Archive | December 3, 2012

That Bright Yellow ‘Star’ In The Night Sky Over New Hampshire, Is Jupiter.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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If you were curious, or if the kids were asking, what you are most likely seeing is Jupiter. Other than the Moon, it is the brightest object currently in the night sky, over NH. It is hard to miss. Given its brightness it appears in the sky quite early — even at dusk. It rises in the East, moves a bit to the South but then continues across the sky, right through the night, to set in the West. Its position, at a specific time each night, say 11 pm, will change slightly — typically further to the West. This has to do with the relative orbits of us and Jupiter.

Jupiter, right now, is about as close as it ever gets to Earth. So it is atypically bright. I take out the dogs for their last little jaunt for the day around 10:45 pm each night. In the winter, if there are no clouds, I search out Jupiter. It always uplifts me.

Saturn, Venus and Mercury are also visible this month — but in the morning. So, I won’t see those.

We might also get some meteor showers this month.

If you don’t already have a favorite site for checking out the night sky, try this. It is accurate and easy enough to use. IF I ever get enough time I will do more posts on the night sky because astronomy happens to be another of my interests. More on that later. Enjoy.

The 2012 Special Dividends: Selling Short Will Not Buy You Anything.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> AOL Share Price Being Erroneously Quoted On Ex-Dividend Day — Dec. 3, 2012.
>>
Special Dividend Extravaganza This Coming Week — Dec. 1, 2012.


Click to read the article.

Click to read the article.

So, AOL today provided an object lesson in what happens to a stock’s share price on the ex-dividend day. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what would happen in the case of special dividends, as opposed to regular dividends. Well it appears that the stock price WILL go down with special dividends too.

So that begs the question: how can you exploit that drop? An obvious answer would be to sell the stock short ahead of the ex-div and then settle up the ‘short’ after the dividend is paid. Yes, it sounds too good to be true — and it is exactly that. I called up Fidelity and asked. I was amused that the initial rep. that I spoke to was not sure of the answer. He had to check with the ‘back room’. The answer is that it does not work. Yes, the principles of selling short will apply. Yes, you can settle the ‘short’ at the ex-div price, BUT here is the catch. You OWE the dividend to the ‘firm’, because you were just borrowing the stock. So, the ‘short’ based purely on the price drop due to the dividend will not work. Just wanted to share that with you, in case you too were thinking of it.

Only In New Hampshire: Newspaper Editor, In Print, Boasts About Speeding At 90 mph!

by Anura Guruge


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>> Josh Spaulding, The Baysider, Sets Up Fund For ’2014 Winter Olympics’
>>Nov. 19, 2012.


This is from the November 29, 2012 issue of ‘The Baysider’.

Click image to access 'The Baysider' original as a PDF. Josh's column is on the very last page (of the 2-part newspaper).

Click image to access ‘The Baysider’ original as a PDF. Josh’s column is on the very last page (of the 2-part newspaper).


I, as ever, could be wrong, but I think this can only really happen in our ‘Live Free or Die‘ New Hampshire, a newspaper editor openly flaunting that he broke the law. Again, I could be wrong, but I think at least in NH, anything above 85 mph is called ‘criminal speeding’. I am not sure what the speeding laws are in Connecticut.

I am not going to comment on Josh’s speeding. My only concern, as is his audacity to brag about it in print. That seems churlish, though those that know Wolfeboro, NH, know that you can quite literally get away with murder in that town — where Mitt Romney goes to church. [This is also the same newspaper group that published an announcement from an Alton artist where she claimed that she was a ‘voyeur’ — a felony in NH.]

There is something that bothers me, quite a bit. In addition to being editor, Josh’s main role in life is that of a sports reporter for high school sports teams. In that role he is well known to thousands of local teenagers, many of whom would have just started driving. So, we now have Josh, supposedly the adult here, stating in writing, that not only is it ‘OK’ to do 90 mph, that speeding lets you cut down on travel time!

Yes, Josh, as an editor and a columnist in 5 (or 6) papers is a local VIP. As such he is above the law and reproach.

That is a shame. Josh interacts with a lot of coaches — folks who are supposed to instill values, discipline and standards into our kids. But I doubt whether any of these coaches will dare even mention this to Josh.

That is New Hampshire.

If this does bother you, try contacting the publisher of the Newspaper.

AOL Share Price Being Erroneously Quoted On Ex-Dividend Day Ahead Of The Special Dividend.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Special Dividend Extravaganza This Coming Week — Dec. 1, 2012.


 

I captured this from 'Marketwatch' a few minutes ago. Check out the highlighted fields.

I captured this from ‘Marketwatch’ a few minutes ago. Check out the highlighted fields.

So having compiled the special dividend chart last Friday I was acutely aware that today was the ex-dividend date for AOL. My son had also called up with an alternate approach that he is considering in terms of how to play these special dividends.

So, I happened to check the AOL quote to see how it was fairing. I saw the red arrow and the 13% down. But, that didn’t seem right judging from the graph to the right! That shows fluctuations in today’s price with the GRAY bar indicating the ‘open price’; i.e., $32.48. AOL had actually gone up.

I made a few phone calls. It appears that the stock quoting systems are getting their knickers in a twist because of the pending special dividend.

So this is just a head’s up. Check all quotes you see over the next couple of weeks.

P.S., the quote for SEM is also wrong!

Ten In New Hampshire: Indian Restaurants.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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A series of personal lists to share ‘MY New Hampshire’ with any interested reader.

Check CATEGORY (>>>) for ‘Ten In New Hampshire‘ for the other lists.

Not in any particular order, though the ones that I frequent are at the top (). That said I don’t frequent Indian restaurants that often because Deanna and the girls are not that partial to spicy food. There was a time, 25 years ago, when there was only one Indian restaurant in NH, in Nashua. Things have definitely improved though I was really getting worried that I might not be able to come up with 10. Many may not know this. Indian cuisine is more popular in the U.K. than Chinese. Going for a ‘curry’ is routine and a popular after-Pub activity.


Indian Restaurants.

Taste of India, Dover. 55 Main St. Very friendly.


.1. Taste of India, Dover. 55 Main St. Very friendly.

.1. Taste of India — Dover.

.2. Shalimar — Portsmouth.

.3. India Palace — Manchester.

.4. Jewel of India — Hanover.

.5. House of India — Concord.

.6. India Pavilion — Keene. 

.7. Gourmet India — Nashua.

.8. Cafe India — Nashua.

.9. Kashmir — Salem.

10. Shalimar — N. Conway.


Shalimar, Portsmouth.

Shalimar, Portsmouth.


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