Johnson & Johnson Is A Forever Stock


One of the worst mistakes an investor can make is falling in love with a stock.  Just because an investment has worked out in the past doesn’t mean that the company will continue to produced earnings and revenue numbers that drive the share price higher.  This type of thinking can blind an investor to the current business performance, which could lead to a sharp decline in share price.

Along those same lines, there is no guarantee that a company with a lengthy dividend track record will continue to pay and raise its dividend indefinitely.  If earnings were to decline sharply, the company’s ability to pay an increasing dividend might disappear.

That being said, there are a small group of companies that have managed to continuously increase earnings per share while also raising the dividend at impressive levels for lengthy period of times.  These types of investment can be rightly labeled as a “Forever Stocks”.




One company that I feel deserves this ranking is Johnson & Johnson (JNJ).  This article will look at Johnson & Johnson’s earnings history, recent financial results, dividend history, and valuation to determine if now is an appropriate time to purchase shares of this company.





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Welltower: Positive Demographic Trends & a 5.3% Yield


Health care is a growth industry in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, and the trend is expected to last for the foreseeable future. This is due to the aging populations in these countries, which will naturally result in strong demand for healthcare services.

Investors can capitalize on this huge demographic trend through Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, that own healthcare properties such as senior housing, and other medical facilities. Higher demand for healthcare properties is likely to provide a long-lasting growth tailwind for REITs in this industry.




Welltower (WELL) is a healthcare-focused REIT, that has an attractive dividend yield of 5.3%, and has attractive growth potential.

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Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of August 20, 2018


Disposals:


AbbVie Inc (NYSE:ABBV) EVP Michael Severino sold 50,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $97.52, for a total value of $4,876,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 111,481 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $10,871,627.12. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Shares of NYSE:ABBV opened at $97.15 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $147.84 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.35, a PEG ratio of 0.89 and a beta of 1.56. The company has a quick ratio of 0.71, a current ratio of 0.80 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -9.06. AbbVie Inc has a 12 month low of $71.40 and a 12 month high of $125.86. Read more …

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) insider Johny Srouji sold 14,140 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $214.98, for a total transaction of $3,039,817.20. Following the sale, the insider now owns 68,302 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $14,683,563.96. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Johny Srouji also recently made the following trade(s):
On Wednesday, May 23rd, Johny Srouji sold 14,976 shares of Apple stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $187.74, for a total transaction of $2,811,594.24.

Shares of NASDAQ:AAPL opened at $215.04 on Wednesday. The stock has a market cap of $1,069.44 billion, a PE ratio of 19.73, a PEG ratio of 1.72 and a beta of 1.16. The company has a quick ratio of 1.24, a current ratio of 1.31 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.84. Apple Inc. has a 12 month low of $149.16 and a 12 month high of $219.18. Read more …

Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL) Director Glen F. Post III sold 150,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $22.00, for a total transaction of $3,300,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink.

Glen F. Post III also recently made the following trade(s):
On Tuesday, August 21st, Glen F. Post III sold 150,000 shares of Centurylink stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.00, for a total transaction of $3,600,000.00.

Shares of NYSE CTL traded up $0.17 during trading on Friday, hitting $22.98. The company had a trading volume of 58,887 shares, compared to its average volume of 10,968,255. Centurylink Inc has a fifty-two week low of $13.16 and a fifty-two week high of $24.20. The firm has a market cap of $25.90 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.62, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of -15.06 and a beta of 0.80. The company has a quick ratio of 0.98, a current ratio of 0.98 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.60. Read more …



American States Water Co (NYSE:AWR) Director James F. Mcnulty sold 8,897 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.81, for a total transaction of $541,026.57. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 18,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,111,485.18. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Shares of NYSE AWR traded up $0.30 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $61.06. The company had a trading volume of 120,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 267,742. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66, a current ratio of 1.09 and a quick ratio of 1.05. The firm has a market capitalization of $2.24 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.53, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 7.10 and a beta of 0.27. American States Water Co has a 12-month low of $47.53 and a 12-month high of $61.66. Read more …

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of August 20, 2018



Upgrades:


