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Trying to time bottoms is very hard. If you believe in the company long term I feel this price is a very strong entry point long term. Set it and forget for a while. When it doubles....take your

I will make a wager. If this stock hits $420.69 before this earnings call on March 31st, I will pass out 100 FBG subscriptions to the gents in the stock thread.

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10 minutes ago, Big League Chew said:

where can you see what she purchases?

:shrug: just buy into each of the ARK funds. We're about 5% in each in our IRAs.

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1 hour ago, stbugs said:

Haven’t finalized anything but I have looked at Keeowee and Hartwell, which was because some homes in that area were actually on Hartwell. Hartwell is cheaper than Keowee. Jocassee looked nice but every home was ridiculous because there’s only like 40 homes on it. Might be a good lake for a little fishing.

Other lakes in Tennessee and Alabama but just looking on Zillow so far and nan the prices have jumped since the summer.

I think it was Kiplinger that had an article on best states to retire and SC was at the top with taxes for retirees. Tennessee was 10th, SC 7th and nothing else in the Southeast.

https://www.kiplinger.com/kiplinger-tools/retirement/t055-s001-state-by-state-guide-to-taxes-on-retirees/index.php

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13 minutes ago, Big League Chew said:

oh im already in, just curious 🤓

Here is an email from today

 

Latest Trades

FundDateDirectionTickerCUSIPCompanyShares% of ETF

1ARKG01/7/2021BuyACCD00437E102ACCOLADE INC2,6550.0014

2ARKG01/7/2021BuyBLI084310101BERKELEY LIGHTS INC157,0190.1588

3ARKG01/7/2021BuyTAK874060205TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICAL CO LTD361,4520.0734

4ARKG01/7/2021SellCRSPH17182108CRISPR THERAPEUTICS AG21,9040.0459

5ARKK01/7/2021BuyNVS66987V109NOVARTIS AG50,1040.0233

6ARKK01/7/2021BuySHOP82509L107SHOPIFY INC21,9340.1255

7ARKK01/7/2021BuyEXAS30063P105EXACT SCIENCES CORP104,8240.0680

8ARKK01/7/2021BuyTXG88025U10910X GENOMICS INC98,6280.0757

9ARKK01/7/2021BuyBIDU056752108BAIDU INC227,5380.2371

10ARKK01/7/2021SellVCYT92337F107VERACYTE INC65,2910.0167

11ARKK01/7/2021SellTSLA88160R101TESLA INC122,2880.4873

12ARKK01/7/2021SellXONE302104104EXONE CO/THE458,7550.0283

13ARKK01/7/2021SellPRLB743713109PROTO LABS INC56,8510.0511

14ARKK01/7/2021SellPACB69404D108PACIFIC BIOSCIENCES OF CALIFORNIA INC299,2380.0479

15ARKK01/7/2021SellONVO68620A203ORGANOVO HOLDINGS INC7,7490.0005

16ARKK01/7/2021SellNTLA45826J105INTELLIA THERAPEUTICS INC114,9440.0434

17ARKK01/7/2021SellNSTG63009R109NANOSTRING TECHNOLOGIES INC37,0280.0127

18ARKK01/7/2021SellMCRB81750R102SERES THERAPEUTICS INC91,3630.0127

19ARKK01/7/2021SellEDIT28106W103EDITAS MEDICINE INC114,5790.0498

20ARKK01/7/2021SellCRSPH17182108CRISPR THERAPEUTICS AG55,0800.0509

21ARKK01/7/2021SellCGENM25722105COMPUGEN LTD70,8970.0047

22ARKQ01/7/2021BuyTRMB896239100TRIMBLE INC112,9720.4048

23ARKQ01/7/2021BuyRAVN754212108RAVEN INDUSTRIES INC1,9980.0036

24ARKQ01/7/2021BuyMGA559222401MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC203,6950.7591

25ARKQ01/7/2021BuyDE244199105DEERE & CO32,6570.4907

26ARKQ01/7/2021BuyBIDU056752108BAIDU INC22,5060.2350

27ARKQ01/7/2021SellSSYSM85548101STRATASYS LTD149,0520.1963

28ARKQ01/7/2021SellTSLA88160R101TESLA INC24,4810.9910

29ARKW01/7/2021BuyICE45866F104INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE INC121,5560.2464

30ARKW01/7/2021BuyDOCU256163106DOCUSIGN INC59,0800.2459

31ARKW01/7/2021BuyBIDU056752108BAIDU INC134,2190.4946

32ARKW01/7/2021SellPD69553P100PAGERDUTY INC130,1610.0946

33ARKW01/7/2021SellPSTG74624M102PURE STORAGE INC297,4190.1230

34ARKW01/7/2021SellTSLA88160R101TESLA INC18,0340.2538

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1 hour ago, stbugs said:

Haven’t finalized anything but I have looked at Keeowee and Hartwell, which was because some homes in that area were actually on Hartwell. Hartwell is cheaper than Keowee. Jocassee looked nice but every home was ridiculous because there’s only like 40 homes on it. Might be a good lake for a little fishing.

Other lakes in Tennessee and Alabama but just looking on Zillow so far and nan the prices have jumped since the summer.

I think it was Kiplinger that had an article on best states to retire and SC was at the top with taxes for retirees. Tennessee was 10th, SC 7th and nothing else in the Southeast.

We're good in bama. 

But yeah, I'll keep checking properties in Guntersville or even to the west on the river (there's not much actually built on the river near Huntsville). While there are some reasonably priced homes, they're not cheap by any stretch. 

Tim's Ford near lynchburg looks decent, but again they've been getting expensive.

If you look a bit north, we're still trying to sell 7.5 acres near liberty, TN. A couple miles from a decent marina.

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VALE

Time:02:56

Tick:VALE

Qty:250,000

Spot:$18.64

MM:$5M

 

VALE

Time:03:12

Tick:VALE

Qty:1,262,358

Spot:$18.72

MM:$24M

 

VALE

Time:03:29

Tick:VALE

Qty:250,000

Spot:$18.75

MM:$5M

 

VALE

Time:03:45

Tick:VALE

Qty:1,200,000

Spot:$18.75

MM:$23M

 

VALE

Time:03:48

Tick:VALE

Qty:250,000

Spot:$18.82

MM:$5M

 

 

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10 hours ago, General Malaise said:

Cobalt the metal ticked up again, coming up on 52-week highs last seen in Jan. 2020.  Physical Co metal prices have been largely dormant but the velocity of upward price movement we are seeing now is interesting.  We got a call from a broker this week looking for 150 tonnes of high grade cobalt from us (which is a BIG order) and the broker was representing investors (like us) which have been completely absent the last couple of years.  Feels like a return to industrial/minor metals is a real and sustainable playable investment theme currently.


Anybody else looking at Tin?   Like all metals of this ilk, demand isn't the primary author of price formation; it's supply and while demand for tin will be increasing the supply constraint is the important component.  Here's a brief primer from a company (Alphamin Resources:  AFMJF) we own and like quite a bit (and for you penny stock guys, an interesting name to add to your watch list):

 

:popcorn:

 

I know nothing about this, but just looked and tin is around $9/lb or $18,000/ton currently, so that price point to develop new reserves doesn’t seem like a huge increase, unless I’m misunderstanding.

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11 hours ago, Desert_Power said:

IPOE to merge with SoFi. Up 30% on the news.

The 65% today is the most I've ever had a single issue rise in a day.  IPOC, D, and F rose in sympathy, as well.  Heck, BTWN even went up 7%.  Now I need to figure out how to play this merger.

That whole action kept me right with the S&P, even with a big slug of long bonds.  Nice day.

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6 hours ago, cosjobs said:

If you are sleeping around on your wife, this would not be the place to discuss it.

Jesus, took me way to long to get this.

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38 minutes ago, Big League Chew said:

VALE

Time:02:56

Tick:VALE

Qty:250,000

Spot:$18.64

MM:$5M

 

VALE

Time:03:12

Tick:VALE

Qty:1,262,358

Spot:$18.72

MM:$24M

 

VALE

Time:03:29

Tick:VALE

Qty:250,000

Spot:$18.75

MM:$5M

 

VALE

Time:03:45

Tick:VALE

Qty:1,200,000

Spot:$18.75

MM:$23M

 

VALE

Time:03:48

Tick:VALE

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MM:$5M

 

 

 

7 minutes ago, Big League Chew said:

March 19th, $25 vale

You might want to consider adding an explanation.

