October 22, 2017

This Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: October 16-20, 2017


Disposals:


Medtronic PLC (NYSE:MDT) EVP Bryan C. Hanson sold 16,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $78.03, for a total transaction of $1,248,480.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Shares of Medtronic PLC (MDT) opened at 78.00 on Wednesday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $79.61 and its 200-day moving average price is $83.24. The company has a market capitalization of $105.66 billion, a PE ratio of 26.25 and a beta of 1.01. Medtronic PLC has a 1-year low of $69.35 and a 1-year high of $89.72. Read more…

Procter & Gamble Company (The) (NYSE:PG) insider Marylynn Fergusonmchugh sold 2,856 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $92.98, for a total value of $265,550.88. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Shares of Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE PG) traded up 0.11% on Monday, reaching $93.14. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 4,082,320 shares. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $92.54 and a 200 day moving average price of $89.78. The firm has a market capitalization of $237.51 billion, a PE ratio of 16.65 and a beta of 0.67. Procter & Gamble Company has a one year low of $81.18 and a one year high of $94.67. Read more …

McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC) Director Freeman A. Hrabowski III sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $98.68, for a total value of $296,040.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE MKC) traded down 0.01% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $99.12. The company had a trading volume of 247,998 shares. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $97.78 and its 200 day moving average price is $98.76. McCormick & Company, Incorporated has a 12 month low of $88.64 and a 12 month high of $106.50. The firm has a market capitalization of $12.35 billion, a PE ratio of 26.33 and a beta of 0.53. Read more …

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) insider Thomas E. Roos sold 975 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $205.47, for a total transaction of $200,333.25. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 24,630 shares in the company, valued at $5,060,726.10. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) traded up 2.09% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $207.49. 5,138,814 shares of the company traded hands. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated has a one year low of $133.03 and a one year high of $208.21. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $197.17 and a 200-day moving average price of $185.63. The firm has a market capitalization of $205.21 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.56 and a beta of 0.63. Read more …

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October 20, 2017

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of October 16, 2017


Upgrades:


Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a report released on Monday morning, Marketbeat reports. Several other analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub cut shares of Astrazeneca PLC from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Monday, July 24th. Liberum Capital cut shares of Astrazeneca PLC from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Thursday, September 14th. BNP Paribas raised shares of Astrazeneca PLC from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a research note on Monday, September 25th. Pareto Securities raised shares of Astrazeneca PLC from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 1st. Read more …

Bank of America Corporation upgraded shares of Emerson Electric Company (NYSE:EMR) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a report released on Tuesday. The brokerage currently has $79.00 price target on the industrial products company’s stock, up from their previous price target of $64.44. Other research analysts have also recently issued research reports about the company. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of Emerson Electric in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Morgan Stanley reissued an equal weight rating and issued a $67.00 price objective (up previously from $64.00) on shares of Emerson Electric in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. JMP Securities began coverage on Emerson Electric in a research report on Monday, June 19th. They issued an outperform rating and a $70.00 price objective on the stock. Read more …

Thomson Reuters Corp (NYSE:TRI) (TSE:TRI) was upgraded by analysts at Scotiabank from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports. Other analysts also recently issued reports about the company. Deutsche Bank AG upped their price objective on Thomson Reuters Corp from $50.00 to $55.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. BidaskClub upgraded Thomson Reuters Corp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 24th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Thomson Reuters Corp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $51.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, September 5th. Read more …

Citigroup Inc. upgraded shares of Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE:MRK) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday morning. The brokerage currently has $72.00 price objective on the stock. A number of other research firms also recently commented on MRK. BMO Capital Markets reissued an outperform rating and set a $73.00 price objective (down previously from $74.00) on shares of Merck & in a report on Monday, July 24th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Merck & from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. Credit Suisse Group reissued an outperform rating and set a $74.00 price objective (down previously from $75.00) on shares of Merck & in a report on Tuesday, September 5th. HSBC Holdings plc raised shares of Merck & from a reduce rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Read more …

Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE:WTR) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Wells Fargo & Company from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report released on Thursday. WTR has been the topic of a number of other reports. Zacks Investment Research cut Aqua America from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 12th. BidaskClub cut Aqua America from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 6th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $32.00 price target on shares of Aqua America in a research note on Friday, August 25th. Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Aqua America in a research note on Tuesday, September 5th. Read more …

Philip Morris International Inc (NYSE:PM) was upgraded by research analysts at Societe Generale from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Friday, Marketbeat reports. Several other equities research analysts have also commented on PM. Citigroup Inc. reduced their price target on shares of Philip Morris International from $125.00 to $117.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Friday. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $135.00 price target on shares of Philip Morris International and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, October 15th. SBG Securities upgraded shares of Philip Morris International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and boosted their price target for the company from $118.00 to $119.00 in a report on Friday, August 11th. Read more …

Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) was upgraded by equities researchers at Argus from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday. Other analysts also recently issued reports about the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Harley-Davidson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 23rd. UBS AG restated a “neutral” rating and set a $57.00 price target on shares of Harley-Davidson in a research report on Monday, June 26th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and set a $49.00 price target on shares of Harley-Davidson in a research report on Tuesday, July 4th. Read more …


Downgrades:


Jefferies Group LLC downgraded shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday morning, MarketBeat Ratings reports. They currently have $72.00 target price on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Q3 2017 earnings at $0.78 EPS, FY2017 earnings at $2.98 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $3.19 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $3.86 EPS, FY2020 earnings at $4.34 EPS and FY2021 earnings at $4.97 EPS. BMY has been the subject of several other reports. UBS AG reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $72.00 price target (up from $62.00) on shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Vetr raised shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $67.92 price target for the company in a research note on Monday, October 9th. Read more …

Magna International, Inc. (NYSE:MGA) (TSE:MG) was downgraded by stock analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a report issued on Monday. They currently have a $41.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $45.00. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)’s price objective indicates a potential downside of 23.29% from the stock’s current price. Other equities research analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. Royal Bank Of Canada increased their price objective on shares of Magna International from $60.00 to $61.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, August 14th. Cormark upgraded shares of Magna International from a “buy” rating to a “top pick” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Magna International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $52.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Read more …

Wells Fargo & Company lowered shares of Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE:NSC) from an outperform rating to a market perform rating in a research report released on Monday morning, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Several other equities research analysts have also issued reports on NSC. Scotiabank lowered Norfolk Souther Corporation from a sector outperform rating to a sector perform rating in a research report on Thursday, July 6th. Cowen and Company reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $130.00 target price on shares of Norfolk Souther Corporation in a research report on Tuesday, July 11th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an outperform rating and set a $139.00 target price (up from $133.00) on shares of Norfolk Souther Corporation in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. Read more …

Jefferies Group LLC downgraded shares of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Monday morning, Marketbeat.com reports. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Valero Energy Corporation’s Q3 2017 earnings at $1.82 EPS, Q4 2017 earnings at $1.10 EPS, FY2017 earnings at $4.83 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $1.92 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $1.91 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $2.01 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $7.41 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $6.94 EPS, FY2020 earnings at $6.79 EPS and FY2021 earnings at $6.40 EPS. A number of other research firms have also recently commented on VLO. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a hold rating and set a $73.00 target price (up from $65.00) on shares of Valero Energy Corporation in a research note on Wednesday, September 20th. Read more …

Eaton Corporation, PLC (NYSE:ETN) was downgraded by investment analysts at Bank of America Corporation from a “buy” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report released on Tuesday. Several other research firms have also recently issued reports on ETN. Morgan Stanley reissued an “overweight” rating and set a $88.00 target price (up from $87.00) on shares of Eaton Corporation, PLC in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. JMP Securities initiated coverage on Eaton Corporation, PLC in a research note on Monday, June 19th. They set a “market perform” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised Eaton Corporation, PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $87.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 5th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and set a $82.00 target price on shares of Eaton Corporation, PLC in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Read more …

