Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Ebola Stocks

The spread of the Ebola virus is a terrible worldwide tragedy that affects governments, people, and businesses throughout the world. I had mixed feelings about publishing this article, as it refers to making money from stocks that are benefiting from this virus. I believe the psychologists refer to this as cognitive dissonance. However, if it wasn't for these companies, there may not have been cures and treatments for many diseases, if businesses didn't have the ability to raise money from selling stock and have a market that is maintained for their shares.

Several low cap companies in the disposable protection business have seen their shares more than triple in the last month. For example, Alpha Pro Tech (APT) went from less than $3 per share to $10 in the last 30 days, but hassince dropped to less than $7 as of the close on the day this was written. The stock has a fairly high price to earnings ratio of 48, and reported an 88.8% quarterly earnings increase on a 9.8% rise in revenues.

The more conservative way to invest in this market is through one of the larger capitalization companies, such as CVS Health (CVS) or Clorox (CLX). Although not a large part of the business, CVS sells gloves, masks, hand sanitizors, and other germ prevention items. The stock trades at 19 times forward earnings and 16 times trailing earnings. Quarterly earnings were up 10.9% on a 10.7% revenue boost. It pays a 1.4% yield. The company reports its next quarterly earnings on November 4.

Clorox trades at 23 times earnings and 20 times forward earnings, with a 7.1% drop in earnings for the latest reported quarter and a slight drop in revenues. The yield is a generous 3.1%. Next earnings report is on Halloween.

If you want a free list of over a dozen Ebola stocks, you can access the list at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com. The list includes some financial ratios and the business connection. Let's hope this epidemic gets taken care of quickly.

Disclosure: Author does not own any of the above and has no plans to do so in the next 24 hours. 

By Stockerblog.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Israeli Stocks for Contrarians

Over the last six months, the Market Vectors Israel ETF (ISRA) was down over 5%, yet the S&P 500 is actually up slightly from where it was six months ago. For contrarians looking for stocks that may snap back the strongest, Israeli stocks may be the way to go. There are over ten Israeli stocks available to American investors, many of which are dividend payers, based on the list at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

A high yield stock in the electronics company is Elbit Systems Ltd. (ESLT). The company pays quarterly dividends, and sports a yield of 2.1%. The company is in the business of defense systems and products, with a trailing price to earnings ratio of 14. Diluted earnings per share attributable to the company's shareholders for the latest reported quarter were down 12% on flat revenues year-over-year.

The largest generic drug manufacturer in the world is Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA), which pays a dividend rate of 2.4% with dividends paid quarterly. It trades at  16.5 times trailing earnings and 10.2 times forward earnings. The company reported a  revenue boost of 2% and an earnings per share increase of 2.5%.

In the software sector, Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. (MGIC), with a trailing PE of 15.3 and a forward PE of 11.8, with a dividend yield of 2.9%. Latest quarterly earnings were up 10.7% on a 16.9% rise in revenues.

If you want to access a free list of dividend paying Israeli stocks, which includes the PE, forward PE, PEG ratio, yield, and business, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Stock That Was Up 8,191,900% Today

Would you believe that a stock went up by over eight million percent today? According to Yahoo Finance, a stock called Sharpe Resources Corp. (SHGP) was up by 8,191,900% today.

What this means is that you could have invested $100 in this stock yesterday, and it would now be worth over $8 million.

Sharpe is a Virginia based company in the business of developing mineral resources and oil and gas in the western US, with an emphasis on coal, coal bed methane, and shale gas projects.

I was unable to find any news on the company. It must have hit one heck of an oil well. There is a possibility that there was a reverse split, but if there was, it would be a world record.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Fourth Week of October


  

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. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com 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.


Western Asset Municipal Term Trust MTT 10/22/2014 4.5%
Williams Sonoma WSM 10/23/2014 2.0%
ADT Corp ADT 10/27/2014 2.3%
Clorox Co. CLX 10/27/2014 3.1%

 The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found at wsnn.com. (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 WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WSNN.com. 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.


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