August 5, 2017

Genuine Parts Company: A Dividend King Trading At An 18-Month Low

Many income investors, especially those focused on the best high dividend stocks, often rely on slow but steadily growing companies to make up the core of their diversified dividend portfolios.

And among such companies, certain dividend kings, stocks with 50+ consecutive years of payout growth, represent some of the best time-tested, low risk names you can find on Wall Street.

Let’s take a look at Genuine Parts Company (GPC), a business that’s seen sales and profit growth in 84 and 73 of the past 89 years, respectively, and which has rewarded dividend lovers with an impressive 61 straight years of dividend increases.

Despite the company’s attractive long-term history, Genuine Parts Company’s stock trades at an 18-month low, driven by disappointing auto industry trends and fears over Amazon’s (AMZN) entry into the automotive aftermarket parts industry.

Let’s take a closer look at this dividend king to learn more about the potential headwinds it faces and whether or not the stock’s current weakness could be an opportunity for long-term dividend growth investors.

August 2, 2017

3 Value Stocks Senior Citizens Should Consider Buying Today

These brand-name companies offer income and value potential that can't be ignored.

News flash, seniors: The average American's life expectancy has increased by roughly a decade since you were born, meaning now more than ever, you'll need to ensure you won't outlive your money. This means that even if you retire from your career, you never retire from investing for your future.

Of course, investing as a senior presents its own set of challenges, since income and capital preservation are key. However, you still want a good deal and the opportunity for capital appreciation.

With this in mind, we asked three of our Foolish investors to name a value stock that they thought would speak to senior citizens. Rising to the top of the list were drug giant Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), furniture manufacturer La-Z-Boy (NYSE:LZB), and entertainment powerhouse Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS).

July 31, 2017

10 Best Blue Chip Dividend Stocks in 2017

With half of 2017 already gone, it is high time to watch out for the 10 Best Blue Chip Dividend Stocks in 2017.

A blue chip company is generally considered to be one that has survived the market’s ups and downs, and become a large, well-known company having a long history of sound financial performance. The term ‘Blue Chip’ was coined by Oliver Gingold in 1923.

Blue Chip companies have solid business models that can endure tough conditions. Their stock prices are very high because Mr. Market values these companies based on their brand and good reputation. However, owning blue chip stocks in one’s portfolio does not guarantee total immunity from volatility, as was the case with large companies like General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) and Lehman Brothers during the Financial Crisis.

We have collated a list of the 10 best blue chip dividend stocks in 2017, having a yield greater than 7%, and ranked them based on hedge fund sentiment.