January 20, 2018

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: January 15 - 19, 2018



Disposals:


Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) insider Max A. Guinn sold 11,235 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, January 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $168.68, for a total transaction of $1,895,119.80. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 39,406 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,647,004.08. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) traded down $1.76 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $167.54. 2,011,811 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,543,099. The company has a current ratio of 2.12, a quick ratio of 1.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.71. Deere & Company has a fifty-two week low of $104.10 and a fifty-two week high of $170.73. The stock has a market cap of $53,830.00, a PE ratio of 25.19, a PEG ratio of 2.56 and a beta of 0.77. Read more …

Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) insider Ellyn Shook sold 4,375 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $159.25, for a total value of $696,718.75. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 41,595 shares in the company, valued at $6,624,003.75. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink.

Ellyn Shook also recently made the following trade(s):
On Monday, October 23rd, Ellyn Shook sold 4,375 shares of Accenture stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $139.81, for a total value of $611,668.75. Read more …
Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) insider Richard Lumb sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $160.30, for a total transaction of $320,600.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 123,863 shares in the company, valued at $19,855,238.90. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Shares of Accenture Plc (ACN) traded up $0.73 on Friday, reaching $160.94. 1,715,400 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,210,142. The firm has a market capitalization of $103,090.00, a PE ratio of 28.54, a P/E/G ratio of 2.41 and a beta of 1.08. Accenture Plc has a one year low of $112.31 and a one year high of $161.08. Read more …

Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) EVP Sean E. Harper sold 1,525 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $185.62, for a total value of $283,070.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Amgen, Inc. (AMGN) opened at $187.72 on Thursday. Amgen, Inc. has a one year low of $150.38 and a one year high of $191.10. The company has a quick ratio of 5.72, a current ratio of 6.07 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.05. The firm has a market cap of $136,270.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.96, a PEG ratio of 2.71 and a beta of 1.36. Read more …

Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE:SCHW) Chairman Charles R. Schwab sold 300,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.31, for a total value of $16,593,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Shares of Charles Schwab Corp (SCHW) traded down $0.76 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $55.33. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 5,840,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 6,520,000. Charles Schwab Corp has a 1-year low of $37.16 and a 1-year high of $56.25. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.21, a current ratio of 0.31 and a quick ratio of 0.30. The stock has a market cap of $74,090.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.47, a PEG ratio of 1.39 and a beta of 1.75. Read more …

Pentair PLC. (NYSE:PNR) CFO John L. Stauch sold 2,392 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.30, for a total value of $168,157.60. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Shares of Pentair PLC. (NYSE:PNR) traded down $0.02 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $73.56. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 731,900 shares, compared to its average volume of 876,900. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30, a quick ratio of 1.05 and a current ratio of 1.59. Pentair PLC. has a 12 month low of $57.44 and a 12 month high of $74.84. The firm has a market cap of $13,360.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.03, a P/E/G ratio of 1.74 and a beta of 1.41. Read more …

Costco Wholesale Co. (NASDAQ:COST) Director James D. Sinegal sold 30,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, January 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $192.06, for a total transaction of $5,761,800.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 746,209 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $143,316,900.54. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Shares of Costco Wholesale Co. (COST) traded up $0.15 during trading on Friday, hitting $191.66. 901,164 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,820,000. The firm has a market capitalization of $84,170.00, a P/E ratio of 30.47, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.17 and a beta of 0.98. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.57, a quick ratio of 0.43 and a current ratio of 0.98. Costco Wholesale Co. has a twelve month low of $150.00 and a twelve month high of $195.35. Read more …

Acquisitions:


BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) Director Deryck C. Maughan purchased 3,861 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 17th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $573.44 per share, with a total value of $2,214,051.84. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 12,265 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,033,241.60. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE BLK) traded up $10.97 on Friday, reaching $590.26. The company had a trading volume of 591,655 shares, compared to its average volume of 511,730. BlackRock, Inc. has a 1 year low of $365.83 and a 1 year high of $590.56. The company has a current ratio of 2.89, a quick ratio of 2.89 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.09. The firm has a market cap of $94,640.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.48, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.55 and a beta of 1.81. Read more …




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January 19, 2018

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of January 15, 2018



Upgrades


Robert W. Baird upgraded shares of Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR) from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a research report released on Tuesday. The firm currently has $124.00 target price on the real estate investment trust’s stock. Several other brokerages have also issued reports on DLR. ValuEngine raised Digital Realty Trust from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. Wells Fargo & Co raised Digital Realty Trust from a market perform rating to an outperform rating and upped their target price for the company from $109.31 to $120.00 in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered Digital Realty Trust from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Monday. KeyCorp reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $130.00 target price on shares of Digital Realty Trust in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Finally, TheStreet lowered Digital Realty Trust from a b rating to a c+ rating in a research report on Monday, October 30th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $123.40. Read more …

