Home Depot Increases Quarterly Dividend $HD



  • Home Depot (NYSE:HD) declares $1.36/share quarterly dividend, 32% increase from prior dividend of $1.03.
  • Forward yield 2.86%
  • Payable March 28; for shareholders of record March 14; ex-div March 13.


Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of February 18, 2019



Acquisitions:


Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI) insider Richard D. Kinder acquired 200,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 15th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $18.93 per share, for a total transaction of $3,786,000.00. Following the acquisition, the insider now directly owns 236,692,545 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,480,589,876.85. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink.  Read more …

Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI) insider Richard D. Kinder bought 300,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, February 21st. The stock was bought at an average cost of $19.15 per share, for a total transaction of $5,745,000.00. Following the purchase, the insider now directly owns 237,011,657 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,538,773,231.55. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. KMI stock traded up $0.18 during trading on Friday, reaching $19.37. 8,769,645 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 13,353,239. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.98, a current ratio of 0.76 and a quick ratio of 0.71. Kinder Morgan Inc has a 1 year low of $14.62 and a 1 year high of $19.32. The company has a market capitalization of $42.29 billion, a PE ratio of 21.76, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.57 and a beta of 0.89. Read more …


Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ) Director Rod Canion acquired 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 21st. The shares were bought at an average cost of $18.89 per share, for a total transaction of $377,800.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 84,451 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,595,279.39. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

Rod Canion also recently made the following trade(s):
On Friday, February 8th, Rod Canion acquired 10,000 shares of Invesco stock. The shares were bought at an average cost of $17.97 per share, for a total transaction of $179,700.00.

Shares of NYSE IVZ traded up $0.22 on Friday, hitting $19.05. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,319,160 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,720,450. Invesco Ltd. has a 12-month low of $15.38 and a 12-month high of $35.03. The company has a market capitalization of $7.83 billion, a PE ratio of 7.84, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.15 and a beta of 1.50. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82, a current ratio of 1.55 and a quick ratio of 1.55. Read more …







Disposals:


3M Co (NYSE:MMM) EVP Joaquin Delgado sold 4,897 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $207.30, for a total value of $1,015,148.10. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 23,191 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,807,494.30. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Shares of MMM traded down $0.92 during trading hours on Tuesday, reaching $207.94. 48,139 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,365,593. The firm has a market capitalization of $120.26 billion, a PE ratio of 19.89, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 1.06. 3M Co has a 12-month low of $176.87 and a 12-month high of $244.86. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36, a current ratio of 1.89 and a quick ratio of 1.29. Read more …

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of February 18, 2019



Upgrades:


Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Citigroup from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Tuesday, The Fly reports. Several other equities analysts have also commented on FCX. Raymond James set a $16.00 price target on Freeport-McMoRan and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 24th. ValuEngine lowered Freeport-McMoRan from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 24th. BMO Capital Markets set a $13.00 price target on Freeport-McMoRan and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 25th. B. Riley cut their target price on Freeport-McMoRan from $18.00 to $16.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, October 25th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada lowered Freeport-McMoRan from a “sector perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $12.20 target price on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, November 6th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $16.15. Read more …

Macquarie upgraded shares of PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a report published on Tuesday, MarketBeat reports. The brokerage currently has $126.00 price target on the stock. PEP has been the subject of a number of other reports. BidaskClub raised shares of PepsiCo from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Friday, October 26th. Zacks Investment Research reaffirmed a sell rating on shares of PepsiCo in a research note on Wednesday, November 14th. Jefferies Financial Group upped their price objective on shares of PepsiCo to $119.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, UBS Group initiated coverage on shares of PepsiCo in a research note on Thursday, December 13th. They set a neutral rating and a $123.00 price objective for the company. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $119.83. Read more …

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) was upgraded by research analysts at Morgan Stanley from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note issued on Friday, The Fly reports. The brokerage presently has a $64.00 price objective on the chip maker’s stock, up from their prior price objective of $55.00. Morgan Stanley’s target price indicates a potential upside of 21.77% from the stock’s previous close. Several other research analysts have also recently weighed in on INTC. BidaskClub cut shares of Intel from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 17th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $55.00 price target on shares of Intel in a research note on Wednesday, January 23rd. Nomura reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 price target on shares of Intel in a research note on Wednesday, November 7th. Citigroup reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $54.00 price target (up previously from $50.00) on shares of Intel in a research note on Friday, January 11th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group reiterated a “sell” rating and set a $44.00 price target on shares of Intel in a research note on Tuesday, January 8th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating and nineteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $53.65. Read more …




Downgrades:


Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) was downgraded by investment analysts at Royal Bank of Canada from a “sector perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report released on Tuesday, Marketbeat reports. They currently have a $178.00 price target on the railroad operator’s stock, down from their prior price target of $180.00. Royal Bank of Canada’s price objective would suggest a potential downside of 2.13% from the stock’s previous close. A number of other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on NSC. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Norfolk Southern from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Norfolk Southern from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $191.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, November 21st. Credit Suisse Group boosted their price objective on shares of Norfolk Southern from $181.00 to $195.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 12th. Loop Capital boosted their price objective on shares of Norfolk Southern to $210.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, February 11th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets boosted their price objective on shares of Norfolk Southern to $185.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 12th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $183.62. Read more …

Digital Realty Trust Increases Quarterly Dividend $DLR



  • Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR) declares $1.08/share quarterly dividend, 6.9% increase from prior dividend of $1.01.
  • Forward yield 3.71%
  • Payable March 29; for shareholders of record March 15; ex-div March 14.


Coca-Cola Company Increases Quarterly Dividend $KO



  • Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) declares $0.40/share quarterly dividend, 2.6% increase from prior dividend of $0.39.
  • Forward yield 3.50%
  • Payable April 1; for shareholders of record March 15; ex-div March 14.

7 Healthy Dividend Stocks to Buy for Extra Stability


Euphoria has rushed back into the stock market, and that means now is a good time to buy dividend stocks


The stock market is on fire right now. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is up 11%, and it isn’t even March yet. Further, the S&P 500 is up nearly 20% from its Christmas Eve lows and it is now just 5% off all-time highs.

While I’ve been bullish on this 2019 stock market turnaround for some time now, I also realize that there are still risks out there which could subdue the current rally in stocks. U.S. and China trade talks are progressing, but there’s no resolution yet. The global economy remains healthy, but it is slowing. Consumer confidence remains high, but it is dipping. Earnings remain strong, but costs are rising, margins are dropping and earnings growth is slowing.

Overall, the current economic backdrop for stocks is bullish, but it has risks. Right now, with the S&P 500 trading at a very normal 16.3 forward earnings, valuations seem to reflect reality. Thus, the outlook for continued gradual gains is healthy. But, a repeat of January and February 10%-plus rally is unlikely.




With stocks set to slow, now is a good time to start buying into dividend stocks. These stocks tend to outperform when the broader stock market slows since they are seen as protection from volatility. Further, dividend stocks could get a nice boost in 2019 if the Fed remains cautious, doesn’t hike, and rates largely remain low.

Overall, now seems like a good time to add some stability to the portfolio through dividend stocks. With that in mind, here’s a list of seven healthy dividend stocks to buy in 2019.






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Xcel Energy Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend $XEL



  • Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) declares $0.405/share quarterly dividend, 6.6% increase from prior dividend of $0.38.
  • Forward yield 3.0%
  • Payable April 20; for shareholders of record March 15; ex-div March 14.


Waste Management, Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend $WM



  • Waste Management (NYSE:WM) declares $0.5125/share quarterly dividend, 10.2% increase from prior dividend of $0.465.
  • Forward yield 2.07%
  • Payable March 22; for shareholders of record March 8; ex-div March 7.


Walmart Inc. Increases Dividend $WMT



  • Walmart (NYSE:WMT) declares $2.12/share annual dividend, (payable in 4 installments) 1.9% increase from prior dividend of $2.08.
  • Forward yield 2.05%
  • Payable April 1; for shareholders of record March 15; ex-div March 14.
  • Payable June 3; for shareholders of record May 10; ex-div May 9.
  • Payable Sept. 3; for shareholders of record Aug. 9; ex-div Aug. 8.
  • Payable Jan. 2; for shareholders of record Dec. 6; ex-div Dec. 5.


Genuine Parts Company Increases Quarterly Dividend $GPC



  • Genuine Parts (NYSE:GPC) declares $0.7625/share quarterly dividend, 5.9% increase from prior dividend of $0.72.
  • Forward yield 2.83%
  • Payable April 1; for shareholders of record March 8; ex-div March 7.


Union Pacific Corporation: Billionaire Quietly Buying This Dividend Stock


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John Armitage ranks as one of the top investors on Earth, though I doubt most people have ever heard of him.

The billionaire investor founded Egerton Capital Limited in 1994. Today, it’s one of the largest hedge funds in the world, with over $18.0 billion in assets under management. Since inception, Armitage has averaged double-digit annual returns for his clients. These profits put him in the same class of great investors like George Soros and Warren Buffett.

For this reason, I always keep a close eye on Armitage’s portfolio. And in recent months, he has made some interesting bets. According to recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, Egerton Capital has built up huge stakes in a number of railroad stocks.

Specifically, Armitage has built up sizeable positions in CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX) and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd (NYSE:CP). These businesses own thousands of miles of irreplaceable rail lines and represent some of the most lucrative income streams in the stock market.




He also just picked up a new position: Last quarter, Armitage disclosed an eight-million share stake in Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP). At the time of the filing, Egerton valued this position at $1.3 billion, or nearly 10% of the firm’s investment portfolio. (Source: “Union Pacific Corp (UNP) – Hedge Fund Holdings,” Insider Monkey, last accessed January 29, 2019.)




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Gilead’s (GILD) Dividend is Solid, But Growth Challenges Linger


Founded in 1987, Gilead Sciences (GILD) is one of the world’s leading biotech companies. The firm operates in more than 35 countries worldwide, researching, manufacturing, and distributing various medications to treat HIV/AIDs, liver diseases, and immune, respiratory, and cardiovascular diseases.

Gilead has historically focused on antiviral products for infectious diseases, which made up 84% of sales in 2018:
  • HIV: 67% of sales
  • Hepatitis C: 17%
  • Cancer: 1% (new drug launch)
  • Other drugs (cardiovascular, oncology, etc.): 14%


The company’s drug portfolio is fairly concentrated, with its top five products generating nearly 60% of its revenue. Gilead’s largest drugs are:
  • Genvoya (21% of 2018 sales – HIV)
  • Truvada (14% – HIV)
  • Epclusa (9% – hepatitis C)
  • Descovy (7% – HIV)
  • Odefsey (7% – HIV)
  • Atripla (6% – HIV)
  • Harvoni (6% – hepatitis C)


Geographically, Gilead is focused on the U.S. market:
  • US: 75% of sales
  • Europe: 17%
  • Other International: 8%


In 2018, Gilead’s total sales declined 15%, causing its net income to fall by 26%. The main culprit was continued declines in its hepatitis C drug franchise (down 59% in 2018) which the company helped pioneer modern treatments for with Harvoni and Sovaldi.






Since these drugs cure patients after one course of treatment (and have faced many rival drug launches in recent years), they have rapidly lost market share. Gilead’s new HIV medications have only been able to modestly offset these large scale revenue declines.

Going forward, Gilead hopes to diversify into oncology (cancer) treatments, thanks to its 2017 purchase of Kite Pharmaceuticals, a leader in the field of T-cell cancer therapy, for approximately $12 billion. As of February 2019, management expected Gilead’s overall 2019 revenue to be about flat compared to 2018.



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Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of February 11, 2019



Acquisitions:


Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) Director Tanya L. Domier bought 2,652 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 8th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $94.23 per share, for a total transaction of $249,897.96. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. YUM traded down $1.23 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $93.26. 2,455,151 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,964,816. The company has a market capitalization of $29.58 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.42, a P/E/G ratio of 1.96 and a beta of 0.60. Yum! Brands, Inc. has a 1-year low of $76.32 and a 1-year high of $95.45. Read more …

Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ) Director Rod Canion bought 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 8th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $17.97 per share, for a total transaction of $179,700.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 64,451 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,158,184.47. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Shares of Invesco stock opened at $18.19 on Tuesday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.55, a current ratio of 1.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82. Invesco Ltd. has a fifty-two week low of $15.38 and a fifty-two week high of $35.03. The firm has a market capitalization of $7.40 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.49, a P/E/G ratio of 1.06 and a beta of 1.50. Read more …

Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI) Chairman Richard D. Kinder bought 200,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 12th. The shares were bought at an average price of $18.39 per share, for a total transaction of $3,678,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 236,492,545 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,349,097,902.55. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Shares of KMI stock traded up $0.21 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $18.48. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 14,480,387 shares, compared to its average volume of 16,133,665. Kinder Morgan Inc has a 12-month low of $14.62 and a 12-month high of $18.67. The company has a current ratio of 0.76, a quick ratio of 0.98 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.98. The company has a market cap of $39.64 billion, a PE ratio of 20.76, a P/E/G ratio of 2.41 and a beta of 0.89. Read more …







