9 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for Every Investor


Dividend stocks can offer another tool for investment success



No matter where we are in the cycle, it’s always good to remind ourselves of what worked and what didn’t. In 2017, while Wall Street forecasted a rough year, ended with quite the opposite happening. Benchmark indices hit all-time records, while most sectors witnessed tremendous optimism. In 2018, the long-running bull market took a breather as investors switched from risk-on to risk-off.  Occasionally, inferior investment strategies are masked by secular bullishness. The rest of the year and into 2019 may not be as forgiving, which is why I’m recommending investors to get selective. Fortunately, with dividend stocks, you don’t have to feel pressured into always picking winners.

At its core, choosing the right dividend stocks to buy is about options. Although picking high-flying growth companies is the sexiest endeavor, it isn’t always the smartest. With passive-income yielding firms, you get the potential for making capital gains, and also residual payouts to bolster your position. During a down period, dividends can also help you ride out the storm.




But don’t mistake these yields as “boring” strategies. Like any investment class, you can dial up the risk for the chance of greater rewards. This is why picking the most appropriate dividends stocks to buy is so important: no one knows your investment style better than you!





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Be Ready to Ride the Dividend on Gilead Sciences


If you are buying into Gilead Sciences' (GILD) better-than-expected earnings, be ready to ride the dividend, because you won't see price growth this year. That's my view, at least. -. The company's third quarter results showcase my point. Despite beating analyst's views, revenue and earnings both fell. I don't really care if a company beats estimates if its profits still drop 22%. That's plain bad.

With the market corrections taking place, I don't see Gilead making any runs this year. They have a ton of cash, but haven't put it to use yet. All that said, I think hepatitis sales are so low at this point that revenue should start to stabilize. To that end, Gilead is a cheap stock with a nice dividend.

As the company's once-coveted hepatitis C drugs continue to decline in sales, profits continue to falter. It's been one of the most straightforward revenue declines I've ever watched. Every quarter, Harvoni is down. Look at the annual financials. Every year, sales and net income dip. This year, as the company works to build new outlets for growth, they've allowed expenses to keep gaining even as sales decline. In the first nine months of the year, costs and expenses have increased 11.4% to $9.27 billion, while revenue fell 18.9% to $16.33 billion. Operating income is down 40% for the year to $7 billion; while third-quarter operating income dropped 31% to $2.62 billion.




Of course, earnings have followed suit. Third-quarter net income fell 22.6% to just under $2.1 billion. On that income, diluted earnings per share decreased a comparable 22.1% to $1.62 per share.




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Is Lockheed Martin Corporation a Buy?


The world's largest defense contractor delivered an impressive quarter. Are the results sustainable?

Investors had high hopes for Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) heading into the company's third-quarter earnings report, and the aerospace giant delivered results that lived up to those expectations. The company reported earnings per share of $5.14, beating estimates by $0.87, on revenue that, at $14.32 billion, beat expectations by $1.23 billion.

There was a lot to like about the quarter, with all four Lockheed Martin segments delivering top-line growth of between 11% and 20%. The company generated $361 million in cash from operations in the quarter, even after making a $1.5 billion pension contribution, and ended the quarter with a backlog of more than $109 billion.


The company also updated its full-year guidance, saying it expects $5.8 billion in operating profits on sales of $53 billion. Both numbers are at the upper end of previous guidance. Lockheed Martin also expects to generate about $3.4 billion in cash in all of 2018.


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Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of October 22, 2018



Disposals:


Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) insider ‘T Noordende Alexander M. Van sold 8,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $159.64, for a total transaction of $1,277,120.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 124,328 shares in the company, valued at approximately $19,847,721.92. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Accenture stock traded down $1.46 on Tuesday, hitting $158.09. 2,195,852 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,200,123. The firm has a market capitalization of $106.79 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.46, a P/E/G ratio of 2.13 and a beta of 0.98. Accenture Plc has a 1 year low of $138.05 and a 1 year high of $175.64. Read more …

Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC) CEO Jonathan B. Nelson sold 13,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.38, for a total transaction of $1,005,940.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 58,569 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,532,069.22. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. NYSE OMC traded down $1.52 on Tuesday, reaching $76.03. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 4,512,485 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,337,448. The stock has a market cap of $17.27 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.91, a PEG ratio of 2.33 and a beta of 1.06. Omnicom Group Inc. has a 52 week low of $65.32 and a 52 week high of $83.34. The company has a quick ratio of 0.77, a current ratio of 0.87 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.48. Read more …

