Looking forward for these upcoming earnings release, this will start in the trading week of May 18th 2020.
I’m looking forward to Walmart earnings in particular, with the pandemic and COVID-19 it will be interesting to see how much revenue they generated, in their case it is possible they will post solid earnings since most people had to buy more groceries due to the stay at home orders from most Governors.
Here is a basic breakdown on how Walmart Inc makes their money:
Physical stores in most US states
Sales through their online store at Walmart.com
Walmart International with stores from around the world
Other smaller businesses
Here is a more detailed breakdown on how they generate their revenue.
The word ETF comes from an Acronym for exchange-Traded-Funds and it’s in my opinion one of the safest ways to invest in the stock market. Even though there is always that possibility of picking the right stock and hitting a home run, picking individual stocks can be risky business, if you are looking to make a solid return every year and grow your money investing in exchange traded funds is the way to go in my opinion. Now this is not investing advice so before investing any of your money do your own research, however I have personally seen very good results through out the years and anyone can start investing with very little money.
No matter what age you are or even your level of employment or economic position, it may be a good idea to start preparing now, even in a meager way, for eventual financial security. Some people feel they need every dollar they make to get by from one paycheck to the next. While this may be true for some, there are others who squander significant sums on insignificant things. They could be sucking that money away into an investment account that, over time, could lead to huge savings and a comfortable retirement.
It isn’t hard to get started. All you need is $100 to $500 to open an account, and anywhere from $25 to $50 monthly to continue building your stock or mutual fund portfolio. In fact, a young person aged 20 could deposit $2,000 and then not another dime. In forty years he or she might have tens of thousands of dollars. The stock market has followed fairly predictable patterns since its inception in the 1800s in New York City. Although historic events like the Great Depression and several global wars have impacted its activity, the gains and losses remain fairly consistent, with most investors earning a predictable return on their investment.
One of the things that I do to be able to invest in the stock market is that I save money everywhere I can, I do not eat out much, I pack my own lunch for work and I do not buy Starbuck coffee, instead I make my own, I also do not buy much clothes and I find ways to save on my monthly bill, also if I have any kind of debt I try to pay off anything that i high interest and I avoid paying retail price for anything that I can, saving a few dollar here and there has allowed me to grow my wealth and increase my dividend income every single year.
Of course, no one can predict what the future holds, or whether the pattern will continue. And none of us should invest more money than we can afford to lose—just in case the world economy crashes one of these days. But with steady deposits that continue to compound and earn interest over time, a sensible and prudent investor can substantially increase the amount of money going for retirement or a dream vacation at some future point.
If you are thinking about opening an investment account, do a little online browsing for more information. Visit sites like Robinhood or E-Trade to see how the process works. Start reading your newspaper’s financial pages for details about the latest stock prices and market trends. Do a little paper trading by following the daily stock news. Instead of actually purchasing stock, however, work it out on a piece of paper by pretending to buy a certain amount of stock for the specified price and then watching to see how it performs over the following week. Chart your gains or losses to figure out whether your stock deal was successful. If you do this for several months, you will soon learn to understand more about the stock market and how to buy and sell like the pros.
Even if your budget is tight, try to set aside a little money to open an investment account from any windfalls that come your way from job bonuses, inheritances, or cash gifts. Some people set aside their annual job raise, or part of it, as part of their investment strategy. Then, as your budget becomes looser with paid-off bills or grown-up kids, you may be able to start having a standard monthly amount deducted automatically from your paycheck and deposited into your investment account. This could take the form of a Roth IRA (individual retirement account), a money market fund, a mutual fund portfolio, or individual stock shares.
It probably is a good idea to take an investment class at the community college or sign up for a financial planning seminar. Success may be just a few years away if you start now and plan right. I personally get my stock information from SeekingAlpha.com,CNBC and Finviz however there are hundreds or amazing websites out there with tons of information and news about the stock market, Warren Buffett is one person you want to read everything about as well.
Did you know that you can start investing in the stock market for free? Most stock market brokers charge a fee for every stock that you buy and sell, with time this can be really expensive, with the Robinhood app for Android and iPhone you can start buying and selling stocks for FREE.
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Why would you invest in the Stock Market?
Very simple, the power of compound investing! Have you ever tried building a business to just find out that it is very, very hard to be successful and make money at it, it takes a lot of money for you to build a profitable company, investing in the stock market allows you to be the owner of the company without having to do any of the work, all you need to do is research which companies have good potential and buy share of them, with Robinhood you can buy and sell shares for free.
This is why I like investing in the Stock Market
First of all, this is one of the most liquid markets in the world, when you buy and sell any item it takes time and effort to find buyers, in the stock market you can buy and sell shares instantly, the theory of buying low and selling high applies here the same way that it applies to other markets, the only difference is that here you can buy something for a specific price and then sell it in minutes for more money, simple as that.
Compound Interest is a beautiful thing
When wast the last time that you purchased anything to only find out that years after it went up in price? For the most part you buy consumer items and they depreciate immediately after buying them, the only thing that you can buy that has this potential is Real Estate, however not everyone has thousands of dollars waiting in the bank to do this, with Stocks and Robinhood you can buy one or a hundred shares and grow your money based on a percentage, if you invest $10, $100 or $1,000 dollars you can see your money grow each year by a percentage without you having to start with hundreds of dollars and you can still make a lot o money, this is the power of the stock market and Robinhood, you can start investing right now with very little money and have the potential to grow your money, specially if you buy at a good price and let your shares grow through the years.
