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My Best Ideas 2 August 2015 This is a list of companies that have a very nice estimated one year return on invested capital based on the sum of the delta of the one year estimated price target plus the calculated one year dividend yield. (Full List)
Dividend Increases 27-31 July 2015 This is a list of those companies that have recently increased their dividends. The list includes the amount and percentage of the increase, the forward dividend yield, and the ExDividend, Record and Payment dates. (Full List)
Nothing Falls Forever 26 July 2015 Not surprisingly the market fell last week. Anyone watching the momentum indicators would have noticed the market rolling over the week before and would have had plenty of time to get out of the way. Going into this week it looks like the market will continue to fall initially but the pullback may be coming to an end as the indicators approach overbought territory. I decided to go long at the close Friday because I believe I have already captured the majority of the fall. I've learned over the years not to be too greedy or demanding of the markets. Just be satisfied with what the markets will provide. And smile.
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Monday Wrap: The DJIA fell 140 points at the opening and despite the tug of war between the buyers and sellers, the markets went nowhere the remainder of the day. The indicators have now moved into oversold territory so I expect a reversal soon. Tuesday Wrap: The market had trouble getting started this morning but when it did, it took off and finished up 189 points. Smart investors should now have the patience to simply watch their wealth grow. I'll remain fully invested until the indicators become overbought. Wednesday Wrap: The rise during the morning hours leveled off in the early afternoon as the Federal Reserve released a statement keeping interest rates steady. Following that the market again moved higher and ended up 121. The momentum indicators still point higher.
Thursday Wrap: The market fell at the opening and struggled all day to get back to even. Resistance at 17,750 wasn't unexpected since we saw light support on the way down. I expect this to also be temporary as the indicators point to the market moving higher.
Crude and the Multi-Nationals 1 August 2015 There's no doubt that the price of West Texas Intermediate Crude is affecting the price of the Multi-National Oil Companies, but there's also no doubt that the yields on these world class oil companies are rising fast and approaching record levels. If you're a dividend growth investor, these are exactly the kinds of companies and yields you dream about. (Full Article)
Fundamental or Technical 30 July 2015 Most investors fall into one of two categories. Some consider themselves Fundamental Analysts while others consider themselves Technical Analysts. Each group tends to argue that their investing perspective is better and more effective without ever attempting to understand or appreciate the merits of the other perspective. Similarly… (Full Article)
Finding the Trend 29 July 2015 When I’m researching stocks I'm not only looking at the fundamentals, I'm also looking closely at the charts. And when I study charts, I like to see several indicators displayed on each chart. One of the indicators I like to see is a set of three multiple moving averages (MA). My favorites are the 5, 10 and 20 period MAs. (Full Article)
Defining Success 27 July 2015 This may be an oversimplification of how to attain a successful life but I’m convinced that most people over think these kinds of things and tend to make life a lot more difficult than it really has to be.
Life is easy -- It's people that make life difficult. (Full Article)
Finding the Bottom for Oil 26 July 2015 With all the news about the sanctions on Iran being lifted in the next few months and their potential to dump a million barrels of oil per day on the open market, the price of crude is falling again. This is putting financial pressure on small oil producers that increased their level of debt when oil was $100 per barrel. I'm watching the charts for support as the price nears its previous low of $43 on March 16.
Making Money in a Down Market 26 July 2015 This past week has been very damaging to a lot of investor's accounts. It's obvious if looking at the chart of the DJIA or the charts of the individual 30 stocks making up the DJIA. Right now 20 of the 30 stocks are below their 50 day moving average and the other 10 are close to their 50 day moving average and falling fast. (Full Article)
Reviewing Those Dividend Increases I list companies announcing dividend increases in the Dividend Increases section of this site because I've found this to be a fertile area for finding candidates for consideration. Companies that pay an annual dividend of at least 2% and increase that dividend at a rate greater than inflation are the kind of companies that every DGI is attracted to. When that company has done that for a number of years, it becomes even more interesting. And if that company has a one year estimated capital gain of 10% or more, I start to buy shares in that company.
Whirlpool Today 25 July 2015 The Whirlpool Corporation is the largest home appliance maker in the world today. It got that way by swallowing up many of the other home appliance manufacturers over the years. Today the company markets appliances under the brands Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Gladiator GarageWorks, Inglis, Estate, Brastemp, Bauknecht and Consul. (Full Article)
Investing Ain't Physics 24 July 2015 If you’re a swing trader, you're probably familiar with the concept of stock price inertia. It’s the idea that if a stock is moving higher, it’ll continue to move higher into the future, regardless of how short that future may be. It's also the idea that if a stock is moving lower it'll continue to move lower going forward. It’s this one simple idea that… (Full Article)
Swing Trade or Sell Options 23 July 2015 Everyone that invests in the stock market is a trader. Even if they only buy and hold. In fact that's how all of us got into the positions we're holding today. We traded money for stock. Someday most of us will reverse this process and trade the stock we own for someone else's money. That's the nature of this business. (Full Article)
Apple Inc. 22 July 2015 Apple beat revenues and earnings estimates for Q2 and have lowered guidance for the next quarter. As a result the stock is getting pummeled in after hours trading. This may just be an excellent opportunity to pick up shares of Apple Inc tomorrow at a relative bargain. Don't believe the bad press. These are still great numbers.
Readership Is Increasing 22 July 2015 Whenever the market starts falling the number of readers finding their way to this site increases. I attribute that to the fear that accompanies a shrinking portfolio. Most investors would be better off taking a longer view and buy stocks that increase their revenues, earnings, and especially their dividends over a long period of time.
It's Easy To Make Money 21 July 2015 It's easy to make a lot of money in the stock market. Really, it is. It's made every day by a lot of different people and the driving force behind it is greed. It's also easy to lose a lot of money in the market. It's also lost every day by a lot of people and the driving force behind it is usually fear. What's hard is holding on to your money. (Full Article)
The Walt Disney Company 19 July 2015 The Walt Disney Company may be the best known company in the entire world. It may also be one of the best companies in the world to work for. It hasn't been on sale for decades and it pays a stingy dividend. So why would anyone want to own shares of this company? Because it's a dominating factor in every business it enters. (Full Article)
My Investing Strategy I like to keep things simple when I invest because I'm a pretty simple guy. And I don't think there's a simpler or an easier way to invest than Buy, Write, Collect. These three simple steps are easy to understand but I have to admit there's a lot to consider before each one is implemented. Here's the three steps in their entirety. 1. Buy the Stock, 2. Write the Option, and 3. Collect the Dividend. (Full Article)
Weekend Reflections Weekends were made for relaxation and for quiet reflection and understanding. It's a time when the markets are frozen, stress has faded, and reflection suddenly becomes possible. It's the time for slowing down the brain and viewing the world in a more relaxed and longer perspective. It's the time when the serious money is made. And it's on the weekends that I often realize my best ideas. (Full Article)
The American Railroads 15 July 2015 The world that we know today was created because of the world's transportation systems and none has been more critical to the creation and expansion of the United States than the Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern, CSX, and Kansas City Southern Railroads. (Full Article)
Buying Walmart Again 13 July 2015 Some companies have such a consistent and compelling dividend growth story that dividend growth investors will buy shares of that company regardless of the current price. Walmart just happens to be just one of those companies. But if you look at those investors wealth, it's been a much more volatile picture. (Full Article)
Three Companies to Consider 9 July 2015 The past will never guarantee the future, but when we're trying to predict the future, it's oftentimes the only data we have. So any metric I'd like my investments to meet are the metrics I screen for. And hopefully that screen brings up dozens of candidates for consideration. From that list I continue to zero in for the best of the best of the best. (Full Article)
Corning Inc. 6 July 2015 If you're working on a laptop or desktop you're probably looking at a Corning manufactured terminal. If you're on the internet, you're probably receiving data across fiber optic cables manufactured by Corning. When you're watching television your probably looking at a Corning manufactured display terminal. And if you're using a smart phone… (Full Article)
When the Market Falls, Dividend Growth Investors Smile 5 July 2015 When stock prices fall, as they have this last few weeks, Dividend Growth Investors begin to smile. A lot. And why? That's because when stock prices are going down, yields are going up. And for them yield and growth is always what matters most. (Full Article)
Casey's One Year Later (38% Gain) 2 July 2015 About a year ago I wrote an article about Casey's General Store and its potential going forward. That article can be found in this website's "INDEX" under the title "Casey's General Stores" or by clicking here. Today I'd like to look at the fundamentals and compare them to a year ago and see what's happened. Hopefully things look better this year… (Full Article)
Rayonier, Inc 22 June 2015 For those that have been reading a few of these articles, I've been interested in companies that invest in both farmland and timberland for a long time. Recently Rayonier spun off all its interests in the pulp business and is now a pure timberland based company. And that's the kind of company I'm interested in. In addition, the majority of Rayonier's…. (Full Article)
USD Partners 17 June 2015 Some of my favorite investments involve oil. Some of my other favorite investments include the railroads. When I find a company that pays a large dividend, well, that's just very appealing to me. And companies that have the potential to produce a nice estimated growth potential really get my attention. So when I find a company that has all... (Full Article)
CatchMark Timber Trust 15 June 2015 I've always been fascinated by the concepts of money and time and nowhere are they so completely connected as they are in the production of crops and timber. So it's no wonder that I've always been interested in farmland and timberland. Recently I've started a position in CatchMark Timber Trust. (Full Article)
A Basic Options Strategy 3 June 2015 If you’ve ever considered an options strategy as part of your overall investment strategy then here’s a relatively simple trade that I often execute to supplement the monthly and quarterly income I receive from dividends on stock that I already own. (Full Article)
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