Monday, October 29, 2012

Stock Markets Definitely Closed Tuesday, Wednesday Up in the Air

According to a report from Reuters, both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will definitely be closed Tuesday. They hope to reopen Wednesday, assuming weather conditions allow.

Track Storm Sandy on the Google Super Storm Sandy Map

Google has a map that allows you to track Sandy, the 'Super Storm'. It can be accessed here. It includes information about the current location, the forecast track, and the 3 day forecast cone, plus it can provide emergency shelters.

Hurricane Sandy: New York City Endures Storm's Wrath, Buildings Damaged

ABC's Chris Cuomo reports the storm in New York City.

URGENT - New York Stock Exchange Under Water!! Will This Be The Financial Collapse Starting?

URGENT - New York Stock Exchange Under Water!! Will This Be The Financial Collapse Starting? Interesting video.

3 Feet of Water at the New York Stock Exchange per NBC

NBC just reported that there is three feet of water at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. The Exchange was closed today and is expecting to be closed tomorrow.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Used Adult Diapers and Other Weird Sources of Fuel

You may have previously read our article about flywheel stocks, the companies that make battery-free electrical storage devices, such as Active Power Inc. (ACPW) which trades on NASDAQ. We also wrote about stocks that produce power from hot air from the ground, like Calpine Corporation (CPN). Then there is one source of green energy that I didn't include in my book, The Green Light on Green Stocks. It was the body heat used by a Swedish company to heat companies.

Now there is a new source of fuel: dirty adult diapers. Due to Japan's rapidly aging population and its limited landfill sites, the country has been inundated with piles of used dirty adult diapers. Fortunately, a company has come up with a solution. Super Faiths Inc. has created a manufacturing process that processes used adult diapers into solid fuel. This fuel is now being used in a Tokyo hospital.

So what other companies use weird fuel? One company that uses an eclectic group of sources of fuel to produce electricity is Hawaiian Electric Industries (HE), which is one of the leading utilities involved in the use of renewable energy sources for the generation of power. Hawaiian Electric uses sugarcane waste to run its generators along with municipal waste and waves from the ocean. Of course the company uses other less exotic power sources such as wind, solar, photovoltaic, geothermal, and hydroelectric. Earnings for the latest quarter ending June 30 spiked by an incredible 43% on a 7.5% rise in revenues. The stock trades at 15.5 times forward earnings and has a 4.8% yield. The company has scheduled its earnings announcement for November 7.

If you like interesting stock lists like this, check out the many free lists of stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com that can be downloaded.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Man Who Claims He Owns Half of Facebook Charged with Fraud

A Wellsvlle, New York businessman who claimed that he was entitled to half ownership of Facebook (FB) has been arrested. He is charged with fabricating and destroying evidence, claiming that he and Mark Zuckerberg signed a two page contract back in 2003.

Are Clothing Stocks Dressed for Success?

With the exception of nudists and streakers, people will always wear clothing. And with the holiday season coming up, investors are taking a closer look at apparel and clothing companies. With consumer confidence the highest it's ever been in the last five years, based on the recent Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey, the future may bode well for these stocks.

According to the free list of apparel and clothing stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, there are over 25 companies in this sector, with ten paying dividends, ranging from 0.2% to 5.5%.

If you like low priced stocks, American Apparel (APP) trades close to a dollar a share. This Los Angeles based vertically integrated company makes and markets branded apparel for women, men, children, and babies, including T-shirts, sweaters, and jackets, and operates over 285 retail stores in 20 countries. It operates the largest garment factory in the United States, with the knitting, dyeing, cutting, sewing, photography, marketing, distribution and design taking place in the company's facilities in Los Angeles.

Total net sales for the quarter ending September 30, 2012, rose by an estimated 15% to $162.6 million, and comparable retail and online sales spiked by an estimated 21%. The company's official earnings announcement is scheduled for November 8.

The stock has an extremely favorable price to sales ratio of 0.21. (Remember, the lower the P/S ratio, the better. Under 1 is good, over 2 is not so good.)

American Apparel is known for its innovative advertising and marketing. As a matter of fact, Ryan Holiday is the director of marketing for the company. He's the author of the book Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, a must read for anyone who ever goes on the Internet, which is basically ... everyone. (I will be publishing a book review about it in the next few days.)

For investors who like income, Columbia Sportswear Company (COLM) pays a CD beating annual yield of 1.6%, with dividends paid quarterly. This Portland, Oregon based company designs and sells outdoor apparel, footwear, and accessories. The company's brands include Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Sorel, and Montrail. It operates retail stores in the United States, Canada, western Europe, Japan, and Korea.

The stock trades at 19.6 times trailing earnings. Revenues for the latest reported quarter ending September 30 were down slightly, dropping 3.8%. The price sales ratio is 1.07. Annual dividend payouts of $29.8 million are easily covered by an operating cash flow of $95.25 million.

To see a free list of clothing and apparel companies, which can be downloaded and sorted, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Friday, October 26, 2012

SFO Magazine taken over by TraderPlanet

Those of you who used to read SFO Magazine probably realize that the company stopped publishing in July of this year. SFO has been purchased by TraderPlanet.com. The site publishes several investment articles a day. By the way, SFO stood for 'stocks, futures, options.'

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Second Week of November

  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, you have to be extremely careful, and may need to avoid the technique during those times.

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 during the next week or two. The list contains many dividend paying companies, all with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the yield, and the market capitalization.

Intel Corporation (INTC)  11/5/2012 4.2% $108.0B

Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NMM) 11/6/2012 11.6% $932.7M

Highwoods Properties Inc (HIW) 11/7/2012 5.2% $2.5B

Walgreen Company (WAG) 11/7/2012 3.0% $33.3B

Consolidated Edison, Inc. (ED) 11/9/2012 4.0% $17.5B

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.

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 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.

Buying Dividends (Dividend Capture) book 25% Off

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.

By Stockerblog.com

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the First Week of November

  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, you have to be extremely careful, and may need to avoid the technique during those times.

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 during the next week or two. The list contains many dividend paying companies, all with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the yield, and the market capitalization.

IDACORP Inc (IDA) 11/1/2012 3.4% $2.2B

Itau Unibanco Holding SA ADR (ITUB) 11/1/2012 4.2% $31.2B

Natural Resource Partners LP (NRP) 11/1/2012 9.9% $2.3B

The Southern Company (SO) 11/1/2012 4.2% $40.1B

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.

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 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.

Buying Dividends (Dividend Capture) book 25% Off

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.

By Stockerblog.com

Monday, October 22, 2012

Top Stocks Selling Below Book Value

Book value, in very simple terms, is what the shareholders would receive for each share if the company sold off all its assets today, paid off all its debts, and distributed all the cash on a pro-rata basis. Therefore if you can buy a stock below its book value, you have reduced one element of risk.

An example is the New York Stock Exchange company Thompson Creek Metals Company (TC), a Denver, Colorado based company which is in the mining and marketing of molybdenum. The stock trades at 25% of book value, 15 times trailing earnings, and 10.6 times forward earnings.

Another stock trading way below book is Petrobras Argentina SA (PZE), the Buenos Aires based company involved in the exploration and production of oil and gas. The stock sells at 43% of book value, and trades at 23.4 times trailing earnings. The forward price to earnings ratio is 4.0. Earnings for the latest quarter spiked by 127% on a 13% rise in revenues.

Photronics Inc. (PLAB) manufactures photomasks used in the manufacture of semiconductors and flat panel displays and trades at 55% of book value. The trailing PE is 9 and the forward PE is 7. Earnings for the latest quarter dropped 2.8%.