Roche Holding Ltd. (NASDAQ:RHHBY) was downgraded by equities research analysts at Citigroup Inc. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday. Other analysts have also recently issued reports about the stock. Cowen and Company set a $38.00 target price on shares of Roche Holding and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating on shares of Roche Holding in a research note on Wednesday, July 26th. Societe Generale cut shares of Roche Holding from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 30th. Deutsche Bank AG cut shares of Roche Holding from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, July 7th. Read more …

Nike, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) was downgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note issued on Thursday. They presently have a $54.00 price target on the footwear maker’s stock, up from their previous price target of $52.30. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)’s price target would indicate a potential upside of 3.25% from the stock’s current price. A number of other equities analysts also recently commented on NKE. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “neutral” rating and set a $50.00 target price on shares of Nike in a report on Wednesday, June 21st. Morgan Stanley restated an “equal weight” rating and set a $56.00 target price on shares of Nike in a report on Wednesday, June 21st. Read more …

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) was downgraded by investment analysts at Bank of America Corporation from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday. They presently have a $285.00 price target on the restaurant operator’s stock, down from their prior price target of $390.00. Bank of America Corporation’s price target would suggest a potential downside of 12.38% from the company’s current price. CMG has been the subject of several other research reports. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) cut their price objective on shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill from $440.00 to $375.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, July 25th. Maxim Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $435.00 price objective (down previously from $470.00) on shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. Read more …

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) was downgraded by investment analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a note issued to investors on Friday. They presently have a $100.00 price target on the stock. J P Morgan Chase & Co’s target price points to a potential downside of 13.46% from the stock’s current price. Several other equities research analysts also recently commented on KMB. BidaskClub raised Kimberly-Clark Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, June 22nd. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $122.00 target price (down from $133.00) on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation in a report on Thursday, July 6th. Citigroup Inc. set a $134.00 target price on Kimberly-Clark Corporation and gave the company a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 7th. Read more …



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October 19, 2017

Realty Income: The Gold Standard In Safe And Steadily Growing Monthly Dividends


Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, can serve as a convenient way for regular investors to profit from rental real estate while also generating income for those seeking to live off dividends in retirement.

Realty Income (O) has become famous for its generous, secure, and steadily growing dividends (23 straight years of increases and counting), which are paid monthly and helped the company make our list of the best high dividend stocks here.

Let’s take a closer look at what makes Realty Income such a safe, high-yield income investment, and as importantly, whether or not today could be a reasonable time to add the stock to a diversified high-yield portfolio.

Business Overview


Founded in 1969 in Escondido, California, and going public in 1994, Realty Income is America’s largest single tenant property, triple net lease REIT.
At the end of Q2 2017, the company owned 5,028 properties in 49 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico, which are leased out to 250 tenants operating in 47 industries.




October 18, 2017

Is Brookfield Asset Management Inc. Still a Good Investment?


Brookfield Asset Management Inc.  (TSX:BAM.A)(NYSE:BAM) delivered strong second-quarter earnings in August, but the stock pulled back anyway, providing a great opportunity to pick up shares. They reached a low of $47.11, the lowest they’ve been since the beginning of 2017. Since then, though, shares are up over 12.5%, leaving investors questioning if Brookfield is still a good investment.

While it’s true shares are certainly more expensive, I remain bullish on the company’s long-term prospects and believe investors should use Brookfield as a core portfolio holding. Few other companies can give you exposure to such a diverse bag of assets like Brookfield, and the second-quarter results show that.

Assets under management continue to rise. In total, the company is sitting on US$257.5 billion, which is up 5.8% from a year prior. When you have that much on your book, you can get creative in ways you or I could only dream of. And when you’ve got solid management like Brookfield does, that creativity can be lucrative.




October 17, 2017

Nike Inc (NKE) Stock Is Overvalued and Vulnerable as a Dividend Stock

NKE is transitioning as retail struggles, now is not the time to buy.



