Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of August 13, 2018



Disposals:


Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) insider Laurie J. Olson sold 10,214 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.00, for a total transaction of $418,774.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 72,672 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,979,552. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Shares of NYSE:PFE opened at $41.42 on Friday. Pfizer Inc. has a twelve month low of $32.32 and a twelve month high of $41.64. The company has a current ratio of 1.16, a quick ratio of 0.91 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41. The company has a market capitalization of $243.65 billion, a PE ratio of 15.63, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 0.96. Read more …

Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) EVP Hope A. Hardison sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $58.01, for a total transaction of $1,450,250.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 109 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,323.09. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. WFC opened at $58.07 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $283.15 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.57 and a beta of 1.13. Wells Fargo & Co has a 1 year low of $49.27 and a 1 year high of $66.31. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.22, a current ratio of 0.88 and a quick ratio of 0.86. Read more …

Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL) Director Glen F. Post III sold 150,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $22.00, for a total value of $3,300,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Shares of NYSE CTL traded up $0.86 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $23.33. 490,713 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 10,681,134. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.60, a current ratio of 0.98 and a quick ratio of 0.98. Centurylink Inc has a 1-year low of $13.16 and a 1-year high of $22.83. The company has a market cap of $23.09 billion, a PE ratio of 15.79, a P/E/G ratio of -14.32 and a beta of 0.80. Read more …




Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) COO Dhiaa M. Jamil sold 7,000 shares of Duke Energy stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.98, for a total value of $566,860.00. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 4,279 shares in the company, valued at approximately $346,513.42. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. DUK stock traded up $0.67 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $81.89. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 257,204 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,751,812. The company has a current ratio of 0.66, a quick ratio of 0.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.17. Duke Energy Corp has a 1 year low of $71.96 and a 1 year high of $91.80. The stock has a market cap of $57.62 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.95, a P/E/G ratio of 3.69 and a beta of 0.10. Read more …

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of August 13, 2018




Upgrades:


Edward Jones upgraded shares of BCE (NYSE:BCE) (TSE:BCE) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report released on Monday, Marketbeat reports. Several other analysts have also issued reports on the company. ValuEngine lowered BCE from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Friday, June 1st. Zacks Investment Research lowered BCE from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Monday, April 16th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $56.00. Read more …

BAE Systems (LON:BA) was upgraded by research analysts at Morgan Stanley to an “overweight” rating in a research report issued on Monday. The firm presently has a GBX 750 ($9.57) price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of GBX 550 ($7.02). Morgan Stanley’s price target suggests a potential upside of 19.50% from the company’s previous close. Other equities analysts have also recently issued research reports about the company. Berenberg Bank upgraded BAE Systems to a “buy” rating and increased their target price for the stock from GBX 600 ($7.65) to GBX 700 ($8.93) in a report on Tuesday, April 24th. UBS Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a GBX 720 ($9.18) target price on shares of BAE Systems in a report on Wednesday, August 1st. Jefferies Financial Group reiterated a “hold” rating and set a GBX 615 ($7.85) target price on shares of BAE Systems in a report on Friday, July 13th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their target price on BAE Systems from GBX 550 ($7.02) to GBX 600 ($7.65) and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 23rd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, seven have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. BAE Systems presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of GBX 669.58 ($8.54). Read more …

Eaton (NYSE:ETN) was upgraded by JPMorgan Chase & Co. from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note issued on Monday, MarketBeat reports. The firm currently has a $92.00 target price on the industrial products company’s stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s price objective points to a potential upside of 14.80% from the stock’s current price. Several other brokerages also recently issued reports on ETN. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $80.00 price target on shares of Eaton in a report on Tuesday, July 31st. Wells Fargo & Co set a $92.00 price target on Eaton and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 1st. Barclays upped their price target on Eaton from $71.00 to $77.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 1st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Eaton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 7th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded Eaton from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 19th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $87.22. Read more …



Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report published on Tuesday, The Fly reports. They currently have $205.00 target price on the railroad operator’s stock. A number of other equities analysts have also weighed in on the stock. Loop Capital boosted their price target on shares of Norfolk Southern to $140.00 and gave the stock a sell rating in a research report on Thursday, April 26th. TD Securities boosted their price target on shares of Norfolk Southern from $155.00 to $160.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, April 26th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a hold rating and set a $158.00 price target on shares of Norfolk Southern in a research report on Saturday, June 2nd. Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on shares of Norfolk Southern from $100.00 to $103.00 and gave the stock an underweight rating in a research report on Thursday, April 26th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group lifted their target price on shares of Norfolk Southern from $155.00 to $165.00 and gave the stock an outperform rating in a research note on Thursday, April 26th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. Norfolk Southern has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $162.11. Read more …

AT&T: Quality & High Yield


Dividend growth investors like high yielding stocks because they offer more income. When it comes to these types of investments, investors want to be sure that the dividend is safe. Stocks with yields above 5% can be a red flag to as there maybe heightened risks of dividend cuts in the future. Generally, these companies have elevated payout ratios, making future increases unlikely unless earnings improve significantly or the company has to take on debt to pay for the dividend. Neither of these cases is ideal and investors should avoid these stocks. If earnings were to experience a significant decline, the dividend could very well be at risk.

There are some companies, however, that pay a healthy dividend yield that is well protected, allowing investors to have their cake and eat it too. Some companies offer both a high yield and a low payout ratio that reassures their shareholders that the dividend is not only safe, it can increase in size over time. Let’s examine AT&T’s (T) business, recent quarterly report and dividend history to see if the telecom giant is an appropriate high yield investment.







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10 Income-Increasing REITs to Buy


Not all REITs are good buys now, but these are.



Real estate investment trusts (REITs) come in all shapes and sizes these days.

But the one thing that they have in common is they all pay out 90% of their taxable income as dividends to shareholders. Traditionally, that has meant, as rents go up, dividends go up.

Nowadays, that isn’t always the case since a lot of companies that have chosen REIT status don’t necessarily focus on the lease or rent aspect of the real estate business. We’ll discuss some of the best below.




But at the end of day, REITs are about income. And that means they’re long-term holdings, not trades. There’s no point in buying an income stock for the short term. You buy them with the expectation that they will grow and their dividends will grow as well.

Below are 10 income-increasing REITs you can buy now to boost your income for years to come.




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The Top 7 Aviation and Aerospace Stocks to Buy Now


Aerospace stocks are already up big, but these stocks should have even more room to run



Aviation and aerospace stocks have found themselves in some crosswinds.

On the one hand, they’ve enjoyed an amazing run in recent years. On the commercial side of the business, order activity has soared. Airlines have gone on a spending spree. Thanks to plunging jet fuel prices, airlines have earned unusually large profits and are taking advantage of the windfall to modernize their fleets. That said, with the oil market on the mend, commercial airlines are likely to see profits start to revert toward normal.

On the military side, Trump’s rise has been a positive for the industry. Hardly a week goes by where Trump or Vice President Pence aren’t talking about how much they love the military and the soldiers on Twitter. Additionally, the more militant stance of the U.S. is causing other countries to beef up their forces as well — Trump’s demands on NATO allies to increase spending could bring in more orders, for example.

However, it’s hard to forecast how geopolitics will go in the future.


Upcoming elections could greatly change the outlook for defense spending. On the commercial side, airline profits are going to start looking much worse if fuel prices stay where they are now. The sector has been hot, but expect more modest returns going forward. Against that backdrop, what aviation and aerospace stocks are still worth having on your watchlist?




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Intel: A Cheap Tech Stock for Value & Dividends

Technology stocks have a tendency to be associated with growth stocks. High-flying tech stocks like Amazon (AMZN) or Netflix (NFLX) typi...