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wareham2620 24 posts  |  Last Activity: 5 hours ago Member since: Jul 8, 2008
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  • We need prisons , as people can't just do as they please . However, on the other hand neither should the prisons do as they please .

    Dr. Haney, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, interviewed 56 prisoners who had spent 10 to 28 years in solitary confinement in Pelican Bay’s security housing unit ......

    Can we as stockholders end this type of cruel and usual punishment ?

    No human or animal should be held in a cage year after year .

  • Dr. Haney, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, interviewed 56 prisoners who had spent 10 to 28 years in solitary confinement in Pelican Bay’s security housing unit ......

    Can we as stockholders end this type of cruel and usual punishment ?

    No human or animal should be held in a cage year after year .

  • wareham2620 by wareham2620 Jul 31, 2015 12:27 PM Flag

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQxtRcfBIXY

  • wareham2620 wareham2620 Jul 31, 2015 10:10 AM Flag

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQxtRcfBIXY

  • wareham2620 by wareham2620 Jul 27, 2015 12:29 PM Flag

    Insider shareholders just keep coming back to the Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) well.

    Not the literal well, mind you. Kinder Morgan is a natural gas pipeline transporter — not a driller. But whatever Kinder Morgan’s relation to hydrocarbons, company insiders seem to think it’s a great business to be in.

    Last month, we told you about two 100,000-each purchases of Kinder Morgan stock by company founder Richard Kinder, and a smaller purchase by the company’s CEO. Last week, we learned that insiders are still scooping up stock for their own accounts. Specifically, on July 24, a pair of Form 4 filings with the SEC described purchases of:

    - 100,000 shares of Kinder Morgan stock, bought by company Chairman Richard D. Kinder on July 24 at an average purchase price of $34.97 per share. (100,000 share blocks appear to be his preferred way to invest in Kinder Morgan stock).

    - and 500,000 shares bought by director Fayez Sarofim on July 22, at an even higher price — $35.33.

    Together, that’s more than $21 million worth of Kinder Morgan stock bought by insiders in just three days of trading.

    What does it mean to you?
    Should you be following their example? A month ago, we argued the negative, pointing out that the stock was trading “at 49 times earnings, but projected to grow those earnings at just over 4% annually over the next five years,” indicating severe overvaluation in the shares.

    In the short-term, at least, that appears to have been the right call. Whereas last month, insiders were paying $39 and $40 a share for Kinder Morgan stock, 30-odd days later those same shares are selling for closer to $35, about a 12% drop — and the stock still isn’t cheap.

    Hit by declining revenues and net income in Q2, Kinder Morgan’s lower price per share still leaves those shares selling for about 49 times earnings. Worse, analysts polled on Yahoo! Finance now predict earnings will continue to decline, rather than grow even slowly. Instead of the 4% annual growth rate predicted just one month ago, the consensus now calls for 8% average declines in earnings over the next five years.

    Long story short, Kinder Morgan shares might still be attractive to income investors looking to reap the rich 5.5% dividend yield. But value investors, hoping to see those dividends improved by a rising stock price… might have to wait a long time to see that happen.

  • wareham2620 by wareham2620 Jul 21, 2015 1:00 AM Flag

    ATLANTA, July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company today announced a regular quarterly dividend of 54.25 cents per share on the company's common stock, payable Sept. 5, 2015, to shareholders of record as of Aug. 17, 2015. This marks 271 consecutive quarters – dating back to 1948 – that Southern Company will have paid a dividend to its shareholders.

  • wareham2620 wareham2620 Jul 17, 2015 1:25 PM Flag

    I think that fear factor may already be in the stock price here . Either way , I'm happy with the present dividend and I'm in now .

    In Florida if you buy $10 or $20 worth of cocaine or a rock you're only a user . But they can put you in prison for 5 to 15 years .Depending if they want to charge you with possession , a 3rd degree felony punishable up to 5 years . Or purchasing , a 2nd degree felony punishable up to 15 years .

    GEO also has drug programs .I think the Judges will sentence the users to programs instead of the longer prison sentences . Drug use is growing and the programs are a big business too .

