August 22, 2017

Teva Stock Is Getting Destroyed. Is Now The Time To Buy?



Teva (ADR: TEVA) has been a darling for investors in the generic drug sector. Even as recently as last year, investors were eager to see the growth of the company and along with it, the stock price. But then second quarter earnings were reported and Teva stock price hit the fan as they say.

Teva stock price has since cratered 45% since earnings were released and there is no sign of the price coming back. So should investors, particularly value investors take a look at Teva?

In this post, we will look at Teva stock and see whether or not there is a value play here or if you are better served putting your investing dollars elsewhere.



August 20, 2017

This Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: August 14-18, 2017


Disposals:



Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) SVP Johny Srouji sold 10,469 shares of Apple stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $162.20, for a total value of $1,698,071.80. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 76,250 shares in the company, valued at $12,367,750. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Read More …



Bank Of New York Mellon Corporation (The) (NYSE:BK) Vice Chairman Brian T. Shea sold 44,250 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.90, for a total value of $2,340,825.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 204,043 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,793,874.70. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Read More …

CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) Director Richard J. Swift sold 2,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.62, for a total value of $199,050.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 3,258 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $259,401.96. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Read More …

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) insider Alan S. Batey sold 8,144 shares of General Motors stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.57, for a total transaction of $289,682.08. Following the sale, the insider now owns 66,748 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,374,226.36. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Read More …

Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) insider Orlando D. Carvalho sold 8,870 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $307.95, for a total transaction of $2,731,516.50. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 27,728 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $8,538,837.60. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Read More …

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) insider Mark D. Papermaster sold 38,819 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $12.70, for a total value of $493,001.30. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 930,839 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,821,655.30. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Read More …

Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) Director Michael John Dolan sold 8,000 shares of Fastenal stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.01, for a total transaction of $344,080.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Read More …



Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) EVP Douglas F. Esamann sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $86.22, for a total value of $431,100.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 50,316 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,338,245.52. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Read More …


Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) Director Vernon E. Clark sold 829 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $180.19, for a total transaction of $149,377.51. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 7,588 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,367,281.72. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Read More …


The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TRV) EVP Kenneth Franklin Spence III sold 4,800 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $128.73, for a total value of $617,904.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Read More …




3M Company (NYSE:MMM) insider Paul A. Keel sold 4,965 shares of 3M stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $206.16, for a total value of $1,023,584.40. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 5,503 shares in the company, valued at $1,134,498.48. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Read More …



Altria Group (NYSE:MO) CEO Martin J. Barrington sold 15,300 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.03, for a total value of $994,959.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 701,074 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $45,590,842.22. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Read More …





Acquisitions:



Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) Director Henry J. Maier acquired 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 17th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $106.19 per share, for a total transaction of $318,570.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 4,159 shares in the company, valued at approximately $441,644.21. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Read More …



Two Harbors Investments Corp (NYSE:TWO) Director Brian Taylor bought 32,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 15th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $10.06 per share, with a total value of $321,920.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 51,865 shares in the company, valued at approximately $521,761.90. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Read More …




Schlumberger N.V. (NYSE:SLB) Director Michael E. Marks purchased 8,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 11th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $64.20 per share, with a total value of $513,600.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Read More …





Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN) Director Mikel A. Durham bought 2,809 shares of Tyson Foods stock in a transaction on Monday, August 14th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $65.77 per share, for a total transaction of $184,747.93. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Read More …





August 19, 2017

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of August 14, 2017



Upgrades:


Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) was upgraded by investment analysts at Morgan Stanley from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. The brokerage currently has a $55.00 price objective on the business services provider’s stock. Morgan Stanley’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 0.04% from the stock’s previous close. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. Continue reading …


Downgrades:


Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) was downgraded by Bank of America Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports. Continue reading …

Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE:RIO) was downgraded by Royal Bank Of Canada from a “top pick” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued on Tuesday, Marketbeat reports. Continue reading …

