Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Safe Investor

One of the first things I noticed about the book by Timothy F. McCarthy, The Safe Investor: How to Make Your Money Grow in a Volatile Global Economy, is that I am already following the process he recommends for investing.

Chapter 10 talks about the money management technique of Three Pockets. This involves having a savings pocket, an investing pocket, and a trading pocket. There are many books about trading, and many books about investing, but this book covers, and recommends both.

McCarthy, who was the former president of Charles Schwab & Co., does a fantastic job of describing risks and diversification. He includes many real life finance related experiences, which help the reader get a better understanding about various investment topics. The book is especially useful for new investors, as it is very easy to understand and covers all the basics.

Even more advanced investors should enjoy the book, especially those that haven't generated returns as good as the S&P 500 over the last couple years. Understanding the various types of diversification covered in the book is essential.

I highly recommend The Safe Investor: How to Make Your Money Grow in a Volatile Global Economy for those that want to become a better investor.

Ford Promoting its 'Banking' Business: Offering 1.10% Interest

In a recent flyer I received from Ford (F), I read about a promotion from Ford Credit offering 'An investment opportunity' called Ford Interest Advantage, of 1.10% interest for over $50,000, 1.05% over $15,000, and 1.00% for lower amounts, with a minimum investment of $1,000.

According to the letter, the investments are redeemable at any time, plus ther is unlimited checking. The small print says that these are unsecured debt obligations of Ford Motor Credit, and not guaranteed by Ford. These are not FDIC insured bank accounts.

The prospectus is available at fordcredit.com/FIA

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Marijuana Stock Index Up 339% Last Year

Although marijuana is illegal in the United States from a federal standpoint, the use and dispensing of medical marijuana has been approved in many states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, and Oregon. Now, the recreational use of marijuana is legal from a state standpoint in Colorado and Washington.  This has caused an immense surge in the share price of marijuana related stocks causing them to rise by 339% last year, based on the Stockerblog.com Marijuana Stock Index at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, versus less than a tenth of that for the Standard & Poor's 500.


The Marijuana Stock Index tracks the prices of most marijuana related stocks from January 2013 to January 2014, but excludes those stocks without complete price data or trading for less than one cent per share. All stocks were weighted equally in the index.

Not every stock increased over the time frame, such as Medbox (MDBX), but most were up, and some very significantly, such as Advanced Cannabis Solutions (CANN), up 841%, and Cannabis Sativa (CBDS), up 1174%.

More details on the index and all the stocks in the marijuana stock index can be found at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Don't forget to check out our other articles on marijuana stocks:

Marijuana Airlines

Marijuana Stocks

Marijuana Stocks on a High Streak

Marijuana Stocks Get High After the Election

Marijuana Soda Pop

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

By Stockerblog.com





Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the First Week of February


  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, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets.


In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can't sell the stock until after the ex date. The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, and the yield.

Enerplus Corporation   ERF     2/3   6.0%
Global Partners L.P.      GLP    2/3  6.2%
Heritage Commerce    HTBK   2/3  2.0%
Idacorp                        IDA      2/3   3.3%
Pacific Coast Oil Tr    ROYT  2/3  12.8%
Tessco Technologies   TESS   2/3   2.4%
United Comm. Bank UCBA    2/3  2.2%
Access National Corp ANCX 2/4   2.7%

The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found at wsnn.com. (If you have been to the website before, and the latest link doesn't show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WSNN.com. Most of the lists are free.

Dividend definitions:

Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.

Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.

Monthly Dividend Stock List

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

Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.

Book now available: Buying Dividends Revised and Expanded

Book now available: Stock Market Trivia
A Great Gift!

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, January 27, 2014

Look at Wine for your Health and Wine Stocks for your Portfolio Health

Red Wine - Health Benefits
It may be hard to believe, but lots of news is coming out about how good the 'bad' foods and drinks are. Last April, I published an article on how chocolate can reduce stress. Then just last week, I did a follow-up on chocolate stocks.

