July 23, 2016

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) EVP Sells $2,464,685.00 in Stock


Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) EVP Kathleen Wilson-Thompson sold 29,695 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.00, for a total value of $2,464,685.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.



General Mills Inc. (GIS) VP Jerald A. Young Sells $2,008,916.70 in Stock


General Mills Inc. (NYSE:GIS) VP Jerald A. Young sold 27,890 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.03, for a total transaction of $2,008,916.70. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 86,271 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,214,100.13. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible throughthe SEC website.




Sysco Corp. (SYY) CEO William J. Delaney III Sells $1,045,123.44 in Stock


Sysco Corp. (NYSE:SYY) CEO William J. Delaney III sold 20,114 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $51.96, for a total value of $1,045,123.44. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 422,507 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $21,953,463.72. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.




Apple Inc. (AAPL) SVP Sells $3,579,700.00 in Stock


Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) SVP Angela J. Ahrendts sold 35,797 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $100.00, for a total transaction of $3,579,700.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 105,839 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,583,900. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.




Kansas City Southern (KSU) SVP and Insider Sells 3,111,832.72 in Stock


Kansas City Southern (KSU) SVP William J. Wochner Sells $2,607,544.72 in Stock.


Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) SVP William J. Wochner sold 26,521 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, July 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $98.32, for a total value of $2,607,544.72. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.



 Kansas City Southern (KSU) Insider David L. Starling Sells $504,288.00 in Stock.


Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) insider David L. Starling sold 5,100 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, July 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $98.88, for a total value of $504,288.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link.




Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) EVP Matthew S. Grob Sells $1,975,050.00 in Stock


Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) EVP Matthew S. Grob sold 33,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $59.85, for a total value of $1,975,050.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.





Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) Director Sells $453,000.00 in Stock


Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) Director Steven M. West sold 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, July 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $30.20, for a total value of $453,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 26,804 shares in the company, valued at $809,480.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.





Morgan Stanley (MS) Insider Sells $574,504.45 in Stock


Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) insider Jeffrey S. Brodsky sold 19,955 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.79, for a total value of $574,504.45. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 123,710 shares in the company, valued at $3,561,610.90. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.




Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) CFO and Insider Sells $2,451,460.00 in Stock

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) CFO Sells $1,595,860.00 in Stock


Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) CFO Michael M. Larsen sold 14,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $113.99, for a total value of $1,595,860.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.





Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) Insider Sells $855,600.00 in Stock


Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) insider John R. Hartnett sold 7,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $114.08, for a total value of $855,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 16,399 shares in the company, valued at $1,870,797.92. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link.




Accenture PLC (ACN) Insider and General Counsel Sells $552,764.68 in Stock

Accenture PLC (ACN) Insider Sells $99,364.68 in Stock


Accenture PLC (NYSE:ACN) insider Richard P. Clark sold 876 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $113.43, for a total transaction of $99,364.68. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 16,396 shares in the company, valued at $1,859,798.28. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed throughthis hyperlink.




Accenture PLC (ACN) General Counsel Sells $453,400.00 in Stock


Accenture PLC (NYSE:ACN) General Counsel Chad T. Jerdee sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $113.35, for a total transaction of $453,400.00. Following the transaction, the general counsel now directly owns 28,755 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,259,379.25. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.




July 21, 2016

4 Dividend-Growth Stocks That Can Help You Retire Early


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 own stocks that raise their payouts every year. With this in mind, let’s take a look at four stocks with high and safe yields of 3-5%, active streaks of annual increases, and the ability to continue growing their payouts going forward, so you can determine if you should invest in one or more of them today.


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Seeking High Quality Dividend Growth? Try Accenture


Accenture (ACN) is the type of high quality dividend growth stock I like to own in our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio.

The company has raised its dividend every year since it began paying one in 2005, recording annual dividend growth greater than 20% during that time period.

Accenture’s dividend scores extremely high marks for safety and growth thanks to the company’s healthy payout ratios, excellent free cash flow generation, clean balance sheet, and proven durability.

Let’s take a closer look at Accenture as a potential investment opportunity for investors building a dividend portfolio.



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5 Stocks to Buy and Hold for the Next Decade

Our Foolish contributors think that these five stocks could anchor your portfolio for the next decade.



Taking the long view is never easy. Even so, buying and holding stocks for lengthy periods of time -- such as a decade or longer -- is the only strategy proven to produce substantial gains on a consistent basis. Armed with this insight, our Foolish contributors offer five stock picks below that might be worth holding onto for the long-haul.



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10 Best Dividend Stocks to Own Now for a Safe Retirement

These blue chip stocks pay safe, generous dividends and form the foundation of a sturdy retirement portfolio.



With interest rates sitting near record lows, the stock market hitting all-time highs, and global growth remaining sluggish, many conservative investors seeking safe retirement income are anxious.

Dividend stocks have been a popular place to hunt for retirement income because they offer yields higher than Treasuries and provide the potential for income growth and capital appreciation.

However, not all dividend stocks are safe -- especially those with high yields and risky fundamentals.

This Conservative Retirees dividend portfolio looks through thousands of companies to find the best dividend stocks that offer a high yield, pay safe dividends, provide dividend growth in excess of the rate of inflation, trade at reasonable valuations, and are more defensive to preserve capital in the event of a market correction.

I found a number of high quality businesses that meet most of my criteria. Here are 10 of the best dividend stocks for safe retirement income:


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Better Buy: Gilead Sciences Inc. vs. Amgen Inc.

In the battle of the big biotech stocks, how do Gilead and Amgen stack up against each other?



Two of the biggest biotechs have produced quite different results for shareholders. Amgen's (NASDAQ:AMGN) valuation nearly doubled during the the last five years, while Gilead Sciences' (NASDAQ:GILD) stock price more than quadrupled.

Looking only at performance this year is a different story altogether. Amgen has basically tread water, with shares close to the same price as at the beginning of 2016. Gilead's stock price, on the other hand, has dropped by a double-digit percentage year-to-date.

All of that is in the past, though. Which of these big biotech stocks is the better pick for long-term investors going forward? Let's see how Gilead and Amgen stack up against each other.



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July 20, 2016

Deutsche Bank Downgraded T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (TROW)


T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (NASDAQ:TROW) was downgraded by equities research analysts at Deutsche Bank AG from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday. They presently have a $75.00 price objective on the stock, down from their previous price objective of $79.00. Deutsche Bank AG’s target price indicates a potential upside of 1.24% from the company’s previous close.

In related news, Director James A. C. Kennedy sold 50,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, April 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.75, for a total value of $3,887,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 1,340,183 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $104,199,228.25. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

T. Rowe Price Group (NASDAQ:TROW) opened at 74.08 on Wednesday. The firm has a market cap of $18.39 billion and a P/E ratio of 15.93. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $73.09 and a 200-day moving average of $72.12. T. Rowe Price Group has a 12 month low of $63.57 and a 12 month high of $79.22.




Bank of America Downgraded Nucor Corp. (NUE)


Nucor Corp. (NYSE:NUE) was downgraded by Bank of America Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued on Wednesday.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in NUE. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd raised its position in Nucor Corp. by 2.5% in the fourth quarter. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd now owns 94,029 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,789,000 after buying an additional 2,330 shares in the last quarter. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. raised its position in Nucor Corp. by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. now owns 480,039 shares of the company’s stock valued at $19,365,000 after buying an additional 1,497 shares in the last quarter. GAM Holding AG raised its position in Nucor Corp. by 9.5% in the fourth quarter. GAM Holding AG now owns 46,552 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,876,000 after buying an additional 4,040 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in Nucor Corp. by 2.1% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 19,190,256 shares of the company’s stock valued at $773,367,000 after buying an additional 397,271 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. raised its position in Nucor Corp. by 150.3% in the fourth quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 152,417 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,142,000 after buying an additional 91,513 shares in the last quarter.




