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? Ibought 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.

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