Sunday, June 29, 2014

Stocks Going Ex Dividend Second Week of July


  

Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called 'Buying Dividends,' also commonly referred to as 'Dividend Capture.' This is the process of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend. This technique generally works only in bull markets, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets.

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

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Quest Diagnostics DGX  7/7 2.2%
Ethan Allen ETH  7/7 1.6%
FEI Company FEIC  7/7 1.1%
The Gap Inc. GPS  7/7 1.9%
InterDigital, Inc. IDCC  7/7 1.7%
MasterCard MA  7/7 0.6%
Oracle Corp ORCL  7/7 1.2%
Toronto-Dominion Bank TD  7/7 3.7%
Aetna AET  7/8 1.1%
Brady Corp BRC  7/8 2.7%
Darden Restaurants DRI  7/8 4.6%
Intuit Inc. INTU  7/8 1.0%
Johnson Outdoors Inc. JOUT  7/8 1.2%

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.

Electric Utilities Can Provide High Income and Growth

Do you realize that electric utility stocks were up over 24% for the last year? As a matter of fact, utilities were up 15.6% year-to-date, and have had positive returns for the last month, the last three months, the last three years and the last five years. Not bad for a conservative industry.

So why is this happening?  The primary reason is the extremely low interest rates. Investors want a return greater than 0.88% from a one year certificate of deposit. Utilities can provide a decent income along with growth potential. There are many electric utilities with yields ranging from 3% to 5%, according to the free list of electric utilities at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

For example, Avista Corporation (AVA) is a distributor of electricity and natural gas in the state of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. 45% of the electrical generation comes from hydro power, 16% coal, 13% gas, and 2% comes from wood waste. The stock trades at 17 times trailing earnings, and 16.8 times forward earnings. Latest quarter's earnings were up 14.5% on a 1.7% increase in revenues. The stock sports a yield 3.9%.

Ameren Corporation (AEE) sports a dividend yield of 4.0%. The company serves customers in Missouri and Illinois, with both electricity and natural gas. The stock has a price to earnings ratio of 19, and a forward P/E of 16. Revenues rose 9% for the latest quarter.

Otter Tail Power (OTTR) has had a stagnating price for a few years, then in the middle of 2012, it started to move up.  The stock has a price to earnings ratio of 19, and a forward P/E of 17.  The stock yields 4.1%.

For a free list of electric utility stocks, which has the PE, the forward PE, the PEG, and the yield, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

Author doesn't own any of the above at the time the article was written.

By Stockerblog.com

It's OK to Drink Coffee and to Buy Coffee Stocks

According to recent research, you can drink moderate amounts of coffee and it won't adversely affect your cardiovascular health. In addition,drinking coffee  is not associated with increased risk of atrial fibrillation and the low level consumption of caffeine may even provide a small protective effect

Other studies have shown that coffee and caffeine may help improve memory, prevent skin cancer, assist with weight loss, prevent diabetes, and reduce prostate cancer risks.  

So are there ways that caffeine can make your portfolio healthy. There are almost two dozen stocks in the coffee and tea business, based on the list of coffee stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, with many of them paying dividends. 

The largest coffeehouse retailer in the world, with coffee shops in 50 countries, is Starbucks (SBUX), which has more than 18,000 shops worldwide. The stock trades at 25 times forward earnings, and sports a yield of 1.4%. Both earnings and revenues grew by over 9% for the latest quarter.

Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), based in Waterbury, Vermont, trades at 35  times trailing earnings and 31 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest reported quarter rose 22.4% on a 9.8% increase in revenues. Investors receive a small yield of 0.8%.

One of the largest wholesalers of coffee is Coffee Holding Co. (JVA), which also markets private label coffee and branded coffee in North America. The company has 90 varieties of raw green coffee beans which it buys from all over the world and marketed to large and small coffee vendors. Unfortunately, the company reported a 30% drop in revenues for the latest quarter, along with negative earnings, 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

Friday, June 27, 2014

Upcoming IPOs

Over half a dozen companies went public today. With the success of GOPRO (GPRO) over the last couple days, investors are looking at other IPO opportunities. (By the way, I've seen a GOPRO camera in action. They are great! What a startup success story.)

Unfortunately, there aren't too many new issues coming up. Here they are:

Investar Holding (ISTR) NASDAQ 7/1/14

Minerva Neurosciences (NERV) NASDAQ 7/1/2014

Taggares Agriculture (TAG)  7/1/2014

GlobeImmune ( GBIM) NASDAQ 7/2/2014

Medical Transcription Billing (MTBC) NASDAQ 7/10/14


3 Books Worth Reading that have Nothing to do with Investing

Maybe you are looking for some summer reading and you are tired of reading another investment book. Here are three that I think you would enjoy reading and I highly recommend, and they have nothing to do with stocks.

Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets by Sudhir Venkatesh

This bestseller is about a sociology student who went to the Chicago projects to see how people live. After an initial resistance, he was accepted into th community. It was eye opening for him and it will be eye opening for you when you read this. An important area of the book is how what many would call the underground economy (I would call the alternative economy) works in the projects. 


The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean

This book is written by the same author who wrote The Disappearing Spoon. If you thought DNA was boring, you should check out this book. Kean has a way of making complex stuff understandable and interesting.


The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts

Do you like horses? You will love this book. A horse that was almost sent to the glue factory, literally, is purchased by a Dutch immigrant. The horse eventually becomes a top show jumping horse.


Enjoy your reading this summer.

Hot Chocolate Stocks

The National Institute of Health and the Mars company, maker of the Mars and Snickers candy bars, are working on a research project to determine if chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Of course, you have heard about the benefits that chocolate can provide for you health, such as reducing wrinkles, keeping you slim, and reducing the risk of heart failure in women.

Unfortunately for the investor, Mars is a private company. However, there are more than twelve chocolate and candy stocks listed at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, with many paying dividends.

One example is Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (RMCF), based in Durango, Colorado, which makes and markets creams, mints, and truffles. The company, founded in 1981, has in excess of 300 franchise locations in most of the United States, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. The stock trades at 19 times trailing earnings. The company provides a delicious yield to its shareholders of 3.5%.

Hershey (HSY) is the famous chocolate company, founded in 1894. It is the largest manufacturer of chocolate in North America and one of the largest chocolate and candy companies in the world. It is famous for its Hershey's Kisses which were invented in 1901 and the chocolate chips that were produced in 1928. The stock has trailing price to earnings ratio of 26, and a forward PE of 21. The dividend is 1.9%. 

Another large chocolate producer is Nestle (NSRGY), which sports a trailing PE of 22 and a forward P/E of 17. This Swiss chocolate manufacturer was founded in 1867. 

If you want to see a free list of the publicly traded chocolate and candy stocks, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com. The list, which includes several companies that pay dividends, can be downloaded, updated, and sorted.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the First Week of July


  

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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General Dynamics Corp GD  7/1 2.1%
Green Mountain Coffee  GMCR  7/1 0.8%
Horizon Bancorp HBNC  7/1 2.4%
Invacare IVC  7/1 0.3%




Kohlberg Capital KCAP  7/1 12.3%
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Medtronic, Inc. MDT  7/1 1.9%
Monsanto Company MON  7/1 1.4%
Park Electrochemical PKE  7/1 1.5%
Royal Gold Inc. RGLD  7/1 1.1%
Pacific Coast Oil Trust ROYT  7/1 13.2%

  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.



Sunday, June 22, 2014

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Fifth Week of June


  

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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Bank of Nova Scotia BNS  6/30 4.0%
Corrections Corp of Amercia CXW  6/30 6.3%
Rent-A-Center, Inc. RCII  6/30 3.2%
Domtar Corp UFS  6/30 3.3%


 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 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.



