January 7, 2017

5 Best Dividend Stocks to Watch in January 2017

It has been a phenomenal year for the U.S. stock market. All three major indices posted sizable gains. Moreover, many high-paying dividend stocks helped boost the yield of income investors’ portfolios.

As dividend investors, we don’t usually pay too much attention to what the market is doing. However, there are quite a few dividend-paying stocks with major upside potential going into the New Year. So let’s take a look at the five best dividend stocks to watch in January 2017.

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January 6, 2017

Beaten-Down Gilead Is My Top 2017 Pick

As value investors, we rarely get a chance to buy dynamic biotech companies since they typically sell at 20x (or more) earnings. In the last two decades, in those rare cases where a biotech company has sold for under 10x earnings, we have ultimately done quite well on the investment. We think Gilead Sciences (GILD) represents one of those opportunities today and feel the stock is a "table-pounding" buy.

By simple valuation metrics, the shares are dirt cheap. The company sells at 6.6x 2016's EPS of $11.40, 6.9x 2017's EPS of $10.87, and pays a 2.5% dividend. Beyond selling at a great price, the company has leading drug franchises in the HIV and hepatitis C markets and has a respectable pipeline. It also has a solid balance sheet with $4 billion of net cash, strong free cash flow at $14 billion per year and a top-tier, shareholder-oriented management team.

Source: TheStreet

January 5, 2017

5 Warren Buffett Stocks to Buy in January

Warren Buffett is one of the most widely followed investors in the world, and it's not hard to figure out why. Buffett's acumen for identifying winning businesses helped grow Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE:BRK-A)(NYSE:BRK-B) book value by more than 19% annually over the past five decades. That's an unbelievable track record that almost no one else can match.

For that reason, many investors regularly comb through Buffett's holdings to identify winning stocks to buy. Knowing that, we asked a team of Fools to highlight a Buffett stock that they believe is a strong buy as we head into the new year. Read on to see why they picked International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), M&T Bank Corp. (NYSE:MTB), Moody's (NYSE:MCO), General Electric (NYSE:GE), and Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX).

January 4, 2017

7% Yielding Tobacco Stock With Rising Dividends Since 1999

Dividend growth investors love high yields and growing dividends, but it’s rare to find both of these characteristics in the same company. This often results in splitting portfolio allocations into “growth” and “income”.

What if I told you that there was a Dividend Achiever with a 7% dividend yield?

Dividend Achievers are stocks with 10+ consecutive years of dividend increases. The tobacco stock analyzed in this article has increased its dividends every year since 1999.

This article outlines the investment prospects of Vector Group (VGR), a company with the characteristics mentioned above.

Source: TalkMarkets

January 3, 2017

3 Reasons to Buy Pfizer Stock for Retirement

Blue-chip dividend-paying stocks should be part of any retirement portfolio, and one of the best of the bunch these days is drugmaker Pfizer (symbol PFE). Here are three reasons we like the stock for retirees.

With sales estimated at more than $51 billion in 2016, Pfizer ranks as one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. The firm muddled through a few slow years after its patent for the cholesterol drug Lipitor expired in 2011, but it’s past that now. Investments in research and development, along with acquisitions, have resulted in several hit drugs on the market, including Ibrance, to treat breast cancer, blood thinner Eliquis and Xeljanz, a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Pfizer is now working on 94 drugs, including 41 in late-stage development to treat various cancers, diabetes and other ailments.

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January 2, 2017

J M Smucker Co (SJM) Dividend Stock Analysis

The J M Smucker Co (NYSE:SJM) engages in manufacturing and marketing branded food products primarily in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company is a member of the dividend achievers index, and has boosted distributions for nineteen years in a row.

The company’s last dividend increase was in July 2016 when the Board of Directors approved an 11.90% increase to 75 cents/share. The company’s largest competitors include Conagra Brands Inc (NYSE:CAG), Kraft Foods Group Inc (NASDAQ:KRFT) and Hershey Co (NYSE:HSY).

Over the past decade this dividend growth stock has delivered an annualized total return of 14.10% to its shareholders.

United Technologies Can Take Your Portfolio Income To The Top Floor

United Technologies (UTX) is a diversified global industrial. It has strong brands, and a highly profitable business model.

In addition, United Technologies generates strong cash flow, which it uses to reward shareholders with rising dividends.

As a result, the stock receives a high score using the 8 Rules of Dividend Investing.
It is also a Dividend Achiever.

The company has paid a dividend on its common stock each year since 1936.

With a 2.6% dividend yield, solid dividend growth, and a cheap valuation, United Technologies could be a winning stock pick for 2017.

United Technologies is an industrial manufacturer. Its customers are in the commercial aerospace, defense, and building industries.

It operates in four segments, which are roughly equal in size:

Source: TalkMarkets