My Best Ideas 29 November 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 30 November - 4 December 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)
A Pause Before Going Higher 29 November 2015 After the market stabilized in September, it moved almost 10% higher. This past month it appears that it's been consolidating once again. I believe it's now back into that longer term consolidation area of 17,500 and 18,350 and it may stay there for awhile. This area is full of resistance and I expect the markets to vacillate in this area for some time. Whenever we break above 18,350 the market may go significantly higher. Look for a Santa Claus rally later this month but watch for resistance as we move into the upper levels of this consolidation range.
Monday Wrap: The DJIA stayed in the red today despite several attempts at moving higher, ending the day down 78 points. I expect more of this sideways movement during the first part of December as investors and mutual fund managers make changes to their portfolios ahead of the new year. Once the changes are made the Santa Claus rally should begin. Tuesday Wrap: Today's 167 point rise more than offset yesterday's 78 point fall, as the DJIA bounced off its 20 day MA. It was nice to see the strength come in but it puts the average just 200 points below its upper Bollinger Band where I expect more resistance to surface.
A nice video for anyone who is trying to truly understand Apple Inc.
L Brands Revisited 1 December 2015 L Brands has exceeded most analysts' estimates in the past and very likely will do so again in the future. This time of the year (the Christmas Season) men, as well as women, will be attracted to the products this company sells. Add in the upcoming Valentine's Day, birthdays, and anniversaries, and you have a lot of repeat business. (Full Article)
Royal Caribbean and Carnival 27 November 2015 Winter is just around the corner so I thought it would be a great idea to look at the Cruise Line companies. These companies seem to have some of the best ideas just as the weather starts to get cold. The obvious lure of the warm waters of the Caribbean are pretty seductive when all you see is snow out your windows. Add in the rising middle classes... (Full Article)
Celadon Group 24 November 2015 Celadon Group is one of the largest transportation and logistics companies in North America. Founded in 1985, Celadon now employs over 4,000 associates worldwide. In addition, they offer a wide range of truckload transportation services including long-haul, regional, local and dedicated. The Celadon Logistics segment provides freight management... (Full Article)
Polaris Industries 19 November 2015 Polaris Industries Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and small vehicles primarily in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Mexico. It offers off-road vehicles, such as all-terrain vehicles and side-by-side vehicles for recreational and utility use; snowmobiles consisting of various models... (Full Article)
GATX 17 November 2015 GATX Corporation is the largest independent global railcar lessor, owning fleets in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, the company operates the largest fleet of US flagged vessels on the Great Lakes and also owns and manages domestic and foreign marine assets and other long-lived, widely-used assets. They also invest in joint ventures.... (Full Article)
Actionable Advice 15 November 2015 The advantage of documenting my research and publishing it on this website has been the availability of actionable advice. I've always used this site to pull together and put in one place all the information I need from multiple sources to make decisions on buying and selling both securities and options. I've also used this site to document... (Full Article)
Aceto Corporation 12 November 2015 Aceto Corporation is a global leader in the marketing, sale and distribution of products for Human Health, Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Performance Chemicals. With business operations in nine countries, Aceto Corp distributes over 1,100 chemical compounds used principally as finished products or raw materials in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, agricultural, coatings and industrial chemical industries. (Full Article)
Scripps Network Interactive 10 November 2015 Scripps Networks Interactive is an American media company formed on July 1, 2008, when the E. W. Scripps Company spun off its cable television division as a publicly traded company. Since launching HGTV in 1994, Scripps Networks diversified into lifestyle media, developing relevant content for television, Internet, satellite radio, books, magazines, and on emerging media platforms. In addition to HGTV, its lifestyle media brands include Food Network, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, Great American Country and live. (Full Article)
Too Many Ideas 8 November 2015 Many of the recent additions to my portfolio are companies that I've written about and can be found in the INDEX portion of this website. In fact, if it isn't in my portfolio, it's because I just don't have enough money to buy the shares of every company I'd like to own. Sooner or later, however, each one will eventually find a home with me. As a result, I own only a few shares of a large number of companies and my portfolio is very similar to a river that's a mile wide and an inch deep. I'd like to change that some day.
Auto Dealerships 5 November 2015 As the number of Automotive Dealerships continue to consolidate across the United States, I thought it was time to look at two of the largest and compare their fundamentals to see if either were possible candidates for accumulation. Below you'll find information on Lithia Motors of Medford, Oregon, and Group 1 Automotive of Houston, Texas. (Full Article)
Compass Minerals 2 November 2015 Compass Minerals is a leading producer of minerals, including salt, magnesium chloride, sulfate of potash and other plant nutrition products. The company also produces consumer deicing and water conditioning products, consumer and commercial culinary salt, and other mineral-based products for consumer, agricultural, and industrial applications. (Full Article)
Sunoco LP 27 October 2015 Today's article is a quick overview of Sunoco LP. I wanted to get this out because I started accumulating shares in this company today. I wanted this information in one location so I could review it in the days and weeks to come. This company has an extremely complicated organizational structure but it's worth the time to try and understand the roll ETE, ETP, SUN, SXL, and WMB each play in the overall organization. (Full Article)
Ford and General Motors 18 October 2015 The American Automobile Industry has come a long way since the Federal Government had to bail out both General Motors and Chrysler. Chrysler is now a foreign based company and GM and Ford are the only two American Automobile Manufacturers remaining (I know Tesla is now making cars but they'll have to make more than one model and... (Full Article)
Ryman Hospitality Ryman Hospitality Properties and Country Music seem to go hand-in-hand. Anyone interested in Country Music will eventually end up at the Opryland Hotel and Grand Ole Opry. Add in the Ryman Auditorium, WSM radio and three additional convention and hotels, and you have a destination point for a lot of business. (Full Article)
Time Warner Inc With all the talk about how the Millennials are Cord Cutting, you'd think they weren't interested in watching TV at all. But nothing could be further from the truth. They just want to watch great entertainment and they're trying to find a cheaper way to do that. And Time Warner Inc is creating.... (Full Article)
My New Front Yard on Lake Limestone.
The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts (Photo by Robert McCain)
Lake Buchanan, Burnet, Texas
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)
The Bar at Luckenbach, Texas.
Sister Creek Vineyard, Sisterdale, Texas
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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.
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