If you like interesting stock lists like this, check out the many free stock lists at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

By Stockerblog.com

Space Shuttle Time Lapse Video

If you haven't seen the official Los Angeles Times Space Shuttle Time Lapse Video yet, check it out. The best part is in the middle of the video when the space shuttle comes within inches of houses and trees. It is less than three minutes long.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

How to Ruin Your Financial Life

How to Ruin Your Financial Life according to Ben Stein:

Want to buy his book? Click: How To Really Ruin Your Financial Life and Portfolio

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Last 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, you have to be extremely careful, and may need to avoid the technique during those times.

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 during the next week or two. The list contains many dividend paying companies, all with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the yield, and the market capitalization.

Boardwalk REIT (BOWFF) 10/29/2012 3.0% $3.1B

ConAgra Foods, Inc. (CAG) 10/29/2012 3.6% $11.2B

DNP Select Income Fund Inc. (DNP) 10/29/2012 7.7% $2.4B

NiSource Inc. (NI) 10/29/2012 3.8% $7.3B

Bank of Montreal (BMO) 10/30/2012 5.0% $38.3B

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.

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 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.

Buying Dividends (Dividend Capture) book 25% Off

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.

By Stockerblog.com

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Do You Know What Flyboarding Is? Check it out

I think I've found my new action sport to participate in, flyboarding. Not sure what it is? Check it out this video:

The Art and Science of Technical Analysis

I am more of a fundamental trader and investor than a technical trader, but I do look at charts, and my limited technical analysis helps me make investing decisions. The book The Art & Science of Technical Analysis: Market Structure, Price Action & Trading Strategies by Adam Grimes is the most complete book of technical analysis I have ever seen.

This 463 page guide covers everything from market cycles to trends to breakouts to risk management. My favorite chapter is Chapter 11 called The Trader's Mind. It goes into great detail about the psychological aspects of trading. The trader's emotions can be their undoing. Check out the subsection called Biases Concerning Losses and see what choice you would make. Would you follow logic? In the same chapter, a long list of what to do if you become too aggressive and out of control, putting you on a losing streak.

The book is filled with charts on almost every page, which gives visual example of the concepts covered in the chapters. The books starts with the basics and moves on to all the advanced trading topics. If you want to develop your own methodology to use in finding trading patterns to become more profitable, I highly recommend The Art & Science of Technical Analysis.

By Stockerblog.com

Friday, October 19, 2012

Economic Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek: Round Two

John Maynard Keynes versus Friedrich von Hayek

Seniors Losing their Homes with Reverse Mortgages

Reverse mortgages are supposed to provide senior citizens with the security that they can keep their houses for the rest of their lives. However, according to a recent article in the New York Times, this is turning out not to be true. Many of these loans carry pitfalls.

According to the US Government, there are currently 775,000 reverse mortgages in force. Now 9.4 percent of these loans are in default, up from 2% ten years ago. Only four years ago, only 3% of borrowers were taking reverse mortgages as lump sums; now, 70% of reverse mortgages are taken in lump sums.

Buy a Plot of Land for Only $10

Now you can be a land baron for the price of less than a bag of groceries; only ten dollars. The town of Reston, Manitoba, Canada, located close to North Dakota, is offering 13 undeveloped buildable lots for only $10 each.

The one catch is that you have to begin construction within 90 days of purchase. However, the good news is that the town will pay a $6,000 grant to people who have built a new house.

Want more info? Click here.

25 Year Anniversary of Stock Market Crash: Dow Drops 205 NASDAQ Drops 67

Today is the 25th Anniversary of the 1987 stock market crash. Is today a repeat of history. At least today's drop wasn't as bad. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tanked by 205 points or 1.5% and the NASDAQ went down by 67 points or about 2.2%. This is the biggest drop in about four months.

Did anyone read the article from Sunday, October 14, on How to Speculate on a Market Drop Without Options or Shorting? The article described the Daily S&P 500 Bear 3X Shares ETF (SPXS), which was up 5.1% today. The Direxion Daily Energy Bear 3X Shares (ERY) was up 4.5% today.

