My Best Ideas 24 May 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 25-29 May 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)
No Direction, No Volume 24 May 2015 The stock market remains trapped in this 4 month lateral movement characterized by shrinking volumes and only tepid volatility. Notice that as the market averages start to push on the upper Bollinger band the lower band remains flat. This is typical of a market without momentum. This can also be seen in the RSI, MACD, and Stochastic indicators that are confirming a market that just can't get any traction. This should change with an increase in volume.
Understanding Volume. In general, it is a sign of strength when stock prices rise on higher than average volume. This implies increased demand. In other words, the value of the stock is going up and the number of investors willing to pay the higher price, is also increasing. When a stock price falls on higher than average volume, this is a sign of weakness and implies excess supply. The value of the stock is falling and the amount of investors trying to get rid of their shares is increasing.
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Monday Night: Reviewing the charts tonight and noticing that the futures are flat, it's looking more and more like a down day tomorrow. The RSI-MACD-Stochastic were all heading down Friday afternoon indicating that while Monday may be a bad time to go long the market, it just might be a great time to sell covered calls. Tuesday Wrap: The market quickly fell at the open on heavy volume but leveled off when the volume tapered off. The fall wasn't unexpected and I think it may continue its fall again tomorrow. Support has surfaced a couple of times in the past near 17,850, so I'm planning to re-enter the market near that support level.
Buying and Selling the Market with ETFs 25 May 2015 Today buying and selling the "market" is as easy as buying and selling individual stocks. This idea gained traction years ago with the creation of mutual funds that bought and sold the companies included in the S&P500. The next improvement was the creation of ETFs that could be traded throughout the day just like stocks. (Full Article)
Three Stocks I'm Avoiding 24 May 2015 It's a lot easier and a lot more fun to research and write about great companies, but that often leads readers to think that any great company will be a great investment. And that's often not the case. Great companies bought at the wrong time can actually lose money in the short term. In fact shares accumulated when they're overextended can actually lose money for years before they begin to produce wealth. (Full Article)
Candidates For Selling Cash Secured Puts 20 May 2015 Searching for companies to add to my portfolio or to sell cash secured puts are similar searches. When selling puts, however, there's always the possibility that the underlying security will be put to me before expiration and when that happens I want to make sure two things happen - I buy stock in a company that I want and I buy it at a very reasonable price. Selling puts can do both very nicely. (Full Article)
Oil. Who Blinks First? 19 May 2015 The Saudi's need $70 per barrel oil just to pay their citizens not to overthrow the government. The Russians need $90 per barrel oil just to pay their bills and keep the citizens from electing a new government. The frackers need $60 per barrel oil to be profitable and make America self-sufficient. I believe that oil is going to stay in the mid $60 range for a long time and the Saudis and the Russian governments are in trouble.
The Proctor and Gamble Co. 18 May 2015 The Procter & Gamble Companymanufactures and sells an array of branded consumer packaged goods that are sold at every level of the retail market. The company operates through five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care. (Full Article)
Companies with an Est 5yr EPS Growth Rate Above 20% 17 May 2015 A company that doesn't produce profits isn't going to stay in business very long. And that's not good for the company or the company's investors. So when I'm researching companies, I'm always on the lookout for those that have a high estimated long term earnings growth rate. (Full Article)
A Look at Personal Products Companies 14 May 2015 Today I'll be looking at five of the personal products companies listed in the S&P500 index. I know there are many more companies producing toiletries and personal care products similar to the companies below, but I couldn't look at all of them in one article. It would be way too long. (Full Article)
Buying the Farm 13 May 2015 It's been a while since I looked at Gladstone Land and Farmland Partners (see "Betting on the Farm", 22 Sep 2014) so I thought I'd see how they stack up against each other today. I'm still a firm believer in both of these companies but they really are a long term investment. And although they both buy farmland, they each have their own kind of farmland that they specialize in. (Full Article)
A Look at Industrial Chemical Companies 12 May 2015 Industrialchemical companies are that portion of the economy that produces industrial quality chemicals by the process of converting raw materials (oil, natural gas, air, water, metals and minerals) into more than 70,000 different products for sale worldwide. These companies also use these raw materials to produce chemicals to make a wide variety of consumer goods, as well as thousands of product inputs into the agriculture, manufacturing, construction, and service industries. (Full Article)
A Look at Money Center Banks 10 May 2015 In the world of banking, these are the big boys. They're the leaders in lending and setting rates for the smaller banks. They are those larger banks located in major cities around the globe that raise most of their funds from the domestic and international money markets, relying less on depositors for funds. Typically money center banks borrow from and lend to governments, corporations, and other banks, and to a lesser extent consumers. As a result they are often subject to extensive government oversight. (Full Article)
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The Price of Oil 7 May 2015 The price of oil continues to move higher after bouncing off the $45 level (see "The Price of Oil Moves Higher"). There's some technical resistance near $70 and the Frackers will start to uncap the wells with the price above $60. This is great news for the E&P oil companies, bad news for the refiners, and a wash for the mid-stream and multi-national oil companies.