Deutsche Bank Downgraded Union Pacific Corp. (UNP)


Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) was downgraded by equities research analysts at Deutsche Bank AG from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday.

Shares of Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) opened at 93.95 on Wednesday. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $88.36 and a 200-day moving average of $81.91. Union Pacific Corp. has a 1-year low of $67.06 and a 1-year high of $99.53. The firm has a market cap of $79.02 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.54.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 30th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, May 31st were paid a dividend of $0.55 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, May 26th. This represents a $2.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.34%.




Goldman Sachs Downgraded Enbridge Inc. (ENB)


Enbridge Inc. (NYSE:ENB) was downgraded by research analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. raised its position in Enbridge by 0.9% in the second quarter. NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. now owns 71,445 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,027,000 after buying an additional 604 shares during the last quarter. Independent Portfolio Consultants Inc. raised its position in Enbridge by 4.3% in the first quarter. Independent Portfolio Consultants Inc. now owns 14,837 shares of the company’s stock worth $577,000 after buying an additional 615 shares during the last quarter. Jones Financial Companies Lllp raised its position in Enbridge by 7.9% in the first quarter. Jones Financial Companies Lllp now owns 11,382 shares of the company’s stock worth $443,000 after buying an additional 831 shares during the last quarter. IFP Advisors Inc raised its position in Enbridge by 15.5% in the first quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 6,695 shares of the company’s stock worth $261,000 after buying an additional 899 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in Enbridge by 0.7% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 142,359 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,725,000 after buying an additional 1,050 shares during the last quarter.




Stifel Nicolaus Downgraded The Walt Disney Co. (DIS)


The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) was downgraded by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Wednesday. They currently have a $110.00 target price on the entertainment giant’s stock. Stifel Nicolaus’ price objective would suggest a potential upside of 10.59% from the company’s previous close. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

Other analysts have also recently issued research reports about the stock. Moffett Nathanson upped their target price on shares of The Walt Disney to $105.00 in a research note on Tuesday, April 12th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of The Walt Disney in a research note on Monday, April 4th. Bank of America Corp. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $130.00 price objective on shares of The Walt Disney in a research note on Friday, April 1st. Nomura Holdings Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $110.00 price objective on shares of The Walt Disney in a research note on Thursday, April 7th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Cos. raised shares of The Walt Disney to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 18th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have assigned a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $109.49.




Oppenheimer Downgraded Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ)


Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) was downgraded by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report issued on Wednesday.

Shares of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) opened at 55.70 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $227.05 billion and a P/E ratio of 12.63. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $53.99 and a 200-day moving average price of $51.40. Verizon Communications has a 12 month low of $38.06 and a 12 month high of $56.95.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 21st. The cell phone carrier reported $1.06 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.06. The firm earned $32.20 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $32.49 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.02 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up .6% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts anticipate that Verizon Communications will post $3.88 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.




July 19, 2016

A Four-Stock 4% Dividend Growth Portfolio


The market is soaring to record highs, making all stocks too expensive to buy, right? Wrong. While exuberance is in the air, there are still a few overlooked gems paying dividends nearly 4% with strong growth potential.

We can easily build a portfolio of four stocks with overall strong revenue growth, growing dividends and a 3.9% average portfolio yield. That yield will only grow in the coming years thanks to each company’s moat, making this a durable portfolio for an IRA or for investors eyeing retirement in the next decade or beyond.

So what’s in it? We’ve got four names: 


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The 3 Most Dangerous High-Yield Dividend Stocks

The 5%+ dividend stocks could yield more headaches and heartaches than profits.



Dividend stocks tend to be the foundation for most retirement portfolios. Investors have a bounty of reasons to choose dividend stocks over non-dividend-paying companies; the outperformance of dividend-paying stocks over the long-term relative to non-dividend payers is just one. Dividend stocks often have proven business models and clear long-term growth outlooks, and dividend stocks help hedge your downside during inevitable stock market corrections. Perhaps best of all, dividend payments can be reinvested into more shares of dividend paying stock. This process, known as compounding, results in a bigger dividend payment and even more shares of stock in a repeating pattern.

Ideally, dividend investors want the highest yields they can find for the least risk possible. This means finding high-yield dividend stocks -- generally stocks with a yield of 4% or higher -- that can be bought and held for a long period of time.

Unfortunately, not all dividend stocks were created the same. Some are harboring dangerous deteriorations in their underlying business models that provide investors with only a false hope of juicy returns. Here are three such high-yielding dividend stocks that I'd surmise are the stock market's most dangerous.


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S&P 500 Sector Laggards Offer Great Dividend Stocks: 4 to Buy Right Now


Any time the markets hit and establish new all-time highs, the concern among Wall Street professionals is always what catalyst is there to drive stocks higher? One thing is for sure, earnings are the ticket to continued advances in the market, and the sectors that have lagged the market over the last four to seven quarters may be the ones that deliver the goods for investors.

For a variety of reasons, energy, materials, financials and technology have struggled for the past year and a half. With easier comparisons and dollar strength abating, two of these sectors, technology and financials, account for 35% of the S&P 500 earnings, and could be the key to earnings growth. Toss in energy and materials, which account for an additional 10%, and the market could sustain a higher level overall earnings growth.

We screened the Merrill Lynch research database for one Buy-rated dividend-yielding stock in each sector. We found four that make good sense now.



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Two Good Dividend Stocks Yielding More Than 4%

A drugmaker and an MLP promise attractive payouts to investors yearning for better yields.



In our quest to find good dividend stocks yielding 5% or more, two promising candidates fell just below the cutoff. One is a foreign drugmaker,  AstraZeneca (AZN) and the other is a master limited partnership, or MLP, Teekay LNG Partners (TGP) focused on shipping liquefied natural gas. Both deserve the attention of income investors due to their attractive dividends and solid business prospects.

Some cautionary notes: Foreign stocks pose currency risk related to their markets in Europe or elsewhere. MLPs tend to be sensitive to interest rates and could slump if rates climb sharply. Also, MLPs issue complex K-1 forms, rather than standard 1099s, so they can be a headache come tax time. Consult a tax planner before investing.



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One Of Warren Buffett's Top High Yield Dividend Stocks: Verizon


Verizon (VZ) is one of Warren Buffett’s top high-yield dividend stocks. The company has paid dividends for more than 30 years and has increased its dividend for over 10 straight years.

Paying uninterrupted dividends for as long as Verizon has is usually the sign of a durable company.

Verizon is a blue-chip dividend stock that enjoys high barriers to entry in its core markets and has made a number of strategic investments to prepare itself for the technological changes impacting the communications industry.

With a high dividend yield in excess of 4% and a very safe dividend payment, Verizon is a company I like in our Conservative Retirees dividend portfolio.


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Become A Dividend King With These 3 Tech Stocks


Investors do not immediately think of dividends when they research tech stocks. Indeed, technology companies are largely associated with having high growth potential, and growth stocks generally don’t offer dividends. Some do, but the payouts are often too small to justify as a reason for buying shares.

Tech corporations which have the potential to significantly increase their cash payouts over time make for valuable investment prospects, even if they do not currently offer an attractive yield. They should be in demand because they have strong potential in giving current shareholders (or shareholders who buy soon) a higher dividend yield than they currently receive.

Here are three tech stocks,  AMAT, CSCO and AAPL, which have the ability to significantly increase the cash payouts they provide to investors.  Each of them is capable of generating a high level of cash flows, and this is the key reason for why they are able to support higher dividend payments to shareholders.

Let's take a look at these top three tech stocks …



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Here Are 10 High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Buy Now for Safe Income

With an average bang for your buck of 4.7% and growing payouts, these are all perfect for retirement portfolios.



As yields on the 10-year Treasury note fall to all-time lows and stock prices rise, the search for safety and return can be challenging.

