Thursday, September 30, 2010

Top Yielding ETFs

If you are looking for high yields, diversification, liquidity, and monthly dividends, then maybe investing in income producing ETFs, also known as Exchange Traded Funds, and ETNs or exchange traded notes, may be what you are looking for. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has recently developed a new list of more than 15 ETFs with yields above 3%. Here are a few examples.

The iShares JPMorgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB) yields 5.15%, payable monthly. It attempts to track the JPMorgan EMBI Global Core index.

The PowerShares Preferred ETF (PGX) invests most of its assets in fixed rate U.S. dollar-denominated preferred securities, and attempts to match the Merrill Lynch Fixed Rate Preferred Securities index. It pays a yield of 7.2%.

The First Trust FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global Real Estate ETF (FFR) attempts to track the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Markets Real Estate index. This ETF which gives you exposure to real estate around the world yields 5.5%.

Do your homework on these ETFs before investing, especially the yield calculations, since many of the yields are based on recent higher-than-typical dividends that may not be maintained in the future. Always check the historical dividend payment history. In addition, try to buy the ones that are selling below net asset value. A good starting point for high yield ETF ideas is the free database at wsnn.com, which can be downloaded, sorted, added to, and changed.

Disclosure: Author does not own any of the above at the time this was written.


By Stockerblog.com

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Top Yielding Show Business Stocks

This season, there are plenty of popular movies that have recently been released or will be released shortly, such a Wall Steet: Money Never Sleeps, Legend of The Guardians: The Owls, The Town, Secretariat, and The Social Network, which is the movie about the founding of Facebook, to be released October 1.

So how does an investor make money from the popularity of these movies? WallStreetNewsNetwork.com recently developed a free spreadsheet database of all the high yielding entertainment stocks and notes that pay dividends in excess of 3%. If you want to get into show business, dividend stocks are the way to go.

Regal Entertainment Group (RGC) operates a chain of theaters throughout the United States in mid-sized metropolitan markets and the suburbs. The company has a forward PE ratio of 17.3, and pays a decent dividend of 5.4%. Unfortunately, earnings were down over 88% for the latest quarter.

Another motion picture chain that has theaters in North and South America is Cinemark Holdings Inc. (CNK), with a forward PE of 12, and an extremely generous yield of 4.6%. Earnings for the latest quarter were up over 112%.

You can check out a list of 18 entertainment stocks and notes with yields above 2%, four of which yield more than 7%, all of which can be found at wsnn.com. Some of the stocks on the list are senior notes, which trade like preferred stocks.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Second Week of October


Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called 'Buying Dividends'. 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. In flat or choppy markets, your have to be extremely careful.

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 Excel list of the stocks going ex dividend during the next week or two. The list contains many dividend paying companies, all with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 3%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date and the yield.

Abbott Laboratories (ABT) market cap: $80.2B ex div date: 10/13/2010 yield: 3.4%

Foot Locker, Inc. (FL) market cap: $2.3B ex div date: yield: 10/13/2010 4.1%

Shaw Communications Inc. (SJR) market cap: $9.5B ex div date: 10/13/2010 yield: 3.9%

UDR, Inc. (UDR) market cap: $3.8B ex div date: 10/13/2010 yield: 3.5%

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 the high yield utility stocks and the Monthly Dividend Stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WSNN.com.

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.

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 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.

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

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

By Stockerblog.com

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Top Yield China Stocks


China just reported that manufacturing increase for the second month in a row. Many investors have concerns about China stocks, but to allay those fears, attention should be paid to the Chinese stocks that pay dividends.

WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has turned up a new list of over a dozen China stocks that pay dividends with yields ranging from one percent to over 8%.

PetroChina Co. Ltd. (PTR) has been paying dividends since the year 2000, and pays semi-annually (twice a year), most recently in May and September. This producer of oil and natural gas has a forward PE of 9 and pays a yield of 2.9%.

Another China company with a long term track record of paying dividends is China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (SNP), which has been paying semi-annually since 2001. This oil, gas, and chemical company has a forward PE of 7 and yields 3.4%.

For a free Excel database of over a dozen high yielding China stocks, which can be sorted and changed, go to wsnn.com. Six of the stocks yield more than 3%. If you've been to the site before, you may need to clear out your cache if the High Yield China Stock database doesn't appear.

Author does not own any of the above.

By Stockerblog.com

picture is of the South China Sea, courtesy of wikipedia

Book Review: The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs

No one can deny that Steve Jobs is very successful and runs a very successful company. As head of Apple (AAPL), he has provided numerous direct and indirect jobs (have you seen how many iPhone apps there are now?) and dozens of very, very popular and useful products.

The book The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs: Insanely Different Principles for Breakthrough Success by Carmine Gallo, presents a very clear road map to follow in Jobs' footsteps, showing how to be truly successful in your occupation. Look at a few of the principles covered in the book:

Put a Dent in the Universe
Kick-Start Your Brain
Sell Dreams, Not Products
Say No to 1,000 Things

This book is especially useful to the self-employed, showing how to be more creative, have more effective work strategies, and become more successful.

The author had previously written the best-selling book The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience. He writes in a clear and concise manner with plenty of supporting anecdotes.

If you are looking for a good read that can help you achieve the success you want and deserve, get The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs. You won't be disappointed.

By Stockerblog.com

Are Casino Stocks Worth a Bet?


Maryland now has its first casino, developed by Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN). Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. (PNK) is opening a new casino in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Genting New York is developing a casino at Aqueduct. Thunder Valley Casino Resort in California is offering the first casino helicopter service in the state. The recent opening of SugarHouse Casino makes Philadelphia the largest U.S. city with casino gambling.

The gaming industry is hot, and it doesn't seem to matter whether the casino companies are making money or losing money. There are actually a couple ways to play this game: the gaming machine providers and the casinos themselves. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has turned up over 20 of these casino stocks.

WMS Industries Inc. (WMS) is a way to play the supplier industry. It develops, makes, and markets gaming machines and video lottery terminals, including slot machines and video poker gaming machines. The stock sports a forward price to earnings ratio of 14.8, and carries a very favorable price earnings growth ratio of 0.60. Jefferies just initiated coverage with a Buy rating. The debt free company has $166 million in cash. Earnings for the latest quarter were up 18% and the next earnings announcement is scheduled for October 25.

Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN) is one of the major casino operators, with two casinos in Las Vegas and one in Macau. The stock carries a forward PE ratio of 39 and a PEG ratio of 1.91. It even pays a yield of 1.1%. Earnings for the latest quarter were up over 105%. The next upcoming earnings announcement is October 27.

For a free list of casino and casino related stocks that can be downloaded and sorted, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Author does not own any of the above.

By Stockerblog.com

S and P 500 Internals, Dollar & Gold Pre-Week Analysis

Guest Article

After a fierce equities rally on Friday, which I figured would happen, just not that strong; I have to wonder if there is some event or major decision in the works we don’t know about?

Friday’s rally could be something simpler like window dressing by the funds. This is when the funds buy up all the top performing stocks for month end reporting. They do this so that their investors think they are on the ball and know what they are doing. Window dressing will end Monday and from there we could see some profit taking (selling) start. But for all we know Obama could be extending the tax cuts for everyone or cutting payroll taxes etc…

It would only take one of these events to trigger a sharp up move in the market and that could be what Friday’s move was anticipating. That being said volume has remained light and during low volume session the market has a tendency to move higher. Sell offs in the market require strong volume to pull the market down, so until volume picks up there could still be higher prices just around the corner.

Let’s take a look at some charts… read the rest

Chris Vermeulen
www.TheGoldAndOilGuy.com

Let the Carnival Begin! Brazil ETF

Guest Article

Here is a market that we like a lot more than the US market. We really
like the way it is acting and it looks set to take out the highs that were
seen in December of 2009. If that is the case, then we could see this
market make all-time highs pretty quickly. You definitely want to have
this one on your radar screen.

In this new short video, I show you what I'm looking at and how we
showcased this market last week when we did our last webinar.

This market is still looking good and looking strong. Pay very close to
it this Friday because if it closes well, it should bode well for the
following week.

http://www.ino.com/info/624/CD3111/&dp=0&l=0&campaignid=3

As always our videos are free to watch and there is no need for
registration.

All the best,

Adam Hewison
President of INO.com
Co-founder of MarketClub

Monday, September 27, 2010

Museum of American Finance Event

Wither Wall Street:
The Recent Past and Evolving Future of the Architecture of Wall Street


Wed. Oct. 13, 2010

5:30pm

Museum of American Finance
48 Wall Street
New York City

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Spirit Airlines Going Public: Discloses Customer Service Problems

The upstart airline, Spirit Airlines, is planning an Initial Public Offering, more commonly known as an IPO. In the company's S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it disclosed as one of its risks the "high number of customer complaints related to, among other things, our customer service, reservations and ticketing systems and baggage handling." The company also disclosed a fine from the Department of Transportation relating to lost baggage and customer bumping.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the First Week of October


Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called 'Buying Dividends'. 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. In flat or choppy markets, your have to be extremely careful.

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 Excel list of the stocks going ex dividend during the next week or two. The list contains many dividend paying companies, all with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 3%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date and the yield.

Brandywine Realty Trust (BDN) market cap: $1.6B ex div date: 10/1/2010 yield: 4.9%

The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) market cap: $54.6B ex div date: 10/1/2010 yield: 3.6%. By the way, several Canadian banks are going ex dividend early October. You should check out the article on high yield Canada banks.

Christopher & Banks Corporation (CBK) market cap: $276.9M ex div date: 10/5/2010 yield: 3.1%

J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (JCP) market cap: $6.0B ex div date: 10/6/2010 yield: 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 the high yield utility stocks and the Monthly Dividend Stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WSNN.com.

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.

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 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.

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

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

By Stockerblog.com

Lehman Brothers Art Collection Sells for $12 Million

A collection of artwork owned by Lehman Brothers was sold by Sotheby's for $12 million. The highest priced item was an Ethiopian artist Julie Mehretu's ink and acrylic work, entitled Untitled 1, which was hammered for over one million dollars, a record for the artist. Christie's in London will be selling Lehman's European collection, which includes works by Gary Hume, on Wednesday the 29th. Lehman creditors will receive the proceeds.

US Government has Depleted its Inventory of Gold?

Do you think there has been a bit of a demand for gold this year? Maybe just a little bit?

According to Casey Research, all coin dealers in the United States received this FAX, letting them know that the US Mint has depleted its inventory of 2010 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Bullion Coins, and that no additional inventory will be made available. The FAX was just issued a couple days ago, on September 23, 2010.

I don't know if it is smart money, stupid money, or just plain money going into gold, but whatever it is, it is a lot of money.

Friday, September 24, 2010

How to Turn $20k into $650k in Just a Couple Years

Would you be interested in turning $20,000 into $650,000 in just a couple years, by just trading stocks? Think it's impossible? Can you guess who did?

This top trader is Shia LaBeouf, star of the upcoming movie, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. In a recent interview, he said that when he found out that he got the major role in the movie, he decided he better learn about the stock market, as he had never traded stocks before. He opened an account at Schwab (SCHW) and started trading constantly, building up his account to $650,000. Along the way, he talked to George Soros and Donald Trump. So all you have to do is find out what Shia did, or better yet, what he is currently trading, and follow in his footsteps.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Canada has a Better Housing Market than the US


According to a recent article by KIF Capital Management, Canada generally doesn't use 30 year fixed mortgages; most are 25 years and generally reset the interest rate every five years. In addition, there is no Canadian Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (FMCC.OB). This makes for a more robust housing and mortgage market than what the United States has been experiencing.

It also means that Canadian banks may be in better financial shape than US banks. One of the nice features of Canadian bank stocks is the high dividend. There are over half a dozen Canada banks with yields ranging from 3% to 5.5%. For example, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM), carrying a price to earnings ratio of 11.7, pays a generous yield of 4.7%.Earnings for the latest quarter were up 47.5% on a 13.8% increase in revenues.

Another high yielder is Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), with a PE ratio of 14.3 and providing a 3.7% yield to investors. The company reported an earnings increase of 14.10% for the latest quarter on a 8.9% increase in revenues.

If you are interested in other opportunities north of the border, check out the free list of high yield Canada stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

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


By Stockerblog.com

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Recovery from the Natural Gas Explosion

A couple weeks ago, a horrific natural gas explosion took place in San Bruno, California, just south of San Francisco near the San Francisco International Airport. There were several deaths and an enormous amount of property losses and destroyed homes. The area is served by PG & E Corp. (PCG). Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer have sponsored a bill to create strict new pipeline safety standards and increase the number of federal inspectors.

Although a tragedy, major natural gas explosions like this are not very common. Natural gas has a few benefits over oil, especially in the green area, as natural gas generates a lower carbon footprint. It also has a long history as a fuel; as a matter of fact, one of the original Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks from the 1800's is a natural gas distributor that is still trading today, Laclede Group Inc. (LG).

The natural gas utility companies pay fairly high yields. For example, Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) is a publicly traded limited partnership that processes, transports, and sells natural gas. The stock does have a fairly high price to earnings ratio of 37, but pays a generous yield of 7.4%. The company has been paying quarterly since 1997.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (CPK) is a provider of natural gas distribution services in Delaware, Maryland, and Florida, has a PE ratio of 13 and pays a yield of 3.8%.

WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has just released its updated list of high yield natural gas utility stocks, which can be accessed for free. There are twenty different stocks with yields above 3%.

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


By Stockerblog.com

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Electricity from Volcanoes in Guatemala


Solar, wind, wave power, tidal power, ethanol: plenty of green sources of energy, But now there is a new one: volcanoes! Technically, volcanoes fall under the category of geothermal power, but they aren't your typical hole-in-the-ground geothermal wells.

Ormat Technologies (ORA) has tapped into the Pacaya volcano in Guatemala. The country's goal is to have 60% of its energy generated from volcanoes, along with hydro power. Guatemala isn't the only country tapping into this source of power. There are plenty of other Central American countries jumping on the bandwagon, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.

Ormat is the big player in the geothermal field. This $1.3 billion market cap company has a price to earnings ratio of 34 and pays a small yield of 0.7%. The company carries a debt load of about $700 million, and has $54 million in cash.

Other stocks that generate electricity from geothermal include PG&E Corp. (PCG) the California-based electric and gas utility that serves 5 million customers. The company's electrical generation comes from geothermal, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, coal, wind, and several other types of renewable sources. The P/E is 15 and the PEG is 1.94. The stock yields 4%.

IdaCorp, Inc. (IDA) is a holding company that owns Idaho Power Company, which is involved in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy primarily in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. Their electrical generation comes from geothermal, hydroelectric, natural gas, diesel, and coal plants. The P/E is 12 and the stock yields 3.4%.

If you like utility stocks, WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has turned up over 15 electric utilities with yields above 5%.

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


By Stockerblog.com

Monday, September 20, 2010

How to Get a 6% Yield from Boeing


There are many ways to receive income from non-utility stocks. An example would be Boeing Co. (BA) which pays a 2.6% yield, not real high but better than a CD. But there is another way to invest in Boeing and get a dividend yield of over 6%, an its actually a safer way to invest in the event the company goes out of business, as it will be paid off before the common shareholders.

Boeing has a minibond type investment called CorTS Trust Structured Products Corp. Boeing Company Notes 6.125% Certificates (HYM), which trades on the New York Stock Exchange. This security currently sells at a slight premium to its par value and maturity price of $25.

The annual dividend payout is approximately 1.53 per year, payable semi-annually, giving the stock a yield of over 6%. The stock matures in February of 2033.

Also check out How to Get a 6% Yield from Chesapeake Energy, How to Get a 4.9% Yield from Goldman Sachs, and Lucent Pays a Yield of 13%.

If you want a list of about 20 adjustable rate preferreds, with yields ranging from 1.83% to 8.59%, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Disclosure: Author does not own any of the above.

By Stockerblog.com

Prediction on Who will be the Republican Presidential Candidate for 2012

Here is my prediction on who will be the Republican candidate for President for the 2012 election:

Governor Lingle of Hawaii


In regards to Republican vice-presidential candidate, I think it will be:

Governor Jindal of Louisiana

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Fifth Week of September


Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called 'Buying Dividends'. 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. In flat or choppy markets, your have to be extremely careful.

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 Excel list of the stocks going ex dividend during the next week or two. The list contains many dividend paying companies, all with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 3%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date and the yield.

Nicor Inc. (GAS) market cap: $1.9B ex div date: 9/28/10 yield: 4.4%

Getty Realty Corp. (GTY) market cap: $726.1M ex div date: 9/28/10 yield: 8.0%

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) market cap: $20.8B ex div date: 9/28/10 yield: 3.3%

Kraft Foods Inc. (KFT) market cap: $51.2B ex div date: 9/28/10 yield: 4.0%

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 the high yield utility stocks and the Monthly Dividend Stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WSNN.com.

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.

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 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.

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

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

By Stockerblog.com

S & P 500 Fakeout & Market Trend

Guest Article:

I think it’s safe to say that everyone knows the markets are manipulated… but during options expiry week we tend to see prices move beyond key resistance and support levels during times of light volume which triggers/shakes traders out of their positions.

Trading during low volume sessions Pre/Post holidays for swing traders or between 11:30am – 3:00pm ET for day traders tends have increased volatility and false breakouts. This happens because the market markets for individual stocks can slowly walk the prices up and down beyond short term support and resistance levels simply because there is a lack of participation in the market.
SP500 4 Hour Candlestick Chart

That being said, the chart below of the SPY (SP500 ETF) shows that last Thursday, (the day before Friday options expiry) the put call ratio was showing extreme bullishness. I also mentioned that we should expect a pop of 0.5 -2% in the next 24 hours as big guys will try to shake everyone out of their short positions (put options).

The put/call ratio indicator at the bottom of this chart is a contrarian indicator. When it shows that everyone has jumped to the bullish side, the big money knows its about time to change the direction so they can cash in at premium price levels.

read the rest


Chris Vermeulen
www.TheGoldAndOilGuy.com

Diversification is Dead

Guest Article:

Shocking new market research indicates

DIVERSIFICATION DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE.

Find out how Wall Street has sold the myth of safety in diversification for years to unsuspecting investors everywhere.


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Sunday, September 19, 2010

How Capitalism Will Save Us

It is unfortunate that capitalism has been denigrated by uninformed people for many years, and the criticism rears its ugly head during economic crises. We keep hearing from people from other countries that move to the United States that this country is the best country in the world, and the primary reason is capitalism: allowing people to live the American Dream.

It is refreshing to read, after seeing so many doom and gloom books blaming the failure of capitalism, a new book about how capitalism is the solution and not the problem.

I was very happy to read Steve Forbes' recently released book, How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today's Economy, which very clearly shows us that capitalism is here to stay and will get us out of this mess.

Capitalism works well when governments stay out of the way. Steve Forbes explains very clearly that the solution to our economic problems is to let the free enterprise system run.

A great read that also makes a great gift, How Capitalism Will Save Us by Steve Forbes and Elizabeth Ames is the book worth getting.

Get a 6% Yield from JP Morgan Chase

For income investors that are looking for high dividend stocks and are looking to diversify into banking stocks, you won't receive much of a yield from JPMorgan Chase (JPM), which pays about half a percent.

But there is another safer way to invest in the company and get a much higher yield. JP Morgan also has a preferred stock called JPMorgan Chase Capital XI 5.875% Capital Securities Series K (JPM-PK). This security currently sells for 24.95, a slight discount to its par value and maturity amount of $25.

The annual dividend payout is approximately 1.47 per year, payable quarterly, giving the stock a yield of about 5.9%. The stock is callable at any time at par and matures in June of 2033.

Also check out How to Get a 6% Yield from Chesapeake Energy, How to Get a 4.9% Yield from Goldman Sachs, and Lucent Pays a Yield of 13%.

If you want a list of about 20 adjustable rate preferreds, with yields ranging from 1.83% to 8.59%, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Disclosure: Author does not own any of the above.

By Stockerblog.com

Creating Water Out of Thin Air: Will It Hurt Water Stocks

The German organization, Fraunhofer Alliance SysWasser, has come up with a way of creating drinking water out of air, using sustainable water system technologies. The self-sufficient process utilizes solar collectors and photovoltaic cells, and works especially well in the desert.

So what will this new process do to the current water utilities? Probably not much, at least for now. American consumers prefer to get their drinking water through pipes, or better yet, out of bottles. So water utilities can still be considered a favorable investment.

Water stocks provide good income diversification along with a portfolio of electric utilities and natural gas utilities. Water utilities offer decent yields ranging from 2% to 5%. There are about a dozen water utility stocks with dividends, that were turned up by WallStreetNewsNetwork.com on their water stock list. Here are some examples.

American Water Works Co., Inc. (AWK) PE: 17 forward PE: 14.5 yield 3.9%

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (CWCO) PE: 31.5 yield 3.6%

SJW Corp. (SJW) PE: 27.6 yield 2.8%

To see a list of the rest of the top yielding water stocks, including a few that yield more than 4%, which you can download, add to, change, and sort, check out WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Disclosure: Author does not own any of the above at the time this was written.

By Stockerblog.com

Friday, September 17, 2010

Top Malaysia Stocks


A Malaysian government think tank is planning on announcing next week that the government wants to create 3.3 million new jobs and double its per capital income. It plans to do this by doubling investments by private companies during the next decade.

Here are some interesting facts about Malaysia:
1. It the 34th largest economy in the world by purchasing power parity.
2. It has an inflation rate of only 3.8%.
3. The country has only 5.1% of its population below the poverty line.
4. The unemployment rate is only 3.5%.
5. The main countries that it exports to are the United States, Singapore, Japan, China, Thailand, and Hong Kong.
6. It has the largest number of industrial robots in the Muslim world.
7. It is negotiating free trade deals with Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Singapore, Thailand, and Chile.
8. It is number 32 of all countries in terms of GDP.

Here are some Malaysian companies which might be worth taking a look at:

Kuala Lumpus Kepong (KLKBY.PK) is a Malaysian diversified and agricultural company in the businesses of plantations, manufacturing, retailing and property development. The stock has a PE ratio of 18.

Malayan Banking ADR (MLYBY.PK) is Malaysia’s largest bank holding company. The stock has a PE ratio of 14.

MBF Holdings Berhad (MBFBF.PK) is an investment holding company which is involved in credit card and payment services, trading and manufacturing, property and hospitality, plantations, heavy equipment, and financial services. The stock has an extremely low PE of 0.15.

Nestle Malaysia BHD (NSLYF.PK) manufactures and distribute chocolate and candy.

Sime Darby Berhad ADR (SMEBF.PK) is involved in plantations, properties, heavy equipment, motor vehicle, energy and utilities, and general trading and services.

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNABY.PK) is a Malaysian electrical utility involved in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity to residential, commercial and industrial customers. The stock has a PE of 12.

Telekom Malaysia Bhd (MYTEF.PK) is the major telecommunications company in the country. The stock has a PE of 17.

Amsteel Berhad ADR New (AMSBY.PK) is involved in the businesses of property development, operation of hotels, oil palm and rubber, manufacture and sale of steel related-products, security services and security-related equipment.

Boustead Holdings Berhad (BSTHF.PK) is a diversified Malaysian holding company involved in plantations, finance and investments, real estate properties, manufacturing and trading, the service industry and Boustead Emastulin, their automotive division.

Genting International PLC (GIGNF.PK) is involved in the business of developing, operating and marketing integrated resorts and casinos in Australia, North America, South America, Malaysia, the Philippines and the United Kingdom.

Other ways to invest in the country include the iShares MSCI Malaysia Index (EWM) ETF, which is up 18% for the last three months.

There is also the Malaysia Fund Inc. (MAY), a closed end fund that invest in Malaysia stocks. It is up over 23% for the last three months.

There is even a regular mutual fund, the Malaysia Fund (XMAYX), with an almost identical name, that specializes in investing Malaysian stocks. The fund is up aout 12% for the last three months.

If you like stocks in Southeast Asia, check out Thailand Stocks, Singapore Stocks, and Vietnam Stocks. And if you like other stocks from around the world, check out WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Author does not own any of the above.

By Stockerblog.com.

To Everyone Who Loves Dogs

Time for our end of the week posting that has absolutely nothing to do with stocks, bonds, investing, business, or finance.

Last Chance to Buy the Most Popular Domain Name: SEX.com

Yes, the domain name, sex.com, is up for sale, and is expected to sell for many millions of dollars. It is being offered through sedo.com, a large broker of Internet domain names, and instead of being sold at auction, it is being sold as a negotiated sale. The domain name reportedly sold for $14 million a few years ago.

This domain name has had a notorious history, including being hijacked through identity theft, and the true owner spent a long time in court getting it back. You can read all about the history of the domain in the book Sex.com: One Domain, Two Men, Twelve Years and the Brutal Battle for the Jewel in the Internet's Crown (Volume 2) and the book The Sex.Com Chronicles: A White-Hat Lawyer's Journey to the Dark Side of the Internet.

The deadline to contact sedo, if you are interested, is September 21.

Top Singapore Stocks


Singapore just announced that it is increasing its research and development investment by 20% over the next five years, with a planned expenditure of over $12 billion. Singapore stocks have risen about 12% over the last three months.
Here are some interesting facts about Singapore:
1. It is one of the few city-states in the world.
2. It is the 18th wealthiest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita.
3. It is rated a high 25th place on the Human Development Index.
4. Based on the amount of tonnage shipped, it is the busiest port in the world.
5. It is the fourth largest foreign exchange trading center.
6. It is rated as the most business-friendly economy in the world.
7. Almost ten million tourists visited Singapore last year.
8. The government legalized gambling in 2005.

Here are some Singaporian stocks worth examining:

Capitaland Ltd. (CLLDY.PK) is a Singapore real estate company. The stock has a price to earnings ratio of 15.

City Developments (CDEVY.PK) is in the Singapore real estate business. They have paid dividends eight years in a row. The stock has a PE ratio of 16.

Cosco Corp. Singapore Ltd. (CSCMY.PK) is in the shipbuilding and ship repair business. The stock has a PE of 26.