As for the popular stocks, Google was down 74 points in the last two days due to missing estimates on revenues and a substantial drop in earnings per share. Apple (AAPL) fell over 22 points today. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG) was off by about 43 points, or 15%.

Disclosure: Author owns AAPL.

By Stockerblog.com

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Fifth 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, you have to be extremely careful, and may need to avoid the technique during those times.

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 during the next week or two. The list contains many dividend paying companies, all with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the yield, and the market capitalization.

Boardwalk REIT (BOWFF) 10/29/2012 3.0% $3.1B

ConAgra Foods, Inc. (CAG) 10/29/2012 3.6% $11.2B

DNP Select Income Fund Inc. (DNP) 10/29/2012 7.7% $2.4B

NiSource Inc. (NI) 10/29/2012 3.8% $7.3B

Bank of Montreal (BMO) 10/30/2012 5.0% $38.3B

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.

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 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.

Buying Dividends (Dividend Capture) book 25% Off

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.

By Stockerblog.com

Sunday, October 14, 2012

How to Speculate on a Market Drop Without Options or Shorting

Investors who may be anticipating an October stock market crash have a few options. One way is to short the market, however, the potential loss is unlimited. Another way is to buy put options. However, these have fast approaching expirations, and if they aren't in-the-money at the time of expiration, it will result in an entire loss of the investment. Plus, for novice investors, options may be difficult to understand.
So what is left? Bearish exchange traded funds, also known as Bearish ETFs. These are investments that have a goal of providing the daily inverse of a stock index. Some of these ETFs have an objective of 100% of the reverse performance, and some can provide a 300% opposite return. These are extremely volatile investments that are designed for short term trades, not long term investments. They achieve their performance through the use of various financial instruments including futures contracts, options, equity caps, collars, floors, swap agreements, short positions, and reverse repurchase agreements.
According to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, there are over a dozen commonly traded triple bearish ETFs available for investors. One popular one is the Daily S&P 500 Bear 3X Shares ETF (SPXS), which attempts to produce 300% of the inverse of the performance of the S&P 500. In other words, if the S&P 500 drops 2% in one day, the ETF should drop 6%. Of course, if the S&P 500 rises by 2%, the ETF will drop by 6%, a significant loss. So it is worth repeating, there are extremely risky investments.
Investors can be more specific in terms of what sectors will drop, or will drop the most. For example, suppose you think energy stocks will tank. There is the Daily Energy Bear 3X Shares ETF (ERY), which attempts to track 300% of the inverse of the Energy Select Sector Index. Think bank and financial services companies are overpriced and due for a drop? There is the Daily Financial Bear 3X Shares ETF (FAZ).
There is even a triple bearish gold ETF called the Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X Shares ETF (DUST). Take a look at its stock ticker symbol! It's objective is to produce 300% of the opposite of the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index.
For a free list of the most commonly traded triple bearish ETFs which can be downloaded, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.
Disclosure: Author didn't own any of the above at the time the article was written.
By Stockerblog.com





Latest Weekly News about Warren Buffett

The latest news about Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK-A) (BRK-B) Warren Buffett for the week.

The Controversial Advice That Warren Buffett Uses To Beat The S&P

Kim Kardashian Is 'No Warren Buffett'

Warren Buffett's Wells Fargo Investment Hinges on Bernanke

Warren Buffett's bet on newspapers is black and white (and read all over)

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Raises Stake in DaVita to Almost 11%

Warren Buffett's UK Investments

If you want to invest like Warren Buffett, go to the free list of Warren Buffett stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Time for a Rebound in Israeli Stocks? Top High Yield Israel Companies

Did you know that the number one country that has more companies listed on the NASDAQ other than the United States and China? It is Israel. They currently have over 85 stocks listed on NASDAQ. If you look at the iShares MSCI Israel Cap Invest Market Index ETF (EIS) and compare it to the S&P 500 over the last twelve months, you will notice that the S&P is up about 20%, yet Israeli stocks are where they were a year ago. Is it time for Israeli companies to catch up?

