Saturday, May 02, 2015

Top Yielding Microcap Stocks Paying Over 7%

Investors that like to do a little speculating with microchip stocks are always looking for ways to offset the risk. One way to do that is by finding stocks that pay dividends, especially those with high dividends. The dividends return your capital faster, and every time you receive a dividend, your money at risk is reduced. Here is a selection of the top yielding stocks with low market caps.

The Female Health Company (FHCO) has a market cap of $85 million and a very generous yield of 9.3%. This producer of health products for women trades at 49 times trailing earnings and 15 times forward earnings. The company just reported that net revenues increased 153% to $11.0 million and gross profit rose 168% to $6.4 million in second quarter.Also, diluted earnings per share were $0.09 in first half of fiscal year 2015 as compared to $0.06 in the first half of fiscal year 2014, a 50% increase.

Concurrent Computer Corporation (CCUR) pays a yield of 7.8% with a market cap of $58 million. This multi-screen video software and hardware company has a trailing price to earnings ratio of 3.4. The company reported net income of $784 thousand, or $0.09 per share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, compared with a net loss of $571 thousand, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the previous quarter.

Educational Development Corporation (EDUC) is another high yielder, at 8.0%. This trade publisher of the line of educational children’s books has a low market cap of $17 million. The stock trades at 39 times earnings. The company reported historic record net revenues for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2015.

Electro Rent (ELRC), a renter of electronic test and measurement equipment, pays a yield of 7.0%. The market cap is $260 million, with a trailing PE of 16 and a forward PE of 15.

Maybe you can capture a big dividend from a little company. If you like interesting stock lists like this, check out the stock lists at

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


Friday, May 01, 2015

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.

Cleco CP CNL 5/4/2015 2.9%
Dime Bancorp DCOM 5/4/2015 3.5%
Emerge Energy Services LP EMES 5/4/2015 9.8%
First Energy FE 5/5/2015 4.0%
Heritage Financial Corporation HFWA 5/5/2015 2.6%
Hoegh LNG Partners LP HMLP 5/5/2015 6.1%
Intel Corp INTC 5/5/2015 3.0%
American Electric Power AEP 5/6/2015 3.7%
American Software AMSWA 5/6/2015 3.9%

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, April 29, 2015

Top Kentucky Derby Stocks

Only a couple more days until the Kentucky Derby, which will be held on Saturday, May 2, in Louisville, Kentucky. This is one of the most watched horse races in America. The Kentucky Derby is the first race of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. The second race is the Preakness Stakes and the third is the Belmont Stakes.

If you want to make money from horse races, you can bet on a race horse, or you can buy a 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 45 times trailing earnings, 18 times forward earnings. Revenues for the latest quarter were up 3.6%. The company pays a dividend of 0.9%.

Another racetrack stock is Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment (DDE), which owns Dover Downs Raceway, which is a harness racing track with pari-mutuel wagering. The company a slight earnings loss for the latest reported quarter, and revenues dropped by 1.9%.

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 23. Revenues were up 1.0% for the latest reported quarter.

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.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

5 Private Equity Stocks Yielding Over 10%

If you are interested in investing in private companies, startups, and other early investments, and you are not an accredited investor, you have some options. Usual to invest in private deals, you have to be what is called "accredited", which means you have a net worth or $1 million or annual income of $200 thousand. If you are not accredited, you can invest in these companies through a private equity company.

Private equity firms are publicly traded stocks and many of them pay very high dividends. There are over 50 private equity stocks to choose from according to the list at, and over ten of which have yields in excess of 10%.

Prospect Capital (PSEC) is a private equity and business development company that specializes in middle market, mature, mezzanine finance, later stage, emerging growth, buyouts, recapitalizations, turnaround, and other private companies. The stock trades at nine times earnings and yields a healthy 12%. It is one of the few private equity stocks that pays out dividends monthly versus quarterly.

KCAP Financial (KCAP) specializes in mid market, buyouts, and mezzanine investments of private companies. The stock has a price to earnings ratio of 14 and a very high yield of over 15%.

BlackRock Kelso Capital (BKCC) specializes in middle market company investments. The E is a favorable 5.4 and the yield is 10.3%.

PennantPark Investment (PNNT) specializes in direct and mezzanine investments in mid market companies. The stock trades at 14 times earnings and yields 11.9%.

THL Credit (TCRD) invests in debt and equity of middle market companies. The stock has a PE of 11, and pays a dividend rate of 11.6%.

Now is your opportunity to jump on the bandwagon with the wealthy investors, by getting into the private equity market. Check out the list of private equity stocks at

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


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