Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the First Week of September


Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called 'Buying Dividends,' also commonly referred to as 'Dividend Capture.' This is the process of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend. This technique generally works only in bull markets, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets.

In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can't sell the stock until after the ex date. The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, and the yield.

Kronos Worldwide Inc KRO 9/2/14 3.8%
SPDR Series Trust SIPE 9/2/14 2.7%
Suncor Energy SU 9/2/14 2.7%
Analog Devices ADI 9/3/14 2.9%
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. AJG 9/3/14 3.1%
AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc AMC 9/3/14 3.4%
American National Bankshares AMNB 9/3/14 4.2%
American National Insurance ANAT 9/3/14 2.7%
Baxter International BAX 9/3/14 2.8%

 The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found at (If you have been to the website before, and the latest link doesn't show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists at or Most of the lists are free. 
Dividend definitions:

Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.

Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.

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Record date: the day when you must be on the company's books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is normally set for stocks at two business days before the record date.

Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.

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Don't forget to reconfirm the ex-dividend date with the company before implementing this technique.

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What Stocks Does Bill Gates Own?

You have to admit that Bill Gates is pretty smart. After all, he is a self-made billionaire and one of the three richest men in the world. So maybe we should take a peek at his stock portfolio to see what he has invested in, through his holding company, Cascade Investments.

Obviously, he owns Microsoft (MSFT). But he also owns the garbage collection company Republic Services (RSG). He bought over a million shares of the stock during the last week. The stock trades at 24 times trailing earnings and 18 times forward earnings. On a revenue increase of 5.4% for the latest quarter, earnings increased by an incredible 217.9%. The yield on the stock is 3.0%, and the dividend is paid quarterly.

Gates also owns AutoNation (AN), the car retailer. The stock has a price to earnings ration of 17 and a forward PE of 14.5, with earnings rising 11.7% on an 8.2% increase in sales.

Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) is another Bill Gates stock. It has a forward PE of 9. Revenues for the latest quarter were up 37.4%.

Maybe if you invest alongside Gates, you can approach billionaire status. For more interesting stocks like this, such as Warren Buffett stocks, go to

Disclosure: Author owns MSFT.


The Power of No

I can give my opinion of the book in one word, Yes! The book, The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness written by James Altucher and his wife, Claudia Azula Altucher, is about how people are reluctant to use the word "No" and if they did more often, their lives would be much happier.

You may know of James Altucher as the founder of Stockpickr, the publisher of Altucher Confidential blog, and the author of many books. However, this book is quite a bit different from all his other books.

James and Claudio draw from their real life experiences, explaining how when they didn't say "No," their lives took a turn for the worse, sometimes much worse. When they finally incorporated the word into their vocabulary for uncomfortable situations, their lives changed for the better.

Do you have trouble saying "No"? If so, read The Power of No. It could change your life.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Top Short Squeeze Technology Stocks

A short squeeze takes place when a stock that is heavily shorted comes out with some positive news, or even just starts moving upwards do to a rising market, and the short sellers scramble to cover their positions, driving the price of the stock up sharply.

One sector that has a lot of volatility and can cause quick moves is technology, and if a short squeeze takes place, the gains can be substantial, especially if the stock has already dropped.

For example, Castlight Health (CSLT), which is in the business of cloud-based health care management software, has short interest of 63%, which means that almost two thirds of the shares of the company are shorted. This New York Stock Exchange traded company has a float of only 12 million shares. Although the company currently isn't generating earnings, revenues for the latest quarter were up 353%. The company is debt free.

NQ Mobile (NQ) is another stock that is heavily shorted. The company is involved in mobile security and privacy Internet services. The stock traded above 20 back in March and is now down to around 6.50 a share. About 55% of the shares are shorted.

Ebix (EBIX) has a short interest of 48.5%. This provider of software for the insurance industry trades at ten times earnings and even pays a dividend of 2.4%. Last year, the stock traded above 24 per share; now it's down to slightly above 15.  This stock has a short interest ratio, also known as the days t cover ratio, of 30.6, which means it would take over 30 days for the short sellers to cover their positions, based on the stocks average daily trading volume.

Remember, the short seller can be caught short, and this is a way to the investor or trader to take advantage of them.

If you like interesting stock lists like this, check out the free stock lists at

Disclosure: Author didn't own any of the above at the time the article was written.


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