iconSeekingAlpha

BlackBerry's Easy Path To 10 Million Phone Shipments
By Corey Sommers:In the Q&A portion of BlackBerrys (NASDAQ:BBRY) Q1 2015 earnings conference call, CEO John Chen made this notorious statement:If we ship 10 million phones, well be profitable on phones. Thats the model were going after.Many analysts and other
Plains All American Can Give You A 22% Yield On Cost Within 10 Years
By Tim McAleenan Jr.:Have any of you been paying attention to what happens when you reinvest your distribution payouts from the pipeline Plains All American (NYSE:PAA) over the past ten years? Finding a pipeline generating high current cash flow, reinvesting
General Mills: Chief Creative Officer, Annie's And Cost Cuttings
By Trading Champ:General Mills (NYSE:GIS) announced it would hire a chief creative officer which seems quite strange for a consumer goods manufacturer. General Mills announced it would be hiring Michael Fanuele the former chief strategy office of ad agency Fallon.
SPFF Is Up 10%+ And Yields Over 7.00%, But What Are The Risks?
By Reuben Sushman:The Global X SuperIncome Preferred ETF (NYSEARCA:SPFF), according to Global X funds: Seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the S&P Enhanced Yield North American Preferred
Atwood Oceanics Inc.: Complete Fleet Analysis And Status As Of September 3, 2014
By Fun Trading:Atwood Oceanics Inc. (NYSE:ATW)Source: Atwood Eagle semi-submersible.Complete fleet analysis and status as of September 3, 2014.UDW Ultra-Deep Water drillships. # Name Year Built Specification K feet Contract End Current Day rate K$ Location 1 Atwood Achiever 8/2014 12*40
6 Things Missing From BlackBerry's Turnaround Story
By Chris Lau:Despite surprising success for BlackBerrys (NASDAQ:BBRY) Passport device launch, bears still have reasons to sell shares. Lower revenue in the second quarter gave investors enough reason to look past the companys small, but significant progress. Now that the
Wild Ebola Case Confirmed In Dallas: What You Need To Know Now And Investing Opportunities
By Richard Berger:The first wild case of Ebola in the United States (not brought in under controlled medical conditions) has been confirmed today in Dallas, Texas. THE CURRENT SITUATION:The patient entered the U.S. from Liberia (an active Ebola hotspot zone)
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iconDailyFinance

Why Comcast Called Out Netflix 283 Times to the Feds
Filed under: Company News, Technology, Netflix, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investing
GM Finally Has Parts to Fix Recalled Small Cars
Filed under: General Motors, Automotive Industry, Manufacturing, Auto Recalls, This Built America
Dogs Are Biting, and More Victims Are Collecting
Filed under: Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, PetsJupiterimagesIt turns out that not only are dogs biting the mailman --
Construction Spending Slips in August After July's Jump
Filed under: Economic Indicators, Materials & Construction, This Built America
Budgeting for Baby
Filed under: Life Stage Lessons#fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-28689{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-28689, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-28689{width:570px;height:411px;display:block;}try{document.getElementById(fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-28689).style.display=none;}catch(e){}When Elle Martinez and her husband found out they were having a baby, one of their initial thoughts was that they needed to be financially
A Home to Retire In
Filed under: Life Stage Lessons#fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-418153{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-418153, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-418153{width:570px;height:411px;display:block;}try{document.getElementById(fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-418153).style.display=none;}catch(e){}Mary and Harold Hunt had lived in Southern California for years, but like many Americans, the mortgage payments on their home were too
ADP: Employers Add 213,000 Jobs in September
Filed under: Labor, Job Market, Career Change, This Built America
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iconThe Kirk Report

