Harry Newton's In Search of The Perfect Investment
Newton's In Search Of The Perfect Investment. Technology Investor.
8:30 AM Monday, January 30, 2006: Tomorrow
night President Bush will give his state of the union address to Congress. He
will focus on making the U.S. independent of imported energy. He will
announce major initiatives designed to encourage alternative energy. As a result,
there will be a pop in many of these stocks.
As to which stocks? Alternative energy and
domestic coal companies make sense:
Do not buy any of these without doing some
research. I put this list together in a whirlwind this morning. I also like
ethanol. The only ethanol company I've found is Pacific Ethanol (PEIX).
It's a new company with its first ethanol plants still under construction. It
is losing money at present. The stock is rising bumpily:
There are currently 91 ethanol plants operating across the United States with
a total production capacity of over 4 billion gallons annually. Another 1.1
billion gallons of ethanol will be provided annually when the 22 plants under
construction are finished.
In 2004, ethanol was blended into about one-third of Americas gasoline.
The majority of this ethanol was blended as E10 - 10 percent ethanol and
90 percent unleaded gasoline. This fuel is covered by warranty for use in all
makes and models of vehicles. When all the 22 plants are complete, 42% of Americas
gasoline (according to my math) will blended with ethanol.
22 plants would not be under construction if this business were not ridiculously
profitable. In fact, I've seen some numbers. And it is ridiculously profitable.
energy for your home: Oil
above $60 makes previously uneconomic energy sources now economic. An example:
country neighbor just installed a $6,000 wood furnace. He loads it with wood
twice a day.
It heats water,
which is pumped to his home through insulated, underground piping. A heat exchanger
heats the water his oil burner would normally heat. This gives him normal temperature
control throughout his house. He figures he'll pay the whole thing off in two
years and then have very cheap energy. He has plenty of trees to chop down.
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Sex sells. Someone just bought www.sex.com
for $12 million. The site receives millions of visitors every month. It's an
deal's a deal: Christine Ryder, 53, says she was so depressed, she
asked a friend, Kevin Reeves, 40, whom she had met in a mental hospital in Kent,
England, to find a hit man to kill her. He offered to do it himself (he was
her friend, after all!) and accepted £20,000 (US$35,000) for the job.
After several arranged dates to kill her came and went and she was still alive,
a frustrated Ryder filed a criminal breach of contract complaint, and prosecutors
took him to trial. Even Reeves's own defense attorney admitted the scheme was
"mean." Reeves was sentenced to 15 months in jail and ordered to pay
£2,000 in compensation.
of the day:
In 2004, The Japanese Ice Cream Association promoted "raw horse
flesh" ice cream in hopes that it would boost the popularity of ice cream.
-Gotta Love 'Em!
A government employee allegedly heard this conversation between an
old lady and an antiwar protester on a D.C. Metro station. The protectors were
handing out pamphlets on the evils of America.
woman was behind me getting off the escalator and a young (20ish) female protester
offered her a pamphlet, which she politely declined.
protester put her hand on the old woman's shoulder as a gesture of friendship
and in a very soft voice said, 'Lady, don't you care about the children of Iraq?'
woman looked up at her and said, "Honey, my father died in France during
World War II, I lost my husband in Korea, and a son in Vietnam. All three died
so you could have the right to stand here and bad mouth our country. If you
touch me again. I'll stick this umbrella up your ass and open it."
+ Munich, the movie. A must-see. Click
+ Identity Theft precautions. Click
+ Dumb reasons we hold losing stocks. Click
+ How my private equity fund is doing. Click
+ Blackstone private equity funds. Click
+ Manhattan Pharmaceuticals: Click
+ NovaDel Biosciences appeals. Click
+ Hana Biosciences appeals. Click
+ All turned on by biotech. Click
+ Steve Jobs Commencement Address. The text is available:
Click here. The full audio is available. Click
+ The March of the Penguins, an exquisite movie. Click
+ When to sell stocks. Click
This column is about my personal search for the perfect
investment. I don't give investment advice. For that you have to be registered
with regulatory authorities, which I am not. I am a reporter and an investor.
I make my daily column -- Monday through Friday -- freely available for three
reasons: Writing is good for sorting things out in my brain. Second, the column
is research for a book I'm writing called "In Search of the Perfect
Investment." Third, I encourage my readers to send me their ideas,
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