 AM Flag

    @tommie: Sound analysis. I agree.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    I expect

    by carpinus1 Jan 29, 2016 8:42 AM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 29, 2016 11:36 AM Flag

    @carp: Your purchase story somewhat resembles mine though my average cost on various purchases totaling 12,139 shares is $2.61 so at $3.62 I am OK. I do believe now that the slow climb towards (as much as) $4 is finally happening and yesterday's meeting has cleared that path, so to speak, Though of course the FTC could still scupper this boat. (Yeah I mixed metaphors so sue me.) I tend to believe uptab has this one right, though, and we get the $4.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 28, 2016 6:05 PM Flag

    You'd think so but this market right now is so FUBAR, who knows? I mean, yesterday at market close the company called Facebook was worth $267 billion and now, 24 hours later, the market says it's worth $311 billion. It added $44 billion in one day, which has got to be, what, like more all by itself than the entire market cap of a big majority of the S&P 500. #$%$?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Now I really wish I had

    by uptabdowntab Jan 28, 2016 12:53 PM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 28, 2016 5:58 PM Flag

    @gkeller: Thanks for fighting the good fight, even if it was in a hopeless cause. I think in a span of 15 minutes or so you asked more pointed questions than those guys have heard from deep-six-figure and seven-figure Street "analysts" in the last 5 years of conference calls. But hey, hang in there and keep practicing your patter and maybe someday you, too, will qualify for a seven figure salary.

    I don't care what anyone says, I like Carl Icahn and he is correct in his general assessment of corporate leaderships.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Now I really wish I had

    by uptabdowntab Jan 28, 2016 12:53 PM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 28, 2016 1:51 PM Flag

    Well, that certainly seems reasonable and you may well be right because we are now trading at $3.59, which is the highest intra-day trade since Jan. 4.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Now I really wish I had

    by uptabdowntab Jan 28, 2016 12:53 PM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 28, 2016 1:17 PM Flag

    @uptab: Hmm. I'm no help because I did not attend. But I would think that a meeting that provided guidance, whether explicit or implicit, that $4 is a lock would have the stock up more than 2 percent. Not that I am upset about being up 2 percent, mind you.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • tgagrippa by tgagrippa Jan 28, 2016 11:21 AM Flag

    Run shorty run.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Yahoo

    by carpinus1 Jan 28, 2016 7:24 AM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 28, 2016 9:37 AM Flag

    @carp: You have just put your finger on my pet peeve about this place. Filtering software than scans zillions of lines in seconds (or less) for certain terms is old tech. Companies do it every day to filter spam and find out what their employees may be doing or talking about. The powers that be here could end the spam problem on these boards in a day if they really wanted to. We all know what the three or four search terms would be. Someday, there will be a good alternative to Yahoo Finance and then I will dump them and never look back.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Cash increased in Dec.

    by whothehecknos Jan 25, 2016 8:40 AM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 26, 2016 12:04 PM Flag

    Stop. You're scaring me. Much of business comes down to a simple question: Do you want a quick nickel or a slow dime? I am willing to take a slow dime. But when the payoff is capped at a nickel, I want it sooner not later.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Cash increased in Dec.

    by whothehecknos Jan 25, 2016 8:40 AM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 25, 2016 12:08 PM Flag

    The problem with figuring out the answer to your question is that we are just in an awful market right now. The market could be telling us something that is not public about HTCH. Or the market could just be flipping HTCH off because the market has a headache. I actually lean towards the later explanation. HTCH is just collateral damage and too small to matter.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Steve Harvey

    by twomambo2 Jan 19, 2016 10:21 AM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 19, 2016 12:36 PM Flag

    Gotcha.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    last one to the door is...

    by bargainhunter880 Jan 15, 2016 12:28 PM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 15, 2016 12:52 PM Flag

    I am not convinced that the drop in recent days is related to anything except the malaise that afflicts this gawd-awful stock market we're in now. But I would also not be surprised to learn that $3.62 is all we're going to get, either. As I've posted before here, I'm not certain what incentive HTCH execs have to deliver a more expensive product to their new corporate masters. Other than, you know, a fiduciary duty to the current owners of the business which, you know, would be us. When does that ever enter into these affairs? But I still want to believe. Of course, I still want to believe in Santa and other miraculous things, too, even though I am 60. It is important to not lose your sense of wonder. When you do, you have begun to die.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Down 2%

    by carpinus1 Jan 14, 2016 11:45 AM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 14, 2016 1:20 PM Flag

    @carp: Geez, you don't mean the stock is trading on material nonpublic information, do you? Nobody would do that because, you know, in many circumstances that would be, well, illegal. I am shocked you could suggest such a thing.

    But kidding aside -- yes, it is worrisome. Especially because it is trading down on decent volume. HTCH: the gift that just keeps on giving.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Investing ideas for 2016

    by carpinus1 Jan 10, 2016 7:28 AM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 14, 2016 11:47 AM Flag

    I made good money in RFP a few years back based on Longtime's rec. I believe he's back in.

  • Reply to

    Investing ideas for 2016

    by carpinus1 Jan 10, 2016 7:28 AM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 13, 2016 5:13 PM Flag

    Hmm. Interesting. Thanks. Differences of opinion are the foundation of markets. I think there is a ton of money to be made in hated junior miners -- someday. But the someday part, that's the rub.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Investing ideas for 2016

    by carpinus1 Jan 10, 2016 7:28 AM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 12, 2016 12:34 PM Flag

    @uptab: If you like the story with CLGRF -- and I am pretty sure you do or at least you used to -- then take a look at MUX. I am intrigued by that one.

    Sentiment: Hold

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