My Best Ideas 16 July 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)
Dividend Increases 24 - 28 July 2017 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)
Q2 Earnings Begin 16 July 2017 Second quarter earnings announcements get underway in earnest this week as we enter the dog days of summer. A lot of traders will be spending their time at the seashore but make no mistake - they'll be monitoring their trades from the seashore pretty closely. The markets have been in an upward trend for quite a while (see chart) and with earnings expected to be good, I expect this upward trend to continue. But as always, it's a market of stocks and some will move higher and some will stumble. Be alert and monitor all your investments because as always, there'll be surprises. Monday Close: The market started off shakey, made an attempt to move higher during the midday, and then lost all its gains in the last two hours. The DJIA ended the day down eight points at 21,629. Earnings continue tomorrow with more volatility expected depending on the company making the announcement. Tuesday Close: All the indexes fell abruptly at the open. The SPX and NASDAQ recovered but the DJIA didn't as it ended the day down 55 points. The SPX and QQQ ended up at new highs but not by very much. Earnings season continues to whipsaw the markets and I expect that to occur for the next week or two as the roll out of announcements continue. Wednesday Close: The indexes rose at a pretty consistent angle as the SPX and NASDAQ once again hit new highs today. With today's move higher the DJIA is on the verge of hitting a new high too. Of particular interest was the strong move higher during the last 10 minutes of the trading day which usually bodes well for a higher opening in the morning. Thursday Close: All three indexes struggled all day and by the end the DJIA was down slightly, the NASDAQ was up slightly, and the SPX was basically flat. It's increasingly becoming a stock picker's market. Mutual Fund owners are making OK money but the traders are making the real money.
Two Companies that need further investigation.
Pulse Biosciences, a development stage medical device company, focuses on developing medical technologies based on sub-microsecond pulsed electric field technology to detect and treat skin cancer and enhance wound healing. Pulse Biosciences, Inc. was founded in 2014 and is based in Burlingame, California.
Calithera Biosciences, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on discovering and developing small molecule drugs directed against tumor metabolism and tumor immunology targets for the treatment of cancer. Its lead product candidate is CB-839, an inhibitor of glutaminase, which is in Phase Ib/2 clinical trials for the treatment of solid tumors. The company has a license agreement with Mars, Inc. to develop and commercialize Symbioscience's portfolio of arginase inhibitors for use in human healthcare; and license and research agreement with High Point Pharmaceuticals, LLC and TransTech Pharma LLC to develop and commercialize hexokinase II inhibitors. In addition, it has clinical trial collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to evaluate Opdivo (nivolumab) in combination with CB-839 in clear cell renal cell carcinoma. The company has a collaboration and license agreement with Incyte Corporation for the research, development, and commercialization of CB-1158, a small molecule arginase inhibitor for the treatment of hematology and oncology. Calithera Biosciences, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in South San Francisco, California.
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 they've made a lot of money for their shareholders.
Interesting Charts 18 July 2017 This is a few ideas I looking at for this week. I've become interested simply based on their charts alone. I'll do more research before I trade the long ideas but I'm already positioned to benefit from a fall in the shares of SNAP. So despite my aversion to trading the perils of an American company, I think the money's to be made on the short side. (Full Article)
An Update on RICK's 14 July 2017 RCI Hospitality has been beefing up it's collection of Gentlemen's Clubs while at the same time continuing to develop its entry into the Casual Dining segment of the restaurant business. And so far its starting to gain traction as plans to expand move forward. But this is a transition period that's setting the groundwork for increasing revenues, earnings and dividends.(Full Article)
TTM Technologies 11 July 2017 TTM Technologies, Inc. is one of the world's largest printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturers, focusing on quickturn and technologically advanced PCB, backplane assemblies and electro-mechanical solutions. TTM provides time-to-market and advanced technology products and offers a one-stop manufacturing solution to customers from engineering design to prototype development through final volume production. (Full Article)
Take-Two Interactive 6 July 2017 Take-Two Interactive is a creator and distributor of video games and peripherals and owns Rockstar Games and 2K Games. Notable game series include Grand Theft Auto, Civilization, NBA 2K, BioShock and Borderlands. As owner of 2K Games, Take-Two publishes its 2K Sports titles, and creates free-to-play mobile titles through Social Point. (Full Article)
Weight Watchers 3 July 2017 There's no doubt that the world is getting bigger. Luckily Weight Watchers has been assisting individuals in their attempt to loose weight for quite a few years. Now the stock has started to get traction, has moved above resistance and has started to move higher. That may be the result of a turnaround currently going on as the fundamentals have significantly improved lately. (Full Article)
The Walt Disney Company 26 June 2017 The Disney chart is showing support in the low $90s and resistance near $120. As a result, this is shaping up to be a great swing trade. But at $104, however, it's just not ready to be traded yet. I'll be looking for a drop of about another $10.
Omeros Corporation Snapshot 23 June 2017 Omeros Corporation discovers and develops small-molecule and protein therapeutics, and orphan indications targeting inflammation, coagulopathies, and disorders of the central nervous system. The company markets OMIDRIA for use during cataract surgery or intraocular lens replacement. Its clinical programs include treatment of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, thrombotic microangiopathies, IgA nephropathy, and other renal diseases, Huntington's diseases and schizophrenia, opioid and nicotine addiction, urological procedures and much, much more. Omeros Corporation was incorporated in 1994 and is based in Seattle, Washington.