Now there is more recent information on Fox News with the title "Chocolate and red wine 'can beat diabetes.'"How can you beat that? The study researched 2,000 women and analyze the benefits of flavanoids in their diet.

Other research has determined that red wine may help prevent memory loss and even reduce the effects of Alzheimer's, primarily due to the resveratrol in the beverage.  Red wine has a much higher concentration of resveratrol than other foods such as peanuts and tomatoes.

Investors can choose from a few options regarding stocks in the production and distribution of wine, but often, wine selling is not a significant portion of the business. Based on the free list at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, there are over twelve stocks that distribute wine and liquor, two of which pay dividends.

Constellation Brands (STZ) is one of the major producers of alcoholic beverages, with a market cap of $14.4 billion. It is the largest wine producer in the world. The company makes and markets table wines, sparkling wines, and dessert wines. The stock trades at 7.7 times trailing earnings and 19.1 times forward earnings. Drinkers must be consuming a lot of their beverages as earnings for the company's latest quarter were up an incredible 92.7% year-over-year, on an amazing revenue boost of 88.2%.

Diageo (DEO) is a London, England based alcoholic beverage distributor which sells many brands of wine, including Blossom Hill, Sterling Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyard, Navarro Correas, Acacia Vineyard, Rosenblum Cellars, Piat d'Or, Chalone Vineyard, and Santa Rita. The stock trades at 20 times trailing earnings and 17 times forward earnings. It pays a dividend of 2.9%. 

Brown-Forman Corporation (BF-B) is another liquor distributor which is most known for its Jack Daniel's and Southern Comfort brands. It also sells the Sonoma-Cutrer brand of wines and Corbel California Champaigne. The stock has a trailing price-to-earnings ratio of 27, a forward PE of 24. Latest quarterly earnings were up 19% on 7% rise in revenues. The company sports a yield of 1.6%.

If you are looking for more of a pure play, there is a small one based in Turner, Oregon, Willamette Valley Vineyards Inc. (WVVI), which produces and markets Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, The Griffin, and Viognier under the Griffin Creek label. The stock trades at 18.7 times earnings, but does not pay a dividend.

Treasury Wine Estates (TSRYF), which tradee at 59 times earnings, distributes the Berenger and Chateau St. Jean wine brands.

For a free list of all the wine and liquor stocks, which can be downloaded, sorted and updated, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Fifth Week of January


  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, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets.


In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can't sell the stock until after the ex date. The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, and the yield.

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Clorox Co. CLX 1/27/2013   3.0%
Female Health Co. FHCO 1/27/2013 3.3%
Progressive Corp. PGR 1/27/2013 1.0%
Superior Energy Services   SPN 1/28/2013 1.3%
Zoetis Inc ZTS 1/28/2013 0.9%
Brookfield Asset Mgt BAM 1/29/2013 2.1%


The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found at wsnn.com. (If you have been to the website before, and the latest link doesn't show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WSNN.com. Most of the lists are free.

Dividend definitions:

Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.

Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.

Monthly Dividend Stock List

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

Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.

Book now available: Buying Dividends Revised and Expanded

Book now available: Stock Market Trivia
A Great Gift!

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, January 19, 2014

3D Systems and Hershey will make 3D Printed Foods



Here is an interesting partnership, a chocolate company and a 3D printing company.  3D Systems (DDD) and Hershey (HSY) are getting together to make 3D printed food and candy. It will be interesting to see if other chocolate and candy manufacturers jump on the bandwagon.

3D Printed Candy

As you are probably aware if you have been reading these articles regularly, all the companies that have some connection to 3D printing are available in a free downloadable list at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com. There are now over two dozen companies on the list. You can also find a list of chocolate and candy stocks.

3D Systems

3D Systems Corporation (DDD) is one of the largest companies in the 3D printing arena, with a market cap of $9.3 billion. 3D Systems is a Rock Hill, South Carolina based company, founded in 1986, which produces 3D printers and related products. The stock trades at 196 times current earnings and 71 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest quarter were up 30.6% on a 49.9% rise in revenues. The company has $345 million in cash and $18.8 million in debt.

