Michael Schaus - In Other News: Wasserman Schultz is More Afraid of Republicans than Ebola or ISIS
Posted: 10/27/2014 11:03:00 AM EST

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

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (that gem who chairs the DNC) said Republicans are scarier than ISIS or Ebola. I’m not sure about that… But I do know that Debbie is about as popular as the deadly Ebola virus. She and Obama should probably be quarantined if Democrats want to remain relevant.


Democrats are pushing for FEC oversight of the internet… Because nothing spells “freedom” quite like an unaccountable federal regulatory body in charge of censoring and limiting free speech.


The last of our forces are leaving Afghanistan. Great news, right? I mean heck, withdrawing troops worked out so well in Iraq.

(Free Beacon)

The guy that killed two California deputies was in the country illegally. Apparently, he was even deported twice. But, yeah… enforcing immigration laws is totally racist.

(Daily Caller)

Democrats are trying to convince Michelle Obama to run for Congress in 2018. I imagine her first priority will be reworking the Capitol building’s lunch menu.

(The Hill)

A Russian actor is suggesting that the Ebola virus is really the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse. Either he’s crazy, or that eccentric homeless guy with the cardboard sign on the side of the highway is correct: The end is near.

(Weasel Zippers)

John Ransom - GM Kills Another One
Posted: 10/24/2014 2:51:00 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: General Motors Company

GM Ignition Switch Deaths Rise to 29-- Bloomberg

Deaths tied to General Motors Co.’s defective ignition switches rose to 29, according to Kenneth Feinberg, who is handling claims related to the controversy.

Feinberg spoke today in an interview on Bloomberg Television.

Symbol: GM

Trailing PE: 25; Forward PE: 7

PEG: 0.73

Dividend: 3.90%

Estimate Trend: Down

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid GM

Stock number two: Jarden Corp

Jarden 3Q profit climbs; company plans stock split--Associated Press

Jarden Corp. (JAH) said Thursday its net income and revenue climbed in the third quarter as sales of branded products rose.

The owner of brands including Crock-Pot, Mr. Coffee, Coleman camping gear and Yankee Candle said its net income grew to $108.6 million, or 87 cents per share. Excluding one-time gains and costs, the company said its profit totaled $1.17 per share. Its revenue rose 19 percent to $2.14 billion in the period, as branded product sales increased 50 percent.

Symbol: JAH

Trailing PE: 41; Forward PE: 14

PEG: 1.25

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold Jarden

Stock number three: Flotek Industries Inc.

Why Flotek (FTK) Stock Closed Higher Today—The Street.com

Shares of Flotek Industries Inc. (FTK) closed up 9.78% to $23.68 on heavy trading volume today after the company reported 2014 third quarter revenue of $116.8 million, compared to $98.4 million for the same period a year ago.

The global supplier of drilling and production products reported net income of $14.3 million, or 26 cents per common share, compared to net income of $9 million, or 16 cents per common share for the same period a year ago, beating analysts' estimates of 24 cents a share.

Symbol: FTK

Trailing PE: 30; Forward PE: 18

PEG: 1.17

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Flotek

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Michelle Obama Has Been Hanging Out with Joe Biden too Often
Posted: 10/24/2014 12:42:00 PM EST

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

Michelle Obama continues her hapless attempts to stir up support for Democrat candidates. During a campaign stop for Mark Udall in Colorado, she seems to have lost track of who she was talking about. Joe Biden is expected to step down as her speech writer in coming days.


Charlie Rangel says ISIS is not a major threat to the security of the United States. Which – in a way – is kinda true. After all, ISIS is not in congress.


The Queen of England sent her first tweet yesterday. (Why do I picture looking flummoxed as she searches for the hashtag on her typewriter?)

(The Guardian)

Authorities are trying to track down anyone who came in contact with the Ebola patient in New York City. Right now they have it narrowed down to anyone who rode a certain subway, took a number of cabs, visited a Brooklyn bowling alley, or lived in the patient’s apartment building. Or, to be more specific, they’ve narrowed their search down to about half of Manhattan.

(Fox News)

After the terrorist attack on Canada’s Parliament, super-model Chrissy Teigen took to twitter in an effort to whip-up support for more gun control. I guess that the backlash she received encouraged her to avoid calling for increased “hatchet-control” in New York City.


German employees at US airbases are about to get a 2.4 percent pay increase. US Service personnel on those same bases will get a 1 percent raise. You’re welcome, Germany.