    Also , Obama opened the Mexican boarder . That will lead to more sex offenders than ever in the US.

    MARRIAGE IN MEXICO

    Consent: People under the age of 18 may not get married in Mexico without parental consent. With parental consent, boys have to be at least 16 and girls need to be at least 14 years of age.

    However , Age of sexual consent in Mexico is 12!
    April 4, 2013 | Dave Gibson

    Posted on ‎4‎/‎9‎/‎2013‎ ‎7‎:‎29‎:‎41‎ ‎PM by moonshinner_09

    In recent months, there seems to have been an explosion of reported child sexual assaults committed by Mexican nationals, in this country illegally.
    Examiner
    The most troubling and telling reason behind the growing epidemic of child molestation at the hands of illegal aliens, may lie in the fact the age of sexual consent throughout the majority of Mexico is 12 years of age.

    Article 261 of Mexico's Federal Criminal Code states: ”Whoever, without the purpose of reaching copulation, performs a sexual act on a person under 12 or on a person that has no capacity of understanding the meaning of the act or that for any reason cannot resist, or demands that the act is performed, will be punished with a term of 2 to 5 years in prison.”

    In addition to Mexico City, the age of consent is 12 in the following Mexican state..........

    Anyway , the Mexicans sexual habits won't change over night . Then our prisons will full up with sexual offenders . They can't help the way the were raised and we can't help but to love our children . I really don't like to see anyone in prison . But it is what it is .

  • Reply to

    Falling Off a Cliff

    by skinz4q Jul 6, 2015 3:34 PM
    wareham2620 wareham2620 Jul 16, 2015 11:15 AM Flag

    To the people who thought the list of stocks and / or SO was a poor pick of those stocks .

    I would point out that this company is not relying on coal alone for it's electric. Therefore , if coal goes to he!! this company will not .

    The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. It is involved in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity through coal, nuclear, oil and gas, and hydro resources in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. The company also constructs, acquires, owns, and manages generation assets, including renewable energy projects. As of December 31, 2014, it operated 33 hydroelectric generating stations, 33 fossil fuel generating stations, 3 nuclear generating stations, 13 combined cycle/cogeneration stations, 9 solar facilities, 1 biomass facility, and 1 landfill gas facility. The company also provides digital wireless communications services with various communication options, including push to talk, cellular service, text messaging, wireless Internet access, and wireless data; and wholesale fiber optic solutions to telecommunication providers in the Southeast. The Southern Company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

    SO has estimated earnings that are heading up ,

    Everybody uses electric .

    Dividends have been raised every year for over the last 10 years .

    Paying around a 5% or better return on your investment sounds good to me .

    As an investor and not a trader , SO looks like a safe place to park some money .

    I noticed nobody had any stocks at all to offer . So I guess everybody must be to busy researching the stocks I've listed .

    Well best of luck to all .

  • Reply to

    Falling Off a Cliff

    by skinz4q Jul 6, 2015 3:34 PM
    wareham2620 wareham2620 Jul 15, 2015 5:23 PM Flag

    MMP has been good to me over the years . Lets just hope that trampoline is still at the bottom . However , there are many dividend paying stocks out there . If you're looking for stocks that increased their dividends and paying out 5% or more . Here are a few to do some homework on . AROW , if you count the 2% stock split every year with their cash dividend , it pays over 5% with increased dividends . Also , SO , T , FUN , BP, all paying out over 5% with increased dividends . SPH pays well , but without the increased dividends . ARLP is a coal stock with increased dividends . They can't do away with coal over night . ARLP is at a low now and paying over 10% . Can't hurt to do some homework on it . Oh yes , KMI is paying just under 5% now .But KMI expects 10% annual growth in dividend 2015-2020 with significant excess coverage .

    I have all of the above and others not looking as well . I also just added GEO and CXW the other day . I hope you find something you like here.

