My Best Ideas 22 October 2017 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 22 October 2017 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 23 - 27 October 2017 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)
The Good News Just Keeps Coming 22 October 2017 Strong earnings announcements continued this past week and more good news is expected over the next few weeks continuing to fuel the recent upward trend. In addition, the Senate passed its 2018 budget bill which should make it easier for Congress to pass favorable tax legislation lowering tax rates for everyone. All this is especially good news for companies and their profits. Looking forward I really don't see anything stopping this market from going even higher. With traders eyeing 24K for the DOW, the only real question now is "Can it get there before the FED throws cold water on this market by increasing interest rates in December?" Things are getting interesting.
Thoughts on Stock Options 23 October 2017 I'm often asked how I use put and call options as part of my investing strategy. On the "Investing" drop down above you'll see a section labeled "Options". It lays out how I add options into my overall strategy. The key for me is to never buy options, only sell them. I sell short term and out of the money puts and calls which enhances the probability of success. (Full Article)
Investing in New Highs 22 October 2017 Companies that have future earnings estimates of 25% or more can be very appealing to investors looking to increase the value of their portfolios. But high earnings estimates can often go undetected for extended periods of time. Once recognized, investors tend to push these shares into new high territory for an extended period of time creating a nice opportunity for a swing trade. But it can also be a risky trade. These shares can often be over extended so a tactic that includes risk avoidance should be implemented. (Full List)
General Electric Bottoms Out 19 October 2017 There's no doubt General Electric has been in trouble for a very long time. Even if you don't know the story behind the fall, one look at the price chart and it's obvious. It hit a high of $31.66 in the summer of 2016 and has fallen ever since. I can't imagine any shareholder that's happy. (Full Article)
General Electric Weekly Chart
Walmart is Breaking Out 17 October 2017 Walmart broke out of a Darvas Box last week with support and resistance from $74 to $82. In fact it broke out of a previous $64 to $74 Darvas Box earlier in the spring as it broke through its 40 week moving average and continued to move higher. It's a classic upward trend movement and it continued higher last week. (Full Article)
Walmart Weekly Chart
The First 30 Minutes of the Trading Day 16 October 2017 The first 30 minutes of every trading day is the most dangerous time of the day for me. I generally don’t trade during this time. During this period there's often buy and sell orders that have been stacked up since the previous close by part time investors that spent the prior evening doing their research and putting in their buy and sell orders. (Full Article)
Idera Pharmaceuticals 12 October 2017 Idera is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology and rare diseases. Idera uses two distinct drug discovery technology platforms to design and develop drug candidates: (1) Toll-like receptor targeting technology and (2) a third-generation antisense technology. They were developed based on scientific expertise and the Company's pioneering work with synthetic oligonucleotides. (Full Article)
Idera Pharmaceuticals Weekly Chart
Mannkind Corp 10 October 2017 A quick look at Mannkind Corp reveals a stock chart with shares moving higher. A lot higher. For me this is a company that's almost too small to analyze fundamentally, but technically it's exploding. The initial time to have bought shares was in mid-August as the price moved above the 50 dma. If that point was missed, then the retest of the 50 dma.... (Full Article)
Mankind Corp Weekly Chart
Iteris Inc 9 October 2017 Iteris is the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, turning big data into big breakthrough solutions. The firm collects, aggregates and analyzes data on traffic, roads, weather, water, soil and crops to generate precise informatics that lead to safer transportation and smarter farming. (Full Article)
Iteris Weekly Chart
Gene Therapy Companies 5 October 2017 Gene therapy is an experimental technique that uses genes to treat or prevent disease. In the future, this technique may allow doctors to treat a disorder by inserting a gene into cells instead of using drugs or surgery. Today I just want to do an assessment of a few gene therapy companies and see their fundamentals and technicals. (Full Article)
My Best Advisor is Me 3 October 2017 I've been reading and re-reading many of the articles found on this website to learn from one of the best teacher's in the world -my own experience. It's something every investor should do. And do often. Learn from their own successes and failures. From their own experience. It turns out that personal experience really is the best teacher after all. (Full Article)
A High Beta Put-Call Strategy 1 October 2017 Occasionally while screening stocks on the weekend I come across a high beta security that exhibits a lot of up and down movement in the short term but little if any movement in the long term. These two relative degrees of volatility can often be recognized by viewing any volatility on the daily chart versus volatility on the weekly chart. (Full Article)