DBS Group Holdings (DBSDY.PK) is a bank holding company which owns DBS Bank, which is the largest bank in South East Asia by assets. It has a PE of 26.

Genting Singapore PLC (GIGNY.PK) operates casinos around the world. The stock has recently generated negative earnings.

Grand Banks Yachts ADR (GBYLY.PK) manufactures and markets three different series of yachts. It trades rarely in the US on the Pink Sheets, and little financial data is available on the company.

Keppel Corp. LTD SPON (KPELY.PK) diversified conglomerate in the business of real estate, marine, and infrastructure industries. The stock has a P/E of 11 and has paid dividends at least twice a year since 2001.

Neptune Orient (NPTOY.PK) is a container shipping global transport company. It owns American President Lines also known as APL. Latest reported earnings were negative.

Singapore Airlines (SINGY.PK) is the major airline. The PE ratio is 25.

The Singapore Exchange Ltd. (SPXCF.PK) is Singapore's major stock exchange, where equities, bonds, and derivatives are traded. The stock has a very low PE of 1.85.

Singapore Telecommunications ADR (SGAPY.PK) also known as SingTel, provides telecommunication systems and services in over 20 countries. The P/E is 13.

United Overseas Bank (UOVEY.PK) is Singapore's largest bank in terms of domestic customer loans, credit cards and market capitalization. The PE ratio is 13.

You can also invest in a Singapore ETF, the iShares MSCI Singapore Index (EWS), which is up 12% over the last three months.

There is also The Singapore Fund, Inc. (SGF), a closed end fund that invests in Singapore stocks. For the last three months, the fund is up 18%.

If you would like to see stock lists from other countries, check out WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Author does not own any of the above.

By Stockerblog.com.

How Do I Invest in China Beaches?



An email that has been going around about China beaches ended up in my mailbox. Here are some of the pictures. It looks like McDonald's Corp. (MCD) has sponsored a lot of the umbrellas in the first couple of pictures. I can't tell who the other sponsors of umbrellas are in the pictures.

Could you imagine what it must be like to be a lifeguard at one of these beaches?

With all those umbrellas, it would seem that it would be almost impossible to get a sun tan. Where do they park their cars? How do they find their cars when they are ready to go home?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Top Halloween Stocks


Next month is Halloween month: candy, chocolate, tricks and treats. Since Halloween is practiced in United States, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Canada, and occasionally in Australia and New Zealand, some Halloween related stocks may be treats. Here are some stocks which may benefit from the holiday, but beware; some of them may turn into tricks.

Watching scary movies is one of the popular activities of teenagers (and adults too) on Halloween, either in a theater or renting a DVD. Netflix (NFLX) ships millions of DVDs to customers each day, and has a huge number of horror movies in its collection of 100,000 titles. The stock has a forward PE of 38.

One of the leading studios of scary movies is Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF), which has made such films as American Psycho, Ginger Snaps, Route 666, The Devil's Rejects, House of the Dead 2, Saw VI, See No Evil, Hostel: Part II, My Bloody Valentine 3D and many, many more. Lionsgate has a forward P/E of 38.

Of course, the big beneficiaries of Halloween are the candy companies. Hershey Foods (HSY) is the large chocolate and confectionery company made famous by its Hershey Bars. The stock has a forward P/E of 22, and a yield of 2.8%.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (RMCF) is a very low cap Colorado based company which makes and markets chocolate and candy. The stock has a P/E of 16 and a yield of 4.1%.

Tootsie Roll Industries (TR) makes all kinds of candy for trick-or-treaters including Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Pops, Caramel Apple Pops, Charms, Blow-Pops, Blue Razz, Zip-A-Dee Pops, Cella's, Mason Dots, Mason Crows, Junior Mint, Charleston Chew, Sugar Daddys, and Sugar Babies. The stock has a forward P/E of 26 and a yield of 1.3%.

Halloween costumes and decorations are available at discount retailers such as Target (TGT) which has a forward P/E of 15, and a yield of 1.9%. Wal-Mart (WMT) is another major Halloween retailer. It has a forward P/E of 14, and a yield of 2.3%.

If you like interesting sectors of stocks, such as casino stocks, cloud computing stocks, birth control stocks, and China stocks, check out WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Author does not own any of the above.

By Stockerblog.com

One Global ETF Option To Buy Now

Guest Article

The signs of global recovery are still out there, despite the lack of US market strength since May. Whether you look at the current 52 week highs in Singapore (EWS), Chile (ECH), Brazilian Financials (BRAF) or at countries making bolder moves like India (EPI) hitting 2+ year highs or Malaysia (EWM) testing all time highs, there are equity markets that are raging with bullish strength. Much of the global market strength is emerging from Latin American economies like Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Columbia and I believe this will continue.

So how do you play this now?

I suggest one of my favorite global plays, and that's an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks a bright spot in the already-strong Brazil economy. Specifically, I like the ...
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By Andrew Hart – ETFTRADR

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Top Vietnam Stocks


Emerging markets, especially those in south Asia and southeast Asia, are now the hot item on Wall Street. Did you see the article on Thailand stocks last week, up over 30% in three months? Many investors think that Viet Nam may be the next China. The economy has grown significantly in Viet Nam over the last few years.

For example, the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange have a partnership which involves sharing of investment and technology information. Nike (NKE) has been manufacturing in Vietnam for over 12 years. Intel (INTC) also has operations in Vietnam.

So how do you buy Vietnam stocks? You would need to have access to the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, if you are interested in buying individual Vietnam stocks directly, such as:
Tienphong Plastic Joint Stock Company (HST:NTP) plastic pipe manufacturer
Ho Chi Minh City Infrastructure Investment (HCM:CII) infrastructure development
Phuong Nam Culture Joint Stock Corp. (HCM:PNC) media company
Tuong An Vegetable Oil Joint Stock Co (HCM:TAC) food products
Do Thanh Technology Corp. (HCM:DTT) plastic products

However, there are a couple other ways of investing in Vietnam stocks. The Vietnam Opportunity Fund (VTOPF.PK) (VOF.L) is one of the largest Vietnam closed end funds, and it trades on the London Stock Exchange and occasionally on the Pink Sheets in the United States. The fund is up about 4.9% over the last three months.

Vietnam Holding Ltd. (VNMHF.PK) (VNH.L) is another closed end investment fund managed by Vietnam Holding Asset Management Ltd., with offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It also trades on both the Pink and the London Stock Exchange. They invest primarily in privatized State Owned Enterprises. The fund is up 14.3% over the last three months.

There is also a bank in the United States that specializes in providing banking services to the Vietnamese business community in Southern California, called Saigon National Bank (SAGN.OB). Latest reported earnings were negative.

Dot VN, Inc. (DTVI.OB), the domain registrar for the Vietnam [.VN] country domain, is a San Diego company, which also has offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and has a deal with the Vietnam Internet Network Information Center to register and sell the Vietnam country code Top Level Domain, and works with numerous domain resellers, such as VeriSign Inc. (VRSN) and Melbourne IT Ltd. (MLBEF.PK). The company has been in business since 2001. Latest reported earnings were negative.

An easier way to invest would be through the Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (VNM) which invests in various Vietnamese companies. During the last three months, the fund was down.

To see articles on other stocks from countries around the world, check out WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Author does not own any of the above. Many of the Vietnamese stocks described above are very low cap and should be considered very speculative.

By Stockerblog.com

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Fourth Week of September


Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called 'Buying Dividends'. 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. In flat or choppy markets, your have to be extremely careful.

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 Excel list of the stocks going ex dividend during the next week or two. The list contains many dividend paying companies, all with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 3%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date and the yield.

Telefonos de Mexico, S.A. ADR (TMX) market cap: $12.9B ex div date: 9/20/2010 yield: 5.5%

Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (NM) market cap: $569.0M ex div date: 9/20/2010 yield: 4.3%

Federal Realty Inv. Trust (FRT) market cap: $4.7B ex div date: 9/21/2010 yield: 3.5%

Portland General Electric Company (POR) market cap: $1.5B ex div date: 9/22/2010 yield: 5.3%

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 the high yield utility stocks and the Monthly Dividend Stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WSNN.com.

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.

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 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.

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

Author does not own any of the above.

By Stockerblog.com

Monday, September 13, 2010

Top Domain Names are Owned by Publicly Traded Companies

Owning a strong domain name can be a valuable asset, due the the fact that a good name can receive a lot of direct 'type-in' Internet traffic, bypassing search engines. Here is a list of leading domain names and the publicly trade stocks that own them them.

Asthma.com Glaxosmithkline plc (GSK)
Book.com Barnes & Noble, Inc. (BKS)
Books.com Barnes & Noble, Inc. (BKS)
Baby.com Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Cat.com Caterpillar Inc. (CAT)
Flowers.com 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. (FLWS)
Flu.com MedImmune, division of AstraZeneca plc (AZN)
Gift.com J. C. Penney Company, Inc (JCP)
Icecream.com Nestle (NSRGY.PK)
Loans.com Bank of America Corporation (BAC)
Movie.com Comcast (CMCSA)
Movies.com Comcast (CMCSA)
Pets.com Petsmart Inc. (PETM)
School.com Office Depot, Inc. (ODP)
Tv.com CBS (CBS)
Video.com Disney (DIS)

By Stockerblog.com

Speech Recognition Stocks May Be Calling

Some sectors and industries are verily narrowly focused, and voice recognition is one of them. Speech recognition is the use of technology to understand the spoken word, and the implementation of various actions based on the understood words. There aren't many speech recognition companies out there. Most are very low cap and should therefore be considered very speculative.

Here are some worth hearing about:

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NUAN) is a Massachusetts based company which is a provider of speech and imaging solutions, including voice-activated services, transformation of speech into written words and controlling devices and applications by speaking. They purchased SpeechWorks, which worked closely with America Online, in 2003. The company has a forward P/E ratio 12, and a price earnings to growth ratio of 0.81.

Preferred Voice Inc. (PRFV.OB) is a Texas based company which is a provider of services to the telecommunications industry including Voice Activated Dialing, a speech recognition service. The price sales ratio is 0.24, and the P/E is 1.3.

Voxware Inc. (VOXW.PK) is a New Jersey based company that makes and sells software for voice recognition solutions for use in distribution centers. The company recently generated negative earnings.

One Voice Technologies Inc. (OVOE.PK) is a La Jolla, California based company that makes and markets voice recognition software for the telecommunications and interactive multimedia industries. The P/S is 0.27.

If you like interesting stock lists, check out WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Author does not own any of the above.

By Stockerblog.com

Thailand Stocks Have Been Up Over 30% During the Last 3 Months


Thailand, the gateway to southeast Asia, is a very beautiful country. It is also a growing emerging economy, with many stocks increasing over 30% in the last three months. Some interesting trivia about Thailand:

1. People have lived in Thailand since the paleolithic period.
2. It is 21st in GDP purchasing power parity.
3. It had the the world's highest growth rate from 1985 to 1996.
4. It is the top exporter of rice.
5. 55% of the land is used for rice production
6. Tourism is only 5% of the economy.
7. Major products include textiles, footwear, fish, rubber, jewelry, cars, computers and electronic equipment.
8. It is ranked 42 in the Economist's Worldwide Quality-of-Life Index.

Here are some Thai stocks that trade in the United States:

Advanced Info Service PCL (AVIFY.PK) is a provider of cellular services and mobile phones. The stock has a price to earnings ratio of 16.

Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPOKY.PK) is a producer and provider of meat and other food products. The stock has a PE ratio of 12.

Delta Electronics (DLETY.PK) manufactures and sells electronic components, including switching power supply products and power management products.

Hana Microelectronics Public Co. Ltd. (HNMEY.PK) manufactures integrated circuit boards, light-emitting diode products, radio frequency amplifiers and printed circuit boards. The stock has a PE ratio of 9.

PTT Exploration & Production (PEXNY.PK) explores for and produces petroleum products. The stock has a PE of 15.5.

Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SAVXY.PK) makes and markets hot-rolled steel sheets and coils. The stock has a PE of 4.

Shin Corp. ADR (SHNZY.PK) is in the business of wireless telecommunications, satellite communications and the Internet. The stock has a PE of 13.

TT&T Public Co. LTD (TTTBF.PK) provides landline telecommunication services.

Thaicom PLC (THMNY.PK) is a provider of telecom and broadcasting satellite transponders services.

You can also invest in Thailand through closed end funds. Thai Fund Inc. (TTF) invests in Thailand stocks in a diversified group of sectors. The fund pays a yield of 1.5%. In the last three months, the fund has been up over 30%.

The Thai Capital Fund Inc. (TF) also invests in a diversified group of Thai companies across all market capitalizations. It pays a yield of 1.2% and has increased by about 40% during the last three months.

To see articles on other stocks from countries around the world, check out WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Author does not own any of the above.

By Stockerblog.com

Gold Overbought

Guest Article

Precious metals soar as investors flock to gold and silver. But are they looking deep enough to truly understand the current trends at hand?

