Michael Schaus - In Other News: Bras Are Apparently Racist
Posted: 9/11/2014 2:36:00 PM EST

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

Only 63 percent of likely voters know which parties currently control the House and Senate… The other 37 percent are what we call “Obama voters”.

(Rasmussen Reports)

President Obama’s ISIS strategy is partially focused on arming “moderate” Syrian rebels… Because, handing a bunch of weapons over to less radical jihadists will clearly pan out well in the long run.

(PJ Media)

Early snow in South Dakota this year. Al Gore was unavailable for comment as he continued his hunt for Manbearpig.

(Argus Leader)

This is shocking: The nation’s largest teacher’s union has supported a constitutional amendment that would limit everyone else’s ability to spend money in an election. They seem to be under the impression that Animal Farm was written as guide, not a warning.

(Daily Caller)

A 6th grade teacher in DC had students compare George W. Bush and Adolph Hitler. Of course, it gets better: The assignment started the kids off by labeling both men as someone who “abused power.” I can only assume that extra credit was given to anyone who added a Hitler mustache onto the picture of Bush.


Now bras are considered racist… Apparently people are upset, because the color “nude” refers to a light colored bra; which is (according to these PC fashion police) insulting to non-white consumers. When people are offended by the color schemes of lingerie, something tells me we’ve run out of things about which we can show legitimate outrage.

(National Review)

John Ransom - Why Buy Ebay? Ransom Said So
Posted: 9/10/2014 3:29:00 PM EST

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

Click here to listen to Ransom Notes Radio live or for archives of previous shows.

Stock number one: Receptos

Receptos MS Drug Yields More Good Data; Stock Jump—Investor's Business Daily

Biotech Receptos (NASDAQ:RCPT) shot up more than 14% in morning trading on the stock market today, just shy of an all-time high, after it released more good data from a mid-stage clinical trial of its multiple-sclerosis drug.

Symbol: RCPT

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: NA


Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Receptos

Stock number two: 21Vianet Group, Inc.

Fraud Allegations Cause 21Vianet Group to Plunge --The Street.com

Down -16.36% midday, 21Vianet Group Inc (VNET_) took a major hit today. The explanation: fraud allegations. The Chinese internet data services company is accused of fabricating SEC financial statement and conducting illegal activities in China. Farallon Capital has a stake in the firm, as does George Soros, and both parties are certainly keeping a close eye on this.

Symbol: VNET

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 5.03

PEG: 3.01

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid 21Vianet

Stock number three: eBay Inc.

eBay (EBAY) Plunges as Apple Announces Payment Service --Zack's

E-Commerce service provider eBay Inc.’s (EBAY) shares tumbled 2.8% to settle at $52.73 after technology giant, Apple (AAPL), unveiled a new payment service ‘Apple Pay’ at a conference in Cupertino. Apple Pay is a mobile payment system which is compatible with iPhones.

Symbol: EBAY

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 15

PEG: 1.41

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Ebay

Michael Schaus - In Other News: New York Times Claims to Have Readers - Issues Correction
Posted: 9/10/2014 12:40:00 PM EST

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

Apple had some trouble with the live feed for its new product launch… So, to be clear: The technology company’s technology used to showcase their newest technology wasn’t working. This bodes well.

(Business Insider)

Seriously: Take the smart phone away from your child! Children as young as two are learning to use smartphones and tablets before tackling life skills like telling time, or tying shoes. So really, they act just like most 20-30 year olds.

(Daily Mail)

A handful of VA employees were arrested for running a cocaine ring out of the Bronx VA hospital. (It makes you wonder if they have a waiting list for that as well.)

(Daily Caller)

The New York Times issued a pretty substantial correction in a recent edition. The good news is that the original mistake was in the New York Times, so there’s a good chance that nobody saw it.

(Washington Examiner)

The anti-gun group, Moms Demand Action, has been trying to get Kroger grocery stores to ban guns… In a completely unrelated story, some concealed carry permit holder shot a bad guy in a Kroger parking lot. Mike Bloomberg was last seen rocking back and forth while weeping uncontrollably.


Michael Schaus - In Other News: State Department to Launch Emergency Hashtag Campaign
Posted: 9/9/2014 12:27:00 PM EST

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

Chris Mathews said that the word “Homeland” is really a code word for neocons to use when drumming up reasons to go to war… It seems as if MSNBC is a live action asylum for intellectually anemic loudmouths.

(Weasel Zippers)

Ah… the world with Obamacare: An amalgamation of higher prices, fewer choices, and crowded ER rooms. It’s almost as if this was predicted.

(NY Post)

A Democrat candidate is refusing to answer questions about her connections to a modern communist group… Seriously, am I the only one that misses Joe McCarthy?

(Free Beacon)

Remember: according to our President, we are not at war with the Islamic State. ISIS, however, has declared war on twitter employees. It kinda seems like an unfair fight; but I’m sure the State Department will launch an emergency hashtag campaign.