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NYSE:TEVA) was downgraded by equities research analysts at Citigroup Inc. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, The Fly reports. Continue reading …

Eaton Corporation, PLC (NYSE:ETN) was downgraded by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, The Fly reports. Continue reading …

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) was downgraded by J P Morgan Chase & Co from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a note issued to investors on Thursday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. They presently have a $132.00 target price on the industrial products company’s stock. J P Morgan Chase & Co’s price objective would suggest a potential downside of 3.08% from the stock’s current price. Continue reading …

Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL) was downgraded by stock analysts at Bank of America Corporation from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report released on Friday, The Fly reports. Continue reading …


August 18, 2017

McCormick: A Dividend Aristocrat With Double-Digit Total Return Potential



Dividend aristocrats, S&P 500 companies that have proven to have stable and resilient enough business models to raise dividends for 25+ consecutive years, can be a great place to go looking for new income growth ideas.

Let’s take a look at McCormick (MKC), a dividend aristocrat whose wide moat business has allowed it to raise its dividend by 11% annually for the last 31 years.

Even more impressively, the company has paid an uninterrupted quarterly dividend for the past 91 years, proving its dedication to rewarding dividend investors.

Specifically, let’s find out what makes McCormick such a stable blue chip and more importantly if it’s likely to be able to continue its impressive growth record in the coming years.

Finally, learn if the company’s valuation seems reasonable enough to make McCormick a potentially solid addition to a diversified dividend growth portfolio today.




August 17, 2017

Can Kinder Morgan Deliver on Promised Dividend Hikes?


After a year and a half of suppressed dividend payments, Kinder Morgan shareholders are given some light at the end of the tunnel. But is it realistic?



In the summer of 2017, Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE:KMI) announced huge dividend increases, representing a 60% increase for 2018 and 25% after that. That sounds very generous! But, for long-term shareholders, those who have stuck with KMI, it is welcome news as it shows the company is trying to make up for its 75% payout cut in 2016. The plan is to raise the dividend to $0.80 in 2018, $1.00 in 2019, and $1.20 in 2020.

So the question is, are these dividends safe? And is this growth possible?




August 16, 2017

Time to Buy General Electric Company (GE) Stock After Massive Decline?


GE stock could be a long-term buy



It has not been a good year for General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). GE stock has taken a tumble, falling over 19% in 2017. With a new CEO and near-4% yield, is it time to buy?

General Electric had been talking up the benefits of spinning off its financial business. It said doing so would allow the company to get back to its industrial roots. It would use excess capital to drive growth and get back on track.

Unfortunately, that didn’t turn out to be the case.

Execution of GE’s industrial businesses hasn’t gone well. Last quarter, industrial revenues fell by 2% year-over-year. Its fiscal year-to-date performance (two quarters) has industrial revenues down 1%. Profits are down 4% and up 2%, respectively, in the same time periods.



August 14, 2017

There's Smoke Coming From This Dividend Champion And It's Time To Evacuate



-Dividend Growth Investing is a great strategy, but many people forget to include the "growth" aspect in their analysis.

-Changes in secular trends, consumer habits, regulation, debt and other factors can set companies, and your portfolio, way back.

-Here is a formerly great investment with big headwinds making it mediocre that you should sell and replace.

Before I put out a bearish call on a company that I know many people have done well with, arousing their suspicion and emotions, I want to point out that I have a 4-step process for picking stocks that has been tracked and shown to be generally successful. It includes watching secular trends, analyzing government and central bank influence, learning company fundamentals and respecting price trends.

The company I cover below is not a "going to zero" candidate anytime soon. But it is at risk for no dividend growth, future dividend cuts and a dramatic drop in share price. While this company was once great for dividend growth and really any investors (even if it was a bit evil), it is clearly mediocre now. I believe that investors should sell now, as the company has problems in all four categories I monitor and I don't believe there is much relief on the horizon.



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