Tractor Supply Company 6 May 2015 If you live in a medium sized city or larger, you may have never heard of the Tractor Supply Co. But if you live in the country you're as familiar with this company as you are with Walmart, Home Depot and Lowe's. For the Farmer and the Rancher, this store has everything they need and more. (Full Article)
Proppant Companies 4 May 2015 When discussions turn to proppants, three companies are always part of the conversation. 1. Hi-Crush Partners - a pure play on mono crystalline sand proppants. 2. US Silica Holdings - a whole grain commercial silica company that also offers products for the industrial and special chemicals industry. 3. Emerge Energy Services - an industrial sands company which also has fuel operations that operates two petroleum fuel terminals and two transmix processing facilities. (Full Article)
Canadian National Railway 29 April 2015 Canadian National Railway (CNI) is Canada's largest railway network with track stretching the entire width of the Canada as well as connected down to the Gulf Coast of the US. The company transports automotive, coal, fertilizer, food and beverage, and forest products. (Full Article)
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On Being a Quant 28 April 2015 Like most Quantitative Analysts, or simply “Quants”, I have spreadsheets chock full of information about companies that can, and are, updated and filtered on a daily basis. My purpose is to track those items that interest me the most. (Full Article)
Reliance Steel & Aluminum 24 April 2015 Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. operates as a metals service center company. The company provides metals processing services and distributes a line of approximately 100,000 metal products, including alloy, aluminum, brass, copper, carbon steel, stainless steel, titanium, and specialty steel products. Its principal processing services comprise cutting, leveling, sawing, machining, and electro polishing. (Full Article)
CSX Corp 20 April 2015 I recently wrote about the railroads ("The Railroads") because I think they've sold off of late. The usual reasons cited are the slowing of the oil exploration industry and the restrictions placed on, and the decline of, the coal industry in the US. But there's so much more to the rail industry and as the price of oil comes back this year, shipments of oil will come back also. (Full Article)
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I'm Not Investing To Be Poor 17 April 2015 I’m not investing to be poor or to retire early. I’m doing this to get rich. I just don’t see investing as an exercise in living as cheaply as possible to initially invest in the market and then retiring into a life of living as cheaply as possible. All for the purpose of not having to go to work. I don’t get it. I don't want to be poor. (Full Article)
4 Agricultural Chemicals Cos 16 April 2015 Agricultural chemical companies are part of the Basic Materials sector of the economy that is involved in the broad range of pesticides, including insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and nematicides. They may also include synthetic fertilizers, hormones and other chemical growth agents.(Full Article)
Simple is Not Easy 12 April 2015 I like my investing to be simple. That’s because I’m a simple kind of guy. When investing gets complicated, I start to lose money. I don’t like losing money. My whole investment philosophy revolves around having money move toward me rather than away from me. That idea makes more sense to me. (Full Article)
Orchids Paper Products 9 April 2015 Orchids is a small company trying to grow into a medium size company. It is an integrated manufacturer of tissue products serving the private label, or "at-home" market consisting of dollar stores and discount retailers and the “away from home” market consisting of companies in the janitorial and food service markets. (Full Article)
9 Stocks Worth Considering 7 April 2015 I've Identified 9 stocks that pay a very nice dividend of between 3.28% and 5.67%. In selecting these, I've chosen only those stocks that have sufficient earnings next year to cover those dividend payments. The nine companies include AT&T, Caterpillar, Dow Chemical, Duke Energy, General Electric, General Motors, McDonalds, Philip Morris, and Verizon. (Full Article)
The Railroads 5 April 2015 The world today can't exist without a robust transportation system. That system not only includes the basic infrastructure needed to move stuff around the country but the assets needed to move those items too. In its entirety its what makes the modern world "modern". And while the world has created several ways of moving those items necessary for making the world function, railroads are still the way most things move. (Full Article)
Compass Diversified 2 April 2015 A stock that has found support at $16 and resistance at $18 for the last two years while paying a dividend of $1.44 per year (equivalent 9%-8% yield) might just be the kind of investment an income investor is looking for. Throw in the potential for this highly diversified company to push its stock higher through acquisitions and IPOs, this may fit comfortably into an income investor's portfolio. (Full Article)
Chart Flipping Strategy Investors and traders that rely solely on the fundamentals of a company and dismiss the technical aspects of price analysis are doing themselves a disfavor. They're often misinformed about the value of technical analysis and end up buying the right stock at the wrong time. And that can take years to overcome. (Full Article)
McLane Stadium on the campus of Baylor University (Photo by Robert McCain)
Final Game at Floyd Casey Stadium - Big 12 Champion Baylor 30 - Texas 10 (Photo by Robert McCain)
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