Disposals:


Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) COO W Gilbert West sold 21,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.49, for a total transaction of $1,060,290.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 136,799 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,906,981.51. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. DAL opened at $50.61 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $34.60 billion, a P/E ratio of 8.96, a P/E/G ratio of 0.58 and a beta of 1.11. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 0.28 and a current ratio of 0.35. Delta Air Lines, Inc. has a 12-month low of $45.08 and a 12-month high of $61.32. Read more …

NextEra Energy, Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend $NEE



  • NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) declares $1.25/share quarterly dividend, 12.6% increase from prior dividend of $1.11.
  • Forward yield 2.72%
  • Payable March 15; for shareholders of record Feb. 28; ex-div Feb. 27.


United Parcel Service Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend $UPS



  • United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) declares $0.96/share quarterly dividend, 5.5% increase from prior dividend of $0.91.
  • Forward yield 3.46%
  • Payable March 12; for shareholders of record Feb. 26; ex-div Feb. 25.


Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of February 11, 2019



Upgrades:


BNP Paribas upgraded shares of Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) from an underperform rating to a neutral rating in a research report released on Monday morning, Marketbeat.com reports. They currently have $67.00 price objective on the stock, up from their prior price objective of $56.00. A number of other equities analysts also recently commented on the company. Citigroup lowered their price objective on Colgate-Palmolive from $68.00 to $63.00 and set a hold rating for the company in a research report on Monday, October 29th. Argus lowered their price objective on Colgate-Palmolive from $75.00 to $70.00 and set a buy rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, October 30th. Goldman Sachs Group raised Colgate-Palmolive from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a report on Tuesday, January 8th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded Colgate-Palmolive from a neutral rating to an underweight rating and lowered their price target for the company from $61.00 to $54.00 in a report on Monday, October 29th. Finally, Evercore ISI initiated coverage on Colgate-Palmolive in a report on Thursday, January 10th. They issued an outperform rating and a $70.00 price target for the company. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $65.13. Read more …

Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS) was upgraded by Monness Crespi & Hardt from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Monday, MarketBeat.com reports. The brokerage presently has a $109.00 target price on the stock. Monness Crespi & Hardt’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 21.69% from the stock’s current price. Several other equities analysts also recently weighed in on the company. BidaskClub downgraded Hasbro from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 11th. ValuEngine downgraded Hasbro from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, December 1st. MKM Partners reduced their price target on Hasbro to $110.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, October 23rd. KeyCorp raised their price target on Hasbro from $118.00 to $120.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, October 15th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co reduced their price target on Hasbro from $100.00 to $95.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, October 23rd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company. Hasbro presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $104.73. Read more …

Edward Jones upgraded shares of Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report released on Wednesday, The Fly reports. A number of other equities research analysts have also weighed in on the stock. Loop Capital boosted their target price on shares of Walt Disney to $130.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Friday, November 9th. Barclays upgraded shares of Walt Disney from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating and boosted their target price for the company from $104.00 to $130.00 in a research note on Friday, October 19th. Credit Suisse Group reiterated a hold rating and set a $114.00 target price on shares of Walt Disney in a research note on Tuesday, January 22nd. Imperial Capital upgraded shares of Walt Disney from an in-line rating to an outperform rating and boosted their target price for the company from $113.00 to $129.00 in a research note on Tuesday, November 27th. Finally, Wolfe Research started coverage on shares of Walt Disney in a research note on Friday, December 7th. They set an outperform rating for the company. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company. Walt Disney presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $124.84. Read more …



Edward Jones upgraded shares of Home Depot (NYSE:HD) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report released on Wednesday, The Fly reports. Several other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on the stock. Bank of America downgraded shares of Home Depot from a buy rating to a neutral rating and dropped their target price for the stock from $219.00 to $195.00 in a research report on Friday, November 16th. Wells Fargo & Co dropped their target price on shares of Home Depot from $230.00 to $220.00 and set an outperform rating for the company in a research report on Monday, October 22nd. Credit Suisse Group reissued a neutral rating and issued a $204.00 target price (down previously from $222.00) on shares of Home Depot in a research report on Wednesday, October 17th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Home Depot from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, January 14th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Home Depot from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 17th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of $204.60. Read more …

Wendy's Company Increases Quarterly Dividend $WEN



  • Wendy's (NYSE:WEN) declares $0.10/share quarterly dividend, 17.6% increase from prior dividend of $0.085.
  • Forward yield 2.23%
  • Payable March 15; for shareholders of record March 1; ex-div Feb. 28.


Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Increases Quarterly Dividend $SKT



  • Tanger Factory (NYSE:SKT) declares $0.355/share quarterly dividend, 1.4% increase from prior dividend of $0.35.
  • Forward yield 6.39%
  • Payable May 15; for shareholders of record April 30; ex-div April 29.


Cisco Increases Quarterly Dividend $CSCO



  • Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) declares $0.35/share quarterly dividend, 6.1% increase from prior dividend of $0.33.
  • Forward yield 2.95%
  • Payable April 24; for shareholders of record April 5; ex-div April 4.


Sherwin-Williams Company Increases Quarterly Dividend $SHW



  • Sherwin Williams (NYSE:SHW) declares $1.13/share quarterly dividend, 31% increase from prior dividend of $0.86.
  • Forward yield 1.04%
  • Payable March 8; for shareholders of record Feb. 25; ex-div Feb. 22.


10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Next 10 Months

With multiple potential traps clouding the markets, all investors can benefit from this diverse list of dividend stocks



After a disappointing final quarter in 2018, investors have looked to the new year for a fresh start. So far, we’ve witnessed robust movements, with the benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average climbing more than 9% since the beginning of January. Yet slow trades following the State of the Union Address proves one thing: dividend stocks are still relevant.

As someone who appreciates the speculative components of the markets, I know exactly what you’re thinking. Over the past few years and prior to the October meltdown, equities represented tremendous growth potential. At the height of the bull market, even the vanilla exchange-traded fund SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY) enticed onlookers.

But right now, I can confidently state that the best stocks are dividend stocks. True, the Dow has clawed back most of its October losses. However, it has so far alarmingly failed to eclipse prior highs. In other words, the index is charting a bearish trend channel.

Moreover, I’m not sure how economic and geopolitical events will play out. As I write this, Washington hosts furious debates about border security. Without an agreement, the nation could suffer another embarrassing and painful government shutdown.

Also, President Trump has high-stake talks or negotiations coming up with China and North Korea. Both have significant implications for our economy, foreign policy and national interests. A victory here is absolutely crucial for the administration.




Given this framework, I’m placing my bets on dividend stocks. Below, I’ve listed out top companies to consider based on their risk/reward structure: three of each of reliable, reasonable and risky names. To top it off, I’ve added a super-risky dividend stock to invest in.

Without further hesitation, here are my picks for the ten best dividend stocks to buy for the next ten months:



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L3 Technologies Increases Quarterly Dividend $LLL



  • L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) declares $0.85/share quarterly dividend, 6.3% increase from prior dividend of $0.80.
  • Forward yield 1.65%
  • Payable March 15; for shareholders of record March 1; ex-div Feb. 28.


Omnicom Group Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend $OMC



  • Omnicom (NYSE:OMC) declares $0.65/share quarterly dividend, 8.3% increase from prior dividend of $0.60.
  • Forward yield 3.52%
  • Payable April 9; for shareholders of record March 11; ex-div March 8.


High Dividend Stocks — February 2019


High dividend stocks appeal to many investors living off dividends in retirement because their high yields provide generous income.

Many of the highest paying dividend stocks offer a high yield in excess of 4%, and some even yield 10% or more.

However, not all high yield dividend stocks are safe. Let’s review what high dividend stocks are, where stocks with high dividends can be found in the market, and how to identify which high dividends are risky.

At the end of the article, we will take a look at 24 of the best high dividend stocks, providing analysis on each company. Almost all of these high yield stocks offer a dividend yield greater than 4%, have increased their dividends for at least five consecutive years, and maintain healthy Dividend Safety Scores.

The market’s strength has reduced the number of safe dividend stocks with high yields, but there are still several dozen worth reviewing.

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Top High Dividend Stocks Analyzed


In this list, we analyzed 24 of the highest paying dividend stocks in the market.

Almost all of these companies offer a high dividend yield close to 4% or higher, have increased their dividends for at least five consecutive years, and score average or better for Dividend Safety.

The list is sorted by dividend yield from low to high, and our analysis is updated monthly.

