Sunday, April 26, 2009

Introducing... Stock Trading Robot

Did you hear about Stock Trading Robot?
Is their claim real?
I will give them a try starting on Monday 4/27 and let you know!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Introducing... Morningstar

Great news!
Choose Stocks Blog was accepted as a Morningstar affiliate on April 23, 2009.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Nokia Corporation NOK 2009 Q1 results

Nokia Corporation NOK is due to present a 80-81% decline in profit for Q1 2009.
Will keep you posted. Read below.

Data as of 04-15-09
Last Close $13.36
52-Week Range $8.47 - $33.83
5 Year Range $8.47 - $42.22
1 Month Range $11.01 - $14.13
% Below 52-Week High 60.51
% Below 5 Year High 68.36


Update 04-16-09

The results came up and here they are:

- Nokia net sales of EUR 9.3 billion, down 27% year on year and sequentially (down 24% and down 25% at constant currency).
- Devices & Services net sales of EUR 6.2 billion, down 33% year on year and down 24% sequentially (down 31% and down 23% at constant currency).
- Services net sales of EUR 150 million (billings of EUR 166 million), up 79% year on year and down 5% sequentially.
- Estimated industry mobile device volumes of 255 million units, down 14% year on year and down 16% sequentially.
- Nokia mobile device volumes of 93.2 million units, down 19% year on year and down 18% sequentially.
- Nokia 5800 XpressMusic volumes of 2.6 million units, with cumulative shipments of more than 3 million units since the smartphone's launch in late November 2008.
- Nokia estimated mobile device market share of 37% in Q1 2009, down from 39% in Q1 2008 and unchanged from Q4 2008.
- Nokia mobile device ASP of EUR 65, down from EUR 71 in Q4 2008.
- Devices & Services gross margin of 33.8%, unchanged from Q4 2008.
- NAVTEQ net sales of EUR 132 million, down 36% sequentially from EUR 205 million, and non-IFRS operating margin of 3.7% (25.7% in Q4 2008)
- Nokia Siemens Networks net sales of EUR 3.0 billion, down 12% year on year and down 31% sequentially (down 9% and down 30% at constant currency).
- Nokia operating cash flow of EUR 276 million.
- Total cash and other liquid assets of EUR 8.1 billion at the end of Q1 2009.

The complete press release with tables is available at:

The stock today:
Nokia Corporation NOK (NYSE)
Last trade 14.88
Change +1.52
% Change +11.38%
Volume 45,950,465
Day High 14.94
Day Low 14.37

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Saturday, November 22, 2008


This is circulating a lot via emails lately so i figured i will reproduce it here in case any of you missed it.

From a report on MSNBC / Fox Business News / And ABC News combined

BE CAREFUL When BUYING GIFT CARDS this holiday season

It would be better to give cash or a present. Here's why. Stores across America are being scheduled to close after the Christmas season due to economic difficulties and bankruptcy. If the store closes, the gift cards would be no good. Here are some of the announced closings. Of course these companies would love you to give them money for a gift card that would be no good later on. Perhaps some home made jam or a $5 bill would be safer, since once a store declares bankruptcy they don't have to honor their gift cards.

STORE CLOSINGS AND LAYOFFS: By the end of Dec. 2008 as announced

Circuit City Filed Bankruptcy, they promised to keep all stores open for the holiday season, but afterwards, they plan on closing 155 stores nationwide.

Ann Taylor closing 117 stores nationwide.
A company spokeswoman said the company hasn't revealed which stores will be shuttered. It will let the stores that will close this fiscal year know over the next month.

Eddie Bauer to close more stores.
Eddie Bauer has already closed 27 shops in the first quarter and plans to close up to two more outlet stores by the end of the year.

Cache closing stores.
Women's retailer Cache announced that it is closing 20 to 23 stores this year.

Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, and Catherine’s closing 150 stores nationwide.
The owner of retailers Lane Bryant , Fashion Bug, Catherine’s Plus Sizes will close about 150 underperforming stores this year. The company hasn't provided a list of specific store closures and can't say ! when it will offer that info, spokeswoman Brooke Perry said today.

Talbots, J. Jill closing stores.
About a month ago, Talbots announced that it will be shuttering all 78 of its kids and men 's stores. Now the company says it will close another 22 underperforming stores. The 22 stores will be a mix of Talbots women's and
J Jill, another chain it owns. The closures will occur this fiscal year, according to a company press release.

Gap Inc. closing 85 stores
In addition to its namesake chain, Gap also owns Old Navy and Banana Republic. The company said the closures - all planned for fiscal 2008 - will be weighted toward the Gap brand.

Foot Locker to close 140 stores
In the company press release and during its conference call with analysts today, it did not specify where the future store closures - all planned in fiscal 2008 - will be. The company could not be immediately reached for comment.

Wickes is going out of business
Wickes Furniture is going out of business and closing all of its stores. Wickes, a 37-year-old retailer that targets middle-income customers, filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

Goodbye Levitz / BOMBAY - closed already
The furniture retailer, which is going out of business. Levitz first announced it was going out of business and closing all 76 of its stores in December. The retailer dates back to 1910 when Richard Levitz opened his first furniture store in Lebanon , PA. In the 1960s, the warehouse/showroom concept brought Levitz to the forefront of
the furniture industry. The local Levitz closures will follow the shutdown of Bombay.

Zales, Piercing Pagoda closing stores
The owner of Zales and Piercing Pagoda previously said it plans to close 82 stores by July 31. Today, it announced that it is closing another 23 underperforming stores. The company said it's not providing a list of specific store closures. Of the 105 locations planned for closure, 50 are kiosks and 55 are stores.

Disney Store (CLOSED)
Owner has the right to close 98 stores. The Walt Disney Company announced it acquired about 220 Disney Stores from subsidiaries of The Children's Place Retail Stores. The exact number of stores acquired will depend on negotiations with landlords. Those subsidiaries of Children's Place filed for bankruptcy protection in late March. In the news release, Disney said it has also obtained the right to close about 98 Disney Stores in the U.S. The press release didn't list those stores.

Home Depot store closings
Nearly 7+ months after its chief executive said there were no plans to cut the number of its core retail stores, Home Depot Inc. announced Thursday that it is shuttering 15 of them amid a slumping US. economy and
housing market. The move will affect 1,300 employees. It is the first time the world's largest home improvement store chain has ever closed a flagship store for performance reasons. Its shares rose almost 5 percent. The Atlanta-based company said the underperforming U.S. stores being closed represent less than 1 percent of its existing stores.

Clarifies details on store closings. Any extended warranties purchased for products through CompUSA will be honored by a third-party provider, Assurant Solutions. Gift cards, rain checks, and rebates purchased prior to December 12 can be redeemed at any time during the final sale. For those who have a gadget currently in for service with CompUSA, the repair will be completed and the gadget will be returned to owners.

Macy's - 9 stores

Movie Gallery - 160 stores will close as part of a reorganization plan to exit bankruptcy.
The video rental company plans to close 400 of 3,500 Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video stores in addition to the 520 locations the video rental chain closed last fall.

Pep Boys - 33 stores

Sprint Nextel - 125 retail locations
New Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse appears to have inherited a company bleeding subscribers by the thousands, and will now officially be dropping the ax on 4,000 employees and 125 retail locations. Amid the loss of 639,000 postpaid customers in the fourth quarter, Sprint will be cutting a total of 6.7% of its work force (following the 5,000 layoffs last year)! and 8% of company-owned brick-and-mortar stores, while remaining mute on other rumors
that it will consolidate its headquarters in Kansas . Sprint Nextel shares are down $2.89, or nearly 25%, at the time of this writing.

J. C. Penney, Lowe's and Office Depot will be scaling back and cutting jobs.

Ethan Allen Interiors
The company announced plans to close 12 of 300+ stores in an effort to cut costs.

Wilsons the Leather Experts - all 260 mall stores.

Pacific Sunwear
Will close its 154 Demo stores after a review of strategic alternatives for the urban-apparel brand. Seventy-four underperforming Demo stores closed last May.

Sharper Image
The company recently filed for bankruptcy protection and announced that 90 of its 184 stores are closing. The retailer will still operate 94 stores to pay off debts, but 90 of these stores have performed poorly and also may close.

Bombay Company
The company unveiled plans ! to close all 384 U.S.-based Bombay Company stores. The company's online storefront has discontinued operations.

KB Toys
Posted a list of 356 stores that it is closing around the United States as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.

Dillard's to Close More Stores
Dillard's Inc. said it will continue to focus on closing underperforming stores, reducing expenses and improving its merchandise in 2008. At the company's annual shareholder meeting, CEO William Dillard II said the company will close another six underperforming stores this year.

Will close approximately 600 company- operated stores in the U.S.

Pier 1
Announced that they would be closing an undisclosed number of stores.

A chain of home decor stores will be closing nearly 130 stores nationwide.

Linens 'n Things - Is closing 120 stores nationwide

Dell Inc. - closed its 140 kiosks in the United States

Liz Claiborne Inc. - closing the entire 54-store Sigrid Olsen chain.

Lone Star Steak House - 27 stores closing.

84 Lumber - 12 stores closing

Rite Aid - 28 stores

Big Dollar - dollar stores closing 10 stores

If you have stocks in these companies, you can't be too happy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Citi will acquire Wachovia... WHAT'S NEXT?