Eliminate All Hero Worship
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams As my father once told me – you have a very important decision to make in your
Read Less During Times Of Stress
It is no secret that the financial media loves it when the market experiences some difficulty. They are after all in the business of selling advertising and, when the market goes down, their readership goes way up and they make
Forgive Yourself
“Forgiveness clears out the residue of the past. Until we forgive ourselves for what we did, did not do, or should have done, we will repeat our patterns. But when the mind is clear of guilt and shame, it focuses
The Best Christmas Gift
Many publish holiday buy lists to their followers this time of the year. Like many of you do, I enjoy reading some of these in order to get some new ideas for Christmas presents especially for those who are a
Teach Yourself To Focus
“Focus cannot be underestimated. I think that is a reason why some of the smartest people don’t become successful; they have a hard time focusing.” – Cyrus Massoumi When Google’s Larry Page asked Steve Jobs for advice before he passed,
Know Your Probabilities
With a just a little know-how and practice, most can begin to recognize basic chart patterns and successfully trade upon them. However, the patterns themselves are of no tremendous or lasting edge. What matters so much more is having the
Keep Your Trades To Yourself
Recently we talked about the challenges related to shadow trading – i.e. the practice of making the same trades or just watching someone else more experienced as a path to learning how to better trade or invest. Today let’s take
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Cultivating Self-Control by Enhancing Working Memory
Recent research suggests that working memory--the amount of information that we can hold in our minds at one time--is more limited than previously thought, perhaps only four items.  Working memory is a chief component
How Can We Make Ourselves More Intelligent?
The recent post suggested that trading ability may be more linked to intelligence than is ordinarily acknowledged.  That is because intelligence embraces both crystallized knowledge (what one knows) and fluid abilities (what one can
An Updated Look at Stock Market Breadth
Heres an update to the recent posts on weak breadth in the stock market.  The above chart tracks the number of common stocks across all U.S. exchanges that have made three-month highs vs. lows
Improving Trading Performance by Building Fluid Intelligence
An important distinction emphasized by cognitive psychologists is crystallized vs. fluid intelligence.  Crystallized intelligence represents what we know, our storehouse of knowledge.  Fluid intelligence represents our how to ability:  our capacity for reasoning and
Starting the Market Week With Fresh Views
Here are some excellent reads to kick off the market week:*  The future is looking bright for podcasts.  Check out a group of very good market-related podcasts assembled by Abnormal Returns.*  A provocative look
Craft Beer and Crafting Fresh Trading Ideas: The First TraderFeed Networking Event
Well, you have to admit:  Mia has great taste in craft beer!I recently wrote about the value of professional networking for traders and mentioned that I would be organizing a networking event.  What Ive
How Can Competent Traders Become Great Traders?
A savvy reader recently asked a good question in a comment to a blog post.  He wanted to know what a competent trader--one who is capable of breaking even after expenses--most needs to do
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iconRandom Roger's Big Picture

Equities Are Flashing Yellow
Today is a twofer of posts. First up is warning signs f
Ten Years For Random Roger
Today is the tenth anniversary for the Random Roger blo
What Message Is The Alibaba IPO Sending?
This week’s Market Update is posted and covers a
Solving Retirement Dilemmas
My latest for Alpha Baskets is titled What Trading Plac
CALPERs Behavioral Trade
My latest for Alpha Baskets looks at whether CALPERs is
Galt Gulch
Gawker had an interesting post about a Galt Gulch (as i
Overcoming Financial Pessimism
My latest for Alpha Baskets looks at a couple negativel
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iconTicker Sense

September 29th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (-) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (-) Dash of Insight (-) Dividend Growth Investor (+) Elliot Wave Lives On (N) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (-)...
September 22nd Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (N) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (+) Dash of Insight (N) Dividend Growth Investor (N) Elliot Wave Lives On (+) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (N)...
September 15th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (N) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (N) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (+) Dash of Insight Dividend Growth Investor (N) Elliot Wave Lives On (+) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (N) GEI...
September 8th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (-) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (+) Dash of Insight (+) Dividend Growth Investor (-) Elliot Wave Lives On (+) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (N)...
September 2nd Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (+) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (+) Dash of Insight (+) Dividend Growth Investor (+) Elliot Wave Lives On (+) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (N)...
August 25th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (N) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (+) Dash of Insight (+) Dividend Growth Investor (+) Elliot Wave Lives On (+) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (N)...
August 18th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (N) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (-) Dash of Insight (-) Dividend Growth Investor (+) Elliot Wave Lives On Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (-) GEI...
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iconValue Discipline

