The 10 Best Dividend Kings For Long-Term Total Returns


When it comes to high-quality dividend growth stocks, the Dividend Aristocrats are hard to beat. The Dividend Aristocrats are a group of 53 stocks in the S&P 500 Index, with 25+ consecutive years of dividend increases.

The Dividend Aristocrats are a great source of dividend growth stocks, but there is a smaller group of stocks with an even longer history of dividend increases. The Dividend Kings are a group of just 25 stocks, each with 50+ consecutive years of dividend growth.

This article will discuss the top 10 Dividend Kings found in the Sure Analysis Research Database, based on expected future returns.


All 10 stocks on the list have increased their dividends for at least 50 years, and have a strong brand with durable competitive advantages. They should continue to increase their dividends each year, and generate positive returns for shareholders.




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7 Dividend Aristocrats That Could Outpace the Market


Dividend-paying stocks like these tend to beat the broader market over the long haul



Seasoned dividend investors know that there are big differences between stocks that pay dividends and companies that legitimately have “dividend stocks.” Companies in the latter category have, in many cases, displayed lengthy commitments to not only paying dividends but growing payouts as well.

Many investors label companies with long dividend track records as “dividend aristocrats.” That is not just a catchy term. There are indices devoted to dividend aristocrats, including the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index. The Dividend Aristocrats Index, which serves as the benchmark for a well-known exchange-traded fund (ETF), holds companies with dividend increase streaks of at least 25 years.


The index gauges the “performance of S&P 500 companies that have increased dividends every year for the last 25 consecutive years. The Index treats each constituent as a distinct investment opportunity without regard to its size by equally weighting each company,” according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

While many dividend aristocrat stocks are trailing the broader market this year, historical data suggest dividend growers usually outpace broader benchmarks over the long haul. Here are some dividend aristocrats to consider buying now.



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Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: May 21 - 25, 2018


Disposals:


Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) SVP Daniel J. Riccio sold 17,372 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $187.64, for a total transaction of $3,259,682.08. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 43,644 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $8,189,360.16. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Shares of Apple opened at $187.63 on Tuesday, according to MarketBeat. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80, a quick ratio of 1.37 and a current ratio of 1.46. The firm has a market capitalization of $945.34 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.37, a P/E/G ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 1.26. Apple has a 52-week low of $142.20 and a 52-week high of $190.37. Read more …

Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) insider Min H. Kao sold 225,451 shares of Garmin stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $59.77, for a total transaction of $13,475,206.27. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 6,232,074 shares in the company, valued at $372,491,062.98. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Shares of Garmin opened at $60.41 on Tuesday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Garmin Ltd. has a 1 year low of $49.80 and a 1 year high of $65.96. The firm has a market cap of $11.27 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.55, a P/E/G ratio of 2.29 and a beta of 0.98. Read more …

Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB) SVP Sandra Macquillan sold 3,045 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $105.63, for a total transaction of $321,643.35. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. NYSE:KMB traded down $0.20 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $104.58. The stock had a trading volume of 52,172 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,324,722. The company has a quick ratio of 0.54, a current ratio of 0.80 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 10.96. Kimberly-Clark has a 1-year low of $97.10 and a 1-year high of $134.29. The company has a market capitalization of $36.58 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.76, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.12 and a beta of 0.66. Read more …


UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) Director Richard T. Burke sold 15,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $248.82, for a total transaction of $3,732,300.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 1,746,533 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $434,572,341.06. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Shares of NYSE UNH traded down $0.92 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $244.26. 3,047,842 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,654,719. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.56, a quick ratio of 0.71 and a current ratio of 0.71. The company has a market capitalization of $238.23 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.26, a P/E/G ratio of 1.43 and a beta of 0.75. UnitedHealth Group has a one year low of $174.52 and a one year high of $250.79. Read more …

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of May 21, 2018



Upgrades:


Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) was upgraded by equities researchers at Scotiabank from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report released on Monday, The Fly reports. A number of other research firms also recently commented on OXY. ValuEngine raised Occidental Petroleum from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. JPMorgan Chase raised their price target on Occidental Petroleum from $74.00 to $75.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, February 15th. UBS began coverage on Occidental Petroleum in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $71.00 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Occidental Petroleum from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $75.00 price target on shares of Occidental Petroleum in a report on Tuesday, February 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Occidental Petroleum currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $76.94. Read more …

Welltower (NYSE:WELL) was upgraded by stock analysts at Raymond James from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday, MarketBeat reports. The brokerage presently has a $60.00 price target on the real estate investment trust’s stock. Raymond James’ price objective points to a potential upside of 7.76% from the company’s current price. Several other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of Welltower from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $55.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, May 18th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Welltower from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, May 4th. ValuEngine cut shares of Welltower from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Hilliard Lyons upgraded shares of Welltower from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, April 27th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $67.00 price objective (down previously from $71.00) on shares of Welltower in a report on Friday, March 16th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $62.85. Read more …

Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) was upgraded by Royal Bank of Canada from an “underperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday. Several other analysts also recently commented on the stock. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $127.00 price objective on shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 15th. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $122.00 price objective on shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, May 10th. Finally, Bank of America downgraded shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $115.00 price objective on the stock. in a report on Thursday, April 26th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $122.79. Read more …


Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) was upgraded by equities researchers at Loop Capital from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday. A number of other analysts also recently weighed in on the stock. Wells Fargo & Co set a $100.00 price target on shares of Lowe’s and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Lowe’s from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, May 18th. Credit Suisse Group set a $111.00 price target on shares of Lowe’s and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, May 14th. Gabelli started coverage on shares of Lowe’s in a research note on Wednesday, April 11th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $113.00 price objective for the company. Finally, JPMorgan Chase reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $100.00 price objective on shares of Lowe’s in a research note on Tuesday, March 6th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and twenty-five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Lowe’s has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $99.00. Read more …

Kraft Heinz Dividend Predictions Through 2023


Kraft-Heinz has excellent operating subsidiaries. The Heinz ketchup brand, launched shortly after the American Civil War, has a near monopoly on the American ketchup industry that has been untouched for over two centuries. If it were still a standalone company, it would be one of the top two dozen businesses in the world that you could hold for a 50+ year time frame. Since 2015, it has been merged with Kraft, giving the combined company a towering position in the cheese, ketchup, and grocery store meats categories.


But when you intend to build wealth, using a largely passive approach where you are maniacal in your analysis on the front-end of getting the decision right but taken on a hands-free approach once the pile of capital is allocated and then focus your future gaze towards adding to the collection, you ought to be focused on two components:




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Top Bank Stocks for Your Investment Portfolio


Investment portfolios need to move with the times. What worked back in the day, may not be appropriate for today’s investor. Of all the equities out there on the market, bank stocks are once again coming back to favor. Ever since the economy began to mend, bank stocks started to generate profits as the Fed enacted a policy of monetary tightening. Consider that over the past 3 years, the performance of the financial sector – notably SPDR ETF (exchange traded fund) XLK is up 50% +, while the S&P 500 has gained approximately 27% over the same time. The bank stocks to watch out for include Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC), JPMorgan Chase & Company (NYSE:JPM), and Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC). Each of these stocks is performing strongly heading into the second half of 2018.






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4 High Dividend Stocks in the S&P 500 to Buy for Income


These stocks will pay high dividends and provide long-term appreciation



In a world of low interest rates, investors look for yield wherever they can find it. One common choice has become high dividend stocks. In the previous century, dividends did not compare well to bank interest rates. However, as interest rates fell in this century, many decided the equity risk of stocks were worth the higher yields that dividend stocks pay today.

These stocks tend to come from sectors which produce strong cash flows. Real estate often becomes a consistent source of these revenues. Real estate companies can choose to operate as real estate investment trusts (REITs). These REITs receive favorable tax treatment in exchange for paying at least 90% of their net income in the form of dividends. As a result, REITs pay an average dividend yield of 4.59%. This compares favorably to the average S&P 500 dividend yield of 1.84%.


Also, with some high dividend stocks included in the S&P 500, investors do not have to take on excessive risk to enjoy these yields. However, just because an S&P stock pays a high dividend does not make it a promising investment.

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3 Stocks To Generate Excellent Passive Income Over Long Haul


These stocks will help you generate 8% annual total returns



If you’re looking for the best income-producing investment, stocks that consistently increase their annual dividend are a great way to build passive income.

While there is no best way to invest for income, there are some different methods you can use to grow your investment portfolio without taking a lot of risks.


Here’s three stocks yielding 1%, 3%, and 5%, that I believe will help you generate passive income over the long haul.