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If that is the case, you can open an account today and if you use my link I will get small commission and you get a free share o a stock, I only recommend products that I personally use and I have been using them for 2 years with no problems, as always when buying and selling shares you have to do your own research however if you put in the time you can grow your money in no time.
Caterpillar is one of the biggest companies in the United States to sell heavy equipment and machinery, they are a Fortune 100 company and they make 45 to 50 billion dollars a year, today we are going to talk about this company and we will decide if $CAT is a buy in 2019.
Disclaimer: I am not a stock market professional or a financial adviser, please invest based on your own research and at your own risk.
So here is a little bit of history regarding Caterpillar Inc, they are a based out of Illinois and they were founded in 1925 in California, they operate worldwide and they manufacture, sell and distribute engines and heavy equipment powering many industries and companies out there, Caterpillar current Market Cap of $79 Billion dollars and they have a good Price to Earnings of 13.55 as of today.
So, why am I interested in this Company? Well there are several reasons, many analyst have their own opinions and they make their own recommendations based on many factors but one of the reasons why I like this company is because they are currently trading at about $138 dollars and their stock pays a Dividend of around 2.5% which comes at .86 cents per quarter or $3.45 every year. One of the biggest reasons why I like to invest in dividend paying stocks is because I am a long term investor and it is very nice to collect dividends while you hold the stock, for me to sell a stock it needs to have a fast movement on the upside of 25% or more, if that is not the case I am fine with waiting for a long time and let the share increase in price as I keep my investment position.
Another reason why I am interested in adding more shares to my current position in $CAT is because of their good revenues, during 2018 they reported great earnings and good margins of profit, their balance sheet is ok and they are a world wide company that is has great brand power and is recognizable in many countries.
Below are some facts about this company so you can consider the stock and make your own decision based on your own research:
Stock Assessment – Caterpillar
Valuation and factors that move the stock
Caterpillar – Company Information
Company Name And Ticker Symbol: Caterpillar – $CAT
Company History: Caterpillar Inc. is an American Fortune 100 corporation which designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, markets and sells machinery, engines, financial products and insurance to customers via a worldwide dealer network. It is the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturer. In 2016 Caterpillar was ranked #59 on the Fortune 500 list and #194 on the Global Fortune 500 list. Caterpillar stock is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. – This information came from the companies Wiki and it provides a basic idea of where what the company is about and how they got started, as you can see designing and manufacturing engines is not really the easiest business to start, it requires a lot of capital and a lot of Engineering and this gives them a good competitive advantage, they also are very diversified and they have other assets that makes this company very valuable and a good one to possibly invest and collect dividend payments as you hold the stock.
Company Stock Information and Finances:
Stock Price: $141.32 (Down to $138 dollars in 2019) – Note that many stocks moved down the past 6 months due to Trade Wars with China and other factors, this gives you a good opportunity and entry point of you do decide to invest in them.
Market Cap: $79 Billion Dollars and share prices were up to $164 (52 week high)
Dividend Amount and Yield on Cost: $3.44 per share / 2.43% – Dividend payments are paid quarterly and they pay $.85 dollars per share, January 18th 2019 was the last ex dividend date to be able to collect payments for them.
P/E Ratio: 16
Trailing EPS: 9
Here you can see the profits and earnings chart for $CAT
Annual Revenue and Growth: $51 Billion dollars in Revenue and $5 billion in profits
Revenue per Employee: $448,000
Brand mentions in Search Engines and Video Websites:
Why do I use the Company Popularity Metrics to analyze a company? Well the answer is very simple, you have to remember that stock prices go up on down based on many factors, one of these factors is Branding and Popularity, sure it is nice to invest in a company and a business that you have passion about but if no one knows about this business not many people are going to buy their shares, the opportunity to be liquid is going to be low and not many people will be interested in buying shares, this could move share prices in a negative way, I like investing in companies that the public knows about and want to learn more about, if the company is not known and prices are high then it would not be a good investment for me, now you also have to remember that this could also be a negative, news travel fast and if a company is not performing well, share prices could plummet really fast, these are tools that will help you decide if this company is a good investment for you or not.
To find out more about this stock feel free to visit their Yahoo and Finviz page.
Want to Invest in Caterpillar? Here is how!
Are you ready to invest in $CAT and do not know how? Here I will show you how and were you can buy shares, as I mentioned before you always have to do your own research, investing comes with it’s own risks and there is always potential for losses, dividends are a way for me to hedge and I always like to average down when a stock is down trending, however risk can come with big rewards too, if you are ready to invest in this stock I am going to show you how.
To start investing today I am going to show you where you can buy shares with no fees, all you pay is for the share themselves and you can start collecting dividends, the app that I use is Robinhood and it works on your Android and Apple phones, you can start investing for very little and if you open an account today, you will get a free share from another company.
To open a Robinhood account follow these steps:
Go to Investing4Profits.com on your smartphone and find this article
Click on this Robinhood link and fill out the form to open your account
Answer all of the simple questions to get your account and bank information verified
Once your account is verified use the search option to find the Caterpillar stock
Remember that you can only buy shares during active trade hours
Use the chart to find the lowest price and hit the trade Button to buy or sell shares
Simple as that, now you are an active investor and you can start trading stocks for free, my investment style is to buy and hold for a long time but you can develop your own investing strategies and style, good luck!
November 2019 Update
As of November 3rd 2019 I am up 14% on Caterpillar, this is not counting the Divided payments received while holding the stock! There has been a lot of volatility and it has not been easy holding at times where the markets starts selling off however I have continued to invest and reinvesting the dividends as they come in. This is just an example of how powerful holding a stock in the long term can be and why it is important to do your own research to decide if a company is worth investing in.
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