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Nov 2019

Aramco IPO News -Update

The good news is that Saudi Aramco finally officially announced that the Aramco IPO is ON!  The temporary bad news is that it will initially only be on the Saudi stock exchange which might happen as early as December, but based on history, will take longer.


As this article on BBC notes, the listing on international exchanges like in the U.S. is tabled for now but will likely happen at some point:  “The firm said it has no current plans for a foreign share listing, saying long-discussed plans for a two-stage IPO including an offering on a foreign exchange had been put aside for now.”

We are exploring the option of putting it on our list anyway but this is very complex and unlikely.

We will keep you informed of any updates including if we add it to our stock list.

BTW, we have just added 10 exciting new stocks to our stock list like Virgin Galactica which is the first and only public company focused on space travel for tourists and Mach 5 point-to-point travel here on earth.  This company is well suited for kids because it grabs their attention and imagination and has a great price point.


Oct 2019

Virgin Galactic Stock Blasts Off

virgin galactic stock certificate

As a kid, I was captivated by the space program and dreamed of becoming an astronaut.  I ended up in Finance instead – that’s similar right?  Anyway, I always thought progress would be fast enough to get me into space at some point but after the Apollo heydays in space, things seemed to slow.   Then came Virgin Galactic!

Virgin Galactic is a commercial space travel company expecting to take it’s first paying passengers to outer space in 2020.

Don’t sign me up yet – the price is $250,000 for a 90 minute flight to the edge of the atmosphere.  Too steep for me but apparently not for the more than 700 customers who already signed up.  They expect to get the price down drastically over the coming years so hopefully I can afford it before they have to add Depends to my flight suit.

The $250,000 gets you into a 4-day program mostly for training and assessments but best of all, you get to keep the flight suit!  The plane-like spacecraft is launched from another futuristic aircraft, then ignites it powerful propulsion system to get to the edge of the atmosphere where passengers get to enjoy the view and experience micro-gravity before the wings fold up for re-entry and redeploy for landing in the New Mexico spaceport where the trip began.

In addition,the company expects to use its technology to revolutionize long distance travel on earth, reducing the travel time of a normal 10 hour flight to just 90 mins.  Traveling Mach 5 versus a measly Mach .8 (notice the decimal point) for a business jet sounds like it could rip your skin off.  Even the supersonic jets a couple decades ago only got to Mach 2.

This is a fascinating company and thanks to yesterday’s IPO and GiveAshare.com, anyone can buy one share of Virgin Galactic stock for themselves or as a gift.  We anticipate this being one of our more popular stocks because of the allure of space travel and the coolness factor of the company, the stock certificate and the founder, Sir Richard Branson.

In addition, a share of Virgin Galactic stock is a powerful way to teach kids.  First, the framed stock certificate grabs their attention and hanging it on the wall keeps it front and center.  Then, each mailing from his/her company becomes a learning opportunity – declared dividends checks, annual reports, invites to shareholder meetings.  The Virgin Galactic website is full of captivating information, images, and videos that will keep them coming back for more.  Plus, we want more boys and girls interested in STEM.

In the meantime, I’ll be watching the prices to see when I get to take the plunge – I know it will happen!

Oct 2019

Stock Update: Famous Daves Now BBQ Holdings

famous daves stock certficate fraamed

BBQ is proof that god loves us!

Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (now BBQ Holdings) was founded by ‘Famous Dave’ Anderson, whose passion for BBQ led him on a 25-year cross-country trek to find the best regional BBQ recipes in the country before opening the first Famous Dave’s.

A couple of weeks ago, Famous Dave’s of America made a change to its corporate structure to allow for more flexibility and growth.  Famous Dave’s became a wholly owned subsidiary of BBQ Holdings Inc.  The stock ticker changed from DAVE to BBQ – definitely shorter and easy to remember.

We received notification of the change in the mail yesterday along with a request to turn in our Famous Dave’s stock certificates so that we can get BBQ Holdings shares in exchange (1 for 1) but it is not clear if the new holding company will issue stock certificates or just record ownership electronically.  Once we know, we will update this post.