A Quick Look at Kindred BioSciences 28 September 2017 When one of Kindred BioScience's founders was the Chief Executive Officer of OneWorld Health, he noticed something extraordinary. Richard was developing drugs to fight diseases like malaria and cholera. As he searched high and low for new drugs, he realized that drugs for neglected diseases often come from the veterinary field. (Full Article)
Interface Inc Revisited 26 September 2017 Interface is the future of carpeting for both home and office. It's the largest manufacturer of modular carpet that needs minimal installation and can be done literally by anyone. By installing it as squares or planks, the carpet can be easily removed or replaced in a single afternoon. The company was founded in 1973, and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. (Full Article)
Micron Technology 21 September 2017 DRAM producers are notoriously famous for being cyclical. Micron Technology is no different. So for me this could never be a long term investment. The way I'm approaching it is through swing trading. Projections have this stock going to $43 within the year and I think that's very possible. But being a cyclical stock, I'll be watching this closely. (Full Article)
Manipulating the Genome 19 September 2017 As most will agree, the search for the medical cures of tomorrow will ultimately be found inside the Human Genome. And those cures will be treated by editing the gene sequences to eliminate the defective sequences. We're only now scratching the surface of this relatively new technology and there'll be both corporate winners and losers..... (Full Article)
Investment Risk vs Inflation 14 September 2017 I wish I could invest without risk. I wish I could get a guaranteed return on my investment. I wish there was no such thing as inflation. But wishing for things is simply the desire for things that I have no other way of getting. Risk is everywhere and inflation has been around longer than I’ve been alive. Unfortunately both are here to stay. (Full Article)
News is a Lagging Indicator 12 September 2017 For the most part, there’s always a lag in the news. It’s not as bad as it use to be but it’s still there. The news media are always reporting something that’s already happened. Sometimes days ago, sometimes only a few hours ago, but for the most part the event is already over and professional traders have already placed their trades. (Full Article)
Pragmatism in Investing 11 September 2017 Stocks don’t go up or down forever. They go up as long as investors push them up and they go down as long as investors push them down. In each case they will eventually reverse and head in the opposite direction. They do this for many reasons like product cycles, earnings surprises, buying seasons, management changes, fed policy, wars and more. (Full Article)
Edwards Lifesciences 8 September 2017 Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring. A pioneer in the development of heart valve therapies, the Company is the world’s leading manufacturer of heart valve systems and repair products used to replace or repair a patient’s diseased or defective heart valve. (Full Article)
Edwards Weekly Chart
Abeona Therapeutics 7 September 2017 Abeona, a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on developing and delivering gene therapy and plasma-based products for severe and life-threatening rare diseases. The company offers MuGard, a mucoadhesive oral wound rinse for mucositis, stomatitis, aphthous ulcers, and traumatic ulcers; and ProctiGard, a mucoadhesive oral wound rinse.... (Full Article)
Abeona Weekly Chart
ImmunoGen Inc 6 September 2017 ImmunoGen, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, develops targeted anticancer therapeutics. The company develops its products using its antibody-drug conjugate technology. The company's product candidates include mirvetuximab soravtansine, an ADC targeting folate-receptor alpha for the treatment of platinum-resistant.... (Full Article)
ImmuneGen Weekly Chart
Corcept Therapeutics 5 September 2017 Corcept, a pharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes drugs for the treatment of severe metabolic, oncologic, and psychiatric disorders in the United States. It offers Korlym (mifepristone) tablets as a once-daily oral medication for the treatment of hyperglycemia secondary to hypercortisolism in adult patients with.... (Full Article)
Corcept Weekly Chart
Systemax 31 August 2017 Systemax operates as a direct marketer of brand name and private label products. Its Industrial Products Group segment sells a range of maintenance, repair, and operation products. The company's EMEA Technology Products Group segment sells information and communication technology products. (Full Article)
Sangamo Therapeutics 29 August 2017 I got interested in Sangamo Therapeutics primarily because of its stock chart. This company has been in an uptrend since the beginning of the year and in May it got supercharged. Since then its continued higher and today is in a confirmed uptrend. Today sales have been more than doubling as earnings have been increasing at a rate greater than 50%. (Full Article)
NovoCure 24 August 2017 NovoCure has been consolidating since the beginning of July as the 50 dma continued to rise. At this point the stock price is now bouncing off that moving average and ready to move higher. A move above $22 per share would signal a now leg higher. Wait for it.