Hershey

Hershey Foods (HSY) is one of the largest chocolate and confectionery companies in the world, which is known for its Hershey Bars and Kisses. The stock sports a trailing price to earnings ratio of 29, and a forward P/E ratio of 24. The stock provide a decent yield of 2.0%. Latest reported quarterly earnings were reported up 31.8% on a 6.1% boost in revenues.The company reports again on January 30.

Chocolate & 3D Printing

If you would like a free list of the 3D printing companies, and a free list of the chocolate companies, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com. And if you are aware of any others that are not on these lists, please post a comment with the name of the stock.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Can You Remember This? Coffee Improves Memory, Will Coffee Stocks Improve Your Portfolio?

coffee beans provide health benefits
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered in a recent study that memory can improve from drinking a cup of coffee. Memory increased by 10% according to the research. This is just one of the many health benefits of coffee and caffeine. Research has shown that it may help prevent skin cancer, assist with weight loss, prevent diabetes, and reduce prostate cancer risks.  

So how does an investor participate in this healthy beverage. There are over 20 stocks in the production of coffee and tea, according to the free list of coffee stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, with several of them paying dividends. This list excludes Coca Cola (KO) and Pepsico (PEP), which produce caffeinated soft drinks.

One major vendor of coffee is Starbucks (SBUX), the largest coffeehouse retailer in the world, with coffee shops in 50 countries and more than 18,000 shops worldwide. The stock trades at 23 times forward earnings, and carries a yield of 1.4%. Earnings per share for the latest quarter were nominal, however revenues rose 12.8%. Starbucks will announce earnings for the quarter ending December on February 23. The company has $3.23 billion in cash and $1.3 billion in debt.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), based in Waterbury, Vermont, trades at 25 times trailing earnings and 18.1 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest reported quarter spiked 38.2% on a 10.5% rise in revenues. Next earnings announcement will be reported early February. The stock sports a yield of 1.3%.

A major wholesaler of coffee is Coffee Holding Co. (JVA), which also markets private label coffee and branded coffee in the US and Canada. The company has 90 varieties of raw green coffee beans which it imports from around the world and sold to large and small operators. The stock trades at 31 times forward earnings. The company generated negative earnings for the latest quarter and does not pay a dividend. 

For a free list of coffee, tea and caffeine companies which you can download, sort, and update, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Free SmartScan Trend Analysis for Stocks

While the broader market continues to move higher on almost a daily basis, choosing the best stocks is more important than ever. Should you own large blue chips or momentum stocks like Netflix (NFLX) and Tesla (TSLA)? When is the right time to buy and when is it too late to get in?

You can analyze any symbol using MarketClub’s  Smart Scan and Trade Triangle technology at no cost. Let's say you wanted to see the analysis for Facebook (FB), or you can choose any other stock. You can check it out HERE.

The analysis shows what to look for next, a full complimentary analysis, the latest Trade Triangle entry and exit signals, and current market data. You can even use it to check an ETF or even a futures contract.
  This service allows you to quickly examine some important questions such as:
- Have the indexes bottomed out or peaked?
- Is a reversal in the near future?
- Is it too late or too early to go long
- Is it too late or too early to short?

The information is free and informative. You can check it out at the following link:
http://club.ino.com/trend/?symb=AAPL&a_aid=CD3111&a_bid=6ae5b6f7

Friday, January 17, 2014

Top Electric Utilities: Lower Fuel Prices Higher Stock Prices?

One of the major expenses of electric utility stocks is the cost of fuel to run the generators.  When fuel prices drop, assuming utilities are not lock in to long term agreements, earnings can increase. The price of oil is now at its lowest point since the beginning of December. Natural gas has been in a fairly low range since 2009.

Investors want alternatives to low interest bonds and bank accounts. Electric utility stocks are an alternative which can provide income and price growth potential. 

Buying opportunities abound for income investors for income. There are many of electric utilities to choose from with over over a dozen providing yields of 4% or more, according to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

TECO Energy, Inc. (TE) uses oil, natural gas, and coal to run their generators, along with a  a small cogeneration facility. The stock pays a yield of 5.1%. This electric and gas utility holding company provides electricity to West Central Florida. The stock trades at 18 times trailing earnings and 15.5 times forward earnings. The company has raised its dividend every year since 2006.

