Why Don’t More Oil Companies Buy Solar Companies?

Feb 13, 2014
J. Webster
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A few years back, French oil company Total (TOT) bought 65% of SunPower (SPWR), why doesn't Total now try to buy all of SunPower? Moreover, why aren't more oil companies buying up solar companies? For Total, with a market capitalization of over $136 billion, SunPower, with a market cap of around $5 billion, is pocket change. I wonder how much it would cost to buy 100% of Sunpower? You'd have to say the trend, now more than ever, is swaying towards alternative sources of energy. Who wants to live in a city like Beijing and Shanghai that are being

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Are Those Goldman Sachs Cosmetic Mirrors and Nail Files on eBay Yet?

Feb 12, 2014
J. Webster
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Actually, if you glance through the tweets about those cosmetic mirrors and nail files Goldman Sachs handed out at a women's coding event, there are a lot of women who wish they'd received those items. And really, who doesn't love FREE stuff. But I bet those mirrors and files, with the Goldman Sachs name on them, would go fast on eBay. Well, maybe not. However, what with Valentine's Day coming up, I'm sure they'd make great "gifts" for the women coders in your life. Probably, not.... On Twitter, there were also a lot

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Insiders Starting to Buy First Niagara Shares

Feb 11, 2014
J. Webster
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First Niagara shares have taken a beating the past few months, going from around eleven bucks a share to around $8. The bank seemed to try to expand too quickly, and suffered for it. They also named a new CEO, someone from inside the bank, when the market was expecting an outsider. But now the bank stock might have found a bottom, as insiders at the bank are nibbling at shares. What's more, First Niagara has a nice dividend too, at nearly 3.75%. Is it time to join insiders and buy some First Niagara? See full details of insider

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Bill O’Reilly Calls the Stock Market a Rigged Game

Feb 6, 2014
J. Webster
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Maria Bartiromo made her first appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, where Bill O'Reilly called the stock market a rigged game - blaming short sellers. Bartiromo defended the stock market, saying, if you're a long term investor you have to be in the market and will make money in 5, 10 or 20 years. Bartiromo, who of course just joined Fox Business News, used to have the catch phrase, "it is 4 O'Clock on Wall Street - do you know where your money is?" when she worked at CNBC, wonder what she's use at Fox. Actually, her new show on Fox

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Maria Bartiromo’s First Appearance on Fox

Feb 5, 2014
J. Webster
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Maria Bartiromo made her first appearance on Fox Business Network since joining the Fox "family" and didn't say anything bad about President Obama, she was immediately fired. No really, Bartiromo said she hopes wants to interview Janet Yellen and Mark Zuckerberg. No mention of when she's going to ask Alex Pareene to come on Fox Business and discuss Jamie Dimon and or the NY Times. Watch the latest video at

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Sam Zell Defends Tom Perkins

Feb 5, 2014
J. Webster
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Tom Perkins of course is the man with the $400K watch who has NON close relatives living in trailer parks. But I think what people want are not drastic changes to our capitalistic system, but just higher wages for those working hard in tough jobs. Do some executives at the very top really deserve millions upon millions of dollars? Maybe they can make $30 million instead of

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Financial Tweet of the Week: Josh Brown

Feb 4, 2014
J. Webster
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Yeah, you could pretty much post a tweet of the week for Josh Brown, The Reformed Broker, every week, but this one caught our attention and made us laugh. The tweet stems from the "currency wars" that are starting in many emerging markets as the fed starts to taper.

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Who Gets to $100 a Share First, Twitter or Facebook?

Feb 4, 2014
J. Webster
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Both Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) trade for about $60 a share right now, but both seemed destined for higher highs. Who knows just when the stocks will both reach $100 a share, but it will happen as both companies are smack dab in the middle of what's growing: mobile and data. It could take a year or it could take five or ten, but they'll both do the $100 roll. With their stocks around $60, Facebook as a market cap of $153 billion and Twitter has a market cap of $35 billion. So, if they go to a $100

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Buying Shares of RadioShack Off Their SuperBowl Ad?

Feb 2, 2014
J. Webster
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So, what with RadioShack trading for $2.40 a share, is anyone going to buy shares off their SuperBowl commercial? Someone made the comment that they were surprised RadioShack even had $4 million to spend on a SuperBowl ad. The whole company is worth around $240 million. It's a very risky bet, what with RadioShack stores closing left and right as Amazon and e-commerce kill brick and mortar stores. However, maybe RadioShack can turn it around, especially if they catch up with modern times and start selling stuff people actually want to buy. And heck, at least they realize they need to

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What Type of Financial TV Pundit Are You?

Jan 31, 2014
J. Webster
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Are you the goodlooking one? The old guy who's been around forever with the equally ancient suit and who just says whatever he feels like? Are you the doomsayer - the sky is always falling? Are you the bald guy? Maybe you're the smart, articulate, and calm one who'd rather be trading or reading but was more or less forced on to the set of CNBC? Are you one who always yells and argues? The screamer? Are you the one so giddy to be on TV for the first time that it shows through, and you, as the watcher,

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