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What are “top line” and “bottom line” for companies and stocks? April 27, 2012

Posted by antibeppegrillo in growth stock, investment, investment strategies.
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What do bottom-line and top-line mean for stocks and companies?

The answer is simple: “TOP-LINE” means REVENUES and “BOTTOM-LINE” means EARNINGS: this graph below is a good and clear example:

Top line shows revenue and bottom line shows earningns for EBIX

Top line shows revenue and bottom line shows earningns for EBIX

The graph also helps me to understand why Revenue is called TOP LINE and Earnings BOTTOM LINE:

Since Earnings = Revenue – Expenses, then Earnings are smaller (less dollars) than Revenues. On a graph showing dollars over time, Revenues will always be the top line and Earnings the bottom line.

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Macdonalds up 40%: time to sell 15 MCD shares and keep 5 as free stock December 6, 2010

Posted by deminvest in investment, investment strategies, Mac Donalds, MCD, my free stock.
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5 minutes a go I sold 15 MCD shares at  USD 79.7 each. I made a total amount of $1195. It is a bit more than the $1111 I had spend on Apr 20, 2009 when I bought 20 MCD McDonald’s Corporation shares at $ 55.35 each.

I am now an happy owner of 5 free MCD shares.

Etrade sucks: international customers are charged double commissions! A ripoff that isn’t written anywhere on their website. I will transfer my Etrade account. October 19, 2010

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One Way to go is AWAY FROM Etrade: Etrade is the only online broker that charges international customers DOUBLE COMMISSIONS ($19.99)

 

It is official: Etrade lies on their commissions. On http://www.etrade.com they say commissions is $9.99. They don’t say anything about double commissions ($19.99)  for international customers for the same trades that cost US customers $9.99 This is the official statement by Etrade staff of their ripoff:

Sent: 10/18/2010 04:18 PM
Subject: Trading & Investing
Topic: Trade Inquiry
Account: XXXX-8555
Reference Number: 1217999

Message: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your message regarding commission fee.

This commission fee schedule applies to your account.

E*TRADE Securities Trading Fees and Commissions

International Customers (non-US customers on the US-International Site):

1.)All stock orders of 2000 or fewer shares (in linked accounts)
$19.99
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Bought 30 HMIN shares (Chinese Home Inns and Hotels Management) on September 30 October 6, 2010

Posted by deminvest in China stock, HMIN, HOT, investment strategies, MAR.
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After exchanging a few ideas with Andrew about which kind of risk I like to take, I decided to actually take  risk for my September stock pick.

Chinese growing business community will need to travel and sleep out. So I chose HMIN, a large chain of economy hotels in China. This was my order on Etrade:

Thu Sep 30 11:55:36 2010 Buy 30 HMIN Executed @ $49.13

not very inviting Hotel by our standards, probably extremely cheap

What made me chose this hotel chain are its good growth numbers:

Qtrly Revenue Growth (yoy): 25.70%

Qtrly Earnings Growth (yoy): 35.30%

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Facebook: an IPO I’ll buy because FB will be the winner on mobile computing! February 21, 2010

Posted by deminvest in Facebook, growth stock, Internet stocks, investment, investment strategies.
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facebook mobile

Facebook can be the center of mobile computing. Most of our mobile computing could be Facebook.

The main use we do of mobile phones is to exchange real-time information with our friends. What if we can find that information on their Facebook page on our smartphone?

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Will Internet kill the TV star, the movie star and the publisher star? Amazon (AMZN), Barnes & Noble, February 17, 2010

Posted by deminvest in Amazon, AMZN, Apple, growth stock, Internet stocks, investment, investment strategies, Nasdaq stock.
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Nowadays record sellers and music majors are seeing their business shrink dramatically.

Music industry going down. Digital records sellers doing OK

Music industry going down. Digital records sellers doing OK

When it will be possible to download a movie as easy as it is to download an mp3, many will just take the opportunity.

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5 Reasons why I am buying convertible ETF SPDR Barclays Capital Convertible Bond ETF (CWB) February 3, 2010

Posted by deminvest in bonds, Convertible Bonds, Defensive Stock, etf, Internet stocks, investment, investment strategies.
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Convertible Bonds are great

Convertible Bonds are Bonds that take advantage of stock performance

 

1) Convertible Bonds seem great:

  • they guarantee returns like Bonds,
  • they also offer opportunity to take advantage of stock market growth
  • they should be quite safe, because at the end of their lifetime they can give the capital back if stockprice is below convert price

2) SPDR Barclays Capital Convertible Bond ETF (CWB) offers a nice yield:  it pays  monthly $0.072 which makes  yearly $0.864 representing 2.3% of its $37 current price.

3) Expenses for this ETF are 0.4%, which  is not too much, even though usually ETF charge less

4) CWB is defensive as compared to stocks. It tracks the S&P 500 but with less volatility and with much less downswing

5) last but not least, CWB is the only ETF for  convertible Bonds, so I don’t have much choice.

One more free stock for me: 3SBIO (SSRX) happily hit my +40% mark! November 23, 2009

Posted by deminvest in 3SBIO Pharma, China stock, growth stock, investment, investment strategies, my free stock.
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3SBio is a Chinese Biotech company.

I bought 110 SSRX shares on Aug 1 2008 for $9.15 each. I spent a total amount of $1001.5

Today I sold 77  SSRX shares @ $13.21. I made a total amount of $ 1017.17.

I am $11 richer and I do own 33  free  SSRX shares, which hopefully one day will make me rich, thanks to my free stocks strategy.

I’m buying $1000 worth of Blackstone (BX) in 5 minutes November 19, 2009

Posted by deminvest in Blackstone, BX, growth stock, investment, investment strategies, Single stocks, stock I own, stocks, stocks that pay high dividends.
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Blackstone is a huge Private Equity fund.

Private Equity… or PIRATE EQUITY?

They manage more than $ 90 Billion. Hopefully they manage that sum well. The company earns managements fees even if the value of assets they manage gos down. Forward P/E ratio is a reasonable 15. Main reasons why I buy BX is the fact the middlemen usually gain even if things go badly, the fact that if things go well they gain even more. Last but not least:

  • Huge dividend yield: 8%
  • Grrowing dividend yield: last year was just 6%

Growing dividends in a sinking economy looks nice. I bet that Blackstone’s managing fees will go up if the Economy continues it current recovery.

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Another free stock on my portfolio: the ETF on Brazil stock index that I bought in June is 40% up today. ETF Name is DBXT MSCI BRAZ 1CC. October 16, 2009

Posted by deminvest in growth stock, investment, investment strategies, my free stock, stock I own, stocks.
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up 40% in three months

up 40% in three months

Another EUR 1000 coming back home from their 4 months trip to conquer me free stocks.

My “Free stock of the month” is an ETF. A nice one which replicates the price and yield performance of shares in the Brazilian market, as measured by the MSCI Brazil Index.

In June I had bought 30 of those . EUR 32.56 each. Total amount: EUR 979.75.

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