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Restaurant Dividend Stocks: How They Stack Up

For dividend investors, there are perhaps only one or two stocks that come to mind when talking about restaurants. Though the dividend-paying services sub-sector is rather small, each of these restaurants is quite different in terms of yield, dividend consistency, size, and performance. Below, we take a close look at these metrics, seeing how restaurant dividend stocks stack up. Read More »

AT&T's Worst Day Ever (T)

AT&T Inc. [[T]] has evolved quite a bit since it made its public debut in 1984. The company has acquired and sold a number of subsidiaries and various segments on its way to becoming one of the largest telecom firms in the world. From an investing standpoint, T is a fan-favorite, as its high and consistent yield coupled with the stock's low beta has made for a steady stream of income for shareholders. The stock rose to its all-time highs during the height of the tech bubble at the turn of the millennium. Coincidentally, T's worst trading day came just as air was let out of the bubble and it retreated from highs. Read More »

Stock Recovery Report: Struggling Firms Trying to Rebound (F, BBY, JCP, BAC, and RT)

As the economy continues to recover, some investors are drawn to low-priced "turnaround" stocks that were once successful and profitable dividend investments. Although turnaround stocks can turn out to be a great value opportunity for investors, they can also be very risky. Below we highlight five stocks that are in the process of a turnaround. Read More »

IBM's Best Day Ever (IBM)

Bullish euphoria intensified in the final quarter of 1999 as investors piled into stocks, namely tech securities, amid the raging bull market on Wall Street. In retrospect, the Nasdaq had reached its peak by April in 2000, although it wasn't until the end of the year that the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index confirmed the bearish reversal taking place. It is prior to this tumultuous stretch in Wall Street's history that International Business Machines [[IBM]] saw its best trading day of all time. Read More »

14 Failed Businesses from Wildly Successful Billionaires

When you look at some of the most successful companies out there, most of us do not bother to look at the story the behind success. More often than not, these companies and the entrepreneurs that founded them, have at least one great "failure" under their belts. As the saying goes, "some of the best success stories often begin with failure." Below, we take a look at some of the biggest business blunders made by wildly successful businessmen (see The Complete History of Warren Buffett). Read More »

5 Stocks with Unsustainable Dividend Yields

While high yielding dividend stocks can be a great source of steady income for investors, some dividend yields may be too good to be true. For some companies, high dividend yields are not sustainable for the long term. Investors must be cautious to avoid dividend traps and unsustainable dividends. For more information on how to determine if a stock has an unsustainable dividend yield, check out 6 Signs Of Unsustainable Dividend Yields. Read More »

Hunting for High Dividends, Low Volatility

In a perfect world, investors would increase their returns while decreasing risk. Unfortunately, this is an almost impossible feat in most cases, as higher risk often translates into higher rewards. The same is true for dividend investing, as many investors would love to invest in high-yielding securities that come with low volatility. This too is a tall order, as securities with higher yields tend to be riskier choices. Read More »

287 Securities Yielding 5% or More

Generating a meaningful stream of current income is a top priority for any dividend investor. Whether you're retired, nearing retirement, or just starting out, a juicy dividend yield can make a great complement to your portfolio - just remember to look under the hood and steer clear of Dividend Value Traps. Read More »

Retail REITs: How They're Affected by Struggling Malls

Throughout the country, enclosed malls are closing and open air shopping centers are popping up. With shopping trends changing, some retail Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS) have struggled to recover from the financial crisis. Below is an overview of five of the largest mall owners in the United States. Read More »

Forget Apple, Buy Its Suppliers (AAPL)

Apple [[AAPL]] has long been known in the financial world for its excellent supply chain management. With some of the most popular technology devices currently on the market, Apple has pieces and components supplied by companies all across the world, leaving them dependent on a number of firms and their outputs. While AAPL is one of the most popular tickers in the investing realm, making a play on its suppliers is a strategy that is often overlooked. Read More »

7 Charts to Put Wal-Mart in Perspective (WMT)

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. [[WMT]] is not only one of the largest retailers in the world, but also one of the most well-known companies. With thousands of locations across the globe, a recent stat suggested that approximately 90% of Americans live within 15 minutes of a Wal-Mart location. The company's stock is also popular in the financial world and has become an investor favorite over the years. Below, we present seven charts that help put this consumer juggernaut in perspective with its competition and the rest of the investing space. Read More »

Dividend Resurrections: When Companies Reinstate Dividends

It's not often that a company is forced to suspend its dividend, especially when that company emphasizes returning earnings to shareholders. It is even more rare to see a firm suspend its dividend only to be able to reinstate it further down the road. Though not a common event, there are a handful of companies (high profile ones in some cases) that have been forced to halt their dividend for a period of time. Below, we outline some of the most famous dividend resurrections. Read More »

