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January 2014

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Four thoughts (and four potential green thumbs).

January 29, 2014 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: GPS , IBM , PNRA

The IBM operating segment that has investors concerned is the Systems and Technology group.  Yet as of Q3 2013, this entire group comprised only 10% of IBM's gross profits.  The other operating groups (Global Tech Services, Global Business Services, Software, and Finance) are doing just fine.  Even if the Systems and Technology group vanished in just a few years, the final fallout could be as little as a single-digit slip in net income.  [more]

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Looking for some help, perspective, insight, and predictions here...

January 25, 2014 – Comments (4)

I'm in the process of refinancing my student loans from grad school.  My FedLoan rate is currently about 7.2%.  (This is a blended rate - I have a handful of loans at 7.9% and a handful of loans at 6.8%.)  It compounds monthly.  [more]

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Will the data breach doom Target? History says likely not.

January 21, 2014 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: TGT , TJX

Just this morning, I read that Cowen downgraded Target (TGT) to underperform and set a price target at $45.  I then jumped to an article claiming Target's total liability was $3.6B.  After that I read an article on Forbes claiming that the data breach is becoming a "nightmare."  [more]

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Share count reduction - permanent shareholder value creation

January 16, 2014 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: BLL , GPS , IBM

This is another blog post on share buybacks.  Evil share buybacks.  Executive teams' method of hiding stock compensation.  CFOs' secret way of artificially boosting EPS through financial engineering.  [more]

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Alright Cato, I'll take my 4% dividend yield now

January 15, 2014 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CATO , FRAN

Surely another blog post that will receive minimal attention, I'm gonna talk about a boring small cap women's retail company, Cato Fashions (CATO).  Cato operates discount women's retail clothing stores throughout the southeast, but also runs an up-and-coming accessories store called Versona.  As much as you'll read about weak comps and horrible month over month same store sales, Cato's operating cash flows over the past 4 years have been $80M, $81M, $80M, and through 3 quarters this year $77M.  For the most part, I ignore all the chatter about same store sales with this company.  [more]

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Some thoughts on Dillards

January 14, 2014 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: DDS

I've really been racking my brain the past several months on just how much I like share buybacks.  And to start off, I think I should say that I really, really like them.  [more]

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