April 9, 2016

Agrium Inc.: Is it the Right Dividend Stock for You?


There are two things I look for in a dividend-paying company. The first is whether or not that dividend is safe at the present time. Once I know that it’s secure, I then ask if I’m going to grow my earnings with this stock. We’re investors; therefore, we want to see an increased return on investment. For dividend investors, that means we want to see the dividend grow.

One company that has historically done very well with dividend growth is Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU)(NYSE:AGU). Presently, it pays a 4.04% yield, which nets investors about $1.14 per share, per quarter. The payout ratio for this is 48.38%, which is much higher than other companies in the same industry. Here’s what’s incredible … If you’d owned this stock five years ago, you only got a payout ratio of 5%. That means the dividend has had a compound annual growth rate of 77.3%.

But the past does not always dictate the future. Can Agrium continue to grow its dividend? To answer that, let’s analyze the company in a bit more detail...


Source: The Motley Fool

Forget Intel Corporation: Here Are Two Better Dividend Stocks

Chipzilla offers a respectable dividend, but with a miserable PC market, there are better options for dividend investors.


With Intel's (NASDAQ:INTC) revenue and profit stagnating in recent years, driven by weak demand for PCs, the company's dividend has languished. The first dividend increase in more than two years came at the beginning of 2015, but the 6.7% boost was nothing to write home about. A slightly larger 8.3% dividend hike came at the beginning of this year, but with the PC market still struggling, Intel's ability to continue to raise the dividend may be limited going forward.

Intel stock currently yields 3.25%, but with dividend growth likely to be slow, there are better options for dividend investors. Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) is one such option, despite the challenges the company is facing. Qualcomm stock currently yields an impressive 4.2%, and, if history is any indication, a dividend increase may be coming this month. Cisco Systems(NASDAQ: CSCO) is another good bet, with a dividend yield of 3.75% following a recent 24% dividend hike.



Source: The Motley Fool

Choosing the Best Dividend ETFs

The funds come in such a wide variety of styles it can be hard to know what you’re buying. How to tell, and what to own now.


Remember when dividend investing was simple? For a century of buy-and-hold investors, it was all about income. In 1991, money manager and author Michael O’Higgins popularized the Dogs of the Dow strategy to maximize payouts and total return: Buy the 10 highest-yielding stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and rebalance every year—an approach that O’Higgins found had outperformed the market since 1973.
Academics began to tinker with O’Higgins’ formula, developing a plethora of new dividend strategies. The advent of exchange-traded funds has brought even more, as providers struggle to distinguish their products from all others. According to ETF Database, there are now 131 dividend ETFs...


Source: Barron's

Merrill Lynch Out With Top Defensive Growth Ideas for Q2


Needless to say, the first quarter was the proverbial roller-coaster ride for investors. After a gut-wrenching 10% or so sell-off to start the year that lasted all the way until almost the middle of February, the market finally turned and rallied back to just about breakeven by the end of the quarter. The question now is what are the good ideas to put to work for the second quarter, especially after a somewhat rough start.

A recent Merrill Lynch research report features its quarterly top 10 ideas. Eight are stocks to Buy and two are rated Underperform and are potential short sale candidates. Here we focus on the eight top stocks to Buy. The analysts are smart and for the most part play it safe by staying away from momentum areas that could get bludgeoned in a downturn...


Source: 24/7 Wall St.

April 7, 2016

Zacks Investment Research Downgrades Tesco PLC (TSCDY) to Sell


Tesco PLC (OTCMKTS:TSCDY) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday, MarketBeat.Com reports.
According to Zacks, “TESCO PLC., is the UK’s largest retailer and one of the world’s leading international retailers. Tesco has reached this position through consistent focus on their four part strategy for growth: Tesco has a strong, growing core UK business offering customers excellent value, choice and convenience; Tesco aims to be as strong in non-food as it is in food; Tesco follows the customer into new areas like retailing services such as financial products (Tesco Personal Finance), internet shopping (Tesco.com) and telecoms (Tesco telecom offers mobile, fixed line and broadband services) & Tesco is a leading international retailer with a long term strategy for growth. Tesco is a multi-format business, operating hypermarkets, superstores, supermarkets and convenience stores. “


5 Best Dividend-Paying International Equity ETFs SDIV, LVL, DWX, DVYA, IDV


With interest rates in the United States and other primary developed economies still at excessively low levels, many investors looking to diversify their portfolios internationally seek the added benefit of higher dividend yields available abroad. There are a number of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) available in the category of international equity funds that offer dividend yields in excess of 5%. Investors can choose from broad-exposure international ETFs to more geographically focused funds such as Asia-Pacific or Europe ETFs, and they can choose between funds that include or exclude U.S.-based equities.
The following is an overview of five of the highest dividend-yielding international equity ETFs as of March 2016...


Source: Investopedia

Longbow Research Upgraded Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (CBRL) to buy


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBRL) was upgraded by investment analysts at Longbow Research from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, The Fly reports.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors recently modified their holdings of the company. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company bought a new stake in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store during the fourth quarter worth about $0. First Midwest Bank Trust Division increased its position in shares of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store by 8.1% in the fourth quarter. First Midwest Bank Trust Division now owns 7,037 shares of the company’s stock worth $893,000 after buying an additional 529 shares during the last quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. raised its position in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store by 32.8% in the fourth quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 8,046 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,021,000 after buying an additional 1,988 shares during the period. J. W. Burns & Company raised its position in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store by 20.1% in the fourth quarter. J. W. Burns & Company now owns 8,462 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,073,000 after buying an additional 1,416 shares during the period. Finally, Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD raised its position in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store by 0.6% in the fourth quarter. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD now owns 9,050 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,148,000 after buying an additional 50 shares during the period.


Source: The Vista Voice

Jefferies Group Downgraded Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) to hold


Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) was downgraded by Jefferies Group to a “hold” rating in a research report issued on Thursday, AnalystRatings.NET reports.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) opened at 53.52 on Thursday. Verizon Communications has a 12 month low of $38.06 and a 12 month high of $54.49. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $52.45 and its 200 day moving average is $47.58. The stock has a market capitalization of $218.03 billion and a P/E ratio of 12.25.


Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 21st. The cell phone carrier reported $0.89 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.88 by $0.01. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.71 EPS. The business earned $34.30 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $34.06 billion. Verizon Communications’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Verizon Communications will post $3.99 earnings per share for the current year.


Source: American Banking and Market News

April 6, 2016

7 Best Dividend Stocks for a Rocky Market


With stocks slumping over the past year and the market gyrating wildly so far in 2016, it looks like a good time to settle down with solid, dividend-paying stocks. If share prices resume their slide, dividends can provide some income to cushion the losses. And small but regular dividend payments can add up to big gains over time.
Historically, dividends have generated about 40% of the market’s total returns (the rest has come from price gains). Moreover, dividend payers tend to lose less than nonpayers during downturns and vault ahead of the broader market over long stretches.
We chose five firms that are steadily boosting earnings and dividends along the way, measures that should help lift their stock prices, along with two high-yield stocks that seem worth the extra risk...


Source: Kiplinger

Better Buy: McDonald's Corp. vs. Starbucks

Which of these two fast-serve chain giants deserves more of your attention?


The restaurant world changes constantly, and companies have to adapt to changing times.McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) has led the fast-food industry for decades, and it still has a worldwide presence in representing American culture in locations scattered across the globe.Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) has had a shorter history, but its coffeehouse chain has grown quickly to have a similar network footprint and loyal customer base. Investors looking at the two companies are curious which stock is the better buy right now. 

Let's look at how McDonald's and Starbucks compare on some key metrics to see which one might be a smarter pick for investors...


Source: The Motley Fool

BMO Capital Markets Downgraded Bemis Company, Inc. (BMS) to market perform


Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS) was downgraded by investment analysts at BMO Capital Markets from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report released on Wednesday, The Fly reports. They currently have a $52.00 target price on the stock. BMO Capital Markets’ price target indicates a potential downside of 1.10% from the company’s current price. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

Other equities analysts have also issued reports about the stock. Citigroup Inc. raised their target price on shares of Bemis Company from $51.00 to $52.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 29th. Barclays raised shares of Bemis Company from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $39.00 to $45.00 in a research report on Friday, January 8th. Deutsche Bank reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 target price on shares of Bemis Company in a research report on Sunday, January 31st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Bemis Company from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 28th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Bemis Company in a research report on Thursday, March 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Bemis Company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $48.30.


Source: American Banking and Market News

Guggenheim Lowers Wells Fargo (WFC) to Neutral


Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) was downgraded by equities research analysts at Guggenheim from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued on Wednesday, The Fly reports.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Numeric Investors LLC raised its position in Wells Fargo by 105.3% in the fourth quarter. Numeric Investors LLC now owns 499,700 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $27,164,000 after buying an additional 256,300 shares during the last quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System raised its stake in shares of Wells Fargo by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 8,908,244 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $484,252,000 after buying an additional 140,938 shares during the last quarter. IPG Investment Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Wells Fargo by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. IPG Investment Advisors LLC now owns 56,887 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $3,094,000 after buying an additional 900 shares during the last quarter. Atlas Brown Inc. raised its stake in shares of Wells Fargo by 22.3% in the fourth quarter. Atlas Brown Inc. now owns 8,326 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $404,000 after buying an additional 1,517 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund raised its stake in shares of Wells Fargo by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 805,185 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $43,770,000 after buying an additional 2,800 shares during the last quarter.


Source: South Florida Hedge Fund Managers

JPMorgan Chase & Co upgraded Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) to neutral


Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) was upgraded by investment analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued on Wednesday, StockTargetPrices.com reports. The firm currently has a $27.50 price target on the network equipment provider’s stock, up from their previous price target of $17.00. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s price objective would suggest a potential downside of 0.29% from the stock’s previous close.

A number of hedge funds recently modified their holdings of the company. Curbstone Financial Management Corp boosted its stake in shares of Cisco Systems by 2.0% in the first quarter. Curbstone Financial Management Corp now owns 76,504 shares of the network equipment provider’s stock worth $2,178,000 after buying an additional 1,500 shares during the period. Hollencrest Securities LLC boosted its stake in shares of Cisco Systems by 0.4% in the first quarter. Hollencrest Securities LLC now owns 35,453 shares of the network equipment provider’s stock valued at $1,009,000 after buying an additional 128 shares in the last quarter. Founders Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Cisco Systems by 4.3% in the first quarter. Founders Capital Management LLC now owns 79,915 shares of the network equipment provider’s stock valued at $2,275,000 after buying an additional 3,283 shares in the last quarter. Pensionfund Sabic bought a new stake in shares of Cisco Systems during the first quarter valued at $3,416,000. Finally, Pensionfund DSM Netherlands bought a new stake in shares of Cisco Systems during the first quarter valued at $7,402,000.


Source: American Banking and Market News

Argus downgraded Duke Energy Corp (DUK) to hold


Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) was downgraded by research analysts at Argus from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, The Fly reports.

In other Duke Energy Corp news, CEO Lynn J. Good sold 13,333 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $74.07, for a total transaction of $987,575.31. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 178,451 shares in the company, valued at approximately $13,217,865.57. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Julia S. Janson sold 2,959 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $74.07, for a total transaction of $219,173.13. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 36,107 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,674,445.49. The disclosure for this sale can be found here


Source:  South Florida Hedge Fund Managers

April 5, 2016

5 Great Dividend-Growth Stocks To Buy In April


Looking for an easy way to boost your portfolio’s long-term returns? Here’s one: buy and hold top-quality dividend stocks—especially those that raise their payouts every single year.

Analysis from Ned Davis Research backs that up: from 1974 through 2014, non-dividend-payers eked out just a 2.6% average annual return. That’s barely enough to stay ahead of inflation!

Dividend-payers returned 7.7%, which isn’t bad—but why settle for that when you could’ve held stocks that regularly hike their payouts and pocketed a tidy 10.1% a year, on average?

Here’s a five-stock portfolio packed with some of my favorite dividend growers now. Each one hails from a different sector: technology, utilities, railroads, finance and telecom...


Source: Forbes

Merrill Lynch Adds Top Defense Stock to High Quality and Dividend Yield Screen


It seems almost incredible that it takes a month-long rally just to get the markets back to breakeven for the year, but that’s exactly what it has taken. With earnings season ready to fire up, and stocks getting pricey, many investors are trying to make a decision on which way to steer their portfolios, not only for the second quarter, but for the rest of 2016.


One good way to invest is to consider the stocks in the Merrill Lynch High Quality and Dividend Yield screen. The portfolio contains stocks with solid return on equity greater than the aggregate of the S&P 500, lower debt to equity than the S&P 500, a dividend yield higher than the overall S&P 500 and S&P common stock rating of at least A-.


Merrill Lynch has added one new company to the list, and we also screened for the three highest yielding stocks in the group. All are rated Buy at Merrill Lynch...



Source: 24/7 Wall St. 

Is 3M Healthy Enough to Invest In?

The company isn't going anywhere, that's for sure. But there's one yellow flag you need to know about before you buy in.


The best linebacker on earth can still find himself sidelined by a microscopic flu virus. The same is true for companies: Even the biggest and strongest can be brought to their knees if they don't stay financially healthy.

Nobody can argue that 3M (NYSE:MMM) isn't both big and strong. A member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and one of the largest conglomerates in the United States, the company also benefits from a lack of large competitors and a recognizable brand. In these ways, it's similar to its peers, General Electric (NYSE:GE) and Honeywell International (NYSE:HON).


But if its balance sheet isn't healthy enough, it simply may not be worth the investment...

Source: The Motley Fool

Does a Constantly Rising Dividend Make This REIT a Buy?

W.P. Carey's payout is juicy compared to some peers, but the company carries some unique risks.


On paper, it's an income investor's dream. Real estate investment trust W.P. Carey(NYSE:WPC) has increased its dividend every quarter since nearly the beginning of this century.
That's an impressive streak, but of course there are other factors besides a dividend to consider when looking at a stock. Let's look at some of the major ones to see if W.P. Carey is a buy for reasons alongside that levitating payout...

Better Buy: Eli Lilly and Co. vs. GlaxoSmithKline

Between two of largest drugmakers in the world, here are one Fool's thoughts on which stock is the better buy right now.



Big pharma stocks like Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY) and GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) can be great long-term additions to your portfolio, especially in turbulent economic environments. After all, pharma companies tend to fare well even in the worst of times due to the nature of their underlying business: People generally don't stop buying medicine simply because the economy isn't doing well. 

With this in mind, let's consider whether Lilly or Glaxo is the better buy right now...


Source: The Motley Fool  


Bank of America Downgrades Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) to Neutral


Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) was downgraded by analysts at Bank of America from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday, The Fly reports.

In other Cisco Systems news, CAO Prat Bhatt sold 21,785 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.29, for a total transaction of $616,297.65. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief accounting officer now owns 110,250 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,118,972.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Pankaj Patel sold 35,814 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.12, for a total transaction of $1,007,089.68. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 406,307 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,425,352.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.


Source: American Banking and Market News

April 4, 2016

Sterne Agee CRT Downgraded Genuine Parts Company (GPC) to Neutral


Genuine Parts Company (GPC) was Downgraded by Sterne Agee CRT to ” Neutral”. Earlier the firm had a rating of “Buy ” on the company shares. Sterne Agee CRT advised their investors in a research report released on Apr 4, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Genuine Parts Company. Shares were Reiterated by RBC Capital Mkts on Feb 17, 2016 to “Sector Perform” and Lowered the Price Target to $ 90 from a previous price target of $92 .Shares were Downgraded by Wedbush on Feb 17, 2016 to ” Neutral” and Lowered the Price Target to $ 91 from a previous price target of $93 .Genuine Parts Company was Downgraded by JP Morgan to ” Neutral” on Feb 1, 2016. 


Source: Los Angeles Mirror

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP Benefits From the World’s Need for Clean Energy


According to the vast majority of scientists, the earth is heating up faster than it should due to burning fossil fuels. Major governments around the world signed the Paris climate change agreement, which stipulated that global warming will have to be limited by two degrees Celsius. The agreement goes into effect in 2020.

So how can an investor benefit from this global push towards renewable energy? Easy … buy Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP (TSX:BEP.UN)(NYSE:BEP).

Most people have heard about Brookfield Asset Management Inc. The Brookfield Renewable Energy component was a basket of assets the parent company had built over time. When it reached a certain size, it pushed those assets public into a new entity.

Right now Brookfield Energy owns about 250 assets...


Source: The Motley Fool

3 High-Yield ETFs That Could Power Your Portfolio to the Next Level

Take a look at these funds to get more income in your portfolio.


Exchange-traded funds offer investors a wide range of alternatives to choose from, and those seeking high levels of income from their investments can choose a high-yield ETF that fits the bill. However, high-yield ETFs come in several different flavors, and what works for you might not work as well for another investor. Below, three Motley Fool contributors weigh in with some high-yield stocks that offer attractive opportunities. 

Take a look and see what you think about these options...


Better Buy: AbbVie vs. Johnson & Johnson

In this battle of relatively new vs. well established drugmakers, which is the better choice for long-term investors?


Investors have made a lot of money from Big Pharma stocks over the past few years. Two of the biggest winners have quite different backgrounds. AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a spin-off less than four years old. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) has been around since Grover Cleveland was president. But that's the past. Which of these two stocks has the brighter future? 

Here are arguments for both AbbVie and J&J... 



Source: The Motley Fool

3 Reasons to Buy Toronto-Dominion Bank Today


Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD)(NYSE:TD), the second-largest bank in Canada, watched its stock rally about 7% in March. It now sits over 3% higher for the year, and I think this was only the beginning of a sustained rally higher. Let’s take a look at three reasons why I think this, so you can determine if you agree and if you should buy the stock today.

Is now the time for you to buy Toronto-Dominion Bank?...


Source: The Motley Fool

5 Tech Stocks to Buy in April

These five technology stocks could bring some early sunshine to your spring.

Technology stocks saw huge volatility in the first quarter of 2016 -- with big drops in January and February paving the way for some regained ground in March. While it's impossible to pinpoint exactly what lies ahead for the tech sector and broader market for the remainder of the year, tech stocks have yet to fully recover from the big dings, and volatility in the sector could open investment opportunities in companies that offer attractive valuation and growth profiles.
To get a look at tech investments with promising outlooks, we brought five of our contributors together to highlight some standouts in the sector. 
Read on to learn which five tech stocks they've marked as good buys in April...


3 Stocks With a Better Dividend Than General Electric

With General Electric going through a major face-lift at the moment, our Foolish contributors think Lowe's, Proctor & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson are better dividend stocks right now. Read on to find out why.

Although General Electric (NYSE:GE) has raised its dividend every year since 2010, the industrial giant is in the midst of a major restructuring that could impact its shareholder rewards program moving forward. As a result, our Foolish contributors think Lowe's (NYSE:LOW),Proctor & Gamble (NYSE:PG), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) are better dividend stocks than General Electric right now. Here's why...

Source: The Motley Fool 

Deutsche Bank Downgraded Praxair, Inc. (PX) to hold


Praxair, Inc. (NYSE:PX) was downgraded by analysts at Deutsche Bank from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, The Fly reports.

In related news, CEO Stephen F. Angel purchased 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 7th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $97.80 per share, with a total value of $489,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the chief executive officer now directly owns 133,748 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $13,080,554.40. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.


Shares of Praxair (NYSE:PX) opened at 115.24 on Monday. The stock has a market capitalization of $32.82 billion and a PE ratio of 21.54. The company has a 50-day moving average of $108.14 and a 200-day moving average of $106.52. Praxair has a 12 month low of $95.60 and a 12 month high of $124.99. 


Source: American Banking and Market News

Citigroup Downgraded DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT) to Neutral


DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT) was Downgraded by Citigroup to ” Neutral”. Earlier the firm had a rating of “Buy ” on the company shares. Citigroup advised their investors in a research report released on Apr 4, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on DuPont Fabros Technology. Company shares were Reiterated by Barclays on Mar 22, 2016 to “Overweight”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 45 from a previous price target of $42 .Company shares were Reiterated by Barclays on Feb 16, 2016 to “Overweight”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 42 from a previous price target of $39 .


Source: Los Angeles Mirror

Deutsche Bank Downgraded Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) to hold


Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) was downgraded by Deutsche Bank from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Monday, The Fly reports.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have made changes to their positions in the company. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD raised its position in shares of Air Products & Chemicals by 277.2% in the fourth quarter. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD now owns 4,272,013 shares of the company’s stock valued at $555,832,000 after buying an additional 3,139,360 shares in the last quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC boosted its stake in Air Products & Chemicals by 22.6% in the fourth quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 9,349,207 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,216,426,000 after buying an additional 1,723,748 shares during the period. Neuberger Berman Group LLC boosted its stake in Air Products & Chemicals by 228.2% in the fourth quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 1,201,173 shares of the company’s stock worth $156,285,000 after buying an additional 835,137 shares during the period. American Century Companies Inc. boosted its stake in Air Products & Chemicals by 99.7% in the fourth quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 1,562,802 shares of the company’s stock worth $203,336,000 after buying an additional 780,074 shares during the period. Finally, Norges Bank acquired a new stake in Air Products & Chemicals during the fourth quarter worth approximately $58,589,000. 


Source: American Banking and Market News

Credit Suisse Downgraded Rolls Royce PLC (RYCEY) to Underperform


Rolls Royce PLC (RYCEY) was Downgraded by Credit Suisse to ” Underperform”. Earlier the firm had a rating of “Neutral ” on the company shares. Credit Suisse advised their investors in a research report released on Apr 4, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Rolls Royce PLC. Rolls Royce PLC was Upgraded by JP Morgan to ” Neutral” on Feb 18, 2016. 


Source: Los Angeles Mirror

Exane BNP Paribas Downgraded Intel Corporation (INTC) to Neutral


Intel Corporation (INTC) was Downgraded by Exane BNP Paribas to ” Neutral”. Earlier the firm had a rating of “Outperform ” on the company shares. Exane BNP Paribas advised their investors in a research report released on Apr 4, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Intel Corporation. Company shares were Reiterated by RBC Capital Mkts on Apr 1, 2016 to “Sector Perform”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 33 from a previous price target of $31 .Shares were Reiterated by UBS on Mar 21, 2016 to “Buy” and Lowered the Price Target to $ 35 from a previous price target of $36 .Shares were Reiterated by Deutsche Bank on Mar 21, 2016 to “Buy” and Lowered the Price Target to $ 37 from a previous price target of $38 .


Source: Los Angeles Mirror

Longbow Downgraded Eaton Corporation PLC (ETN) to Neutral


Eaton Corporation PLC Ordinary Shares (ETN) was Downgraded by Longbow to ” Neutral”. Earlier the firm had a rating of “Buy ” on the company shares. Longbow advised their investors in a research report released on Apr 4, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Eaton Corporation PLC Ordinary Shares. Eaton Corporation PLC Ordinary Shares was Downgraded by Standpoint Research to ” Hold” on Feb 17, 2016. Company shares were Reiterated by RBC Capital Mkts on Feb 4, 2016 to “Sector Perform”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 57 from a previous price target of $56 .Eaton Corporation PLC Ordinary Shares was Initiated by Standpoint Research to “Buy” on Jan 20, 2016. 


Source: Los Angeles Mirror

April 3, 2016

3 Dividend Aristocrats We Will Never Buy

While many Dividend Aristocrats are destined to become great long-term investments, our contributors think you should take a pass on these three stocks.

