Top Stock Market and Wall Street Gifts for the Holidays

It’s time to do your shopping for gifts, if you haven’t already done so. For friends and family that are interested in investing, there are plenty of stock market and Wall Street related gifts to choose from.

Check out the following great ideas for presents.

Bronze Bull and Bear Sculpture

The statue measures 10 inches wide by 9.5 inches high, and weighs 6 pounds. The state has a bronze finish with great detail.

 

Stock Market Wall Street Decision Maker Desk Paperweight

This is cool! A paperweight that you can spin to determine if you should buy, sell, hold, short, etc.

 

Wall Street Double Feature

Available in both Blu-Ray and DVD.

 

Stock Traders Almanac 2019

Every stock trader should have this. Filled with great information.

 

Bull and Bear Cuff Links

Know anyone who still wears cuff links? This would make a perfect gift.

 

Investment Trivia 2019 Book

This book has all kinds of trivia about the stock market, venture capital, bitcoin, and much more!

Bull Market T-Shirt

Here’s a Great Gift for Less Than 20 Bucks!
“I MADE MY MONEY BY BEING A BULL”

 

Bear Market T-Shirt

For those friends of yours who made their fortune by shorting the market.

Invest Like a Billionaire

Did you know that ten out of the top twelve American billionaires made their money from a stock? The Forbes 400 Magazine was published about a month ago, which listed the wealthiest people in the United States.

It is interesting to note that most of the wealthiest achievements are from publicly traded companies. Maybe you can piggyback on some of these billionaires and their stocks.

Here is a list of the top dozen wealthy people with stock connections.

  1. Jeff Bezos – Amazon (AMZN)
  2. Bill Gates – Microsoft (MSFT)
  3. Warren Buffett – Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) (BRKB)
  4. Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook (FB)
  5. Larry Ellison – Oracle (ORCL)
  6. Larry Page – Google (GOOG) (GOOGL)
  7. Sergey Brin – Google (GOOG) (GOOGL)
  8. Jim Walton – Walmart (WMT)
  9. Alice Walton – Walmart (WMT)
  10. S. Robson Walton – Walmart (WMT)
  11. Steve Ballmer – Microsoft (MSFT)
  12. Phil Knight – Nike (NKE)

Top Stock Trading Books for the Holidays

Are you looking f0r some reading material for the holidays? Are you looking to improve your stock trading skills? Then you should consider reading some of the following books.

These books are all about day trading and swing trading stocks and all have an average of four or more stars on Amazon.

How to Day Trade for a Living: A Beginners Guide to Trading Tools and Tactics, Money Management
by Andrew Aziz

How to Make Money in Stocks: A Winning System in Good Times and Bad
by William J. O’Neil

Stock Trading: THE BIBLE This Book Includes: The beginners Guide + The Crash Course + The Best Techniques + Tips and Tricks + The Advanced Guide  Immediate Cash With Stock Trading
by Samuel Rees

A Beginner’s Guide To Day Trading Online 2nd Edition
by Toni Turner

The 1 Hour Trade: Make Money With One Simple Strategy, One Hour Daily 
by Brian P Anderson

Happy reading and happy trading!

Top Biotech Short Squeeze Plays

by Fred Fuld III

Many stocks in the biotechnology sector have been hit hard recently, possibly creating some buying opportunities. If any of these stocks are heavily shorted, then the potential gains can be substantial. When the stock rises fast for any reason, short sellers scramble to cover their positions by buying the stock, and thereby driving up the price of the stock even more.

So how can you make money on the long side from short squeezes? One technique that stock traders utilize is buying short squeeze stocks, companies have been heavily shorted. Here is a more extensive explanation of what a short squeeze is.

When you short a stock, it means that your goal is to make money from a drop in the price of a stock. Technically, what happens is that you borrow shares of a stock, sell those shares, then buy back those shares at a hopefully lower price so that those shares can be returned. This all happens electronically, so you don’t actually see all the borrowing and returning of shares; it just shows up on your screen as a negative number of shares.

Short sellers can be profitable, but sometimes when the stock moves against them, and begins to rise, the short sellers jump in right away to buy shares to cover their positions, creating what is called a short squeeze. When a short squeeze takes place, it can cause the share prices to increase fast and furiously. Any good news can trigger the short squeeze.

