Financials

  • Reflections of a Wannabe Investor

    By Kyle Campbell - December 22, 2011 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, BWLD, CMG, KO, JNJ, MKL, MKC, MSFT, PNRA, PG, SBUX, WMT

    What follows is a brief history of my beginnings as an investor. The story continues today, albeit easier than the days of old. I will be updating the story each year and hope it will serve as a roadmap for those coming after me. It includes both successes and failures (many more failures in the early years). Use the mistakes I made to avoid those of your own and always more »

  • BAC Starting to Turn It Around?

    By Chris Moore - December 21, 2011 | Tickers: BAC

    Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) has certainly been in the news as of late, and much of it has been pretty bad news.  Monday the stock was notable for flirting with the $5 per share mark and ending the day just under it. And everyone’s favorite super investor, Warren Buffett, is currently holding warrants that are $1.5 billion dollars underwater, as the financial news media has been very more »

  • Can Twitter Help or Harm Your Portfolio?

    By dpricevan - December 21, 2011 | Tickers: TROW

    2011 became a stellar year for Twitter when the social media giant reached 100 million active users, thanks to the likes of such celebrity-drenched zingers of one Mr. Charlie Sheen, and to the (albeit brief) messages of peace from revered world leaders of Nelson Mandela and of the Pope.  Also this same year, the San Francisco-based company, landed its 200 millionth account member on July 16; just two days before more »

  • Even if you don't invest you have exposure

    By Roland Hughes - December 21, 2011 | Tickers: BAC, C, JPM, WFC

    Wild and wooly high-risk investing by the mega-banks should have taught just about everybody that even an old-fashioned passbook savings type of person has exposure in the financial markets. Even if you have only a bank IRA, which is fully invested in CDs, you can have your investment yield shredded by the shenanigans of Citigroup (NYSE: C) ($45 Billion in TARP funds), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) ($45 Billion in more »

  • High Yield Ex-Dividend Yield Reminder For 2011-12-22

    By DividendYields - December 21, 2011 | Tickers: MO, CSA, OLP, TWO

    Here is a current overview of best yielding stocks (stocks with a dividend yield of more than 5 percent) that have their ex-dividend date tomorrow. If your broker settles your trade today, you will receive the next dividend. The ex-dividend date is a major date related to the payment of dividends. If you purchase a stock on its ex-dividend date or later, you will not receive the next dividend payment more »

  • From Contracting to Overseas and Back Again

    By Bobbie Johnson - December 20, 2011 | Tickers: BAC, C, ORCL, WFC

    There has always been an overabundant availability of contract workers known as freelancers for a countless variety of jobs. In earlier years freelancers hand-addressed envelopes for large companies to provide the “personal touch” for their customers. Newspapers and periodicals have always maintained a large number of freelancers to provide reporting and photography and so the progression of contracting workers grew. Companies found that it was more economical to contract workers more »

  • 5 Fastest Dividend Growth Stocks December 2011

    By DividendYields - December 20, 2011 | Tickers: DFS, EQR, MORN, SLG, VLGEA, DIS

    The dividend growth is often a good indicator for the financial health of a stock. Companies with a strong increase in dividends judge the future of their company rosy. They give money back to shareholders that they don’t need for their business. Here is a current sheet of companies with fastest dividend growth compared to the previous dividend declaration. In total, 57 stocks increased dividends of which 28 raised more »

  • Why is Facebook finally going public?

    By Erin McBride - December 19, 2011 | Tickers: GS, MSFT

    The center of the social media universe, Facebook, is expected to go public in early 2012. Rumors suggest it will be anywhere from a $50 to $100 billion IPO. Secretaries are going to be millionaires overnight. Early investors are going to be early retirees. Golf courses are going to become popular check-ins on Facebook apps. But why now? Why is the seven-year-old company finally going public?

    Staying a privately held more »

  • Introducing the Super Monkey Portfolio

    By Andrew Dillard - December 19, 2011 | Tickers: NR

    When I was in college, the investment club that I belonged to would measure our success not only on our return vs. the market, but we would also compare ourselves to a “monkey portfolio.” It was a simple concept that if you gave a monkey a dart and a wall covered with stock tickers, the monkey would select his stock based on the tickers that he hit.  Simply put, it more »

  • Stocks With Dividend Growth From Last Week December II/2011

    By DividendYields - December 18, 2011 | Tickers: AGU, DFS, IR, INGR, ANDE

    Companies that generate excess cash flows are more likely to maintain and increase their dividends. Not at all, if you look at dividends, you also have look at the dividend growth. If companies have a stable business and solid financials, they can consider an adequate increase in dividend payments. Good running dividend growth stocks raise dividends every 4 quarter by around 5-10 percent but better running stocks boost dividends. Last more »

  • Pretending to be a Hedge Fund Manager is Still Easy, Lucrative.

