John Ransom - Coca Cola Fizzles
Posted: 7/22/2014 2:25:00 PM EST

Welcome to John Ransom’s Stocks in the News where the headlines meet the trendlines.

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Stock number one: The Coca-Cola Company

Will Coca-Cola (KO) Beat Earnings on Better Volumes?—Zacks

We expect The Coca-Cola Company (KO) to beat expectations when it reports second-quarter fiscal 2014results on Jul 22. Last quarter, the company delivered in-line earnings..

Symbol: KO

Trailing PE: 23; Forward PE: 19

PEG: 3.03

Dividend: 2,90%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold Coca Cola

Stock number two: AK Steel Holding Corporation

Russia's Severstal sells U.S. steel plants to AK steel, Steel Dynamics--Reuters

Severstal will sell its Columbus unit in Mississippi and Dearborn unit in Michigan to Steel Dynamics and AK Steel Corp respectively, a sale that may allow the Russian company pay an extra dividend and reduce debt. AK Steel's stock initially rose 4 percent to a two-year high, but later gave up all gains to trade down 4 percent, suggesting investors were unhappy with the $700 million paid for a plant that has weighed on Severstal's North American results.

Symbol: AKS

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 9


Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy AK Steel

Stock number three: CVR Refining, LP

CVR Energy Declares $2.00 Special Dividend--PR Newswire

CVR Energy, Inc. (CVI) ("CVR Energy") announced today that its board of directors has declared a special dividend of $2.00 per share payable on Aug. 4, 2014, to stockholders of record at the close of business on July 28, 2014. The total amount of the special dividend payment will be approximately $174 million and brings the company's cumulative dividends declared in 2014 to approximately $304 million.

Symbol: CVI

Trailing PE: 6; Forward PE: 11

PEG: -0.49

Dividend: 14.50%

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold CVI

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Obama Rules Court System Irrelevant
Posted: 7/22/2014 12:32:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Obamacare took a serious blow today as a Federal Appeals court ruled that most of the subsidies are illegal under current law. Of course, Obama has insisted that these subsidies will continue, regardless of the court’s ruling. I mean, we can’t really expect a little thing like Constitutional checks and balances to get in the way of European Socialism, right?

(Weasel Zippers)

A group of prominent Democrats (is “a gaggle” the appropriate term?) have decided to live off a minimum wage budget for one week as an awareness campaign. With the way Democrats budget, I wouldn’t be surprised if their minimum wage week includes large amounts of deficit spending.

(Free Beacon)

Iran is pretty close to enriching uranium – and we’re about to give them another $2.8 billion as part of our effort to relax sanctions. Neat! We’re now paying rogue states to prove our impotence. North Korea should probably try to jump on this Obama-appeasement bandwagon.

(Free Beacon)

So, how much does Obama golf and fundraise? A lot. But to be fair, I’d rather have him on a golf course somewhere than pretending to be the President on TV.

(The Right Scoop)

Cambridge liberals apparently believe that government should be giving poor people food, clothing, transportation, housing, and even $100,000 in cash... So, I say we implement a new entitlement program that provides all these services; and to pay for it, maybe we can tax Cambridge liberals.

(Fox News)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: President Nero Golfs Again!
Posted: 7/21/2014 12:00:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Nero had his fiddle. Obama has his golf clubs. I mean, why let little things like commercial airliners being shot down, or continued unrest in the Middle East get in the way of a relaxing Martha’s Vineyard vacation?

(Zero Hedge)

Rick Perry is preparing to deploy the National Guard along the Mexico/Texas border… As far as I know, the Texas/US border is still considered open, so feel free to visit the Republic of Texas anytime you want a taste of common sense.


Wow… Strangely, attendees of the annual NAACP convention didn’t seem to like black conservatives very much. I guess being black is a political affiliation, and not merely an issue of skin color.

(Progressives Today)

Hamas is asking reporters to describe dead terrorists as “unarmed civilians. I guess in an effort to make this more palatable to Western Journalists, Hamas has also decided to use actual civilians as human shields… But, yeah: Israel is clearly what is wrong with the Middle East.

(The Gateway Pundit)

Pro-Palestinian protestors made their voices heard in France by rioting, looting, and burning down Jewish businesses. Obviously, all this violence is somehow the fault of Israel for getting itself attacked by Hamas… Or something.