However, here are 10 high-yield dividend stocks that are worth a look. Several are even in my Conservative Retirees dividend portfolio.

The upside price potential of these stocks adds even further appeal, due to their below market valuations or earnings that are on the verge of major recovery. High yields and price appreciation combine to make for interesting investing, and most of these companies are among the best blue-chip dividend stocks, due to their long histories of paying higher dividends.

Let's take a look at these top high-yield dividend stocks…



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Piper Jaffray Upgraded Hasbro Inc. (HAS)


Hasbro Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) was upgraded by analysts at Piper Jaffray Cos. from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday.

Other analysts have also recently issued reports about the company. Jefferies Group boosted their price objective on Hasbro from $74.00 to $76.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 12th. Vetr cut Hasbro from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $88.94 price target on the stock. in a research report on Monday, June 20th. Barclays PLC upped their price target on Hasbro from $73.00 to $91.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 19th. MKM Partners reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $84.00 price target on shares of Hasbro in a research report on Tuesday, July 12th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Hasbro from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 12th. Ten equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. Hasbro currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $87.66.




Jefferies Downgraded Digital Realty Trust Inc. (DLR)


Digital Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:DLR) was downgraded by stock analysts at Jefferies Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday.

Other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of Digital Realty Trust by 7.2% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 20,540,666 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,553,286,000 after buying an additional 1,374,273 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. boosted its position in shares of Digital Realty Trust by 3.0% in the first quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 5,358,846 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $474,204,000 after buying an additional 155,600 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp boosted its position in shares of Digital Realty Trust by 6.8% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 5,253,477 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $464,882,000 after buying an additional 333,477 shares during the last quarter. Jennison Associates LLC boosted its position in shares of Digital Realty Trust by 76.6% in the fourth quarter. Jennison Associates LLC now owns 2,416,718 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $182,752,000 after buying an additional 1,048,043 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in shares of Digital Realty Trust by 2.2% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,773,331 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $134,104,000 after buying an additional 37,947 shares during the last quarter.




Jefferies Downgraded Lexington Realty Trust (LXP)


Lexington Realty Trust (NYSE:LXP) was downgraded by research analysts at Jefferies Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Tuesday.

In other Lexington Realty Trust news, CAO Beth Boulerice sold 7,400 shares of Lexington Realty Trust stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.60, for a total transaction of $71,040.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief accounting officer now owns 190,617 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,829,923.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO T Wilson Eglin sold 50,000 shares of Lexington Realty Trust stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.78, for a total value of $489,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 2,155,854 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $21,084,252.12. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.




Citigroup Upgraded Tesoro Corp. (TSO)


Tesoro Corp. (NYSE:TSO) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Citigroup Inc. from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday. The firm presently has a $92.00 price objective on the stock, down from their previous price objective of $92.50. Citigroup Inc.’s price objective points to a potential upside of 19.76% from the company’s previous close.

Shares of Tesoro Corp. (NYSE:TSO) opened at 76.82 on Tuesday. Tesoro Corp. has a 52 week low of $67.80 and a 52 week high of $119.67. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $75.96 and a 200-day moving average of $81.86. The firm has a market cap of $9.19 billion and a PE ratio of 6.47.

Tesoro Corp. (NYSE:TSO) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 5th. The company reported $1.19 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.17. The firm earned $5.10 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.83 billion. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 21.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.98 EPS. On average, analysts expect that Tesoro Corp. will post $6.23 EPS for the current year.




Societe Generale Upgraded Schlumberger NV (SLB)


Schlumberger NV (NYSE:SLB) was upgraded by research analysts at Societe Generale to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday.

A number of other analysts also recently commented on SLB. Citigroup Inc. reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $83.00 price objective (up previously from $82.00) on shares of Schlumberger NV in a research note on Wednesday, March 23rd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued an “overweight” rating on shares of Schlumberger NV in a research note on Wednesday, March 23rd. Barclays PLC boosted their price objective on Schlumberger NV from $74.00 to $83.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, March 28th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Schlumberger NV from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Monday, March 28th. Finally, Evercore ISI dropped their price objective on Schlumberger NV from $79.00 to $78.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, March 28th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirty have assigned a buy rating and three have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $89.19.




Societe Generale Downgraded Halliburton Co. (HAL)


Halliburton Co. (NYSE:HAL) was downgraded by research analysts at Societe Generale to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Monday.

A number of other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on HAL. Citigroup Inc. restated a “buy” rating on shares of Halliburton in a research report on Sunday, March 20th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated an “overweight” rating on shares of Halliburton in a research report on Wednesday, March 23rd. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “buy” rating and issued a $42.00 price objective on shares of Halliburton in a research report on Wednesday, March 23rd. Barclays PLC boosted their price objective on shares of Halliburton from $40.00 to $41.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Monday, March 28th. Finally, Simmons restated a “buy” rating and issued a $43.00 price objective (up previously from $37.50) on shares of Halliburton in a research report on Monday, March 28th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twenty-eight have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $46.58.




July 18, 2016

HSBC Upgraded Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TEVA)


Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (NYSE:TEVA) was upgraded by equities research analysts at HSBC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday.

Other analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $69.00 price objective (down previously from $71.00) on shares of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in a research report on Tuesday, May 3rd. Mizuho reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $75.00 price objective (down previously from $78.00) on shares of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in a research report on Sunday, May 8th. Zacks Investment Research raised Teva Pharmaceutical Industries from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 15th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lowered Teva Pharmaceutical Industries from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday. Finally, Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $75.00 price objective on shares of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in a research report on Thursday, April 21st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, twenty have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $70.35.




BMO Downgraded Merck & Co. (MRK)


Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK) was downgraded by BMO Capital Markets from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday.

In other Merck & Co. news, insider Weir Mirian M. Graddick sold 30,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, July 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of €57.49 ($63.18), for a total transaction of €1,724,700.00 ($1,895,274.73). Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 162,151 shares in the company, valued at approximately €9,322,060.99 ($10,244,023.07). The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Kenneth C. Frazier sold 60,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of €58.00 ($63.74), for a total transaction of €3,480,000.00 ($3,824,175.82). Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 554,856 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately €32,181,648 ($35,364,448.35). The disclosure for this sale can be found here.




Mizuho Downgrades LTC Properties Inc. (LTC)


LTC Properties Inc. (NYSE:LTC) was downgraded by analysts at Mizuho from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday. They presently have a $53.00 target price on the real estate investment trust’s stock. Mizuho’s price target would indicate a potential upside of 0.63% from the stock’s previous close.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Squarepoint Ops LLC purchased a new position in LTC Properties during the first quarter valued at approximately $255,000. Aperio Group LLC increased its position in LTC Properties by 29.8% in the first quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 9,837 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $445,000 after buying an additional 2,261 shares during the last quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. increased its position in LTC Properties by 7.6% in the first quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 10,769 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $488,000 after buying an additional 757 shares during the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its position in LTC Properties by 123.0% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 12,036 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $623,000 after buying an additional 6,638 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Independent Portfolio Consultants Inc. increased its position in LTC Properties by 56.6% in the second quarter. Independent Portfolio Consultants Inc. now owns 12,860 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $665,000 after buying an additional 4,650 shares during the last quarter.




Citigroup Downgrades EMC Corp. (EMC)


EMC Corp. (NYSE:EMC) was downgraded by research analysts at Citigroup Inc. to a “market perform” rating in a research report issued on Monday.

Several other research firms also recently commented on EMC. Raymond James Financial Inc. downgraded EMC Corp. from a “strong-buy” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $29.00 price objective on the stock. in a report on Thursday, April 7th. Vetr downgraded EMC Corp. from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $28.49 price objective on the stock. in a report on Monday, March 21st. Longbow Research cut EMC Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $28.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Friday, May 27th. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $27.00 target price (up previously from $26.00) on shares of EMC Corp. in a research report on Thursday, April 21st. Finally, Macquarie cut EMC Corp. from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $30.00 target price on the stock. In a research report on Wednesday, July 13th. Eighteen analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fifteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $30.30.




JPMorgan Downgraded American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC)


American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) was downgraded by equities research analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report released on Monday.


In related news, VP Christopher Kuehl sold 153,987 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $19.55, for a total transaction of $3,010,445.85. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, CEO Gary D. Kain sold 368,953 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.55, for a total transaction of $7,213,031.15. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.




Baird Upgraded Coach Inc. (COH)


Coach Inc. (NYSE:COH) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Robert W. Baird from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report released on Monday. The brokerage presently has a $50.00 target price on the luxury accessories retailer’s stock, up from their prior target price of $45.00. Robert W. Baird’s target price points to a potential upside of 18.20% from the company’s current price.

COH has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Vetr lowered shares of Coach from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $37.88 price objective on the stock. in a report on Monday, March 21st. BMO Capital Markets cut their price objective on shares of Coach from $65.00 to $60.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, March 28th. Canaccord Genuity cut their price objective on shares of Coach from $55.00 to $47.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, March 28th. Cowen and Company cut their price objective on shares of Coach from $55.00 to $48.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, March 28th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG cut their price objective on shares of Coach from $50.00 to $46.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, March 28th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-one have given a hold rating and seventeen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Coach currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $41.72.




Morgan Stanley Downgraded CenturyLink Inc. (CTL)


CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE:CTL) was downgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley to an “underweight” rating in a research report issued on Monday.

Shares of CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL) opened at 31.32 on Monday. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $28.25 and its 200 day moving average price is $28.64. The company has a market capitalization of $17.10 billion and a PE ratio of 18.63. CenturyLink has a 1-year low of $21.94 and a 1-year high of $32.94.

CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported $0.71 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.68 by $0.03. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.67 earnings per share. The company earned $4.40 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.43 billion. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.1% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts predict that CenturyLink will post $2.59 EPS for the current fiscal year.



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Buy-Rated Dividend Stocks: Top 3 Companies: GM, EPR, ADC


TheStreet Ratings' stock model projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Our Buy, Hold or Sell ratings designate how we expect these stocks to perform against a general benchmark of the equities market and interest rates.

While plenty of high-yield opportunities exist, investors must always consider the safety of their dividend and the total return potential of their investment. It is not uncommon for a struggling company to suspend high-yielding dividends which could subsequently result in precipitous share price declines.

TheStreet Ratings' stock rating model views dividends favorably, but not so much that other factors are disregarded. Our model gauges the relationship between risk and reward in several ways, including: the pricing drawdown as compared to potential profit volatility, i.e. how much one is willing to risk in order to earn profits?; the level of acceptable volatility for highly performing stocks; the current valuation as compared to projected earnings growth; and the financial strength of the underlying company as compared to its stock's valuation as compared to its stock's performance.

These and many more derived observations are then combined, ranked, weighted, and scenario-tested to create a more complete analysis. The result is a systematic and disciplined method of selecting stocks. As always, stock ratings should not be treated as gospel — rather, use them as a starting point for your own research.

The following pages contain our analysis of 3 stocks with substantial yields, that ultimately, we have rated "Buy."



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These Are The Only Dividend Aristocrats I Would Consider Today


Generally speaking, the overall stock market is fully valued at best, and in many cases significantly overvalued.  Therefore, it is very challenging to find sound and attractive stocks to invest in today.  The challenge to find good value today is even more pronounced for the prudent dividend growth investor.  Low interest rates and a flight to quality have driven the prices of best-of-breed dividend growth stocks to unprecedented highs.


The premier universe of dividend growth stocks is the S&P’s Dividend Aristocrats.  This elite list of blue-chip dividend growth stocks is comprised of companies that have increased their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years, and many on the list have streaks that are even much longer than that.  If a long-term increasing dividend income stream is your objective, then the Dividend Aristocrats should be the first place you look for dividend growth investments.  It is certainly the primary place where I like to look for good dividend growth stocks.


