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Specialize in the investment in and trading of "deep-value" high-yield securities, including debt, preferred shares, common shares, put/call options, and ETF's, for my own and family accounts only. Have over seventeen years experience personally directing our personal and family accounts on a mostly full-time basis.
Was previously an international-business executive, general manager and entrepreneur in the medical-technology industry. Also provided consulting, related to general management, new-venture formation and acquisition of venture capital.
Education: Brown University, School of Engineering (Sc. B. '71); University of Virginia, Darden School of Business Administration (MBA '73).
Present Home: Sarasota, FL
Previous Homes: New York City, Mountain View, CA
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
I am a dividend investor and look for undervalued investments in the stock market. I identify misunderstood and undervalued equity investments and hold those securities until their price approximates my estimate of intrinsic value. I am a long-term investor only.
I am building a $100,000 high-yield income portfolio. I am running this portfolio as an experiment to see if long-term sustainable income can be generated from a diversified pool of high-risk, high-yield securities. I am willing to accept high risk in order to meet my performance goals.
Corey Sommers is a high technology executive, published author, and casual investor/trader. He is currently VP of Business Development at WittyParrot, a content management solution for the high tech and financial industries.
He is passionate about bridging the gap between marketing and sales.
Corey is the co-founder of WhiteboardSelling, a visual storytelling company, and trained over 50,000 sales professionals globally before being acquired by Corporate Visions in 2012.
Corey is co-author of the Amazon best-selling book, WhiteboardSelling - Empowering Sales Through Visuals, Wiley Press 2013.
Prior to WhiteboardSelling, Corey developed and executed VMware’s channel enablement strategy globally, across VARs, OEMs, Distributors, ISVs, and Corporate Reseller channel segments. He has led sales enablement and training for BMC Software’s worldwide direct sales organization and was also a founder of Ventaso, a sales messaging software company. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Swing and Day Trader with risk/reward ratio of 4:1 at least. All trades are not meant to be advice to buy/sell any stock. Avid poker player. B-ball and soccer enthusiast. Traveler too. Site is below for Swing and Day trading ideas
I am the President of TFST Publishing which is a Stock Advisory Service . We publish The Focused Stock Trader an online newsletter www.thefocusedstocktradercom
I have been a stock broker, investment banker, and CEO of 2 micro-cap companies ( see LinkedIn). At the present time I am focused on my newsletter which ended 2013 with 85 profitable trades out of 95 recommendations, for an annualized return of 265%. The Focused Stock Trader recommended the purchase of 49 stocks in 2013. The 49 stocks that were recommended had an average high 64% above The Focused Stock Trader’s recommendation price. The top ten trades all had a high at least 90% above The Focused Stock Trader’s recommendation price. OVERALL THE TOP TEN RECOMMENDATIONS HIGH PRICE HAD AN AVERAGE RETURN OF 170% ABOVE THE FOCUSED STOCK TRADER’S INITIAL RECOMMENDATION PRICE.
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The 9,000-km submarine cable system linking Japan and the west coast of the U.S. is completed, and ready for service. $ALSK $ADSK $CHTR $DIS $IMT $S $T $MSFT
Pentagon Advances $1.3Billon to Lockheed for Biggest F-35 Job. $ALSK $T $VZ $DIS $BA $LMT http://subtelforum.com/articles/google-faster-cable-system-is-ready-for-service-boosts-trans-pacific-capacity-and-connectivity/ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-23/pentagon-advances-1-3-billion-to-lockheed-for-biggest-f-35-job https://www.govconwire.com/2016/12/defense-logistics-agency-picks-142-companies-for-potential-6b-it-services-idiq/ Bloomberg
$ALSK FCC Order Secures Long-Term Funding for Alaska Communications Towards Expanding Broadband Deployment. $ALSK http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161101006693/en/FCC-Order-Secures-Long-Term-Funding-Alaska-Communications Under the terms of the order, the FCC will provide approximately $19.7Million per year for 10 years to assist Alaska Communications in deploying broadband to an aggregate of about 31,500 locations in Alaska. BusinessWire
Auckland, New Zealand & Anchorage, Alaska --(BUSINESSWIRE)-- Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, the New Zealand owner and developer of Hawaiki submarine cable system, has selected Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: $ALSK) as its landing and operating partner in Oregon. $ALSK BusinessWire
ENERGY: Greece, Greek Cyprus, Israel look into East Mediterranean gas pipeline cooperation. $NBGGY $GREK
One ..often overlooked oil market parameter ..spare capacity or the ability of producers to quickly ramp up output to cushion against unexpected supply cuts elsewhere shows that ..a major bullish trend for prices could be building. http://www.reuters.com/article/opec-production-capacity-idUSL8N1BJ2RS $CHK $SN A collapse in the (corrupt) Venezuela government of Maduro will (can) be good for oil prices. XO Reuters
Since 1998, oil production in Venezuela has been reduced by 750,000 barrels per day, with output falling by 250,000 barrels per day in the first half of 2016 alone. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2016/08/27/doomsday-inevitable-venezuela/89335716/ $CHK $SN USATODAY
Venezuela, traditionally a prominent oil exporter, will make a sharply less contribution to the global oil market in 2017, as an acute political and economic crisis affects its (crude) oil production, Columbia University said in a report release. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-oil-idUSKCN10R1RH $CHK $SN $DNR Reuters
The China - Venezuela storied relations' will soon end (along with low price of oil) when the latter can no longer (exchange) barter cheap oil for low quality Chinese mobile phones, motorcycles, home-building materials and three wheel bicycles. http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-rethinks-its-alliance-with-reeling-venezuela-1473628506 $CHK WSJ
Greece will emerge as an energy hub with success of the TAP [Trans Adriatic Pipeline]. http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-541_en.htm $NBGGY $GREK $SBLK*
La Niña will drive up (national gas) (distillate) energy prices. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-25/la-nina-weather-pattern-may-boost-u-k-power-price-and-curb-wind $CHK $SN $DNR Bloomberg
For some in OPEC, the issue is settled. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said Persia's production has (already) reached pre-sanctions levels. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-oil-exclusive-idUSKCN11F0HU $CHK $SN Reuters
Iran hinted that it may soon drop its opposition to an oil production freeze. http://gulfnews.com/business/sectors/energy/iran-oil-output-near-target-means-freeze-is-political-decision-1.1892874 $CHK GulfNews
La Niña's will (can) be good for (higher) commodities prices, and demand for US producer products. A higher value add product can claim (demand) a higher charge (rate) for (shipping) transport. $SBLK* http://www.agweb.com/article/which-crop-price-could-gain-the-most-from-la-nina-naa-alison-rice/ $SFL AGWEB
$SBLK* China August imports rise for first time in nearly two years. Coal imports rose +1.5% in August against a forecast of -4.9% drop. Coal imports recorded their first annual rise since late 2014. $SFL http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-economy-trade-idUSKCN11E09R http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/rupee/baltic-dry-index-soared_7429501.html Reuters CNBC
China imports will keep U.S. soybean market on its toes. $SBLK* $SFL http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-soybeans-braun-idUSKCN11F2GT U.S. Department of Agriculture Reuters
Shanghai: China’s ‘stealth’ coal bailout lasting to 2020. China’s coal production restrictions are a 'stealth' bailout for miners and their creditors that may last until the end of the decade as the policies help boost prices. Without government intervention, China’s coal industry wouldn’t be able to service the nearly three Trillion yuan ($444-Billion) in debt. http://www.miningweekly.com/article/goldman-sees-chinas-stealth-coal-bailout-lasting-to-2020-2016-10-22 $$SBLK* MiningWeekly