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Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: May 7 - 11, 2018


Disposals:


Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) insider Angela J. Ahrendts sold 38,228 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $176.54, for a total transaction of $6,748,771.12. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 90,967 shares in the company, valued at $16,059,314.18. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Read more …

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) COO Jeffrey E. Williams sold 15,653 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $185.18, for a total transaction of $2,898,622.54. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 168,181 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $31,143,757.58. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this linkRead more …

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Director Arthur D. Levinson sold 35,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $185.99, for a total transaction of $6,509,650.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 1,168,283 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $217,288,955.17. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Shares of NASDAQ:AAPL traded down $1.45 on Friday, reaching $188.59. 26,184,751 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 36,315,044. The stock has a market capitalization of $950.67 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.48, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.39 and a beta of 1.26. Apple has a fifty-two week low of $187.45 and a fifty-two week high of $190.06. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80, a quick ratio of 1.37 and a current ratio of 1.46. Read more …



Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) VP Andrew M. Weeks sold 2,600 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $169.36, for a total transaction of $440,336.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 6,160 shares in the company, valued at $1,043,257.60. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Shares of Parker Hannifin stock traded up $0.52 on Tuesday, hitting $171.03. The stock had a trading volume of 576,022 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,226,307. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a current ratio of 1.59. Parker Hannifin has a one year low of $151.17 and a one year high of $212.80. The stock has a market capitalization of $22.73 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.08, a P/E/G ratio of 1.46 and a beta of 1.44. Read more …

Waste Management (NYSE:WM) SVP Barry H. Caldwell sold 10,844 shares of Waste Management stock in a transaction on Friday, May 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.00, for a total transaction of $910,896.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 31,447 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,641,548. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Shares of NYSE:WM traded down $0.17 on Tuesday, hitting $83.05. 1,129,613 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,374,341. Waste Management has a one year low of $70.08 and a one year high of $89.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.47, a quick ratio of 0.71 and a current ratio of 0.74. The company has a market cap of $36.25 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.71, a PEG ratio of 1.72 and a beta of 0.70. Read more …


Boeing (NYSE:BA) EVP J Michael Luttig sold 9,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $344.13, for a total value of $3,097,170.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 27,878 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,593,656.14. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. BA stock traded down $0.43 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $344.07. 3,919,172 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,464,841. Boeing has a 52-week low of $342.41 and a 52-week high of $348.57. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 8.07, a current ratio of 1.15 and a quick ratio of 0.33. The company has a market cap of $197.13 billion, a PE ratio of 28.58, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.68 and a beta of 1.39. Read more …

9 Dividend Stocks Yielding Up To 6.2% To Watch In June


Most people are chasing big dividend payers right now in this “3% world” we live in. Meanwhile, a small group of “hidden yield” stocks are quietly handing smart investors growing income streams PLUS annual returns of 12%, 17.3%, or more.

Let’s talk about how to find these stocks, and bank 12% returns or better every single year, by following a simple two-step formula.

See, everyone wants dividend stocks with good current yields. It’s easy to scan a newspaper or financial website and pick out the stocks that are paying 3%, 4%, 8% or whatever number you might consider “good.”

Yet that’s NOT the right way to pick dividend stocks.

You have to do more work to figure out if those yields are actually supported by the company’s cash flows, earnings power, long-term business prospects, etc. You have to sift through the same company’s history to determine how long it’s been paying those dividends. How consistently it’s been paying those dividends. And especially if it’s been regularly increasing its dividend payments.




The best time to buy a dividend grower is anytime. But we can tip the odds in our favor even further when we buy at moments like these – when the share price is due to “catch up” to the dividend.

Which brings me to step 1 of our 12% return formula…




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Pfizer: This Blue Chip Dividend Stock Yields Nearly 4% And Just Delivered Strong Earnings


Pfizer Inc. (PFE)  is not the most exciting stock to own, since it is not likely to produce huge growth rates. But this does not necessarily mean it is a bad investment. Far from it, particularly for income investors. Pfizer offers investors a steady stream of dividends and a high yield, backed by a strong and highly profitable business model.

Pfizer is a good example of a slow-and-steady dividend stock. It has a long history of steady growth, and dividends. The company has been in operation for more than 100 years. Combined with its 3%+ dividend yield, these two qualities earn Pfizer a place on our list of “blue-chip” stocks. You can see the full list of blue chip stocks here.

Pfizer has a dividend yield of approximately 3.9%, which is more than double the average stock in the S&P 500. And, thanks to a robust product pipeline, it has the financial strength to raise its dividend each year. The stock also has a modest valuation right now, which could make it attractive for value and income investors.

Earnings Overview:
Pfizer is one of the largest U.S. pharmaceutical companies, with a market capitalization of $210 billion. It researches and manufactures drugs for a variety of therapeutic areas. Pfizer operates two reporting segments:

Innovative Health (60% of revenue)
Essential Health (40% of revenue)


Common therapeutic areas for Pfizer are internal medicine, oncology, immunology, inflammation, and rare diseases. Pfizer’s global portfolio is based mostly on biopharmaceuticals, but it also includes vaccines.

On May 1st, Pfizer released first-quarter financial results. Overall, the results were strong. Revenue of $12.91 billion missed expectations by $240 million but rose 1% from the same quarter a year ago.




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The 3 Best and Worst of Warren Buffet Stock Picks


Not every Berkshire holding is a winner - a few have been relative losers


So Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.B) (NYSE: BRK.A) delivered its annual report recently, and the big headline seemed to be that the Warren Buffett stock picks in Berkshire’s portfolio didn’t perform all that well so far this year. I think that’s a ridiculous way to evaluate Warren Buffett stock picks because he is a long-term investor.


However, what would be instructive is to examine the 10-year return of some of these Warren Buffett stock picks. That’s because the 10-year history of a company is going to tell us a lot more about that company and its stock than four months’ worth of results. Let’s take a look at the best and worst performing 10-year Warren Buffett stock picks.




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5 Excellent Dividend Growth Stocks to Beat May Swoon


With the start of May, investors have turned cautious given the long history of weak performance during the summer months (May to October) per the old adage “Sell in May and Go Away.” Amid such a scenario, honing in on the dividend growth strategy seems to the best practice.

This is because investors can enjoy rising current income while awaiting capital appreciation irrespective of market conditions.

Why Dividend Growth?

Stocks that have a strong history of dividend growth belong to mature companies, which are less susceptible to large swings in the market, and thus act as a hedge against economic or political uncertainty as well as stock market volatility. At the same time, these offer downside protection with their consistent increase in payouts.

Additionally, these stocks have superior fundamentals that make dividend growth a quality and promising investment for the long term. These include a sustainable business model, a long track of profitability, rising cash flows, good liquidity, a strong balance sheet and some value characteristics.


Further, a history of strong dividend growth indicates that dividend increase is likely in the future.

Moreover, a history of dividend growth year over year leads to a healthy portfolio with greater scope of capital appreciation as opposed to simple dividend paying stocks or those with high yields. Although these stocks do not necessarily have the highest yields, they have outperformed for a longer period than the broader stock market or any other dividend-paying stock.



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Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: April 30 - May 4, 2018



Disposals:


Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) Director Candy M. Obourn sold 1,825 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, April 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $164.93, for a total value of $300,997.25. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Shares of PH stock traded up $0.65 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $165.03. 1,738,235 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,220,677. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a current ratio of 1.59. Parker Hannifin has a 52 week low of $151.17 and a 52 week high of $212.80. The stock has a market capitalization of $21,870.51, a PE ratio of 20.41, a PEG ratio of 1.41 and a beta of 1.42. Read more …

ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) Director Jody Freeman sold 3,716 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.55, for a total value of $243,583.80. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. NYSE:COP opened at $65.99 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.54, a quick ratio of 1.64 and a current ratio of 1.86. ConocoPhillips has a 52 week low of $42.26 and a 52 week high of $67.30. The firm has a market cap of $76,580.83, a price-to-earnings ratio of 109.98, a PEG ratio of 2.08 and a beta of 1.22. Read more …

Costco (NASDAQ:COST) Director John W. Meisenbach sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $196.49, for a total transaction of $589,470.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 8,654 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,700,424.46. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Shares of Costco stock traded down $2.55 on Wednesday, hitting $194.00. The company had a trading volume of 2,324,250 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,452,869. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.54, a current ratio of 1.00 and a quick ratio of 0.44. The stock has a market capitalization of $86,517.80, a PE ratio of 33.34, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.78 and a beta of 0.95. Costco has a 52 week low of $150.00 and a 52 week high of $199.88. Read more …


