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tgagrippa 35 posts  |  Last Activity: Jan 26, 2015 6:35 PM Member since: Aug 1, 2008
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    by bargainhunter880 Jan 26, 2015 10:26 AM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 26, 2015 6:35 PM Flag

    Yeah. Nice. I always wonder why Chinese companies don't hire people who speak English as a first language to write their promotional materials and instruction manuals. This is not a dig at HTCH, which I remain long on. Just a general observation. Maybe there's come cultural opposition in China to doing the thing I suggest. But it sure would be a lot better for the image of Chinese products if they did it. I go now make dinner.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    by hwardeinhorn Jan 23, 2015 10:55 AM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 23, 2015 12:01 PM Flag

    Would you be alerting us to this so-called contrarian indicator if they ranked it a sell?

    Sentiment: Hold

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    by kfrom123 Jan 17, 2015 3:17 PM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 18, 2015 9:11 AM Flag

    The Lake Wobegon stuff is nice. Very nice, indeed. And Wally Ingqvist, the longtime janitor at HTCH, is even a distant relative of Pastor Ingqvist. Uh-huh. Show me the money.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • tgagrippa by tgagrippa Jan 16, 2015 5:07 PM Flag

    The price action of HTCH in recent days strikes me as odd for a stock that appears to be poised on the edge of much better things. Big swings in both directions, on enormous volume, that are disconnected to overall market direction. I don't get it. But I'm easily baffled, the weekend is an hour away and, what the hell, a beer still tastes good.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 14, 2015 10:20 AM Flag

    I agree with you. But the stock market does not, at least yesterday and today. Stock market to HTCH: "Show me the money." Sorry to lapse into cliches, but sometimes they serve a purpose. Disclosure: long 8,394 shares at prices that today are both over- and underwater.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    by boardwalk97 Jan 11, 2015 4:25 PM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 12, 2015 4:00 PM Flag

    The Seeking Alpha breaking news alert for the big spike in HTCH today contains this bullet-point item:

    "The company asserts its shape memory alloy actuator tech offers performance and size advantages compared with current OIS solutions."

    Let's hope they're right and Apple and Samsung are paying attention.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 12, 2015 1:19 PM Flag

    At 1:15 p.m. New York time the S&P is down 0.8 percent and HTCH is up 15.1 percent. Kind of makes you wonder where HTCH would be if this wasn't a day when the machines (algorithms, whatever) were not saying "sell."

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Good thing that most of us here can

    by uptabdowntab Jan 9, 2015 2:55 PM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 9, 2015 6:25 PM Flag

    Up smartly today on a down day for the overall S&P. Which happens sometimes to stocks. But the telling number was the volume. Today was 12.6 times the rolling three-month average, according to Yahoo. I can only suppose it's the OIS/phone news. Things could be getting interesting. It's been a long wait.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Not about LNCO today

    by isemperfi1 Jan 2, 2015 4:51 PM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 2, 2015 6:49 PM Flag

    Exactly. It's called a "relief rally."

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    longtimefollower on NPR (Planet Money)

    by keyes_fred Jan 1, 2015 2:05 PM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 2, 2015 7:59 AM Flag

    Actually, I heard him last Saturday on NPR's "This American Life" on that topic. I imagine it's archived for anyone who'd like to hear it.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Question for Longs

    by tgagrippa Dec 29, 2014 2:26 PM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Jan 1, 2015 11:53 AM Flag

    @stats: Thanks for the thoughtful reply. This stock is liked by longs whose opinions and analysis I have learned respect from other Yahoo stock boards, so I was hoping to elicit more thoughts. Maybe others will eventually chime in, too. Because, let's face it, the answer to the question of what happens to the company if gold tanks is something any intelligent and thoughtful long has to consider before buying in. Not to do so would be reckless. I, too, believe $600 gold is unlikely -- or $800 gold, for that matter. But I also would have scoffed at this time last year that oil would be ~$55 and quite possibly heading to $40. Thanks again for taking the time, and happy new year. And let's all be careful (prudent) out there.

