Lou Gutheil

Elections, Obama and the Economy

17 Feb 2016 @ 15:51
I am writing this from South Carolina where, in three days, on 20 February, Republicans will vote in their presidential primary. According to the latest polls, Donald Trump is leader his closest rivals by 12 points. The problem is that polls are not votes so, in a few days, we shall see what the actual […]
 

Alphabet and BP Are Making History

02 Feb 2016 @ 18:50
There are still 26 letters in the English alphabet, even if the Brits and the Yanks call the last letter by different names. Have you ever wondered which is correct? You might find it interesting that the Dictionary.com defines “zee” as “the U.S. word for “zed.” That ought to set the record straight. But, I […]
 

The Truth Behind the 2008 U.S. Sub-Prime Lending Crisis - A Little Late, But the Truth

20 Jan 2016 @ 19:49
In one sense, I suppose that discussing the root cause of a crisis that happened eight years ago, is a bit foolish. Especially considering the current condition of the global economy. On the other hand, there may still be time to learn some lessons. Besides, I owe some banks an apology. Don’t Blame the Banks […]
 

Cyber Security - A Major Investor Concern

19 Jan 2016 @ 17:34
We all know the traditional concerns of investors, among which are key statistic like share price, market cap, P/E ratios, revenues, operational expenses, EBITDA, ROI, ROA, ROE, volatility, and a myriad of other pieces of data that, in aggregate, help to paint a picture of future success. Everyone is amazed by the unparalleled advances in […]
 

Pfizer & Allergan Merge in Blockbuster Deal

23 Nov 2015 @ 15:49
Shares of Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and Allergan (NYSE:AGN) fell in premarket trading this morning following the announcement that Pfizer would merge with Allergan for a record-breaking healthcare price of $160 billion. I first heard the rumors yesterday that Pfizer  might be poised to acquire Dublin-based Allergan. It struck me as a bit odd, because I was fairly certain that […]
 

Tesla Shares Climb After Earnings Report

03 Nov 2015 @ 22:33
I have waited all day for this – waiting for Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLE) to release its third quarter results and reading about the gloom and doom the prognosticators have been predicting. Well, it is certainly a mixed bag. I have to give you that. The simplest headline out there at the moment is “Tesla Reports […]
 

Shell Gets Shelled - Oil Majors Still in Flux

29 Oct 2015 @ 21:57
The share price of Royal Dutch Shell (LSE:RDSA) got shelled today on the London Exchange, falling 1.52% (-26.50) to 1,711.50 after publishing a less than glorious third quarter earnings report. In addition to report a loss in excess of $7.4 billion ($6.1 billion based on current cost of supplies), Shell’s cash flow from operating activities […]
 

Shire Proves Einstein's Theory of Relativity

27 Oct 2015 @ 20:15
The share price of Shire PLC (LSE:SHP) rose by more than 7.0% today before closing at 4,927.00, 6.9% higher than yesterday’s close of 4,609. In fact, Shire shares sank to 4,592 in early trading, before soaring substantially at 11:00 a.m. to 4,949.00. Shire was one of only 371 gainers on the London Exchange today versus […]
 

Walmart Shares Hit the Wall on Wall Street

15 Oct 2015 @ 16:57
The share price of global retail giant, Walmart (NYSE:WMT) hit the wall on Wall Street yesterday, dropping nearly 10% from 66.61 to 60.02. The company announced its projected earnings for the next three years. It did not set well with the people to whom those earnings mean the most – Walmart investors. Walmart investors have […]
 

Dell: Biggest Technology Takeover Ever

12 Oct 2015 @ 20:34
Michael Dell is continuing to reinvent and rebuild his empire (He is 47th on the 2015 Forbes 400). Dell formally announced this morning that would be acquiring IT services giant EMC (NYSE:EMC) for $67 billion. Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partner spent $25 billion to take his company private in October 2013. At that time, […]
 
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