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Biden’s $3 trillion tax & infrastructure package

 

VALE has been having large print orders and on dark pool. 
 

Vale took off mid November
 

Vale is the world largest nickel and iron producer
 

I kept seeing it over and over these multi million dollar orders for VALE and it left me scratching my head. Couldn’t figure out why.
 

JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price target on shares of Vale from $19.00 to $24.50 and gave the stock an "overweight" rating in a research report on Monday, December 14th.

 

Institutional money started flowing in after the election

Plus nickel and iron prices are popping
 

 

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3 hours ago, KGB said:

Here is an email from today

 

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2ARKG01/7/2021BuyBLI084310101BERKELEY LIGHTS INC157,0190.1588

3ARKG01/7/2021BuyTAK874060205TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICAL CO LTD361,4520.0734

4ARKG01/7/2021SellCRSPH17182108CRISPR THERAPEUTICS AG21,9040.0459

5ARKK01/7/2021BuyNVS66987V109NOVARTIS AG50,1040.0233

6ARKK01/7/2021BuySHOP82509L107SHOPIFY INC21,9340.1255

7ARKK01/7/2021BuyEXAS30063P105EXACT SCIENCES CORP104,8240.0680

8ARKK01/7/2021BuyTXG88025U10910X GENOMICS INC98,6280.0757

9ARKK01/7/2021BuyBIDU056752108BAIDU INC227,5380.2371

10ARKK01/7/2021SellVCYT92337F107VERACYTE INC65,2910.0167

11ARKK01/7/2021SellTSLA88160R101TESLA INC122,2880.4873

12ARKK01/7/2021SellXONE302104104EXONE CO/THE458,7550.0283

13ARKK01/7/2021SellPRLB743713109PROTO LABS INC56,8510.0511

14ARKK01/7/2021SellPACB69404D108PACIFIC BIOSCIENCES OF CALIFORNIA INC299,2380.0479

15ARKK01/7/2021SellONVO68620A203ORGANOVO HOLDINGS INC7,7490.0005

16ARKK01/7/2021SellNTLA45826J105INTELLIA THERAPEUTICS INC114,9440.0434

17ARKK01/7/2021SellNSTG63009R109NANOSTRING TECHNOLOGIES INC37,0280.0127

18ARKK01/7/2021SellMCRB81750R102SERES THERAPEUTICS INC91,3630.0127

19ARKK01/7/2021SellEDIT28106W103EDITAS MEDICINE INC114,5790.0498

20ARKK01/7/2021SellCRSPH17182108CRISPR THERAPEUTICS AG55,0800.0509

21ARKK01/7/2021SellCGENM25722105COMPUGEN LTD70,8970.0047

22ARKQ01/7/2021BuyTRMB896239100TRIMBLE INC112,9720.4048

23ARKQ01/7/2021BuyRAVN754212108RAVEN INDUSTRIES INC1,9980.0036

24ARKQ01/7/2021BuyMGA559222401MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC203,6950.7591

25ARKQ01/7/2021BuyDE244199105DEERE & CO32,6570.4907

26ARKQ01/7/2021BuyBIDU056752108BAIDU INC22,5060.2350

27ARKQ01/7/2021SellSSYSM85548101STRATASYS LTD149,0520.1963

28ARKQ01/7/2021SellTSLA88160R101TESLA INC24,4810.9910

29ARKW01/7/2021BuyICE45866F104INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE INC121,5560.2464

30ARKW01/7/2021BuyDOCU256163106DOCUSIGN INC59,0800.2459

31ARKW01/7/2021BuyBIDU056752108BAIDU INC134,2190.4946

32ARKW01/7/2021SellPD69553P100PAGERDUTY INC130,1610.0946

33ARKW01/7/2021SellPSTG74624M102PURE STORAGE INC297,4190.1230

34ARKW01/7/2021SellTSLA88160R101TESLA INC18,0340.2538

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9 minutes ago, Lomez said:

Deere buy in there is Def a play on Biden infrastructure plan. 

DE is a core holding of mine. :suds:

Thinking of this area, what do you think of CAT?

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7 hours ago, Lomez said:

Deere buy in there is Def a play on Biden infrastructure plan. 

DE seems like a stock I should own but man that thing has run. I preach waiting for a pullback to initiate a long term position is generally a bad idea but...

