Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony in front of the Congress' Joint Economic Committee was closely watched by investors and Wall Street analysts, as most are curious about the future of the Fed's quantitative easing (QE) program. As expected, Bernanke's comments mostly mirrored his dovish policies, pleasing most investors who shot the averages into positive territory early in the day's session. But the euphoria was reigned in later in the day, as some interpretations of Bernanke's comments and the FOMC minutes showed hints that members of the Fed may want to taper QE sooner rather than later. As a result, a big sell-off occurred, causing the averages to close deep in the red.
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11 hours, 21 minutes ago - Entertainment content company, Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) reported on Wednesday that its board has approved an increase to its quarterly dividend.
13 hours, 15 minutes ago - Deutsche Bank reported on Wednesday that it has reaffirmed a "Buy" rating on insurance company, The Allstate Corporation (ALL), but has lowered its FY2013 outlook.
14 hours, 13 minutes ago - The Walt Disney Company (DIS) reported on Wednesday that ESPN will layoff hundreds of employees due to higher sports programming fees.
14 hours, 25 minutes ago - Investment management firm Eaton Vance Corp (EV) reported before the opening bell on Wednesday that its second quarter profit increased 20%, reflecting strong net inflows and higher fee revenues. Adjusted earnings were in-line with analysts' estimates, but revenues came up short of views.
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|Price on Date Recommended**|
|ABBV||AbbVie Inc.||Login/Signup for Ratings||3.42%||46.76||36.69||(on 2/1/13)|
|BMY||Bristol-Myers Squibb||Login/Signup for Ratings||3.02%||46.40||22.58||(on 8/25/09)|
|COP||ConocoPhillips||Login/Signup for Ratings||4.21%||62.74||53.47||(on 5/10/12)|
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We can draw comparisons to dividend stocks within the real estate market by looking at multi-family apartment units. These investment properties, as long as they yield positive cash flow, make good investments because while the buildings themselves appreciate in value (capital gains), the investor also receives monthly revenue from the tenants (dividends).
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