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Are BAE Systems plc, Unilever plc And National Grid plc The Best Buy-And-Forget Shares Going?

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There are some stocks you have to keep a close eye on.  The share prices, and valuations, of smaller companies and companies in cyclical industries can move a long way, and do so very rapidly, on occasions. You need to be relatively fleet of foot to exploit the opportunities, whether to buy into an undervalued stock or sell an overvalued one. In contrast, there are companies whose shares are rather less volatile, and which rarely seem to be grossly undervalued or overvalued. The three steady stalwarts I discuss below are, I would say, among the best buy-and-forget stocks going, and provide a solid bedrock for a portfolio. Happy to hold “Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years” is one of the gems of wisdom of legendary investor Warren Buffett... Source: The Motley Fool

3 Safe Blue Chip Stocks with Growing Dividends

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The S&P 500 has clawed its way back to even for the year, but investors should be cautious as the market still faces major hurdles before an extended rally can occur. Now is the time to be sticking with safe dividend stocks like the three Bret Jensen shares today. I started the New Year with a non-sanguine view of the market. With this outlook, my portfolio had a 30% allocation to cash to begin 2016. As stocks fell through most of the first month and a half of the year, I incrementally bought the dip. I added to my core stakes in cheap blue chip stocks with large dividend yields such as AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) and Chatham Lodging Trust (NASDAQ: CLDT ), an undervalued high-yield lodging REIT. By mid-February, my cash allocation was down to just over 10%... Source: Investors Alley

Barclays Downgrades Target Co. (TGT) to Underweight

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Target Co. (NYSE:TGT) was downgraded by investment analysts at Barclays from an “overweight” rating to an “underweight” rating in a report issued on Wednesday, The Fly reports. They currently have a $70.00 price objective on the retailer’s stock, down from their previous price objective of $90.00. Barclays’ price objective would indicate a potential downside of 16.27% from the stock’s current price. Several hedge funds recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Community Bank & Trust of Waco, Texas bought a new stake in shares of Target during the fourth quarter valued at about $277,000. Reynolds Capital Management raised its stake in shares of Target by 39.3% in the fourth quarter. Reynolds Capital Management now owns 3,900 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $283,000 after buying an additional 1,100 shares during the period. Ballentine Partners LLC raised its stake in shares of Target by 2.6% in the fourth quarter. Ballentine Partners L

3 Dividend ETFs for Your Watch List (VIG,DVY,VYM)

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If you’re uncertain about the economy and markets and want to remain on the long side, your best option will be to take a dividend-focused approach. However, if you’re investing in individual stocks that pay dividends, there are heightened risks. These can include any surprise negative news from the company, a lack of diversification if you’re too focused on one sector or industry and high trading fees if you buy numerous dividend-paying stocks in an attempt to diversify. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offer a solution.  Here are three to consider... Source: Investopedia

4 Growth Stocks to Buy with Dividends Over 2.5%

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So far 2016 has been a tough year for investors, with muted growth in the Euro zone, continual weakness in China, fluctuating commodity market prices and other global growth concerns being major worries hampering the U.S. stock market. These also restrained the Fed from going for a rate hike. The federal funds rate is therefore left untouched at 0.25% to 0.50% at least for now. Though the policy makers hinted that they have adopted a cautious stance given the current situation prevailing in the broader economy, plans for a rate hike remain in the cards. Last December, the Fed had planned up to a four quarter-point rise in interest rate for 2016. However, the financial mayhem beyond the borders compelled it to retreat from its plan, and adopt a more steady and meticulous approach. Market pundits now expect two quarter-point rate hikes by the end of the year. While the global markets are trying hard to make their way out of the woods, domestic investors welcomed the Fed’s decision,

Dividend Investors: Prepare to be Disappointed by Enbridge Inc.