Some traders utilize this situation by looking for stocks to buy that may have a potential short squeeze. Here is what a short squeeze trader should take into consideration:

Short Percentage of Float ~ The float is the number of freely tradable shares and the short percentage is the number of shares held short divided by the float. Amounts over 10% to 20% are considered high and potential short squeeze plays.

Short Ratio / Days to Cover / Short Interest Ratio -This is probably the most important metric when looking for short squeeze trades, no matter what you call it. This is the number of days it would take the short sellers to cover their position based on the average daily volume of shares traded. This is a significant ratio as it shows how “stuck” the short sellers are when they want to buy in their shares without driving up the price too much. Unfortunately for the shortsellers, the longer the number of days to cover, the bigger and longer the squeeze.

Short Percentage Increase ~ This is the percentage increase in in the number of short sellers from the previous month.

Here is one example from the list below.  GTX Inc. (GTXI) is a stock that is heavily shorted. As a matter fo fact, 23% of the float is shorted. Plus, the short interest ratio is 4.1. That means it would take the short sellers over four days to cover their positions, based on the number of shares that trade each day on average.

So what technology stocks are heavily shorted that may be worth a closer examination? Check out the following list, but be aware, that often some stocks are heavily shorted for a reason. All these stocks have significant short metrics, plus they are down by over 50% year-to-date.

Maybe a short squeeze will cause a few of these to rise sharply, and the lemons become lemonade.

Company Symbol Short % change from previous period % of Float Days to cover
 GTX Inc. GTXI 7% 23.66% 4.1
La Jolla Pharmaceutical LJPC 2% 89.29% 26.0
  Paratek Pharmaceuticals PRTK -3% 33.9% 10.9
 Portola Pharmaceuticals PTLA 9% 30.71% 80.07

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

The Order of Time (A Brain Stretching Book: Reading Material for the Holidays)

The Order Of Time CoverWhat do you plan on doing with your spare time during the holidays. Watch useless drivel on television? Or reading a good book?

If you chose a good book, are you tired of all the mysteries/crime novels/political dramas/[fill in the blank] or whatever you usually read?

If so, here is a book that will make you think, and think hard, and is probably different from any other book you have read. It is called The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli.

In case you haven’t guessed what the book is about, it’s about time (no pun intended). Do you know what time really is?

Here is some interesting information about time. Did you know that people that live in the mountains age faster than those who live in the plains, because time runs faster at higher elevations.

Rovelli says that the difference can be noticed when the watch of a friend who has just flown on a plane will be slightly different from the watch you are wearing on the ground. Even at smaller distances,, such as between a table and a floor, time changes.

The author of this Number 1 Best Seller on Amazon, Rovelli is a theoretical physicist, and one of the founders of loop quantum gravity. He is also a science historian and a science philosopher.

i never cared for physics in high school or college, yet I found this book to be riveting. I consider myself lucky that I even stumbled across it.

Therefore, if you are looking for an interesting non-fiction book that will open and expand your mind, that is easy reading and even entertaining, which will provide numerous facts you would previously never have believed and will never after forget, then I highly recommend that you read The Order of Time.

 

book review by Fred Fuld III

Stocks Going Ex Dividend in December 2018

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. 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 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.

Cinemark Holdings Inc (CNK) 12/3/2018 0.32 3.45%
Southwest Airlines Company (LUV) 12/4/2018 0.16 1.21%
Schlumberger N.V. (SLB) 12/4/2018 0.50 4.31%
Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) 12/6/2018 1.00 3.55%
Walmart Inc. (WMT) 12/6/2018 0.52 2.19%
CBS Corporation (CBS) 12/10/2018 0.18 1.34%
HP Inc. (HPQ) 12/12/2018 0.16 2.51%
Macy’s Inc (M) 12/13/2018 0.377 4.72%
Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) 12/17/2018 0.75 5.91%
Xerox Corporation (XRX) 12/28/2018 0.25 3.94%

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 Tech Short Squeeze Plays

by Fred Fuld III

Many stocks in the technology sector have been hit hard recently, possibly creating some buying opportunities. If any of these stocks are heavily shorted, then the potential gains can be substantial. When the stock rises fast for any reason, short sellers scramble to cover their positions by buying the stock, and thereby driving up the price of the stock even more.