Non-Alcoholic Beverage Stocks for the Summer

Many people are non-drinkers of alcoholic beverages. So what do they drink instead of beer and wine, besides water? Soft drinks, soda, pop, and soda pop. Whatever you call it in your part of the country, large numbers of consumers are still drinking a huge amount of soft drinks, especially now that summer is here with picnic season. This, in spite of the criticism that the manufacturers are taking because of the sugary content of these drinks. Even the tax attack threat of sugar drinks.

Coka Cola (KO) is transitioning towards more healthier beverages along with the other major soft drink  producers. The company just reported a year-over-year 7.5% earnings reduction, on a 4.2% drop in revenues. The stock sports a 22 price to earnings ratio, and trades at 19 times forward earnings. Coke pays a 3% yield.

The biggest competitor of Coca Cola is Pepsico (PEP), which trades at 20 times trailing earnings and 18 times forward earnings. Revenues for the latest quarter flat, however  earnings spiked 13.1%. This company also pays a yield of 3%.

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) is another big player in the Beverage pool. It trades at 18 times trailing earnings and 16 times forward earnings. Earnings for the quarter were up an incredible 46.2%.  It pays a yield of 2.8%

According to the list at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, there are over a dozen beverage stocks to choose from. Several of these stocks pay dividends.

Disclosure: Author owns KO.

By Stockerblog.com

Rolling Papers Stocks: The Forgotten Medical Marijuana Play

With the huge attention given to companies involved in the medical marijuana or recreational marijuana boom, investors have turned to such companies as fertilizer producers, electronic cigarette manufacturers, garden suppliers, and other companies with very tenuous connections to the marijuana industry. However, one area that has been forgotten is the rolling papers industry. These are the companies that manufacture and market cigarette rolling papers, used as a primary form of consuming cannabis historically.

One of the reasons that these companies are overlooked are that most of these companies are either privately held or are based in Europe. Some of the popular brands, such as Zig-Zag, JOB, and Abadie rolling papers are produced by Republic Group, a privately held company based in in Perpignan, in Pyrénées Orientales, in in Southern France.

Bugler cigarette papers are made by Scandinavian Tobacco Group which is owned by Swedish Match. (SWMAY) (SWMAF), which trades over-the-counter in the United States and also trades on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm Exchange. The company also makes matches, lighters, and tobacco products. The stock trades at 18 times trailing earnings and 2.5 times forward earnings. Revenues for the latest quarter were up 1.1% yet earnings dropped 21.7%.

One of the oldest brands of rolling papers is RizLa+, which were first made in 1532. The papers are produced by Imperial Tobacco Group (ITYBY) (ITYBF), which trades over-the-counter in the US, and on the London Stock Exchange. The stock has a trailing price to earnings ratio of 38. Both earnings and revenues were down big time for the latest quarter, -40.1% and -4.9% respectively.

Will American tobacco companies get into the marijuana business? That remains to be seen. In the 1960's and 1970's, there were rumors that tobacco companies had registered trademarks of 'famous' marijuana names like Acapulco Gold and Maui Wowie. Based on my initial research, I haven't found that to be true.

However, here is something interesting. In 1973, Heublein, the the publicly traded alcoholic beverage company that distributed such brands as Smirnoff vodka and Jose Cuervo tequila, registered the Trademark Acapulco Gold as a drink mix. Then, get this, in 1982, the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company acquired Heublein Inc. Reynolds Tobacco is a subsidiary of Reynolds American (RAI). Yet, the trademark is now listed is Dead by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

3 Top Short Squeeze Plays

There may be some trading opportunities with stocks that have been beaten down that are heavily shorted. A short squeeze exists when a substantial number of short sellers have shorted a stock, and there is unexpected positive news on a stock, which causes the price of the stock to spike by a large amount, because all the short sellers have to rush to cover their positions by buying in their shares. This scramble to buy shares often generates margin calls, which causes more buying and higher stock prices.

