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Genuine Parts: A Play on Rising Vehicle Prices

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  A look at one way to profit off of higher new and used car prices   Car prices have soared by double-digit rates due to production issues and a lack of used cars available. Genuine Parts sells the parts needed for car owners to keep their vehicles running. Shares are on the pricey side, but the company has a strong leadership position in its industry and one of the longest dividend growth streaks.   Anyone in the market for a new or used car is likely facing some sticker shock as the prices have increased drastically.   New car prices had increased 12.1% from the prior year in September, according to Kelley Blue Book, to an average of more than $45,000. The used car market isn’t much better as prices for this category are up nearly 40% since March 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index.   Production issues, some of which is due to the Covid-19 pandemic, have put a lid on the number of new cars in production. The pre-owned mark

National Retail Properties, Inc.: 4.5% Yielder Has Raised Dividends for 32 Consecutive Years

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  Consider NNN Stock for Income & Growth   If you’re looking for a stock that provides consistent dividend growth and share-price gains—and a company that’s taking advantage of the post-pandemic economic recovery—National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN) might be the perfect opportunity.   Admittedly, having the word “retail” in its name might scare off a lot of investors. After all, traditional brick-and-mortar stores are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Fortunately, National Retail Properties, Inc. didn’t get that memo.   National Retail Properties is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that acquires, invests in, and develops high-quality properties that it leases to retailers under long-term (15–20 years) triple net leases. (Source: “Investor Update: November 2021,” National Retail Properties, Inc., last accessed November 25, 2021.)   With a triple net lease, the tenant is responsible for all expenses, including property taxes, building insurance, mainten

Dividend Increases Week 47, 2021

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  In this article, I will go through the weekly dividend increases and cuts in popular and well-known stocks. (Member of The Dividend Champions or Canadian All-Star list)   Recently, 5 companies announced dividend increases. Note that no dividend cuts or suspensions were announced during this period.   The table below summarises the dividend change announcements.   The table shows the current dividend, the new dividend and the percentage increase (%). Dividends are shown on an annual basis and in US dollars unless otherwise stated. Yield is the new dividend yield of the most recent price, and Years is the years of consecutive dividend increases.  

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of November 22 2021

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  Upgrades:   Kimco Realty (NYSE:KIM) was upgraded by equities researchers at Evercore ISI to an "outperform" rating in a note issued to investors on Monday, The Fly reports. KIM has been the topic of several other research reports. Capital One Financial raised Kimco Realty from an "equal weight" rating to an "overweight" rating and set a $26.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, August 2nd. BTIG Research restated a "hold" rating on shares of Kimco Realty in a research note on Sunday, September 26th. Truist upped their price objective on Kimco Realty from $23.00 to $25.00 and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a research note on Monday, August 30th. Truist Securities upped their target price on Kimco Realty from $23.00 to $25.00 and gave the company a "buy" rating in a research report on Monday, August 30th. Finally, Morgan Stanley upped their target price on Kimco Realty from $25.00 to $26.00 and ga

12 Best Monthly Dividend Stocks and Funds to Buy for 2022

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  Your bills come monthly. Why not your dividend checks? These are some of 2022's best monthly dividend stocks and funds for easier income planning.     For all the changes we've experienced in recent years, some things remain regrettably the same. We all have bills to pay, and those bills generally come monthly. Whether it's your mortgage, your car payment or even your regular phone and utility bills, you're generally expected to pay every month.   While we're in our working years, that's not necessarily a problem, as paychecks generally come every two weeks. And even for those in retirement, Social Security and (if you're lucky enough to have one) pension payments also come on a regular monthly schedule. But unfortunately, it doesn't work that way in our investment portfolios.   That's where monthly dividend stocks come into play.   Dividend-paying stocks generally pay quarterly, and most bonds pay semiannually, or twice per year.

7 Stocks to Watch Now as Consumer Prices Spike

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  Inflation is affecting each of these consumer picks differently. Proceed with care.     With inflation at its highest rate since 1990, it’s not just consumers that are feeling the pinch. Many stocks to watch in the consumer products and retail spaces are feeling it as well. Sure, rising prices are driving demand for some companies in the consumer staples sector, such as discount stores. But between the cost of inventory, labor, raw materials and shipping going up, increased sales may not correspond with increased profits.   At least across the board. Some companies have more proactively passed along rising prices to consumers. Coupled with cost-savings initiatives, some have also done a better job managing the unprecedented run-up in prices. What’s more, a strong earnings season has helped bolster the argument that fears of widespread inflationary pressures may be overblown.   However, if elevated rates continue into 2022, as consumer companies such as Unilever (NYSE:UL

Dividend Increases Week 46, 2021

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In this article, I will go through the weekly dividend increases and cuts in popular and well-known stocks.  (Member of The Dividend Champions or Canadian All-Star list)   Recently, 21 companies announced dividend increases. Note that no dividend cuts or suspensions were announced during this period.   The table below summarises the dividend change announcements.   The table shows the current dividend, the new dividend and the percentage increase (%). Dividends are shown on an annual basis and in US dollars unless otherwise stated. Yield is the new dividend yield of the most recent price, and Years is the years of consecutive dividend increases.