Apple's Worst Day Ever (AAPL)

Bullish euphoria remained a dominant theme for the first half of 2000 on Wall Street as investors desperately piled into stocks amid the stellar equity market uptrend at hand. In hindsight, the U.S. stock market had peaked by the middle of 2000, with the Nasdaq rolling over first among the major indexes in March, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 followed suit by the end of the year. It was during this tumultuous stretch in Wall Street's history that Apple Inc. [[AAPL]] saw its worst trading day of all time. Read More »

The S&P 500: A Dividend Overview

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How Much Dividend-Paying Drug Makers Spend on Research and Development

Most investors are rightfully concerned about a company's earnings growth potential because it relates directly to its ability to regularly reward shareholders with distributions. What most income investors don't think about, however, is the cost of innovation; that is to say, how much does a company spend to develop its product pipeline so that its profitability remains robust enough to continue growing its dividend? Read More »

Explaining TWGP's 23% Dividend Yield

As value investors, stocks with high dividend yields are always alluring; however, it's important to exercise caution before trying to chase a yield.. This phenomenon is often referred to as a dividend value trap, which occurs when investors are lured by a high dividend yield, only to find the underlying company was not such a great buy after all. Read More »

The History of Home Builder Dividends

Home builders were one of the many industries hurt by the 2008 crisis. Like banks, home builders were forced to cut dividends when profits declined. The difference was, however, that home builders were not attractive to dividend investors before the crisis, while bank stocks were. As share prices fell, dividend yields skyrocketed, resulting in potential dividend value traps. Read More »

Microsoft's Best Day Ever (MSFT)

Jubilation and a sense of invincibility smothered Wall Street during the late '90s and early 2000s as the internet bubble ascended to its height - a height that the Nasdaq has yet to reclaim. The unstoppable freight train that was the bull market of the time began winding down in mid to late 2000, as volatility entered the investing world. Stocks were jostled back and forth for the remainder of the year before entering into a definitive bear pattern. It was during this time that Microsoft Corporation [[MSFT]] saw its best trading day of all time.  Read More »

The Complete History of AT&T (T)

AT&T [[T]] has long been one of the most talked about stocks on Wall Street. Not only is it one of the largest telecom providers in the world, but it also offers a handsome dividend yield for its investors. Making its public debut on July 19th, 1984, the stock has become a staple of many portfolios and major benchmarks across the industry. Read More »

5 Charts That Put Apple's Cash Pile in Perspective

Over the last several years,  Apple Inc [[AAPL]] has faced significant scrutiny over the company's massive cash pile. In its latest fiscal 2013 annual report, Apple's cash and cash equivalents amounted to a staggering $146,761,000,000. And though the company reinstated its dividend in 2012, many still wonder how exactly the company plans to use its excess cash. To put things in perspective, below we highlight five charts that paint a better picture of just how much cash Apple has on its books. Read More »

Dividends in Focus: The Dow 30

For investors seeking well established blue chip stocks, the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average can be a great choice. All 30 of these stocks pay a regular dividend, but not all of the components offer an attractive yield. Below is a dividend-focused analysis of the entire Dow 30, first focusing on summarizing the Dow 30 in four charts, and followed by analysis of how Dow companies have increased their dividends over the past 50 years. Read More »

5 Charts to Put Apple's Earnings in Perspective (AAPL)

Each and every earnings season, Apple [[AAPL]] is one of the most watched and most talked about stocks on the Street. As the largest company in the world by market cap and with a global reach that spans across dozens of countries, it's no wonder that investors can't get enough information about Apple. Earnings days in particular are active for AAPL, as it has been known to move quite swiftly in reaction to the quarterly report. Read More »

How Does General Electric Make Money? (GE)

Founded in 1892, General Electric Company [[GE]] is one of the oldest, largest, and most well known companies in the United States. Its roots begin with Thomas Edison and the invention of the first practical incandescent light bulb. Over more than a century, however, the company has expanded its operations, going well beyond the electric company label. A closer look at GE's SEC filings reveals several key factors that show how the company really makes its money. Read More »

Examining the S&P 500 Stocks that Don't Pay Dividends

Dividend investing has earned a spot in countless portfolios as prudent investors of all walks embrace the value of a reliable income stream. Every so often dividend investors are left frustrated for a good reason - the stock they want to own doesn't pay a distribution. At the end of the day, dividends are great but not everyone pays them [see our Best Dividend Stocks List]. Read More »