John Ransom - Under Armor Under Performs
Posted: 10/23/2014 2:34:00 PM EST

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

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Stock number one: EMC Corporation

EMC Corp. Misses on Q3 Earnings, Revenues Increase Y/Y-- Zacks

EMC Corp. (EMC) reported third-quarter 2014 earnings (including stock-based compensation but excluding other non-recurring items) of 35 cents per share that missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a couple of cents.

Quarter Details

Revenues increased 9% year over year to $6.03 billion. Product sales increased 7.4% year over year, while services increased 10.9% from the year-ago quarter.

Symbol: EMC

Trailing PE: 23; Forward PE:12

PEG: 1.42

Dividend: 1.70

Estimate Trend: Down

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy EMC

Stock number two: Under Armour, Inc.

Under Armour warns of slowing apparel sales growth--Reuters

Under Armour Inc warned that its sales growth would slow next year as the scorching increase in sales of its sports apparel eases off due to cooling demand for its popular outdoor clothing designed to retain body heat.

Under Armour shares fell as much as 6.4 percent on Thursday after the company also said gross margins would fall in the current quarter due, in part, to the stronger dollar.

Symbol: UA

Trailing PE: 85; Forward PE: 54

PEG: 2.88

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Under Armor

Stock number three: Yelp, Inc.

Yelp Downgraded As Business Signups Disappoint—IBD

Value investing is always a very popular strategy, and for good reason. After all, who doesn’t want to find stocks that have low PEs, solid outlooks, and decent dividends?

Fortunately for investors looking for this combination, we have identified a strong candidate which may be an impressive value; Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. (BSBR).

Symbol: YELP

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 148

PEG: 11.48

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Yelp

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Dem Blames GOP for Ebola – George Bush Waits His Turn
Posted: 10/23/2014 11:32:00 AM EST

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

MSNBC decided to use the Canadian terrorist attack as an opportunity to shill for more gun control… Because ya know, Canada is known for its extraordinarily relaxed gun laws, right?

(Free Beacon)

Can we just take a moment to realize what it means when the Canadian Prime Minister sounds much tougher on terrorism than the US President?

(Fox News)

A Democrat is trying to blame a possible Ebola outbreak on Republicans. I’m sure if we think about it hard enough, it’s probably George W. Bush’s fault.

(Weasel Zippers)

The Union Station renovation in Denver, Colorado is being called racist because the station is mostly used by white people. Also, I’m pretty sure white marble was the main color used in construction.

(Denver Post)

California is forcing churches to provide funding for abortion coverage. After all, that whole “religious freedom” thing really tends to get in the way of Planned Parenthood’s bottom line.

(Life News)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: List of "Useless Government Spending" Strangely Doesn't Include Biden's Salary
Posted: 10/22/2014 12:21:00 PM EST

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

More women currently prefer Republicans for congress than Democrats. I guess the “War on Women” is more of a civil war than anything else.


Tax revenues are at an all-time high. (Some people are giving credit to Obama’s tax hikes.) Despite our record tax revenues, government is still expected to run historically high deficits. It almost looks likespending might be the problem here…

(Daily Signal)

Speaking of government spending: Senator Tom Coburn has outlined over $25 billion of “useless” government spending. And, no… I don’t know if that also includes Joe Biden’s salary.

(Free Beacon)

Obama’s new Ebola Czar is missing another Ebola update this week. Is the word “Czar” Russian for “useless”? (Because I hate to think that the Bolsheviks were onto something when they decided to do away with the position.)

(Fox News)

The most recent autopsy shows that the unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, was most likely shot whileattacking Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Riots are expected throughout the area because facts are apparently racist.

(Business Insider)

An anti-gun Missouri legislator was arrested for carrying a loaded 9mm without a permit. Interestingly, she had also threatened to accelerate the riotous violence in Ferguson if Officer Darren Wilson wasn't indicted for murder – and she seems to have a deficit of gun-safety training… So, maybe we should just make it illegal for anti-gun Democrats to own guns?

(Weasel Zippers)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: England Outlaws Half My Twitter Followers
Posted: 10/21/2014 1:47:00 PM EST

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

City Council members in Minneapolis want to ban the term “redskins” when the Washington Redskins square off against the Vikings. (Because, unlike Washington’s team, the Vikings’ mascot isn’t some cartoonish caricature of an entire group of people.)

(Daily Caller)

Barack Obama explained that he’s “doing pretty good”, and that he “loves the work”… Now that we know how he feels about his golf game, I wish someone would ask him about the presidency.