NovoCure Daily Chart
Calavo Growers 22 August 2017 California Avocados are finally being discovered outside California and Calavo is perfectly situated to take advantage of that trend. It's also going to help the price trend of the stock. I've had a small number of shares of this company for the last several years with dividend reinvestment and I've been quite happy owning these shares. (Full Article)
Acadia Pharmaceuticals 17 August 2017 ACADIA Pharmaceuticals is focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medicines to address unmet medical needs in neurological and related central nervous system disorders. Their efforts are focused in Parkinson’s disease psychosis, for which they have the first and only treatment approved by the FDA, as well as clinical... (Full Article)
Vericel Corporation 16 August 2017 Vericel Corp is a commercial stage company with three marketed drugs. The company's research focus is on cell based therapies. In the spring of 2013 Vericel acquired from Sanofi their "cell therapy and regenerative medicine business" which it had received when it purchased Genzyme in 2011. (Full Article)
Advanced Energy Industries 15 August 2017 Advanced Energy Industries is an American company that develops power and control technologies for the manufacture of flat panel displays, semiconductors, data storage products, solar cells and architectural glass. Founded in 1981, AE operates in regional centers in North America, Asia, and Europe. (Full Article)
Corindus Vascular Robotics 10 August 2017 Corindus Vascular Robotics is in the robotic-assisted precision vascular intervention systems industry. They design, manufacture, and sell robotic systems for use in interventional vascular procedures. Corindus came to my attention during one of my screens because of its change in trend earlier this year. This signaled for me a significant and sustainable move higher. My conclusion is to start a small position and see where it goes. (Full Article)
HealthEquity 8 August 2017 Health Savings Accounts may just be the solution to this country's current healthcare crisis and HealthEquity Inc may just be the company with that solution. HealthEquity Inc is a non-bank health savings trustee which allows HealthEquity to be the custodian of health savings accounts regardless of which financial institution the funds are deposited with. (Full Article)
Vertex Pharmaceuticals 3 August 2017 Vertex is an American pharmaceutical company founded in 1989 and located in Boston, Massachusetts. The Company was one of the first biotech firms to use an explicit strategy of rational drug design rather than combinatorial chemistry. Its product pipeline focused on viral infections, inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, and cancer. (Full Articles)
BioSpecifics Technologies 25 July 2017 BioSpecifics is a biopharmaceutical company that has developed injectable collagenase for 12 clinical indications to date. Injectable collagenase is marketed as XIAFLEX® in the U.S. for the treatment of Dupuytren's contracture and Peyronie's disease by BioSpecifics' partner, Endo. XIAFLEX® is also commercialized in Japan, Europe, Canada and Australia for Dupuytren’s contracture and also for Peyronie's disease in Europe and Australia. (Full Article)
Visa and MasterCard 23 July 2017 No explanation is needed to understand a debit and credit card company. We all carry them with us wherever we go. They are now integral to the modern lifestyle. And everyone knows that they're making tons of money. Just look at your recent credit card statement. But they're not cheap. They never were. But at the end of the day Visa and MasterCard have made a lot of money for their shareholders.
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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