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5 Stocks That Are Bellwethers for the U.S. Economy

Equity markets are by far the most sensitive to changes in the economic landscape. Wall Street witnessed this during the financial crisis of 2008, and also during the epic bull run seen in 2013. While most equities show a strong correlation with the health of the overall economy, there are several "bellwether" companies that are often used to gauge economic conditions. In this piece, we'll take a look at five companies that are considered to be some of the best bellwethers for the U.S. economy. Read More »

4 Dividend-Friendly Industries

For dividend investors, finding the perfect balance between yield, consistency, and risk is often difficult to nail down. Many times an alluring high yield turns out to be a sour investment, while other times a company simply is not returning enough to its shareholders despite its stability and performance. There are, however, several corners of the market that do offer these characteristics. In this piece, we'll explore four "dividend friendly" industries, highlighting how and why these companies are able to offer such attractive and sustainable yields. Read More »

The Guide to Investing in Emerging Markets

While balancing your portfolio, you should always ensure there is a fair amount of diversification. One way to diversify your portfolio is by adding international exposure, and there are a number of great options out there. Investing internationally can give investors the opportunity to invest in high potential growth stocks that can exist in emerging markets. Read More »

Never Judge a Stock By Its Coverage

Estimates and opinions from big-name analysts and institutions can have a major impact on how a stock or a sector performs. Sometimes a stock can be pushed higher, and others can take a dive simply based on the opinions of popular pundits around the industry. But as every investor knows, mistakes are human nature, and it is virtually impossible for an analyst or entity to get every call right. There are many cases in which a sector was not well-liked by the industry but it has its strong performers anyways. Read More »

7 Things Most Investors Don't Know About Nike Inc (NKE)

Nike [[NKE]] is one of the most famous sports and apparel companies in the world. They have left their mark on some of the most famous athletes of all time, including Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Derek Jeter among a number of other blockbuster names. As a stock, NKE is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, putting it among the most popular stocks in the world. But for all of the attention that the company has got over the years, there are still many things about Nike that aren't common knowledge. Read More »

Buy-and-Hold Standouts: 8 Stocks Up Over 20,000%

For traditional buy-and-hold investors, most are impressed with gaining a double- or triple-digit return after holding a stock for a number of years. But for those lucky enough to have invested in the right stocks between 1970 and 1990, the stellar returns by some of these companies have crossed the 20,000% mark. In this piece, we highlight eight stocks that have gained more than this impressive threshold. Read More »

The Most Profitable Dow Stocks

Stocks in the Dow 30 have always been popular investments for investors, but it's important to break this list down further to see which of these companies are actually the most profitable. Though most of these companies offer stable dividends, profitability is a key component in the longevity of a company's dividend payout. Below is a list of the 2013 earnings and margin data for the entire Dow 30. Read More »

The Complete Visual History of Standard Oil

In the early 1900s, Standard Oil was one of the largest names in the world. The company had its reach all across the United States and was headed by none other than famed entrepreneur John D. Rockefeller. But that all changed in 1911 when the company was forced to fracture into a number of parts due to the firm being considered a monopoly. What many may not realize is that these fractured parts would eventually make up the firms that are currently the most dominant in the crude oil/fossil fuel industry. Read More »

The Most Hated Dividend Stocks

Gauging investors' sentiment about a security is a difficult but important task, because it may offer clues as to where the stock is headed. In one instance, contrarians prefer to buy when sentiment has reached a "point of extreme pessimism," betting that new information is bound to take on a more bullish bias that will prompt the herd to change its tune regarding that asset over time. Read More »

Post-Merger/Acquisition: Where Are the Biggest Mega-Deals Now?

In recent years, Wall Street has been buzzing with merger & acquisition activity. Within the last two decades, investors have witnessed some of the largest mega-deals of all time; the most notable being Pfizer and Warner-Lambert, AT&T and BellSouth, Exxon and Mobil, Sanofi and Aventis, and Anheuser-Busch and InBev. Read More »

7 Charts That Compare AT&T and Verizon (T, VZ)

AT&T [[T]] and Verizon [[VZ]] have been favorites for many dividend investors, but which stock is the better buy? If you only want one telecommunication stock in your portfolio, you might have to choose between these two, which is difficult because both of these companies are members of the Dow 30 and offer investors great yields. Below are seven charts that compare these two telecom companies to help you make the decision that's right for your portfolio. Read More »

Apple's Major Product Launches: How Its Stock Price Has Reacted (AAPL)

Apple [[AAPL]] has been gaining a lot of attention over the past few years with its revolutionary products and enormous cash pile, but the company definitely has hit a few bumps along the way. In 1997, the company saw one of its worst days ever when reports were released that Microsoft [[MSFT]] was helping the struggling company with its shortage of cash. In 1998, Apple released its iMac G3, which was the beginning of its turnaround. Below are four major product releases and how the company's stock price reacted. Read More »

Behind Diebold: The Most Consistent Dividend Payer Ever (DBD)

Diebold [[DBD]] may not be the most popular stock in the investing world, but it certainly has cemented its place in the dividend world. As it currently stands, no company has increased its dividend as consistently as Diebold has. To be precise, the company has raised its dividend for 60 consecutive years (Tweet This!). The last time the company did not raise its dividend, Dwight Eisenhower was President of the United States and gas cost about 29 cents per gallon. But despite its dividend prowess, few investors know much about the company. Read More »

Bad for Your Health, Good for Your Portfolio

Whether you've taken a finance class in college or not, most are familiar with this rudimentary lesson: there is a big difference between a good company versus what makes a company a good investment. In other words, a company's contribution to our society's well-being at the end of the day has little sway over whether or not that business makes for a lucrative investment opportunity. Read More »

9 Companies That Own the World's Most Popular Brands

In today's global market, it is difficult to find a company that only focuses on a single line of products or services. Add to that the high level of merger and acquisition activity seen in recent years, and investors may be surprised to see how vast and diversified a company's product or service lineup is. Read More »

Top 17 Socially Responsible Dividend Stocks

When it comes to investing, we're all too often prompted to put our ethics aside when it comes time to make profitable decisions. Whether it's investing in "sin industries" like tobacco and alcohol, or betting on big trends like increased defense spending during times of war, it's no easy chore to balance doing what might be best for your portfolio and what actually coincides with your morals. Read More »

7 Charts to Put Corporate Cash in Perspective

For investors, a company with cash can be a good sign. With extra cash, companies are able to serve their shareholders by raising dividends, buying back shares or making acquisitions.  Below are seven charts that put massive corporate cash piles in perspective. Read More »

Why Google Doesn't Pay a Dividend (GOOG)

The tech world is not often known for producing strong dividend yields, but recent years have seen firms shift their focus, looking to add more value for their shareholders. Most notably, Apple [[AAPL]] began paying a dividend in 2012 and appears committed to raising the payout as time goes on. This was after years of investors clamoring for a payout and wondering what the tech giant was going to do with its massive cash pile. Like Apple before it, Google (GOOG) has many waiting for the day that the juggernaut finally makes a regular payout. Read More »

Looking at the Oldest Names on Wall Street (BK, ED)

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is by far the largest stock exchange in the world. Its roots began in 1792, when 24 stockbrokers gathered outside Wall Street under a buttonwood tree to sign an agreement that would establish rules for buying and selling bonds and shares of companies. Read More »

Who Owns the Dow 30?

The components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average are among the largest and most traded companies on the globe. Prudent investors know that a stock's financial metrics only tell half the story; a closer analysis of the management team, the board of directors, and its product strategy are just a few of the important fundamental factors that are all to often overlooked when evaluating a company. Read More »

Carnival Cruise Disasters: How Has Its Stock Price Reacted?

Over the years, Carnival Corporation [[CCL]] has seen its fair share of misfortune when it comes to accidents on its cruise ships. The company's reputation has been significantly damaged, as the media has widely reported on all of the company's disasters. Below is an overview of some of Carnival's worst cruise ship disasters and how its stock price has reacted. Read More »

Dividend Stocks That Rely on the U.S. Government

One of the most important factors for every dividend investor is the reliability of a particular investment. A security that is able to consistently and reliably make distributions is typically favored by those investing for the long term. One source of stability for a number of stocks is enjoying the U.S. government as a customer. Arguably among the most reliable customers in the world, the government has a big influence on a number of big-name dividend payers. Read More »

Post Spin-Off: Where Are ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 Now? (COP, PSX)

ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 are both well-known names in the oil & gas industry. While both companies have roots that trace back over a century, Phillips 66 is a newcomer on Wall Street, having spun off from its parent ConocoPhillips in 2012. In this piece, we take a look at how the two companies have fared since their split, comparing market capitalization, performance, and dividend histories. Read More »

7 Big-Name Dividend Stocks: An International Sales Overview

While many investors seek foreign stocks to diversify their portfolio, it can get complicated and is not always necessary. By investing in big-name U.S. based companies, investors can still gain international exposure. Below is a breakdown of the 2013 international sales of seven big-name dividend stocks.  Read More »

Dow 30 Earnings Report Card

As earnings season wraps up, investors are looking back over a tumultuous couple of weeks to decide where markets are headed from their current levels. While a large number of major corporations beat estimates, another big group fell on the disappointing side of their reports. The Dow 30 companies are especially in focus come earnings time, as analysts and investors look for these blue chips to lead the way for the economy. Read More »

The Free-Float Case of Wal-Mart (WMT)

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. [[WMT]] is one of the most widely-recognized brands in the world. Operating in dozens of countries, this juggernaut chain of stores has become one of the most popular stocks on Wall Street. With a market cap of nearly $250 billion, it is also one of the largest stocks out there. However, the stock's inclusion in indexes like the S&P 500 (which is free float adjusted), has left some scratching their heads, as WMT is currently the 36th largest holding of the index despite being among the 10 largest companies in the U.S. Read More »

The Ultimate Guide to Blue Chip ADRs

Whether they realize it or not, many prudent dividend investors have a blatant home-country bias in their portfolio. While this sort of conservative approach may be appropriate for those with strict current income needs, for others, especially younger investors, skipping out on foreign exposure entirely can prove to be detrimental to their success in the long-run. Read More »

Visual History of General Electric (GE)

General Electric Company [[GE]] is by far one of the largest, oldest, and most well-known companies in the U.S. GE's roots begin with Thomas Edison and the invention of the first practical incandescent light bulb. In 1878, the Edison Electric Company was formed, which later turned into the Edison Electric Illuminating Company in 1882 and then to the Edison General Electric Company in 1890. Only two years later, the company merged with rival Thomson-Houston to create the General Electric Company. Read More »

What If Major Automakers Were Valued Like Tesla?

Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) has been in the investing spotlight since the beginning of 2013 when the company's stock price skyrocketed in a matter of just a few months. The company's valuation is primarily based on future growth prospects and hopes that Tesla will dominate the growing electric car industry. For fun, we created a visual "what-if"scenario for the major automakers if they were valued like Tesla. Read More »

20 High Yield Dividend Aristocrats

For dividend investors,  an attractive dividend yield is essential, but it's important not to get caught up in extreme yields that are not sustainable. Below is a list of  the highest yielding companies that have raised their dividend every year for at least 25 years (and some over 50 years). Read More »

2 Dividend Stocks to Stand the Test of Time

Trying to find companies whose product or services can transcend time is a next-to-impossible task. Fifty years go, nobody would have ever been able to guess how quickly the technological landscape would change and what a profound impact that would have on companies that once seemed invincible. Still, there are particular services and industries that are far better poised for the long run, some because of consumer reliance and others simply based on their industry dominance.  Read More »

