My Best Ideas 5 July 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 29 June - 3 July 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)
Mid-Year Assessment 28 June 2015 With the end of Q2 and the beginning of Q3 this week, anyone up more than 0.7% for the year should congratulate themselves. They're doing better than the DJIA. After the fall in January and the rise in February, the DJIA has traded sideways for the last 4 months. The market is now sitting on its 20MA and the RSI, MACD and StochasticRSI are all near their centerlines. In addition volatility is falling and the BB width is near the lowest it's been all year. It's just a matter of time before the averages break out but there's no sign that it'll happen any time soon. I remain fully invested.
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Sunday Night: The futures are falling tonight (-250 points) as US traders over react to Greece's debt problems and China's falling stock markets. Investors holding cash may find some excellent bargains tomorrow. Monday Wrap: Today was just ugly. It started down and just continued down the entire day. Surprisingly the indicators are not yet in oversold territory but that's a mathematical lag. I'm looking for a little more pain tomorrow but the damage has already been done. Tuesday Wrap: The market reacted to yesterday's fall by rising the first 10 min but by noon all the gains were lost. A second rally attempt in the afternoon also fizzled. A third attempt late in the day was completely erased in the last 10 min. The market ended up 23 points on higher volume but there was little conviction. Wednesday Wrap: The market rose 175 points in the first 10 minutes of trading but gave back about half of that gain over the next 4 hours. A feeble upward push in the last 2 hours of the day left the market up 138 points. The DJIA now is still down 65 points for the year. Thursday Wrap: After gapping up at the opening the markets soon sold off on low volume and ended the day with a loss. No one seemed to want to do anything before the long weekend and the upcoming Greek vote on Sunday. In addition the lack of business news right before earning season starts next week seemed to keep the traders in check. I expect the upcoming earnings announcements to begin to push the market higher.
I Got Paid To Do Nothing Again Every Business Day, 2015 I like to buy stocks that pay me while I’m doing nothing. It's even nicer if I'm being paid while I'm taking a nap. I like waking up and finding money in my accounts that I didn’t put there. I like knowing that I have more money today than yesterday and that I’ll have even more tomorrow. All this is due to the miracle of dividends. In fact this is the main reason why I invest in companies. Think about it.
When the Market Falls, Dividend Growth Investors Smile 5 July 2015 When stock prices fall, as they have this last few weeks, Dividend Growth Investors begin to smile. A lot. And why? That's because when stock prices are going down, yields are going up. And for them yield and growth is always what matters most. (Full Article)
Casey's One Year Later (38% Gain) 2 July 2015 About a year ago I wrote an article about Casey's General Store and its potential going forward. That article can be found in this website's "INDEX" under the title "Casey's General Stores" or by clicking here. Today I'd like to look at the fundamentals and compare them to a year ago and see what's happened. Hopefully things look better this year because this is what I concluded last year in that article. (Full Article)
At The Intermission 30 June 2015 Here's the half time stats: The DJIA is down 203.56 points. That's down 1.14% for the first six months. If you've made money this year you're a genius and you may be cut out to be a serious investor. If you've lost more than 1.14%, then maybe you need to invest in a mutual fund and let the pros invest for you. I'm looking for a better second half.
Hope for the Second Half 28 June 2015 There's hope for the second half of 2015 despite the mediocre move the DJIA made in the first half of the year. In fact the first and second halves of the year are rarely coordinated. You just have to look at last year to see that the first half of that year didn't restrict the stock market's move in the second half. That could happen this year too. (Full Article)
Finding Value in Pullbacks 26 June 2015 When the fundamentals of a company change from year to year, or quarter to quarter, the price of the stock is often affected too. Smart investors realize this and take advantage of these changes and buy more shares during pullbacks. The following four stocks have all pulled back since the beginning of the year for their own reasons and now present an opportunity for me to accumulate more - Chevron, ExxonMobil, Proctor and Gamble, and Walmart. (Full Article)
The Railroads Are Rising 24 June 2015 It looks like several charts of the railroad companies are beginning to say the same thing. This may be one of those situations where the technicals are out front of the fundamentals and this may be one of those rare opportunities to own some great companies at some great prices. (Full Article)
Disney Changes Its Dividend to Semi-Annual 24 June 2015 Walt Disney (DIS) declares $0.66/share semi-annual dividend, 14.8% increase from prior annual dividend of $0.575. Forward yield of 1.16% and payable July 29. This announcement officially changes the dividend policy from annual to semi-annual payments.