Dover Corp (NYSE:DOV) Director Mary A. Winston sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $82.29, for a total value of $164,580.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 13,055 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,074,295.95. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Shares of DOV stock traded up $1.11 on Thursday, hitting $81.97. The company had a trading volume of 137,282 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,718,216. The stock has a market cap of $12.11 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.34, a PEG ratio of 1.42 and a beta of 1.34. The company has a current ratio of 1.30, a quick ratio of 0.88 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.09. Dover Corp has a twelve month low of $70.12 and a twelve month high of $90.26. Read more …




Costco Wholesale Co. (NASDAQ:COST) VP Franz E. Lazarus sold 23,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $226.76, for a total value of $5,215,480.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 6,830 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,548,770.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Shares of Costco Wholesale stock traded down $8.21 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $218.19. 3,518,404 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,241,342. Costco Wholesale Co. has a 1 year low of $159.47 and a 1 year high of $245.16. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.50, a current ratio of 1.02 and a quick ratio of 0.46. The stock has a market capitalization of $100.45 billion, a PE ratio of 31.95, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.92 and a beta of 0.95. Read more …

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of October 22, 2018



Upgrades:


Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) was upgraded by equities researchers at Nomura from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday, Marketbeat.com reports. The firm presently has a $50.00 price target on the chip maker’s stock. Nomura’s target price would suggest a potential upside of 12.36% from the company’s previous close. Several other equities research analysts have also recently weighed in on INTC. Sanford C. Bernstein cut shares of Intel from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and lowered their price target for the stock from $54.00 to $42.00 in a research report on Tuesday, June 26th. Benchmark initiated coverage on shares of Intel in a research report on Tuesday, June 26th. They issued a “hold” rating for the company. ValuEngine cut shares of Intel from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 26th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Intel from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, June 27th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $53.00 target price on shares of Intel in a research report on Wednesday, June 27th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have given a hold rating and twenty-one have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $54.89. Read more …

Raymond James upgraded shares of Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) from an outperform rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Monday, MarketBeat Ratings reports. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. Other analysts have also recently issued reports about the stock. Mizuho reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of Occidental Petroleum in a research note on Tuesday, July 24th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. decreased their price target on Occidental Petroleum from $94.00 to $90.00 and set a neutral rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, August 10th. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group decreased their price target on Occidental Petroleum to $92.00 and set a neutral rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, October 16th. Piper Jaffray Companies assumed coverage on Occidental Petroleum in a research report on Friday, September 28th. They set an overweight rating on the stock. Finally, National Alliance Securities upgraded Occidental Petroleum from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Monday, August 13th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, fourteen have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Occidental Petroleum has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $84.06. Read more …

VF (NYSE:VFC) was upgraded by research analysts at Wedbush from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, The Fly reports. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. VFC has been the topic of several other research reports. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $105.00 price target on shares of VF in a research note on Thursday, July 26th. Bank of America upgraded VF from an “underperform” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $96.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Friday, July 13th. Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on VF in a research note on Monday, June 25th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $96.00 price target on the stock. Buckingham Research cut their price target on VF from $89.00 to $86.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 17th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded VF from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $78.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, July 16th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eighteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $94.71. Read more …


Goldman Sachs Group upgraded shares of Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) from a neutral rating to a conviction-buy rating in a report issued on Wednesday morning, Marketbeat reports. The brokerage currently has $394.00 target price on the aerospace company’s stock, up from their previous target price of $391.00. Other analysts have also recently issued research reports about the company. Berenberg Bank raised Lockheed Martin from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Thursday, July 26th. Bank of America raised their price target on Lockheed Martin from $400.00 to $412.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. Stifel Nicolaus lowered their price target on Lockheed Martin from $400.00 to $370.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Lockheed Martin from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $343.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, July 11th. Finally, UBS Group began coverage on Lockheed Martin in a research report on Wednesday, August 15th. They set a buy rating and a $400.00 price objective on the stock. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $376.49. Read more …

10 Top Utility Stocks to Buy for Safety and Dividends


A strange thing is happening with utility stocks.



Traditionally, when interest rates move higher – typically measured by the movement of the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield – investors rotate away from utilities. But that hasn’t been the case; in fact, the opposite is true. Instead, the sector’s safety aspect is winning out, and jittery investors are piling into the space.

“In a market like this, in a dramatic selloff, the rotational effects will be higher than the interest rate effect,” says Jay Hatfield, CEO and portfolio manager at Infrastructure Capital Management.

Broadly speaking, according to stock market research firm Birinyi Associates, independent power producers and electric utilities are best at handling the market adversity. Multi-utilities and water providers are losing ground, just like the rest of the market.




But specifically, what are the best stock picks in this defensive sector – where investors can duck for cover? Here are 10 utility stocks to buy that yield an average of 4.1%.




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5 Deeply Discounted Value Stocks That Haven't Been This Cheap in at Least a Decade


As value stocks come back into focus, don't overlook these cheap stocks.



October has been a wake-up call for investors that the stock market won't go up in a straight line, even if we'd like it to. Earlier this month, the Dow Jones Industrial Average trudged through its third-largest point loss in its 122-year history. In the process, it deflated what had been some very frothy tech-stock valuations.

But lost in the mix is the fact that value stocks -- an arbitrary term used to describe publicly traded companies that are valued at a price-to-earnings or PEG ratio well below the broader market and/or their peers -- continue to get cheaper. That's because Wall Street and investors have favored growth over value since the end of the Great Recession. However, with the stock market looking toppy and interest rates clearly on the rise, value stocks are beginning to come into focus once more.




Spanning the market, five deeply discounted value stocks stand out. What's a "deeply discounted value stock," you ask? I'd arbitrarily define it as a company with a forward price-to-earnings ratio of less than 10 that also happens to be cheaper on a forward P/E basis than it's been in at least a decade.




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IBM Fundamental Analysis By The Numbers


All investing is not done with the same objectives or goals in mind. This applies to investing in common stocks just as it does to investing in real estate, commodities, fixed income vehicles, fine art or collectibles – and any other investment that comes to mind. There are times when investors are looking for maximum total return, which is often automatically associated with buying a stock. However, there are also investors looking for high current income, or a growing income stream. Other investors might be more concerned with safety than they are return. Or as Will Rogers so aptly put it: “I am not so much concerned with the return on my capital as I am with the return of my capital.”

I bring this up because my experience suggests that people tend to be myopic when it comes to investing in stocks. For example, there are those that believe that you should only invest in a stock that can beat the so-called market. Similarly, there are those that believe you should only invest in a stock with the objective of generating a high total rate of return. Therefore, if a stock is not meeting those specific objectives, then it is often considered a bad stock.




For example, in 2015 I wrote an article titled “Retirees: I Did Not Buy IBM To Sell; It’s About the Dividend Income, Stupid.” Although I was having a little fun with the title, I was also attempting to point out that I was investing in IBM solely for its growing dividend income stream and safety. When that article was published, IBM was offering a current dividend yield of 3.7%. More to the point, the dividend has increased each year since at an average growth rate of approximately 9 to 10%. Moreover, IBM has also generated substantially more dividend income than I would have gotten had I invested in the S&P 500.  Consequently, IBM has met and even exceeded my expectations and objectives thus far. Therefore, I have been very pleased with my IBM holding.


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Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of October 15, 2018



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Costco Wholesale Co. (NASDAQ:COST) VP Roland Michael Vachris sold 6,600 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $225.88, for a total transaction of $1,490,808.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 17,282 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,903,658.16. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Shares of NASDAQ COST opened at $228.49 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $103.00 billion, a P/E ratio of 39.17, a PEG ratio of 2.78 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a quick ratio of 0.47, a current ratio of 1.01 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. Costco Wholesale Co. has a 52-week low of $157.00 and a 52-week high of $245.16. Read more …

Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST) CEO Barbara Rentler sold 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $95.15, for a total transaction of $1,903,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Shares of ROST stock opened at $96.96 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $37.00 billion, a PE ratio of 29.03, a P/E/G ratio of 2.41 and a beta of 1.09. Ross Stores, Inc. has a 52 week low of $62.59 and a 52 week high of $100.58. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.10, a current ratio of 1.71 and a quick ratio of 0.85. Read more …

Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) insider Richard Lumb sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $160.63, for a total value of $321,260.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 117,683 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $18,903,420.29. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

Richard Lumb also recently made the following trade(s):
On Monday, August 13th, Richard Lumb sold 2,000 shares of Accenture stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $160.86, for a total value of $321,720.00.
On Friday, July 20th, Richard Lumb sold 2,000 shares of Accenture stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $166.66, for a total value of $333,320.00.

