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Sharebuilder has a current deal where new signups will get $25 if they purchase at least 1 share by 1/15/04. I want to setup some custodial accounts to give along with xmas gifts for the kiddies.

More info:

https://www.msufcu.org/sharebuilder.html

They even have "gift certificates" you can print out. My question is that I'm trying to find a "cheap yet cool" stock (preferably under $5) with a name that kids would recognize...something like a Coca cola, Mc Donalds, etc, but those have higher share prices. Any stocks with brand name awareness among kids, yet are under $5?
Its obviously not easy to find a list of such "cheap yet cool" stocks, so Im asking for suggestions from the FW community.

EDIT: Sharebuilder will let you buy FRACTIONAL shares of stock, so you can buy "just $5" of a stock that costs much more per share. And there has been discussion that some stocks send "freebies" to shareholders (ex: wrigleys gives gum)...so if you know of stocks that give "freebies" to fractional shareholders...please post!


(NOTE: For those who will inevitably raise the following issue - I dont think this is a "stock tip" question per se - I'm not really concerned about the earnings forecast for the stock, just a recommendation for any low priced stock with a famous "kid aware" name in order to be able to take advantage of the $25 bonus deal)...please be sure to NOT discuss earnings forecasts or investment quality of any particular stock////

HUF -- Huffy at 5.15

CAND -- Candie's 1.80 Makes kids and teens shoes and jeans..

thanks! keep em coming!

MOSS--Mossimo 4.16. Clothes.

how do i cash out the $$$ later?
what's those standart account fees?
i am notgetting it <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>

BNBN Barnes and Noble dot com

IMAX...a little more than your range at 8.11

That's all I got.

ATAR Atari 3.95 (but I guess kids dont know what atari is anymore!) <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>

They probably don't know what a Huffy is either.

I have some old Kmart, Global Crossing and a little company called Worldcom, I'll sell you a hundred shares of each for $25.00..... Though I should warn you your rate of return is definitely YMMV.... LOL.... seriously though, if they're techies, western digital is around $10, Ford is at $16, Qwest is at $3.50 or so, Wilson, the leather experts (retail, around $3.50; Restoration Hardware $4.50; just a few.....

SIS - with Sharebuilder, you invest whole dollar amounts and can purchase franctional shares, so you could invest $5 in ANY company and you would just end up with a fractional share. That would qualify for the $25 bonus. The transaction fee on that purchase is going to be $4 if you sign up for the basic account and schedule the purchase as a one-time purchase.

I opened a couple of these accounts a few years ago to get the sign-up bonus and I wish I had never bothered. The accounts might be okay for someone who is going to invest $100 each month in a couple of different companies (although I think there are cheaper ways to do this), but for one time or occasional investments, I think the accounts are very cumbersome to manage. I am now trying to liquidate the Sharebuilder accounts that I have so that I can move on, and it is very expensive to now sell those fractional holdings.

I know about 10 years ago, Wrigley (WWY) was a popular stock to gift to kiddies because they would include a pack of gum with their annual report. Don't know if they're still doing it though.

Also, Disney (DIS) stock certificates were known to be one of the best looking stock certificates around.

They're not in your $5 price range though...

How about TOPP, the trading card company? They're trading around 10.

Grand Toys, Limited http://www.grand.com (GRIN), ~3
Skechers (SKX), 7.92

Toys R Us (TOY) 12.09
Pixar (PIXR) 68.65 (fractional)
Mattel (MAT) 18.94
Hasbro (HAS) 21.43

Forgot about OneShare.com. They have a couple of lists.

LeapFrog (LF) 27.55
Vermont Teddy Bear (BEAR) 4.40
Chuck E Cheese (CEC) 48.60
Krispy Kreme (KKD) 36.99
Tootsie Roll (TR) 35.86
Hersheys (HSY) 77.80

Though only Vermont Teddy Bear is under $5. Sure you don't want to go up to $20 or so.

dcwilbur said:

<< SIS - with Sharebuilder, you invest whole dollar amounts and can purchase franctional shares, so you could invest $5 in ANY company and you would just end up with a fractional share. That would qualify for the $25 bonus. The transaction fee on that purchase is going to be $4 if you sign up for the basic account and schedule the purchase as a one-time purchase.. >>


Didnt know that, thanks!

CPN Calpine 4.81, heavily in debt, but has an array of enviable assets.
Management are cleaning up the balance sheet; if they can make it happen,
it will go much higher. Negative cash flow projected till 05

S&P rated Accumulative
Argus rated Buy, target 11

Unlike other energy/utility stocks, this one doesn't offer a dividend.

Midway Games - MWY @ 3.66

LUCENT is good

mcdonald's goes on sale tomorrow...

LU seems like the turnaround story of the year, they've doubled from under $1.70 to $3.40 before the fuzzy euphoria wore off

then LU announced the $2million bonus they're paying to the CEO on top of a $3mil option package and how 90% of the "performance" bonuses will be paid this year. good sign or bad sign? LU has tanked since then as shareholders see it as excessive bonuses, or good sign because it means they've met all their performance targets...

