Thursday, May 05, 2016

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Second Week of May

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.

Columbia Banking Systems COLB 5/9/2016 2.3%
Enterprise Bancorp, Inc. EBTC 5/9/2016 2.1%
Scorpio Tankers Inc. STNG 5/9/2016 7.8%
Berkshire Hills Bancorp BHLB 5/10/2016 2.9%
Entergy Corp ETR 5/10/2016 4.6%
Nordic American Offshore Ltd NAO 5/10/2016 9.2%
Nordic American Tankers NAT 5/10/2016 11.4%
A. H. Belo Corporation AHC 5/11/2016 6.6%

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.

Monthly Dividend Stock List

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.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Over 50 Robot Stocks Riding the Wave of the Robotics Future

The progress in robotics during the last few years has been incredible. Whether it is in the field of surgery, manufacturing, logistics, exploration, drones, or even humanoid robots, the innovation and number of companies involved have expanded rapidly.

Back in 2007, I wrote a small blurb about a robot that was the size of a fly, and could even fly, and another blurb about cockroach robots., and yet one more blurb about the fruit picking robot.

Humanoid Robots

In 2010, I wrote about the world's most realistic female robot. You can see below the video I posted at that time. Since then, the female humanoid robots have become even more life-like, if you can believe that.

In 2013, I posted an article about how a robot was ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ. Anyway, you get the picture.

The point is, many companies are jumping on the robotics bandwagon. As a matter of fact, according to the free list of robot stocks at, there are over 50 companies involved in robotics to some extent.

Investing in robotics is one of these opportunities that you should consider if you're looking to diversify your portfolio, receive large returns on investment, or earn potential dividends. Like Google ten years ago, companies like iRobot, Intuitive Surgical, and AeroVironment,  are the companies whose stocks may move significantly higher in the future over the long term, due to their emphasis in the robotics space.

IRobot’s Household Robots are the Way of the Future

The purchases on Main Street determine whether the value of a stock on Wall Street will go up or down. Therefore, keeping your eyes on what everyday consumers will be purchasing in the future is a must. iRobot (IRBT) produces a number of robots that are growing in popularity among middle-class consumers including the Roomba vacuum cleaning robot and the Scooba floor washing robot. So if you're looking to invest in robotics, iRobot is a company you should be looking into. iRobot trades at 25 times trailing earnings and 20 times forward earnings. This debt free company has $213 million in cash, amounting to $7.13 in cash per share. Quarterly earnings skyrocketed 106% on an 29.5% jump in revenues.

Intuitive Surgical: Building Machines to Save Lives

No matter how healthy people get, we all still to visit the doctor every once in a while. Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) is using robotic technology to take modern medicine farther than its ever gone before. Builders of the Da Vinci Surgical System which brought robotic surgery into the main stream, Intuitive Surgical is one of the global leaders in building surgical robots. The stock has a trailing price to earnings ratio of 40, and a 26.5 forward PE ratio. This is another debt free stock with $41.73 in cash per share. For the latest quarter, earnings rose 29.4% on a 12% increase in sales.

AeroVironment: To Infinity and Beyond

Mankind has stared at the birds with envy ever since we first arrived on this planet, but only since 1903 have the skies become open to us. And now, AeroVironment (AVAV) is taking the man out of the cockpit becoming a leading manufacturer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. As the military and American aerospace businesses turn to this new technology, consideration of AeroVironment as an investment is a must. The stock trades at 95 times current earnings and 101 times forward earnings. For the latest quarter, revenues were up over 22%.

Adding any or all of these stocks to your portfolio have the possibility of providing potentially large profits over the long term. The New Industrial Revolution is here and it's up to you to decide whether you want to invest in it or sit on the sidelines while others benefit. If you want a free list of dozens of robot stocks, go to

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


Monday, May 02, 2016

How to Invest in the Kentucky Derby & Horse Racing

The Kentucky Derby will be held at the end of this week, on Saturday, May 7, in Louisville, Kentucky. This is probably the most watched horse race in the United States. The Kentucky Derby is the first race of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, with the second being the Preakness Stakes and the third, the Belmont Stakes.

If you want to make money from horse races, you can bet on a race horse, or you can buy a horse race track related stock. has a list of almost ten stocks in the horse racing industry, several of which pay dividends.

The host of the Kentucky Derby is Churchill Downs (CHDN), the holding company of the Churchill Downs Racetrack founded in 1875. Other operations it has includes Arlington Park, the Calder Race Course, the Fair Grounds Race Course, and the Trackside Off-Track-Betting Facilities. The stock trades at 36 times trailing earnings, and 18 times forward earnings. Revenues for the latest quarter were up an incredible 62%. The company pays a small dividend of 0.9%.

Another racetrack stock is Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment (DDE), which owns Dover Downs Raceway, a harness racing track with pari-mutuel wagering. The stock sports a trailing price to earnings ratio of 18.3. Quarterly revenues increased slightly versus the same quarter last year.

Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN) owns many racetracks and off-track wagering operations in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ontario. The stock has a forward PE of 16.6. Revenues were up 7.5% for the latest reported quarter, with earnings spiking over 300%.

For a free list of  horse racing stocks which you can download, sort and update, go to Also, if you want a free horse race handicapping program, check out the one at

Hope you place your bet on the right stock, and your investment comes in first place.

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


Stocks Reporting Earnings This Week

Looking for some interesting moves in some stocks this week? Check out the companies that will be reporting earnings this week.

If earnings exceed analysts' expectations, the stocks can shoot up. If the numbers underperform, the stock can tank. Then again, occasionally, stocks don't move the way you would have expected.

Anyway, many traders use earnings plays for trading strategies. Also, option traders look for high implied volatility of stocks for for option selling strategies.

Here are many of the stocks reporting earnings this week:






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