Omeros Corp Daily Chart
TransAct Technologies 22 June 2017 TransAct is a leader in printers, terminals, software and other products for transaction-based industries. These industries include casino and gaming, lottery, food safety, banking, point-of-sale, hospitality, oil and gas, and medical and mobile. TransAct printers and products are designed from the ground up based on market-specific requirements. (Full Article)
Novocure 20 June 2017 Novocure may have finally found a bottom earlier this year. The stock has doubled since April and it's starting to look like there's a lot more room to go even higher. The Company has developed a 4th method of treating cancers that can augment or replace surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. (Full Article)
Dividend, Growth, Low Debt 15 June 2017 The following is a list of 98 stocks that meet the following requirements: Dividend yield of at least 1%, an expected price target 10% higher than today's price, a debt level less than equity, a forward P/E under 25, and a PEG under 2. The list is rank ordered by earnings per share growth over the next 5 years. (Full Article)
Immunomedics 13 June 2017 This Company caught my attention after just one look at the P&F chart. For 7 years there's been resistance near $7 per share as the stock was turned back three times before breaking through. It's now pushed above $8 per share. I believe shares of this company will find support near $7 per share if there's any pullback in the shares and they'll rise to near $12 per share over the next year as earnings turn positive. (Full Article)
Legg Mason - A Purely Technical Call 12 June 2017 LM has just pushed through resistance near $38.60 and now has the potential to move up to near $55 per share with little resistance. Earnings next year are expected to be $3.21 and the long term earnings growth is expected to be 17.10%. This is too good to pass up.
Evolent Health 5 June 2017 Evolent Health provides healthcare delivery and payment solutions. The Company supports integrated health systems in migration toward value-based care and population health management and provides customers with a population management platform, integrated data and analytics capabilities, pharmacy benefit management services, and comprehensive health plan administration services. I'm highlighting this company because a move above 26 tomorrow will signal a breakout above resistance.
Extreme Networks 2 June 2017 Extreme Networks provides software-driven networking solutions for enterprise customers worldwide. The company designs, develops, and manufactures wired and wireless network infrastructure equipment, and develops the software for network management, policy, analytics, security, and access controls. I'm highlighting this company because I initiated a buy-write strategy today for a quick 5% return over a two week period. It can be an effective short term strategy.
Allied Motion Technologies 1 June 2017 Allied Motion Technologies produces precision and specialty motion control components and systems for commercial, industrial, aerospace and defense markets. The company provides motion control products and systems as solutions for a range of applications in aerospace and defense, medical, vehicle, commercial, and industrial. (Full Article)
Chevron Corporation 30 May 2017 Today oil companies are adjusting to the new equilibrium and are cutting costs to survive and excel in this new paradigm. The stocks are also carving out new support and resistance levels in which to operate. For Chevron, it now looks like the company is finding support near $100 per share. I also expect it to find moderate resistance near $120 per share and then again near $130 per share. (Full Article)
Microsoft Corporation 24 May 2017 No one should need an explanation of who or what Microsoft Corporation is, but for the one or two people who have been living on an island, here goes. Microsoft Corporation is a multinationaltechnology company that develops, manufactures and sells computer software, electronics, computers & services. It's best known products include Windows, MSOffice suite, and Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers.(Full Article)
Momo 22 May 2017 Momo is a location based mobile social networking and entertainment platform launched in August, 2011. Momo enables users to connect with each other in a personal and lively way through short-form videos and live streaming. Users can check out people nearby and discover nearby groups, message boards as well as events. An enriched conversation experience allows users to send out their locations as well as emojis during chat. (Full Article)
Always Have an Exit Strategy 19 May 2017 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)
Big 5 Sporting Goods 18 May 2017 Big 5 Sporting Goods is a sporting goods retailer with 420 stores in Arizona, California, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. It operates in a fragmented industry that the worlds infatuated with. With 420 stores it's not a small company and is able to compete successfully with the bigger chains. (Full Article)
RCI Hospitality Holdings 16 May 2017 RCI Hospitality Holdings is an American operator of strip clubs, nightclubs, and adult entertainment websites. The Company was founded in 1983 and is based out of Houston, Texas. I believe the future of the Company lies in the expansion of their restaurant chain Bombshells which is based on a military theme. (Full Article)
The Spoils of Investing 12 May 2017 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!
Ryman Hospitality 11 May 2017 Ryman Hospitality Properties is a hotel, resort, entertainment, and media company named after the National Historic Landmark - the Ryman Auditorium. The auditorium was originally built as a tabernacle by Captain Thomas G. Ryman in 1892 but later it became the home of the Grand Ole Opry (1943-1974). (Full Article)
Churchill Downs 10 May 2017 Churchill Downs Incorporated is the parent company of Churchill Downs. The company is best known for, and has evolved from, one racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky to a multi-state, publicly traded company with racetracks and casinos. It is also the leading online wagering company. That wagering part of the company is the part that's the fastest growing part of this successful businesses. (Full Article)
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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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