June 3, 2016

Goldman Sachs Upgraded Deere & Company (DE)


Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Goldman Sachs from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Thursday, The Fly reports.

Several institutional investors recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. raised its position in Deere & Company by 34.2% in the fourth quarter. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. now owns 22,884,150 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,745,375,000 after buying an additional 5,832,040 shares during the period. Norges Bank acquired a new stake in shares of Deere & Company during the fourth quarter valued at about $282,171,000. Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt acquired a new stake in shares of Deere & Company during the first quarter valued at about $160,139,000. Generation Investment Management LLP increased its stake in shares of Deere & Company by 31.4% in the fourth quarter. Generation Investment Management LLP now owns 6,101,813 shares of the company’s stock valued at $465,385,000 after buying an additional 1,457,917 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Capital World Investors increased its stake in shares of Deere & Company by 17.4% in the fourth quarter. Capital World Investors now owns 9,705,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $740,200,000 after buying an additional 1,435,000 shares in the last quarter.



Morgan Stanley Upgraded Union Pacific Corporation (UNP)


Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) was Upgraded by Morgan Stanley to ” Overweight” and the brokerage firm has set the Price Target at $90. Earlier the firm had a rating of “Equal-Weight ” on the company shares. Morgan Stanley advised their investors in a research report released on Jun 3, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Union Pacific Corporation. Union Pacific Corporation was Initiated by Credit Agricole to “Sell” on May 19, 2016. Company shares were Reiterated by RBC Capital Mkts on Apr 22, 2016 to “Outperform”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 95 from a previous price target of $90 .Shares were Downgraded by UBS on Apr 18, 2016 to ” Neutral” and Lowered the Price Target to $ 88 from a previous price target of $89 .


Source: Market Digest

June 2, 2016

RBC Capital Upgraded National Bank of Canada (NA)


National Bank of Canada (TSE:NA) was upgraded by equities researchers at RBC Capital from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report released on Thursday, StockTargetPrices.com reports. The firm presently has a C$53.00 target price on the stock, up from their prior target price of C$51.00. RBC Capital’s price objective indicates a potential upside of 22.69% from the company’s previous close.

Shares of National Bank of Canada (TSE:NA) traded up 1.99% during trading on Thursday, reaching $44.06. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 530,517 shares. National Bank of Canada has a 12 month low of $34.86 and a 12 month high of $49.65. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $43.48 and its 200 day moving average price is $41.15. The firm has a market cap of $14.86 billion and a PE ratio of 10.98.



Top 4 Dividend Stocks to Ride out an Unpredictable June


Even though markets ended in the green in May, things could get a little dicier this month. A slew of potential events can make the markets choppy, eventually derailing stocks. A possible rate hike by the Fed, uncertainty around job numbers and doubt regarding U.K.’s referendum on its European Union membership have made investors cautious in June. Moreover, June has predominantly been the worst month of the year in the last decade.

Furthermore, we are in the midst of the Democratic primary race. So a lot of gyration can be expected in the stock market. To minimize such market turmoil, it’s time to invest in solid dividend paying stocks. But before we select such stocks, let’s look at the events that may weigh upon the markets this month.

4 Strong Buy Dividend Stocks to Beat Volatility…


Source: Zacks

3 Ignored Dividend Growers To Buy And Hold Forever


I really hope you didn’t follow the flawed “sell in May and go away” strategy I warned you about last month. Because if you dumped all your stocks on, say, May 1, you’ve already missed out on a 1.5% rise in the S&P 500.

That may not sound like a lot, but that period saw some nice gains from recommendations I gave you earlier this spring, like Apple AAPL -0.92% (AAPL), one of my top picks for a retirement portfolio, which jumped 6.5%; Allied World Assurance (AWH), up 4.2%; and senior care provider Ventas VTR -0.76%, Inc. (VTR), up 6.8%.

I still like all three companies, particularly Allied World, which still trades at just 94% of book value.
The problem? With S&P 500 trading at an overstretched 24 times trailing-twelve-month earnings, deals like these are getting tougher to come by, at least here in the U.S. But luckily for us, there are still plenty of attractively priced dividend growers beyond our borders.

What’s more, international companies boast dividend yields that crush those of their American cousins. According to Nuveen Investments, the MSCI MSCI +% EAFE Index, which includes large- and mid-cap stocks from 21 developed nations outside North America, has delivered yields 50% higher, on average, than the S&P 500 over the past decade.


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Bank of America Downgrades Exxon Mobil Co. (XOM)


Exxon Mobil Co. (NYSE:XOM) was downgraded by equities research analysts at Bank of America from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday, The Fly reports.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Moore Capital Management LP bought a new position in Exxon Mobil during the first quarter valued at $258,000. Beech Hill Advisors Inc. boosted its position in Exxon Mobil by 4.5% in the fourth quarter. Beech Hill Advisors Inc. now owns 3,450 shares of the company’s stock valued at $269,000 after buying an additional 150 shares during the period. Lowe FS boosted its position in Exxon Mobil by 3.9% in the third quarter. Lowe FS now owns 3,733 shares of the company’s stock valued at $278,000 after buying an additional 140 shares during the period. Stuart Chaussee & Associates Inc. raised its stake in shares of Exxon Mobil by 58.2% in the first quarter. Stuart Chaussee & Associates Inc. now owns 3,695 shares of the company’s stock worth $308,000 after buying an additional 1,360 shares in the last quarter. Finally, P. R. Herzig & Company acquired a new stake in shares of Exxon Mobil during the fourth quarter worth approximately $313,000.



June 1, 2016

Apple Inc. (AAPL) SVP Sells $5,000,000.00. in Stock


Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) SVP Angela J. Ahrendts sold 50,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $100.00, for a total value of $5,000,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 147,971 shares in the company, valued at approximately $14,797,100. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, May 12th. Stockholders of record on Monday, May 9th were issued a dividend of $0.57 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, May 5th. This is a boost from Apple’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.52. This represents a $2.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.28%.



Alphabet Inc (GOOG) Major Shareholder Sergey Brin Sells $24,339,026.40 in Stock


Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) major shareholder Sergey Brin sold 33,332 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $730.20, for a total value of $24,339,026.40. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 16,666 shares in the company, valued at approximately $12,169,513.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Major shareholders that own at least 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

Sergey Brin also recently made the following trade(s):

On Wednesday, May 25th, Sergey Brin sold 33,332 shares of Alphabet stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $731.28, for a total value of $24,375,024.96.

On Tuesday, May 24th, Sergey Brin sold 33,332 shares of Alphabet stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $723.75, for a total value of $24,124,035.00.

On Monday, May 23rd, Sergey Brin sold 33,332 shares of Alphabet stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $712.94, for a total value of $23,763,716.08.




Starbucks Co. (SBUX) Director Sells $700,272.36 in Stock


Starbucks Co. (NASDAQ:SBUX) Director William W. Bradley sold 12,654 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.34, for a total transaction of $700,272.36. Following the transaction, the director now owns 57,417 shares in the company, valued at $3,177,456.78. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.



Cummins Inc. (CMI) Director Sells $123,445.62 in Stock


Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) Director Alexis M. Herman sold 1,086 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $113.67, for a total transaction of $123,445.62. Following the transaction, the director now owns 29,084 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,305,978.28. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.



Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (CHD) Director Sells $4,907,500.00 in Stock


Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) Director James Craigie sold 50,000 shares of Church & Dwight Co. stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $98.15, for a total value of $4,907,500.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 59,328 shares in the company, valued at $5,823,043.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.



C R Bard Inc (BCR) CFO Christopher S. Holland Sells $872,963.30 in Stock


C R Bard Inc (NYSE:BCR) CFO Christopher S. Holland sold 3,970 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $219.89, for a total value of $872,963.30. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 31,306 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,883,876.34. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.




BTIG Research Downgraded Celgene Co. (CELG)


Celgene Co. (NASDAQ:CELG) was downgraded by BTIG Research from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report issued on Wednesday.

Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG) traded down 0.35% on Wednesday, reaching $105.15. The company had a trading volume of 582,034 shares. Celgene has a 12 month low of $92.98 and a 12 month high of $140.72. The stock has a market capitalization of $81.45 billion and a P/E ratio of 51.14. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $104.40 and a 200-day moving average of $105.86.

Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 28th. The biopharmaceutical company reported $1.32 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.29 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $2.51 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.59 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.07 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 20.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that Celgene will post $5.67 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.


Target Corporation (TGT): An Attractively Valued Dividend Champion on Sale


Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) operates general merchandise stores in the United States and Canada. Target is a dividend champion, which has paid dividends since 1965 and raised them every year for 48 years in a row.

The most recent dividend increase was in June 2015, when the Board of Directors approved a 7.70% increase in the quarterly dividend to 56 cents/share.

Among the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey, 34 investors reported long positions in Target Corporation worth $1.10 billion in aggregate as of the end of March, down from 38 funds holding $1.29 billion worth of shares a quarter earlier. These funds held around 2.20% of Target’s outstanding stock. Principal Global Investors’ Columbus Circle Investors owns 2.36 million shares of Target Corporation as of the end of March.

The company’s largest competitors include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

Over the past decade this dividend growth stock has delivered an annualized total return of 6.30% to its shareholders. Future returns will be dependent on growth in earnings and dividend yields obtained by shareholders.


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5 Dividend Stocks to Buy in June

It could be smart to pick up shares in these five dividend-paying stocks this month.



Shares in dividend-paying companies have a history of outperforming their non-dividend paying counterparts, but not every dividend stock belongs in an income portfolio. Some dividend-paying stocks pay a handsome yield because their businesses are struggling and their share prices have suffered. Rather than focusing solely on yield, a better bet might be to focus on quality.

We asked five of our top Motley Fool contributors what dividend stocks they think are top-shelf buys, and they came back with these picks, each of which has catalysts that could make buying them now a smart decision…



3 Perfect Stocks for Baby Boomers in Their 50s to Consider Buying

Sporting a solid mix of growth and future income potential, these three stocks could be ripe for the picking for baby boomers.



Investing for your future is important regardless of your age, but you could certainly argue that investing is especially important for baby boomers, quite a few of whom find themselves behind the eight ball when it comes to saving for retirement.

Even though baby boomers have lost valuable time with which to compound and grow their nest eggs, most people in their 50s still have two, three, or four more decades of life ahead of them. This means they need to continue investing to stretch that nest egg for as long as possible.

I know some boomers are still very leery of the stock market, especially with the broad-based S&P 500 nosediving 50% on two separate occasions over the past 15 years. However, even after 35 stock market corrections of at least 10% over the past 66 years, the S&P 500 continues to head higher. Sometimes it takes, weeks, months, or years, but the broad market indexes always shake off retracements to hit new highs -- and that's great news for the long-term investor.

Three perfect stocks for baby boomers
So what does the perfect stock for a baby boomer in their 50s look like? Ideally, it's a company that's paying a dividend, which could grow into a larger dividend over time. But it's also a company that offers better growth prospects than what someone in their 60s or 70s might be looking to buy. Here are three examples of perfect stocks baby boomers should consider buying…



Credit Suisse Upgraded Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFM)


Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) was upgraded by analysts at Credit Suisse from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, StockTargetPrices.com reports. The firm currently has a $40.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $30.00. Credit Suisse’s target price would suggest a potential upside of 23.65% from the stock’s current price.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of WFM. FDO Partners LLC purchased a new position in Whole Foods Market during the first quarter worth approximately $240,000. First Manhattan Co. raised its position in Whole Foods Market by 2.0% in the first quarter. First Manhattan Co. now owns 10,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $311,000 after buying an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. Quantum Capital Management raised its position in Whole Foods Market by 8.8% in the first quarter. Quantum Capital Management now owns 10,730 shares of the company’s stock worth $334,000 after buying an additional 867 shares in the last quarter. Exane Derivatives raised its position in Whole Foods Market by 108.2% in the first quarter. Exane Derivatives now owns 11,279 shares of the company’s stock worth $351,000 after buying an additional 5,861 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Iberiabank Corp raised its position in Whole Foods Market by 53.0% in the first quarter. Iberiabank Corp now owns 11,297 shares of the company’s stock worth $351,000 after buying an additional 3,915 shares in the last quarter.



Goldman Sachs Upgraded Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST)


According to an update released by analysts at Goldman Sachs the broker has now set a ‘Buy’ rating on shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) with a price target of 175.

On Wednesday Goldman Sachs upgraded its rating on shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation to ‘Buy’ issuing a recommended target price of 175 potentially meaning there is an increase of 17.63% from Costco Wholesale Corporation’s share price of 148.77.

Costco Wholesale Corporation has 438,368,000 shares currently held by shareholders which have a trade price of 148.77 totalling Costco Wholesale Corporation’s market capitalisation to 65.22B USD.




Credit Suisse Downgraded Helmerich & Payne (HP)


Helmerich & Payne (HP) 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 Jun 1, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Helmerich & Payne. Company shares were Reiterated by Cowen on May 3, 2016 to “Market Perform”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 58 from a previous price target of $54 .Helmerich & Payne was Downgraded by Scotia Howard Weil to ” Sector Perform” on May 3, 2016. FBR Capital Downgraded Helmerich & Payne on Apr 29, 2016 to ” Mkt Perform”, Price Target of the shares are set at $66.


Source: Market Digest

Morgan Stanley And Bank of America Downgraded Nike Inc (NKE)


Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) was downgraded by equities researchers at Morgan Stanley from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday, StockTargetPrices.com reports. They currently have a $60.00 price target on the footwear maker’s stock, down from their prior price target of $69.00. Morgan Stanley’s price target indicates a potential upside of 8.66% from the stock’s previous close.


Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) was downgraded by research analysts at Bank of America from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report released on Wednesday, The Fly reports.

A number of hedge funds recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Boston Advisors boosted its stake in Nike by 10.0% in the fourth quarter. Boston Advisors now owns 14,784 shares of the footwear maker’s stock worth $924,000 after buying an additional 1,340 shares during the period. J. W. Burns & Company boosted its stake in Nike by 8.0% in the fourth quarter. J. W. Burns & Company now owns 66,996 shares of the footwear maker’s stock worth $4,187,000 after buying an additional 4,970 shares during the period. Meag Munich Ergo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft bought a new stake in Nike during the third quarter worth approximately $26,543,000. Capital One National Association boosted its stake in Nike by 102.6% in the fourth quarter. Capital One National Association now owns 86,108 shares of the footwear maker’s stock worth $5,382,000 after buying an additional 43,611 shares during the period. Finally, 1ST Source Bank boosted its stake in Nike by 128.4% in the fourth quarter. 1ST Source Bank now owns 36,620 shares of the footwear maker’s stock worth $2,289,000 after buying an additional 20,590 shares during the period.



BTIG Research Downgraded Medtronic PLC (MDT)


Medtronic PLC (NYSE:MDT) was downgraded by equities research analysts at BTIG Research from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday, The Fly reports.

Shares of Medtronic PLC (NYSE:MDT) opened at 80.48 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $112.76 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 47.51. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $79.65 and its 200-day moving average is $76.88. Medtronic PLC has a 52 week low of $55.54 and a 52 week high of $82.00.

Medtronic PLC (NYSE:MDT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 31st. The medical technology company reported $1.27 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.26 by $0.01. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.16 earnings per share. The firm earned $7.57 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $7.49 billion. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Medtronic PLC will post $4.37 EPS for the current fiscal year.



May 31, 2016

Stifel Nicolaus Upgraded Agrium Inc. (AGU)


Agrium Inc. (NYSE:AGU) was upgraded by equities researchers at Stifel Nicolaus from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Tuesday.

A number of large investors recently added to or reduced their stakes in AGU. ICON Advisers bought a new stake in Agrium during the third quarter worth approximately $1,235,000. Somerset Trust Co increased its stake in Agrium by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Somerset Trust Co now owns 13,182 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,177,000 after buying an additional 58 shares in the last quarter. Raymond James Trust increased its stake in Agrium by 11.2% in the fourth quarter. Raymond James Trust now owns 14,125 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,262,000 after buying an additional 1,425 shares in the last quarter. Parsec Financial Management Inc. increased its stake in Agrium by 10.0% in the fourth quarter. Parsec Financial Management Inc. now owns 96,051 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,581,000 after buying an additional 8,750 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Great West Life Assurance Co. Can increased its stake in Agrium by 20.1% in the fourth quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 1,238,462 shares of the company’s stock worth $110,935,000 after buying an additional 207,145 shares in the last quarter.



UBS Upgraded Deere & Company (DE)


According to a research report issued by UBS Securities on Tuesday, shares of Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) had their rating upgraded by analysts to ‘Buy’.

The analyst said the brokerage has set a price target of 94 on shares of NYSE:DE. Based on the brokers price target of 94, this means UBS Securities believes there is a potential increase of 16.77% from the current stock price of 80.5.

Deere & Company has 314,258,000 shares which are currently owned by shareholders with a price of 80.5 calculating Deere & Company’s market capitalisation at 25.30B USD.



Berenberg Bank Downgraded Lockheed Martin Co. (LMT)


Lockheed Martin Co. (NYSE:LMT) was downgraded by Berenberg Bank from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday. They presently have a $260.00 target price on the stock, up from their prior target price of $250.00. Berenberg Bank’s target price suggests a potential upside of 8.29% from the stock’s current price.

The analysts wrote, “We favour Lockheed’s portfolio positioning, particularly with the US Department of Defense (DoD) programmes such as the F-35 which continues to ramp up, and anticipate strong demand for higher-margin missile programmes in 2016.”

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in Lockheed Martin by 0.8% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 17,430,560 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,785,047,000 after buying an additional 137,067 shares in the last quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP boosted its stake in shares of Lockheed Martin by 5.9% in the first quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 10,282,849 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,277,650,000 after buying an additional 571,953 shares during the period. Boston Partners boosted its stake in shares of Lockheed Martin by 1.3% in the fourth quarter. Boston Partners now owns 2,966,282 shares of the company’s stock worth $644,128,000 after buying an additional 37,925 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its stake in shares of Lockheed Martin by 1.9% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 2,837,204 shares of the company’s stock worth $616,099,000 after buying an additional 53,098 shares during the period. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Lockheed Martin by 5.8% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 2,276,461 shares of the company’s stock worth $503,268,000 after buying an additional 125,321 shares during the period.



Stifel Nicolaus Downgraded Potash Co. of Saskatchewan (POT)


Potash Co. of Saskatchewan (NYSE:POT) was downgraded by stock analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Tuesday, The Fly reports.

A number of other equities research analysts have also issued reports on POT. Vetr lowered Potash Co. of Saskatchewan from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Monday, February 1st. Cowen and Company reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Potash Co. of Saskatchewan in a research report on Monday, February 1st. Barclays reduced their price target on Potash Co. of Saskatchewan from $21.00 to $16.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, February 2nd. Sanford C. Bernstein reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $23.00 price target (down previously from $24.00) on shares of Potash Co. of Saskatchewan in a research report on Friday, February 19th. Finally, Susquehanna reduced their price target on Potash Co. of Saskatchewan from $17.00 to $14.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, February 22nd. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Potash Co. of Saskatchewan currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $18.83.




May 30, 2016

3 Dividend-Growth Stars With Yields Over 3% to Consider Today


As history has shown, owning a portfolio of dividend-paying stocks is the best way to build wealth over the long term, and this investment strategy generates the highest returns when you invest in stocks with high yields that raise their payouts every year. With these criteria in mind, let’s take a look at three stocks with high and safe yields of 3-5% and active streaks of annual dividend increases, so you can determine if you should buy one or more of them today.

Continue reading to find out these three…



Wait! Don't Sell These 3 'Dividend Traps' Just Yet

Nothing scares income investors like a dividend trap, but here are three that you can probably hold on to for a while.



Dividend traps are high-yield stocks that boast unsustainably high dividend payouts. On paper, they look like attractive income investments, but in reality, the high likelihood of a dividend cut would be catastrophic for share prices. A recent article pointed out three popular dividend traps and recommended selling them.

But not so fast. When it comes to investing, timing is everything. And most investors would probably agree that it's a good idea to hang on to an overpriced stock as long as that hefty price tag keeps going higher until you sell it.

Just like income investors shouldn't look solely at dividend yield, it's a huge mistake to ignore what's happening on the tape. After all, there are plenty of examples of "dividend traps" from a few years ago that have gone onto post substantial rallies in the intervening years.

Here's why you should wait to sell three popular dividend traps…


Source: TheStreet

Danger Lurks for These 3 High-Yield Dividend Stocks

Seagate, Las Vegas Sands, and BP currently boast eye-popping dividend yields. But investors could be in for a rude awakening.



For investors, few things are more attractive than a large dividend payment. Stocks that yield 2%, 3%, or even 4% can provide a steady stream of income and reliable, consistent performance.

But it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Stocks boasting excessively high dividend yields (5% or more) should be viewed skeptically, as the prospects of the underlying businesses might be dubious. After all, if it was as easy as buying a stock and collecting 7% a year, almost everyone would do it. If they did, the share price of the stock would rise, and the yield would fall, eventually reaching a level commensurate with other stocks on the market.

A high dividend yield, then, can paradoxically serve as a powerful warning sign. The market isn't always right -- indeed, it's frequently wrong -- and these stocks can make solid investments if their businesses continue to perform. But investors should certainly tread carefully.

Seagate (NASDAQ:STX), Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) and BP (NYSE:BP) are three such stocks with high dividend yields and uncertain futures…



These 5 Big Pharma Stocks Are Ridiculously Cheap

Looking for cheap big pharma stocks? These five deserve some attention.



It's hard to believe, but over the past year, the pharmaceutical industry has fared worse in the stock market than the energy sector. Some sword-rattling from political candidates sent the SPDR S&P Pharmaceutical ETF (NYSEMKT: XPH) crashing to a level it hasn't seen since late 2013.

Despite the recent drop, the ETF tracking bigger pharmas is still miles ahead of the broad market. And although the industry as a whole has fallen out of favor recently, I believe once the dust settles after November this group will continue its march upwards.

In the meantime, a handful of big pharmas are trading at ridiculously low prices based on their forward earnings estimates. Shares of Allergan (NYSE:AGN), Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK), Novartis (NYSE:NVS), Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), and Roche (NASDAQOTH:RHHBY) are trading at clearance rack prices.

Let's take a closer look at some of the individual bargains…



May 29, 2016

3 Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy in June

Our Foolish contributors think that Merck, Nestle, and 3M are all good dividend growth stocks to add to your portfolio. Here's why.



Every portfolio should hold at least a few dividend growth stocks. The problem is that it's not always easy to identify worthwhile contenders. To help, we asked three of our Foolish contributors to share income-generating stocks that might be worth picking up in June. Here's what they had to say.

Source: The Motley Fool

3 Defensive Stocks in Case of Brexit


With the EU referendum less than a month away, there’s a realistic chance that Britain could exit the EU. Whether you think this is a good or bad thing, the chances are that in the short term at least, the FTSE 100 will fall. That’s because investors tend not to like uncertainty and with Britain exiting the EU being an unprecedented event, it would be likely to cause a degree of fear in the short run.

As such, buying defensive stocks could prove to be a wise move. While many cyclical stocks may be hit hard, companies with robust and resilient business models may outperform their index peers as investors seek a perceived store of wealth.

Let’s take a closer look for those 3 defensive stocks in case of Brexit: National Grid plc, SSE plc and Severn Trent plc…

Source: The Motley Fool

Five Dividend Stocks Hedge Funds Love


Oil baron and America’s first billionaire John D. Rockefeller once said, ‘do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It’s to see my dividends coming in’. With tens of millions of more Americans invested in the stock market than in the early 1900’s, it is safe to say that dividends are giving more people pleasure than in the 1900’s. Given the importance of dividends to a security’s total return, we use recently filed 13F filings to take a closer look at some of the hedge fund world’s favorite dividend stocks, including Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC), Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), and AbbVie Inc (NYSE:ABBV).

Hedge fund sentiment is an important metric for assessing the long-term profitability. At Insider Monkey, we track over 760 hedge funds, whose quarterly 13F filings we analyze and determine their collective sentiment towards several thousand stocks. However, our research has shown that the best strategy is to follow hedge funds into their small-cap picks.

Let’s look closer those five favorite stocks…

Source: Insider Monkey

7 Major Analyst Upgrades Too Big to Ignore


The stock market had a solid week, and the notion of “sell in May and go away” seems to have not prevailed so far in 2016. Investors keep proving that they will buy the dips, even after the crazy selling in the first six weeks of 2016. The Dow was up 400 points from its lows of the week at one point on Friday, and the index is now positive for the year.

24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each morning of the week. This ends up being hundreds of calls each week. Our goal is to find new investing and trading ideas for our readers. Some of these analyst reports cover stocks to buy, and other reports feature stocks to sell or to avoid.

Of those reports with Buy ratings, many of these analyst calls end up having upside targets or having opinions that are just too big to ignore. The typical Dow or S&P 500 Index upgrade or new Buy rating typically comes with upside projections of 10% to 15%, so you have to consider that when an analyst is telling you to look for upside considerably higher. Some of these analyst calls stood out because they were just different from the consensus views.

Before chasing any analyst call, investors must understand that this should be only a starting point rather than an end decision. After all, analysts often have no more information than the rest of us. They also can end up being seriously wrong in their assumptions. Other times predictions fail just because things change or they just don’t work out.

These were seven top analyst upgrades, which mostly came from blue-chip companies or industry leaders, for the week ending May 27.


Source: 24/7 Wall St.

Microsoft Co. (MSFT) Christopher C. Capossela Sells 5,337 Shares of Stock


Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 5,337 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.89, for a total transaction of $271,599.93. Following the transaction, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 270,548 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $13,768,187.72. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.



Intel Co. (INTC) CEO Sells 71,413 Shares of Stock


Intel Co. (NASDAQ:INTC) CEO Brian M. Krzanich sold 71,413 shares of Intel stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $30.35, for a total value of $2,167,384.55. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 462,054 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $14,023,338.90. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link.


Source: Ticker Report


Halliburton Company (HAL) EVP Eric Carre Sells 10,425 Shares


Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) EVP Eric Carre sold 10,425 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, May 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.47, for a total value of $421,899.75. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 156,368 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,328,212.96. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.


Source: Ticker Report


Breitburn Energy Partners LP (BBEP) Director Sells 187,622 and SVP Sells 111,566 Shares


Breitburn Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:BBEP) Director Donald D. Wolf sold 187,622 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $0.09, for a total transaction of $16,885.98. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 8,892 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $800.28. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

Source: Ticker Report


Breitburn Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:BBEP) SVP Willis Jackson Washburn sold 111,566 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $0.09, for a total value of $10,040.94. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 2,615 shares in the company, valued at approximately $235.35. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.


Source: Ticker Report

American Express Company (AXP) CEO Sells $52,561,345.20 in Stock


American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) CEO Kenneth I. Chenault sold 838,968 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $62.65, for a total transaction of $52,561,345.20. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 1,444,572 shares in the company, valued at approximately $90,502,435.80. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.


Source: Ticker Report

Apple Inc. (AAPL) SVP Sells $9,997,374.00 in Stock


Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) SVP D Bruce Sewell sold 103,300 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $96.78, for a total transaction of $9,997,374.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 239,432 shares in the company, valued at approximately $23,172,228.96. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.


Source: Ticker Report