It is almost impossible to find a large cap name at a decent price in the stock market these days. That’s because the stock market is now the second most expensive in history. Nike, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) regrettably doesn’t break that mold. Still, does NKE stock make sense for the dividend investor.  Is the Nike stock dividend safe?

Let’s take a look at its most recent quarterly results, which are for Q1 of FY18.

Nike stock delivered revenues of $9.1 billion, which was flat compared to the previous year. About 95% of this revenue was generated from the Nike brand itself, and the other 5% from Converse, although Converse revenues were down 16%.

It’s the gross margin numbers that show how tough things are for retail these days, with a 180 bps decline to 43.7%. Part of this was due to lousy currency exchange rates, but management said the rest was due to “a higher mix of off-price sales.” In other words, Nike had to discount to get product out the door.




October 14, 2017

This Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: October 9-13, 2017


Disposals:


Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) EVP Sean E. Harper sold 1,525 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $185.95, for a total transaction of $283,573.75. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ AMGN) traded up 0.18% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $185.79. 2,036,369 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The firm has a market capitalization of $135.57 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.92 and a beta of 1.36. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $182.35 and its 200 day moving average is $170.56. Amgen Inc. has a 52 week low of $133.64 and a 52 week high of $191.10. Read more …


General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) insider Alicia S. Boler-Davis sold 10,000 shares of General Motors stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.00, for a total value of $450,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Shares of General Motors Company (GM) traded down 0.26% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $45.21. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 14,028,075 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $65.88 billion, a P/E ratio of 7.86 and a beta of 1.44. General Motors Company has a 12 month low of $30.21 and a 12 month high of $45.43. The company has a 50 day moving average of $38.79 and a 200-day moving average of $35.62. Read more … 

Pepsico, Inc. (NYSE:PEP) insider Ramon Laguarta sold 21,449 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $110.51, for a total value of $2,370,328.99. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Shares of Pepsico, Inc. (NYSE:PEP) traded up 0.84% on Thursday, reaching $112.45. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,286,859 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $159.92 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.24 and a beta of 0.68. The company’s 50-day moving average is $113.49 and its 200 day moving average is $114.72. Pepsico, Inc. has a 12-month low of $98.50 and a 12-month high of $119.39. Read more …

BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) insider Mark Mccombe sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $478.99, for a total value of $478,990.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. BlackRock, Inc. (BLK) traded down 1.06% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $475.49. The company had a trading volume of 639,780 shares. The stock has a market cap of $77.13 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.27 and a beta of 1.72. BlackRock, Inc. has a 12-month low of $336.84 and a 12-month high of $485.23. The company’s 50 day moving average is $435.54 and its 200 day moving average is $414.91. Read more …

Hershey Company (The) (NYSE:HSY) VP Javier H. Idrovo sold 15,132 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, October 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $110.04, for a total value of $1,665,125.28. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Hershey Company (The) (NYSE:HSY) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $1.09 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.90 by $0.19. The company had revenue of $1.66 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.65 billion. Hershey Company (The) had a net margin of 8.95% and a return on equity of 119.66%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.85 EPS. Read more …

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October 13, 2017

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of October 9, 2017


Upgrades:


Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) was upgraded by research analysts at Bank of America Corporation from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, MarketBeat.com reports. The firm presently has a $116.00 price target on the transportation company’s stock. Bank of America Corporation’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 11.37% from the stock’s current price. Other research analysts also recently issued reports about the stock. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $108.00 price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Friday, June 30th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Kansas City Southern from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 22nd. Read more …

Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Wells Fargo & Company from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued on Tuesday. V has been the subject of several other research reports. UBS AG restated an “overweight” rating on shares of Visa in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Deutsche Bank AG upped their target price on shares of Visa from $124.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 10th. Nomura upped their target price on shares of Visa from $105.00 to $120.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, July 21st. KeyCorp restated a “buy” rating and issued a $110.00 target price on shares of Visa in a research report on Friday, August 25th. Read more …

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) was upgraded by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday. Several other brokerages also recently commented on JNJ. BidaskClub raised shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 17th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $128.00 price objective on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research report on Thursday, June 15th. Atlantic Securities downgraded shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $113.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Citigroup Inc. started coverage on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research report on Monday, September 25th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $140.00 price target for the company. Read more …

Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) was upgraded by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for Colgate-Palmolive’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.81 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.84 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $3.15 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $3.48 EPS. CL has been the subject of several other reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Colgate-Palmolive from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $79.00 target price on shares of Colgate-Palmolive in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Morgan Stanley raised Colgate-Palmolive from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and upped their target price for the company from $75.00 to $84.00 in a report on Monday, September 25th. Read more …

Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) was upgraded by equities researchers at Wells Fargo & Company from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report issued on Wednesday, The Fly reports. Other analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $147.00 target price (up previously from $140.00) on shares of Mastercard in a research note on Tuesday, July 18th. Citigroup Inc. raised their price target on Mastercard from $123.00 to $140.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, June 19th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Mastercard from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $136.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 5th. Read more …

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE:CP) (TSE:CP) was upgraded by J P Morgan Chase & Co from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a note issued to investors on Thursday. Other analysts also recently issued research reports about the company. Cowen and Company reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $172.00 price target on shares of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Bank of America Corporation lifted their price target on Canadian Pacific Railway Limited from $190.00 to $193.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 20th. Argus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $180.00 price target (up previously from $165.00) on shares of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited in a research note on Tuesday, July 25th. Zacks Investment Research raised Canadian Pacific Railway Limited from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $181.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Read more …

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) was upgraded by stock analysts at Barclays PLC from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research report issued on Friday, Marketbeat reports. The firm presently has a $55.00 price target on the auto manufacturer’s stock, up from their prior price target of $41.00. Barclays PLC’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 22.52% from the company’s previous close. Several other brokerages have also recently commented on GM. UBS AG restated a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 target price (up previously from $39.00) on shares of General Motors in a report on Wednesday. Citigroup Inc. restated a “buy” rating and set a $53.00 target price on shares of General Motors in a report on Monday. Royal Bank Of Canada increased their target price on shares of General Motors from $38.00 to $44.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Read more …


Downgrades:


Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) was downgraded by equities research analysts at Credit Suisse Group from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note issued on Thursday. A number of other brokerages have also issued reports on WSM. Buckingham Research decreased their price objective on Williams-Sonoma from $53.00 to $48.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Royal Bank Of Canada increased their price objective on Williams-Sonoma from $49.00 to $50.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Bank of America Corporation reissued an “underperform” rating and issued a $40.00 price objective (down from $44.00) on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. BidaskClub lowered Williams-Sonoma from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 28th. Read more …

Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB)‘s stock had its “buy” rating restated by Guggenheim in a research note issued on Friday. They presently have a $37.00 price objective on the stock, down from their prior price objective of $40.00. Guggenheim’s target price suggests a potential upside of 36.28% from the stock’s previous close. Several other equities analysts also recently commented on the stock. Wells Fargo & Company downgraded shares of Viacom from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 5th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Viacom from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Viacom from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $38.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $52.00 price objective on shares of Viacom in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Read more …

Walt Disney Company (The) (NYSE:DIS) was downgraded by Guggenheim from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. A number of other equities research analysts have also commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Walt Disney Company (The) from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. Bank of America Corporation reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $120.00 price target (down from $125.00) on shares of Walt Disney Company (The) in a report on Friday, September 8th. FBR & Co reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $97.00 price target on shares of Walt Disney Company (The) in a report on Friday, September 8th. UBS AG reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $126.00 price target on shares of Walt Disney Company (The) in a report on Tuesday, September 5th. Read more …



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October 12, 2017

GE Should Cut Its Dividend, But New Management Probably Won't Do So


I wrote about the issues facing GE in my Forbes column yesterday, and my only interest in GE as a potential investment is based on my asset management firm's income-based investing approach.  GE's 2017 share price crash has brought the common shares to a current yield of 4.2% based on the company's quarterly payout of $0.24, which was increased by a penny beginning with the January 2017 payout.

