For this article I've researched dividend paying companies in the Chemicals Industry. Also, to make sure I find the best companies, all three stocks mentioned in this article comply with the following criteria:
- Market cap of more than $500 million and an average volume of at least 250,000 for low volatility.
- Price greater than $10.
- Current ratio greater than one, meaning good liquidity and dividend sustainability.
- DCF valuation more »
After deciding that working at any place called FutureFuel (NYSE: FF) would be awesome, I further decided that an alternative fuel company with a dividend, cash, and low debt deserved my closer attention. In a prior piece, I went over all the metrics that I think made the company interesting. I prefer not to rehash them, because I want to focus more on the future growth and focus of the more »
Investors love technology and big-name companies. As many a wise investor of past or present would tell you, though, sometimes the boring companies pay out more than those fast-growing tech firms, and they’re generally more stable, too. The basic materials sector may not be investors' favorite, but its boring facade still conceals some good buys.
The basics of basics
Basic material stocks tend to be incredibly sensitive to market more »
The world of the future is green with gardens on buildings and crystal clear streams all of the place and running off buildings. Everything is pure white or chrome. This is not the future I signed up for in 2012. We'll have to take it one-step at a time, and biofuels are one of those steps that will carry the world into the future. Green technology gets a bad more »
I like small companies for a couple of reasons. One, they tend to have a lot of room to grow. After all, Exxon isn't likely to double its $403 billion market cap. If it does I'd be shocked. I don't even believe Apple is going to double based on anything beyond hype, but I'll deal with that company in a future post. For now I'll more »
It is no secret that the fuel industry goes hand-in-hand with low margins, but that doesn’t mean investing opportunities don’t exist. After all, low margins never stopped anyone from investing in supermarket companies such as Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) with its whopping 3.85% profit margin over the last year.
Now what if those low margins were coupled with an industry that was reliant on a combination more »
As I stated in a previous article, the writing is on the wall for traditional energy sources. To recap quickly, the world is past peak oil, natural gas is requiring the troubling practice of fracking more and more and coal is just as limited and increasingly harder to reach as natural gas and oil. This leaves the human population with a rather simple choice: adapt to alternative energy or adopt more »