What Stocks Al Gore has been Buying

Several years ago, former Vice President of the United States Al Gore started an investment company called Generation Investment Management with David Blood, a former executive with Goldman Sachs.

During the last quarter of last year, Gore’s company has picked up a half dozen stocks for the portfolio, including a few in the tech industry. Here they are:

Facebook (FB)

Delphi Automotive (DLPH)

VWR (VWR)

Amazon (AMZN)

Salesforce (CRM)

Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM)

Al Gore’s fund has done extremely well. Maybe you can do so also with some of his stock picks.

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Fourth Week of April

Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called ‘Buying Dividends,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Dividend Capture.’ This is the process 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 only in bull markets, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique 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. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com 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 yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the quarterly dividend amount, and annual yield.

 

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) 4/24/2017 0.35 1.62%
Scholastic Corporation (SCHL) 4/26/2017 0.15 1.40%
Signet Jewelers Limited (SIG) 4/26/2017 0.31 1.57%
Hasbro, Inc. (HAS) 4/27/2017 0.57 2.14%

The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found here at wstnn.com. (If you have been to the website 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 at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WStNN.com. 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. 

Book now available: Buying Dividends Revised and Expanded

Book now available: Stock Market Trivia Makes a Great Gift!
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.

  

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Third Week of April

Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called ‘Buying Dividends,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Dividend Capture.’ This is the process 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 only in bull markets, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique 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. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com 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 yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the quarterly dividend amount, and annual yield.

Clorox Company (CLX) 4/17/2017 0.8 2.36%
Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) 4/19/2017 0.4 2.12%
CVS Health Corporation (CVS) 4/19/2017 0.5 2.27%
Pentair plc. (PNR) 4/19/2017 0.345 2.14%
Royal Bank Of Canada (RY) 4/21/2017 0.654 3.46%

The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found here at wstnn.com. (If you have been to the website 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 at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WStNN.com. 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. 

Book now available: Buying Dividends Revised and Expanded

Book now available: Stock Market Trivia Makes a Great Gift!
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.

  

Stocks that Bill Gates Has Been Buying Recently

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft (MSFT), is the wealthiest man in the world, although Amazon’s (AMZN) Jeff Bezos, has been gaining on him recently. You may or may not be aware, but Bill Gates has his own hedge fund, called Cascade Investments.

By looking at some of the recent trades of this billionaire, you may get some ideas for your own portfolio.

Gates recently bought the following stocks during the last quarter of 2016:

Williams Sonoma (WSM)

Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI)

Corelogic (CLGX)

Zebra Technologies (ZBRA)

Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL)

Apple Hospitality REIT (APLE)

Ryder System (R)

Super Micro Computer (SMCI)

Digital Realty Trust (DLR)

You will notice that many of these stocks are not well-known companies. For example, Zebra Technologies makes and markets various types of tech  products including mobile computers, barcode scanners, and RFID readers. The stock trades at 13 times forward earnings and earnings per share for the latest reported quarter jumped from a loss of 54 cents per share to a profit of 34 cents per share, year-over-year.

Super Micro Computer is a provider of high performance server technology. The forward price to earnings ratio is a favorable 11.7. For the latest quarter, revenues rose but earnings dropped.

Hopefully, some of these stocks can help turn you into a billionaire.

Funny Stock Market Mergers

Time for some stock market humor. These are the names that would result if the following stocks were to become involved in a merger.

If the following companies were to merge: Caterpillar, Gottschalks, Uranium Energy, Tongjitang Chinese Medicines, you would end up with Cat Gott Ur Tong.

Du Pont, YouBet.com, Bell Industries, Even Technologies, Magic Software Enterprises = Du, You, Bell, Even, Magic

Honeywell and Dewey Electronics = Honey Dew

Agfeed Industries, Pfizer, Fortune Brands, Fomento Econmico Mexicano = Fee, Pfi, Fo, Fom

Exxon Mobil, Markel Corp., The9 Limited, Spotlight Homes = Ex, Mark, The, Spot

Harken Energy, Herald Resources, Fallen Angels Income Fund and Singapore Fund = Hark, the Herald, Angels, Sing

Deckers Outdoor Corp., The9 Limited, Hallmark Financial Services = Deck, The, Hall

Apple Inc., Omega Navigation Enterprises, Intel = Apple, Ome, I.

If you like investment jokes like this, you should check out the other ines in the book, Stock Market Trivia.

Trivia: The iPhone Name was Originally Owned by Cisco, Not Apple

Here is a bit of financial trivia for you.  Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), released its iPhone on Monday, December 18, 2006, which was a phone that connects to a home wireless network for making phone calls through the Internet using the Skype service. Skype was originally owned by eBay Inc. (EBAY)at the time and is now owned by Microsoft (MSFT).

It had been anticipated that Apple Computer Corp. (AAPL) would be using the iPhone name back then, but it had been registered by Cisco in 2000. The iPhone trademark is now owned by Apple.

More info about the “first” iPhone release can be found here, an article from bizjournals back in 2006.

Use the Altman Z-Score to Check the Financial Quality of your Stocks

Edward Altman invented the Altman Z-Score in the 1960’s to determine the statistical probability of a company going bankrupt. The Creditguru.com has a nice interactive Z-score calculator that allows you to type in eight variables to determine the likelihood of failure. According to the site, a score under 1.80 means “Probability of Financial embarrassment is very high.”

I tried it for Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) and came up with a score of -45.33 [That’s MINUS 45.33]. The text result says “Probability of Financial Embarrassment is very high in this case.”

In order for a company to rank safe based on the data entered, it needs a score above 3. A score of 2.70 to 2.99 means the company is on alert, and a score of 1.80 to 2.70 means that there is a good chance of the company going bankrupt within a couple years.

 

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Second Week of April

Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called ‘Buying Dividends,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Dividend Capture.’ This is the process 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 only in bull markets, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique 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. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com 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 yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the quarterly dividend amount, and annual yield.

Campbell Soup Company (CPB) 4/10/2017 0.35 2.34%
Oracle Corporation (ORCL) 4/10/2017 0.19 1.36%
Abbott Laboratories (ABT) 4/11/2017 0.265 2.39%
Aetna Inc. (AET) 4/11/2017 0.5 0.78%
Foot Locker, Inc. (FL) 4/11/2017 0.31 1.52%
Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM) 4/11/2017 0.3 2.68%
Clorox Company (CLX) 4/17/2017 0.8 2.38%

The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found here at wstnn.com. (If you have been to the website 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 at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WStNN.com. 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. 

Book now available: Buying Dividends Revised and Expanded

Book now available: Stock Market Trivia Makes a Great Gift!
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.

  

The Latest Top Investing Books

If you re looking for new and interesting books to read during the spring that are related to the stock market and investing, look no further than the following list. These are books that have recently been released or will be released this year. Happy reading!

Winning the Loser’s Game, Seventh Edition: Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing by Charles D. Ellis

International Money and Finance, Ninth Edition by Michael Melvin and Stefan Norrbin

Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar

The Truth About Your Future: The Money Guide You Need Now, Later, and Much Later by Ric Edelman

The Crowdsourceress: Get Smart, Get Funded, and Kickstart Your Next Big Idea by Alex Daly

MILLIONAIRE HABITS: 16 TOP SECRETS MILLIONAIRES USE TO CREATE LASTING WEALTH by Uyi Abraham

The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2017 by Peter Sander and Scott Bobo

The Secrets of Successful Financial Planning: Inside Tips from an Expert by Dan Gallagher

The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust by Diana B. Henriques