Rayonier, Inc 22 June 2015 For those that have been reading a few of these articles, I've been interested in companies that invest in both farmland and timberland for a long time. Recently Rayonier spun off all its interests in the pulp business and is now a pure timberland based company. And that's the kind of company I'm interested in. In addition, the majority of Rayonier's timberland is based in the US South and I believe the best opportunities for making money in timberland are located there. (Full Article)
USD Partners 17 June 2015 Some of my favorite investments involve oil. Some of my other favorite investments include the railroads. When I find a company that pays a large dividend, well, that's just very appealing to me. And companies that have the potential to produce a nice estimated growth potential really get my attention. So when I find a company that has all four attributes and is headquartered in Houston, I'm intrigued. (Full Article)
CatchMark Timber Trust 15 June 2015 I've always been fascinated by the concepts of money and time and nowhere are they so completely connected as they are in the production of crops and timber. So it's no wonder that I've always been interested in farmland and timberland. Recently I've started a position in CatchMark Timber Trust. (Full Article)
Fridays are Expiration Days 12 June 2015 One of the many reasons I like watching the markets on Fridays is it's option expiration day for many of the options I've sold. And since I like to sell options a lot more than I like to buy options, it's the day I find out if my positions are being exercised and if I am buying or selling stock. (Full Article)
The New Normal in Oil 11 June 2015 There's a new normal in the price of oil and the oil companies are adjusting to that new normal as quickly as possible or they're going to disappear. That new normal seems to be sixty dollars per barrel. A contrarian investor will recognize this by buying the "best of breed" companies that are temporarily out of favor. Two such companies in the oil industry are ExxonMobil and Chevron. (Full Article)
Comparing the Cola Companies - One Year Later 9 June 2015 It's been a year since I compared the three main cola companies so I thought it was about time to look at them once again. It's always interesting to look at the fundamentals of companies from time to time to gauge the extent of just how much they've improved or deteriorated. It often provides me perspective on my investments. (Full Article)
A Look at Ford and General Motors 7 June 2015 Just a few years ago things were so bad in the US auto industry that the federal government offered to bail out the Big Three automakers. General Motors and Chrysler took the offer from the US Government but Ford Motor Company decided not to take the bail out. That was the clue to buy Ford. (Full Article)
FLO Raises Its Dividend 5 June 2015 Flowers Foods Inc (FLO) has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.145/share. This is a 9.4% increase from prior dividend of $0.1325. The yield going forward is 2.66% and is payable on July 2 to shareholders of record on June 19. The ex-div date is June 17. (More Information)
FPI Raises its Dividend 4 June 2015 Farmland Partners Inc (FPI) has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.1275/share. This is a 10% increase from the prior dividend of $0.116/share. The yield going forward is 4.65% and is payable on July 15 to share holders of record on July 1. The ex-div date is June 29. (More Information)
A Basic Options Strategy 3 June 2015 If you’ve ever considered an options strategy as part of your overall investment strategy then here’s a relatively simple trade that I often execute to supplement the monthly and quarterly income I receive from dividends on stock that I already own. (Full Article)
Selling Puts to Buy Dividends 1 June 2015 Dividend Growth Investing is all about accumulating stock in companies that distribute a larger and larger dividend over time. It's those companies and those dividends that will make things possible in life as well as in retirement. But if dividends are the only thing that's entering an investor's account, his road to financial freedom and security will be a long road indeed. (Full Article)
Comparing Walmart - One Year Later 28 May 2015 One year ago I wrote an article on Walmart Stores Inc looking at a few of the company's fundamental aspects. I thought it would be interesting to look at those same fundamentals one year later to see just how the company compares today with then. (Full Article)
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 started with the creation of mutual funds that bought and sold the S&P500 companies. The next improvement came with the creation of ETFs that could be traded throughout the day just like stocks. (Full Article)
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)
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)
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)
Simple is Not Easy 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)
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