Citigroup Inc. (C, $17.75, -$2.40, -11.91%) agreed to acquire Wachovia Corp.'s (WB, $1.84, -$8.16, -81.60%) banking operations in another deal orchestrated by the federal government, this time by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and one in which the agency could be on the hook for loan losses.
Info provided by Scottrade.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

WaMu operations sold to J.P. Morgan today, September 25th, 2008, at 6:00PM

WaMu, the largest bank in U.S. that could not keep it up anymore in this tought economical times, sold its assets to J.P. Morgan in a bid controlled by FDIC.
J.P. Morgan Chase bought the bulk of Washington Mutual’s banking operations Thursday in a deal orchestrated by federal regulators who had seized control of the troubled thrift based in Seattle, WA.

WaMu’s shares plunged to 45 cents in after-hours trading Thursday as reports of the company’s acquisition began circulating through the media. The stock was worth $1.69 at the close of trading Thursday. The 52-week high for WaMu shares was $36.47.

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) will pay $1.9 billion to the FDIC to acquire WaMu’s deposits, branches and a loan portfolio valued at $176 billion. The acquisition doesn’t include some assets and liabilities, which would remain in the holding company, Washington Mutual Inc. (NYSE: WM)

Those with WaMu loans should continue making their payments, as their agreements are still in force acording to FDIC advisors. As for interest rates, JPMorgan Chase will review those rates for WaMu customers starting Friday.

Washington Mutual began life as Washington National Building Loan and Investment Association in 1889, the year of the Great Seattle Fire, and is one of Washington state’s oldest companies.

So sad for those who loved WaMu... and for everyone else!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Friend recommendation: DUG

A friend recommended DUG to me today. I would like to know what you people think about it. In my opinion this is a stock that can easily go from $29 where it is now to $35 and even $40.

Read some more details below.

DUG: UltraShort Oil & Gas ProShares

28.73 - 29.81
Today's Range
52wk High/Date
52wk Low/Date

Total Net
Net Asset
1.6 Billion

Total Expense Ratio
Dividend Yield
Inception Date

0.0762 (3/31/08)
Declared QRTR Div

Strategy for UltraShort Oil & Gas ProShares
The Fund seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, that correspond to twice (200%) the inverse (opposite) of the daily performance of the Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Index.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Who is MMR?

McMoRan Exploration Co
Energy Industry: Oil & Gas Operations
27.68 0.32 1.17% 1,882,844 Last Trade as of 4:02 PM ET 4/22/08

Who is MMR?
How come i only pick losers when it's about stocks? Do you have MMR in your portofolio? At what price did you get it? ... 'cause i'm pretty sure if i buy now at $25, it will soon go to $17 then maybe $13...

Company Background
McMoRan Exploration Co. is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore in the Gulf Coast area. The Company’s oil and gas operations are conducted through McMoRan Oil & Gas LLC, its principal operating subsidiary. In addition to its oil and gas operations, McMoRan Exploration is pursuing the development of the Main Pass Energy Hub project for the development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification and storage facility through its wholly owned subsidiary, Freeport-McMoRan Energy LLC. The Company’s estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves at December 31, 2007 totaled 363.9 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe), of which 67.5% represented natural gas reserves. The Company’s production during the year ended December 31, 2007 totaled approximately 39 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas and 2.7 million barrels (MMBbls) of crude oil and condensate or an aggregate of 55.5 Bcfe.

Friday, December 7, 2007

EBAY vs. AMZN, ADP vs Paychex ?

Let's be a little more interactive here! Please use comments to express your point.

EBAY vs. Amazon AMZN. Which one is better?

Read this article for some hints:

ADP vs. Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX). Which one is better?

In my opinion, ADP is heading from 45 to 51 while PAYX is heading from 41 to 46.
Read more about Paychex here:

Proposal for the next debate: Mastercard MA vs. VISA. :)

Thank you for the great resource of information on your blog!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

"What reaches $100 on its way down will reach $80 sooner or later."?

Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:NASDAQ
Services Industry: Retail (Department & Discount)
15,534,216 volume
Last Trade as of 4:00 PM ET 11/29/07

Hi everyone!
I remember Jim Cramer saying 1 year ago "Buy 1 share of Sears (SHLD) and you'll be happy!".
Damn he was right! But only 1 share!
If you bought more, like i did, you'll be pretty sad!
I can't belive went under $100 today... And you know that rule... "What reaches $80 will soon or later reach $100"?
Now i wonder if there is a rule of "What reaches $100 on its way down will reach $80 sooner or later."? (remember my words! and i am still a holder...)
On another hand, I salute Mastercard MA that got back into $200 area and I hope NYX will continue to climb little by little.