Black Hills Corporation (BKH) provides electricity to customers in South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana. It trades at 18.7 times earnings with a forward P/E of  20.9. The stock pays a yield of 2.8%.

Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (TEG) serves the Wisconsin, Michigan, and Chicago areas. It has a P/E ratio of 14.8, a forward P/E ratio of 14.7, and offers a very generous yield of 5%.

To see a list of dozens of high yield electric utilities, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.  The list has the PE. the forward PE, the PEG, and the yield for these stocks.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Stock Market Holidays

In case you were wondering, yes, this Monday, the New York Stock Exchange [owned by IntercontinentalExchange (ICE)] and the NASDAQ (NDAQ) will be closed for Martin Luther King Day. The following is a list of the NYSE holidays.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 20
Washington's Birthday February 17
Good Friday April 18
Memorial Day May 26
Independence Day July 4
Labor Day September 1
Thanksgiving Day November 27
Christmas December 25

The market will close early at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014.
The market will close early at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 28, 2014.
The market will close early at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24, 2014.

(You may want to bookmark this page.)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Day I was Offered a Trillion Dollars for a Bond

First, let me clarify a couple things relating to the title. I was actually offered $20 trillion, not one trillion dollars, and this was United States dollars, not Zimbabwe dollars or any other currency.

A few years ago, a woman called me up and said that she was referred to me by a friend because I collect, buy, and sell antique stocks and bonds. (Full disclosure: my business is antiquestocks.com). She told me that she called because she was interested in some old bonds.

The first question she asked was "Do you have any pink ladies?"

I thought to myself, "WTF?" but I said, "Pardon?"

She then said, "You know. Bonds issued by the Mexican government in 1894. The Series A bonds yielding 5% for 100 pesos."

I told her "No, sorry I didn't have that particular bond; but I would be on the lookout for one."

She then asked, "Do you have any White Doves or Orange Doves?"

I thought that maybe I should tell her I have a dog, but then I thought better of it and said, "No, sorry."

She then went on to ask me if I had any Purple Ladies, Founders, Grandmasters, 1899 Sterling Doves, or Double Doves, and I responded no, no, no, no and no. (I didn't let on that I didn't know what the heck she was talking about.)

Then she got to the juicy part. She said, "What I am really looking for is a 1904 Blue Dove. My buyer can pay 20T/5T for the bond, with 5T for commissions."

This piqued my interest. 20T or $20 thousand for a bond sounded great. I have a few historical stocks and bonds that sell for a few thousand, but if I could sell a bond for $20,000, even if I had to pay her a $5,000 commission, netting me $15,000, that sounded great. I started thinking about my collector friends who might have one of the bonds for sale.

I said, "Can you describe these bonds in more detail?"

She said, "These are the $1,000 Series A 1904 Estados Unidos Mexicanos bono del la Deuda del 4% Oro. In other words, the United States of Mexico Gold bond of 1904."

I said that I would look into my inventory, and see if I have one of these.

Then it started getting strange. She started babbling a bunch of acronym, such as LOI, PPP, POL, POP, and TTM. (I later found out that TTM means Table Top Meeting, whatever that means. She then said, "The transaction would clear through either Euroclear, Cetip, Clelick, or Tela Ram. You would also need to provide a certificate of authentication, a letter from your attorney and a letter from your accountant. We also need a photocopy of your drivers license and your passport. Once we have all that, we can schedule a TTM."

I thought to myself, "Yeah, right," but I said, "What do you need all that for?"

"In order to pay you your twenty trillion, the buyer needs to have to have all that," she replied.

So I thought, "What?!!! Either that's a major slip of the tongue or she's crazy." But I said, "What? You mean twenty thousand don't you?"

And she said, "No. The buyer will pay $20 trillion to you and an additional $5 trillion to cover all commissions."