Piper Jaffray Companies upgraded shares of Nike (NYSE:NKE) from a neutral rating to an overweight rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday morning, Marketbeat reports. They currently have $93.00 target price on the footwear maker’s stock, up from their prior target price of $72.00. Other equities research analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. Morgan Stanley reissued a buy rating and issued a $88.00 price target on shares of Nike in a report on Friday, August 10th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted their price target on shares of Nike from $76.00 to $81.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a report on Wednesday, August 15th. TheStreet raised shares of Nike from a c+ rating to a b+ rating in a report on Thursday, June 28th. Atlantic Securities reissued a buy rating and issued a $85.00 price target on shares of Nike in a report on Friday, June 29th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reissued a buy rating and issued a $90.00 price target on shares of Nike in a report on Friday, June 29th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have given a hold rating and twenty-six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $79.19. Read more …

Johnson Controls International (NYSE:JCI) was upgraded by Argus from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Tuesday, The Fly reports. Several other research firms have also recently weighed in on JCI. Morgan Stanley started coverage on Johnson Controls International in a research note on Monday. They set an “equal weight” rating for the company. Citigroup upped their target price on Johnson Controls International from $45.00 to $46.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Johnson Controls International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “sell” rating and set a $34.00 target price on shares of Johnson Controls International in a research note on Wednesday, August 1st. Finally, Barclays upped their target price on Johnson Controls International from $38.00 to $39.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 1st. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $42.55. Read more …

Target (NYSE:TGT) was upgraded by equities researchers at Telsey Advisory Group from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued on Thursday, The Fly reports. The firm currently has a $100.00 price target on the retailer’s stock, up from their prior price target of $80.00. Telsey Advisory Group’s price target would suggest a potential upside of 16.36% from the stock’s current price. Other research analysts have also recently issued reports about the company. MKM Partners set a $91.00 price objective on Target and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 29th. Loop Capital set a $102.00 price objective on Target and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 17th. Bank of America set a $90.00 price objective on Target and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Guggenheim reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Target in a research report on Wednesday. Finally, Credit Suisse Group set a $86.00 price objective on Target and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, May 14th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $81.11. Read more …




The Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) was upgraded by analysts at Argus to a “hold” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday, The Fly reports. A number of other analysts have also weighed in on KO. TheStreet upgraded The Coca-Cola from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 17th. Gabelli restated a “hold” rating on shares of The Coca-Cola in a report on Thursday, July 26th. Morningstar set a $49.00 target price on The Coca-Cola and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 8th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “neutral” rating and set a $50.00 target price on shares of The Coca-Cola in a report on Thursday, July 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded The Coca-Cola from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 7th. Fourteen analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company. The Coca-Cola currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $50.24. Read more …


4 Reasons to Love Starbucks' Dividend


Starbucks may not be the Wall Street darling it once was, but it's shaping up to be a great stock for dividend investors.



Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) stock has had a rough run recently, with shares essentially going nowhere over the last three years. But the stock's underperformance along with management's invigorated commitment to returning capital to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends are beginning to make the stock attractive -- especially for dividend investors.

With anemic comparable-store sales growth of just 1% in the most recent quarter, Starbucks certainly isn't the growth stock it was in years past. But an aggressive capital return program paired with management's efforts to run a leaner operation make Starbucks a cash cow worth betting on. Put another way, Starbucks has morphed into a solid dividend stock.




Here are four reasons for investors to love Starbucks' dividend.




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3 Tech Stocks for Dividend Investors to Buy Now


Tech stocks have been unpredictable at times recently, but the sector has rebounded from volatility strongly, and there is no question that tech has been the leader of the market’s strong multiyear run. However, this might mean that income investors—those focused on finding companies with solid dividends—might be feeling left out, as tech stocks aren’t really known for their payouts.

Finding a strong dividend-yielding tech stock might feel like searching for a golden goose, but investors should not feel too intimidated. In fact, dividend-focused investors can search for the best tech stocks by using the Zacks Stock Screener, the perfect one-stop screening tool for investors of all kinds.

By limiting our search to companies in our “Computer and Technology” sector with Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) or better rankings, we can ensure that we are finding the highest quality stocks to buy right now. Throw in your preferred dividend yield and voila—the best tech stocks for dividend investors to target!






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ADP Stock: 44 Years of Dividend Increases and Continuing


Automatic Data Processing Is a Top Dividend Stock



In today’s market, few companies are more shareholder-friendly than Automatic Data Processing(NASDAQ:ADP).