Iraqi Christians are being systematically exterminated by ISIL… But, yeah: America really shouldn’t stick around in the area. We just cause trouble.


Michael Schaus - In Other News: Legal Gun Ownership is Deemed a Hazard to Criminals
Posted: 7/18/2014 12:35:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Israel invades Gaza, Russian separatists blast a commercial airliner out of the sky, and the Middle East continues to devolve into a wasteland of executions and torture… And our intellectually adolescent State Department spokeswoman decides to tweet about “fashionable” women instead of international security. "Hope and change," baby!


Detroit has seen an astounding drop in criminal activity. The current Police Chief credits much of this decrease in violence to law-abiding citizens who carry firearms. As it turns out, responsible gun ownership is a serious job hazard for would-be criminals.

(Detroit News)

So what do you do if you’re the President, when a commercial airliner gets shot down without warning or provocation? Well, if your name is Ronald Reagan, you give a heartfelt and determined explanation of events. If your name is Barry Obama, you apparently make fun of Republicans and continue with your stump speech and photo-op. (At least the news didn’t interfere with a golf game or multi-million dollar vacation.)


Schools have been considering the possibility of employing retired police officers to protect students… Unions are objecting because such employees (or volunteers) would not be forced to pay union dues. Oh, and it’s "for the children”.


Gasp! Eric Holder’s Department of Justice might have targeted certain industries and political groups in a manner very similar to the IRS scandal. I bet I know which government agency is about to misplace a bunch of emails…

(Daily Caller)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Student Called Racist for Wearing School Colors
Posted: 7/17/2014 12:00:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

An illegal immigrant was caught sneaking into the US with an illegal handgun. (Wait, I thought Mexico was a gun free zone!) The gun had its serial number scratched off, and was obviously from the Mexican black market… Maybe he was just trying to return it to Eric Holder.


Just like Lois Lerner’s emails, roughly 18,000 Microsoft jobs will disappear over the course of the next year.

(USA Today)

This completely awesome ad for Jaguar was banned in England because it suggested that excessive speeds were somehow acceptable… Because, ya know, Brits are stupid enough to believe anything they see in a TV advert.

(Daily Caller)

This school told a student to dress in all white for school-pride (white is one of the school’s three primary colors). The student did. Then the student posted a picture to Facebook. Then the principle accused him of being a racist, and suspended him from the football team. I think the race card is being a little overplayed nowadays…

(Daily Caller)

Feel-good video of the day: These terrorists wanted to die for Jihad. Israel obliged.

(Weasel Zippers)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Obama Acts Like He Cares - Gets Nominated for Emmy
Posted: 7/16/2014 12:00:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Israel is much better at killing terrorists than Hamas is at killing Israeli civilians… And just to drive this point home, here’s your fun fact of the day: Over 100 missiles launched from Gaza, also landed in Gaza… The more you know.

(Weasel Zippers)

A uniformed police officer was asked to leave an Ikea store because the location has a strict “no-guns” policy. I think this episode proves that police will not, in fact, arrest people for being stupid.

(NBC Washington)

Apparently, Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize isn’t helping him calm the turmoil throughout the world. So, maybe an Emmy will help. Yeah, Barack Obama has officially been nominated for an Emmy. (Oddly enough, the nomination is not related to Obama's penchant for acting like Congress isn't necessary.)

(Fox News)

Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has subpoenaed a White House aide. The White House has responded by claiming that the aide is immune from the subpoena because – well, because Obama said so. (It’s unclear whether Obama said this using his pen, or his phone.)

(Associated Press)

The Feds are spending $50 million to (literally) purchase a resort hotel for illegal immigrant children who are coming across the border… Because nothing screams “welcome to America” quite like a government-funded stay at a resort hotel. (Oh yeah: our US Marine is still chained to a bed for accidently crossing the border into Mexico.)

(The Gateway Pundit)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Another Hard Drive Crashes Totally by Coincidence
Posted: 7/15/2014 11:00:00 AM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

The dog ate another hard drive, apparently… It must be something about the possibility of criminal charges that overwhelms government hardware.

(The Blaze)

Some left-wing looney tried to “arrest” Dick Cheney (as a war criminal) during a recent public event. Oddly enough, she didn’t succeed. Lucky for her, Cheney didn’t have immediate access to a shotgun, and the Secret Service has more tolerance for stupidity than most of us.

(Raw Story)

Border patrol agents are beginning to catch diseases that the CDC hasn’t seen in decades. But a little epidemic here or there is (really) a pretty small price to pay for a flood of new undocumented Democrat voters.


Governor Hickenlooper played pool with Obama the other week… And now he’s refusing to house illegal immigrants. Well, Gov, maybe you should have chatted more about immigration during your game of presidential 8 ball. (Or would that have resembled “work” a little too closely for your comfort level?)

(Daily Mail)

Remember that lady that thought Obama would pay for her gasoline and housing? Well… I guess she’s a little let down by Obama’s tenure. My heart just aches for her, as her dreams of dependency slowly slip away…

(Weasel Zippers)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Yarn and Magic Markers Wage the War on Women
Posted: 7/14/2014 11:00:00 AM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Melissa Harris-Perry says communism would stop illegal immigration… Strangely, she gets paid a ton of money to utter this nonsense.

(Fox News)

So, what do you do with an army deserter you received as part of an exchange for releasing 5 key al Qaeda operatives? Well, if you’re Obama, you put the guy back on active duty. Personally, I think he should be sharing a cell with Chelsea Manning until a judgment is passed.

(New York Times)

I want to make sure we are completely clear on this: Peacefully holding up pro-life signs near an abortion facility is considered “intimidating” and “offensive”… But harassing costumers who are buying yarn and magic markers from Hobby Lobby is part of the fight for women’s rights?

(North Jersey)

An Islamic school in England has instructed its students to stone homosexuals… Hey! Don’t judge these teachings! (You bigoted, intolerant, Islamaphobe!)

(Weasel Zippers)

Do you feel rich? No? Well, here’s why you don’t: Pretty much all the important things in life (such as food, gasoline, energy, rent, foosball tables, etc.) have gone up in price… In other words: We’ve seen a ton of inflation. Lucky for the Fed, most of this inflation isn’t counted in the CPI – so let’s keep the low-interest rate party going!

(Against Crony Capitalism)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: ISIL leader has a soft side for "Hello Kitty"
Posted: 7/8/2014 11:00:00 AM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

The fearless leader of ISIL was photographed giving a rousing speech about killing the infidels. He was reading his notes from a “Hello Kitty” notebook – because even hardened terrorists have a soft side for animated kittens.

(The Gateway Pundit)

A California Democrat is claiming that the Republicans supported Nazi Germany… Apparently he forgot about the Democrat admiration for Stalinism, Mussolini’s brand of fascism, and, more recently, Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. But ya know, details don’t really matter when you’re speaking Pravda to fellow comrades.

(Weasel Zippers)

California’s governor has officially changed the words “husband and wife” in state law… Apparently such language is offensive to same-sex couples. Coincidently, I am changing the words used to describe Jerry Brown in future articles.

(Fox News)

Apparently, Costco has decided to pull all copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s book from its shelves. I guess the surprisingly liberal owner of the bulk-purchase-paradise decided that capitalism is just too good to share with the rest of us.

(The Gateway Pundit)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: America's Favorite "Gun Free Zone" is Plagued by Weekend Gun Violence
Posted: 7/7/2014 11:00:00 AM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Hillary Clinton says her speaking fees don’t really matter because she donates it all to charity, which is true: She gave her money to the Clinton Foundation. I really need to get on top of creating that non-profit designed at improving the living conditions of the Schaus household…


Obama has a “secret” schedule… What is not surprising is the fact that this administration is less than forthcoming about their agenda. What is surprising is that their secret itinerary included things other than tee-times at the Air Force golf course.


Federal Agents are showing up on the border, but they won’t be there to stem the tide of illegal immigrants. They’re actually showing up to keep the anti-amnesty protesters “in line”… I’m thinking totally out-of-the-box here, but maybe while they’re down there they can do a little border protection?

(Daily Caller)

If you are President Obama, you celebrated the 4th of July by playing golf. If you are an average American, you celebrated by watching a parade and some fireworks… And if you are a resident of Chicago, you were probably getting shot at. America’s favorite Gun-Free-Zone saw 82 people shot, with 14 deaths, over the 4th of July holiday.

(ABC News)

Oh… but here’s some good news: One of those victims of Chicago violence was able to (legally) shoot back at his assailants. Isn’t the Second Amendment grand?