So I said (forget what I thought - you can easily guess), "Who's the buyer? There are no trillionaires out there."

"The Mexican Government," was her response.

Then I said, "Wait. The entire GDP of Mexico isn't even a trillion dollars." (Note: At that time, it wasn't even a trillion. It is now well over a trillion. Not that this makes any difference.)

Her only response was, "They have the money and they are willing to pay it."

At that point, I just wanted to get off the phone. I said, "Look, I only sell authentic documents. If I find this bond, I'll sell it to you for $20,000, and I won't provide any other stuff."

"But then you would miss out on your $20 trillion."

I said, "That's fine. You can have the $19 trillion and change for yourself."

I never did come up with the bond, and I never heard from her again.

What this led to was one of the wildest speculation bubbles in antique bonds, with prices of some of these collectible Mexico bonds which would normally sell for a few hundred dollars, or maybe a few thousand for the rare ones, ended up selling for several hundreds of thousands.

I've seen these bubble in the past with old German government bonds, old Chinese government and railroad bonds, and even old U.S. railroad bonds. One of these days, I will write about the guy who wanted me to meet him in a shopping center parking lot at 10pm at night to pay me several thousand dollars in cash for an antique railroad bond, but that story is for another time.

The moral of this story is if anyone offers to pay you a trillion dollars for anything, be suspicious.

If you like this article, and want to see more, please share.

By Stockerblog.com

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Fourth Week of January

 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, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets.

In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can't sell the stock until after the ex date. The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, and the yield.

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CVS Caremark Corp. CVS 1/21/2013  1.5%
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PNM Resources PNM 1/21/2013  3.1%
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Western Asset Municipal Term  MTT  1/22/2013  4.8%
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Williams Sonoma WSM 1/22/2013  2.1%


The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found at wsnn.com. (If you have been to the website before, and the latest link doesn't show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WSNN.com. Most of the lists are free.

Dividend definitions:

Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.

Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.

Monthly Dividend Stock List

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

Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.

Book now available: Buying Dividends Revised and Expanded

Book now available: Stock Market Trivia
A Great Gift!

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, January 11, 2014

What Googlers Think of the Stock Market

Are you wondering what people are thinking about the stock market? One way is to see what searchers type in Google (GOOG).



Friday, January 10, 2014

The Stock that went from $50,630,000,640 per share in 1997 to 12 cents Today

Would you believe that there is a stock that traded at a split adjusted basis of $50,630,000,640 per share back in November of 1997? It traded at 'only' $5,063,000 per share on a non-adjusted basis back then.

 $50,630,000,640 per share in 1997

This is according to Yahoo Finance. (I wonder if there is a missing split somewhere in that calculation?) This information can be found by entering the stock symbol, clicking on Historical Prices on the left side, then scroll down and click on the Last link. Look at the bottom of the list for 1997.

 12 cents per share now

Today the stock is trading for around 12 cents a share. What's the stock you might ask? It is one of the recent 'high flying' marijuana stocks, Cannabis Science (CBIS). This Colorado Springs based company is involved in the development of phytocannabinoid based pharmaceutical products to treat blood pressure, autism, and cancer side effects.

Revenues for the latest reported quarter were up 3719% with a one cent earnings loss per share. The company has a market cap of $89 million.

Disclosure: Author owns CBIS.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Third Week of January

 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, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets.

In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can't sell the stock until after the ex date. The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, and the yield.


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City Holdings CHCO 1/13/2013 3.2%
Chesapeake Energy CHK 1/13/2013 1.3%
Consolidated Commun  CNSL 1/13/2014 7.9%
Gas Natural Inc. EGAS 1/13/2013 6.5%
Freeport McMoran FCX 1/13/2013 3.3%
Fifth Street Finance FSC 1/13/2013  10.8%
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Shaw Communications SJR 1/13/2013  4.1%
Trinity Industries TRN 1/13/2013 1.1%
Aetna AET 1/14/2013 1.3%



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 some of the other high yield stock lists at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WSNN.com. Most of the lists are free.

Dividend definitions:

Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.

Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.