What do I mean by “shareholder-friendly?” Well, here’s an example: when a company comes across unexpected gains, will management use the money to pay themselves big bonuses, or will they return the excess cash to shareholders?

At ADP, management always chooses to do the latter. When the company benefited from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, management decided to return a portion of the benefits to investors through a 10% dividend increase. (Source: “ADP Increases Cash Dividend,” Automatic Data Processing, April 11, 2018.)

What’s particularly impressive is that ADP had already raised its payout less than six months before this one.




Of course, the company could pay out all the benefits in a special one-time payment. But as an income investor with a long-term horizon, I actually prefer an increase to the regular dividend rate.




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Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of August 13, 2018



Disposals:


Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) insider Laurie J. Olson sold 10,214 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.00, for a total transaction of $418,774.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 72,672 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,979,552. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Shares of NYSE:PFE opened at $41.42 on Friday. Pfizer Inc. has a twelve month low of $32.32 and a twelve month high of $41.64. The company has a current ratio of 1.16, a quick ratio of 0.91 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41. The company has a market capitalization of $243.65 billion, a PE ratio of 15.63, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 0.96. Read more …

Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) EVP Hope A. Hardison sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $58.01, for a total transaction of $1,450,250.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 109 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,323.09. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. WFC opened at $58.07 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $283.15 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.57 and a beta of 1.13. Wells Fargo & Co has a 1 year low of $49.27 and a 1 year high of $66.31. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.22, a current ratio of 0.88 and a quick ratio of 0.86. Read more …

Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL) Director Glen F. Post III sold 150,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $22.00, for a total value of $3,300,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Shares of NYSE CTL traded up $0.86 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $23.33. 490,713 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 10,681,134. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.60, a current ratio of 0.98 and a quick ratio of 0.98. Centurylink Inc has a 1-year low of $13.16 and a 1-year high of $22.83. The company has a market cap of $23.09 billion, a PE ratio of 15.79, a P/E/G ratio of -14.32 and a beta of 0.80. Read more …




Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) COO Dhiaa M. Jamil sold 7,000 shares of Duke Energy stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.98, for a total value of $566,860.00. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 4,279 shares in the company, valued at approximately $346,513.42. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. DUK stock traded up $0.67 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $81.89. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 257,204 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,751,812. The company has a current ratio of 0.66, a quick ratio of 0.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.17. Duke Energy Corp has a 1 year low of $71.96 and a 1 year high of $91.80. The stock has a market cap of $57.62 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.95, a P/E/G ratio of 3.69 and a beta of 0.10. Read more …

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of August 13, 2018




Upgrades:


Edward Jones upgraded shares of BCE (NYSE:BCE) (TSE:BCE) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report released on Monday, Marketbeat reports. Several other analysts have also issued reports on the company. ValuEngine lowered BCE from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Friday, June 1st. Zacks Investment Research lowered BCE from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Monday, April 16th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $56.00. Read more …

BAE Systems (LON:BA) was upgraded by research analysts at Morgan Stanley to an “overweight” rating in a research report issued on Monday. The firm presently has a GBX 750 ($9.57) price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of GBX 550 ($7.02). Morgan Stanley’s price target suggests a potential upside of 19.50% from the company’s previous close. Other equities analysts have also recently issued research reports about the company. Berenberg Bank upgraded BAE Systems to a “buy” rating and increased their target price for the stock from GBX 600 ($7.65) to GBX 700 ($8.93) in a report on Tuesday, April 24th. UBS Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a GBX 720 ($9.18) target price on shares of BAE Systems in a report on Wednesday, August 1st. Jefferies Financial Group reiterated a “hold” rating and set a GBX 615 ($7.85) target price on shares of BAE Systems in a report on Friday, July 13th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their target price on BAE Systems from GBX 550 ($7.02) to GBX 600 ($7.65) and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 23rd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, seven have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. BAE Systems presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of GBX 669.58 ($8.54). Read more …

Eaton (NYSE:ETN) was upgraded by JPMorgan Chase & Co. from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note issued on Monday, MarketBeat reports. The firm currently has a $92.00 target price on the industrial products company’s stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s price objective points to a potential upside of 14.80% from the stock’s current price. Several other brokerages also recently issued reports on ETN. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $80.00 price target on shares of Eaton in a report on Tuesday, July 31st. Wells Fargo & Co set a $92.00 price target on Eaton and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 1st. Barclays upped their price target on Eaton from $71.00 to $77.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 1st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Eaton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 7th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded Eaton from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 19th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $87.22. Read more …



Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report published on Tuesday, The Fly reports. They currently have $205.00 target price on the railroad operator’s stock. A number of other equities analysts have also weighed in on the stock. Loop Capital boosted their price target on shares of Norfolk Southern to $140.00 and gave the stock a sell rating in a research report on Thursday, April 26th. TD Securities boosted their price target on shares of Norfolk Southern from $155.00 to $160.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, April 26th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a hold rating and set a $158.00 price target on shares of Norfolk Southern in a research report on Saturday, June 2nd. Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on shares of Norfolk Southern from $100.00 to $103.00 and gave the stock an underweight rating in a research report on Thursday, April 26th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group lifted their target price on shares of Norfolk Southern from $155.00 to $165.00 and gave the stock an outperform rating in a research note on Thursday, April 26th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. Norfolk Southern has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $162.11. Read more …

AT&T: Quality & High Yield


Dividend growth investors like high yielding stocks because they offer more income. When it comes to these types of investments, investors want to be sure that the dividend is safe. Stocks with yields above 5% can be a red flag to as there maybe heightened risks of dividend cuts in the future. Generally, these companies have elevated payout ratios, making future increases unlikely unless earnings improve significantly or the company has to take on debt to pay for the dividend. Neither of these cases is ideal and investors should avoid these stocks. If earnings were to experience a significant decline, the dividend could very well be at risk.

There are some companies, however, that pay a healthy dividend yield that is well protected, allowing investors to have their cake and eat it too. Some companies offer both a high yield and a low payout ratio that reassures their shareholders that the dividend is not only safe, it can increase in size over time. Let’s examine AT&T’s (T) business, recent quarterly report and dividend history to see if the telecom giant is an appropriate high yield investment.







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10 Income-Increasing REITs to Buy


Not all REITs are good buys now, but these are.



Real estate investment trusts (REITs) come in all shapes and sizes these days.

But the one thing that they have in common is they all pay out 90% of their taxable income as dividends to shareholders. Traditionally, that has meant, as rents go up, dividends go up.

Nowadays, that isn’t always the case since a lot of companies that have chosen REIT status don’t necessarily focus on the lease or rent aspect of the real estate business. We’ll discuss some of the best below.




But at the end of day, REITs are about income. And that means they’re long-term holdings, not trades. There’s no point in buying an income stock for the short term. You buy them with the expectation that they will grow and their dividends will grow as well.

Below are 10 income-increasing REITs you can buy now to boost your income for years to come.




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The Top 7 Aviation and Aerospace Stocks to Buy Now


Aerospace stocks are already up big, but these stocks should have even more room to run



Aviation and aerospace stocks have found themselves in some crosswinds.

On the one hand, they’ve enjoyed an amazing run in recent years. On the commercial side of the business, order activity has soared. Airlines have gone on a spending spree. Thanks to plunging jet fuel prices, airlines have earned unusually large profits and are taking advantage of the windfall to modernize their fleets. That said, with the oil market on the mend, commercial airlines are likely to see profits start to revert toward normal.

On the military side, Trump’s rise has been a positive for the industry. Hardly a week goes by where Trump or Vice President Pence aren’t talking about how much they love the military and the soldiers on Twitter. Additionally, the more militant stance of the U.S. is causing other countries to beef up their forces as well — Trump’s demands on NATO allies to increase spending could bring in more orders, for example.

However, it’s hard to forecast how geopolitics will go in the future.


Upcoming elections could greatly change the outlook for defense spending. On the commercial side, airline profits are going to start looking much worse if fuel prices stay where they are now. The sector has been hot, but expect more modest returns going forward. Against that backdrop, what aviation and aerospace stocks are still worth having on your watchlist?




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3 Attractive Dividend Stocks Whose Dividends Could Double


These solid companies have non-prohibitive valuations and could feasibly double their payouts within the next five years.



Any company that can double its dividend over a five-year stretch is delivering rapid payout growth. To reach that target, the company would need to raise its distribution at an average annual rate of roughly 15% over the stretch. Of course, doubling your dividend payout in every five-year period is a lofty target, and taking extra time to clear that bar shouldn't be taken as a negative, but investors seeking dividend growth can generally feel very satisfied if that standard is met.