Australian Thermal Coal Jumps to $100 for First Time Since 2012 (China’s cuts to domestic coal output sparked price surge). http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-18/australian-thermal-coal-jumps-to-100-for-first-time-since-2012 $SBLK* Bloomberg
Alaska Communications, Akeela First to Connect to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Cloud Service from Alaska. $ALSK http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160901006391/en/Alaska-Communications-Akeela-Connect-Microsoft-ExpressRoute-Cloud http://seekingalpha.com/author/donald-van-deventer/stocktalk/41263413 http://finleyusa.com/microsoft-facebook-building-highest-capacity-transatlantic-fiber-link/ http://www.asdnews.com/news-67043/MUOS-5_Secure_Communications_Satellite_Launch_June_24.htm $FB $LMT ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BusinessWire)
Greece and its foreign (oppressors) creditors are at odds over who will oversee a new privatization fund, a finance ministry official said, an issue which must be resolved for Athens to qualify for (stalled) fresh bailout aid. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eurozone-greece-bailout-idUSKCN11M18Y $NBGGY $GREK Reuters
South Asia Monsoon season is coming to a close (end of September), and scrapping will pick up (accelerate) along with ton rates for the scrap metal (waste) many dry bulk carriers will increasingly be sending ships heading for demolition. http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/dry-bulk-carriers-increasingly-heading-for-demolition/ $GREK $SBLK* $SFL HellenicShippingNews
Kenneth S. Hackel C.F.A., Biography
Kenneth S. Hackel is founder and President of CT Capital LLC, an institutional investment advisory firm specializing in the analysis of corporate cash flow and cost of capital in investment decision making. Until 1996, he was President of Systematic Financial Management Inc., (SFM) a multi-billion dollar institutional investment firm he conceived and founded in 1982. At SFM, Kenneth successfully implemented his free cash flow-based investment philosophy in managing funds for institutional investors across multiple US equity investment disciplines.
Kenneth's upcoming book, "Security Valuation and Risk Analysis: Assessing Value in Investment Decision-Making", to be published by McGraw Hill later this November, significantly extends the theories and analysis presented in his earlier book, "Cash Flow and Security Analysis," 2nd edition (McGraw Hill, 1995). His new book provides extensive analysis and discussion of innovative methods for cost of capital and return on invested capital that are not dependent upon generally accepted accounting principles or market-derived measures of stock volatility. Instead, the models are based on cash flows and extensive credit analysis. To this end, half the book is devoted to the understanding of cash flow; half to cost of capital, as risk to cash flows are meticulously expounded upon. The analysis of risk represents, according to Mr. Hackel, the single most important under-explored factor in security analysis and the primary reason for investor disappointment of their investment returns.
He posits that using fundamental factors to calculate cost of equity capital (reflecting a company's operating and financial risk, capital structure, and miscellaneous intrinsic items) and return on invested capital based upon free cash flow generation (in lieu of traditional earnings or EBITDA-based measures) more accurately reflect the underlying financial profitability and stability of a firm, its growth potential and value enhancement level. Kenneth believes that while beta measures stock volatility, it is, at best, a very loose surrogate for financial health. Consequently, using a more robust discount rate (to model and discount free cash flows) to arrive at 'fair value' will provide a more accurate comparison to current valuation levels, thus leading to more accurate trading signals. He illustrates the use of a comprehensive cost of capital credit worksheet utilizing 50+ credit variables in place of the popular Capital Asset Pricing Model in divining an entity's true cost of equity, which results in superior investment performance with considerably lower risk.
Ken is the author of many articles on security valuation and analysis, and pioneered the use of adding a percentage of excess corporate expenditures to free cash flow. He is internationally recognized as a leading expert in valuation analysis, having also created the use of free cash flow in lieu of EBITDA in ROIC analysis. EBITDA, he explains, is a deficient metric, in many respects.
Ken is accepted to be the sole investment advisor in US equity mutual fund history to take over management of the worst performing mutual fund, and in a single year turn it into the best performing fund.