Here are 24 of the most interesting high dividend stocks as of 2/5/19: 



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Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of February 4, 2019



Acquisitions:


Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI) insider Richard D. Kinder purchased 150,000 shares of Kinder Morgan stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 4th. The shares were bought at an average price of $18.31 per share, with a total value of $2,746,500.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 235,777,613 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,317,088,094.03. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. NYSE KMI opened at $17.96 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $40.75 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.18, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.48 and a beta of 0.89. Kinder Morgan Inc has a 52 week low of $14.62 and a 52 week high of $18.67. The company has a current ratio of 0.76, a quick ratio of 0.98 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.98. Read more …

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) Director Geoffrey Y. Yang acquired 33,558 shares of AT&T stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 4th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $29.79 per share, with a total value of $999,692.82. Following the transaction, the director now owns 5,402 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $160,925.58. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. NYSE T traded down $0.34 during trading on Thursday, hitting $29.22. 9,475,423 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 34,387,776. AT&T Inc. has a 12 month low of $26.80 and a 12 month high of $37.81. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86, a current ratio of 0.80 and a quick ratio of 0.81. The firm has a market cap of $181.90 billion, a P/E ratio of 8.30, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.25 and a beta of 0.54. Read more …

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) Director James S. Crown purchased 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 5th. The shares were bought at an average price of $103.79 per share, with a total value of $518,950.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 311,447 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $32,325,084.13. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. NYSE:JPM traded down $0.05 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $103.74. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 8,812,928 shares, compared to its average volume of 14,815,237. The stock has a market capitalization of $357.78 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.53, a PEG ratio of 1.57 and a beta of 1.11. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.22, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a current ratio of 1.00. JPMorgan Chase & Co. has a 52-week low of $91.11 and a 52-week high of $119.33. Read more …




Disposals:


American Express (NYSE:AXP) Chairman Stephen J. Squeri sold 12,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $103.02, for a total value of $1,287,750.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. AXP stock opened at $103.90 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $88.35 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.17, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.21 and a beta of 1.12. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.64, a current ratio of 2.22 and a quick ratio of 1.88. American Express has a 12 month low of $87.54 and a 12 month high of $114.55. Read more …

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of February 4, 2019



Upgrades:


Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) was upgraded by equities researchers at Goldman Sachs Group from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports. CHD has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Morgan Stanley set a $58.00 target price on Church & Dwight and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 20th. Zacks Investment Research cut Church & Dwight from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, November 19th. BMO Capital Markets lifted their target price on Church & Dwight from $55.00 to $62.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, November 2nd. Oppenheimer lifted their target price on Church & Dwight from $66.00 to $73.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 8th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their target price on Church & Dwight from $58.00 to $63.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, November 2nd. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $60.76. Read more …

Bank of America upgraded shares of Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a report issued on Wednesday morning, MarketBeat.com reports. The brokerage currently has $18.50 target price on the cell phone carrier’s stock. A number of other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports on VOD. UBS Group raised shares of Vodafone Group from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a research note on Monday, December 17th. Cfra raised shares of Vodafone Group from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 13th. BidaskClub cut shares of Vodafone Group from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, January 17th. Royal Bank of Canada cut shares of Vodafone Group from an outperform rating to an underperform rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 8th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Vodafone Group from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Saturday, January 26th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Vodafone Group presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $29.61. Read more …

Cummins (NYSE:CMI) was upgraded by research analysts at Robert W. Baird from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report released on Thursday, The Fly reports. A number of other equities analysts have also commented on CMI. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their price objective on Cummins from $172.00 to $174.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 10th. Loop Capital started coverage on Cummins in a research note on Wednesday, October 17th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $170.00 price objective on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised Cummins from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $157.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 23rd. ValuEngine lowered Cummins from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Finally, Oppenheimer reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $164.00 price objective on shares of Cummins in a research note on Tuesday, October 30th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. Cummins currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $161.26. Read more …

Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU) (TSE:SU) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Macquarie from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, The Fly reports. SU has been the subject of several other research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Suncor Energy from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $53.00 price target on shares of Suncor Energy in a research report on Monday, January 7th. AltaCorp Capital raised shares of Suncor Energy from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 17th. Morgan Stanley reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Suncor Energy in a research report on Tuesday, January 29th. Finally, GARP Research raised shares of Suncor Energy from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 22nd. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company. Suncor Energy presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $50.00. Read more …

Union Pacific Corporation Increases Quarterly Dividend $UNP



  • Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) declares $0.88/share quarterly dividend, 10% increase from prior dividend of $0.80.
  • Forward yield 2.19%
  • Payable March 29; for shareholders of record Feb. 28; ex-div Feb. 27.