More info at BBQ Holdings Investor Relations .

Sep 2019

Chocolate Makes Everything Better!

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory logo

Everyone knows that chocolate makes everything better!

At GiveAshare.com, you can now purchase one share of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory stock for the chocolate lover in your life.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is based in the town of Durango, located on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Colorado. The company’s number one factor is the quality of their products. The candy maker’s chocolate beat out See’s Candies, Perugina, Teuscher, Godiva and Fanny May for the “richest chocolate, with intense natural flavor.” Their stores are known for unique in-store candy demonstrations like spinning skewered apples in hot caramel, smelling caramel bubbling in a traditional copper kettle on a gas-fired stove, or watching fudge being made before their eyes. Each trip to their stores is a unique experience you will remember.  Learn more about Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Purchase this new stock for that special someone with a sweet tooth just in time for Christmas! Don’t just buy them a box of chocolates, give them ownership in the company instead!

Sep 2019

New Stock Alert: Zynga Stock Now at GiveAshare

Zynga framed stock certificate

Zynga stock certificate

Founded in 2007 as a Facebook-app developer, Zynga became a titan in social and mobile games with their renowned game FarmVille in 2009. After a few years of being massively successful on the Facebook platform (at one point reported as being 19% of Facebook’s revenue!), they went public in 2011 before expanding their mobile games network with hits like Zynga Poker and Draw Something – not to mention their “Zynga With Friends” network (including Words With Friends).

At GiveAshare.com, you can buy Zynga stock to join their mission of “connecting the world through games.”

They took their name from the founder’s beloved pet bulldog, Zinga, who’s also the model for their logo. Her playfulness and loyalty continue to inspire the company to create fun games to play with the people you love.

With the holidays around the corner, it’s a perfect time to get this great stock gift for the gamer on your list.

FYI:  Link to Zynga Investor Relations page.

Sep 2019

New Gift Stock Alert: Buy Canopy Growth Stock

one share of canopy growth stock

Now you can buy one share of Canopy Growth stock at GiveAshare.com

We took a poll on our Facebook page to see if our audience thought we should add this potentially controversial company to our stock list.  People were overwhelmingly for it – they want to be able to easily buy Canopy Growth stock as a clever gift.

Canopy Growth was the first publicly traded cannabis stock in North America in 2014 and is a major player in both recreational and medical cannabis globally.  The industry is attracting a lot of attention as more countries legalize.  It is trying to position itself for the holy grail – legalization at the federal level in the U.S.

Constellation Brands, the alcoholic beverage giant invested $4B in Canopy Growth.  The company is looking to develop drinkable cannabis products which are expected to be introduced in Canada this year.  More about Canopy Growth.

Don’t forget, Christmas is coming so it’s a great time to buy this clever gift that they won’t see coming.  The personalized engraved plaque ideas are endless:

  • Hope this gift idea doesn’t go to “pot”.
  • Buy low, sell “high”.
  • Frequent customer – now owner.
  • As famous investor Peter Lynch says, “own what you know”
  • This “buds” for you….

We welcome any other clever plaque ideas.

Aug 2019

Saudi Aramco IPO Back On?

According to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Aramco IPO is back on for 2020 or 2021.

Keep in mind that this is the same guy who is suspected to have involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a while back.  Apparently time heals and people forget.  Two other things bode well for the IPO:  1) Aramco completed a very successful (and huge) bond offering and 2) the state-owned company sees the light at the end of the tunnel on its massive purchase of local chemical giant Saudi Basic Industries Corp.

The Aramco IPO is a key part of the kingdom’s plan to modernize its economy and diversify away from oil.  The intent goal is to sell 5% and raise $100B which would make it the biggest IPO ever!

Suffice it to say that we are not holding our breath, but when the time comes, you WILL be able to buy one share of Aramco and be the oil baron you always wanted to be.

More on the Saudi Aramco IPO