As we started the last trading session before Memorial Day Weekend, the markets opened in the red once again. Continued volatility in overseas markets, some investor profit taking, and a low volume all contributed to stocks settling in negative territory. Though stocks pared losses, the current investing environment may remain tricky for the next several sessions.
9 hours, 24 minutes ago - These were some of the biggest dividend stock performers on the upside and the downside in today's market action.
14 hours, 9 minutes ago - The markets got off to a relatively quiet start this week, but that all changed on Wednesday when Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke gave a testimony to the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, which alarmed investors. Bernanke's comments and the FOMC minutes released later that day hinted that the Fed may ease off its loose money policies, panicking the global financial markets.
16 hours, 15 minutes ago - Media and entertainment giant News Corp (NWSA) announced on Friday that its board of directors formally approved to move forward with the company's split-up into two companies, separating the more profitable businesses from the slower growing assets. The board also approved a $500 million share repurchase program to take place following the split.
16 hours, 26 minutes ago - Imperial Capital reported on Friday that it has increased its price target on sporting goods retailer, Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (DKS).
16 hours, 31 minutes ago - Following the first quarter earnings report from Ross Stores, Inc. (ROST), analysts at Sterne Agee raised the price target and earnings estimates on the off-price retailer.
Our industry-leading Best Dividend Stocks list is comprised of the rock-solid dividend-payers that are poised to outperform today's markets. We've applied our proprietary DARS Rating System to nearly 1,600 dividend-paying stocks, and only those with a DARS Score of 3.5 and above are included on our "Recommended" list.
Dividend.com Best Dividend Stocks List for May 25, 2013
|Price on Date Recommended**|
|ABBV||AbbVie Inc.||Login/Signup for Ratings||3.52%||45.44||36.69||(on 2/1/13)|
|BMY||Bristol-Myers Squibb||Login/Signup for Ratings||2.95%||47.40||22.58||(on 8/25/09)|
|COP||ConocoPhillips||Login/Signup for Ratings||4.22%||62.53||53.47||(on 5/10/12)|
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For far too long, dividend stocks have been considered "boring" by mainstream investors. The question we like to ask around here is "What's so boring about making above-average returns and building long-term financial security?"
Quite simply, we believe that dividend-paying stocks are the best way to build long-term wealth.
In the real world, no one builds a fortune overnight. The key to growing your money is making smart investing decisions over a period of several years.
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One thing's for sure, dividend stocks are not a get-rich-quick scheme. Dividends will seldom provide investors with large, immediate returns on their money. Dividend stocks do, however, supply their investors with that rare but crucial combination of capital gains and cash flow. Thus, when you buy quality dividend stocks, you have two ways to make money:
- Capital Gains - The stock price goes up, so your shares are worth more than you originally bought them for, and
- Dividends - The company whose stock you bought rewards its shareholders with (usually) quarterly dividend payments.
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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