(Daily Mail)

Panera Bread is the latest company to jump on the unarmed-anti-gun-bandwagon. The company has asked customers to leave their guns at home, so they can preserve their “environment” of community. (Whatever the heck that means.) A poll on CNBC seems to indicate that there are a lot of gun-owners who used to eat sandwiches…


Michael Schaus - In Other News: Australian Academic Says Only Commies Can Save Us from Global Warming
Posted: 9/8/2014 11:38:00 AM EST

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

An Australian academic is arguing that only communism can save us from climate change. So, just to be clear, this “academic” is under the impression that the creators of Chernobyl should be the role models for environmental stewardship?


No global warming for 18 years now… In other news: Al Gore was seen feverishly working away at inventing a successor to the internet.

(Daily Caller)

Russian strategic bombers have been practicing nuclear cruise missile launches against the US and NATO countries… Someone needs to go track down Dr. Strangelove. Ya know, just in case.

(Free Beacon)

Harry Reid and Senate Democrats are planning a Constitutional Amendment that would limit political speech. While you’re at it, Harry, can I have you tax my tea a little more as well? Thanks.

(Wall Street Journal)

This Alabama Democrat compared Republicans to the terror group ISIS… Because as we all know, arguing for lower taxes and less regulation is roughly equivalent to instigating a multinational holocaust. Right?


John Ransom - Scary: The Government Might Drive Your Car
Posted: 9/5/2014 3:20:00 PM EST

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

Click here to listen to Ransom Notes Radio live or for archives of previous shows.

Stock number one: Mobileye N.V.

Mobileye Sets Its Course For Self-Driving Vehicle—Investor's Business Daily

Mobileye, a maker of camera-based driver-assistance systems, edged Wall Street's second-quarter targets on Thursday and laid out a road map for rapid growth in its first quarterly report as a public company.

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The Jerusalem-based company earned 5 cents a share excluding items in Q2 vs. 3 cents a share in the year-earlier quarter, topping Wall Street's expectations by a penny. Revenue rose 91% to $33.7 million, edging analyst views of $33.1 million.

Symbol: MBLY

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 124

PEG: 3.82

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Never, Ever, Ever Buy a Company that The Government Will Soon Use to Drive Your Car.

Stock number two: Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Why Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN) Stock Might be a Great Pick--Zacks

One stock that might be an intriguing choice for investors right now is Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ACHN). This is because this security in the Medical industry is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.

Symbol: ACHN

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: NA

PEG: -3.68

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Anchillion

Stock number three: Mitcham Industries Inc.

Mitcham Industries (MIND) Falls: Stock Tanks 13%--Zack's

Mitcham Industries Inc. (MIND) saw a big move last session, as the company’s shares fell more than 13% on the day. The move came on pretty good volume too with far more shares changing hands than in a normal session. This continues the recent downtrend for MIND, as the stock is now down around 17.3% since August 13, 2014.

Symbol: MIND

Trailing PE: 64; Forward PE: NA

PEG: 1.05

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Mitcham

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Jimmy Carter Owes Barrack Obama a Fruit Basket
Posted: 9/5/2014 12:16:00 PM EST

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

Labor force participation is at a 36 year low, meaning 92 million Americans no longer work. Jimmy Carter should be sending Obama a thank you note, or a fruit basket, or something…

(CNS News)

It’s almost time to issue an Amber Alert for Obama’s foreign policy. Personally, I think it may have absconded with Obama’s fiscal policy, but some people believe that it has been missing for longer. One guy at the Washington Post claims there may have been a brief sighting of something “leading from behind” that could have resembled the missing policy, but was unable to confirm anything with local authorities.

(Washington Post)

John Kerry explained in a press conference that Obama’s ISIS strategy was getting “clearer by the day”. He added that the President is taking a “holistic” approach to the problem, with “kinetic” action… Aids have denied that Kerry was having a mini-stroke when those comments were made.

(CNS News)

An Illinois school has dropped the Michelle-Obama-approved lunch menu because it had too many restrictions. Knowing that Michelle is probably really broken up about this, I have decided to send her a dozen glazed doughnuts and some chocolate cake. That should cheer her up.

(EAG News)

Good news for fat people who are too lazy to walk to the fridge (looking your way, Michael Moore): A couch that drives you to your food. If we could just invent something to chew your food for you as well…


John Ransom - Ciena Beats but Gets Beat Up
Posted: 9/4/2014 2:25:00 PM EST

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

Click here to listen to Ransom Notes Radio live or for archives of previous shows.

Stock number one: Ciena Corp.

Ciena Down But Investors Hold On For Growth—StockTwits

Ciena Corp.’s earnings beat estimates but shares tanked when it said revenue in the current quarter is likely to be adversely affected due to several variables. Ciena, a provider of fiber optic network equipment for carriers, said revenue might be lower because the timing of potential orders is uncertain and concessions made to AT&T in their recent order. The stock was down 8.43% in midday trading. That’s some reversal from June 6 when the stock had soared 18% after second-quarter profit topped expectations.

Symbol: CIEN

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 14

PEG: 1.29

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Sell Ciena

Stock number two: Transocean Ltd.

Halliburton, Transocean Cleared of Gross Negligence --Bloomberg

Halliburton Co. (HAL) and Transocean Ltd. (RIG) were cleared of gross negligence for their roles in the biggest U.S. offshore oil spill, allowing the companies to avoid the harshest penalties from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled today that BP Plc, which owned the Macondo well, was “reckless” leading up to the accident, which killed 11 people and spewed oil for almost three months into waters that touch the shores of five states.

Symbol: RIG

Trailing PE: 9; Forward PE: 12

PEG: 0.83

Dividend: 7.60%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Transocean

Stock number three: Matrix Service Company

Why Matrix Service (MTRX) Stock Is Plummeting Today--The Street.com

Shares of Matrix Service Co. (MTRX_) are falling by -24.30% to $22.05 on heavy volume in mid-morning trading on Thursday, after the company reported fiscal 2014 fourth quarter net income, and full year 2015 earnings per share estimates that fell short of analysts' expectations. The company, which provides engineering, fabrication, construction, and maintenance services to a variety of industries including oil, gas, power and petrochemical markets, said net income for the most recent quarter was $7.6 million, or 28 cents per share.

Symbol: MTRX

Trailing PE: 17; Forward PE: 11

PEG: 1.65

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Matrix Service

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Russian Propaganda in Washington Post Makes NY Times Jealous
Posted: 9/4/2014 12:36:00 PM EST

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

Apparently the Washington Post is running Russian propaganda in its paper. Obviously, this is causing some concern that people might mistake the WaPo for the New York Times.

(Free Beacon)

Fast food workers are going on strike to protest low wages. (If you want 15 dollars an hour, perhaps you should look at moving yourself beyond flipping burgers.) We should also mention that no-one is going on strike to protest low prices at these fast food joints.

(NBC News)

Ohio judges have ruled that judges can carry concealed handguns in “gun free zones” without a permit… Why? Well, because some animals are more equal than others, I guess.

(Weasel Zippers)

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going back to private business after a series of failed attempts to persuade the masses that guns are evil. No word yet on whether or not he has decided to continue his campaign against high capacity sodas.


It’s refreshing to see the Obama Administration is finally moving away from the tactic of blaming everything on the previous administration. I guess with only two years left, the White House decided it was about time to start blaming the next administration:

(Hot Air)

Berkley is handing out free marijuana to poor people… Because that is clearly the best way to get people back on their feet: Give them the munchies.


John Ransom - Moral of the Story: Sell the Cyclicals
Posted: 9/3/2014 1:59:00 PM EST

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

Click here to listen to Ransom Notes Radio live or for archives of previous shows.

Stock number one: Delta Air Lines Inc.

U.S. airlines stocks fall after Delta trims margin outlook—Reuters

U.S. airlines stocks fell on Wednesday after Delta Air Lines trimmed its operating margin forecast and reported that international passenger traffic lagged slightly in August, heightening concerns that other U.S. carriers might encounter similar headwinds.

While Delta's August performance was relatively robust, Delta shares were down 5.2 percent at $38.79 in midday trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. American Airlines Group Inc shares were down 3.3 percent at $39.16 on the Nasdaq, United Continental Holdings stock fell about 2.3 percent at $48.83.

Symbol: DAL

Trailing PE: 3; Forward PE: 10

PEG: 1.11

Dividend: 1.00%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Sell Delta

Stock number two: Compuware Corporation

Compuware Set to Go Private, Thoma Bravo Offers $2.5B--Zack's

Compuware Corp. (CPWR) is finally selling itself to private-equity firm Thoma Bravo for approximately $2.5 billion. Under the agreement, shareholders will receive $10.92 per share, which is a premium of approximately 17% from Compuware’s closing stock price of $9.35 on Aug 29. Shares surged 13.3% to close at $10.59 on Sep 2.

Symbol: CPWR

Trailing PE: 33; Forward PE: 19

PEG: 3.34

Dividend: 5.50%

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Sell Compuware

Stock number three: AK Steel

AK Steel guides Q3 EPS below consensus--Briefing.com

For Q3, the co expects shipments of ~ 1,350,000 tons, a decrease of ~3% from the 1,398,000 tons shipped in the second quarter of 2014. Shipments for the third quarter reflect the effects of reduced production at the company's Ashland Works blast furnace due to a recent unplanned maintenance outage and subsequent production shortfall, partly offset by continued strong demand from the automotive market.

Symbol: AKS

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 8.2

PEG: 53.45

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Sell AK Steel


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