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July 2018 Stock Considerations

July 2018 Stock Considerations

Here we are with another installment of my “stock considerations” for the upcoming month. With the first week of trading upon us in July, it is time, once again, to lay out a plan for my potential stock pick(s) for the month. As many of you already know, I make sure to purchase at least one stock every single month, no matter where we are in a business or macroeconomic cycle. The goal of every long-term dividend growth investor is to remain consistent with their buys and try not to attempt to time the market and wait for the “best” possible time to invest. Time in the market is our single greatest asset that allows for faster compounding and “smoothing” out those inevitable peaks and valleys of stock prices we all experience in the near term. With that being said, let’s take a look at my July 2018 stock considerations.

Looking forward towards July, I’m finding that, believe it or not, I have less potential stock buys to choose from than in previous months. The quarter ended on a strong note, as we have seen the health REITs bounce back from their 2018 lows, and utilities and even the much-maligned staples have bounced. You are all familiar with these names, as Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR), Welltower Inc. (NYSE:WELL), HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP), LTC Properties, Inc. (NYSE:LTC), Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE:D), The Southern Company (NYSE:SO), Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED), Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB), PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP), The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC), The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX), Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) and more have come back in earnest. Of course, there are still a few duds out there that have been left behind this rally and are seemingly stuck in neutral or even reverse for the time being. Stocks like General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS), Johnson Controls International plc (NYSE:JCI) and Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH) come to mind right off the bat.

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3 Stocks That Feel Like Netflix in 2002

3 Stocks That Feel Like Netflix in 2002

Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) was one of the greatest growth stories of the new millennium. The company went public at $15 per share in 2002, but dropped to $4.85 later that year. A $1,000 investment at the bottom would be worth nearly $850,000 today.

Therefore, investors are always looking for the “next Netflix”. Today, three of our Foolish investors will highlight three stocks that resemble the video streaming giant back in 2002 — Square (NYSE: SQ), Appian (NASDAQ: APPN), and Shopify (NYSE: SHOP).

Simplifying point-of-sale systems

Leo Sun (Square): Netflix’s success comes from its ability to disrupt old habits. It displaced video stores with rent-by-mail DVDs and replaced optical discs with streaming media. In a similarly disruptive manner, Square is changing how vendors accept payments.

Square was founded nine years ago, and its first product was the Square Reader, a credit card dongle for processing credit card transactions on smartphones. In 2013, it launched the Square Stand, which converted iPads into complete point-of-sale systems. Last year, it launched a stand-alone point-of-sale system called the Square Register for small to medium-sized businesses.

Those moves disrupted the market for traditional point-of-sale systems, which cost significantly more than Square’s solutions. Square’s system also sent information about orders and customers to the cloud — which helped vendors analyze their business trends.

Square’s expanding ecosystem includes Square Cash, a peer-to-peer payments platform similar to PayPal, the restaurant delivery service Caviar, and Square Capital, which offers financing to Square merchants. It’s also expanding into the payroll, customer relationship, and inventory management markets with add-on services.

Square’s adjusted revenue rose 43% to $984 million last year, as its GPV (gross payment volume) jumped 32% to $65.3 billion. Its adjusted EBITDA surged 209% to $139 million. For 2018, Square expects its adjusted revenue to grow 32%-35%, and for its adjusted EBITDA to surge 73%-80%. Those stunning numbers indicate that the stock — which more than tripled over the past 12 months — could still have room to run.

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10 things you need to know in markets today

10 things you need to know in markets today

Good morning! Here’s what you need to know.

1. The leader of Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement called for early elections in June, saying efforts to form a coalition government after last month’s inconclusive vote had failed. “At this point for me there is no other solution. We have to go back to the polls as soon as possible,” Luigi Di Maio said.

2. BP reported a 71% jump in profit in the first quarter. It was driven by higher oil and gas prices and increased production as it undergoes an era of rapid growth.

3. Australia’s corporate watchdog said it has expanded legal action against miner Rio Tinto and two former top executives. It alleges a failure to recognise an impairment in its Mozambique coal assets in 2012 financial statements.

4. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s Kingdom Holding and its partners have agreed to sell Movenpick Hotels and Resorts to its associate firm AccorHotels. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2018, Kingdom Holding said in a statement.

5. The US Environmental Protection Agency has granted a financial hardship waiver to an oil refinery owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, a former adviser to President Donald Trump. It exempts the Oklahoma facility from requirements under a federal biofuels law, according to Reuters.

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This Monthly Dividend Stock Is Up 22% In 2 Months

This Monthly Dividend Stock Is Up 22% In 2 Months


HDS+ subscribers just made a total return of 23.35% in two months on a buyout deal.

It’s a monthly high dividend stock that pays in US dollars.

It’s being acquired at an 18% premium to its previous 52-week high.

HDS+ portfolio holding Student Transportation Inc. (STB), also known as STI, is being acquired by an investor group – CDPQ and Ullico, for a price of $7.50 US per share. The parties expect to close the transaction by the end of the second quarter of 2018.

This represents a substantial price gain/share for Hidden Dividend Stocks Plus subscribers, of $1.36/share. In addition, we’ve received two monthly dividends of $0.0367/share, for a total profit of $1.4334/share.

The total return is 23.35%. Since this profit happened within a short, two-month period, the annualized profit is huge, at 140.10%.


“Student Transportation Inc., (also known as STI), today announced that it entered into a definitive agreement (the “Arrangement Agreement”) with a company (the “Purchaser”) sponsored by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”) and Ullico Inc. (“Ullico”, and together with CDPQ, the “Purchaser Group”) pursuant to which the Purchaser Group will acquire all of the Company’s outstanding common shares (other than common shares already owned by the Purchaser Group) by way of a plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement”) under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario).”

“Shareholders of STI/STB will receive US$7.50 per common share in cash, representing a 27% premium to the 20-day volume weighted average price per common share on the Toronto Stock Exchange for the period ending February 27, 2018, based on an exchange rate of $1.2776 Canadian dollars per U.S. dollars as of February 27, 2018.”

“This transaction presents a compelling opportunity for our investors to monetize their investment at an attractive price. CDPQ has been invested in our company for 16 years and for most of that time as our largest shareholder.”

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Reverse Splits & Corporate Actions (RGSE)

Reverse Splits & Corporate Actions (RGSE)

We have recently received notification that there will be a Reverse Split with the stock Real Good Solar Inc. (RGSE). The company underwent a 1 for 30 reverse split on the 26 of January 2017. If you have a number of shares in the company your funds could take up to 2-4 weeks to process a payment. See more from Robinhood below:

Reverse Stock Split

A reverse stock split is a corporate action in which the total number of outstanding shares for a stock or ETF is reduced. Reverse stock splits typically occur when the price of a stock or ETF trades below major exchange requirements.

Since only the number of outstanding shares is being changed, the stock split should not change the company’s overall valuation; the price per share should increase proportionally with the reduction of shares.

Reverse Splits & Your Robinhood Account

If you own a number of shares in a stock or ETF undergoing a reverse stock split that is not evenly divisible by the terms of the stock split, you will typically receive cash in lieu of any fractional shares caused by the stock split.

Any cash in lieu of shares due to you for a reverse stock split will be paid to your Robinhood account at a later date to be determined by the DTCC. Please note that this can take several weeks, though we will process them as soon as the funds are available.

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