The Top 27 Dividend-Paying Companies to Work For in 2014

Every year, Fortune publishes a list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. For the last three years, Google (GOOG) has topped the list with its generous benefits to its employees. Despite its generosity to its employees, Google has yet to offer its shareholders a dividend. Here are 5 Reasons Why Google Should Start Paying a Dividend. While just 41 of the companies on the list are publicly traded, 27 of those companies offer regular dividends to their shareholders. These 27 companies may be the best when it comes to a happy working environment, but how do they measure up to their peers when it comes to rewarding shareholders with dividends? Below is a full list of these dividend payers sorted by industry. Read More »

Best Global Brands That Pay Dividends

When it comes to stock selection, factors like market capitalization, P/E ratios, sales growth, and dividend yield usually come to mind first. However, far fewer investors pay attention to what is arguably just as an important indicator for a stock's long-term performance: brand value. Read More »

12 Companies Paying Reliable Monthly Dividends

Most investors are accustomed to receiving quarterly payouts from their dividend-paying securities, but there are opportunities to generate current income on a more frequent basis: meet Monthly Dividend Stocks. Read More »

Comparing Dividend Stock Sectors by Yield

For dividend investors, yield is one of the most important factors to consider when making an investment. Dividend yield can make or break the attractiveness of a dividend stock. In many cases, companies will have dividend yields that are similar to their peers, but that is not always the case. Check out the chart below to see if the stocks you own level up with their sector averages. Read More »

History of Bank Stock Dividends: Still Little Recovery from Financial Crisis

Before the financial crisis in 2008, many dividend investors flocked to bank stocks for their attractive dividend yields and stability. Since many of these companies paid such attractive and consistent dividends, and appeared to be large stable companies, investors believed that their investments in bank stocks were safe. Read More »

Why Tobacco Stocks Can Make Good Dividend Investments

There has been much debate among investors about whether to invest in “sin” stocks or not. Many people decide to stick to their morals and use their investment dollars elsewhere, while others realize that “sin” stocks like tobacco stocks are not harmful to their portfolios and can benefit them greatly. With their reliable and attractive dividend payments, investors have been flocking to tobacco stocks, realizing that these companies may be some of the best investments around. Read More »

The Uncertain Future of Mortgage REITs in a Post-QE World

If you take a look at Dividend.com's High Yield Dividend Stocks List, you will find many mortgage REITs near the top of the list, along with MLPs and other trusts. Many of these stocks offer dividend yields over 15.00%, and as a result, mom and pop investors have poured money into the stocks, allured by the big payouts at a time when it has been difficult to find attractive yields in other investment vehicles such as bonds and CDs. However, investors need to be wary about falling under the spell of these high dividend-yielding mortgage REITs; the payouts may not always last. Especially as the Federal Reserve winds down its quantitative easing, investors should be prepared to see mortgage REITs slash dividend payouts and subsequently see share prices fall. Read More »

What Can You Buy With Apple's Cash?

Before Apple Inc. (AAPL) declared that it would begin paying a $10.60 annualized dividend, which began in August 2012, the company was heavily criticized for having an enormous amount of cash and not returning it to its shareholders. Even after initiating a dividend, seeing a dividend yield of less than 3% was not satisfying for many investors, especially when they realized that Apple was hoarding billions in cash and long-term, marketable investments. Read More »

10 Big Tech Stocks That Pay A Dividend

Long-term investors are often all too quick to dismiss opportunities in the technology sector for one simple reason: the way they see it, tech stocks are far too volatile for dividend investing. Although the dot-com bubble scared many away from the tech space (and rightfully so!), recent trends in this sector suggest that the industry’s grown up from its start-up only roots and now includes many, big stable companies with a long history of solid earnings and dividends. Read More »

3 Concerns for Investors as Supply of Stocks Shrinks

Its starting to become harder for individuals to invest in stocks. No, this does not mean that the actual process of buying stocks has become more difficult; there are just fewer stocks to actually invest in. There are a number of factors that explain why there has been a decline in the number of public companies to invest in, including mergers & acquisitions, diminishing IPOs, and tough economic conditions. Though on the surface this may not seem to be that bad for the average investor, this reality brings about a number of concerns for investors, and the economy as a whole. Read More »

Income-Seeking Real Estate Investors Could Get Burned Again

Following the bursting of the housing bubble in 2007, many analysts and investors were scared off from investing in real estate. For years, this asset class was seen as a safe bet; it was presumed that housing prices would keep on rising with no end in sight. But alas, like any other investment, there was a downside and it eventually brought the economy to a halt. Now, there is a lot of chatter about the return of real estate as an attractive investment. Both institutional and individual investors are trying to get back into the real estate market to take advantage of burgeoning price appreciation and the possibility for rental income. However, this may not be the best strategy for small time investors. Read More »

Everything You Need To Know About The Microsoft Dividend

Microsoft (MSFT) is a well-known tech giant that many investors love to hate. Revenue and profit growth have both clearly slowed down from the glory days when Bill Gates ran the company. Instead of one of the dominant names of the tech world, much of the discussion on Microsoft today revolves around how it has been left behind in the move to mobile devices and how management continues to fritter capital on projects with ill-defined return prospects like entertainment (video games) and internet services (search, etc.). Read More »

What's In Store for the Telecom Giants?