Short squeeze opportunities have several metrics that can be used for comparison. One of the most common metrics is the Short Interest Ratio, also known as the Days to Cover. This measurement is the number of days it would take the short sellers to buy in their positions based on the average daily trading volume. The more days it would take to cover, the higher the ratio. Another analysis or metric is the number of shares that are currently shorted as a percent of the float, called the Short Percent of Float. The float is the number of shares that are traded on an active basis. The higher the percentage of shorted shares, the greater the chance that an upside surprise would cause the price to go up.

Here is an example. ITT Educational Services (ESI) has a short interest ratio of 7.9 and an incredible 70% of the float is currently shorted. The stock has a trailing price to earnings ratio of 7 and a forward PE of 8.

Exact Sciences Corporation (EXAS) has a short interest ratio of 27.1, which means that it would take over 27 days for the short sellers to cover their positions, based on the current average trading volume. This is a very high number. About 35% of the float is shorted, which is a very large percentage.

Trulia (TRLA) has a short interest ratio of 6.6 with 44% of the float currently shorted. The company reported a loss of 88 cents for the latest quarter, however, revenues spiked by 127%.

If you like interesting stock lists like this, check out the free list of stocks of various industries at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Monday, June 16, 2014

Upcoming IPOs for the Rest of June

The IPO market is getting hot this summer. There are over a dozen new issues coming up for the rest of the month. Here is a list of initial public offerings and the date of the expected IPO.


Company Symbol Exchange Date of IPO
PARNELL PHARMACEUTICALS  PARN NASDAQ 6/18/14
VIPER ENERGY PARTNERS LP VNOM NASDAQ 6/18/14
SIGNAL GENETICS LLC SGNL NASDAQ 6/18/14
MICROLIN BIO, INC. MCLB NASDAQ 6/18/14
CENTURY COMMUNITIES CCS NYSE 6/18/14
FORESIGHT ENERGY LP FELP NYSE 6/18/14
ZS PHARMA, INC. ZSPH NASDAQ 6/18/14
MARKIT LTD. MRKT NASDAQ 6/19/14
ARDELYX, INC. ARDX NASDAQ 6/19/14
SYNDAX PHARMACEUTICALS INC SNDX NASDAQ 6/19/14
ZAFGEN, INC. ZFGN NASDAQ 6/19/14
ECLIPSE RESOURCES ECR NYSE 6/20/14
KITE PHARMA, INC. KITE NASDAQ 6/20/14
ADEPTUS HEALTH INC. ADPT NYSE 6/25/14
XUNLEI LTD XNET NASDAQ 6/25/14
IMPRIVATA INC IMPR NYSE 6/25/14
AMPHASTAR PHARMACEUTICALS AMPH NASDAQ 6/25/14
AMBRX INC AMBX NASDAQ 6/25/14
MATERIALISE NV MTLS NASDAQ 6/25/14
GOPRO, INC. GPRO NASDAQ 6/26/14
MOKO SOCIAL MEDIA MOKO NASDAQ 6/27/14

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

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Fourth Week of June


  

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.


KAR Auction Services Inc KAR  6/23 3.3%
Portland General Electric POR  6/23 3.3%
Arcos Dorados Holdings ARCO  6/24 2.7%
Cypress Semiconductor CY  6/24 4.3%
Getty Realty Corp  GTY  6/24 4.0%
Dow Chemical DOW  6/26 2.9%
Diversicare Healthcare Services Inc DVCR  6/26 3.4%
Air Products & Chemicals APD  6/27 2.6%
Farmland Partners Inc FPI  6/27 3.3%


 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 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.



Sunday, June 15, 2014

All Eyes on FIFA World Cup Soccer Games in Brazil: Anyone Looking at Brazil Stocks?

