Top Bank Stocks for Your Investment Portfolio


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






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


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



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

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


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

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3 Stocks To Generate Excellent Passive Income Over Long Haul


These stocks will help you generate 8% annual total returns



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

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


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




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


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

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

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



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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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




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

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




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8 Dividend Aristocrats That Also Offer Stock Price Growth

These stocks offer more benefits than just a consistently growing dividend Many investors are drawn to the consistency of dividen...