Where can I find the number of prescriptions written for various drugs? -- Rod from California James J. Cramer: These data are tracked by IMS Health ( RX) and reported weekly. While some of the company's services are only available through subscription, they also are disseminated through news stories and analyst reports.
How does an oil royalty trust work? -- Nick from Missouri James J. Cramer: These are Canadian energy entities that operate similar to the way REITs do in the real estate business. The trusts amass exploration assets and then pay dividends based on how much oil and natural gas they extract and sell. One thing to keep in mind is that these trust have fixed lives. As they deplete their reserves, management must either raise new funds to purchase more assets, or the stock ultimately will trend lower toward its terminal value of zero. It also should be noted that the Canadian government is currently discussing the removal of the trusts' tax-exempt status. Either way, there is generally a 15% withholding tax for U.S. investors.
I bought Fording Canadian Coal Trust (FDG) on Sept. 29. The company's press release said its latest dividend would be paid to shareholders of record on Sept. 30, but the ex-dividend was on Sept. 28. How do I know if I will I receive the payment? -- Larry from New York James J. Cramer: First, I own Fording shares in my charitable trust,
You have said that you want viewers to own Commerce Bancorp (CBH). I've had trouble purchasing the stock through my broker. What is the ticker symbol? -- Jane from Tennessee James J. Cramer: The ticker symbol of the New Jersey-based bank is CBH. It's not to be confused with Commerce Bancshares ( CBSH), which is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. I own CBH shares in my charitable trust,