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is the 20th world championship tournament for soccer (referred to as football in most other countries outside the US), which is taking place in Brazil for the next few weeks. The games run from June 12, finishing up on July 13. Think these games should help the Brazilian economy? Then how about Brazil stocks.

Brazil used to be considered the best of the BRICs, with BRIC referring to he four countries with strong growing economies: Brazil, Russia, India, and China. The iShares MCSI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ) is up three and a half points just in the last week. However, over the last two years, the Standard and Poor's 500 Index has risen well over 40%, whereas the Brazil ETF has a negative return over the same time period. Now might be an interesting opportunity for contrarians.

The nice thing about Brazilian stocks is that there are a couple dozen that trade on US stock exchanges, according to the free list of Brazil stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com. In addition, most of these Brazilian stocks pay dividends. Anyone who has read my previous articles knows that I really like dividend paying stocks. Dividends return your invested capital faster and help to reduce volatility.

One of the highest yielding Brazil stocks is Banco Bradesco (BBD), which pays a generous yield, including special dividends, of 6.8%. As an added bonus, it pays its dividends monthly. This Brazilian bank trades at 1.2 times trailing earnings, slightly better than the industry average price to earnings ratio of 11.3. It has a forward PE ratio of 9.

Bradesco's earnings for the latest quarter were up 18% on a revenue rise of 13%. The company was added to the Zack's Rank #1 Strong Buy List on May 16.

Another Brazilian stock that pays a decent dividend is Telefonica Brasil (VIV), which has a yield of 7.7%. Last year, the company paid out a dividend three times, and so far this year, the company has had three dividend payouts. The stock trades at 15 times trailing earnings, and 13 times forward earnings. Revenues for the latest quarter were up slightly, however earnings dropped 18%.

One Brazil company that is doing very well is Gerdau (GGB), which is in the steel business. The yield is relatively low at 1.9% but the earnings are high. Earnings for the latest quarter were up an amazing 168% on a revenue increase of 15%. The stock trades at 13 times forward earnings and a very favorable  6 times trailing earnings.

There are several other Brazil stocks with good earnings and adequate yields, which can be found at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com. Around 20 of these stocks pay dividends. I'm not sure who is going to win the World Cub, but I think several Brazil stocks will be winners.

Disclosure: Author didn't own any of the above at the time the article was written, but may purchase a Brazil ETF in the next week if prices drop low enough. 

By Stockerblog.com

Friday, June 13, 2014

Interview with the Founder of BuySelliQ

This is an interview with Laurie Hinckley, founder of BuySelliQ, a stock trend analysis app (Reprinted with permission of StartupAlmanac.com)

1. Let's start by covering the company's business. Why don't you start by describing what the company does? 

            BuySelliQ is an online service designed for the sole purpose of assisting investors, whether novice, amateur, or professional, in the most critical area of investing, timing. Our service provides the capacity to maintain a list of 25 symbols that can be a mix of stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, and indices. At the end of the trading week, after all data for the week has been processed, BuySelliQ sends an email to inform the user that his or her list has been updated. The update provides the closing price of the vehicle for the week, but more importantly, the user is alerted to any change in the status of the symbols in the list. The proprietary algorithm used by BuySelliQ informs the user when the investment has changed trend direction from a buy to a sell, green to red, or a sell to a buy, red to green. The user should then make the trade, either over the weekend or on Monday.    

2. How did you happen to come up with the idea?

            I have been in the financial arena for over 30 years, studying, trading, writing about and speaking about the markets as they changed over the years.  When writing my weekly columns, the focus was always in educating readers in how to take advantage of opportunities in the markets while avoiding the pitfalls. 
            During this time period, technology changed the world of communication, and the way the world engages in social activities, shopping, doing business, etc. The age of the smart phone made it all possible and changed life forever. That said, I wanted to use mobile to introduce a simple, effective, app to make it possible for anyone and everyone to profit from the stock market as they go about their busy life. 
            The algorithm that is the heart of BuySelliQ has been tested, tweaked, and used in real time for many years. The goal is to introduce a tool to people that enables them to make additional funds, with confidence, and give them options to live a better life.      
           
3. Who are your potential customers?

            Anyone and everyone who wants to enjoy financial security, has not taken the time required to learn how to navigate the world of investing with confidence, or has a 401(k), IRA, 403(b) or a similar retirement plan that is not performing or fully invested.

4. Do you have any direct competitors? 

            Yes and no. To the extent that there are numerous companies, apps, blogs, advisors, brokers and the like, all competing for your business, you could say they are all competitors. On the other hand, our service is unique in a number of ways and the value available to users, is unmatched in the industry. 

5. How about describing your company structure.  How long in business? Location?

            BuySelliQ was just launched in the final week of February 2014. We are located in Las Vegas but the team is in various locations on the west coast from CA, to WA, and as far east as 
Kansas.

6. Are you self-funded or do you have investors? 

            Self-funded at present.

7. Tell us a little about your background.

            I started in the financial business at age 21. My entry was through the insurance business. Next was the addition of mutual funds as investments; then it was a five plus year move into the brokerage business where I wrote a weekly financial column for the local paper, along with radio and TV. In 1992, I opened my own investment advisory firm, where I was able to use the technology being employed at BuySelliQ.

8. What do you consider your biggest challenges as a startup?

            Consumer education. The constant bombardment of so called experts recommending stocks and user action in the marketplace has created a vacuum whereby users think a rational and profitable way to invest is constant activity in their portfolio. In fact, a more measured, practical approach is what BuySelliQ strives to deliver to the end user. Our app is designed to help users take advantage of long positive gains and avoid long periods of losses. Because of this approach there is the perception that no change is a bad thing and we need to educate users and change bad habits.

9. Anything new on the horizon for your company (e.g. new type of service) that you are willing to share?

            Many enhancements are in the works for Version 1; our focus remains there at present.

10. What one piece of advice would you give someone who is just at the beginning stages of developing a startup?


            Talk to others who have gone down the same road; read all you can about the do's and don'ts; information is your best friend.  Be realistic. Set up your budget and then build in a 20% cushion.  Nothing is ever as easy as we would like.

Thank you for your time and enlightening us. Readers can see more information about the company at buyselliq.com.


No investment recommendation nor any investment promotion is expressed or implied by either the publisher, the interviewer, BuySelliQ, or the interviewee.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Third Week of June


  

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.


Cincinnati Financial CINF  6/16 3.6%
Earthlink, Inc. ELNK  6/16 5.5%
Navios Maritime NM  6/16 2.6%
Tupperware TUP  6/16 3.2%
Safeway SWY  6/17 2.7%
Universal Insurance Holdings UVE  6/17 3.5%
Xcel Energy XEL  6/17 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 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.



Wall Street Gifts for Father's Day

Have you done your Father's Day shopping yet? Here are some Wall Street related gifts worth considering.

Videos

The Wolf of Wall Street

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Wall Street

Books

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

The Wolf of Wall Street

Jim Cramer's Get Rich Carefully

You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think

The Intelligent Investor

Newspapers

The Wall Street Journal

Other Gifts

Silver Bull and Bear Pen Holder On Marble

Stock Market Business Card Holder with Pen and Bull and Bear

Stock Market Business Card Holder

Brass Bull & Bear Marble Bookends

Apple iPad with Retina Display


Apple iPad Air

Friday, June 06, 2014

Think Like a Freak

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt at a reception in San Francisco prior to their speaking engagement. They are the authors of their latest popular book Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain. They also authored the best selling books Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics.

The Think Like a Freak book can be described as a page turner, which you don't often hear about for a non-fiction book. The information in this book can only be described as unusual, exotic, and eye-opening. Levitt and Dubner have a way of making statistics very interesting.

Here are some examples of some facts from the book:

  • A study of over 6,000 stock market experts showed that their predictions were only 47.4% accurate overall
  • Only 4% of Pakistanis believe that Arabs carried out the 9/11 attacks
  • Suicide is more common with people having a higher quality of life
  • Wine experts can't tell the difference between $8 bottle wines and $100 bottle wines (by the way, the wine section in Charter 2 is really enlightening)
  • Legalization of abortion caused a crime drop (extensively covered in their first book)
  • If you are a Protestant in Germany, you are more likely to make more money than a Catholic
  • Stomach ulcers are not caused by spicy foods or stress
  • King Solomon and David Lee Roth have four things in common


All of the above is just a tip of the iceberg. There is a lot, lot more. There is plenty of extensive background information and research covered in the book.

If you want a book that would make great reading while you are lying on the beach for your summer vacation, or a book for a friend who likes interesting facts, I strongly recommend that you buy  Think Like a Freak. You may not like what they discovered about some of their findings but you will certainly enjoy reading about it.


Thursday, June 05, 2014

Will Drone Stocks Start Flying?

Have you seen the news on drones recently? First, there was the near miss between a done and a passenger jet. Then there was the LAPD's new air drone program controversy. Finally, there is now clothing you can wear to protect you from drones. By the way, drones are also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs.

So if you are an investor and want to use drone stocks to make you portfolio take off, you have over ten stocks to choose from involved with drones in some way, according to the free list of drone stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com. Several of them even pay dividends.

The company closest to a pure play in drones is AeroVironment (AVAV), which was founded in 1971. The company sells more small drones to the U. S. Government than any other company, which includes the Raven, the Wasp, and the Puma. AeroVironment is also involved in the production of electric and solar vehicles.

The stock trades at 152 times trailing earnings and 58 times forward earnings. For the quarter ending January 25, the company generated an incredible 190% increase in earnings on a 47% revenue boost. One of the best features about the company is that it is debt free with $7.51 in cash per share.

AeroVironment happens to have a strategic partnership with Lockheed Martin (LMT), another company involved in the production of drones, including the Stalker. Drones are obviously a small portion of their business. The company trades at 17 times training earnings and has a forward price to earnings ratio of 14. The stock also pays a dividend of 3.2%.

Other companies involved in drone production include Elbit Systems (ESLT), which makes the Hermes and Skylark families of UAVs, Boeing (BA) which makes the hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye drone, and Northrop Grumman (NOC), producer of the Global Hawk drones.

For a list of the publicly traded drone stocks, which includes information on the PE ratio, the forward PE ratio, and the drone business, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.Maybe some of these stocks will be high flyers.

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

By Stockerblog.com

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Stock Market Trivia: What was the First Stock Exchange in the United States?

Stock Market Trivia is an irregular feature at Stockerblog.com.

The question of the day is:

What was the first stock exchange in the US? 

Hint:

It is not the New York Stock Exchange.

The answer is:

 The Philadelphia Stock Exchange, founded in 1790, two years before the New York Stock Exchange.

More investment trivia can be found in the book:

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Second Week of June


  

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.


Ameren Corp AEE  6/9 4.1%
Gold Resource Corp GORO  6/9 8.4%
Kohl's Corporation KSS  6/9 2.9%
Laclede Group LG  6/9 3.8%
Parkway Properties  PKY  6/9 3.8%
Prologis  PLD  6/9 3.2%
Reis Inc REIS  6/9 2.5%


 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 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

How You Can Have Lunch with Warren Buffett

How would you like to have lunch with Warren Buffett and pick his brain about investing?  Well, now is your chance. An eBay (EBAY) auction is taking place right now for a lunch for you and up to seven friends at Smith & Wollensky in New York City with Warren Buffett, the head of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A).

The proceeds will be benefiting the GLIDE Foundation. GLIDE is an organization which has a goal of alleviating human suffering and poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bidding started at $25,000. Auction closes June 6.

For more information, go to:
http://givingworks.ebay.com/glide/