On January 18th, 2012, Dividend.com downgraded Verizon and AT&T from "Recommended" to "Neutral." After years of positive growth and attractive dividends, we believe these companies face serious challenges ahead that may limit share price and dividend growth. Read More »

Is WWE Stock Down for the Count?

On Sunday, January 27, 2013 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. held its annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view. This event, along with Wrestlemania, Summer Slam, and Survivor Series, is one of the "big four" live pay-per-view events produced by the company each year. Many analysts believe that there was a lot riding on this event as the company has faced some struggles over the past couple of years. With the stock hovering under $15 coupled with a host of financial and product/talent issues, it might be time to ask: is the WWE stock down for the count? Read More »

7 Impressive Facts About GE’s Dividend

Global conglomerate General Electric (GE) is a staple of many dividend portfolios, as the company holds a vital presence across nearly every corner of the economy — along with the financial firepower to back its diversified businesses. Read More »

7 Impressive Facts About AT&T’s Dividend

Industry bellwether AT&T (T) is a staple for many dividend portfolios as the company boasts a key presence in the telecom space, and it has the financial firepower to back it.This well-known Dallas-based giant provides wireless and wired telecommunications services in the United States and worldwide, making it the ideal candidate for income investors who value stability; the company also holds a spot in countless portfolios, mutual funds, and ETFs, as it belongs to the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Furthermore, AT&T is highly regarded among dividend investors because it has consistently increased its distribution paid out to shareholders for 25 years. Read More »

4 Dividend Aristocrats Who Have Fallen On Hard Times

While a consistent dividend history is nice, it doesn’t mean that a stock is necessarily a great purchase. Here are a handful of so-called “dividend aristocrats” that have fallen on hard times recently. Read More »

Profiling 7 Companies That Have Raised Dividends For 25 Years

There is more to successful dividend investing than simply spotting high yields. Rather, the most successful dividend stock investments are those where the company’s underlying fundamentals continue to improve and where ongoing free cash flow growth can continue to support higher payouts. The following, then, are seven companies that have been uncommonly strong dividend growth stories over the past 25 years. [googlechart id = 94198] Read More »

Everything You Need To Know About The Apple Dividend

As Apple (AAPL) piled up billion after billion of dollars of excess cash in the bank, questions swirled about how the company would use that cash. Of course, we now know at least part of the answer — Apple re-initiated a dividend and will begin returning some of that cash to its shareholders through quarterly dividends and a multi-year, multi-billion dollar buyback program. Here are some essential facts to consider with the Apple dividend. Read More »

4 Big Brands That Should Cut or Even Suspend Their Dividends

In general, big, well-known brand names and their underlying company owners throw off ample and steady cash flow. Hefty profit margins frequently result from the well-run firms, and also allow for equally generous dividend payouts to shareholders. However, a number of big brands pay dividends and probably shouldn’t be. Below are four that should consider cutting them altogether. Read More »

5 High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Avoid

High yield dividend stocks can appear to be attractive investments, but many of them can be very risky.Some may seem to be a good investment at one point in time, but it is important to understand that factors for these seemingly high-yielding stocks, such as the size of the dividend, stock price, and dividend yield can change at any time. Read More »

Technical Support And Resistance: Make Better Buy And Sell Decisions On Dividend Stocks

Whether you buy dividend stocks for long-term income, or are trading the stock for a capital gain -- or both -- when you buy and when you sell matters. Even long-term investors can benefit from improving their trade timing. By utilizing technical support and resistance on your price charts you can better isolate your entry points, reducing the capital you invest; you still get the same dividend payments but you utilize less capital. That's capital you can invest elsewhere, perhaps in another dividend stock. Improving your timing doesn’t have to be difficult either. Using horizontal and diagonal support and resistance you quickly and easily see when prices are likely to stop falling or rising, respectively. Read More »

5 Reasons Why Google Should Start Paying a Dividend (GOOG)

Google is one of the most well-known companies in the world. The company is up there with Apple and Facebook as the most talked-about tech stocks on a daily basis. When its third quarter financial report was erroneously released during mid-day trading last Thursday, it caused mini-market panic. It is obviously held in high esteem among investors and closely watched. However, Google is not a company that pays a dividend. Is it time for Google to finally start? Read More »

10 Publicly Traded Hedge Funds That Pay a Dividend

Investing in publicly traded hedge funds is a great way for an investor to see returns through capital appreciation and dividend payments in the financial sector. Read More »