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You Ask, Peltier Answers: Apollo, Energy, Berkshire

Throughout the trading week on Stockpickr Answers, investing professionals answer questions posed by members of the Stockpickr community.

Recently, David Peltier (TheStreet.com Dividend Stock Advisor) responded to a round of timely questions.

Here are a few of those questions and Peltier's answers.

  • Picked up Apollo Investment (AINV) on Wednesday [March 11]. [March 17 is the ex-dividend date.] Juicy yield, [but it appears that the company] won't be able to pay it. [I'm] thinking of taking the profits right now and running. Any other thoughts?
  • Peltier: Congrats on the trade. And no, the current dividend still doesn't look too safe. To read more, visit Stockpickr.com.

  • Anybody else's energy plays been getting clobbered in this market rally? I bought XTO Energy (XTO) and ConocoPhillips (COP). COP is up...for me and XTO is down... Why are they [energy stocks] getting beat up?
  • Peltier: Can't speak for the whole group, though COP didn't impress at its analyst meeting [on March 11]. And it's hard for natural gas to rally. To read more, visit Stockpickr.com.

  • Now they [Fitch Ratings] want to downgrade Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), stating [Warren] Buffet [Berkshire Chairman and CEO] as the reason. Is this a joke or what?
  • Peltier: I'm not a big fan of the ratings agencies. In fact, I'm surprised that Congress hasn't tried to put them out of business. To read more, visit Stockpickr.com.

    Do you have a question for Peltier? He will be back on Stockpickr Answers this Friday, March 20.

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