Companies That Don't Do What You Think They Do

The old adage "don't judge a book by its cover" holds quite a bit of weight on Wall Street as any seasoned market veteran will warn you of reaching conclusions about investment opportunities without even having opened the book so to say. Plain and simple, one of the fundamental pillars of having a a successful investment track record over the long-haul is being diligent. Read More »

How Does IBM Make Money? (IBM)

Founded in 1911, the International Business Machines Corporation [[IBM]] is one of the oldest and most well known tech companies in the U.S.. The company began with a merger of three 19th-century companies, which created the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR). After the company changed its name in 1924, it also expanded beyond its primary product line-up of commercial scales and punch card tabulators. Now, more than a century later, the company has become one of the biggest, multinational technology services companies in the world. Read More »

7 Charts That Compare Coca-Cola and PepsiCo (KO, PEP)

In what may possibly be the biggest rival of all time between two companies, The Coca-Cola Company [[KO]] and PepsiCo [[PEP]] have battled in the "cola war" for decades. Below is a glance of how the two companies compare in seven charts. Read More »

Investing in Single Product Companies

One of the fundamental pillars of a successful investment strategy over the long haul is diversification. Seasoned professionals always preach about the importance of maintaining a well-balanced portfolio of securities, and for good reason too: spreading out your exposure across sectors, market caps, and even geographies is a surefire way to mitigate some of your risk while still having "skin in the game." Read More »

Words Found Most Often in a 10-K: JPM, AAPL, NEM, MO, DIS

As prudent investors, we are always sifting through the latest news headlines, reports, and analyst ratings for whichever security we are keeping a close eye on. Perhaps the most important reading any investor can do is going through a company's SEC filings. The 10-K in particular holds a slew of valuable information shareholders or potential investors should familiarize themselves with. Read More »

The Largest U.S. Companies in 2004: Where Are They Now?

Today, tech giants Apple [[AAPL]] and Google (GOOG) have become some of the largest companies in the U.S. Ten years ago, however, both of these companies were not close to making the top 10 list for largest companies trading on U.S. exchanges. In just a decade, Apple has grown 2200% while Google has increased 860%. For several years, GE and Microsoft battled to be the largest company in America. Today, that battle is between Apple and Exxon. Below, we look at the 10 largest companies that traded on U.S. exchanges in 2004 and see how they have changed  on an unadjusted market capitalization basis. Read More »

10 Hilariously Wrong Bull and Bear Calls

Financial "experts" are everywhere, each of them with a different mantra or method for getting rich. True, there are a number of people out there who have made bold investing moves and walked away with some serious gains, but for every story of someone making a large profit, there are dozens more of investing decisions that are utterly incorrect. Some make these bold calls simply because it draws attention and readership, making them more money; others truly believe in the calls they make, but still end up on the losing side of a major investment. Read More »

Who's On The Board? GE, PG, AAPL, XOM, IBM

When most investors think of the corporate structures behind some of the biggest names on Wall Street, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) often comes to mind. But behind each company's CEO is one entity that has significant influence on the firm - the board of the directors. The board of directors is a body of members elected by the company's shareholders who jointly oversee the activities of a company. Read More »

The Complete Visual History of Sears

Founded in 1983, Sears (SHLD) has done a lot with its business, but it has never paid a dividend. Although the retailer itself never paid a distribution, it has spun off a few companies that are now big-name dividend stocks. Read More »

Who Owns Apple Inc. (AAPL)?

It's no secret that Apple Inc. [[AAPL]] is a darling in the technology world, as the company has rightfully earned its reputation as both an innovator and a financial powerhouse. More recently, the stock has made its way onto the radar screen of countless income investors due to its dividend re-initiation.  Read More »

Coke Stocks: Which Is Best for Dividend Investors?

Coca-Cola is by far the biggest soft drink name in the world. Its roots began in 1886, when John Pemberton originally intended to patent the drink as a medicine. The first drink was sold in Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, and was marketed as a cure for morphine addiction, dysepsia, neurasthenia, and many other diseases. Read More »

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 »