One of the ways that companies reward their long-term shareholders is by paying out a dividend. Some of the best companies out there not only do so on a regular basis but also increase their payout year after year, thereby turbocharging their shareholders' total return.
Wall Street has created a special name for any company that is able to increase its dividend for 25 years straight. These companies are known as "Dividend Aristocrats", and becoming a member of this elite group is rare, especially in today's ultra-competitive environment. Companies that are able to join this list tend to be some of the most stable and reliable long-term stocks out there.
But just because a stock has managed to become a Dividend Aristocrat doesn't mean it's automatically a great buy. For that reason, we asked our team of Motley Fool contributors to highlight a company from the Dividend Aristocrat list that they would never want to own. 
Read below to see which stocks they picked...



If Bank of Nova Scotia Is Not a Buy, Is it a Sell?

As the market recovers from the lows of the start of the year, it’s been difficult to find quality businesses on sale. At about $63, Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS)(NYSE:BNS) is about 12% off from its normal multiple, which is a decent discount for a top business. But this discount is not as attractive as when the bank was at the low $50 to mid-$50 level.

If the interest rate remains low and the Canadian economy continues to be sluggish, the banks in general are going to grow at a slower pace than before. And that’s why they are selling at slight discounts from historical levels.

If an investor owns shares in Bank of Nova Scotia and doesn’t think it’s a buy, does that mean it’s an automatic sell? In fact, a friend of mine recently sold close to 90% of his holdings in his bank position because he believes the market is going to crash soon–either this year or next year...


Source: The Motley Fool

Analyzing the Investment Fundamentals of Discount Retailer Target

A bird’s-eye view of Target (TGT)


Minnesota-based Target (TGT) is the world’s 11th-largest retailer in terms of sales, according to the National Retail Federation. Target was founded over a century ago in 1902, going public in 1967. The retailer operates 1,792 stores exclusively in the United States.

The company’s stores retail a variety of merchandise including apparel, electronics, toys, food and grocery, and health and wellness. Until last year, Target also operated an in-house pharmacy business, which it sold to CVS Health (CVS) in December 2015 for $1.9 billion.

In this series, we’ll analyze the performance of Target’s major lines of business and the growth drivers it’s banking on to provide future sales impetus. We’ll also analyze how the company’s shareholders have fared over the years in terms of returns and the company’s stock price performance...


3 Expensive Global ETFs Worth Your While (FIGY, DEW, SDIV)


Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are popular because they provide investors an easy, low-cost way to invest in broad classes of assets. Global ETFs, or international ETFs, are funds that enable investors to gain exposure to securities outside of the United States, and they can invest in a single country or region or several of them. When evaluating a global ETF, investors typically analyze several facts about the fund including its investment strategy, its performance in both stable and volatile markets, the fund's volatility, the stability of its returns and its expense ratio. Although many investors avoid ETFs with higher-than-average expense ratios, some expensive ETFs have performed well in the past and have excellent future prospects. Here is a selection of three ETFs with higher-than-average expense ratios that look like good opportunities for investing...


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Is NOW The Time To Buy Dividend Disasters?

Investors in Barclays (LSE: BARC), Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO) and Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR) have had a rough time. Buyers of the shares at just about any point in the last four or five years are underwater — and in recent weeks there’s been a further bitter pill to swallow in the form of brutal dividend cuts.
But could these cuts represent the dark before the dawn? Has the time come for long-suffering shareholders to buy more shares, and for new investors to get stuck in?
Let's check out those 3...


Better Buy: Amgen Inc. vs. Celgene Corp.

These two big biotechs are both attractively priced after the recent downturn in the sector. But which has the more compelling growth outlook?


Many biotech stocks have taken a beating since last August, and it hasn't just been smaller players feeling the pain. Shares of two of the biggest biotechs -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN)and Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG) -- are down 15% and 23%, respectively. There's a good case to be made that both Amgen and Celgene present compelling opportunities for investors after these declines. But which is the better buy? Here are the arguments for each stock. 

So which biotech is the better investment pick?...


Source: The Motley Fool