    Well best of luck to you

  • wareham2620 by wareham2620 Jul 14, 2015 1:53 PM Flag

    Well I'm into GEO , 136 shares @ $36.73 and also CXW , 145 shares @ $34.40 . I know people think Obama changing laws and letting some prisoners go free may hurt these stocks . But Obama also opened the boarder and

    MARRIAGE IN MEXICO

    Consent: People under the age of 18 may not get married in Mexico without parental consent. With parental consent, boys have to be at least 16 and girls need to be at least 14 years of age.

    However , Age of sexual consent in Mexico is 12!
    April 4, 2013 | Dave Gibson

    Posted on ‎4‎/‎9‎/‎2013‎ ‎7‎:‎29‎:‎41‎ ‎PM by moonshinner_09

    In recent months, there seems to have been an explosion of reported child sexual assaults committed by Mexican nationals, in this country illegally.
    Examiner
    The most troubling and telling reason behind the growing epidemic of child molestation at the hands of illegal aliens, may lie in the fact the age of sexual consent throughout the majority of Mexico is 12 years of age.
    Article 261 of Mexico's Federal Criminal Code states: ”Whoever, without the purpose of reaching copulation, performs a sexual act on a person under 12 or on a person that has no capacity of understanding the meaning of the act or that for any reason cannot resist, or demands that the act is performed, will be punished with a term of 2 to 5 years in prison.”
    In addition to Mexico City, the age of consent is 12 in the following Mexican state..........

    Anyway , the Mexicans sexual habits won't change over night . Then our prisons will full up with sexual offenders . They can't help the way the were raised and we can't help but to love our children . I really don't like to see anyone in prison . But it is what it is .

  • Reply to

    I've just got this with the TEG acquisition

    by wareham2620 Jul 7, 2015 11:19 AM
    wareham2620 wareham2620 Jul 12, 2015 11:59 PM Flag

    Msteucek ,

    Thanking you for the stocks , I'm adding them to my watch list now . However, I've just placed a check in the mail box to TD Ameritrade on Thursday 7/9/15 . As soon as my check clears I'm buying two Department of Correction stocks , CXW and GEO . They're both REIT's and paying over 6% and 7% now . I really don't like REIT's or prisons . But they look like a good investment to me . If I miss that boat . I'll look at my watch list and their earnings per share , estimated earnings per share , etc. Then pick out two other stocks to invest in . I was looking at STON , but it looks like a dead business to me .



    Well thanks again and the best of luck to you.

  • wareham2620 by wareham2620 Jul 9, 2015 11:58 PM Flag

    Well , the bottom is anyone's guess . So my guess is about $32 .00 . However, I'm in GEO when my check clears at TD Ameritrade . But I just placed it in the mail box tonight . Looks like it will be a nice return on my investment . Also , away to get some of my canteen money back .

    There are many dividend paying stocks out there . If you're looking for stocks that increased their dividends and paying out 5% or more . Here are a few to do some homework on . AROW , if you count the 2% stock split every year with their cash dividend , it pays over 5% with increased dividends . Also , SO , T , FUN , BP, all paying out over 5% with increased dividends . SPH pays well , but without the increased dividends . ARLP is a coal stock with increased dividends . They can't do away with coal over night . ARLP is at a low now and paying over 10% . Can't hurt to do some homework on it . Oh yes , KMI is paying just under 5% now .But KMI expects 10% annual growth in dividend 2015-2020 with significant excess coverage .

    As for myself , I've just added SO to my Portfolio . As always , I'm looking to add dividend paying stocks to my watch list , until I can get some more cash in my account . Anyone have any dividend stocks to add ?

    Well , best of luck to all .

  • wareham2620 by wareham2620 Jul 8, 2015 11:59 PM Flag

    Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) is engaged of acquiring, disposing, owning, leasing and chartering double-hull tankers.

    Price Change in 1H2015= 41.3%

    P/E = 12.97x

    Nordic American Tankers holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and has estimated growth over 100%.

  • wareham2620 by wareham2620 Jul 7, 2015 5:10 PM Flag

    The Department of Defense briefed the President this morning.
    They told President Obama that 2 Brazilian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan.
    To everyone's surprise, Obama collapsed onto his desk, head in his hands, visibly shaken, almost in tears.
    Finally, he composed himself and asked, "Just how many is a Brazilian?"
    This should come as no surprise to you , since he obviously has no understanding of billions or trillions either.

  • Reply to

    I've just got this with the TEG acquisition

    by wareham2620 Jul 7, 2015 11:19 AM
    wareham2620 wareham2620 Jul 7, 2015 12:37 PM Flag

    I was referring to this stock , WEC

  • Reply to

    Falling Off a Cliff

    by skinz4q Jul 6, 2015 3:34 PM
    wareham2620 wareham2620 Jul 7, 2015 12:19 PM Flag

    Must have been a trampoline at the bottom .

  • Reply to

    Shocking

    by appletonrocks Jul 6, 2015 9:15 PM
    wareham2620 wareham2620 Jul 7, 2015 11:55 AM Flag

    A DEA officer stops at a ranch in Texas, and talks with an old rancher. He tells the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.” The rancher says, “Okay, but do not go in that field over there,” as he points out the location. The DEA officer verbally explodes saying, “Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me.” Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removes his badge and proudly displays it to the rancher. “See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish, on any land. No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?”

    The rancher nods politely, apologizes, and goes about his chores.

    A short time later, the old rancher hears loud screams and sees the DEA officer running for his life chased by the rancher’s big Santa Gertrudis bull! With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer, and it seems likely that he’ll get gored before he reaches safety. The officer is clearly terrified. The rancher throws down his tools, runs to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs… “Your badge. Show him your BADGE!”

  • I've just got this with the TEG acquisition . However, if you're looking for other stocks that increased their dividends and paying out 5% or more . Here are a few to do some homework on . AROW , if you count the 2% stock split every year with their cash dividend , it pays over 5% with increased dividends . Also , SO , T , FUN , BP, all paying out over 5% with increased dividends. SPH pays well , but without the increased dividends . ARLP is a coal stock with increased dividends . They can't do away with coal over night . ARLP is at a low now and paying over 10% . Can hurt to do some homework on it . Oh yes , KMI is paying just under 5% now .But KMI expects 10% annual growth in dividend 2015-2020 with significant excess coverage .

    As for myself , I've just added SO to my Portfolio . As always , I'm looking to add dividend paying stocks to my watch list , until I can come up with more cash . Anyone have any dividend stocks to add ?

    Well , best of luck to all .

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    Alliance Resource Partners Will Thrive While Other Coal Miners Go Bankrupt

    Jun. 28, 2015 8:59 AM ET | 19 comments | About: Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (ARLP)

    Disclosure: I am/we are long ARLP. (More...)


    Summary
    •Shares of Alliance Resource Partners are down 43.37% year-to-date.
    •However, the company has a much stronger balance sheet than its peers and is a low-cost coal producer.
    •Coal is not dead - it still provides around 30.1% of the world's energy needs and generates over 40% of the world's electricity.
    •ARLP is a long-term buy here as a result.

    Alliance Resource Partners

    Recent Stock Price: $24.38

    Shares Outstanding: 74.19 million

    Market Cap: $1.81 billion

    52-Week Range: $23.67-$53.84

    I first wrote about Alliance Resource Partners (NASDAQ:ARLP) in a March 9 article here on Seeking Alpha. Shares have continued to decline since that article and are now down 43.37% year-to-date, but I remain long-term bullish.

    Shares have been under pressure for a few reasons, but mainly, I think shares have declined due to lower coal prices (thermal coal prices per ton now sit at $41.13, the lowest price since 2007, according to InfoMine) and, as the saying goes, the "baby is being thrown out with the bath water" as the poor performance of other coal miners is hurting Alliance.

    There is also proposed legislation in California that, if passed, would require the state's pension funds to sell their investments in companies that generate at least half their revenue from coal mining, according to Reuters. This could impact shares. Finally, there is the belief by some that "coal is dead" and is being replaced by natural gas, which is very cheap right now.

    First, coal is far from dead and isn't going anywhere. Coal currently provides around 30.1% of the world's global primary energy needs, generates over 40% of the world's electricity, and is used in the production of 70% of the world's steel, according to the World Coal Association.

    Total coal production was 984.8 million short tons in 2013, and that figure is expected to decline slightly in 2015. Total coal consumption was 924.4 million short tons in 2013 and 916.8 million short tons in 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    (click to enlarge)

    (Credit: Investor Presentation)

    As you can see in the above chart, coal demand is expected to be stable over the next few years, with demand declining slightly in 2016 but picking back up in 2017, according to Alliance's recent investor presentation, which cites information from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    Americans use on average 3.4 tons of coal each year, and coal generates 1,850.8 billion kW hours of electricity, powering 60 million American homes and 3.4 million businesses, according to Alliance's 2014 annual report. And, coal was responsible for 39% of the electricity generated in the U.S. that year, according to the report.

    Therefore, in my opinion, it's crazy to think that one of the world's largest source of electricity is just going to die overnight, or any time soon for that matter.

    Next, while the bill to require California's state pension funds to sell their coal stocks has passed the state senate, it still needs to pass the California Assembly Appropriations committee, and then, if it passes, will go to the assembly floor, but supporters of the bill expect stiff competition from both Republicans and moderate Democrats, according to Reuters. Even if the bill passes, it could mean more losses for coal stocks, but it's certainly not the end of the world for Alliance.

    It's true that more than a few coal miners are facing bankruptcy due to lower coal prices, higher operating costs and heavy debt burdens, but Alliance is not in this field.

    Arch Coal (NYSE:ACI) is now a penny stock, trading at $.40 per share with a market cap of just $85.49 million; just five years ago, this was a $5.25 billion company. While Arch Coal has $939 million in cash, the company suffers from $5.15 billion in total debt and is losing money fast (in the first quarter, the company reported a net loss of $113 million. Arch Coal expects to produce 120-130 million tons of thermal coal this year, according to the first quarter report.

    Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR) is also in bad shape, with total cash of $906 million, total debt of $3.32 billion, and a market cap of $71.44 million. The company reported adjusted net income of ($175.7) million in the first quarter. I would stay away from both stocks as the risk of bankruptcy seems fairly high at this point.

    However, Alliance is in a much better position than those two companies and many others for a few reasons. First, the company has most of its coal sales under long-term contracts at higher coal prices. ARLP entered 2015 with approximately 39.3 million tons contractually priced and committed for this year and 28.9 million tons priced and committed for 2016, according to its annual report.

    (click to enlarge)

    (Credit: Alliance Resource Partners Investor Presentation)

    In the first quarter of this year, the company reported coal sales price per ton of $54.49, compared to expenses per ton of $35.21, net income of $106.5 million or $.92 per share, and the company announced it has increased its dividend by 8.4%. Alliance's dividend track record is outstanding, as the company has now increased its dividend for 28 consecutive quarters, and has a 5-year annual distribution growth rate of 10.88%. Shares now yield a ridiculous 10.60%.

    The balance sheet also looks pretty strong, as Alliance ended the quarter with total long-term debt of $615 million and a conservative Debt/EBITDA ratio of 1.1X, according to the most recent investor presentation.

    In conclusion, I am long-term bullish on Alliance Resource Partners as the company benefits from low-cost coal production, contracted sales prices for the next several years, a solid balance sheet and an outstanding dividend track record.

    Coal is not dead, although several highly indebted coal producers will likely go bankrupt over the next year or so. However, I think this will only benefit coal prices and Alliance, as the reduction in coal production from these companies will lift prices (basic supply and demand), and perhaps Alliance will be interested in acquiring some coal assets for pennies on the dollar. I am long Alliance Resource Partners, and I intend to purchase more shares over the next few months.

  • Reply to

    Numbers from Yahoo Finance

    by thinnau Jun 26, 2015 8:04 AM
    wareham2620 wareham2620 Jun 27, 2015 12:54 PM Flag

    http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/arlp
    Shows $41. One Year Price Target . But either way it sounds good to me . we can't stop using coal over night .

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