My Best Ideas 9 December 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 9 December 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 10 - 14 December 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)
It's Still About China and Tariffs 9 December 2018 Just when you thought things were getting better between the US and China, the CFO of Huawei gets taken into custody in Canada. While that may not be interesting by itself, if she's extradited to the US on criminal charges, any agreement on tariffs may have just come to a halt. That's shaken traders once again and it could be seen in the market averages. At this point Wall Street bonuses are at risk and that just adds to the stress and volatility we're seeing. At this point I just don't see any catalysts on the horizon that changes this scenario going into the holiday season. Monday Summary: Despite the total confusion in the markets today, it really did feel like a reversal move today. A sharp decline followed by a sharp rise. In candlestick parlance it was a hammer day. At the close, the market was up 34 points. Tuesday Summary: The markets opened higher only to immediately start falling. This confusing action has come to be typical of recent market action and I expect it to continue for a while longer. At the close the DJIA was down 52 points at 24,370.
Mercury General 3 December 2018 Mercury General writes automobile, homeowners, commercial automobile and property, mechanical protection, fire, and umbrella insurance through a network of independent agents and direct channels. Mercury General was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
Century Aluminum Co. 1 December 2018 Century Aluminum Company, together with its subsidiaries, produces standard-grade and value-added primary aluminum in the United States and Iceland. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
Nine Energy Service 16 October 2018 Nine operates as an onshore completion and production services provider that targets unconventional oil and gas resource development. It operates in two segments, Completion Solutions and Production Solutions. Nine is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
Integrated Cannabis 8 October 2018 Integrated Cannabis focuses on developing, manufacturing, marketing, and distributing of botanically-based consumable products in Canada and internationally. It offers a novel line of health care and nutraceutical sprays for pain relief, awareness, sleep, libido, energy, and recovery under the X-SPRAYS brand name. Company is based in Vancouver, Canada.
General Electric 17 September 2018 GE is looking more and more like it's a bottom and found plenty of support for its shares. A move higher thru the 50 dma on increased volume will say wonders about the near and long term future of this company.
NIO Limited 14 September 2018 NIO LIMITED manufactures and markets electric vehicles under the EP9, EVE, and ES8 brand names. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Shanghai, China with additional offices in San Jose, California; Munich, Germany; and London, United Kingdom.
CannaRoyalty Corp 6 September 2018 CannaRoyalty is a private equity company specializing in acquisitions in the legal cannabis sector with a focus on research and intellectual property, consumer brands, and industry infrastructure. It seeks to invest in the US and Canada.
Paylocity Holding Corp 21 August 2018 Paylocity provides cloud-based payroll and human capital management software for medium-sized organizations. It offers Paylocity Web Pay, Paylocity Web HR, Talent Management, Paylocity Web Time, and Paylocity Web Expense. (Full Article)
Cornerstone OnDemand 14 August 2018 Cornerstone OnDemand provides learning and human capital management software through software-as-a-service worldwide. Its enterprise human capital management platform comprises four product suites: Recruiting Suite, Learning Suite, Performance Suite and HR Administration Suite.
Yext 12 August 2018 Yext, Inc. provides a knowledge engine platform that lets businesses manage their digital knowledge in the cloud in North America and Europe.
3D Systems Corp 10 August 2018 The company offers 3D printers, such as stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal printing, multi jet printing, and color jet printers that transform data input generated by 3D design software, CAD software, or other 3D design tools into printed parts under the Accura, DuraForm, LaserForm, CastForm, and VisiJet brand names. (Full Article)
The Meet Group 26 July 2018 The Meet Group, Inc. operates various mobile social entertainment applications. Its applications are designed to meet the universal need for human connection. (Full Article)
Craft Brew Alliance 25 Juy 2018 Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. brews and sells craft beers and ciders in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Beer Related Operations and Brewpubs Operations. (Full Article)
XPO Logistics 23 July 2018 Company provides transportation and logistics services in the United States, North America, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Europe, Asia, and internationally. (Full Article)
Economic Tensions Increase 11 July 2018 The United States is once again threatening additional tariffs against Chinese goods and services and China will surely reciprocate quickly. The US is also pressuring the European Union to pay more for their defense and they're not going to be happy about doing that. Retaliation won't take long.
Blue Apron 9 July 2018 Blue Apron operates an e-commerce marketplace that delivers original recipes and fresh ingredients for making home cooking accessible. It provides original recipes with the pre-portioned ingredients to complement tastes and lifestyles of college graduates, young couples, families, singles, and empty nesters. (Full Article)
Manitex International 5 July 2018 Manitex provides engineered lifting solutions. The company designs, manufactures, and distributes products used in various industries. It offers boom trucks and crane products primarily for use in industrial projects, energy exploration, and infrastructure development, including roads, bridges, and commercial construction. (Full Article)
Voya Financial 2 December 2018 Voya operates through Retirement, Investment Management, Individual Life, and Employee Benefits segments. The company was formerly known as ING U.S., Inc. and changed its name to Voya Financial, Inc. in April 2014.
Harmonic Inc 4 November 2018 Harmonic Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells video infrastructure products and system solutions worldwide. Its products enable customers to create, prepare, and deliver a range of video and broadband services to consumer devices, including televisions, personal computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones. The company operates in two segments, Video and Cable Edge.
Vanda Pharmaceuticals 15 October 2018 Vanda Pharma focuses on the development and commercialization of products for the treatment of central nervous system disorders. Company is also developing cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator activators and inhibitors. It markets its products in the US, Canada, Europe, Israel, and Mexico. Company is based in Washington, D.C.
Liberty Health Sciences 26 September Liberty Health Sciences is a Canada-based cannabis company with nearly all of its operations in the U.S. Liberty is one of 14 licensed medical cannabis producers in Florida, which is expected to become the No. 3 marijuana market in the U.S. The business extends vertically from cultivating to running dispensaries to home delivery. It already has a 40,000 square-foot production facility and is in the process of building another 250,000 square-foot facility that will be the largest in the state of Florida.
Planet 13 25 September Planet 13 is a vertically integrated cannabis company with award-winning cultivation, production and dispensary operations in Las Vegas. Planet 13's mission is to build a recognizable global brand known for world class dispensary operations, and a creator of innovative cannabis products. (PLNHF).
Namaste Technologies 12 September 2018 Namaste Technologies is an e-commerce cannabis company selling vaporizers and smoking accessories through websites in 26 countries. It is also involved in the product design, manufacturing and distribution of medical cannabis products.
Cronos Group 3 September 2018 Cronos Group invests in companies either licensed, or actively seeking a license, to produce medical marijuana pursuant to Canada's Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.
Cardiovascular Systems 22 August 2018 Cardiovascular Systems manufactures and markets devices to treat vascular diseases. The company offers peripheral arterial disease products which are catheter-based platforms for treating a range of plaque types in leg arteries above and below the knee as well as address various limitations associated with surgical, catheter, and pharmacological treatment alternatives. (Full Article)
Five Years Old 15 August 2018 This website is now 5 years old and I'm starting to run out of ideas. My strategies and tactics have been laid out in detail and demonstrated in numerous articles. I'll continue to update this site but on a more irregular schedule. I wish everyone the best but I think my knowledge on investing has run its course.
Xilinx 13 August 2018 Xilinx designs and develops programmable devices that comprise integrated circuits (ICs) in the form of programmable logic devices (PLDs) and three dimensional ICs, software design tools to program the PLDs, as well as domain-specific IP cores in the areas of embedded, digital signal processing and connectivity.
Stratasys Ltd. 9 August 2018 Stratasys Ltd. provides 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions for individuals, small and large businesses, and enterprises. Its 3D printing systems utilize its fused deposition modeling (FDM) and inkjet-based PolyJet technologies to enable the production of prototypes, tools used for production and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. (Full Article)
Vital Therapies Update 7 August 2018 This is one of my recent favorites to trade due to its fat options. I'm buying shares while simultaneously selling both covered call options and cash secured put options.
Activision Blizzard 24 July 2018 Company develops and distributes content and services on video game consoles, personal computers (PC), and mobile devices. (Full Article)
Carpenter Technology 23 July 2018 Carpenter Technology Corporation manufactures, fabricates, and distributes specialty metals worldwide. It operates through two segments, Specialty Alloys Operations and Performance Engineered Products. (Full Article)
!pmobuyspx 16 July 2018 An interesting breadth indicator I've recently come across that seems to identify reversals in the SPX. I think this may be worth watching for awhile. The indicator is defined as the percentage of stocks in the S&P 500 that are on a PMO Buy signal. The PMO signal changes for a stock when the PMO value has passed through the 10-day EMA of the PMO.
Potential Call Option Trades 10 July 2018 Sometimes I scan for potential Covered Call trades and come up with some desirable trade ideas. The idea is to buy the underlying shares and sell the calls with the intent of keeping the premium and losing the shares at a profit. So after I do this kind of sort I have to look deeper into the companies to see if... (Full Article)
Enphase Energy 2 July 2018 Enphase Energy delivers energy management technology for the solar industry. It increases energy production, simplifies design and installation, improves system reliability, reduces fire safety risk and provides a platform for intelligent energy management. Its microinverter system converts energy at the solar module level and brings a system based high-tech approach to solar energy generation, storage, control and management. (Full Article)
Great Ideas About Investing
Using the Past to Predict the Future 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 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)
Using Puts to Go Long 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)
Learning to Read the Market 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)
The Fallacy of the B-School Degree 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)
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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