With over 35 years of investment experience, he has consulted on mergers and acquisitions, including fairness opinions. His work has been published in leading academic journals as well as leading financial news media, and is quoted worldwide. He is a graduate of City College of New York and earned his MBA (Finance) from Baruch College.
His blog may be read at www.credittrends.com and his twitter @credittrends.
Ryan Mallory is the founder of SharePlanner.com and has been trading for more than 20 years. He got his start in the stock market at 11 years old when he inherited $5,000 from a relative that had passed away. Instead of putting the money in a college fund until he was 18, Ryan convinced his father to let him invest it in the stock market.
Early on, Ryan never ventured out of the mutual funds, but why should he, here is a kid, not even a teenager yet, learning to make his allowance in the stock market. Growing up in the 80's & 90's, Ryan saw his portfolio grow from $5,000 to nearly $30,000 - a 500% return for a kid who didn't even have his driver's license yet.
But it wasn't until the beginning of 2001, while in college, that Ryan learned his greatest and most important lesson in the stock market - the feeling of losing it all! The portfolio, that had grown into an important lump sum of money had fallen back down to almost its original value at around $10,000.
The lesson learned from his early days of trading, is a lesson that he is reminded of everyday before placing a single trade - and that is the human ability to capitulate a financial portfolio - and it is that lesson that has kept him from ever repeating it again.
Ryan's focus is primarily on swing-trades (with some day-trades) both long and short using technical analysis and secondarily on options and futures. Ryan Mallory has an MBA and a bachelors in Political Science and Economics from the University of Central Florida. He founded SharePlanner in 2006.
PhD in Computational Physics. Developing new models for stock trading (focusing on long SVXY). Predicting future accurately enough for trading purposes is surprisingly difficult... :)
Contrarian investment philosophy. I am in particular interested in undervalued technology stocks with multiple x upside potential and limited downside risk.
I am currently long $MSFT, $LNVGY, $INTC, $CRAY, $VRNG, $OCAT, $F, $TLT, $ALU and $NOK. $NOK (and now $ALU) are still the largest position in my portfolio, although I sold 70% of my $NOK position since the Devices and Services deal with Microsoft was announced. $NOK/ALU, and $TLT are currently my largest individual stock/ETF positions.
I also swing trade inverse volatility (long $SVXY) depending on market trends. I do not touch $VIX or other direct volatility products under any circumstances.
Additional disclosure: My comments, Stocktalks, articles etc are not an endorsement to buy or sell securities. Investing in securities carries with it very high risks. The information contained within my articles and commentary is for informational purposes only and is subject to change at any time. Do your own due diligence and consult with a licensed professional before making any investment decisions.
New member brnichols is an investment research analyst and trades financial derivatives. Fields of interest include technical analysis, macroeconomics, demographics, financial history and energy policy. His published topics include; stock options,dividend investing,technology,services, and finance.
me, I'm ex-military, aircraft mechanic, hydraulics and electrical design engineer with electronic engineering degree. I built cars and industrial equipment from scratch could have a good number of patents if I wanted to go the extra mile. As it stands I would rather have the ideas out of my head and into the world to make it better. I now am BACK at school full time building my education and skills after an additional degree.
I trade both my IRA and Traditional margin/savings account, in 26 months I'm up 35% and 30% in the two accounts. I started out working with an old boss helping him setup and trade on-line with his stocks as a "computer operator." Doing research on companies and products as well as all the doodads. Yes I talked him into APPLE when it was practically a penny stock, (he sold it too soon though:).
I have been an active investor for almost 20 years. My main focus is on high-yield stocks, particularly MLPs, and high-growth oil companies in the Eagle Ford shale. I have a portion of my portfolio allocated to short-term trading, with a focus on over-reactions to company news and directional plays on VIX-based ETFs. I am happy to answer just about any question sent my way, especially from those new to the stock market.