With this article, I will review the seven S&P’s Dividend Aristocrats that I consider attractive and sound dividend growth investments in today’s overheated stock market. 



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The Only Dividend Champions And Contenders That Appear Attractively Valued


As the stock market continues its relentless advance, attractive valuations are getting harder and harder to find. This is especially true for the highest quality blue-chip dividend growth stocks. Perhaps more importantly, in addition to the market’s relentless advance, there has also been a clear flight to quality - especially with dividend growth stocks. Therefore, the vast majority of the best-of-breed blue-chip dividend paying stocks are currently trading at elevated levels. In other words, finding high quality and value is very rare today in the dividend growth segment.


This presents a conundrum for the prudent dividend growth investor with money available for investment. Prudence suggests that the quality of the companies chosen for their portfolios is extremely important. It only makes sense to try to invest in the highest quality companies you can find. However, the prudent dividend growth investor also needs to ask and answer another important question. At what point does excessive valuation turn quality into high risk investments? After all, the idea behind investing in quality is to lower risk.



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Like Dividends? I Bet You'll Love These 3 Stocks

Investors who are interested in reaping the benefits of owning in dividend stocks over the long term should take a look at Cintas, Boeing, and ExxonMobil.



Dividend stocks can be a valuable addition to your portfolio. By finding companies that return capital to investors on a regular basis, and reinvesting those dividends, you can generate compound returns that may outperform the broader market by a wide margin.


If that investment method sounds appealing to you, here are three stocks that you should either have on your radar or add to your portfolio today.



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9 Reasons to Buy Starbucks Corporation and Never Sell

Because, hey, who doesn't enjoy a great cup of coffee to go along with a multi-bagger stock?


On February 17, 2006, the Motley Fool's David Gardner recommended buying Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX). David noted the company's omnipresent brand, impressive growth, and top-of-the-line financials, among other reasons.

Investors that bought Starbucks on that day would have returned 225% on their investment as of the time of this writing, crushing the S&P 500 by 3.3 times over the same period (David has yet to recommend selling, by the way).

I think that Starbucks remains a stock that investors should buy and never sell. Here are nine reasons why.



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3 Top Dividend Aristocrats to Buy Now

Buying Dividend Aristocrat stocks is a good idea. Buying shares of Emerson Electric, ExxonMobil, and Nucor at today's prices is even better.


When buying Dividend Aristocrats, you are buying the creme de la creme of stocks out there. These are companies that have been paying a dividend -- and growing that payment -- since 1991. A lot has happened since then, and some of these companies have held onto dividend increase streaks for even longer than that. It's hard to argue against buying Dividend Aristocrats because they have displayed a remarkable consistency for long periods of time. At the same time, though, that doesn't mean every one of them is a buy today. Buying a great company can be a less-than-great investment if you pay a hefty premium.

Looking across the landscape of Dividend Aristocrats, here are three that stand out as worth buying today: Emerson Electric (EMR), ExxonMobil (XOM), and Nucor (NUE). All three have generated fantastic returns for shareholders over the long run.



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5 Speculative and Overvalued Companies to Avoid – July

Value investors should approach these stocks with caution


The market is filled with companies with a lot of hype that are touted as great investments, but Benjamin Graham taught that intelligent investors must look past the hype and avoid speculating about a company's future. By using the ModernGraham Valuation Model, I've selected five of the most overvalued companies reviewed by ModernGraham.

Each company has been determined to not be suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor according to the ModernGraham approach. Defensive Investors are defined as investors who are not able or willing to do substantial research into individual investments, and therefore need to select only the companies that present the least amount of risk. Enterprising Investors, on the other hand, are able to do substantial research and can select companies that present a moderate (though still low) amount of risk. Each company suitable for the Defensive Investor is also suitable for Enterprising Investors.



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