Shares of Accenture stock opened at $158.90 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $114.83 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.58, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.28 and a beta of 0.98. Accenture Plc has a fifty-two week low of $136.84 and a fifty-two week high of $175.64. Read more...



Acquisitions:


FedEx Co. (NYSE:FDX) Director Susan Patricia Griffith bought 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 17th. The shares were bought at an average price of $225.16 per share, for a total transaction of $225,160.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Shares of FDX stock traded down $6.17 during trading on Thursday, hitting $217.29. 1,906,200 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,720,164. The firm has a market cap of $63.45 billion, a PE ratio of 14.50, a PEG ratio of 1.09 and a beta of 1.44. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a quick ratio of 1.26 and a current ratio of 1.32. FedEx Co. has a 52-week low of $214.17 and a 52-week high of $274.66. Read more …

BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) Director William E. Ford purchased 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 17th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $409.59 per share, for a total transaction of $819,180.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 7,466 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,057,998.94. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. BlackRock stock traded down $11.98 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $399.87. 1,735,700 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 640,667. BlackRock, Inc. has a 1 year low of $399.00 and a 1 year high of $594.52. The company has a market capitalization of $75.22 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.46 and a beta of 1.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88, a current ratio of 3.87 and a quick ratio of 3.87. Read more …



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Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of October 15, 2018



Upgrades:


Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report published on Monday, The Fly reports. Deutsche Bank currently has $120.00 price target on the transportation company’s stock. Several other analysts have also commented on KSU. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Kansas City Southern from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Tuesday, June 26th. Credit Suisse Group raised their price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern from $125.00 to $126.00 and gave the stock a $111.08 rating in a report on Monday, July 23rd. Morgan Stanley raised their price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern from $108.00 to $112.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, October 9th. Loop Capital raised their price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern to $132.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Monday, July 23rd. Finally, Cowen restated a hold rating and issued a $124.00 price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Monday, July 23rd. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Kansas City Southern currently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $123.33. Read more …

Macquarie upgraded shares of Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a research report released on Monday, Marketbeat reports. A number of other research analysts also recently weighed in on WFC. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Wells Fargo & Co from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Sunday, July 15th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods upgraded Wells Fargo & Co from a market perform rating to an outperform rating and raised their price target for the company from $57.00 to $63.00 in a research note on Sunday, July 15th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. ValuEngine downgraded Wells Fargo & Co from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Friday, September 28th. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $63.00 price target on Wells Fargo & Co and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Friday, July 13th. Finally, Morgan Stanley upgraded Wells Fargo & Co from an underweight rating to an equal weight rating and raised their price target for the company from $57.00 to $62.00 in a research note on Monday, July 2nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $63.79. Read more …

ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Jefferies Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports. OKE has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Royal Bank of Canada lifted their price objective on ONEOK from $72.00 to $79.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, July 6th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded ONEOK from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 19th. Barclays lifted their price objective on ONEOK from $72.00 to $73.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 11th. US Capital Advisors reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of ONEOK in a research report on Tuesday, July 17th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their price objective on ONEOK from $65.00 to $74.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, July 27th. Eleven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $70.00. Read more …




Jefferies Financial Group upgraded shares of Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) from an underperform rating to a hold rating in a research report report published on Tuesday, Marketbeat.com reports. The firm currently has $108.00 price target on the oil and gas company’s stock. PSX has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Phillips 66 from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, September 13th. Barclays upgraded shares of Phillips 66 from an underweight rating to an equal weight rating and decreased their price objective for the stock from $133.00 to $128.00 in a report on Wednesday, October 3rd. Morgan Stanley raised their price objective on shares of Phillips 66 from $135.00 to $140.00 and gave the stock an equal weight rating in a report on Monday, July 16th. Citigroup raised their price objective on shares of Phillips 66 from $124.00 to $126.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a report on Wednesday, August 15th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Phillips 66 from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday, August 17th. Thirteen investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. Phillips 66 presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $117.77. Read more …

7 Dividend Stocks That Have High Growth Ahead


Looking for dividends AND growth? Here's 7 stocks to start with



The stock market has been a rough ride these past few weeks. Coming into October, all was fine as we recovered from the early February declines and went on to make new all-time highs. But with the Nasdaq falling some 10% in 10 trading sessions, investors are looking for safer stocks and that usually means dividend stocks.

