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  • 3D Printer Stocks Printing Higher Stock Prices

    Did you happen to see what the 3D printing stocks did? Today, Tuesday, the 3D printer stocks were up big time. 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) was up 6%, Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) was up over 2%, and Proto Labs (NYSE:PRLB) was up almost 5%. Even the small cap companies were up. Organovo (NYSEMKT:ONVO) rose over 4% and Sigma Labs (OTCQB:SGLB) spiked 13%.

    What caused this increase? Anything from a depressed industry finally participating in a rising market during the last couple months to positive news about vascular biologic 3D printing research to short covering to other rumors. Whatever the reason, the stocks are moving.

    The problem with these stocks are that their price to earnings ratios are at atmospheric levels, assuming they even have earnings. But that hasn't kept the Internet stocks and stocks of several other industries to continue to move higher without earnings. Plus strong revenue increases help propel the stocks. Investors have over two dozen 3D printing related stocks that are available on the list at

    The biggest pure play is 3D Systems (DDD), a Rock Hill, South Carolina based company, founded in 1986, which manufactures 3D printers. The stock trades at a very high 149 times current earnings and a little more reasonable yet still fairly high 53 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest quarter dropped 17%% yet revenues jumped over 44%. The company has $306 million in cash, with $18.92 million in debt.

    Another big 3D printer stock is Stratasys (SSYS), which produces three-dimensional printers, and rapid prototyping systems. This Minnesota based 3D printer was founded in 1989. The company currently has negative earnings but trades at 39 times forward earnings. One nice feature about this company is that it is debt free with $607 million in cash. The quarterly revenues increased by 55%.

    Organovo (ONVO), founded in 2007, specializes in 3D bioprinting technology, which is the printing of body parts. The company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $48 million, with debt of only $15 thousand. Quarterly revenues dropped by over 46% compared to last year.

    Products that can be made with 3D printers include toys, cookies, even houses and cars. For a list of all the 3-D printing companies, go to

    Disclosure: The author is long SGLB.

    Jul 02 1:46 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Marijuana Stocks Crash In April

    If you have been following the Marijuana Stock Index, which can be found at, over the last few months, you would notice that the pot stocks increased substantially during the first couple months of the year. However, during the month of March, the cannabis companies started to drop off, and in April, they really tanked.

    According to the Marijuana Index, a dozen of the 21 stocks in the index dropped in excess of 30% over the last couple months, with several dropping by over 50%. For example, Advanced Cannabis Solutions (OTCQB:CANN) dropped by 53%, Cannabis Science Inc. (OTCPK:CBIS) dropped by a similar amount, and CannaVEST (OTCQB:CANV) fell by 87%.

    The overall Marijuana Stock Index tanked by 43% during the last two months, whereas the S&P 500 was up by 1%. Interestingly, the Marijuana Stock Index is still outperforming the S&P 500 from the beginning of the year, with the Marijuana Index up 17% and the S&P up just 2%. Some of the stock are still up substantially from the beginning of the year in spite of the March and April drop, with more than ten rising over 100%.

    To see the free list of all 21 stocks in the entire Marijuana Stock Index, go to Also available is the Big List of marijuana stocks, which has over 100 cannabis stocks.

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    May 05 1:05 AM | Link | 1 Comment
  • Stocks Going Ex Dividend The Second Week Of September

    Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called 'Buying Dividends'. 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, many with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, and the yield.

    Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE) 9/9/2013 4.8%

    Laclede Group (NYSE:LG) 9/9/2013 3.8%

    Parkway Properties (NYSE:PKY) 9/9/2013 3.5%

    Univest Corp of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ:UVSP) 9/9/2013 4.1%

    Lumos Networks Corp (NASDAQ:LMOS) 9/10/2013 3.3%

    Mercury General (NYSE:MCY) 9/10/2013 5.6%

    Cenovus Energy Inc. (NYSE:CVE) 9/11/2013 3.4%

    Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR) 9/11/2013 5.7%

    Encana (NYSE:ECA) 9/11/2013 4.6%

    El Paso Electric Co. (NYSE:EE) 9/11/2013 3.1%

    The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found 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.

    Book now available: Buying Dividends Revised and Expanded

    Don't forget to reconfirm the ex-dividend date with the company before implementing this technique.

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Sep 05 6:54 PM | Link | Comment!
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