Monday, October 23, 2006

Evaluating Stocks Based on Dividend Growth

Smart Capitalist has a great article on evaluating stocks on Dividend Growth. Their argument is, that stocks with a strong history of dividend payouts are superior to stocks that do not. These companies are usually more stable and responsible. This can especially be said of many of the technology companies of the past ten years. When you look at great companies over the long haul you see companies like GE, Johnson & Johnson, etc. The great companies always pay a dividend.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Yahoo and Social Networking

Yahoo (YHOO) took a major hit as advertising revenue dropped due to the continuing rise in popularity of social networking sites. Of course many experts were stating that this was going to happen, so wise investors got our early. I would like to think that Yahoo will get it together, so Yahoo at around $20 or below would make the stock look attractive.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Web 2.0 Financial Sites

There's a new breed of interactive financial sites out there. Here are a few of the all new Web 2.0 financial sites: SquawkLive examines over 8,500 stocks every minute of every trading day, including before and after market hours. They also have a nice industry screener for stock research.

ValueWiki: ValueWiki is a free investment wiki where users write & compile research on stocks and mutual funds. It also offers free investor chat, message boards, and blogging.

Wikistock: A wiki site aimed at making financial information free and open. Similar to ValueWiki.

FiNTAG: A provider of tag information for financial instruments, FiNTAG is now also the leading Hedge Fund website run by Hedge Fund professionals.

That's it for now, more later.

Did you notice how Mastercard blew away estimates? I bought this stock shortly after IPO. I believe Americans are going to continue building up debt, and Mastercard(MA) is well positioned for cash less society. I believe it's a strong buy after a pullback.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Bally Worth a Look?

Bally(bft), the health club chain, received a $280 million loan to refinance existing debt on which it was in danger of defaulting recently. Is this the news investors have been waiting for as shares have steadily declined in the last year? I would consider picking some shares around $2.