But balance can be achieved when looking for new dividend stocks to buy. You don’t have to choose between high-growth stocks and no-growth income stocks. In fact, there are plenty of names in the market that are scattered in between.

Zeroing in on these in-between stocks takes some work, but that’s exactly what we’ve done here. We’re looking for high-growth stocks that also pay a dividend.


Specifically, we’re looking for dividend stocks that have positive revenue growth expectations for the next two years. Further, we want names that have expectations for 10% earnings growth for this year and next year.

Who made the list of high-growth stocks that pay dividends? Let’s see.




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5 Bank Stocks That Pay Big Dividends to Shareholders


Buy these stocks for high, sustainable dividends



The banking sector — and bank stocks — saw an intriguing reversal in the 21st century.

For most of the latter 20th century, banks generally paid depositors a higher rate of interest than bank stocks paid in dividend yields. This trend reversed soon after the turn of the century and became more pronounced after the 2008 financial crisis. Beginning in the early 2000’s, interest-rate cuts gave bank stock investors dividend yields that exceeded the rates depositors earned in interest. Although interest rates have begun to gradually move higher in recent months, bank-deposit interest rates remain extremely low by any measure.




Fortunately, some banks pay the 5%-plus returns comparable to bank and CD rates in the 20th century. These five stocks show that earning substantial cash payouts from banks remains possible — if investors take a chance on bank stocks.




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5 Utility Stocks to Save From the Wreckage


Dip-buyers wary of volatility should consider more stable utility stocks



Utility stocks could become more popular soon. Amid the trading volatility of recent days, many of the stock market’s usual best performers made a hard turn downward. Such moves cause many investors to rethink their investing strategies. Instead of going for the stocks they believe will go up the furthest, they turn to more stable equities.

Utility stocks have become a common choice in such an instance. While they may see less stock price growth, they also tend to produce both profits and steady amounts of cash flow. Moreover, whether the economy booms or busts, people tend to keep paying their utility bills. This reinforces the stability of utility stocks.

Investors should also note that the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLU), which tracks the utility sector, has risen by almost 3% so far in October. Not only have these stocks to buy not seen the effects of the October swoon, but they have also grown in value as other stocks retreated. Additionally, with their steady stream of cash flow, these companies will likely provide a stable source of dividend income.




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Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of October 8, 2018



Upgrades:


Barclays upgraded shares of General Electric (NYSE:GE) from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating in a report released on Monday morning, Marketbeat reports. Barclays currently has $16.00 target price on the conglomerate’s stock. A number of other research firms also recently weighed in on GE. Goldman Sachs Group reissued a neutral rating and set a $14.00 target price on shares of General Electric in a research report on Wednesday, June 27th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $15.00 target price on shares of General Electric and gave the company a neutral rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 11th. Deutsche Bank set a $15.00 target price on shares of General Electric and gave the company a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, July 12th. MED raised shares of General Electric from a sell rating to a hold rating and set a $15.00 target price for the company in a research report on Thursday, July 12th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a sell rating and set a $11.00 target price on shares of General Electric in a research report on Monday, July 16th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. General Electric presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $16.31. Read more …

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) was upgraded by research analysts at Deutsche Bank from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday, Marketbeat reports. The firm presently has a $113.00 price target on the retailer’s stock, up from their prior price target of $89.00. Deutsche Bank’s price target indicates a potential upside of 18.00% from the company’s current price. Other equities analysts have also recently issued reports about the stock. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $98.00 target price on shares of Walmart in a report on Thursday, October 4th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $95.00 target price on shares of Walmart in a report on Friday, August 17th. Morningstar set a $90.00 target price on shares of Walmart and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 26th. Telsey Advisory Group lifted their target price on shares of Walmart from $105.00 to $107.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, August 17th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $110.00 target price on shares of Walmart and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, September 23rd. Eighteen equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seventeen have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $102.25. Read more …