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Management is still confident, but the future rate of dividend increases will likely disappoint compared to historical results. The management team at  Enbridge  (NYSE: ENB) has regularly touted the company's stable business model, especially during times of volatile energy prices. As a pipeline operator, the company found a seemingly endless amount of expansion opportunities when oil was above $100 a barrel. After two years of low prices, however, dividend investors need to reexamine their expectations for dividend growth. What could go wrong? T he company owns $85 billion in assets, primarily comprised of 27,600 kilometers of oil and gas pipelines. Historically, this has been a lucrative business. Over 95% of contracts are based on volumes, not commodity prices, so when the price of oil fluctuates, Enbridge still generates the same profit per barrel transported. The explosion of North American liquids production helped fuel the company's growth over the past decade, w

RBC Says to Stay Long the Market: These 4 Top Blue Chips Look Good

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If one thing is clearly evident on Wall Street this year, it is that there is some very divergent thought among the major firms we cover. Some are still very bearish and suggest selling every rally immediately. Others are far more positive and point to the solid economic news that continues to come out week after week. With the dollar’s strength abating and the economy growing, one firm we cover is very positive on the current market. A new report from Robert Sluymer and his outstanding team at RBC makes the case that history tells us that declines in secular bull markets like we have seen twice in the past nine months are shallow, and the rebounds are often very powerful and sustained. The RBC report points to numerous sectors and the stocks that looked good. We found four large cap, blue chip companies that look outstanding now. They combine solid fundamentals with outstanding technical patterns. Let's check those out... Source: 24/7 Wall St.

4 Value Stocks to Buy Now

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U.S. stock markets have been choppy this year, thanks to gyrations in oil price movements. It takes two to tango, and the oil price and the major indexes have become close partners. Whenever the oil price moved up, the indexes climbed, while any downward movement in the oil price dragged the indexes down. Meanwhile, a slew of mixed economic reports failed to give a clear picture about the state of the U.S. economy. Dilemma about future rate hikes also continued to linger. Given this uncertainty, it will be wise to invest in value stocks. Value investors look for volatile times to pick up stocks at a discount, which are at the same time fundamentally strong to withstand any economic downturn. Our research shows that 4 value stocks to buy now... Source: Zacks

Citigroup upgraded TransCanada Co. (TRP) to buy

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TransCanada Co. (NYSE:TRP)  was upgraded by stock analysts at Citigroup Inc. from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Wednesday, Market Beat.com reports. Shares of TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) traded up 2.13% on Wednesday, reaching $38.76. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 351,355 shares. The firm’s market cap is $27.21 billion. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $36.55 and a 200-day moving average of $33.83. TransCanada has a 12 month low of $28.40 and a 12 month high of $48.10. TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, February 11th. The company reported $0.64 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.03. The company earned $2.85 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.89 billion. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.65

Cowen and Company upgraded Apple Inc. (AAPL) to outperform

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was upgraded by analysts at Cowen and Company from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, Marketbeat.com reports. The brokerage currently has a $135.00 price objective on the iPhone maker’s stock, up from their previous price objective of $125.00. Cowen and Company’s target price points to a potential upside of 25.35% from the company’s previous close. In related news, COO Jeffrey E. Williams sold 268,644 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $106.91, for a total value of $28,720,730.04. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 528,079 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $56,456,925.89. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link . Also, Director Arthur D. Levinson s

Citigroup upgraded GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) to buy

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GlaxoSmithKline plc (LON:GSK) was upgraded by research analysts at Citigroup Inc. to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday, MarketBeat.Com reports. The firm presently has a GBX 1,550 ($22.07) price objective on the stock. Citigroup Inc.’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 11.35% from the stock’s current price. GSK has been the topic of several other reports. Sanford C. Bernstein restated a “market perform” rating and set a GBX 1,399 ($19.92) price objective on shares of GlaxoSmithKline plc in a report on Monday, January 4th. Natixis reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a GBX 1,470 ($20.93) target price on shares of GlaxoSmithKline plc in a research report on Wednesday, January 13th. AlphaValue reiterated an “add” rating and issued a GBX 1,536 ($21.87) target price on shares of GlaxoSmithKline plc in a research report on Thursday, March 10th. Deutsche Bank lifted their target price on GlaxoSmithKline plc from GBX 1,500 ($21.36) to

Telus Corporation Is a Great Growth and Dividend Option

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Diversify. Balance out your portfolio with growth and dividends across several companies in different industries. This is the one bit of advice that investors are told time and time again. While this remains a sound investment policy, there’s no reason why investors shouldn’t consider adding a company that can cater to both growth and dividends to their portfolios. Telus Corporation   (TSX:T) (NYSE:TU) is a company that satisfies both of those needs. As one of the largest and the fastest-growing telecommunications companies in the country, Telus offers services in the Internet, phone, and wireless segments. Here are three reasons why Telus is great for your portfolio... Source: The Motley Fool

