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Two Safe Ways to Profit From the "Alibaba Shockwave Effect"

In the mid-1990s, I was fortunate to meet and start working with an Upstate New York money manager named Anthony M. Gallea.

The relationship began when I attended and wrote stories about some of the investment seminars he periodically held for prospective and existing clients. He then became a “source” for some of the investment stories I periodically wrote for Gannett Newspapers. And we ultimately collaborated on a pretty successful book about “Contrarian Investing” that was published by Prentice Hall.

Along the way, Tony shared some pretty important snippets of investing wisdom…

  • BP Bites the Bullet: Analyzing the Full Cost of the Gulf Oil Spill The Exxon Valdez dumped 260,000 barrels of oil off the coast of Alaska, and ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) ended up spending about $4 billion in the wake of that disaster. That means Exxon spent nearly 600 times more on cleanup and litigation than what the oil was actually worth at that time.

    So how much will BP PLC's (NYSE ADR: BP) Gulf oil spill, which is significantly greater, set it back?

    The fact is, it's still impossible to know exactly how much BP will have to cough up to cleanse itself of this crude fiasco without knowing the full extent of the damage caused. But the picture is getting a little bit clearer each day the cleanup effort wears on.

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  • With Oil Prices in the Stratosphere, Bidding Battle Ensues for Expert on Deep-Sea Exploration By Jennifer Yousfi Managing Editor The higher crude-oil prices climb, the deeper in the oceans it becomes worthwhile for exploration companies to drill. So it's no surprise a bidding battle is under way for deep-water-drilling expert Expro International Group PLC (PINK: EXPRF), of the United Kingdom. On Friday afternoon, a private-equity consortium headed up by […] Read More...