Guggenheim upgraded shares of Mcdonald’s (NYSE:MCD) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a research report report published on Wednesday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. They currently have $200.00 price objective on the fast-food giant’s stock. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. Several other research analysts have also recently weighed in on MCD. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated a buy rating and set a $185.00 price target on shares of Mcdonald’s in a research note on Thursday, June 21st. Telsey Advisory Group dropped their price target on shares of Mcdonald’s from $190.00 to $175.00 and set an outperform rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a neutral rating and set a $168.00 price target on shares of Mcdonald’s in a research note on Monday, July 16th. Citigroup lifted their price target on shares of Mcdonald’s from $176.00 to $178.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research note on Thursday, June 14th. Finally, Imperial Capital dropped their price target on shares of Mcdonald’s from $190.00 to $175.00 and set an outperform rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-three have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $183.29. Read more …




Bank of America upgraded shares of Southern (NYSE:SO) from an underperform rating to a neutral rating in a report published on Wednesday, MarketBeat Ratings reports. They currently have $46.00 price objective on the utilities provider’s stock. A number of other research analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Southern from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $49.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday. Morgan Stanley dropped their target price on shares of Southern from $45.00 to $44.00 and set a sell rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, September 21st. ValuEngine cut shares of Southern from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, August 9th. Credit Suisse Group cut shares of Southern from a neutral rating to an underperform rating and dropped their price target for the company from $46.00 to $43.00 in a research note on Thursday, August 9th. Finally, Evercore ISI cut shares of Southern from an in-line rating to an underperform rating in a research note on Thursday, August 9th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Southern has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $46.04. Read more …

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of October 1, 2018


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Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) SVP Sharon J. Bracken sold 1,732 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $73.35, for a total value of $127,042.20. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 39,229 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,877,447.15. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Read more …

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) insider Daniel Gesua Sive Salvadori sold 5,000 shares of Abbott Laboratories stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $73.39, for a total value of $366,950.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 93,321 shares in the company, valued at $6,848,828.19. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Shares of NYSE:ABT opened at $71.82 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $128.70 billion, a PE ratio of 28.73, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 1.49. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64, a quick ratio of 1.16 and a current ratio of 1.58. Abbott Laboratories has a 1 year low of $53.61 and a 1 year high of $74.15. Read more …

Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) insider Jean-Marc Ollagnier sold 1,340 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $173.37, for a total transaction of $232,315.80. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Read more …

Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) COO Johan Deblaere sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $173.43, for a total transaction of $867,150.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Read more ...

Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) CEO Pierre Nanterme sold 30,117 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $173.45, for a total transaction of $5,223,793.65. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Shares of ACN opened at $173.15 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $114.83 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.69, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.28 and a beta of 0.98. Accenture Plc has a twelve month low of $133.66 and a twelve month high of $175.64. Read more …

Costco Wholesale Co. (NASDAQ:COST) Director John W. Meisenbach sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $235.81, for a total transaction of $707,430.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 8,654 shares in the company, valued at $2,040,699.74. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Costco Wholesale stock opened at $236.35 on Wednesday. The company has a market capitalization of $103.00 billion, a PE ratio of 40.61, a P/E/G ratio of 2.78 and a beta of 0.95. Costco Wholesale Co. has a 1 year low of $154.11 and a 1 year high of $245.16. The company has a current ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 0.47 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. Read more …




NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE) Director Rudy E. Schupp sold 1,600 shares of NextEra Energy stock in a transaction on Monday, October 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $167.00, for a total transaction of $267,200.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 21,300 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,557,100. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Shares of NEE stock opened at $169.25 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.78, a quick ratio of 0.46 and a current ratio of 0.58. The firm has a market capitalization of $79.04 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.26, a PEG ratio of 2.58 and a beta of 0.20. NextEra Energy Inc has a fifty-two week low of $145.10 and a fifty-two week high of $175.65. Read more …

Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE:BBY) CFO Corie S. Barry sold 2,982 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $78.35, for a total transaction of $233,639.70. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 72,838 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,706,857.30. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Best Buy stock traded down $0.19 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $75.01. The company had a trading volume of 3,264,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,430,214. The stock has a market cap of $21.79 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.98, a P/E/G ratio of 1.23 and a beta of 0.98. The company has a quick ratio of 0.52, a current ratio of 1.21 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25. Best Buy Co Inc has a one year low of $52.92 and a one year high of $84.37. Read more …