So how can you make money on the long side from short squeezes? One technique that stock traders utilize is buying short squeeze stocks, companies have been heavily shorted. Here is a more extensive explanation of what a short squeeze is.

When you short a stock, it means that your goal is to make money from a drop in the price of a stock. Technically, what happens is that you borrow shares of a stock, sell those shares, then buy back those shares at a hopefully lower price so that those shares can be returned. This all happens electronically, so you don’t actually see all the borrowing and returning of shares; it just shows up on your screen as a negative number of shares.

Short sellers can be profitable, but sometimes when the stock moves against them, and begins to rise, the short sellers jump in right away to buy shares to cover their positions, creating what is called a short squeeze. When a short squeeze takes place, it can cause the share prices to increase fast and furiously. Any good news can trigger the short squeeze.

Some traders utilize this situation by looking for stocks to buy that may have a potential short squeeze. Here is what a short squeeze trader should take into consideration:

Short Percentage of Float ~ The float is the number of freely tradable shares and the short percentage is the number of shares held short divided by the float. Amounts over 10% to 20% are considered high and potential short squeeze plays.

Short Ratio / Days to Cover / Short Interest Ratio -This is probably the most important metric when looking for short squeeze trades, no matter what you call it. This is the number of days it would take the short sellers to cover their position based on the average daily volume of shares traded. This is a significant ratio as it shows how “stuck” the short sellers are when they want to buy in their shares without driving up the price too much. Unfortunately for the shortsellers, the longer the number of days to cover, the bigger and longer the squeeze.

Short Percentage Increase ~ This is the percentage increase in in the number of short sellers from the previous month.

Here is one example from the list below.  Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI) is a stock that is heavily shorted. As a matter fo fact, 43% of the float is shorted. Plus, the short interest ratio is 8.4. That means it would take the short sellers over eight days to cover their positions, based on the number of shares that trade each day on average.

So what technology stocks are heavily shorted that may be worth a closer examination? Check out the following list, but be aware, that often some stocks are heavily shorted for a reason. All these stocks have significant short metrics.

Maybe a short squeeze will cause a few of these to rise sharply, and the lemons become lemonade.

Company Symbol Short % change from previous period % of Float Days to cover
 Applied Optoelectronics AAOI -10% 43.16% 8.4
 Enphase Energy ENPH 2% 21.1% 40.71
 Gogo GOGO -10% 17.9% 80.38
Turtle Beach HEAR -10% 4.7% 80.07
Ichor Holdings ICHR -4% 13.2% 35.52
Match Group MTCH -2% 11.1% 46.76

Mastering the Market Cycle: Getting the Odds on Your Side

by Fred Fuld III

The book, Mastering the Market Cycle: Getting the Odds on Your Side, is a very thorough  analysis and review of all major financial cycles, including economic cycles, stock market cycles, and real estate cycles.

The book is written by Howard Marks, the cofounder and co-chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, which has $120 billion management.

My favorite chapter was Chapter VII: The Pendulum of Investor Psychology, where he discusses the nine elements which swings the pendulum from one direction to another. The same chapter provides the interesting concept of how stocks move no matter what the news, if investors are feeling good.

For  example, if there is strong data, the economy is strengthening and stocks go up. If data is weak, the Fed will probably ease so stocks go up. If the price of oil goes up, it means a growing global economy so stocks go up. If oil drops in price, the consumer has more spending power so stocks go up. He also describes how the reverse can happen when investors’ feelings are negative.

If you want to learn more about market cycles, you should check out  Mastering the Market Cycle.

IPOs that have Doubled in the Last Year

by Fred Fuld III

During the last twelve months, there have been almost 500 initial public offerings of stocks. Some have crashed and burned, some are doing OK, and some are doing well.

However there are several of these IPOs that have done extremely well, more than doubling in price, with most being in the healthcare industry (and a couple in the marijuana category).

Here is the list of IPO stocks that fall into the price-double category:

Canopy Growth Corporation ( CGC )
Correvio Pharma Corp. ( CORV )
Cronos Group Inc. ( CRON )
BRP Inc. ( DOOO )
Marker Therapeutics, Inc. ( MRKR )
Reading International, Inc. ( RDIB )
Sesen Bio, Inc. ( SESN )
SilverCrest Metals Inc. ( SILV )
Disclosure: Author owns CGC.