These 9 Dividend Growth Stocks Could Grow Earnings By 12%+ Per Year


Dividend investors are typically concerned with a stock’s current yield, dividend growth rate, or a combination of the two.

There are many companies that pay respectable and growing dividends and also offer shareholders high rates of earnings growth. This affords dividend investors the chance to not only collect income, but also to see strong total returns as a result of high rates of earnings growth.

This article examines nine stocks in our Sure Analysis Research Database that offer investors not only regular dividend payments, but also rates of growth of 12% or greater. Stocks are ranked in order of projected total returns, with #1 offering shareholders the highest projected total returns over the next five years.




Read on to see which high-growth stock offers the best-projected shareholder returns in the coming years.




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10 Undervalued Companies For The Defensive Dividend Stock Investor – June 2018


There are a number of great companies in the market today. I’ve selected the highest dividend yields among the undervalued or fairly valued* companies for defensive dividend stock investors reviewed by ModernGraham. Each company has been determined to be suitable for the Defensive Investor according to the ModernGraham approach.

*Please note that I’ve added fairly valued companies to this screen as the market’s current valuation did not allow for the usual screen of only undervalued companies.

Defensive Investors are defined as investors who need to select only the companies that present the least amount of risk. Enterprising Investors, on the other hand, are able to do substantial research and can select companies that present a moderate (though still low) amount of risk. Each company suitable for the Defensive Investor is also suitable for Enterprising Investors.


The companies selected for this list may not pay what some consider to be a huge dividend, but they have demonstrated strong financial positions through passing the rigorous requirements of the Defensive Investor and show potential for capital growth based on their current price in relation to intrinsic value.  As such, these defensive dividend stocks may be a great investment if they prove to be suitable for your portfolio after your own additional research.




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Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: June 4 - 8, 2018


Disposals:


Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) insider Luca Maestri sold 4,769 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $189.54, for a total transaction of $903,916.26. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 68,044 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $12,897,059.76. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

Luca Maestri also recently made the following trade(s):
On Friday, April 13th, Luca Maestri sold 39,122 shares of Apple stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $174.66, for a total transaction of $6,833,048.52.

Shares of Apple opened at $191.83 on Tuesday, according to MarketBeat Ratings. Apple has a 1-year low of $142.20 and a 1-year high of $193.42. The company has a current ratio of 1.46, a quick ratio of 1.37 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80. The firm has a market capitalization of $965.28 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.83, a P/E/G ratio of 1.41 and a beta of 1.29.  Read more …

Costco Wholesale Co. (NASDAQ:COST) Director John W. Meisenbach sold 3,000 shares of Costco Wholesale stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $195.45, for a total transaction of $586,350.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 8,654 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,691,424.30. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Shares of Costco Wholesale traded up $1.45, hitting $198.58, during trading hours on Monday, according to MarketBeat.com. The stock had a trading volume of 109,518 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,988,951. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a current ratio of 1.01 and a quick ratio of 0.47. Costco Wholesale Co. has a fifty-two week low of $150.00 and a fifty-two week high of $201.77. The stock has a market cap of $86.50 billion, a P/E ratio of 34.13, a P/E/G ratio of 2.79 and a beta of 0.95. Read more …

Leggett & Platt, Inc. (NYSE:LEG) Director Robert Ted Enloe III sold 5,328 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.47, for a total value of $220,952.16. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 38,376 shares in the company, valued at $1,591,452.72. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Leggett & Platt opened at $41.95 on Tuesday, according to Marketbeat. The company has a market cap of $5.44 billion, a PE ratio of 17.05, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.42 and a beta of 0.90. Leggett & Platt, Inc. has a one year low of $39.57 and a one year high of $53.96. The company has a current ratio of 1.85, a quick ratio of 1.23 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04. Read more …


American Express (NYSE:AXP) CFO Jeffrey C. Campbell sold 9,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $98.79, for a total transaction of $889,110.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 70,986 shares in the company, valued at $7,012,706.94. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. AXP opened at $101.48 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $86.87 billion, a PE ratio of 17.29, a PEG ratio of 1.36 and a beta of 1.10. American Express has a 52-week low of $79.62 and a 52-week high of $103.24. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.67, a quick ratio of 1.90 and a current ratio of 1.90. Read more …

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of June 4, 2018



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Anheuser Busch Inbev (NYSE:BUD) was upgraded by investment analysts at HSBC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Monday, The Fly reports. Other equities analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $122.00 target price on Anheuser Busch Inbev and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 10th. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $127.00 target price on Anheuser Busch Inbev and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 8th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $124.00 target price on shares of Anheuser Busch Inbev in a research note on Thursday, April 19th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Anheuser Busch Inbev from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Finally, Societe Generale upgraded Anheuser Busch Inbev from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $122.79. Read more …

Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE:RY) (TSE:RY) was upgraded by equities research analysts at National Bank Financial from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday, The Fly reports. Other equities analysts also recently issued reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Royal Bank of Canada from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 30th. ValuEngine downgraded Royal Bank of Canada from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 8th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $97.20. Read more …

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) was upgraded by stock analysts at Credit Suisse Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Monday, MarketBeat reports. The brokerage currently has a $195.00 target price on the stock, up from their prior target price of $170.00. Credit Suisse Group’s target price indicates a potential upside of 31.37% from the stock’s current price. Several other analysts also recently commented on WHR. ValuEngine downgraded Whirlpool from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. MKM Partners increased their target price on Whirlpool to $179.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, April 27th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered their price target on Whirlpool from $210.00 to $180.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, June 1st. Goldman Sachs Group lowered their price target on Whirlpool to $130.00 and set a “sell” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, April 25th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada set a $184.00 price target on Whirlpool and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 23rd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $176.14. Read more …


Citigroup upgraded shares of Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Tuesday morning, MarketBeat Ratings reports. A number of other research firms also recently weighed in on OXY. Piper Jaffray Companies raised shares of Occidental Petroleum from a neutral rating to an overweight rating and boosted their price target for the stock from $77.00 to $86.00 in a research note on Sunday, April 15th. Deutsche Bank raised shares of Occidental Petroleum from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $84.00 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, March 23rd. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Occidental Petroleum from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. dropped their price target on shares of Occidental Petroleum from $75.00 to $74.00 and set a neutral rating for the company in a research note on Monday, April 9th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Occidental Petroleum from a strong-buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 13th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $77.47. Read more …

4 Popular Discount Retailer Stocks Ranked & Analyzed


Discount retailers have built strong businesses in the U.S. With a constant focus on selling products at the lowest prices possible, often in bulk, discount retailers have built a large customer base among bargain-hunting shoppers.

As a result, the four major publicly-traded discount retailers are highly profitable, with strong brands and durable competitive advantages. And, all of them pay dividends to shareholders, and grow their dividends each year.

Each stock mentioned in this article is on our list of 350 consumer staplesstocks that pay dividends to shareholders.


The rankings in this article are done in order of total returns, for the discount retail stocks found in the Sure Analysis Research Database. All four stocks pay dividends to shareholders, and thanks to their strong brands and high cash flow, can afford to raise their dividends at high rates each year.




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