I might spend today looking for an infrastructure sleeper.

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10 hours ago, KGB said:

Here is an email from today

 

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1ARKG01/7/2021BuyACCD00437E102ACCOLADE INC2,6550.0014

2ARKG01/7/2021BuyBLI084310101BERKELEY LIGHTS INC157,0190.1588

3ARKG01/7/2021BuyTAK874060205TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICAL CO LTD361,4520.0734

4ARKG01/7/2021SellCRSPH17182108CRISPR THERAPEUTICS AG21,9040.0459

5ARKK01/7/2021BuyNVS66987V109NOVARTIS AG50,1040.0233

6ARKK01/7/2021BuySHOP82509L107SHOPIFY INC21,9340.1255

7ARKK01/7/2021BuyEXAS30063P105EXACT SCIENCES CORP104,8240.0680

8ARKK01/7/2021BuyTXG88025U10910X GENOMICS INC98,6280.0757

9ARKK01/7/2021BuyBIDU056752108BAIDU INC227,5380.2371

10ARKK01/7/2021SellVCYT92337F107VERACYTE INC65,2910.0167

11ARKK01/7/2021SellTSLA88160R101TESLA INC122,2880.4873

12ARKK01/7/2021SellXONE302104104EXONE CO/THE458,7550.0283

13ARKK01/7/2021SellPRLB743713109PROTO LABS INC56,8510.0511

14ARKK01/7/2021SellPACB69404D108PACIFIC BIOSCIENCES OF CALIFORNIA INC299,2380.0479

15ARKK01/7/2021SellONVO68620A203ORGANOVO HOLDINGS INC7,7490.0005

16ARKK01/7/2021SellNTLA45826J105INTELLIA THERAPEUTICS INC114,9440.0434

17ARKK01/7/2021SellNSTG63009R109NANOSTRING TECHNOLOGIES INC37,0280.0127

18ARKK01/7/2021SellMCRB81750R102SERES THERAPEUTICS INC91,3630.0127

19ARKK01/7/2021SellEDIT28106W103EDITAS MEDICINE INC114,5790.0498

20ARKK01/7/2021SellCRSPH17182108CRISPR THERAPEUTICS AG55,0800.0509

21ARKK01/7/2021SellCGENM25722105COMPUGEN LTD70,8970.0047

22ARKQ01/7/2021BuyTRMB896239100TRIMBLE INC112,9720.4048

23ARKQ01/7/2021BuyRAVN754212108RAVEN INDUSTRIES INC1,9980.0036

24ARKQ01/7/2021BuyMGA559222401MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC203,6950.7591

25ARKQ01/7/2021BuyDE244199105DEERE & CO32,6570.4907

26ARKQ01/7/2021BuyBIDU056752108BAIDU INC22,5060.2350

27ARKQ01/7/2021SellSSYSM85548101STRATASYS LTD149,0520.1963

28ARKQ01/7/2021SellTSLA88160R101TESLA INC24,4810.9910

29ARKW01/7/2021BuyICE45866F104INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE INC121,5560.2464

30ARKW01/7/2021BuyDOCU256163106DOCUSIGN INC59,0800.2459

31ARKW01/7/2021BuyBIDU056752108BAIDU INC134,2190.4946

32ARKW01/7/2021SellPD69553P100PAGERDUTY INC130,1610.0946

33ARKW01/7/2021SellPSTG74624M102PURE STORAGE INC297,4190.1230

34ARKW01/7/2021SellTSLA88160R101TESLA INC18,0340.2538

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10 hours ago, stbugs said:

Haven’t finalized anything but I have looked at Keeowee and Hartwell, which was because some homes in that area were actually on Hartwell. Hartwell is cheaper than Keowee. Jocassee looked nice but every home was ridiculous because there’s only like 40 homes on it. Might be a good lake for a little fishing.

Other lakes in Tennessee and Alabama but just looking on Zillow so far and nan the prices have jumped since the summer.

I think it was Kiplinger that had an article on best states to retire and SC was at the top with taxes for retirees. Tennessee was 10th, SC 7th and nothing else in the Southeast.

Yeah, Keowee and Jocassee are both very nice and pricey. Just a bit remote for my tastes, not sure if we would ever do that. Certainly agree that lake > beach for one of these endeavors. I love the beach, but don't want to be the one on the hook for dealing with so much storm damage.