The ETF does pay a dividend semi-annually yielding 2.7%. In addition, there are plenty of other Israeli stocks that pay dividends. Risk can be reduced by investing in dividend paying stocks by reducing volatility and accelerating your return of capital. According to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, there are about ten dividend paying Israeli stocks with payouts ranging from 0.3% to over 12%.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA) is a developer and producer of generic and branded pharmaceuticals and is the largest generic drug manufacturer in the world. Products include Copaxone for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and Azilect for treatment of Parkinson's disease. Other products include Adderall, Calcitriol, Ciprofloxacin, Diazepam, Nystatin, along with many others. The company has been paying quarterly dividends since 1997 and yields 2.1%. It trades at 11.1 times trailing earnings and 6.8 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest quarter were up an amazing 49.8% on an 18.6% rise in revenues.

Elbit Systems Ltd. (ESLT), a manufacturer of defense systems and products, pays dividends quarterly and yields 3.5%. The company has been paying dividends since 1997. The stock trades at 8.7 times forward earnings.

Cellcom Israel Ltd. (CEL) is a cellular communications provider in Israeli that yields a very high 11.5%, with dividends having been paid quarterly since 2007. The stock has a price to earnings ratio of 5.9 and a forward P/E ratio of 2.3.

The dividend paying stocks from Israel that trade in the United States can be found in a free list at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, which can be downloaded, sorted, and updateding.

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


By Stockerblog.com

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Fourth 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, you have to be extremely careful, and may need to avoid the technique during those times.

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 during the next week or two. The list contains many dividend paying companies, all with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the yield, and the market capitalization.

The Clorox Company (CLX) 10/22/2012 3.6% $9.3B

Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust (PMO) 10/22/2012 5.1% $563.3M

Putnam Premier Income Trust (PPT) 10/22/2012 6.3% $815.2M

Alpine Total Dynamic Dividend Fund (AOD) 10/22/2012 14.6% $994.6M

Alpine Global Premier Properties Fund (AWP) 10/22/2012 8.2% $787.6M

Royal Bank of Canada (RY) 10/23/2012 4.3% $82.8B

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.

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 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.

Buying Dividends (Dividend Capture) book 25% Off

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.

By Stockerblog.com

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Most Beautiful McDonald's Restaurant in the World

Do you think sales for McDonald's (MCD) would skyrocket if all the McDonald's restaurants look lie this?

Yes, this is a genuine McDonald's restaurant, built into a mansion called the Denton House built back in 1795. It is located in New Hyde Park, NY.

Photos courtesy of ScoutingNY.com

A Day in the Life of a Financial Advisor

A Day in the Life of a Financial Advisor

Unreleased $100 Bills Stolen at Airport

Brand new hundred dollar bills that have not been released to the public yet were stolen at the Philadelphia International Airport.

These are $100 bills that are designed with special anti-counterfeiting features such as a disappearing Liberty Bill. A large amount of these bills were stolen according to the FBI.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How to Stop Spam Phone Calls on your Cell Phone

Scammers have been making phone calls claiming to represent the National Do Not Call Registry. The calls claim to provide an opportunity to sign up for the Registry. These calls are not coming from the Registry or the Federal Trade Commission, and you should not respond to these calls. To add your number to the Registry you can call 888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to register, or go click on “Register a Phone Number” at DoNotCall.gov.

Your registration will not expire. Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. Read more about it at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/04/dncfyi.shtm.

The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at the DoNotCall.gov. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

3D Printers Featured at Maker Faire: How about 3D Printer Stocks?

3D printers have come a long way. They first came about during the 1980's, but they were large and clunky, and the products they produced were limited. Now you can print everything from cars to bikinis to houses. The 3D printers were recently featured at the Maker Faire in New York where advancements in this technology were demonstrated.

There are several companies that have jumped on the 3D printing bandwagon, both from a software and hardware standpoint. According to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, there are ten 3D printing stocks in the 3D printing arena.