(The Hill)

A Justice Secretary in England has proposed a 2-year sentence for anyone found guilty of “internet bullying”. So if you write something nasty about me on Twitter, you better not do it from England.


Monica Lewinsky says Drudge ruined her life… It couldn’t possibly have been life decisions that she made regarding President Clinton, a cigar, and the Oval Office.

(Truth in Revolt)

George Lucas (ya know: the guy that created an empire of Star Wars related products before selling the franchise to the multinational Disney corporation) hates corporations... However he appears to like their profits.


Michael Schaus - In Other News: Massachusetts School Board Moves to the Right of Democrats - Becomes Socialist
Posted: 10/20/2014 12:41:00 PM EST

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

Communists paraded through London in protest of extraordinarily mild “austerity” measures that have been proposed in Parliament… There’s nothing quite as ironic as a bunch of communists publicly protesting for a one-party system that prohibits public protests.


A Massachusetts school board has vowed to dedicate itself to indoctrinating children with a socialist-oriented curriculum. Some parents in the district are likely relieved that the school board is moving to the right of mainstream-Massachusetts.

(EAG News)

People are magically “forgetting” that they voted for Barack Obama. This is also known as “buyer’s remorse.” (The voters who are still proud of their vote are a good example of the Stockholm syndrome.)

(American Thinker)

Obama showed up for a Democrat campaign event… and the audience started walking out. For being a guy that started his presidency with Greek columns and rock-star-status, this must be a pretty demoralizing experience. (I hope he can shake it off during his next golf game.)

(Free Beacon)

Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and possible fines… I guess a little state-sponsored violation of first amendment rights is the preferred way to instill “tolerance” nowadays.

John Ransom - Bust and Boom for Apple
Posted: 10/19/2014 12:01:00 AM 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: Facebook, Inc.

Facebook's Egg Freezing Policy Isn't an Evil Plot -- Bloomberg

Facebook and others are covering egg freezing for the same reason they pass out free snacks and collude with one another—to discourage poaching of employees: Skilled tech workers have more professional options than almost anyone else. Companies will continue to offer all kinds of crazy benefits as long as the labor market in Silicon Valley remains tight.

Symbol: FB

Trailing PE: 77; Forward PE: 36

PEG: 1.16

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Facebook

Stock number two: Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft wants to make it easier to build Windows Phone apps--Engadget

Last year, Microsoft created Windows App Studio to get more Windows Phone apps into its Store, and it worked -- developers added almost 50,000 new apps in 14 months. Redmond has just updated the beta web app with a feature that should help even more: Windows 8.1 sideloading. All you have to do is scan a certificate when generating a universal 8.1 app, and it'll install it automatically on your Windows Phone 8.1 device. The update also lets you generate apps in nine extra languages and brings new layouts and templates, among other tweaks

Symbol: MSFT

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 13

PEG: 2.22

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Microsoft

Stock number three: Apple Inc.

Apple's new iPad Air starts at $499--Reuters

Apple Inc said on Thursday its new iPad Air will go for $499, and the smaller iPad mini will sell for $399 and above. Pre-orders begin on Friday.

Executives introduced the new tablets that will lead Apple's battle for holiday-season spending.

Symbol: AAPL

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 13

PEG: 1.34

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Apple

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Obama Appoints Ebola Czar; And No, It's Not Hillary
Posted: 10/17/2014 12:46:00 PM EST

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

Pictures of flying monkeys holding “Hillary 2016” signs are starting to spring up throughout Los Angeles. Her protection detail is already looking into the possibility that someone may drop a house on her.

(Hollywood Reporter)

This group in Seattle is willing to pay you $13 per hour to go lobby for a $15 per hour minimum wage. It’s unclear if you will also have access to free birth control.

(Free Beacon)

Obama's credit card was declined when he tried to pay for his lunch... The bank said he was overdrawn by $17 trillion.

The nursery rhyme “Bah, Bah, Black Sheep” has been deemed racist. Obviously. 

(Herald Son)

Obama’s newly named “Ebola Czar” once called Joe Biden his “role model and mentor”… I’m not sure this guy is qualified to be a Czar of anything. Dr. Strangelove would probably have been a better option than the leader of Biden’s unofficial fan club.

(Weasel Zippers)

The State Department praised Cuba’s efforts to combat Ebola… Of course, I can’t help but notice that the world is not exactly clamoring for Cuban treatment… But I guess that’s one of the fringe benefits of having an absolutely atrocious form of socialized medicine: It doesn’t take much to win praise from Team Obama.

(Weasel Zippers)