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16 minutes ago, Capella said:

Lol Tesla is a runaway train. Holy crap. 

Almost $800 BILLION.  It's like some crazy Dr. Evil ransom.  

 

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On 1/6/2021 at 11:31 AM, McBokonon said:

I’m not sure if this is why, but a question on a consumer satisfaction survey sent to new XBOX owners asked if they wished their controllers had the same haptics as the PS5. Could suggest Microsoft decides to upgrade.

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“I applaud what they did with the controller. I think for all of us in the industry, we should learn from each other and the innovation that we all push on, whether it’s distribution of business model like Game Pass, or controller tech,” Microsoft Vice President of Gaming Phil Spencer told The Verge.

Why It’s Important: Xbox has a history of adding well-received features on other console controllers to its own, IGN points out. The gaming publication has called the PlayStation 5 controller one of the most impressive features of the new console from Sony, scoring it a 9 out of 10.

“Microsoft’s interest in these questions would suggest that they’re at least thinking about upgrading the next-gen controllers in the future, to line up with Sony’s offering in the current-generation,” writes IGN.

 

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11 hours ago, tonysmiles said:

Gainesville I hear has a good Baseball program 😀 and the social life even during Covid is pretty strong according to my son.  We joined him pre-covid for the UF/Auburn game and the girls were at another level compared to my alma mater. 

I played many gigs in Gainesville when I was 22-23 years old with my rock band in 1992/1993. Many many great nights of rock, women and other party favors. Yeah it is an awesome college town. The team is one of the best in the country. A very difficult team to make. He would have to be a preferred walk on. He has 2 years to get bigger, stronger and faster. My son is a classic middle infielder. And when I say classic I mean he will end up probably around 5’10-6’0 when he is done growing and a lean 155-160 pounds of muscle by 18 years old. A very good line drive hitter. Elite glove/hands but an average arm (2B/LF arm strength). His power will come later (when he get’s into his 20’s like most hitters). The competition in Florida is intense. Really intense. I give him a ton of credit for his persistence and hard work. He has a damn good work ethic. When he was 10 I told him “son, you're not going to ever be the biggest, strongest, or fastest guy out there. Hell you're never going to be the best athlete out there. So you know what that means?"  

"Time to get to work"

He took that to heart and has kept that attitude. A team player. A team hitter. He takes first pitch strikes down the heart of the plate so a teammate can steal. He will lay down the sac bunts without question. He will rally around his teammates no matter what. Every team needs a player like my son. The question comes down to....will he have enough to catch the eye of a college coach that believes in him and is not all about the combine and measurable’s. He will never raise eyebrow's with his 60 time or his arm velocity. What he will do is make every play, give high quality AB’s at least 50-60% of the time, hit for a good average and move base runners. Things that are not as valued anymore in a general sense. The game has changed a lot. A lot of D1 coaches want all 6’3-‘6’5 studs who hit bombs. Simple as that. Hence why I feel strongly he will find his place in a good D2 school and be able to play as a student athlete and then it is all about how much more he develops and grows. He is a classic late bloomer. He was 4’11 88 pounds entering his freshman year. Today he is 5’7 120 pounds mid way through his Sophomore year. I expect by this summer he adds another 3-4 inches in height and he is in the weight room 5-6 days a week. He is getting very strong. His exit velo off his bat is improving every month. Hitting laser beams to all fields. And of course his grades are fantastic. We work out on the field 2-3 days a week in the off-seasons (when not playing high school or summer ball) and it has been that way since he has been 4 years old. I played ball thru high school and 2 years of college. I went through the grind and had some good success as a left handed hitting 3B (throw right handed). But music (I am a long time guitarist) became a bigger passion for me in college and I lost that zest for the grind of baseball. Funny thing is my son is an incredibly talented progressive rock drummer. He loves it. He has that music as well to fall back on as his outlet if baseball eventually dries up for him.

Time will tell. Either way I am proud of him. He has a dream of playing MLB ball and I told him.....you keep playing until someone tells you, you can’t anymore. Then don’t give up.....try again until you feel you have done everything in your power to reach your goals. I told him the odds are stacked against any ball player making it to the Show but as long as you can look yourself in the mirror and know you gave it everything it will carry through the rest of your life. Just keep grinding if this is what you love and have passion for.

 

Sorry for getting off topic here.....

 

Stonks keep going up.

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4 minutes ago, McBokonon said:

Personally, I care much more about having a first-party controller with back-paddles than I ever will about haptic feedback. Although, I'm sure game developers will find some cool uses for the PS5 functionality. I know at least one friend looking to switch platforms because of it.

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Jobs report disappoints

Futures still up (I'd expect that to change but I know nothing)

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19 minutes ago, Desert_Power said:

Personally, I care much more about having a first-party controller with back-paddles than I ever will about haptic feedback. Although, I'm sure game developers will find some cool uses for the PS5 functionality. I know at least one friend looking to switch platforms because of it.

One of those articles mentioned a couple that specifically made their games around it already. 

Just a reminder that this is being incorporated into the automotive space, too. Their largest segment is mobile. Gaming and auto is their potential growth, mobile will likely decline over time. 

Still, I wouldn't say this is anything but risky. If you're in the nest egg protection stage of your life, I wouldn't do this one probably. 

 

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1 minute ago, McBokonon said:

One of those articles mentioned a couple that specifically made their games around it already. 

Just a reminder that this is being incorporated into the automotive space, too. Their largest segment is mobile. Gaming and auto is their potential growth, mobile will likely decline over time. 

Still, I wouldn't say this is anything but risky. If you're in the nest egg protection stage of your life, I wouldn't do this one probably. 

 

Yeah, I read up on them/through their latest when you first mentioned it. Just giving my perspective as a gamer who uses a $200 controller :nerd: 

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5 minutes ago, kevzilla said:

UVXY with a new 52-week low this morning. All is well!

Hi kev. Some of your friends and family would like to have a non-confrontational chat with you. Please, won’t you join us in this non-threatening circle?

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3 minutes ago, kevzilla said:

UVXY with a new 52-week low this morning. All is well!

I'm still nibbling a bit and didn't sell off over the past week or so.  No huge buys since it wouldn't DCA much, but ready to if it drops below 10.  

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36 minutes ago, Todem said:

I played many gigs in Gainesville when I was 22-23 years old with my rock band in 1992/1993. Many many great nights of rock, women and other party favors. Yeah it is an awesome college town. The team is one of the best in the country. A very difficult team to make. He would have to be a preferred walk on. He has 2 years to get bigger, stronger and faster. My son is a classic middle infielder. And when I say classic I mean he will end up probably around 5’10-6’0 when he is done growing and a lean 155-160 pounds of muscle by 18 years old. A very good line drive hitter. Elite glove/hands but an average arm (2B/LF arm strength). His power will come later (when he get’s into his 20’s like most hitters). The competition in Florida is intense. Really intense. I give him a ton of credit for his persistence and hard work. He has a damn good work ethic. When he was 10 I told him “son, you're not going to ever be the biggest, strongest, or fastest guy out there. Hell you're never going to be the best athlete out there. So you know what that means?"  

"Time to get to work"

He took that to heart and has kept that attitude. A team player. A team hitter. He takes first pitch strikes down the heart of the plate so a teammate can steal. He will lay down the sac bunts without question. He will rally around his teammates no matter what. Every team needs a player like my son. The question comes down to....will he have enough to catch the eye of a college coach that believes in him and is not all about the combine and measurable’s. He will never raise eyebrow's with his 60 time or his arm velocity. What he will do is make every play, give high quality AB’s at least 50-60% of the time, hit for a good average and move base runners. Things that are not as valued anymore in a general sense. The game has changed a lot. A lot of D1 coaches want all 6’3-‘6’5 studs who hit bombs. Simple as that. Hence why I feel strongly he will find his place in a good D2 school and be able to play as a student athlete and then it is all about how much more he develops and grows. He is a classic late bloomer. He was 4’11 88 pounds entering his freshman year. Today he is 5’7 120 pounds mid way through his Sophomore year. I expect by this summer he adds another 3-4 inches in height and he is in the weight room 5-6 days a week. He is getting very strong. His exit velo off his bat is improving every month. Hitting laser beams to all fields. And of course his grades are fantastic. We work out on the field 2-3 days a week in the off-seasons (when not playing high school or summer ball) and it has been that way since he has been 4 years old. I played ball thru high school and 2 years of college. I went through the grind and had some good success as a left handed hitting 3B (throw right handed). But music (I am a long time guitarist) became a bigger passion for me in college and I lost that zest for the grind of baseball. Funny thing is my son is an incredibly talented progressive rock drummer. He loves it. He has that music as well to fall back on as his outlet if baseball eventually dries up for him.