No management wants to cut a common dividend payout rate, and lowering the rate so recently after it was increased generally makes management look either feckless or myopic.  Neither is a quality valued by institutional investors. GE's CEO John Flannery took over on June 12th, and I am sure that cutting the dividend was not among his first priorities. That said, Mr. Flannery is a "finance guy"--it's hard to find anyone in GE's upper management who is not--and GE's payout is simply too high given an cash outflow in its core industrial business in the first half.

Can GE keep paying a $0.24 quarterly dividend?



October 10, 2017

3 Healthcare Dividend Stocks Ideal for Retirees

These healthcare stocks provide what every retiree likes: solid, dependable income and good long-term growth prospects.




What does an ideal investment portfolio look like for retirees? The answer to that question varies based on each individual's financial position and goals. However, nearly every retiree wants to have solid dividend stocks in their portfolios.

With healthcare making up nearly one-fifth of the U.S. economy, owning a few healthcare dividend stocks is a good idea for many retired investors. Three of the very best healthcare dividend stocks on the market right now are AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), and Pfizer (NYSE:PFE). Here's what makes these stocks ideal for retirees.




October 9, 2017

Five Of The Best International Dividend Stocks Today



The USA represents the biggest Stock Market with some of the best brands in the world with experienced management that can all but guarantee long-term success.

However, sometimes these companies are a bit overvalued – even considering potential growth in the coming years. For this reason, my intention today is to introduce a few international names that may have lower valuations, allowing us to diversify our portfolio risk.

To this end, I would like to introduce the following companies:

Rio Tinto (Australia), the world’s 2nd biggest miner

Saeta Yield (Spain), small bust fast growing solar farms companies

Munich Re (Germany), the world’s biggest reinsurer

Swiss Re (Switzerland), the world’s 2nd biggest reinsurer

Red Electrica, Spanish utility with 17 years of dividend increase and a 5% yield




October 8, 2017

This Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: October 2-6, 2017



Disposals:


Accenture PLC (NYSE:ACN) CEO Pierre Nanterme sold 38,589 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $135.03, for a total transaction of $5,210,672.67. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 179,083 shares in the company, valued at approximately $24,181,577.49. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.  Accenture PLC (NYSE:ACN) opened at 134.25 on Wednesday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $132.95 and its 200-day moving average price is $125.87. Accenture PLC has a 52 week low of $112.31 and a 52 week high of $138.70. The company has a market cap of $82.90 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.67 and a beta of 1.08. Read more …

Gap, Inc. (The) (NYSE:GPS) CEO Jeff Kirwan sold 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $29.38, for a total value of $29,380.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 25,268 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $742,373.84. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.
Jeff Kirwan also recently made the following trade(s): Read more …


Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) Director Richard Haythornthwaite sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $142.51, for a total value of $712,550.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 45,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,452,567.78. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Shares of Mastercard Incorporated (MA) opened at 143.75 on Friday. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $137.71 and its 200-day moving average price is $125.00. The company has a market capitalization of $153.08 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.67 and a beta of 1.18. Mastercard Incorporated has a 52 week low of $99.51 and a 52 week high of $143.78. Read more …

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) insider Angela J. Ahrendts sold 63,388 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $154.21, for a total value of $9,775,063.48. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Read more …

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) insider Philip W. Schiller sold 56,808 shares of Apple stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $154.70, for a total transaction of $8,788,197.60. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) traded up 1.24% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $155.39. 21,278,273 shares of the stock traded hands. Apple Inc. has a 1-year low of $104.08 and a 1-year high of $164.94. The stock has a market cap of $802.62 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.64 and a beta of 1.27. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $158.23 and its 200-day moving average price is $150.89. Read more …


Acquisitions:


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