To get an idea of stocks that stand a good chance of doubling their payouts over the next five years, it helps to look for companies that are paying out a relatively small portion of their earnings and free cash flow (FCF), have catalysts to improve cash flow going forward, and have a history of regular payout growth. Read on to see why Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), and Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI) are attractive stocks that could double their payouts in the not too distant future.






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3 High-Yield Stocks to Hold Forever


Locking in a dependable high dividend yield is an income investor's dream. Here are three stocks these Motley Fool contributors think you could count on to pay you for the rest of your life.


While superinvestor Warren Buffett is known for having said his "preferred holding period is forever," that's not always a reasonable expectation for individual investors. At some point, you may sell even your best stocks to pay bills in retirement, put a kid through college, or just reward yourself for decades of patient investing success.

But dividend stocks can actually make for perfect "hold forever" investments, especially if they pay a higher yield and have given you years and years of dividend growth. If you own enough of the right ones for long enough, you may never have to sell a share, deriving enough income from the payout to more than meet your financial needs.




We asked three Motley Fool contributors who know a thing or two about high-yield stocks to help identify three that have the prospects to be "hold forever" investments, and they came back with Caretrust REIT Inc (NASDAQ:CTRE), Brookfield Renewable Partners LP (NYSE:BEP), and General Motors Company (NYSE:GM). Not only do they all meet the "high-yield" watermark, with yields ranging from 4% to 6.3% at recent prices, but they're also incredibly well-run businesses with strong balance sheets and strong competitive advantages.




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5 Monthly Dividend Stocks Yielding Up to 12.2%


These Stocks Pay You Monthly



I love dividend stocks, but they’ve always had one big problem: you only get paid every three months.

That creates a headache for those of us who rely on our portfolio income to pay the bills. Sure, we can sync quarterly distributions to pay the bills, but it’s not really convenient.

Bonds make it even harder. By convention, most fixed-income investments only pay you semi-annually. Aside from the hassle of just managing our cash flow, no one wants to wait that long just to get paid.

Thankfully, we have options. Over the past few years, a growing number of companies have started paying dividends monthly. In the traditional world of Wall Street, the shift presents a big change from the typical quarterly schedule.

And it’s not hard to see why some businesses have switched. Companies gain a loyal shareholder base. Investors can better match their dividend income with expenses. You could call it a real win-win for everyone.




New investors won’t find many widely held stocks in this group. You can, however, find enough high-quality businesses to build a reliable stream of monthly income.




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Digital Realty Trust: A High Growth REIT


Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, are often favorites of dividend growth investors due to their high yields. By law, REITs must distribute at least 90% of their taxable income in the form of dividends to shareholders. While many are familiar with REITs that specialize in retail space, medical office buildings or assisted living centers, one under-owned area of real estate is that of the information technology space. And one company that investors should know in this space is Digital Realty Trust (DLR).

Company Overview


DLR purchases and develops properties for technological use. The company’s properties are made up of data centers used for cloud computing, technology manufacturing sites and Internet gateway data centers that are used to transmit data among major metro areas.




DLR leases these facilities to companies needing this very advanced technology. DLR has more than 200 properties around the world, with more than 150 of them located in the United States.





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9 Impressive Dividend Stocks to Buy and Hold


Whether the markets keep rolling or not, some income stocks are always good to have



Now is a good time to look at dividend stocks to buy and hold. While there’s no doubt that the market averages were on a roll going in 2018, that incredible momentum slowed a bit when January changed to February. The tax cuts in late December added a lot of fuel to stocks’ fire, but a market correction was lurking around the corner.

If the economy expands and the global economy stays in recovery mode, this could see stock indexes soar once again. Especially when you look to the big blue chips that dominate the averages.

The big firms are doing business outside the U.S., and the dollar is weakening as interest rates rise. As Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin observed in Davos recently, a weaker dollar is good for exports and the Trump administration is in favor of boosting exports.

But for all this good news, a changing market — with the potential for an inverted yield curve in interest rates, rising inflation and less consumer strength than anticipated — may bring on a correction.




That’s why now is a good time to buy some solid insurance while it’s cheap. That’s why I’ve come up with nine impressive dividend stocks to buy and hold. They have longevity and will weather any near-term storms.




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