Wells Fargo & Co upgraded shares of Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a research report report published on Tuesday morning, MarketBeat reports. They currently have $96.00 target price on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock, up from their prior target price of $79.02. Several other equities research analysts have also weighed in on GILD. Mizuho restated a buy rating on shares of Gilead Sciences in a report on Friday, September 29th. BidaskClub lowered Gilead Sciences from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. BMO Capital Markets restated a hold rating on shares of Gilead Sciences in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Credit Suisse Group set a $80.00 target price on Gilead Sciences and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Finally, Maxim Group restated a hold rating on shares of Gilead Sciences in a report on Thursday, October 19th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating, seventeen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $85.61. Read more …

Barclays upgraded shares of GlaxoSmithKline (LON:GSK) to an overweight rating in a report published on Wednesday. They currently have GBX 1,650 ($22.38) price objective on the stock, up from their prior price objective of GBX 1,450 ($19.66). Several other equities research analysts have also issued reports on the company. Jefferies Group reiterated a buy rating and set a GBX 1,500 ($20.34) price target on shares of GlaxoSmithKline in a report on Tuesday. BNP Paribas reiterated a neutral rating and set a GBX 1,580 ($21.43) price target on shares of GlaxoSmithKline in a report on Tuesday. Liberum Capital reiterated a buy rating and set a GBX 1,760 ($23.87) price target on shares of GlaxoSmithKline in a report on Monday. Deutsche Bank lifted their price target on GlaxoSmithKline from GBX 1,380 ($18.71) to GBX 1,440 ($19.53) and gave the company a hold rating in a report on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a GBX 1,340 ($18.17) price target on GlaxoSmithKline and gave the company a neutral rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of GBX 1,565.24 ($21.23). Read more …

January 18, 2018

10 Cheap Stocks With Growing Dividends


My colleague Christine Benz once explored the question, should you manage your portfolio for income or total return? Her conclusion: Who says you have to choose? Savvy dividend investors have known this all along; investing in high-quality dividend-payers allows you to get the best of both worlds.

But the key here is "quality." sometimes the highest yields portend danger. Those juicy dividends are likely to be cut, particularly if the payout constitutes a large percentage of earnings. That leaves only a small buffer to sustain those payments if earnings fall. (A stock's payout ratio can help you get a handle on this.)

Rather than homing in on the market's juiciest yields, the Morningstar US Dividend Growth Index looks for companies whose cash flows have translated into a rising payout. Companies that are focused on growing dividends tend to be higher quality, cash-rich businesses that hold up well in down markets, participate in up markets, and are capable of excess returns over a full market cycle.




January 17, 2018

DLR Stock: Combining Technology and Real Estate to Produce 12% Dividend Growth Every Year?

This Company is Well-Positioned for Another Dividend Increase




The technology sector has produced some of the fastest-growing companies in today’s stock market. The real estate sector, on the other hand, is known for its ability to generate a steady stream of rental income. So what would happen if a company manages to combine technology with real estate?

Well, you get an income stock with huge dividend growth potential: Digital Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:DLR).




Digital Realty Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in San Francisco, California. Unlike most REITs, the company doesn’t own apartment buildings, industrial warehouses, or shopping malls. Instead, it specializes in a very unique type of real estate asset: data centers.

Right now, Digital Realty Trust owns more than 180 data center properties in 11 countries on four different continents. It offers a wide range of data center services, such as colocation, wholesale deployments, interconnection, and cloud services.




January 16, 2018

3 of the Best Dividend Aristocrats for Retirement

These Dividend Aristocrats are winners for those looking for growth and dividends



Retirement investing is a bit different from regular investing, and not because it depends more on dividend investing. See, we’ve been led to believe inflation is 3%, when it’s really closer to 10%. That means that retired investors don’t think they need stocks that offer capital gains alongside dividends, but they most certainly do.

Dividend Aristocrats were an important part of the retired investor’s portfolio then, because their cash flow is not only so fantastic that they can continue raising dividends year after year, but because they also have enough growth in some cases to boost annual returns to that important 10% level.

I’ve got three Dividend Aristocrats that not only pay that yummy dividend, but that I think have a pretty decent shot at growing earnings enough that their stock prices should also rise to breach the 10% annual level.







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