My Best Ideas 4 October 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 5-9 October 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)
Q3 Earnings Begin 4 October 2015 Third quarter earnings will begin trickling in this week (finally!) as the unofficial start of the earnings season begins this Thursday with an earnings announcement by Alcoa. I think this will be the first time in several weeks that investors will be able to assess the health of the markets based upon actual sales and income rather than rumors and opinions. Expectations are that the economy is not doing as well as investors thought just three months ago so there should be a lot of emphasis by managements on the upcoming holiday season.
Monday Wrap: The market took off at the opening and never looked back. I expect this is in anticipation of some upbeat Q3 earnings. The DJIA has moved up quite a bit these last 5 days so a pause may be in order but I'm looking for a push higher as earnings are announced. Tuesday Wrap: To no surprise (see Monday Wrap above) today was a mixed bag with the DJIA up a few points and the S&P500 down a few points. I expect uncertainty in the markets to continue as this market climbs this "wall of worry" of Q3 earnings announcements. But I believe this market is headed higher. It may even end the year where it started. Wednesday Wrap: The DJIA moved 122 points higher today in anticipation of more earnings news coming out soon. While the lower Bollinger Band has only moved slightly lower, the trend continues to move higher. Thursday Wrap: The markets were moving sideways all morning when the Fed released the minutes from its last meeting showing little interest in raising interest rates any time soon. That sparked an afternoon rally with the DJIA moving above 17,000. I expect the markets to move higher over the next few weeks but I also expect some resistance in the next 300-500 points.
ArcBest Corporation 7 October 2015 A small moving company that started over 90 years ago as OK Transfer has evolved into one of the country's premier trucking companies. ArcBest Corporation is a multibillion dollar freight transportation and logistics company with 5 subsidiaries that solve complex transportation and logistics challenges: ABF Freight, ABF Logistics, Panther... (Full Article)
Gilead Sciences 2 October 2015 Gilead is a biotechnology company that discovers, develops and commercializes therapeutic drugs. The company originally concentrated on antiviral drugs to treat patients infected with HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and influenza. In 2006, Gilead acquired two companies developing drugs to treat patients with pulmonary diseases. (Full Article)
Thor Industries 1 October 2015 Thor Industries (THO) today declared a $0.30/share quarterly dividend, an 11.1% increase from its prior dividend of $0.27. The forward yield is 2.32% and payable Oct. 30; for shareholders of record Oct. 16; ex-div Oct. 14.
IAC/InterActiveCorp 28 September 2015 IAC is a leading media and internet company focused on search, applications, online dating, media and eCommerce. Ranked by Fortune magazine's list of the world's most admired companies in the Internet Services & Retailing sector for many years, IAC's family of websites is one of the largest in the world, with over two billion monthly visits...(Full Article)
Thor and Winnebago 24 September 2015 As the Baby Boomers continue to transition into their retirement years, many of them are starting to hit the road and do all those things they didn't have time to do during their working years. For many that means buying a recreational vehicle (RV) and hitting the road. And that's pumping up the top line of the RV manufacturers. Today I'd like to look at two of those companies, Thor Industries and Winnebago Industries … (Full Article)
Determining Share Value 23 September 2015 Trying to determine the true worth of a company’s stock is the holy grail of stock investing for any investor. If a stock’s true worth could be determined, then it would be a simple exercise to compare that worth to the current asking price and then simply buy or short the stock. Life would be easy and Investing would be simple and obvious. (Full Article)
Owens Corning 21 September 2015 Owens Corning's creation of the first fiberglass reinforced plastic car body was the company's most famous product because it was used by General Motors in the production of the first Corvette in 1953. But the company is much more. Owens Corning is the world's largest manufacturer of insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites which is used extensively by the home builders and home remodelers. (Full Article)
2 Companies 2 Consider 18 September 2015 During a recent screening activity, I noticed two companies based in Canada that may be worth adding to my portfolio. They both have a nice expected ROIC and a growing dividend. Magna International (MGA) (Summary) Methanex Corporation (MEOH) (Summary)
The Tiffany Network 16 September 2015 While CBS started out in 1927 as a group of independent radio broadcasters, it quickly expanded into the universe of mass media. And in the years since it's gone through several organizational incarnations but throughout those years the corporation has continued its focus on producing great entertainment. (Full Article)
The Gladstone Companies 14 September 2015 The Gladstone Companies are leaders in private equity, debt financing and real estate ownership. They are a family of public and private investment funds with approximately $1.7 billion invested. The funds invest in small and medium-sized companies and provide businesses the capital to fund growth, acquisitions and recapitalizations. As a group of public companies with a consistent base of capital, Gladstone is a patient, long-term investor and value added partner. (Full Article)
The Andersons 10 September 2015 The Andersons is generally thought to be a Farm Products Company but it has grown into so much more than that since its beginnings in the 1940s. It's a company that started out as a single grain elevator but it has turned into a diverse conglomerate made up of five different groups - Grains, Plant Nutrients, Ethanol, Rails and Retail. (Full Article)
Lions Gate Entertainment 28 August 2015 It's no secret that I'm a strong believer in digital content. I own shares in Disney, Comcast, Time Warner, Fox, and Viacom because I believe that entertainment is going to attract a bigger and bigger share of the world's disposable income. And regardless of the means by which people get their entertainment, it's the content they're after. (Full Article)
Horace Mann Educators 26 August 2015 Horace Mann Educators Corporation is an outstanding insurance company with a very special focus. And that focus is teachers. In fact, this company was founded by teachers who understood that teachers were an underserved group with very specific needs. And that has turned out to be a very lucrative business for the company's shareholders. (Full Article)
Vail Resorts 24 August 2015 Vail Resort is a major participant in the upper end vacation segment of the travel industry. Four of its mountain resorts are among the top five most visited resorts anywhere in the United States. In addition, the company's resorts serve a customer base with an above average income of $170K per year across all five of their resorts. (Full Article)
Apple Inc. 17 August 2015 Apple Inc has become a value company whose biggest followers are momentum investors. Smart investors can take advantage of that fact very easily. The fundamentals will tell you that this is a company to own and the momentum investors will make the… (Full Article)
Cal-Maine Foods 13 August 2015 Cal-Maine (CALM) is the largest producer and distributor of fresh shell eggs in the US. With 350 million Americans eating an average of five eggs per week, there's a lot of money being made selling eggs. I want to be part of that. I'm buying. (Summary) (Company) (Daily Chart)
Avocados 12 August 2015 The world is becoming fascinated with that little fruit with the big nut - the avocado. It's something that Texans and Californians have known about for centuries and now the rest of the world wants it too. Today I want to look at two companies (Calavo Growers and Limoneira) operating in two different parts of the avocado business… (Full Article)
KAR Auction Services 6 August 2015 KAR Auction Services operates a complete auto auction solution. The company's business units include ADESA, a wholesale used vehicle operation; Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA), a salvage auto auction company; and Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC), a capital funding source for the used vehicle industry. (Full Article)
Home Shopping Network 3 August 2015 What was once known as The Home Shopping Network is now HSN Inc. and it still sells a wide range of third party and proprietary private label products directly to consumers. HSN Inc today consists of both HSN, which includes the HSN television networks, digital platforms and mobile, and Cornerstone, which includes a portfolio…. (Full Article)
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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