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I am a market enthusiast and part-time trader. I started writing for Seeking Alpha in 2011, and it has been a tremendous opportunity and learning experience. I have been interested in the markets since elementary school, and hope to pursue a career in the investment management industry. I have... More
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  • For All ETF Investors: A New Way To Invest In Stock Splits

    If you are an investor that likes exchange traded funds, there is a new choice out there that I recently wrote about. It is called the US Stock Split Index ETF (NYSEARCA:TOFR). This ETF is geared towards names that have split their stocks by at least a 2 for 1 ratio. The theory is that over time, names that split their stocks do better than the market. For a more detailed analysis of this ETF, please read the linked article above. As of September 12th, the following is a list of holdings in the index, which I believe is a representation of what the ETF will hold.

    Copart Inc (NASDAQ:CPRT), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), CME Group (NASDAQ:CME), AZZ Inc (NYSE:AZZ), Tronox Limited (NYSE:TROX), Plains All American Pipelines (NYSE:PAA), Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP), Stepan Co (NYSE:SCL), Holly Energy Partners (NYSE:HEP), ProAssurance (NYSE:PRA), Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL), A.O. Smith (NYSE:AOS), Telus (NYSE:TU), Home Bancshares (NASDAQ:HOMB), American States Water (NYSE:AWR), Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN), West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST), Tractor Supply (NASDAQ:TSCO), DaVita HealthCare Partners (NYSE:DVA), Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI), RLI Corp (NYSE:RLI), Toronto Dominion Bank (NYSE:TD), ITC Holdings (NYSE:ITC), Mueller Industries (NYSE:MLI), Allied World Assurance (NYSE:AWH), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP), Open Text (NASDAQ:OTEX), Columbia Sportswear (NASDAQ:COLM), and Amphenol (NYSE:APH).

    Sep 20 11:32 AM | Link | Comment!
  • 3+ Years, 1000+ Articles, A Tremendous Experience

    September 2014 has been a milestone month for me at Seeking Alpha. Some of you may have noticed that I crossed the 1,000 article level, but it's also the three year anniversary of my time at Seeking Alpha. Throughout that time, I've been fortunate to have such loyal followers, and I'm approaching a milestone at 5,000 in that respect rather soon. Remember, to get my articles in the fastest manner, you must follow me in real-time.

    So today, I'm here to thank everyone - those who read, comment, follow, help contribute, even SA editorial and support staff - without you, I would not be here. It's been a tremendous experience, and one that I hope will continue to grow.

    Sep 10 2:41 PM | Link | 1 Comment
  • Two Short Squeezes Came, Don't Get Greedy, And Don't Miss The Next One

    Recently, I've had a couple of articles about potential short squeezes that have been great for investors. I first started out discussing 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) in early June, noting how short squeeze potential was definitely there. When the article was published, shares were in the low $50s, and they bottomed a few days later in the high $40s. Since that original article, the company raised its 2014 revenue forecast, and the investor/analyst day was mostly seen as positive. For those reasons, along with a further increase in short interest, I reiterated the short squeeze notion earlier this week. On Tuesday, a short squeeze definitely seemed to happen, pushing shares above $69 at their highest point. Even if you didn't get in quite at the bottom, you could have easily made 30% or more in a month. This was a winning trade, and it might continue to work over time. But investors should not fear taking a profit, because this would certainly be a nice gain to take.

    During the middle part of June, I also detailed how SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY) might be good for a short squeeze. Shares of the name were around $50 at the time, and now they are over $71. Shares of SolarCity recently popped after the company announced it would buy Silevo. Between these two firms, the possibility exists that a huge plant could be built with a capacity greater than 1GW. Again, a 40% gain in just a couple of gains is very nice. This is another example where you could take a nice profit. These trades worked out quite well, and short squeezes can be a great way to make money. Investors can't be too greedy though, because when the squeeze stops, these names can retreat quickly.

    Now if you missed out on these articles, you probably are looking forward to my next short squeeze candidate. I will continue to detail these names over time. The best way to get these articles is to become a real-time follower, which gives you access to my articles a lot sooner than those who don't follow me in real time. As always, don't forget to comment on my articles, because the discussion that follows the article can be just as great as the article itself. I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the nearly 4,400 followers I have on Seeking Alpha and the large number of you who read my stuff.

    Jul 01 2:19 PM | Link | Comment!
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