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Skype Planning $100 Million IPO In 2011 Skype Planning $100 Million IPO In 2011

 In August, 2010 Skype filed with the SEC for a $100 million IPO that could be the biggest deal by a technology company since Google. It expects to raise a maximum of $100 million through the sale, though the amount of shares being offered and the price range have yet ... Read More

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The Stock Option Writer—How to Straddle Verizon (VZ-NYSE) The Stock Option Writer—How to Straddle Verizon (VZ-NYSE)

By Warren Kaplan The Stock Option Writer © Warren Kaplan 2011 September 13, 2011 When should you use a straddle? This is when you are not sure if the stock price is going up or down from its current point but you like the basic company and would not mind owning it around the ... Read More

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Securities and Exchange Commission v. Wall Street Communications, Inc. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Wall Street Communications, Inc.

September 14, 2011 FINAL JUDGMENT OF DISGORGMENT, PREJUDGMENT INTEREST AND CIVIL PENALTY ENTERED AGAINST DEFENDANT DONALD R. MCKELVEY The Commission announced that on July 26, 2011, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida entered a final judgment of disgorgement, prejudgment interest and civil penalty against Defendant Donald R. ... Read More

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Options Writer Series— How Little Will You Pay For General Electric? Options Writer Series— How Little Will You Pay For General Electric?

By Warren Kaplan The Stock Option Writer © Warren Kaplan 2011 September 20, 2011 The lowest price GE has traded in the last 52 weeks is $14.82. This strategy is to be as reasonably safe as possible, but obtain an outstanding gain. What we want to do is to write a put on GE ... Read More

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One-On-One With Stuart Varney One-On-One With Stuart Varney

The veteran business journalist talks with the Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about his remarkable career, what he thinks about America’s economic outlook and his little-known connection to Mick Jagger. A typical day in the life of Stuart Varney, host of Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.,” begins in the wee ... Read More

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SEC vs. James O’Reilly, James P. McAluney and Martin Cutler SEC vs. James O’Reilly, James P. McAluney and Martin Cutler

September 15, 2011 Securities and Exchange Commission v. James O’Reilly, James P. McAluney, and Martin CutlerSEC FILES INJUNCTIVE The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the filing of a complaint in federal district court against James O’Reilly (O’Reilly), James P. McAluney (McAluney), and Martin Cutler (Cutler) (collectively, “Defendants”). The complaint alleges that O’Reilly, ... Read More

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Marvels of Capitalism-Barbed Wire Marvels of Capitalism-Barbed Wire

Barbed wire is composed of two zinc-coated steel strands twisted together with twisted barbs spaced regularly along them. The need for barbed wire arose in the 19th century as the American frontier moved westward into the Great Plains and traditional fence materials—wooden rails and stone—became scarce and expensive. Of the ... Read More

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The Stock Option Writer- Don’t Get Lost at Sea – Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) The Stock Option Writer- Don’t Get Lost at Sea – Carnival Cruise Line (CCL)

By Warren Kaplan The Stock Option Writer © Warren Kaplan 2011 September 27, 2011 Here is a stock that has taken a beating from its 52-week high of $48.14, currently at $33.88. The company pays a dividend of $0.25 quarterly, $1.00 annually. The yield is 2.95%. That is better than money in a ... Read More

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Reed Hastings-Founder, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Netflix, Inc. Reed Hastings-Founder, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Netflix, Inc.

Born Wilmot Reed Hastings, Jr. in 1961, Reed Hastings earned master's degrees in computer science and in education from Stanford University. His career has been as varied as the movies offered by Netflix. He served in the Peace Corps in Swaziland from 1983 to 1986; worked as a software developer from ... Read More

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Gary Bryant: Champion of the Capital Markets Gary Bryant: Champion of the Capital Markets

The legendary investment-banking expert talks with the Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about his 50-year career and why investment conferences are so important to small companies today. Gary Bryant is said to be among the best in the micro-cap, capital markets industry, taking companies public, making deals and getting deals done. ... Read More

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