The Developing Compensation Philosophy of the Treasury Department
Here is a link to Gene Sperlings opening statement: http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/tg166.htm#_ftnref3There are some very interesting quotes that help to frame Treasurys philosophy re systematic risk and executive compensation in this statement.Compensation structures that permitted key executives and other financial actors to
Executive Compensation-Government is Not Going Away
Corporate governance is a topic that many of us tend to ignore, leaving it to the institutions or corporate raiders that are looking to influence the strategic direction, the capital allocation, the corporate structures or the compensation structures of business.Yet,
Tiffany & Co-Valuation Seems Generous to Me
On Monday, Tiffany & Co reported what seemed to be somewhat disappointing earnings of $1.09 versus a street consensus of $1.13. TIF actually has had a fairly good history of positive earnings surprises in recent quarters (data courtesy of Reuters):Quarter
Traits of the Successful Investor and the Changing Nature of Brand Loyalty
The year 2010 seems to be progressing as a positive experience following the shaky start in January. The subsequent rally that has transpired since that time has caught many people flat-footed, but that is the price of erratic trading. Most
Book Review-"Even Buffett Isn't Perfect"
I am a complete sucker for investment books. My wife accuses me of owning several thousand books that have essentially the same title, usually some variant of Value Investing, valuation, or intrinsic value, or securities analysis. Of course, I have
John Templeton- The Triumph of Optimism
Sir John Templeton passed away yesterday. He died, much as he spent his life, peacefully.Geoff Gannon (and it is great to have him back in the blogosphere) has an extensive list of articles outlining Templetons life as well as a
An Interesting Screen-Deteriorating Operating Margins and Increasing Capital Intensity
As one would expect, deterioration in operating margins will occur in economic slowdowns. Marginal competitors frequently will try to clear inventories at ever lower margins in order to generate cash flow. I am particularly interested concerned if a company exhibits
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iconModernGraham.com

5 Undervalued Dow Components to Research – October 2014
Ive selected the five most undervalued Dow Components reviewed by ModernGraham which are suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor according to the ModernGraham approach. Heres a summary of each companys valuation.Read more →Related posts:5 Undervalued Dow Components
Western Digital Corporation Quarterly Stock Valuation – September 2014 $WDC
Western Digital appears to be a solid opportunity for purchasing a great company at a good price. The Defensive Investor has few concerns, and in fact is only disappointed by the companys short dividend history.Read more →Related posts:Western Digital Corp
Olin Corporation Quarterly Stock Valuation – September 2014 $OLN
Olin Corporation remains a company worthy of further research by both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investors only official initial concern is the low level of earnings growth over the last ten years.Read more →Related posts:Olin
5 Highest Dividend Yields Among Undervalued Companies Suitable for the Enterprising Investor (...)
Ive selected the five highest dividend yields among the undervalued companies reviewed by ModernGraham. Each company has been determined to be suitable for Enterprising Investor according to the ModernGraham approach.Read more →Related posts:5 Highest Dividend Yields Among Undervalued Companies for
National Oilwell Varco Quarterly Stock Valuation – September 2014 $NOV
National Oilwell Varco qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investors only initial concern is the short dividend history while the company passes all of the Enterprising Investors requirements.Read more →Related posts:National Oilwell Varco Inc.
TJX Companies Quarterly Stock Valuation – September 2014 $TJX
TJX Companies is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio and the high PEmg and PB ratios while the company passes all of the Enterprising Investors requirements.Read
5 Companies to Research With the Lowest PEmg for the Enterprising Investor – September 2014
Ive selected the five lowest PEmg (price / normalized earnings) companies reviewed by ModernGraham. Each company has been determined to be suitable for the Enterprising Investor and undervalued according to the ModernGraham approach. Heres a summary of each companys valuation.Read
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iconStock Market Beat

Truck Tonnage Index
Truckline.com ArticleCompared with October 2008, SA tonnage fell 5.2 percent, which was the best year-over-year showing since November 2008. In September, the index was down 7.3 percent from a year earlier.
Corporate Cash Flow
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iconBerkshire Ruminations

Moneyball for Investing
Baseball salaries exploded in the 1990s, forcing owners and managers to completely reevaluate how their teams were run. Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s believed he had found a solution. Rather than trying to buy the best players,
Empirical Finance Research Blog
If you are interested in financial research you may want to check out a new project I am starting with a friend of mine who is a PhD student at the University of Chicago. It is called Empirical Finance Research:http://empiricalfinanceresearch.blogspot.com/Our
Bullish on TMA
I captured the following screenshot from Yahoo Finance shortly after the market closed today:This was kind of surprising to me given the performance of
To Whom it May Concern:
This blog is not dead. I am just taking a break. Lots of personal stuff going on, including the recent birth of my first son. I had hoped to work out a combination of names such that his initials would
Buffett Videoconference at MU on Friday
I thought I might help publicize the University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business 2008 Forum on Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate. That is mouthful. What it means is that on Friday as part of a symposium on
A few thoughts on the Bear Stearns situation
The first lesson that came to my mind when I heard about this debacle was straight from Buffett: Don’t buy what you can’t understand. Was Bear a simple and understandable business? Of course not. Their investments were so complex that
Wrigley Deal and the Annual Meeting
I have been hesitant to jump to many conclusions about the Wrigley deal because I think there are still a lot of unanswered questions about Berkshires involvement in it. Hopefully many of the details will be explained this weekend at
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