How to Invest in Space Travel

by Fred Fuld III

Last month, I published an article called UFO Stocks. The report covered many of the companies that are involved in the satellite and space industry, such as Maxar Technologies (MAXR),  Viasat (VSAT), and EchoStar (SATS). I also mentioned the Procure Space ETF (UFO) which is a diversified way to play the space industry.

However, there is a new way to invest in space travel. How would you like to invest in Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic? This is the company that will allow anyone (even you) to flying space, assuming you are willing to pay the fee of $200,000 to $250,000. The company already has a waiting list of 600 people.

The way to invest in Virgin Galactic is through a company called Social Capital Hedosophia (IPOA), which trades on the New York Stock Exchange. Social Capital Hedosophia will be involved in a merger and end up owning 49% of Galactic.

It will be interesting to see if this stock gets as high as the aircraft that will be sent into space.

Disclosure: Author owns IPOA.

Stocks Going Ex Dividend in July 2019

by Fred Fuld III

The following is a short list of some of the many stocks going ex dividend during the next month.

Many traders and investors use the stock trading technique called ‘Buying Dividends,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Dividend Capture.’ This is the strategy of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend.

This technique generally works in bull markets and flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the strategy during bear markets. In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can’t sell the stock until after the ex date.

The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and many with yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the periodic dividend amount, and annual yield.

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (DRI) 7/9/2019 0.88 2.85%
Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (ETH) 7/9/2019 0.19 3.63%
Intuit Inc. (INTU) 7/9/2019 0.47 0.69%
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (AEO) 7/11/2019 0.138 3.21%
Foot Locker, Inc. (FL) 7/18/2019 0.38 3.61%
WD-40 Company (WDFC) 7/18/2019 0.61 1.50%
Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT) 7/19/2019 1.03 3.04%
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) 7/23/2019 0.55 2.11%
DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (DD) 7/30/2019 0.30 4.07%
Hasbro, Inc. (HAS) 7/31/2019 0.68 2.54%

The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found HERE . (If you have been to the page before, and the latest link doesn’t show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists HERE . Most of the lists are free.

Dividend definitions:

Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.

Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.

Monthly Dividend Stock List

Record date: the day when you must be on the company’s books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is normally set for stocks at two business days before the record date.

Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.

Don’t forget to reconfirm the ex-dividend date with the company before implementing this technique.

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.

Top Performing Stock Motifs Up over 30% (like mini ETFs)

by Fred Fuld III

Motifs are similar to Exchange Traded Funds, but any investor can create them. An investor can choose the stocks they want for the Motif portfolio, or even better, the investor can invest in the Motifs created by others for a low commission rate. I have created many motifs that are available for anyone to invest in, a few of which are up over 100% since inception.

Here are some of the motifs I created and the returns since inception (created about a couple years ago). You will notice that some are up over 100%.

Anti-Crime Stocks +37.0%

Liquid Biopsy Stocks +227.9%

Stem Cell Stocks +344.0%

Firearms Stocks +12.9%

Gisele Bundchen Stocks +41.1%

Water Desalination +36.7%

Drone Stocks +53.3%

Cuba Stocks +23.1%

Puerto Rico Stocks +88.3% (in spite of the hurricane)

Marijuana Cannabis Stocks +81.3%

Horse Race Stocks +74.1%

Cosmetic Surgery Stocks +168.8%

Beer Stocks +29.2%

Wine and Liquor Stocks +22.5%

Virtual Reality Stocks Over $5  +25.5%

Virtual & Augmented Reality Stocks +56.3%%

If you are searching for specific industries to invest in, Motifs might be the way to go.

Drink Coffee, Lose Weight: Top Coffee Stocks

by Fred Fuld III

If you drink coffee first thing in the morning, you may be doing something healthy for your body without even realizing it. Not only does coffee have energy-boosting properties, but according to a recent study at the University of Nottingham in the UK, coffee may help you lose weight.

The study was reported in the Scientific Reports Journal, and showed that coffee can stimulate good fat, referred to a brown fat, which can can generate heat and metabolize macronutrients by burning calories.

You can invest in coffee directly if you want. The price of the iPath® Series B Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN (JJOFF) has increased by 16.4% over the last three months. This consists of one futures contract on the commodity of coffee and allows investors to gain exposure to coffee prices without worrying about direct exposure to futures.

The potential health benefits may also compel you to invest in some coffee related companies. Your options include Starbucks (SBUX), Coffee Holding (JVA), Farmer Bros. Co. (FARM), Spot Coffee (Canada) Ltd. (SPP), and Youngevity International Inc. (YGYI). All of these stocks are traded on NASDAQ except SPP, which is traded on the TSX Venture Exchange — previously known as the Canadian Venture Exchange.

Most people are familiar with the global coffee powerhouse Starbucks. The company has over 28,000 stores around the world that sell coffee, tea, blended drinks, sandwiches, pastries, and many other food and drink items. As the largest coffeehouse chain in the world, Starbucks boasts a large market cap of over $102 billion and pays a dividend yield of 1.72%, which has been increased each year since 2010. The company has also increased its revenue each fiscal year since 2009. The stock has a fairly high price-to-sales ratio of 4.3, making itsomewhat overpriced. Starbucks’ stock has a price to earnings  ratio of 34.8, and a forward PE ratio of 27.3.

You may also want to consider investing in Coffee Holding, a wholesale coffee roaster and dealer that manufactures, roasts, packages, markets, and distributes roasted and blended coffee for private labeled accounts and its own brands. Its products can be divided into three product categories: wholesale green coffee, branded coffee, and private label coffee. With small market cap of $22.5 million, the company’s stock is very speculative. The stock has an excellent price-to-sales ratio of 0.25 though it trades at 102 times trailing earnings.

Another option is Farmer Brothers Company, a coffee foodservice company that manufactures, wholesales, and distributes coffee, tea, and hundreds of other foodservice items to retailers and foodservice providers. Its customers include hotels, offices, restaurants, convenience stores, and other establishments. The company has a market cap of $283 million. Its stock trades at 78 times forward earnings. It has a price-to-book ratio of 1.68 and a favorable price-to-sales ratio of 0.46.

Spot Coffee (Canada) Ltd. has a market cap of just $12 million, and the latter , making both these stocks very speculative. Spot Coffee (Canada) Ltd. is a Canada-based company that designs, builds, and operates coffee cafés throughout Canada and the United States. These cafés sell coffee, sandwiches, pastries, salads, and many other food and drink items. Most of the company’s revenue comes from sales at these cafés, licensing and franchise fees, and the wholesale of roasted coffee beans. The stock is trading at 37.5 times trailing earnings and pays a 3.07% yield.

Youngevity International, which has a low market cap of $173 million, is a company that develops and distributes nutritional products and commercial coffee. It operates in two segments, Direct Selling and Commercial Coffee, but generates most of its revenue from the Direct Selling segment. It offers a wide variety of products including gourmet coffee, skincare and cosmetic products, nutritional supplements, sports and energy drinks, fashion accessories, digital products, and organic food. The company  has a very favorable price-to-sales ratio of 0.77 and trades at 48 times forward earnings.

If you already drink a lot of coffee, maybe you should put your money where your mouth is and consider investing in the stocks of some coffee-related companies.

Disclosure: Author didn’t own any of the above at the time the article was written.

Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in a Era of Mass Extinction

by Fred Fuld III

Whether you are an investor or you manage a business, you need to read the book Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in a Era of Mass Extinction by Thomas M. Siebel.

In case you are not familiar with Siebel, he is the founder and CEO of the artificial intelligence software company C3. He was named Glassdoor Top CEO last year and is a three-time recipient of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Siebel discusses in detail, but in easy to understand language, the digital transformation that is taking place in the business world.

He covers four major areas of technology, why they are important, and how they should be incorporated in businesses. The flexibility of elastic cloud computing, along with hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud is discussed. He also describes why all big data must be used with real time deductions that can be put into place.

Siebel covers the Internet of Things and how important it is to make all devices a computer. Finally, he talks about incorporating natural language processing, deep learning, and supervised learning in artificial intelligence.

Time is of the essence with digital technology. If you want to get on the bandwagon, get Digital Transformation. I highly recommend it.

Here’s Where to Get Free Tickets to the San Francisco MoneyShow & Why You Should Attend

by Fred Fuld III

If you live in or will be traveling to California, especially northern California, you definitely need to attend the San Francisco Money Show, which will be held on August 15th through the 17th at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, at 333 O’Farrell Street in San Francisco.

Some of the keynote speakers include the following:

Gary Shilling

Daniel Fuss
Loomis, Sayles & Company, LP

George Gilder
Gilder Publishing, LLC

Sam Stovall
CFRA Research

Marilyn Cohen
Envision Capital Management, Inc.

Bruce Johnstone
Fidelity Investments

John Buckingham
The Prudent Speculator

Tom Sosnoff

There will also be special events relating to:

Options Trading

Cannabis Investing

Women on Wealth

Metals & Mining

Real Estate

The Exhibit Hall will have dozens of participating companies. This is your chance to meet the speakers in person and get your questions answered. Whether you are a short term trader or a long term investor, it will be worth your while to attend.

To get free tickets to the event, go to the following link and click on the red Attend Free button on the upper right.


UFO Stocks

by Fred Fuld III

Do you believe UFOs really exist? If so, would you like to invest in the UFO industry? Unfortunately, you can’t just yet but you can invest in the next best thing, space travel.

The business of traveling to outer space may be the next big long term industry for investors. But you may be asking, what are the best stocks to play this investment theme?

Unfortunately, a few of these companies are privately held, but there are some, many of which are small corporations, which are close to space pure plays.

One of these companies is Maxar Technologies (MAXR) which has three divisions, space systems, imagery, and services. The space systems division provides satellites, satellite payloads, and antennas.  This Colorado based company has been around since 1969. The stock trades at 42 times forward earnings by recent earnings have been negative. It has a very favorable price to sales ratio of 0.21, and sells at 76% of book value. This $442 million market capitalization company even pays a dividend, with a yield of 0.54%.

Another space related company with a much larger market cap of $5.3 billion, is Viasat (VSAT), which designs and develops satellites along with many types of communication services. The company, which has generated negative earnings, trades at more than two and a half times sales and book value. It does not pay a dividend.

The Englewood, Colorado company EchoStar (SATS) owns and leases in-orbit satellites. The stock has a forward price to earnings ratio of 28 and trades at 98% of book value.

There are several other companies that might fit into the space category such as IntelSat (I), Trimble (TRMB), and Iridium (IRDM). However, a better strategy might be to invest in the Procure Space ETF (UFO), which has cornered a great stock ticker symbol.

This ETF owns all of the above stocks plus a couple dozen more that have ties to the space industry. UFO just started trading this year.

Disclosure: Author didn’t own any of the above at the time the article was written.

Elon Musk & the Tesla Annual Stockholders Meeting

Tesla Gullwingby Fred Fuld III

Yesterday,  the Tesla (TSLA) Annual Shareholders Meeting was held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. After the official part of the meeting, which took about 15 minutes, Elon Musk came out and spoke to the large crowd of attendees, along with showing a slide presentation. There was also a question and answer period after the speech.

For the last four quarters, Tesla has been outselling all competitors combined. The Model 3 is the best selling car by revenue of any car and is outselling all direct competitors combined.

The Model S has a range of 370 miles and the Model X has a 325 mile range.

Currently, the company does not have a demand problem. Sales far exceed production. In addition, 63% of trade-ins are non-premium cars.

The total cost of ownership of Teslas is much less than gasoline cars, when you take into consideration maintenance and other costs.

Every Tesla produced since October has the ability of full autonomy with just a switch out of the computer.

Tesla S1Buying a non-electric car without autonomous capability is like “Riding a horse using a flip phone.”

Elon Musk spent a lot of time discussing the gigafactories, the solar roofs, batteries, and the V3 Superchargers.

He also mentioned the Mobile Service that can even handle minor repairs.

Numerous questions and suggestions were offered as that last part of the meeting, with Musk responding thoroughly to each one.

Disclosure: Author owns TSLA.

Learn from Howard Schultz, Ron Howard, Steve Martin, Malcolm Gladwell & Other Experts for a Very Low Price

Have you ever wanted to learn more about business and entrepreneurship? How would you like to take a class from Howard Schultz, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Starbucks (SBUX) for many years? Or maybe you want to write your own book. Your teacher can be best selling author of Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell. You might want to learn a little magic for a hobby and have Penn and Teller as your instructor. Or improve your cooking skills with the help of Wolfgang Puck.

How  much would you be wiling to pay for a class from any of these individuals? $500? $1,000? $2,000? They are all available to you, plus many others, through online classes for a very reasonable $180, offered by an innovative company called MasterClass. By the way, that’s not $180 per class, that’s $180 total, all-access for all classes!

I’m trying my best to not make this post sound like a sales pitch, but I signed up for the all-access pass to MasterClass myself, and I’m extremely impressed. MasterClass, based in San Francisco, was founded in 2014. The company offers classes in the areas of business, filmmaking, culinary arts, writing, entertainment, sports, games, and science. It currently offers over 60 classes, taught by experts in their fields.

Here is just a small sample of the instructors:

  • Howard Schultz
  • Dan Brown
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • James Patterson
  • Gordon Ramsay
  • Wolfgang Puck
  • Ron Howard
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Spike Lee
  • Helen Mirren
  • Steve Martin
  • Diane Von Furstenberg
  • Steph Curry
  • Penn & Teller

There are many, many others. I’ve already taken several classes, and realized that a lot of the advice these instructors give, no matter what their field, can be applied to becoming successful in any type of business. As an example, Academy Award winner Ron Howard teaches a class on directing movies. But from the business standpoint, he teaches, planning, collaboration, and project management.

Currently, MasterClass is offering a $30 credit when you sign up with the following link:

This gives you an All-Access pass, allowing you to take any (and even every) course you want for a full year. Think about it. You could watch drivel on TV or watch a MasterClass and learn something useful.



Disclosure: Author didn’t own any of the stocks mentioned in the article at the time the article was r=written. Links for MasterClass are affiliate links.



Here’s How You Can Have Lunch With Warren Buffett

by Fred Fuld III

All Warren Buffett fans would like to have lunch with one of the greatest investors in the world. Would you like to have lunch with Buffett? Besides eating with Buffett, the head of Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) (BRKB), you get to ask him lots of questions and get his advice.

The catch is to be the successful bidder for the eBay (EBAY) auction of the Power Lunch with Warren Buffett to Benefit GLIDE. The current bid at the time this article was written is $3,500,100.00. There have been 13 bids so far and the starting bid was $25,000.

Buffett will have a meal with the winning bidder and up to seven friends at Smith & Wollensky in New York City on a mutually agreed upon date.

All of proceeds from the winning bid will benefit GLIDE, one of the leading social service institutions working to alleviate human suffering and poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area.

You have two days left to bid, as the auction closes on Friday, May 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm PT. You must be prequalified to bid.

Don’t forget to read:

How to Plan for Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting