Riken Keiki (JP:7734)

Riken Keiki (company website) is a Japanese company that manufactures and sells gas monitors. Their monitors are used to detect toxic gases, to prevent oxygen deficiencies and to prevent gas explosions. Users are oil refineries, petrochemical and chemical facilities and various other industrial users. Examples of the gas detectors it sells can be found here: […]

CASA Holdings and Fiamma Holdings

I recently found out I can buy Singapore stocks at IB, so I have been looking at some stocks over there. I used the FT.com stock screener to find some interesting stocks. This post will be about Casa Holdings Ltd (C04.SI). Casa Holdings’ (company website) activities in Singapore consist of the distribution of electrical and […]

Investing in Japan: late to the party

There has been a lot of coverage of Japanese stocks on a number of value blogs the past two years. Guys like Nate from Oddball Stocks and Geoff Gannon have been investing in Japan and posting their thoughts and some of their picks. The Japanese market has rallied quite a bit since the end of […]

Alpha Pro Tech and the value of optionality

Today I noticed a former holding of mine Alpha Pro Tech (APT) gained about 30% in just two days on very strong volumes. So, what happened that caused the stock to spike like this? It’s dangerous to talk about “the reasons” for a stock (or the stock market) going up or down. I find it […]