Jared Cummans

Jared Cummans is an analyst for Dividend.com, where he contributes on a regular basis. Jared's articles have been featured in a number of financial publications, including Barron's and The Wall Street Journal. Jared graduated from DePaul University with a degree in finance and currently lives in Chicago.

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April 24th, 2014

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.

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April 23rd, 2014

Many dividend investors feel comfortable doing their research and picking individual stocks to purchase; they feel confident in the company they have chosen and can see a dividend history to back it up. Others prefer a more diversified approach, and look to funds to help spread out their risks and allow them to invest in a basket of companies using just one ticker, while still maintaining a steady dividend stream.

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April 22nd, 2014

After a rocky couple of trading sessions seen in the past few weeks, earnings season seems to have brought some stability to the Street this week. Along with key quarterly reports from some of the biggest companies in the world, five firms raised their dividend payouts this afternoon.

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April 21st, 2014

According to Bloomberg, Ford (F) will see current CEO Alan Mulally retire and replaced by Mark Fields before 2014 closes. The reports have yet to be confirmed by the company, but the news created quite a buzz on Wall Street today. Mulally is largely credited with turning Ford around after the company collapsed in the first half of the 2000s.

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April 11th, 2014

Wall Street has suffered from a case of the jitters over the last few weeks, with Thursday bringing an especially harsh sell-off. Thus far in 2014, markets have struggled to find a definitive direction, hovering near all-time highs. It seems that the momentum broke slightly to the downside over the last week, as major benchmarks have seen their fair share of down days. Sell-offs can be hard to stomach, as a gut reaction may be to join in on the selling. Selling on a whim, however, is a bad investing practice and is counterintuitive to the objectives of dividend investing.

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April 7th, 2014

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.

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April 3rd, 2014

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.

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April 2nd, 2014

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) announced today that it will be providing its Windows operating system to some makers of smartphones and tablets. The specifics on which manufacturers and devices will be getting Windows were not immediately available.

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March 27th, 2014

Markets struggled once again to find a definitive direction as it looks more and more like we are falling into a sideways pattern for 2014. Among the clamor of Wall Street, three companies raised their dividend payouts this afternoon.

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March 19th, 2014

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) has been discussing the sale of its commodity unit for quite some time now, but finally announced the official deal today. The firm will be selling its hard asset arm to Mercuria for $3.5 billion. The transaction will be 100% cash and is expected to close in Q3 of 2014.

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