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#382423  Sticky Note Sticky info: Analyst Reports, Rmarchma Reference Information, etc. postyle 02/21/14 03:45:14 PM
#413819   Pisrat, scooby5 12/08/16 09:41:10 PM
#413818   mickey: The reference in your post is olddog967 12/08/16 08:53:33 PM
#413817   "clamcakes: With no specific news to account for hrbart 12/08/16 08:36:00 PM
#413816   One decent sized deal will do the trick. MJPLIFE11 12/08/16 07:47:07 PM
#413815   pochmunyet Those who sell and see the stock go mickeybritt 12/08/16 07:43:08 PM
#413814   Here is what they say about the future mickeybritt 12/08/16 07:19:55 PM
#413813   Starting at an generational low with interest rates dclarke 12/08/16 06:07:32 PM
#413811   bulldzr Spoken like a person who has sold out mickeybritt 12/08/16 06:04:40 PM
#413809   He has the memory of an NFL corner dclarke 12/08/16 05:59:49 PM
#413808   pochmunyet I know you said you would only sell mickeybritt 12/08/16 05:58:47 PM
#413807   Mickey; I said I would sell some at pochemunyet 12/08/16 05:53:41 PM
#413806   Actually, the market has been doing pretty well bulldzr 12/08/16 05:48:04 PM
#413805   pochmunyet Was you able to sell some today to mickeybritt 12/08/16 05:46:20 PM
#413803   This is such a great example post. Where dclarke 12/08/16 05:30:23 PM
#413802   WILMINGTON, Del., Dec. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- bulldzr 12/08/16 05:26:05 PM
#413801   You never get hurt taking a profit. Bulls pisrat 12/08/16 05:25:04 PM
#413800   Dividend to .30! pochemunyet 12/08/16 05:19:55 PM
#413799   The problem with a PE for past earnings dclarke 12/08/16 05:04:14 PM
#413798   Something as simple as a $5.83 eps and amrwonderful 12/08/16 04:43:02 PM
#413797   That's a good point. IDCC's tax rate is Turney 12/08/16 04:03:51 PM
#413796   DING!!! $85!!!!! pochemunyet 12/08/16 03:54:55 PM
#413795   None taken. dws 12/08/16 03:51:08 PM
#413794   Definitely - no slight intended. squingeqbob 12/08/16 03:50:36 PM
#413793   Hydro_gen: I completely agree with you. olddog967 12/08/16 03:14:26 PM
#413791   Thank you olddog, you are the best. That's clamcakes 12/08/16 02:43:34 PM
#413790   Last July I gave my kids a gift sailfreeee 12/08/16 02:40:42 PM
#413789   I'll take both a deal followed by a FISH21049 12/08/16 02:23:01 PM
#413788   clamcakes: With no specific news to account olddog967 12/08/16 02:15:41 PM
#413787   Felix I sold a bunch at 75 to Luckyk57 12/08/16 01:44:17 PM
#413786   Not sure I understand the term but you clamcakes 12/08/16 01:17:05 PM
#413785   felix, I did the same thing for my JohnSamuel 12/08/16 01:14:27 PM
#413784   Clamcakes, ALL HAIL THE RIP 'N' SQUANDER! tnyellowtomcat 12/08/16 01:08:22 PM
#413783   agree. Looking for a deal or buy out. MJPLIFE11 12/08/16 01:05:17 PM
#413782   I hope so. But we've been gamed here clamcakes 12/08/16 01:02:12 PM
#413781   Oh I knew Scruffy. I knew for felix7 12/08/16 12:54:28 PM
#413780   totally different this time around. MJPLIFE11 12/08/16 12:54:00 PM
#413779   Which might be cause for some worry, but clamcakes 12/08/16 12:39:23 PM
#413778   WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW ... tnyellowtomcat 12/08/16 12:38:57 PM
#413777   You just knew the thing was going to scruffynyc1 12/08/16 12:36:54 PM
#413776   This is so much fun. Reminds me of 1999. MJPLIFE11 12/08/16 12:32:39 PM
#413775   Softbank stated they will be investing $50 billion jjff 12/08/16 12:14:53 PM
#413774   I hope something is really up my3sons87 12/08/16 12:06:28 PM
#413773   I have wondered if it's just the strong felix7 12/08/16 12:01:43 PM
#413772   Felix how about IDCC $1000 to make up my3sons87 12/08/16 11:53:50 AM
#413771   Son, I agree it is my responsibility. felix7 12/08/16 11:51:01 AM
#413770   Been thinking of all those guys/gals, too. ciciagt 12/08/16 11:50:55 AM
#413769   IoT projections from Cisco: Hydro_gen 12/08/16 11:50:00 AM
#413768   Sure is acting like something is about to happen! jjff 12/08/16 11:49:09 AM
#413767   "Laranger, I hope you're enjoying the show from hrbart 12/08/16 11:48:07 AM
#413766   Remember his 60 before 80 rant? MJPLIFE11 12/08/16 11:31:23 AM