Whirlpool Co. (NYSE:WHR) EVP Joseph T. Liotine sold 1,950 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $155.85, for a total transaction of $303,907.50. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 15,954 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,486,430.90. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Shares of WHR stock opened at $151.74 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $11,038.29, a PE ratio of 11.04, a PEG ratio of 1.10 and a beta of 1.85. The company has a quick ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 0.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80. Whirlpool Co. has a twelve month low of $145.59 and a twelve month high of $202.99. Read more …

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of April 30, 2018



Upgrades:


Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) was upgraded by research analysts at JPMorgan Chase to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday. Other analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. Stephens reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $72.00 target price on shares of Delta Air Lines in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $85.00 target price (up previously from $75.00) on shares of Delta Air Lines in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Delta Air Lines from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 target price for the company in a report on Thursday, February 8th. Imperial Capital reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $65.00 target price (up previously from $63.00) on shares of Delta Air Lines in a report on Friday, January 12th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein set a $67.00 target price on shares of Delta Air Lines and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating, sixteen have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Delta Air Lines has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $68.05. Read more …

Altria (NYSE:MO) was upgraded by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued on Monday, MarketBeat.com reports. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. Several other equities research analysts have also issued reports on the company. Jefferies Group raised Altria from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and dropped their price objective for the company from $70.04 to $70.00 in a research note on Friday, January 19th. Zacks Investment Research raised Altria from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $78.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, February 6th. Vetr raised Altria from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $71.45 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, February 5th. Argus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $79.00 price target (up previously from $66.13) on shares of Altria in a research note on Wednesday, March 14th. Finally, Deutsche Bank began coverage on Altria in a research note on Monday, March 26th. They set a “buy” rating and a $72.00 price target for the company. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Altria has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $73.42. Read more …

Telus (NYSE:TU) (TSE:T) was upgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday. The brokerage presently has a $51.00 price target on the Wireless communications provider’s stock. Morgan Stanley’s price target would indicate a potential upside of 41.67% from the company’s previous close. A number of other equities research analysts have also issued reports on the company. ValuEngine lowered Telus from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 19th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Telus from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 12th. Finally, TD Securities raised Telus from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $45.14. Read more …


BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of Ventas (NYSE:VTR) from an underperform rating to a market perform rating in a report issued on Monday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The brokerage currently has $55.00 price target on the real estate investment trust’s stock. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. Several other research firms have also issued reports on VTR. Stifel Nicolaus set a $56.00 price objective on Ventas and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Friday, February 9th. KeyCorp lowered their price objective on Ventas from $50.00 to $43.00 and set an underweight rating for the company in a research note on Monday, April 16th. TheStreet lowered Ventas from a b- rating to a c+ rating in a research note on Thursday, March 8th. ValuEngine raised Ventas from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Ventas from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, April 16th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $57.69. Read more …

8 Dividend Aristocrats That Also Offer Stock Price Growth


These stocks offer more benefits than just a consistently growing dividend



Many investors are drawn to the consistency of dividend aristocrats. These stocks, called “aristocrats” because they have increased their dividend every year for at least 25 years, have earned the confidence of income-oriented investors, many of whom trade the prospect of growth for the steady payout. Moreover, the increases perpetuate themselves, as no corporate management team wants to end a decades-long streak of dividend growth.




However, many dividend investors also want to see stock price growth. Fortunately, a few of these companies have seen stock price increases despite the pressure to continuously deliver increased payouts.

These eight stocks offer the best of both worlds.



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6 High-Quality REITs Yielding Over 6%


One of the great things about being a value investor is that you can gain an edge over the market timers or the Index fund buyers. By paying close attention to profit margins, a value investor can seek to avoid painful losses by focusing on high-quality companies that have a strong record of dividend growth.

Most REITs have become cheaper year-to-date as a result of the fear of rising rates. There is no doubt that they (REITs and Rates) are correlated, but the reality is that REITs thrive in an environment when rates are modestly increasing.

By extension, some of the most attractive buying opportunities in REITs have resulted when investors erroneously drove down REIT share prices because of rate increases.




More importantly, investors shouldn’t simply go out and load up the truck on REITs that offer high-dividend yields. You must first consider the safety of the dividend the ability for the dividend to grow , and the overall merit of the REIT itself. As Benjamin Graham explained (The Intelligent Investor),

    “The defensive investor must confine himself to the shares of important companies with a long record of profitable operations and in strong financial condition.”



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