When reviewing the metals sector, I like to look at it from different angles to get a solid understanding of the patterns and trend forming. I follow multiple time frames along with monitoring the gold mining stocks. Gold stocks tend to lead the price of gold bullion and when its out performing the price of gold substantially by 10% or more you should be expecting a pause or pullback in both gold stocks and gold bullion prices temporarily.

Below are a few charts showing the long and short term trends for gold.

Gold continues to be in a strong up-trend. The occasional test of support at the major moving averages can provide great long term points for adding to a position. The 50 period average is one which is tested frequently.

Looking at the weekly chart does give me a red flag for the intermediate price of gold.

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By Chris Vermeulen

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Lucent Pays a Yield of 13%

Yes, you read that right. Lucent, the voice, data, and video communication services company, pays a very high yield. This particular stock is not the Lucent common stock that used to trade on the NYSE under the symbol LU, nor is it the Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) common stock which is the result of the merger between French communications company Alcatel with Lucent. Of course, I'm talking about Lucent's preferred stock, with the official name of Lucent Technologies Capital Trust I (LUTHP.PK). This is a 7.75% Cumulative Convertible Trust Preferred Security which was first issued in 2002. The stock pays $19.375 per quarter, giving it a current yield of 10.2%.

If you think that Alcatel-Lucent is a survivor, and you like high income, it may be worth taking a closer look at this investment. It is convertible into the common shares but it is far away from conversion, as the conversion share price is 24.80. Could the common go that high before 3/15/2017, the trust's maturity date? Stranger things have happened, but even if it doesn't, as long as the company stays in business, you will also make about $240 per share in capital appreciation as the stock recently traded at $760 per share. This boosts the yield even higher, giving it a yield to maturity in excess of 12.9%.

Will Alcatel-Lucent survive? The stock is trading at its cash per share, which doesn't mean much, as the company carries a huge amount of debt at $6.1 billion. On the plus side, it has the same amount of cash. Although the company has been reporting negative earnings, the operating cash flow has been running at $380 million and levered free cash flow is at $1.1 billion.

So if you are looking for an income speculation, this may be the preferred stock for you.

Author owns ALU.


By Stockerblog.com

Friday, September 10, 2010

Zimbabwe Inflation in Pictures


I've written numerous articles about the recent outrageous inflation in Zimbabwe and the issuance of the highest denomination of banknotes in history, including the notorious $100 trillion dollar bill.

Now the site Email Forwards, which features interesting emails that have recently been forwarded around the world, has posted a list of pictures that really put the Zimbabwe inflation situation into reality.

The first picture shows a boy on his way to the market with hundreds of bills worth about one US dollar. The second shows a man with bundles of Zimbabwe bills worth about $100 US.


The third picture shows the purchase of three eggs. Price: 100 billion Zimbabwe dollars. The fourth picture shows the payment for a meal at a Zimbabwe restaurant.

Fortunately, Zimbabwe now has their inflation under control, now that the country is allowing the use of foreign currencies, including the US dollar, for commerce. And the countries former high denomination bills have now become collector's items, mementos of runaway inflation.

Source of pictures: www.emailforwards.net

eBay Maintains 28.4% Ownership of Craigslist, Loses Board Seat

eBay (EBAY), which owns part of Craigslist, has had a dispute with the company recently, claiming that a rights offering diluted its ownership, and Craiglist claims that eBay stole the company's classified secrets by having a director from eBay on Craigslist's board.

The dispute was settled in Delaware. eBay gets to maintain its 28.4% ownership but loses a board seat.

Funny Video of the Week

Here is the funny video of the week, which has nothing to do with stocks or bonds or finance or investments.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

High Yield Soft Drink Stocks to Satisfy Your Thirst


Depending on the part of the country you are from, you may refer to soft drinks as soda, pop, or soda pop. The first soft drink was reportedly first marketed in 1676 by the Compagnie de Limonadiers of Paris, which marketed a drink made with water and lemon juice sweetened with honey. This non-carbonated drink was sold by dispensers who carried barrels of the lemonade drink on their backs and would pour into cups for the customers.

The sale of carbonated soda water and soda fountains came about in 1806 when Benjamin Silliman, a Yale chemistry professor, sold soda waters in Connecticut. The soda fountains in the 19th century then started to take off with extracts and flavorings added to the soda water. The U.S. Patent Office received 1,500 patent applications for corks, caps, and lids for the carbonated soda bottle tops during the 1800’s.

Here are some soft drink stocks which might satisfy your thirst for beverage stocks, many of which pay dividends. All of these have market caps over $1 billion.

Embotell Andina SA (AKO-A) is a Santiago, Chile based company. It is a distributor of Coca-Cola products in Chile, Brazil, and Argentina. The stock has a P/E of 16. The yield is 1.4%.

Coca Cola (KO) is one of the largest manufacturers, distributors, and marketers of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups in the world. The P/E is 18. They are generating a yield of 3.1%.

Cadbury Schweppes Plc. (CDSCY.PK) markets Dr.Pepper, Schweppes, 7 Up, Snapple, Mott's, Hawaiian Punch, Clamato, and Schweppes Tonic Water. This London based company was founded in 1783.

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) is a manufacturer of Mountain Dew, Diet Pepsi, Gatorade, Tropicana Pure Premium, Aquafina water, Sierra Mist, Mug, Tropicana juice drinks, Propel, SoBe, Slice, Dole, Tropicana Twister, and Tropicana Season’s Best. The P/E is 17, with a yield of 2.9%.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (COKE) distributes and markets carbonated and noncarbonated beverages, primarily of The Coca-Cola Company. It distributes in North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Florida. The company has a P/E of 14 and a yield of 2%.

Coca Cola Femsa SA (KOF) is a distributor of Coca Cola products in Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil. The stock has a P/E of 19 and a yield of 1.5%.

Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) distributes Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dasani, Fanta, Schweppes, and caffeine free Diet Coke. The company distributes in North America, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Monaco. The stock has a forward P/E of 18, with a yield of 1.2%.

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company SA (CCH) is an Athens, Greece based company. Distributor of Coca Cola products in Europe. The stock has a P/E of 17 and a yield of 1.4%.

Hansen Natural Corp. (HANS) makes and markets natural sodas, fruit juices and juice drinks, energy drinks and energy sports drinks, along with other types of beverages. The stock has a P/E of 21. The stock does not pay a dividend.

If you are looking for high yield stocks in other industries, check out WallStreetNewsNetwork.com to see the various free downloadable stock lists which can be sorted and changed.

Author owns KOF.

By Stockerblog.com

The Surprise Global Leader - Time to Trade or Fade?

Guest Article

It’s hard to ignore the media coverage on global markets these days – I find myself avoiding CNBC during market hours more and more just to keep my focus where it needs to be. Across all major news sources we’ve heard a lot in the last year, the Dubai Debt Crisis, European Debt Debacle (P.I.I.G.S), fear of a U.S. double dip and more, but many investors missed the stealth success of an emerging BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) country. Despite tepid performance across the BRIC countries in recent months India has persistently remained strong over the last 24 months and just this week hit 31 month highs.

Let’s delve into this surprising trend and determine if you should be chasing or fading this emerging powerhouse. I like to look at India based on three different time frames using three different technical based systems – this is the strategy that I use in the ETFTRADR portfolios each day. I call it a 3X3 strategy where I constantly monitor three time frames and three time-frame-unique systems, which provides diversity on indicators and periods. If you are interested in learning more about strategies we use I recommend joining Freemium TRADR, it's the easieast way to become a rockstar ETF TRADR. We’ll use the Wisdom Tree India ETF (EPI) since it has far better liquidity than other India ETFs (INP, IFN). In the last two years EPI has gained more than 20% outpacing the BRIC Index (BKF) and the S&P500 (SPY) significantly.

Let’s start with the bird’s eye view and weekly charts. The INVESTR system, which uses William’s % R, moving averages and Parabolics, has been extremely effective in 2010. The trend based system does show extreme strength, however, is it too strong to chase now? In my view, it’s not a good time to enter based on weekly charts – traders do not want to fight the current on EPI, but rather look for lower risk entries. Take a look at the chart below; I’ve highlighted several different entry points based on this type of bull retest. I look at 80 or 50 level retest to provide advantageous entry prices. The key is marking the retest bar’s low as your stop. To continue reading, click HERE.

By Andrew Hart – ETFTRADR

Metals in a Triple Top?

Guest Article

Thursday Sept 9th, 2010

I am going to step out on a limb in this report and cover what I think to be an intermediate top in the precious metals sector. Everyone I speak with and from the hundreds of emails I get I would say the vast majority are bullish on gold and silver. That being said, I feel we are 3-8 days away from a pop and drop in the price of gold.

Below are my explanation and charts of what I think is unfolding.
HUI – Gold Bugs Index

This chart tracks a basket of gold companies and can be used as a leading indicator for gold bullion at times. This index tends to lead the price of gold before rallies and also during declines. I have seen this lead by a few hours and even up to 7 days. I find it out perform when gold is about to rally, and under perform when gold is topping or about to start another move down.

It looks as though we are forming a triple top which also happens to be at a previous 2009 resistance level. Each time this level has been reached sellers take control and send the market sharply lower. There have been several long upper wicks formed in the past few sessions telling me that buyers are pushing the price up, but sellers hit the sell button pulling the market right back down. If this triple tops plays out, I would expect a multi month correction to take place. Read the rest HERE

By Chris Vermeulen

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

It's a Dirty Business but Someone's Got to Invest In It: Coal


Coal has taken a bad rap for many years, primarily due to the environmental impact of its use as a fuel. In spite of its adverse issues, it is still being heavily used. How much? Check out the following facts:

1. Coal is the largest single source of fuel in the world for the generation of electricity.
2. 75% of coal is used for the production of electricity.
3. The US consumes about one billion tons of coal each year.
4. China and India use about 1.7 billion tons annually.
5. Coal is the fastest growing energy source in the world.
6. China was the top producer of coal with almost one-third of the world's share.
7. US is the second largest producer of coal.
8. The largest exporter of coal is Australia.
9. Coal is found on all continents except Antarctica.
10. There is enough coal to provide the entire planet with all of its energy for 155 years, 285 years, or 600 years, depending on what source you use.

Here are several coal companies, all of which pay dividends.

Arch Coal Inc. (ACI) mines and sells low sulfur coal, with 2.9 billion tons of coal reserves and mining operations in Colorado, Kentucky, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The P/E is 43 and the company generates a yield of 1.7%.

CONSOL Energy Inc. (CNX) mines and sells steam coal primarily to electric power generators. It is also in the business of producing metallurgical coal. The P/E is 17, and the yield is 1.2%.

Massey Energy Co. (MEE) produces, processes, and sells steam and metallurgical grade bituminous coal. The company recently reported negative earnings and the yield is 0.8%.

Peabody Energy Corp. (BTU) owns 40 coal operations in the United States and Australia, with about 10.2 billion tons in reserves.. This St. Louis, Missouri based company has been around since 1883. The stock has a P/E of 23 and it pays a small dividend of 0.6%.

Yanzhou Coal Mining Co. Ltd. (YZC) This Chinese company mines and sells coal in China and Australia. The stock has a P/E of 16. The stock yields 1.5% and has paid dividends annually for ten years.

If you like dividend stocks, such as electric and gas utilities, check out the dividend stock lists at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Author does not own any of the above.

By Stockerblog.com.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Minibonds: PINES, QUIBS, PD's, and More

Income investors, are always looking for new and different alternatives to the staid municipal bonds and utility stocks. One interesting alternative is the Minibond. This is a bond that is traded, just like a stock, on the New York Stock Exchange or American Stock Exchange for around $25 per share. They are almost like preferred stocks except that they pay interest instead of dividends and they usually have a specific maturity date. Sometimes they are referred to as PINES (Public Income Notes) or QUIBS (Quarterly Interest Bonds) or QUICS (Quarterly Income Capital Securities) or QUIDS (Quarterly Income Debt Securities). There are even a few that are issued as Perpetual Debt or PDs, which means that there is no maturity date.

The advantages of Minibonds to the issuers are that the interest is deductible to the corporation (unlike dividends on preferred and common stocks, which are not deductible).

The advantages to the investor are first, that the bonds are more secure than preferred stocks (in other words, if the corporation goes out of business, the bonds are generally paid off first before the preferred or common stock). Second, the Minibonds (with the exception of the perpetual debt bonds) have some limited protection against inflation versus preferred stocks in that if interest rates go up after purchasing them, their value will drop; however the par value (usually $25) will be paid back at maturity on the Minibonds. Whereas, preferreds have no maturity. The third benefit is the small denomination, especially when looking at a $2,000 IRA investment. A fourth benefit is that since they are traded like stocks, there is more liquidity than buying or selling a $5,000 bond. However, these are still very illiquid investments. Most have a very low daily volume.

An example is the AT&T Inc. 6.375% Senior Note (ATT), which currently yields 5.9% and pays quarterly. Another is the Viacom, Inc. 6.85% Senior Note (VNV), yielding 6.5%, which also distributes payments quarterly.

WallStreetNewsNetwork.com is working on a list of all the Minibonds, which can be downloaded and sorted. It should be posted in the next few days.

Author does not own any of the above.


By Stockerblog.com

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