  • tgagrippa by tgagrippa Dec 29, 2014 2:26 PM Flag

    I have no position in Claude but am curious about the possibilities inherent in this stock given the ongoing carnage in junior miners. Here are three questions -- or maybe one question with three parts -- for longs.

    What happens to Claude if gold goes to $1,000? What happens to Claude if gold goes to $800? And what happens to Claude if gold goes to $600?

    I am not predicting those things and am as clueless as any one else about the possibility of those gold prices happening. I'm not interested so much in your predictions about whether gold will hit those numbers. Let's stipulate that nobody knows. The question is, what happens to Claude if one or more of those prices does come to pass in 2015-16?

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    In order to compete

    by purpletrader44 Dec 20, 2014 1:51 PM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Dec 22, 2014 3:40 PM Flag

    I am not certain that the SBUX model will work here. SBUX stores are havens for what we now call the "creative class" and creative class wannabes. (In the 80's we called them yuppies.) I'm not saying the DNKN concept does not need rejiggering but I do not think people writing novels (or those who would like others to think they're working on novels) are ever going to call DNKN home away from home. I believe people who go to SBUX do so, in part, to imbibe more than coffee. They want the coolness that SBUX manages to create to rub off on them. This is not about logic. Just as the pair of womens Keds canvas oxfords that sell for $19.99 at Kohls are worth $24.99 at Nordstrom. Because, you know, the upscale vibe makes the Keds worth more at Nordstrom. It isn't just about the product, it's about how we feel about ourselves when acquiring the product. But I am not saying that your post is totally without merit.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    by cognitivehacker Dec 19, 2014 9:24 AM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Dec 19, 2014 2:46 PM Flag

    The nice thing about conspiracy theories is you can concoct one that works for any situation you want. The fact is, they guided down and the market voiced its opinion. Sometimes, as Sigmund Freud observed, a cigar really is just a cigar.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • tgagrippa tgagrippa Dec 15, 2014 8:04 PM Flag


  • tgagrippa tgagrippa Dec 13, 2014 10:37 AM Flag

    Backatcha from rural southern Wisconsin, where we appreciate a poster with a sense of humor.

  • tgagrippa tgagrippa Dec 13, 2014 10:18 AM Flag

    Me too. But you clearly take your janitorial duties (per the LEE board) more seriously than I do mine. The people who operate these boards could eliminate this spam easily if they wanted to. You and me? We're just p***ing in the ocean and hoping to make a wave on a beach in Japan.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    SDRL PPS is Greater than LNCO PPS

    by chcknlittle Dec 10, 2014 9:57 AM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Dec 10, 2014 1:13 PM Flag

    @fireball: Well said. Good for you. Apparently, there's a "nasty gene" as yet unidentified by scientists one must possess to be a short. Because they sure do seem to all be nasty. It isn't just enough to explain why they're not long, they have to make it ugly. A good topic for some finance major's master's degree thesis if you ask me.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • tgagrippa by tgagrippa Dec 10, 2014 11:59 AM Flag

    A question for @opportunityeyes and anyone else who believes Conns will be bought out. Can you offer opinions on who a likely acquirer would be and why the purchase would make sense for them? Or do you believe the big fund investors in this stock are cooking something up?

    Disclosure: No position in CONN

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    Nothing more than tax selling

    by o08o.ugh64w Dec 3, 2014 10:29 AM
    tgagrippa tgagrippa Dec 10, 2014 11:19 AM Flag

    @aeishh: Tax selling is a real thing, but I tend to agree with you that it's an over-used excuse for a falling price this time of year. I suspect that the big drop in oil prices has taken a toll here, since it makes alternative energy (read "expensive energy") less attractive as an investment. And then there's the PTC, which I believe is an important headwind for this stock, unlike some others who post here. I am long and still in the green on my BWEN investment but needless to say I wish I'd taken profits at the highs earlier this year.

    Sentiment: Hold

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