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) SVP Angela J. Ahrendts sold 25,000 shares of Apple stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $232.66, for a total value of $5,816,500.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 105,538 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $24,554,471.08. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Read more …

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) COO Jeffrey E. Williams sold 61,998 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, October 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $232.33, for a total transaction of $14,403,995.34. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 124,695 shares in the company, valued at $28,970,389.35. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Read more …

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) insider Luca Maestri sold 100,245 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $228.56, for a total value of $22,911,997.20. Following the sale, the insider now owns 91,665 shares in the company, valued at $20,950,952.40. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.  
Shares of AAPL traded down $3.70 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $224.29. 33,526,300 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 31,253,883. The stock has a market cap of $1,109.54 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.05, a P/E/G ratio of 1.99 and a beta of 1.36. Apple Inc. has a 12 month low of $150.24 and a 12 month high of $233.47. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.84, a quick ratio of 1.24 and a current ratio of 1.31. Read more …

PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) CEO Laxman Narasimhan sold 5,500 shares of PepsiCo stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $106.79, for a total value of $587,345.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 130,135 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $13,897,116.65. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. NASDAQ PEP traded down $0.12 on Friday, hitting $106.49. 3,438,200 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 5,018,508. The company has a market capitalization of $158.12 billion, a PE ratio of 20.40, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.63 and a beta of 0.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.00, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a current ratio of 1.24. PepsiCo, Inc. has a 52-week low of $95.94 and a 52-week high of $122.51. Read more …


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United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) was upgraded by research analysts at BMO Capital Markets from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued on Monday, The Fly reports. The brokerage presently has a $128.00 price target on the transportation company’s stock. BMO Capital Markets’ target price would suggest a potential upside of 9.41% from the stock’s previous close. Several other equities analysts have also recently commented on the company. KeyCorp began coverage on United Parcel Service in a research note on Thursday, September 27th. They set a “sector weight” rating for the company. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Berenberg Bank began coverage on United Parcel Service in a research note on Friday, September 21st. They set a “hold” rating and a $125.00 target price for the company. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Loop Capital increased their target price on United Parcel Service to $145.00 and gave the company a “positive” rating in a research note on Friday, September 14th. Goldman Sachs Group set a $150.00 target price on United Parcel Service and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, September 10th. Finally, Raymond James upgraded United Parcel Service from a “market perform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $150.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, September 4th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $125.41. Read more …

Chevron (NYSE:CVX) was upgraded by Goldman Sachs Group from a “buy” rating to a “conviction-buy” rating in a report released on Tuesday, The Fly reports. CVX has been the topic of several other reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Chevron from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $137.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Monday. Royal Bank of Canada set a $150.00 price objective on Chevron and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 20th. HSBC raised Chevron from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 11th. Berenberg Bank began coverage on Chevron in a research note on Tuesday, September 11th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $135.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Bank of America lowered Chevron from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their price objective for the company from $150.00 to $135.00 in a research note on Thursday, September 6th. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seventeen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. Chevron has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $137.92. Read more …

Wolfe Research upgraded shares of General Electric (NYSE:GE) from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a research report report published on Tuesday, Marketbeat.com reports. They currently have $16.00 price objective on the conglomerate’s stock, up from their prior price objective of $15.00. Other analysts also recently issued reports about the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $11.00 price target on General Electric and gave the company a sell rating in a research note on Monday, July 23rd. Gabelli restated a buy rating and issued a $21.00 price target on shares of General Electric in a research note on Monday, September 24th. Morningstar set a $15.70 price target on General Electric and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Monday, August 13th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded General Electric from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Monday, September 24th. Finally, Bank of America set a $16.00 price target on General Electric and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Monday, September 24th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $16.50. Read more …




Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Tuesday morning, Marketbeat reports. They currently have $82.00 price target on the business services provider’s stock. A number of other analysts have also recently weighed in on PAYX. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their price target on Paychex from $66.00 to $69.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, June 28th. ValuEngine raised Paychex from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Monday, July 2nd. BidaskClub cut Paychex from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report on Tuesday. Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on Paychex from $66.00 to $67.00 and gave the stock an equal weight rating in a research report on Thursday, June 28th. Finally, Citigroup boosted their price target on Paychex from $64.00 to $67.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research report on Thursday, June 28th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $69.69. Read more …