Monthly Dividend Stock List

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

Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.

Book now available: Buying Dividends Revised and Expanded

Book now available: Stock Market Trivia
A Great Stocking Stuffer!

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

Top Anti-Crime Stocks

According to a report by the FBI, in 2012,  the number of violent crimes increased 0.7 percent, however, property crimes decreased 0.9 percent. Citizens are becoming more concerned about crime. Part of this may be due to an aging population. As the baby boomers age, the concern about the prevention of crime increases. Just notice the ads on television for burglar alarm systems.

The anti-crime corporate sector covers several industries, including private prisons, personal self defense products, firearms and ammunition for law enforcement, and anti-crime software. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has turned up a list of a dozen anti-crime, law enforcement, and private prison related stocks, half of which pay dividends.

One example is Corrections Corp. of America (CXW),which owns and operates privatized correctional and detention facilities throughout the United States. The stock trades at 12 times trailing earnings and 17 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest reported quarter were up a substantial 22.4% on a slight drop in revenues of 3.3%. The next earnings report will be in early February. The company pays a very generous yield of 6.0%.

In the personal defense arena, Taser Internations (TASR) makes the famous TASER gun, which is referred to as a conducted electrical weapon. The stock sports a fairly high price to earnings ratio of 49, with a forward PE of 46. Earnings for the latest reported quarter were up an incredible 39.1% on a 22.3% boost in revenues. The company is expected to report earnings again in late February. No dividend on this stock; it reinvests its earnings.

Verint Systems (VRNT) is a Melville, New York based provider of intelligence systems for law enforcement agencies. The company is involved in the detection of criminal, terrorist, and cyber attacks. The stock trades at 44 times trailing earnings, but a favorable 16 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest quarter were up an amazing 311% of an 11.3% rise in revenues. The company reports in March.

To see a list of all the anti-crime stocks, along with data relating to PE, forward PE, PEG, yield, and type of business, go to  WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

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

 By Stockerblog.com

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Marijuana Stocks on a High Streak

Marijuana Cannabis Joint
Marijuana Cannabis Joint
If you have been watching the news about Colorado and the sale of legal marijuana, you would have seen the long lines, reminiscent of lines for popular rock concerts or new Apple (AAPL) iPhones. This news has caused the the prices of many stocks in the cannabis and medical marijuana industry to get very high today. Some of the stocks that are smoking right now include Cannabis Science, Inc. (CBIS) up 60%, up 11%, GreenGro Technologies, Inc. (GRNH) up 29%, Hemp, Inc. (HEMP) up 48%, Medbox, Inc. (MDBX) up 58%, Rapid Fire Marketing, Inc. (RFMK) up 33%, Cannabis Sativa (CBDS) up 233%, and Tranzbyte Corporation (ERBB) up 20%.

Most of the companies related to marijuana are very low cap stocks, according to the free list of over 20 marijuana stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com. However, for the medical use of marijuana and its derivatives, there are larger companies that produce such products as Marinol, a trademark of Solvay SA (SVYSF).

There is also Nabilone, marketed as Cesamet by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX), which trades on the New York Stock Exchange. Nabilone, a synthetic cannabinoid, is used to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, anorexia, and weight loss in AIDS patients. Valeant also markets Fluorouracil, a cancer treatment drug, and Diastat, a seizure drug. This $39 billion market cap stock trades at 8.4 times sales.It recently generated negative earnings.

Psychemedics Corporation (PMD) has a PE ratio of 25, a price sales ratio of 3, and pays a generous yield of4.1 %. This $79 million market cap company is a provider of marijuana testing and other drug testing services.

GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPRF) produces Sativex, an oral spray with tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol, which is used to treat multiple sclerosis patients, and also for treating pain in cancer patients. This $586 million company trades at 14 times sales.

To see the complete free list of over twenty marijuana stocks, which shows the stock ticker symbol, PE ratio, price sales ratio, yield, market capitalization, and business description, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Disclosure: Author owns AAPL but didn't own any of the other above stocks at the time the article was written.


By Stockerblog.com