5 Stocks to Buy and Hold For 20 Years

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These companies are worthy of long-term investors' attention. Though it's undeniably gratifying to watch any stock you own skyrocket in value over short periods of time, the best way to predictably generate wealth is to buy and hold shares of great companies over the long term. And we're not talking periods of just weeks or months, but rather years or -- better yet --  decades.  So we asked five Motley Fool contributors to offer one stock they think investors would be wise to buy now and hold for the next  20 years .  Read on to see which companies they chose and why... Source: The Motley Fool

5 Horrible Stocks for Retirees

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High yields are one thing, but these five companies are flashing warning signs. The commodity downturn has hit the midstream and limited partnership spaces hard. There are undoubtedly huge investment opportunities to be found for income-focused investors. But if you're a retiree, capital preservation is just as important as generating income, and these five companies with massive yields of as much as 30% are horrible stocks for you to consider. Pain in the partnership The first company with a huge but risky yield hails from the midstream oil and gas sector. Midstream companies generally provide services to oil and gas drillers, helping them get their products from where they are drilled to where they are used. To be fair, the services they provide are truly vital. But here's the problem: Many of these companies haven't been able to cover their distributions out of the cash flow they're generating. For example,  American Midstream Partners (NYSE:AMID)  ended 201

Better Buy: Pfizer Inc. vs. Johnson & Johnson

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Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are both top dividend stocks. But which stock is the better buy right now? Pfizer   (NYSE:PFE) and  Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) are both considered top dividend stocks because they offer higher-than-average yields for healthcare stocks, strong free cash flows, and a lengthy history of regular increases to their payouts. That said, J&J has been the clear favorite among investors over the past decade based on its performance. According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, for instance, J&J's stock has crushed both the broader markets and Pfizer during this period. With Pfizer set to merge with Allergan (NYSE:AGN) later this year and J&J starting to see a drop off in its high-growth pharma business, though, these two blue chip stocks could see their fortunes change moving forward. Armed with this insight, let's consider which stock is the better long-term buy right now... Source: The Motley Fool

3 Consumer Goods Dividend Stocks That Won't Be This Cheap Again

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The S&P 500 is trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.5, which compared with its historical P/E ratio of 15.6 makes it expensive by historical standards. But despite the higher-than-average valuation level of the overall market, there are still bargains available. Let's look at three well-respected consumer goods dividend stocks that are trading at extremely low P/E ratios. The first undervalued consumer goods stock is the largest corporation in the world. Still, investors have bid down the company's P/E ratio. Another continues to have success driven by macroeconomic tailwinds, yet the market isn't rewarding its stock. The company paid a hefty special "bonus" dividend this year. And the final stock has fallen 19% this year, despite favorable long-term growth prospects. This company is a dividend aristocrat, poised to continue delivering many more years of consecutive dividend increases. Take a closer look for those three... Source:

Fortis Inc. Makes a Great Addition to Any Portfolio

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One thing I love about investing is discovering great stocks that perform well and have flown under the radar of many investors. One such stock is Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS). Fortis is a utility stock and therefore doesn’t receive the constant barrage of coverage that some other well-known companies receive. Fortis has no flashy products or massive delays in production; it offers a core service as a utility that customers and investors take for granted. Because of the normalcy to Fortis’s operations, the assumption that many investors draw is that the company grows at a slow rate, has relatively few new innovations, and is, for the most part, a boring stock. Let’s take a look at Fortis and prove this theory wrong... Source:  The Motley Fool

A Snapshot of the 6 Cheapest Megacap Stocks

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Out of five dozen publicly traded companies with valuations in excess of $100 billion, only these six bear single-digit forward P/Es -- but are these companies really as cheap as they appear? Investors have experienced quite the rollercoaster ride in 2016. Volatility is always present in the stock market to some degree, but the near-immediate 10% plunge in all three major U.S. indexes that began the year, and the ferocious three-week rally that's in effect eliminated the majority of those early year losses, probably have investors wondering what's next. To calm investors' jitters, we've been looking at a myriad of ways large-cap and megacap stocks (those with valuations in excess of $100 billion) can be used to provide stability, and often income, for investors. We've examined companies with strong records of cash flow, and we've also looked at businesses sitting on veritable boatloads of cash. What we've not done yet is look at megacap stocks t

Why Merrill Lynch Wants You to Buy 4 High-Yield Dividend Aristocrat Stocks

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One of the best investments that can be made is buying the S&P 500 dividend aristocrat stocks. That is a collection of 52 companies that have raised dividends each year for at least 25 years, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. Not only are these outstanding companies, the aristocrats have outperformed the S&P 500 over the past 10 years. We ran a screen of the highest yielding stocks in the aristocrats to find which were also rated Buy at Merrill Lynch. We found four that fit the bill. Not only can investors feel good about the ongoing dividends, but they have the fundamental research and Buy ratings to back up the investment. Let's check out those 4 top stocks... Source: 24/7 Wall St.

Forget Wal-Mart Stores Inc.: Here Is a Better Dividend Stock

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This retailer is crushing Wal-Mart in terms of dividend growth. Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) is one of the most-renowned dividend stocks in the market, and for a good reason: The retail juggernaut has an amazing track record of dividend growth over the long term. Wal-Mart paid its first dividend in 1974, and it has raised its dividend every year since then, proving that the business is strong enough to deliver consistently growing payments for investors through good and bad economic times. On the other hand, Wal-Mart is facing a clear slowdown in revenue and earnings lately, and this is being reflected in lackluster dividend growth. For this reason, investors looking for a rock-solid dividend stock in the retail industry may want to pick Target (NYSE:TGT) instead. Some key numbers... Source: The Motley Fool

Barclays downgraded Ensco Plc (NYSE:ESV) to underweight

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Ensco Plc (NYSE:ESV) was downgraded by equities researchers at Barclays from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating in a report issued on Monday, StockTargetPrices.com reports. They currently have a $7.00 target price on the offshore drilling services provider’s stock. Barclays’ price objective would indicate a potential downside of 33.96% from the stock’s current price. Several other equities research analysts have also commented on the company. Vetr raised Ensco Plc from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $20.08 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, December 1st. Guggenheim raised Ensco Plc from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $21.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, November 30th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued an “underweight” rating on shares of Ensco Plc in a research note on Tuesday, December 15th. Evercore ISI reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Ensco Plc in a research note on Sunday

Goldman Sachs downgraded Parker-Hannifin Corp (NYSE:PH) to sell

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Parker-Hannifin Corp (NYSE:PH) was downgraded by research analysts at Goldman Sachs from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday, The Fly reports. They presently have a $92.00 price objective on the stock. Goldman Sachs’ target price would suggest a potential downside of 17.08% from the company’s current price. PH has been the subject of a number of other reports. Evercore ISI cut shares of Parker-Hannifin Corp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their target price for the company from $104.00 to $96.00 in a research note on Wednesday, February 10th. Jefferies Group cut shares of Parker-Hannifin Corp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their target price for the company from $115.00 to $95.00 in a research note on Wednesday, January 20th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Parker-Hannifin Corp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, December 28th. JPMorgan Chase &

Zacks upgraded Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) to hold

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Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued on Monday, Marketbeat.com reports. According to Zacks, “Kansas City Southern's fourth quarter 2015 earnings (on an adjusted basis) of $1.23 per share declined  3% year over year. Moreover, the company's revenues declined 7% apart from missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The year-over-year decline in revenues can be primarily attributed to a 11% drop in revenues at the energy segment. The Industrial & Consumer Products generated revenues of $129.6 million, down 14% year over year. Intermodal revenues were $93.4 million, down 9% year over year. Uncertainty shrouding energy-related markets, foreign exchange fluctuations and the volatility in U.S. fuel prices will act as headwinds for the company going forward.” Source:  American Banking and Market News

Barclays downgraded QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) to an equal weight

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QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) was downgraded by investment analysts at Barclays from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a report issued on Monday, StockTargetPrices.com reports. They currently have a $50.00 target price on the wireless technology company’s stock, down from their prior target price of $55.00. Barclays’ target price would indicate a potential downside of 1.69% from the company’s current price. QUALCOMM (NASDAQ:QCOM) opened at 50.86 on Monday. The company has a market capitalization of $76.03 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.90. QUALCOMM has a 12 month low of $42.24 and a 12 month high of $71.90. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $49.85 and a 200 day moving average of $51.49. QUALCOMM (NASDAQ:QCOM) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, January 27th. The wireless technology company reported $0.97 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.90 by $0.07. The firm earned

Is Dover’s Business as Attractive as Its Dividend Record?

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Dover Corporation’s 60-Year Streak of Paying Dividends A robust dividend record Among the good things in life, including driving to work without hitting any stoplights, a stock with a 60-year streak of dividend increases certainly makes the cut. Founded in 1955, Dover Corporation ( DOV ) became just the second active company with 60 straight years of dividend hikes. This record is second only to California-based water and electricity provider American States Water’s ( AWR ) 61-year record. Genuine Parts Company ( GPC ) and Northwest Natural Gas ( NWN ), respective players in the automotive (FSAVX) and utilities ( XLU ) markets, trail close behind with 59 years in this exclusive club. Parker-Hannifin ( PH ) is next with a 58-year record. Let’s start and take a closer look... Source: Market Realist

Why these are Britain's best dividend shares

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For investors seeking income it has become a much tougher task to build a portfolio of good value and reliable dividend shares. Over the past year, 14 shares in the FTSE 100 index have taken an axe to their dividends. Some, such as Tesco and Severn Trent, have been consistent payers over the years. But, as experienced investors can testify, when a company faces headwinds, the dividend is often sacrificed. The outlook for dividends is predicted to get even worse, with experts arguing that companies are paying out too much of their earnings in dividends. According to Personal Assets, a respected investment trust, a return to normal payout levels would see the 3.9pc yield on the FTSE All Share fall by more than a third. At such times a prudent strategy is to look towards the dividend kings: those with a solid track record of growing payments… Source: The Telegraph

The 2 Best Dividend Stocks For Your Retirement Portfolio

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Investors, spooked by the massacre of 2008 and the market’s latest gyrations, are making the same mistake again. They’re running scared into so-called “safe” fixed-income investments like CDs and treasuries—and ignoring stocks altogether. A recent survey by Franklin Templeton found that 37% of long-term investors thought they’d be just fine leaving stocks out of their retirement portfolios. For investors in their 20s and 30s, that number jumps to 56%. That’s a big mistake—unless these folks are incredibly wealthy, they’re not going to be able to enjoy retirement in financial comfort. If your nest egg doesn’t have a big allocation to equities, read on and I’ll break down the best dividend stocks for you to consider today... Source: Forbes

Better Buy: Visa Inc. vs. MasterCard

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Which card-network giant is more promising? Electronic payments continue to gain growing acceptance across the globe, and both  Visa (NYSE:V)  and  MasterCard  (NYSE:MA)  have embraced that movement by making their credit and debit cards more universally available. Even so, new technology from upstarts in the mobile-payments arena has posed threats to both Visa and MasterCard, and the two companies are working to fight back and defend their turf. Investors who are interested in the space typically want to know which stock looks like a better bet. Let's compare Visa and MasterCard on a number of metrics to see which company's shares are more attractive... Source: The Motley Fool

The Helmerich & Payne Paradox: Rising Market Share, Falling Rigs

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Why Is Helmerich & Payne’s Share Price Gaining Strength? Helmerich & Payne (HP) is one of the leading contract drillers in the US. On March 21, HP was trading at $60.98. This is ~11% lower than its price one year previously. The Market Vectors Oil Services ETF ( OIH ), an ETF tracking index of 25 OFS companies, has declined by 18% in the past one year. Oceaneering International ( OII ), HP’s smaller market cap peer, has decreased by 33% during the same period. WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil price has declined by 13% during this period. HP makes up 5.5% of OIH. In this series, we’ll analyze Helmerich & Payne’s top-line and bottom-line growth, free cash flow, dividend, and valuation multiples. Let’s start and take a closer look... Source: Market Realist

How Is Petrobras Handling Hard Times?

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Petrobras Posted a Loss of $9.4 Billion in 4Q15 Petrobras ( PBR ) is in the midst of tough times due to lower oil prices. Before discussing its latest results, let’s have a look at what to expect from this series on Petrobras. In this series, we will provide you an overview of Petrobras’s operations, financials, and market performance. In the next few parts, we will examine Petrobras’s ( PBR ) latest stock price rise and look at why the majority of analysts rate PBR as a “hold.” Then we’ll evaluate upstream and downstream project portfolios and Petrobras’s ( PBR ) leverage and cash flow position. We’ll follow this by examining the company’s valuations and comparing Petrobras with its peers. Finally, we will conduct correlation analysis of Petrobras’s stock and oil and natural gas prices. Let’s begin by examining PBR’s fourth quarter results and take a deeper look on Petrobas... Source: Market Realist

6 Bargain Stocks You Can Buy Today: XOM CVX ETN EMR NUE STLD

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Don't miss these six stock bargains; they'll only last so long. The old adage is to be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy. That's pretty much the idea of buying low and selling high, but it puts an emotional spin on things. Emotion is what tends to drive investors and is the logic behind Benjamin Graham's "Mr. Market" analogy. If you have what it takes to take a contrarian look at things, you'll want to consider these six bargain stocks from the troubled oil patch, steel industry, and industrial space. Let's take a closer look for those six stock bargains... Source: The Motley Fool

The Market Loves Toronto-Dominion Bank Stock. And You Probably Should, Too.

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Here's what drives TD Bank to new highs year after year. Since the end of 2008,  The Toronto-Dominion Bank  (NYSE:TD)  has been one of the very best-performing bank stocks. The stock is up 137% over that time period, beating the S&P 500 by 10% and crushing the performance of most other comparably sized bank stocks.  U.S. Bancorp   (NYSE:USB)  is up just 65%.  Citigroup   (NYSE:C)  is down over 35% over the same period. The key to this performance is its ability to produce sound fundamental results and leverage that to the benefit of shareholders. Here's how they do it. Source: The Motley Fool

Ignore Clean Energy Fuels Corp.: Here Are 3 Better Stocks

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I'm still a huge fan of Clean Energy, but here are three stocks that you should buy first. I'm a big fan of  Clean Energy Fuels Corp.   (NASDAQ:CLNE) , and I see a bright future for natural gas as a transportation fuel. This is especially true for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, applications where electric and hydrogen are decades away from being workable solutions. The company, however, still has a long way to go to get to profitability, and may see its growth rate slow this year in the face of continuing low oil prices. Plus, it still has debt issues that create some risk for investors. At the same time, demand for natural gas has multiple drivers beyond transportation, including electricity production, a feedstock for chemical manufacturing, and expansion of its export. With that in mind, here's a look at three lower-risk stocks that investors should probably buy before Clean Energy Fuels... CLNE, CMI, OKE, PSX Source: The Motley Fool 

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For March 2016

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Every month, I rank a selection of the CCC dividend growth stocks to identify top candidates worthy of further analysis. Using several screens, I trim the CCC list of more than 750 stocks to a more manageable number of candidates. I rank the remaining stocks based on a multi-stage dividend discount model and fundamental analysis. This article reveals the top 10 ranked stocks for March. Each stock is assigned a 7-star rating, with only the best stocks earning 7 stars. The CCC list is an invaluable source for dividend growth investors. Compiled and updated by David Fish, the list contains U.S. companies with at least 5 consecutive years of increasing dividends. The accompanying spreadsheet provides key statistics of the CCC stocks. The CCC stocks is divided into 3 categories based on the number of consecutive years of increases: Champions are stocks with 25 or more years of increasing dividends. Contenders have 10-24 consecutive years of dividend increases. And Ch

Which of These Two High-Dividend Yielding Stocks Can Investors Buy?

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GlaxoSmithKline and AbbVie Inc. offer market beating dividend yields, but AbbVie may be the better buy. It's been proven time and time again that long term investing is better than short term trading and it's been shown that dividend paying companies outperform their non-dividend paying peers, but not every dividend stock is worthy of owning in portfolios. For example, a high dividend yield may not be justification enough to own shares in a company that's business isn't on solid ground. Although there are hundreds of dividend paying stocks to choose from, let's begin by looking at GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) and AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) , two healthcare giants that pay investors above market dividend yields of 6.6% and 4%, respectively. Is one a better buy than the other? Let's check out... Source: The Motley Fool

Why Starbucks Is One of the Best Restaurant Stocks to Buy Now

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And why Chipotle and Shake Shack may give investors indigestion. In theory, demand is evergreen in the restaurant business: We all have to eat. But during the past year many restaurant stocks have taken the kind of plunge that makes fainthearted investors lose their lunch. Worries about China’s slowdown have buffeted Yum Brands YUM -1.49% —parent of KFC and Pizza Hut—which plans to split off its China business to localize the contagion. Chipotle Mexican Grill CMG -0.65% has grappled with bad publicity from multiple E. coli and norovirus outbreaks, which have helped lop 33% off its stock price. And Shake Shack’s SHAK 0.24% shares have fallen back to earth, plummeting below $35 from over $90, as investors realized that the small burger chain’s growth couldn’t justify its Mars-orbit valuations. Source: Fortune