Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wireless Charging: The Stocks in this Latest Hot Industry

Imagine that you have just landed from a flight and your cell phone is dead due to a used up battery charge. You walk through the airport and as you are strolling along, your phone is picking up radio frequencies that is charging your phone’s battery.
Or say you are walking down the street, the battery is dead in your cell phone, so you head into a coffee shop. A tiny chip in your phone picks up radio frequencies and converts them into energy to charge up your phone.
Think this is science fiction? Companies are already working on this technology now.
As an example, Energous Corp (WATT), a San Jose, California based company founded in 2012, has been working on just such a system. The company is developing WattUp, which allows for the wire-free distance charging of devices, including laptops, cellphones, and smart watches.
The stock took a dump yesterday, dropping 5% to 14.74 per share, probably due to the fact that it was just announced yesterday that the Senior Vice President of Product Marketing sold 1615 shares on June 14. However, if you look closer, you would find that, first, this was an automatic sale, and second, he still has over 100,000 shares of the stock. So the sale represented only a small part of his position.
According to a report in the Weekly Register, 27 institutions have increased positions in the stock, with 21 new positions. The stock has a market cap of $303 million.
Investors should be aware that the company is generating significant negative earnings, and should therefore be considered very speculative.
Other wireless electricity stocks can be found by looking at the publicly traded members of the Wireless Power Consortium, of which over 200 businesses have joined. They utilize Qi wireless charging as an open standard.
Of course, you will find many of the large corporations, such as Apple (AAPL), AVID (AVID), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Verizon Wireless (VZ), are members.
Leggett & Platt (LEG), which is a producer of engineered products, has a division for developing wireless power transmitters for integration.
ON Semiconductor (ON) is also working on wireless power technology. This semiconductor company is baed in Phoenix, Arizona.
Semtech Corporation (SMTC) a Camarillo, California which makes and sells analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, is also developing wireless power technology products.
Altogether, there are about 20 publicly traded stocks that are part of the Consortium. Maybe one of these companies can charge up your portfolio.
Disclosure: Author owns WATT. 
Please note: some of these stocks are very low cap and should be considered very speculative.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

How to Get an Amazon Dash Wand for Free

The Dash Wand is the latest tech product from Amazon. If you haven't heard about it, here are the details. And there is a way to get it for free.

  • The Amazon Dash Wand with Alexa helps you find recipes, convert cups to ounces, buy and reorder essentials, find nearby restaurants and more.
  • Purchase Dash Wand for $20 and get $20 off your next purchase after you register the device. *
  • Try AmazonFresh free for 90 days (normally $14.99 per month) **
  • Say it or scan a barcode. It’s added to your shopping cart. Just say “paper towels.”
  • Water-resistant, durable design, and magnetic so you can stick it on your fridge.
Here are the details about how to get it free: Essentially free with a $20 Amazon credit when you register the device. Once you register Dash Wand, the $20 credit will appear in your shopping cart the next time you check out with an eligible item. This deal may not last long. If you are interested, you can see more details at the link below.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Old King Coal: Will Coal Stocks Go Up Because of the US Backing Out of the Paris Accord?

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration of the U. S. Department of Energy, 30% of the electricity generated in the United States comes from coal.
This is a significant source of fuel for generators, primarily due to its low energy production costs compared to natural gas and petroleum.
Some investors believe that the United States withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and the energy policies of the current administration should help coal stocks. If that happens, there are several American coal companies that could benefit.
Arch Coal (ARCH), which is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, was founded in 1969. The stock trades at 15.6 times forward earnings and pays a small yield of 0.5%. It has a favorable price sales ratio of 0.8. Revenues for the latest quarter jumped 45% year-over-year. Earnings per share went from a negative $9.71 to a positive $2.03 over the same period.
Cloud Peak Energy (CLD) is a low priced and low market cap stock, which is based in Gillette, Wyoming. The price to earnings ratio is a reasonable 5.4 and the price to sales ratio is an auspicious 0.3. The company does not pay a dividend.
Westmoreland Coal (WLB) has an even smaller market capitalization of $100 million. The company is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is not currently generating positive earnings, nor does it pay a dividend.
Maybe coal can heat up your portfolio, but be careful, as many believe that the coal industry is a dying industry.

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Fourth Week of June

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. 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.

Apollo Investment Corporation (AINV) 6/19/2017 0.15 10.14%
KAR Auction Services, Inc (KAR) 6/19/2017 0.32 2.77%
Seagate Technology PLC (STX) 6/19/2017 0.63 6.00%
Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) 6/20/2017 0.73 4.46%
Portland General Electric Company (POR) 6/22/2017 0.34 2.71%

The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found here at (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 or 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.