Let's start with an overlooked area of 3D printers, the software. After all, you need a way to run these printers. Autodesk, Inc. (ADSK) makes 3D software for many different industries, everything from entertainment to architecture to manufacturing. The stock trades at 26.5 times trailing earnings and a forward price to earnings ratio of 15. Earnings for the latest reported quarter were down 9.3% on a 4.1% increase in revenues. The company has no debt, and has $1.5 billion dollars in the bank, amounting to 6.31 per share in cash. It does not currently pay a dividend.

In regards to hardware, there is Stratasys, Inc. (SSYS), which produces three-dimensional printers, rapid prototyping systems, and related consumable materials. This Minnesota based company was founded in 1989. Although the latest quarterly earnings dropped by 24.4%, revenues increased 30.7%. This is another debt free company which has $51 million in cash. The stock trades at 70 times trailing earnings and 38.5 times forward earnings.

3D Systems Corporation (DDD), a Rock Hill, South Carolina based company, makes and sells 3D printers and related products, including the Cubify.com 3D @home experience and the Kinect-to-print app powered by Geomagic. 3D Systems was founded in 1986. The stock trades at 62 times current earnings and 26 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest quarter dropped by 37.8%, yet the company had a 51.7% rise in sales. The company has $158.5 million in cash and approximately $140 million in debt.

For a free list of the companies involved in 3D printing, which can be downloaded, sorted, and updated, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Disclosure: Author owns ADSK and DDD.

By Stockerblog.com

You might also want to check out the following video on how houses can be built in just 20 hours with a 3D printer.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Will Halloween Stocks Be Tricks or Treats for Your Portfolio?

Now that it's October, it is time to load up on candy, buy your costume for the upcoming parties, and decide on the scary movies you want to watch at the end of the month. It's also time to look for stocks that may benefit from Halloween.

Candy companies benefit the most from Halloween. Hershey Foods (HSY) is the large chocolate and confectionery company which is known for its Hershey Bars. The stock sports a trailing P/E ratio of 24, forward P/E ratio of 20, and pays a decent yield of 2.1%. Latest quarterly earnings were reported up 4.4% on a 6.1% rise in revenues.

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 P/E ratio of 36 and a yield of 1.2%. Quarterly earnings spiked 15.8% on a 3.1% boost in sales.

Netflix (NFLX) may be the primary beneficiary of the demand for horror films. The company has a significant number of scary motion pictures available for your viewing pleasure. The stock trades at 38 times trailing earnings and 73 times forward earnings. Quarterly revenues were up 12.8%, but earnings tanked by 91%. The company has 14.65 per share in cash. The stock does not pay a dividend.

The leading producer and distributor of scary movies is Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF). The company has made 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, The Evil Woods, My Bloody Valentine 3D and many others. The company has a forward price to earnings ratio of 12, with revenues rising by over 80% for the latest quarter versus the same quarter last year.

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

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

By Stockerblog.com

Are You Smart Enough to Buy For-Profit Education Stocks?

With the Department of Education tightening up on rules relating to for-profit education companies and the recession, the publicly stocks of private education companies have been severely beaten down. As an example, Apollo Group (APOL), the company that owns the University of Phoenix and other educational institutions, has tanked by over 45% year to date. Another player in the for-profit education field is Strayer Education (STRA), which has had a stock price drop of over 31% since the beginning of the year.

Apparently there are plenty of for-profit education stocks. According to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, there are over 35 education companies that own private colleges, universities, and other educational institutions, with about a quarter of them paying dividends. Also, it is interesting to note that about a third of these stocks are of companies based in China.

Let's take a look at Apollo and Strayer. Apollo trades at a very favorable seven times trailing earnings, and nine times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest quarter were down around 39% on an 8.5% drop in revenues. The stock has 5.31 in cash per share and does not pay a dividend. The company has scheduled its earnings announcement for the latest quarter for the middle of October.

