List of Safe High Dividend Stocks

I'm always on the lookout for new value screens (a screen is a way of filtering stocks for certain characteristics that might mean they have positive profit potential). I found a list that works well for people who live off dividends:  23 Safe Dividend Stocks by Alan Brochstein at Seeking Alpha.  He explains his methodology…

This Week in Citizen Joe (7/30/07)

Photo:jcolman, Creative Commons, Flickr The Senate gets to its SCHIP plans this week, voting to beef up the health care program which covers low income kids and their families. The five year $35b pricetag would be paid for by a 61 cent tax on cigarettes. The House verges on hyperactivity this week possibly voting on…

WFR and STP: A Winning Combination?

Photo:Lutor44, Creative Commons, Flickr The management of SunTech (STP – Last trade $39.48) has demonstrated great ability to negotiate long term polysilicon supply agreements. It has now become obvious that one of the company’s primary goals is to secure long term supply contracts. During the company’s 1Q07 conference call, the CEO said that the company expected…

YGE: Will Xinguang Dump Yingling?

Photo:urbangarden, Creative Commons, Flickr It's been almost two months since Yingling Energy (YGE – Last trade $17.07) had its IPO, and the stock has rallied nicely from an opening price of $10.80 to a high of $20.40 on July 12. The company is a vertically integrated photovoltaic product manufacturer based in China. It produces silicon,…

Why Humans Crave College Rankings

In mid-June, Michael Bloomberg roiled the presidential race by hinting that he might enter. The civil war in Iraq ground on and global warming still had no evident solution. But interestingly, the most emailed article of all the startling news in the New York Times around then was this one: "Some Colleges to Drop Out…

Big Oil Second Quarter Earnings: Exxon Mobil (XOM)

It finally happened. Despite a stock price that is through the roof (but dropping as of this writing), Exxon (XOM) is reporting that second qaurter earnings are down. Indeed, Big Oil companies like Exxon and Chevron (CVX) are finding all sorts of competition to reduce their oil exploration territory. And one of the big players…

Maybe I Wait to Pull the Trigger on Financials

I'm building my list of financial stocks to buy.  But I'm not buying yet. Why? This market is starting to remind me of 1998 during the Asian Credit Crisis or the 1994/95 Mexican Peso devaluation. For those of you not born yet, in both cases, once the disturbance was over, market participants breathed a sigh…

Boycott Nike

"On July 17, 2007, Atlanta Falcons player Michael Vick was indicted in Virginia on charges involving animal fighting.  According to the criminal indictment against Vick, dogs were beaten, hung, electrocuted, starved and forced to fight other abused dogs while their owners and others bet thousands of dollars on which dog would either die or give…

Bright Leaves

Photo:Amareschal, Creative Commons, Flickr Bright Leaves, a documentary of North Carolina’s tobacco legacy, is a personal project of filmmaker Ross McElwee. As such, it is part documentary, part home video, part miscellaneous. One’s enjoyment of the film depends largely on the one’s tolerance of McElwee himself, who ranges from moderately funny to distractedly self-absorbed.

Marketing in the Big Green

I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the luxury car market and its Green-ness. Yes, I made that word up. It’s a very clever thing these car companies do; they use the power of words to evoke a sense of environmental responsibility. Here are a few of my favorite phrases in…

The Contrarian Takes a Look at Financials

Photo:Maulleigh, Creative Commons, Flickr What to do with all those profits from big oil stocks?  I'm starting to put more money to work in the financial sector. Fears over sub-prime mean that no self respecting fund manager (managing someone else's money) wants to be caught owning financials if losses from sub prime CDO's end up…

Policing the Voluntary Carbon Markets: The Sheriff is Near

Photo:Juhanson, Creative Commons, Flickr In a joint report issued last week by Ecosystem Marketplace and New Carbon Finance, an approximate total of 23.7 million tons, or US$91 million, of CO2 traded in the voluntary, non-Kyoto supported carbon markets in 2006. While this pales in comparison to the 1.1 billion tons of CO2, or US$24.4 billion, traded on…

Top 20 Sustainable Companies Announced

Photo:kalebdf, Creative Commons, Flickr Ethical investing is becoming a popular mode of building a portfolio. And if you are looking to invest in sustainable companies with ethical environmental practices, the 2007 Sustainable Business 20 list could give you some ideas. A press release on CSRwire.com explains the purpose of the SB20 list: Our goal is…

This Week in Citizen Joe (7/23/2007)

The Senate starts the week topping off college legislation with a bill that would keep an eye on tuition spikes and keep a leash on sweet deals between lenders and financial aid officers. Next up, senators will vote on their first '08 spending bill, a $38 billion Homeland Security measure, S 1644. If there's time…

This Week in Citizen Joe (7/16/07)

The Senate got rolling with its defense authorization bill, HR 1585, last week, but left a lineup of amendments to roll back troops in Iraq – to be voted on this week. Just about every Democrat, and now a growing number of Republicans, have their own pull out plan. The top runners would: start withdrawing…

Big Oil Encourages Alternative Energy

In a seeming about-face by the oil industry, Big Oil is now encouraging the development of alternative energy. As Congress considers boosting clean tech through legislation, the National Petroleum Council is on hand to lobby FOR increased alternative energy. CNN Money reports on this extraordinary move by Big Oil: "The world is not running out…