My Best Ideas 17 June 2018 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)
New Highs 17 June 2018 This is a list of companies that are currently hitting new highs plus have an estimated 5 year earnings growth rate in excess of 25%. As this growth is recognized, these shares are pushed higher and become good swing trades. (Full List)
Dividend Increases 18-22 June 2018 This is a list of companies that have recently increased their dividends. The list includes the amount plus the per cent increase, the forward dividend yield, and the ExDividend, Record and Payment dates. (Full List)
Watching the MACD 17 June 2018 The MACD is one of my favorite momentum indicators and often one of the most accurate indicators of direction. The MACD on the daily chart is currently falling while the MACD on the weekly chart is currently rising. That's divergence on two timeframes and it will always grabs my attention because I review daily charts for timing my buys and weekly charts for determining the overall trend. So before investing any funds this week I'll be looking for a better entry but at the same time I'm also becoming more assured that the bull trend remains intact. Monday Close: China added additional tariffs on American goods, so to no one's surprise the markets fell at the opening. Ten minutes late the recovery started but the damage had already been done. At the close the DJIA was down 103 points. With futures flat tonight, no one is sure how the markets will open but this pullback should subside soon. Tuesday Close: Upping the ante on tariffs continues to weigh on the markets as the DJIA fell once again at the open and stayed down all day. At the close, the DJIA was down 287 points. Wednesday Close: Turbulence and Volatility continued today as the strength or weakness in the markets depended on which sectors invested in. Technology did best, small cap next best, and large cap the worse. At the close, the DJIA was down 42 points at 24,657.
Using the Past to Predict the Future 21 June 2018 Finding great companies whose stock has done well in the past is a relatively easy exercise. Just find an easy and friendly screener, pick out the parameters you're interested in, and hit the sort button. It's that easy. I do it all the time, and most serious investors do too. It's how we find candidates for accumulation. (Full Article)
Share Buybacks Don't Benefit Investors 18 June 2018 Great companies generate more money that they currently need to execute their business. When that occurs companies need to make the decision as to what they will do with those excess profits. When the decision is made to buy back its own stock on the open market it signals that the company has no better productive use for that money. (Full Article)
Two Companies Trying to Head Higher 17 June 2018 I've been watching and investing in these two companies because based on just looking at their charts they look like they want to go higher. Perceptron has been moving higher while bouncing off its 40 wma whereas the MACD on the chart of Exellixis's is about to move higher from below the zero line. Both are usually indicators of higher moves.
China Rising 11 June 2018 Sometimes certain companies get sucked into the psyche of traders and they get pushed higher and higher without any real reason. This may have just happened to these four companies (MOMO, IQ, BILI and HUYA). I like owning these companies and I like selling options on these shares, but chasing them into the stratosphere may not be the smartest thing an investor can do.
RCI Hospitality and Bombshells 6 June 2018 Rick's Cabaret has finally starting to ramp up its expansion of its casual dining known as Bombshells Restaurant and Bar. These restaurants are known for their military decor and their "Bombshell Girls". It's a concept that should work in any town that has veterans, which is basically any town in the US. (Full Article)
Using Puts to Go Long 4 June 2018 I get a lot of questions on how the use of Puts fits into my strategy of "Buy, Write, Collect" so here's a little information on just one aspect of my multifaceted approach to investing. The overall approach is fairly simple, but the corollary offshoots can, at times, often become a little more complicated. Hopefully this explanation will help those interested in one more way I approach investing. (Full Article)
Tandem Diabetes Care 23 May 2018 Tandem is a medical device company improving the lives of people with diabetes through relentless innovation and revolutionary customer experience. The Company takes an innovative, user-centric approach to the development and commercialization of products for people with diabetes who use insulin. (Full Article)
Clearside BioMedical 22 May 2018 Clearside Biomedical, headquartered in Alpharetta, GA, is an ophthalmic biopharmaceutical company. The Company relentlessly pursues transformative, elegant, and precise solutions to restore and preserve vision. The Company is developing advanced clinical and nonclinical candidates using.... (Full Article)
Vital Therapies 21 May 2018 Vital Therapies is a clinical-stage biotech focusing on the discovery, development and sale of cell-based therapies capable of transforming life-threatening conditions. The Company's initial product candidate is a human-cell-based, bio-artificial liver which is being developed to improve rates of survival. (Full Article)
Learning to Read the Market 16 May 2018 Learning to be a good investor is learning how to read the market. It’s learning how to look at a chart and understand what the chart is trying to show you. A good investor doesn’t predict where the market is headed, he simply learns to visually read the chart and react to its movements. (Full Article)
Best Candidates for Selling Options 15 May 2018 Sometimes the trade is buying and selling shares of a company, and sometimes the trade is selling the options associated with a company's stock. When its the options, shares of the company become the insurance for calls and cash becomes the insurance for puts. All of this is the reverse of scanning companies' stock charts for great options. (Full Article)
Interesting Charts I'm Watching 14 May 2018 Scanning the markets for companies that are pretty sound financially as well as having pretty good forward estimates produces a number of companies worth considering. It's the fundamentals and forward estimates that direct me toward those companies that are doing well. But timing is everything. And that's where the charts come in. (Full Article)
Nine Companies Channeling Higher 8 May 2018 Shares of companies that move higher on increased volume tend to bring in more volume that often pushes the shares even higher. It's an example of crowd behavior and the illusion that someone knows something more than someone else and therefore needs to be followed. (Full Article)
The Fallacy of the B-School Degree 7 May 2018 Stock charts are historical records of human behavior and are beautiful works of art to someone who has studied human behavior (I have my Master’s Degree in Social Psychology from NC State University). Those charts are the visual end result of the human decision making process. If we can discover the reasoning behind those decisions and act upon that knowledge in a timely fashion, the American Dream is within our grasp. (Full Article)