Strayer is one of the education stocks that pays a dividend, and a healthy one at that at 6.3%. Dividends have been increased in nine out of the last ten years. The stock trades at nine times trailing earnings and 11.5 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest quarter were down 28.5% on a 10.7% drop in revenues. The company has over 90 campuses in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington.

DeVry, Inc. (DV) is another education stock that has suffered a huge drop, falling by 38% year to date. The stock trades at 11.4 times trailing earnings and 10.8 times future earnings. It pays a yield of 1.3%.

Are these stocks ripe for a year-end tax-selling bounce? Are they possibilities for a long term investment? Maybe you you take a closer look at these and a few of the other for-profit education companies. A free list of these companies can be found at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, which can be downloaded, updated, and sorted.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Book Review: Investment Philosophies

The book, Investment Philosophies: Successful Strategies and the Investors Who Made Them Work, by Aswath Damodaran, is a very comprehensive 600 page guide to investing. The books covers all aspects of stock and bond investing, starting with the very basics of understanding financial statements, valuing companies, comprehending the concept of risk.

Damodaran then delves deeper into the more complex areas of the investment arena, covering such areas of utilizing arbitrage and timing the market. He provides extensive coverage of technical analysis, including charting and identifying price action patterns. One of the most interesting chapters is Information Pays: Trading on News. It discusses trading on public information and private information.

If you are looking for investment strategies and the background information that goes along with these philosophies, you should read Investment Philosophies: Successful Strategies and the Investors Who Made Them Work.

By Stockerblog.com

Would You Pay to Buy Tap Water on the Streets of New York?

Here's an innovative start-up business idea. Sell tap water on the streets of New York City. Of course the company providing this innovative product, the Molecule Project, dispenses the water through a very high quality filtering machine. Will this company give the water utilities a run for their money? Probably not, as these utilities have been doing very well, with many increasing their dividends over the last few months.

According to the free list of high yield water utility stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, American States Water (AWR), which was founded in 1929, distributes water in 75 communities in California. It trades at 17.7 times forward earnings and pays a decent yield of 3.2%. In August, the company boosted its dividends by an incredible 26.7%. Earnings for the latest quarter were down 5.5%, but revenues were up 4.1%.

Aqua America (WTR) distributes water to customers in Pennsylvania, Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Indiana, Virginia, Maine, and Georgia. The stock has a forward price to earnings ratio of 20.9, and yields 2.7%. The company has raised its dividends every year since 1988 and has numerous stock splits during that time. Earnings for the latest quarter were up over 10% on an 11% increase in revenues.

Connecticut Water Service (CTWS) trades at 24 times earnings and yields 3.1%. Earnings were up a substantial 20% on a significant 23% boost in revenues. The company, which was founded in 1956, serves customers in 55 towns in Connecticut. The company recently raised its dividend by 2% in August.

For a free list of high yield water utility stocks, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Third 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, you have to be extremely careful, and may need to avoid the technique during those times.

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 during the next week or two. The list contains many dividend paying companies, all with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the yield, and the market capitalization.

Saul Centers Inc (BFS) 10/15/2012 3.1% $898.9M

Western Asset Managed Municipals Fnd Inc (MMU) 10/17/2012 5.1% $648.8M

Vale SA ADR (VALE) 10/17/2012 6.2% $59.3B

Reaves Utility Income Fund (UTG) 10/17/2012 6.3% $584.4M

Main Street Capital Corporation (MAIN) 10/17/2012 6.1% $921.5M

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.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Building a 30 Story Hotel in 15 Days in China

Amazing video about how a 30 story hotel was built in only 15 days in Hunan Provance, China. The building is five times more earthquake resistant than other buildings and five times more energy efficient, four-pane windows, external solar shading, internal window insullation, three stage air filtration, with the air twenty times cleaner than outdoor air, and more. By the way, the 15 days include interiors of the rooms.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

How Do I Qualify?

If you type How Do I Qualify into the Google (GOOG) search engine, this is what you would get:

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