January 28, 2017

Intel Corporation (INTC) Upgraded by Morgan Stanley

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) was upgraded by equities researchers at Morgan Stanley from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday.

A number of other analysts have also recently commented on the company. Credit Suisse Group lifted their price objective on Intel Corporation to $45.00 in a research report on Friday. Needham & Company LLC lifted their price target on Intel Corporation to $43.00 in a report on Friday. B. Riley restated a “buy” rating and issued a $44.00 price target on shares of Intel Corporation in a report on Friday. Mizuho restated an “in-line” rating on shares of Intel Corporation in a report on Friday. Finally, Cowen and Company restated a “market perform” rating on shares of Intel Corporation in a report on Friday. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have assigned a hold rating and thirty have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $40.19.




Ford Motor Company (F) Upgraded by Royal Bank Of Canada

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report issued on Friday. The firm presently has a $14.00 target price on the auto manufacturer’s stock, up from their prior target price of $13.00. Royal Bank Of Canada’s target price points to a potential upside of 12.09% from the company’s current price.

Other equities research analysts have also issued reports about the company. Vetr lowered Ford Motor Company from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $13.12 price target on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, November 22nd. Instinet increased their price target on Ford Motor Company from $14.00 to $14.50 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 21st. TheStreet upgraded Ford Motor Company from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 5th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Ford Motor Company from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 2nd. Finally, RBC Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $13.00 price target on shares of Ford Motor Company in a research report on Wednesday, January 4th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating, fourteen have given a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $13.66.




Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT) Upgraded by Wells Fargo & Company

Caterpillar, Inc. (NYSE:CAT) was upgraded by analysts at Wells Fargo & Company from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued on Friday. The firm presently has a $118.00 price target on the stock. Wells Fargo & Company’s target price suggests a potential upside of 19.20% from the stock’s previous close.

A number of other equities research analysts have also weighed in on the stock. Barclays PLC boosted their price objective on shares of Caterpillar to $100.00 in a report on Friday. Standpoint Research downgraded shares of Caterpillar from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday. Longbow Research reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Caterpillar in a research note on Wednesday. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $111.00 target price (up from $101.00) on shares of Caterpillar in a research note on Thursday, January 19th. Finally, CLSA reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Caterpillar in a research note on Tuesday, January 10th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. Caterpillar has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $84.95.





Cummins: A Blue Chip Dividend Growth Stock On The Rebound


Historically, industrial dividend growth stocks such as engine maker Cummins (CMI) have done a great job of enriching long-term investors, especially if you’ve reinvested the dividends.

For example, Cummins has delivered an annualized total return of 15.4% since mid-1995, nearly doubling the S&P 500’s 8.5% annual total return.

However, Cummins has fallen on hard times in recent years while its share price has returned over 70% since early 2016, creating potential concerns for value-focused investors.

Let’s take a closer look under the hood of this venerable blue chip dividend stock to see if and when its business fortunes may turn around.

More importantly, find out if Cummins is an attractive dividend growth stock at today’s share price or whether investors would be better off waiting for a correction before initiating or adding to their positions.



Source: TalkMarkets

January 27, 2017

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) is Upgraded by Citigroup

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) was Upgraded by Citigroup to ” Neutral” and the brokerage firm has set the Price Target at $65. Earlier the firm had a rating of “Sell ” on the company shares. Citigroup advised their Clients and Investors in a research report released on Jan 27, 2017.

Based on several research reports , Company shares were Reiterated by BMO Capital Markets on Jan 27, 2017 to “Outperform”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 71 from a previous price target of $69 .Microsoft Corporation was Initiated by Wells Fargo to “Outperform” on Jan 11, 2017. Piper Jaffray Initiated Microsoft Corporation on Dec 22, 2016 to “Overweight”, Price Target of the shares are set at $80.Company shares were Upgraded by Goldman on Nov 17, 2016 to ” Buy”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 68 from a previous price target of $60 .Microsoft Corporation was Upgraded by Atlantic Equities to ” Neutral” on Nov 10, 2016.



Emerson Electric Company (EMR) Upgraded by Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Emerson Electric Company (NYSE:EMR) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note issued on Friday.

EMR has been the subject of several other research reports. HSBC Holdings plc initiated coverage on Emerson Electric Company in a research report on Friday, October 7th. They issued a “reduce” rating for the company. Vetr upgraded Emerson Electric Company from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $47.31 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, October 10th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Emerson Electric Company from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 19th. Bank of America Corporation upgraded Emerson Electric Company from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and lifted their price objective for the company from $45.00 to $60.00 in a research report on Monday, January 9th. Finally, Buckingham Research upgraded Emerson Electric Company from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 13th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $51.56..




Rogers Communication, Inc. (RCI) Upgraded by Canaccord

Rogers Communication, Inc. (NYSE:RCI) (TSE:RCI.B) was upgraded by investment analysts at Canaccord Genuity from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued on Thursday, The Fly reports.

A number of other equities research analysts have also issued reports on RCI. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Rogers Communication from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 13th. Barclays PLC set a $40.00 price objective on shares of Rogers Communication and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 14th. RBC Capital Markets reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Rogers Communication in a research note on Tuesday, October 18th. Credit Suisse Group reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $54.00 price objective (up previously from $53.00) on shares of Rogers Communication in a research note on Tuesday, October 18th. Finally, Scotiabank reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $60.00 price objective on shares of Rogers Communication in a research note on Tuesday, October 18th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $51.00.



January 26, 2017

3 Dividend Aristocrats to Buy for Income and Growth

These dividend-payers do a lot better than anemic growth



I’m kind of down on dividend stocks these days. That’s not because dividend stocks are a bad idea, it’s just that the market is about 20% overvalued, and the rush to replace meager bond income resulted in dividend stocks being bid up too far. So that’s why I prefer to stick with Dividend Aristocrats.

Dividend Aristocrats have a slight advantage over what might be characterized as your standard blue-chip stock, in that they have been raising dividends annually for over 25 years straight.

That speaks to a high degree of success in the business, of course, but it also speaks to ongoing growth. It means that free cash flow is likely expanding from year to year, thus permitting more of that cash flow to be paid out as a dividend.

So here are three Dividend Aristocrats that I think pay a reasonable dividend, but also have a shot at capital gains.



Source: InvestorPlace

January 25, 2017

Bill Gates’ Stock Portfolio: Every Holding Analyzed


Bill Gates is the richest man in the world. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has a massive $18.5 billion endowment.

That kind of wealth is something the vast majority of us can only dream of. However, there is one similarity between the everyday investor and the wealthiest person on the planet: We’re all looking for good stocks to buy and hold for the long-term.

Bill Gates is a personal friend of Warren Buffett, so it’s no surprise to see the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation take a similar approach to investing as the Oracle of Omaha.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation owns several highly profitable companies, with sustainable competitive advantages. Many of the stocks also pay dividends to shareholders, and grow their dividend payouts over time.

Without further ado, here are the top 16 stocks held by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.



Source: TalkMarkets

ONEOK, Inc. (OKE) Downgraded by Citigroup Inc.

ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE) was downgraded by equities researchers at Citigroup Inc. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday.

A number of other analysts also recently issued reports on OKE. Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of ONEOK from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $48.00 to $50.00 in a report on Tuesday, October 4th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Deutsche Bank AG upgraded shares of ONEOK from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and boosted their target price for the company from $49.00 to $52.00 in a research report on Monday, October 10th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and issued a $46.00 target price on shares of ONEOK in a research report on Sunday, October 16th. Credit Suisse Group restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $54.00 target price (up from $49.00) on shares of ONEOK in a research report on Sunday, December 4th. Finally, Barclays PLC cut shares of ONEOK from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and boosted their target price for the company from $49.00 to $58.00 in a research report on Tuesday, December 13th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and thirteen have given a hold rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $46.08.





HCP, Inc. (HCP) Upgraded at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) was upgraded by investment analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued on Wednesday.

Several other research firms have also weighed in on HCP. Vetr lowered HCP from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $30.75 price target on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, December 20th. Barclays PLC reissued an “equal weight” rating and set a $32.00 price target on shares of HCP in a research report on Thursday, January 5th. RBC Capital Markets set a $30.00 target price on HCP and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded HCP from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $41.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 5th. Finally, Bank of America Corporation upgraded HCP from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $38.50 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 4th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. HCP has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $33.35.




January 24, 2017

Wal-Mart vs Target – Stock Faceoff: Giants Of Retail


On the back of a strong holiday season, retailers are back in the spotlight. To start out the new year, we want to take the time to circle back to two of our previous long ideas on some of the giants in the retail industry: Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT).

We recommended both of these companies to investors in 2015. So far, both picks have underperformed. WMT is up 1% since our call, vs. 14% for the S&P 500. TGT has dropped by 11% while the S&P is up 6%.

Both stocks still look sound, while earning our Attractive rating. Since these are two of the largest retailers in America, and direct competitors, it seems fair to ask: which is the better stock for investors in 2017?

In this article, we will judge Wal-Mart and Target on five key categories:

Profitability
Valuation
Cash Flow Yield
Corporate Governance
Growth Opportunities

Two stocks enter. One stock leaves. Who will emerge the champion in this faceoff of retail giants?



Source: ValueWalk

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Downgraded by Barclays PLC

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was downgraded by Barclays PLC to an “equal weight” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday.

Several other equities analysts also recently commented on AAPL. Piper Jaffray Cos. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $151.00 price objective on shares of Apple in a research note on Monday, September 26th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $123.00 price objective on shares of Apple in a research note on Monday, September 26th. Bank of America Corp. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $125.00 price objective on shares of Apple in a research note on Tuesday, September 27th. Brean Capital reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Apple in a research note on Wednesday, September 28th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $125.00 price objective on shares of Apple in a research note on Wednesday, September 28th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, forty-one 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 price target of $130.13.




January 23, 2017

Barclays PLC Downgrades Unilever plc (UL)

Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) was downgraded by stock analysts at Barclays PLC from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday.

Other equities research analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. Jefferies Group upgraded shares of Unilever plc from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 13th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Unilever plc from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 16th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut Unilever plc from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 7th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. Unilever plc currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $46.00.




Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Downgraded by CLSA and Nomura

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) was downgraded by stock analysts at CLSA from a “buy” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report issued on Monday.

Other equities research analysts have also recently issued research reports about the stock. Nomura cut shares of Qualcomm from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and lowered their target price for the stock from $80.00 to $70.00 in a research note on Monday. Instinet cut shares of Qualcomm from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $70.00 target price on the stock. in a research note on Monday. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $70.00 target price (up previously from $63.00) on shares of Qualcomm in a research note on Monday, October 3rd. Cowen and Company reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $74.00 target price on shares of Qualcomm in a research note on Monday, November 7th. Finally, Susquehanna began coverage on shares of Qualcomm in a research note on Tuesday, December 20th. They set a “positive” rating and a $80.00 target price on the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty have issued a hold rating, seventeen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $67.68.




Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) Downgraded by Wells Fargo & Co.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) was downgraded by investment analysts at Wells Fargo & Co. from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report issued on Monday.

VZ has been the subject of several other reports. Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $53.00 price target on shares of Verizon Communications in a report on Friday, December 16th. Vetr downgraded Verizon Communications from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $52.38 price target for the company. in a report on Monday, January 2nd. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “overweight” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of Verizon Communications in a report on Sunday, October 23rd. HSBC Holdings plc upgraded Verizon Communications from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $61.00 price target for the company in a report on Thursday. Finally, Cowen and Company reiterated a “market perform” rating and issued a $50.00 price target on shares of Verizon Communications in a report on Sunday, October 23rd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-three have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the stock. Verizon Communications has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $54.48.




January 22, 2017

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

Timothy D. Cook Sells 30,000 Shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) Stock:


Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Timothy D. Cook sold 30,000 shares of Apple stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $120.00, for a total transaction of $3,600,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website






Harry A. Wolin Sells 33,928 Shares of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) Stock:


Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) SVP Harry A. Wolin sold 33,928 shares of Advanced Micro Devices stock in a transaction on Sunday, January 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.96, for a total transaction of $337,922.88. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 821,602 shares in the company, valued at approximately $8,183,155.92. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.