    By Jeremy L. Bartell - December 18, 2011 | Tickers: BCS, JPM, LAZ

    Despite the poor job market, gutsy risk-takers can still find lucrative work pretending to be hedge fund managers. One particularly daring breed of pretend hedge fund manager is the so-called "free rider." These Wall Street daredevils trade stocks using funds that they borrowed, without permission, from reputable stockbrokerage firms.  Though lucrative and exhilarating, free riding in the stock market carries a few notable risks, including possible New York state criminal indictment, federal criminal charges, and SEC fraud charges, as Scott Kupersmith recently learned, a successful pretend hedge fund manager from Florida.  Let's take a closer look at Kupersmith's free riding.

  • Selling Aflac Put Options

    By Nikhil Shamapant - December 16, 2011 | Tickers: AFL

    This is a part of my, Behind the Curtain: Special Situations for Explosive Returns, series.

    Selling Aflac Put Options to Profit from Volatility

    Aflac Inc. (NYSE: AFL)

    Business: Aflac is an insurance company. It does most of its business by providing supplemental life and health insurance. Aflac is unique in that it pays its customers directly in cash upon injury rather than paying for their expenses, allowing customers to make more »

  • On Again, Off Again: The Impact of Retail Sales Figures

    By Tim Brugger - December 16, 2011 | Tickers: COST, DFS, MA, TGT, V, WMT

    Like a seesaw, the National Retail Federation has teetered between disappointing holiday sales, so-so, and a banner season. As you may have heard, apparently it's back to “banner” this year with retail sales expected to climb as much as 3.8% vs. the 2.8% predicted a few minutes ago. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea. Combine the revised numbers with positive more »

  • Stock Upgrades And Downgrades From 2011/12/15

    By DividendYields - December 16, 2011 | Tickers: ANIP, BWA, CTAS, CCNE, FSLR, ITC, KIOR, LRCX, LEAP, LUFK.DL, LAVA, NYCB, NVLS, SWKS, TMUS, TE, VPHM

    Upgrades and downgrades are positive (negative) changes in the rating of a security. An upgrade is usually triggered by a steady improvement in the fundamentals and financials of the entity that has issued the security. Downgrade ratings are vice versa. Changes in the analyst rating could hit the company’s stock price significantly. Watch out the current rating decisions. Here is a current list of recent company upgrades and downgrades more »

  • Good Yields With Ex-Dividend Date Monday 2011-12-19

    By DividendYields - December 16, 2011 | Tickers: AEO, ARKR, BKCC, CINF, GOOD, GAIN, PVX.DL, UVE

    Here is a current overview of the best yielding stocks (stocks with a dividend yield of more than 3 percent) that have their ex-dividend date on next Monday. If your broker settles your trade today, you will receive the next dividend. The ex-dividend date is a major date related to the payment of dividends. If you purchase a stock on its ex-dividend date or later, you will not receive the more »

  • High Yields With Ex-Dividend Date Tomorrow 2011-12-15

    By DividendYields - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: ADC, NM, UIL

    Here is a current stock list of dividend shares with ex-dividend date on 12/15/2011. The average dividend-yield amounts to 3.95 percent.

    The ex-dividend date is a major date related to the payment of dividends. If you purchase a stock on its ex-dividend date or later, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller gets the dividend. If you purchase before the ex-dividend date, you more »

  • On Stewardship, MF Global, and Damning the Dilettante

    By Lyons George - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: MFGLQ.PK

    Currently residing on my bedside table, along with a lamp too ugly for my mother to hold onto and a long list of outstanding debts, is a copy of Robert Miles’ The Warren Buffett CEO. A business book with a heavy human-interest bent, Mr. Miles' accounts of the various management teams at the head of various Berkshire-Hathaway companies are, unsurprisingly, various. From Rose Blumkin, whose life twisted from the poverty more »

  • Horrible Sentiment and Deep Discounts Point to Gains for Financials in 2012 and Beyond

    By Chad Brand - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: C, GS, METR

    For those who believe in efficient markets, the financial sector of the equity market probably appears baffling. Bank stocks in particular are absolutely hated on Wall Street these days and their stock prices make little sense as a result. Although the S&P 500 index is down 2% year-to-date through December 14th, the financial sector is the largest loser this year, falling by a stunning 22%. The strange thing is more »

  • Bank of America? Really? Yeah, Really

    By Tim Brugger - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: BAC, C, JPM, WFC

    Generally, I find the whims of market sentiment and analyst expectations annoying. They impact stocks, there’s no denying it, but that’s usually in the short term. It may seem overly optimistic, but it's nice to think fundamentals will eventually override feelings when it comes to stock performance. Even with that, too often reality is what market sentiment makes of it.

    With that said, here’s a two-part more »

  • Good Yields With Ex-Dividend Date Tomorrow 2011-12-16

    By DividendYields - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: HKTV, ELRC, GEF-B, HBAN, IRET, RPT, SCX

    Here is a current overview of high yield stocks (stocks with a dividend yield of more than 3 percent) that have their ex-dividend date tomorrow. If your broker settles your trade today, you will receive the next dividend. The ex-dividend date is a major date related to the payment of dividends. If you purchase a stock on its ex-dividend date or later, you will not receive the next dividend payment more »