MOSS is still around and historically cheap, they've turned around from bankruptcy but that mossimo gianulli guy's probably getting paid too much still...

then you have your share of Maxtor MXO, Seagate STX, Western Digital WDC, all sporting foward p/e's of about 10

oneida is hovering around 5, they are closing almost all their plants and outsourcing the work. so much for fine crafstmanship, however they have no choice otherwise they'll be bankrupt

speaking of bankrupt
ENRON... 3 cents a share, pink slips baby!!


you're preference of stocks under $5 is not necessarily a wise choice if you intend to give a gift of stock, as stocks under $5 have a tendency to go bankrupt and get delisted [S3/SonicBlue style]

SUNW - Sun rocks for less than 5 bucks

I try to keep one share of Chux (O'Charleys Resturant) in my Sharebuilder cusotdial accounts. They sent a coupon good for a free meal with each quarterly report (they also have no expiration date-I have a few from 1998). Trades between $12-$24. I think today it closed around $16. The stock itself had been a strong performer until it missed its numbers a couple of quarters ago but even if it bombs you get your money back in a couple of quarters in free meals.

If you are looking for longer term without adding money to the account try to pick something paying a nice dividend since Sharebuilder reinvests dividends for free. Something like MO (philip morris or now called altria ?sp?) pays a nice dividend that will buy more fractional shares each quarter.

Another household stocks is Del Monte (DLM) which trades for around $10.

Some good stocks in there....
Maybe I'll throw $100 into each one....except for Enron.....lol

WWE is another one (World Wrestling Entertainment), but that's at 13.55 right now.

LilPadawan said:

<< I know about 10 years ago, Wrigley (WWY) was a popular stock to gift to kiddies because they would include a pack of gum with their annual report. Don't know if they're still doing it though.
>>



wrigley's still does it, its a very nice touch during the holidays.

edit: and its not a pack of gum, its a case of gum (if i remember correctly its about 15 packs)

Thanks for confirming durin, that's definitely cool for Wrigley.

For older kids, perhaps in their teens, a possible "cool" stock might be Starbucks (SBUX 31.85). In the past, they used to give vouchers for a free drink with their annual report. (Can anyone confirm if they're still doing that?)

Pearson Publishing (PLC) 10.98
They have brand imprints such as Penguin, Putnam, Berkeley, Viking and Dorling Kindersley.

timrick8 said:

<< CPN Calpine 4.81, heavily in debt, but has an array of enviable assets.
Management are cleaning up the balance sheet; if they can make it happen,
it will go much higher. Negative cash flow projected till 05

S&P rated Accumulative
Argus rated Buy, target 11

Unlike other energy/utility stocks, this one doesn't offer a dividend.
>>



I call them Cowpie, they dropped like a rock when I bought them

Bump for hotness...nothing like $21 in free money to invest with!

SUCKISSTAPLES said:

<< ATAR Atari 3.95 (but I guess kids dont know what atari is anymore!) <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> >>



Just an FYI/History Lesson: Not the same Atari. That one went bankrupt in the mid 90s. Current Atari used to be Infrogrames but changed their name (and ticker symbol) after buying the rights.

tracking dividends is pretty annoying. Does sharebuilder have a quicken (OFX) interface?

gr!

audiovox (voxx) around 13 cell phones etc

Thanks for all the tips, since Sharebuldrr lets you buy by the $ amount and get fractional shares, I got Starbux, Disney and Wrigley...now heres the question: do you still get the "freebies" (gum, coupons, etc) while only owning a fractional share through Sharebuilder?

ANY OTHER stocks that give "freebies"....and can you get the freebies with a fractional share?


(BTW To keep this thread active and avoid "pump and dumps" , please DO NOT make recommendations of specific stocks based on earnings forecasts or the quality of the stock as an investment. If discussion of the investment quality of specific stocks starts taking place, this thread will likely be locked).

IBM gives shareholder discount
dis gives some sort of disneyland pass discount

For the "hip" kiddies, Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI) is going for around $2.20/share.

Topps Trading Card Co. (TOPP) was mentioned previously. They sent me a yearly report with Shaq on the cover holding some of their product. Nice "freebie" for the collector of 'oddball' sports memorabilia.

why not buy a millionth of a share of BRK-a
It's now 83000 a share.
You could then say: I own Berkshire Hathaway
I wonder if they can do it.

Does the IRA/ESA fee apply to individual accounts?


and i doubt you will get perks since the stocks are probably under a nominee account.
Alot of perks givin out are discounts which are usually useless since they are discounts off regular prices and we usually get stuff for a lot less than that would be. Like Hilton gives 15% off rooms i believe, but you can usually get a room for a lot cheaper than 15% of the normal room rate.

smrt said:

<< why not buy a millionth of a share of BRK-a
It's now 83000 a share.
You could then say: I own Berkshire Hathaway
I wonder if they can do it.
>>


Heh you can't buy BRK shares through sharebuilder =p
poo

does sharebuilder do a hard inquiry?

DirkDiggler sez:


<< and i doubt you will get perks since the stocks are probably under a nominee account. >>



The stocks I had with perks were all in brokerage accounts, isn't that considered a nominee account? The perks came inside the annual reports. So if you get an annual report on your stock even though it's held through sharebuilder, wouldn't you also get the perk? Reading some of the small print at sharebuilder, they tend to compare themselves against "other brokers." Which leads me to believe they are a broker?

When I had Disney, the code for discounts at the parks were inside the annual report. And the coupon for a free Starbucks drink was a tear-off inside the annual report.

The last Palm annual report had a coupon code for a discount off the Palm Store or something. They've now spun-off into PalmOne (PLMO 11.22) and PalmSource (PSRC 23.23), so don't know what the future is for their annual report perks.



<< Does the IRA/ESA fee apply to individual accounts? >>


https://www.sharebuilder.com/sharebuilder/Service/Fees.asp

It looks like the IRA/ESA fees are waived if you enroll (I'm guessing that means upgrade) the account during invoicing months.

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dudejy456 said:

<< is it a forum rule that we can't post earning forecasts and investment qualities? >>

yes



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