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I was perusing the weekly 13D column in this week's Barron's and came across a familiar name, Matt Drapkin.  As a follower of activist investors, I was a huge fan of Mr. Drapkin's when he was at his previous firm Becker Drapkin?  Why?  Drapkin gets stuff done.  Check out this statistic: 89.89%: the average return Matt Drapkin and his partners realized from the 14 companies whose boards they joined at his predecessor firm Becker Drapkin (versus 24.79% for the ...More

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The increasingly well managed Wax Ink Portfolio was up 4.2% overall for the week. By comparison, the Dow was up 0.1%, the Nasdaq was down 2.7%, the S&P 500 was down 1.0%, the Russell 2000 was ...More

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From time to time when I'm waiting at the big box retailer checkout to pay for my purchases I hear somebody has set off the retailer checkpoint security alarm near the store exit. The standard ...More

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Hedging the S&P with Lizard King.

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Teva Pharma (TEVA)

December 01, 2016 by Manifest (91.99)

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The Street is wrecked over the Actavis integration and Copaxone competition.  Teva Pharma (TEVA) is a gorilla and the 3-5 year outlook is pretty good.  The Value Line low total return ...More

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When searching for value in the stock market I always like to look for individual companies or even companies in sectors that I believe have been unfairly punished by the whimsical Mr. Market. ...More

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Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Medtronic Inc. (MDT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis: Company Description: Medtronic Inc. is a global medical device ...More

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Selecting a carpet cleaning company always involves a little bit of research as the company offering low price is never the ideal option. The process of choosing a carpet cleaning company includes ...More

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Offshore Drilling

November 30, 2016 by TDRH (99.07)

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Market went a little overboard today.   The offshore drilling contractors are all up between 15-20% at the time of this posting.  There is stil an oversupply of new construction.   The ...More

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Over the years, I have observed that there are many ways to earn a good return in the market. In addition to buy and hold, some have successfully used various forms of market timing including sector ...More

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Elections 2016 was interesting and after elections its still getting interesting. So I decided to submit a post for the final day of November 2016 about how political jobs can quickly age politicians ...More

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I just came across an interesting article about how arcade machines are being used for illegal gambling purposes that reminded me of a story about how myself and my two sons figured out a way to ...More

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This particular article by TheStreet.com caught my eye this morning because I am a big follower of the activist investor Johnathan Litt of Land and Buildings.  I personally own real money ...More

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Each week, I go through the list of dividend increases in order to monitor performance of existing holdings, and uncover hidden dividend gems.I then narrow down the list by eliminating companies with ...More

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I get questions from retired and income investors asking about oversold dividend stocks. In the current market, a lot of dividends stocks — particularly the more well-known ones — are hitting ...More

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"It's not how much money you make that makes you rich, it's how you spend it." ---Charles Jaffe With a little bit of research, you will find out that the same piece of wisdom has ...More

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Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of International Business Machines Corp. (IBM). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis: Company Description: IBM's global ...More

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I was perusing the weekly 13D column in this week's Barron's and came across a familiar name, Matt Drapkin.  As a follower of activist investors, I was a huge fan of Mr. Drapkin's ...More

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It's time for my weekly perusing of Barron's for interesting investment ideas.  This particular article from this week's magazine caught my eye with this part of the byline "Its ...More

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Covered call Disney (DIS)

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To succeed as a dividend growth investor you must identify and purchase stocks with sustainable dividend growth. Inertia is powerful force. Once a company has established a track record of growing ...More

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