Aquinox Pharmaceuticals 2 May 2018 Aquinox is a clinical-stage company developing novel therapeutics for chronic urological conditions marked by inflammation and pain. Their lead drug candidate, rosiptor, is in Phase 3 development for the treatment of patients with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS)... (Full Article)
Sell in May and Go Away? 1 May 2018 We’ll all be hearing this phrase a lot over this next month as well as throughout the entire summer if the market retreats during this period. It’s a well-known trading adage attributed to that famous author “Anonymous”. The entire quote is actually “Sell in May and go away, don’t come back 'til St. Leger day”. (Full Article)
Karyopharm Therapeutics 24 April 2018 Karyopharm is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on discovery and development and subsequent commercialization of novel first-in-class drugs directed against nuclear transport and related targets for the treatment of cancer and other major diseases. (Full Article)
Options as a Strategy 18 April 2018 Options are hardly ever the primary focus of investors as they begin their investing career. In fact, they’re totally ignored for the most part. Only later in their investing career do they realize that was a mistake. An error of innocence. A missed opportunity. (Full Article)
Audentes Therapeutics 16 April 2018 Audentes Therapeutics is a clinical stage biotechnology company working in the area of development and commercialization of innovative gene therapy treatments for people with serious rare diseases. They are focused, experienced and passionate about the goal of improving the lives of patients. (Full Article)
A Weibo Swing Trade 10 April 2018 Weibo Corp. Occasionally I run across a company that presents a lot of opportunities for my style of investing. Granted you won't find a dividend here but what you do find is a defined channel and the ability to sell weekly options. I think these shares are about to bounce off the lower channel line and head back higher. (Full Article)
Momo and the Golden Cross 9 April 2018 On Friday we saw the Golden Cross occur on the chart of MOMO despite the stock being down. That may seem confusing for beginners but the moving averages have squeezed out the volatility of daily fluctuations to show what's really happening from a longer term view. For me this is a signal to sell short term puts... (Full Article)
General Electric 8 April 2018 Is it finally time to buy GE stock? GE has been falling along with the overall market for the last few months but now it's really starting to look like it's forming a bottom. It'll take a while to be sure but it may be time to at least nibble a little here. Keep an eye on the PPO. It may be key to the reversal. These shares have just been so disappointing for so long.
Rigel Pharmaceuticals 27 March 2018 Rigel is a biotechnology company discovering, developing and providing novel small molecule drugs that significantly improve the lives of patients with immune and hematologic disorders, cancer and rare diseases. The Company focuses on signaling pathways critical to disease mechanisms. Clinical programs include trials of fostamatinib.... (Full Article)
Global Brass and Copper Holdings 20 March 2018 Global Brass and Copper is a value-added converter, fabricator, processor and distributor of specialized non-ferrous products, including a wide range of sheet, strip, foil, rod, tube and fabricated metal component products. The Company's operations are focused in North America under the Olin Brass, Chase Brass and A.J. Oster brand names. (Full Article)
Vanda Pharmaceuticals 13 March 2018 Vanda is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies to address high unmet medical needs and improve the lives of patients. Vanda commenced its operations in 2003 and their product portfolio includes..... (Full Article)
Buy Highs, Sell Higher Highs 11 March 2018 The price you pay for a stock is never as important as the direction the stock will take after you buy it. That may be obvious to experienced investors but beginners don’t always understand this basic concept. The’ve been indoctrinated with the idea of buying low. That’s why they’re often drawn to shares that are falling. (Full Article)
Retirement is a Waste of Time 6 March 2018 The most popular articles on the net these days are articles on retiring at 50, 40 or even 30. The idea is as soon as an investor can accumulate the minimum income (usually in the form of dividends) to support a minimal lifestyle, he should drop out and live a self centered, self absorbed life of laziness and consumption. Basically a bum. (Full Article)
Profire Energy 1 March 2018 Profire Energy, an oilfield technology company, provides burner- and chemical-management products and services for the oil and gas industry primarily in the United States and Canadian markets. It assists energy production companies in the production and transportation of oil and natural gas. (Full Article)
Always Have an Exit Strategy The exit strategy is always a mandatory precondition for any trade I enter. All other strategies will have disaster embedded at their core. All other strategies are simply an emotional reaction to events external to the markets. All other strategies will accentuate a reward while ignoring the damage that's incurred by accepting such an extensive implied risk. These are the strategies that I personally refuse to implement into my trading strategy. (Full Article)
The Spoils of Investing Sometimes it's good to take money out of the market and enjoy the spoils of investing. Not everything needs to be continually reinvested back into the markets. Three years ago I decided to spoil my son. So I got him this Nissan 370Z. It's been a great car. He's been a great kid!
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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". Here's the three steps in their entirety. 1. Buy the Stock, 2. Write the Option, and 3. Collect the Dividend. (Full Article)
A Basic Options Strategy If you’ve ever considered an options strategy as part of your overall investment strategy, here’s a relatively simple trade that I often execute to supplement my dividend income. (Full Article)
Reviewing Those Dividend Increases I've listed companies increasing their dividend in the Dividend Increases part 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 for a number of years are the kind of companies that every DGI is attracted to. And if that company has a one year estimated capital gain of 10% or more, I start to buy shares in that company.
Buying Great Companies I've posted a lot of great companies that have raised their dividend pretty consistently over the years and that's the key to becoming a successful investor. It's really not as hard as most people think. Study those companies that raise their revenues, earnings and dividends over an extended period of time. Read their history. And learn what makes a great investment.
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