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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 »
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 »
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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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
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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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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.
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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 »
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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »