June 14, 2016

3 Elite Canadian Banks For Dividends: Royal Bank Of Canada

It is difficult to find safe investments with 3%+ dividend yields and solid growth prospects.

Many equities today are priced on the rich side of valuations resulting in lowered dividend yields. Low interest rates have made bonds a poor value for income seeking investors.

The benefits of investing in high quality stocks with above average yields and good growth prospects – trading at fair or better prices – are well-known to long-term investors.

What if you could quickly identify an entire group of these stocks? This article takes a look at one such group the market is overlooking:

The Canadian banking sector.

There are 3 large Canadian banks that rank as a ‘Buy’.

This article gives an overview of the favorable investment prospects of the Canadian banking system. It also analyzes 1 of the 3 highly ranked Canadian Banks in detail: Royal Bank of Canada (RY).

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Five Telecom Services Stocks To Buy Now

U.S stocks started 2016 with a painful correction, with the S&P 500 having fallen by more than 11% during the first six weeks of the year. Telecom stocks were among the first to halt the fall and recover from the sell-off, so it is no wonder that hedge funds awarded them more attention during the first quarter. Overall, the Dow Jones U.S. Telecommunications Index is currently up by roughly 14% in 2016, outpacing the S&P 500 by ten percentage points. In this article we’ll take a look at five telecom stocks hedge funds like the most and see how they were being traded in the first quarter.

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June 13, 2016

5 Blue Chip Stocks to Buy for Dividend Income

From AT&T to Wal-Mart, these blue chip stocks will boost your dividend income

One of the best ways to boost your dividend income is to invest in blue chip stocks. Blue chip stocks are large, well-established market leaders, and financially sound. They also tend to be stocks with dividends that lesser companies simply can't match. To start your search, here are five top dividend stocks, each a blue chip in its own right.

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Dividend Stocks Retirees Can Buy

Retirees should be selective when picking dividend-paying stocks to own in their portfolios, and these five stocks may have what it takes to warrant stashing them away in income portfolios.

It's been shown that long-term investing outperforms short-term trading, and that dividend-paying stocks outperform their non-dividend-paying peers. Because of that, dividend-paying stocks can be perfect for retirees to own in their portfolios. However, not every dividend-paying stock is worth owning.

For example, some companies have a high-dividend yield because their businesses are faltering. To help retirees separate the good dividend-paying stocks from the bad, I scoured the dividend-paying universe of stocks, and came up with five investment ideas that may be worth including in retiree portfolios.

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Morgan Stanley Downgraded Occidental Petroleum Co. (OXY)

Occidental Petroleum Co. (NYSE:OXY) was downgraded by investment analysts at Morgan Stanley from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday, The Fly reports.

A number of large investors have added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Advantus Capital Management Inc increased its stake in Occidental Petroleum by 2.6% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 73,507 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,970,000 after buying an additional 1,884 shares during the last quarter. Spirit of America Management acquired a new position in shares of Occidental Petroleum during the fourth quarter worth approximately $1,670,000. Factory Mutual Insurance Company acquired a new stake in Occidental Petroleum during the fourth quarter worth $18,255,000. Bank of Montreal Can increased its stake in Occidental Petroleum by 5.5% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 762,251 shares of the company’s stock worth $51,537,000 after buying an additional 40,003 shares during the period. Finally, Janus Capital Management increased its stake in Occidental Petroleum by 290.5% in the third quarter. Janus Capital Management now owns 123,114 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,144,000 after buying an additional 91,587 shares during the period.

Macquarie Downgrades Vodafone Group plc

Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) was downgraded by stock analysts at Macquarie to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued on Monday. They presently have a GBX 225 ($3.29) price objective on the cell phone carrier’s stock, down from their previous price objective of GBX 235 ($3.44). Macquarie’s price target would suggest a potential upside of 4.72% from the company’s previous close.

In other Vodafone Group plc news, insider Dopfner ,Mathias bought 11,500 shares of Vodafone Group plc stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 30th. The shares were bought at an average price of GBX 221 ($3.23) per share, with a total value of £25,415 ($37,199.94).
Shares of Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) opened at 213.0000 on Monday. Vodafone Group plc has a 52 week low of GBX 197.70 and a 52 week high of GBX 247.15. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of GBX 225.77 and a 200-day moving average price of GBX 219.76. The stock’s market cap is GBX 56.57 billion.