Time will tell. Either way I am proud of him. He has a dream of playing MLB ball and I told him.....you keep playing until someone tells you, you can’t anymore. Then don’t give up.....try again until you feel you have done everything in your power to reach your goals. I told him the odds are stacked against any ball player making it to the Show but as long as you can look yourself in the mirror and know you gave it everything it will carry through the rest of your life. Just keep grinding if this is what you love and have passion for.

 

Sorry for getting off topic here.....

 

Stonks keep going up.

Good luck to your son Todem.  Middle IF is a tough area to get recruited but it sounds like your son has the mindset and work ethic to make it happen.  As he considered JUCO as an option?  Lots of really good JUCO baseball programs and they will definitely help him get bigger and stronger.

We recently went through this.  My son ended up getting some really good baseball and academic money at a strong D2 program (RHP).  He ended up playing a year and decided he wanted more balance in his life (as he put it; "I want to be a college student and a baseball player, not just a baseball player").  He is now at a Big 10 school and made the club baseball team which is good competitive baseball... lots of former JUCO and recruited guys like him.  But it's more like a baseball fraternity and provides the balance he wanted.

Lots of options out there.  Please keep us up to date on how things progress with your son.

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4 minutes ago, Al Czervik said:

Good luck to your son Todem.  Middle IF is a tough area to get recruited but it sounds like your son has the mindset and work ethic to make it happen.  As he considered JUCO as an option?  Lots of really good JUCO baseball programs and they will definitely help him get bigger and stronger.

We recently went through this.  My son ended up getting some really good baseball and academic money at a strong D2 program (RHP).  He ended up playing a year and decided he wanted more balance in his life (as he put it; "I want to be a college student and a baseball player, not just a baseball player").  He is now at a Big 10 school and made the club baseball team which is good competitive baseball... lots of former JUCO and recruited guys like him.  But it's more like a baseball fraternity and provides the balance he wanted.

Lots of options out there.  Please keep us up to date on how things progress with your son.

JUCO is not going to be an option. He is academically strong and he wants a full college life from the word go. There are D2 schools in Florida that we feel confident he can attend and play ball at. 

Will definitely keep updates on him. And yes middle infield is a tough area to be recruited. Typically it is pitchers/catchers and big hitting OF’s and corner guys. But someone has to play 2B right? LOL.

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ZNGA was a recommendation here.  It's up 24% since the end of December.  Does anyone have a price target on it?  I'm looking to reduce the number of stocks I'm hold back into the double digits but don't want to cull any potential 2 baggers.

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33 minutes ago, kevzilla said:

UVXY with a new 52-week low this morning. All is well!

I've been killed on ,y latest VIX foray, but incredibly my portfolio continues to spiral upward. Even an attempted coup didn't cause the fear index to spike. I guess I'll probably eat my losses, mostly because that huge chunk invested could be making a lot more $$ elsewhere.

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SoftBank's SPAC units begin trading today - doesn't appear to be trading quite yet. Ticker is $SVFAU

SoftBank-backed SVF Investment raises $525 mln in IPO

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Blank-check company SVF Investment Corp, backed by SoftBank Group Corp, said on Thursday it sold shares in its initial public offering at $10 per unit to raise $525 million.

SVF Investment is sponsored by SoftBank Investment Advisers, which runs the $100 billion fund and said it could invest in a new or existing portfolio company.

SVF Investment was formed for the purpose of an effective merger or conducting similar business. SoftBank Group had cited sectors such as artificial intelligence and robotics as possibilities, in line with its broader investing thesis.

The launch of the special purpose acquisition (SPAC) marks an appeal to investors after earlier efforts to raise capital for a second Vision Fund floundered following missteps.

 

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23 minutes ago, BassNBrew said:

ZNGA was a recommendation here.  It's up 24% since the end of December.  Does anyone have a price target on it?  I'm looking to reduce the number of stocks I'm hold back into the double digits but don't want to cull any potential 2 baggers.

That was one I got from the Motley Fool. 

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