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Here are five solid dividend-paying stocks loved by top analysts amid the sell-off

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You can forget about a Santa-Claus rally. That's the message from the market this December. Both the  Dow Jones Industrial Average  and the  S&P 500  are in correction territory, and are heading for their worst December performance since the Great Depression. With the markets this perilous, top analysts are recommending dividend stocks as a way for savvy investors to hedge their bets. Regardless of market conditions, the dividend payment provides a steady source of income every quarter which, investors hope, should increase over time. Here we turn to  TipRanks' Stock Screener  to pinpoint the best dividend stocks out there right now. TipRanks uses a natural language processing algorithm to rank analysts based on their success rate and average return. That allows us to filter for high dividend stocks with a 'strong buy' consensus from only the top-performing analysts. Let's take a closer look at their five top dividend picks now: Con

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of December 24, 2018

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Disposals: Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) CEO Pierre Nanterme sold 37,846 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $135.16, for a total value of $5,115,265.36. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 368,212 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $49,767,533.92. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website . Pierre Nanterme also recently made the following trade(s): On Monday, October 1st, Pierre Nanterme sold 30,117 shares of Accenture stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $173.45, for a total value of $5,223,793.65. NYSE:ACN opened at $140.41 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $88.79 billion, a PE ratio of 20.83, a P/E/G ratio of 1.80 and a beta of 1.01. Accenture Plc has a fifty-two week low of $132.63 and a fifty-two week high of $175.64. Read more … Kroger Co (NYSE:KR)

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of December 24, 2018

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Upgrades: Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) was upgraded by analysts at Capital One Financial from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note issued on Monday. The firm presently has a $18.17 price objective on the oil and gas development company’s stock. Capital One Financial‘s price target would suggest a potential upside of 4.67% from the company’s current price. A number of other research analysts have also issued reports on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued an “overweight” rating on shares of Noble Energy in a research note on Friday, September 28th. Morgan Stanley set a $38.00 target price on shares of Noble Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 12th. Oppenheimer assumed coverage on shares of Noble Energy in a research report on Wednesday, October 3rd. They set a “market perform” rating and a $43.00 price target on the stock. Stifel Nicolaus set a $46.00 price target on shares of Noble Energy and

Is Costco A Bargain After Its Recent Correction?

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Costco (COST) has incurred a 17% correction since it peaked, about three months ago. Every correction of the stock throughout its history has proved a great investing opportunity. Therefore, the big question is whether the stock has now become a bargain. The Reasons Behind The Correction A part of the correction of Costco can be attributed to the correction of the broad market. Since the stock peaked, S&P has lost 12% due to fears of an economic slowdown and the possibility of a recession in 2019 or 2020. While the broad market correction has certainly affected the stock price of Costco, half of the losses of Costco have materialized after its recent earnings report. In the third quarter, the retailer grew its same-store sales by 7.5% and its earnings per share by 19% over last year. Nevertheless, the market punished the stock with an 8% plunge on the day of its earnings release. The adjusted earnings per share of $1.61 were marginally lower than the analysts’ conse

American Tower Corp: This Dividend Could Double Again

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Stock Pays Out More and More Earlier this month, I told you about one of the biggest trends in the country: fifth generation mobile technology (“5G”). The switch promises to boost Internet speeds 100-fold from today’s levels. That could make a host of new technologies possible, such as smart cities, self-driving cars, and the “Internet of Things.” Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) CEO Lowell McAdam says 5G could spark America’s “fourth industrial revolution.” Some analysts predict 5G revenues could top more than $12.0 trillion per year worldwide. But even if the market only ends up being a fraction of what the industry expects, the prize here is still huge. (Source: “Verizon’s Lowell McAdam: 5G will usher in the fourth industrial revolution,” CNBC, September 14, 2017.) I told you the best way to invest is to buy companies selling “picks and shovels” to the 5G gold rush. Some of these stocks have already posted explosive gains. But if you’re sitting on the sid

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of December 17, 2018

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Disposals: Kroger Co (NYSE:KR) VP Michael Joseph Donnelly sold 27,400 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.60, for a total value of $811,040.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink . KR opened at $28.23 on Thursday. Kroger Co has a 1 year low of $22.85 and a 1 year high of $32.74. The stock has a market capitalization of $23.06 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.84, a PEG ratio of 2.00 and a beta of 0.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.53, a quick ratio of 0.25 and a current ratio of 0.73. Read more … Kroger Co (NYSE:KR) insider J Michael Schlotman sold 20,546 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.86, for a total transaction of $592,957.56. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchang

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of December 17, 2018

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Upgrades: JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) from a neutral rating to an overweight rating in a research report report published on Monday, MarketBeat reports. The brokerage currently has $415.00 price objective on the specialty chemicals company’s stock, up from their prior price objective of $380.00. A number of other equities research analysts have also recently weighed in on SHW. Zacks Investment Research cut Sherwin-Williams from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, October 18th. Deutsche Bank raised Sherwin-Williams from a hold rating to a buy rating and raised their price target for the company from $400.00 to $465.00 in a report on Tuesday, December 4th. Credit Suisse Group dropped their price target on Sherwin-Williams from $500.00 to $467.00 and set a buy rating for the company in a report on Friday, October 26th. Longbow Research began coverage on Sherwin-Williams in a report on Friday, November 30th. They se

7 Safe Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

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Worried about recent market volatility? These seven stocks will help calm your nerves. Most investors can accept that the market often tanks right around Halloween, but December is supposed to be a cheerful time of year! It doesn’t appear we’re getting a Santa Claus rally after all. Value, growth, dividend stocks — everything is on edge. While the American economy remains robust, other headwinds are causing investors to panic. Causing perhaps the most concern, the new Federal Reserve Board Chair — Jerome Powell — seems inclined to keep hiking interest rates regardless of what markets do. That is in stark contrast to Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen, who would always back off whenever markets showed weakness. On top of that, trade war problems are continuing to mount. We’re seeing increasing cost pressures in this earnings season. Add it all up, and things are starting to get tense. That leaves investors wondering where they can go for safety. After years

Boeing Company Increases Quarterly Dividend $BA

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Boeing (NYSE:BA) declares $2.06/share quarterly dividend, 20.2% increase from prior dividend of $1.71. Forward yield 2.6% Payable March 1; for shareholders of record Feb. 8; ex-div Feb. 7.

Use Altria's High Dividend For Retirement Portfolios

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The stock price of Altria (MO) is down over 27% this year. This has clearly been a painful year for equity holders of this once-stable company. But continuing declines in smoking rates in the United States has sparked fears that there is no way Altria can continue its earnings growth over the long run. The big drop in Altria’s stock price is the bad news, at least for current holders of the stock. But there is a lot of good news for those looking to invest in solid dividend-paying stocks: First and foremost, Altria’s current dividend yield is 5.9%. It isn’t easy to find a 5.9% dividend yield from a company with a long history of never cutting its dividend. Also, Altria increased its dividend this year by 14% compared to 2017. For those looking for dividend income over the long-run, Altria could be the perfect fit. How Altria Can Continue To Grow The decline in U.S. smoking is definitely bad news for this company. But Altria understands they need to diversif

Abbott Laboratories Increases Quarterly Dividend $ABT

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Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) declares $0.32/share quarterly dividend, 14.3% increase from prior dividend of $0.28. Forward yield 1.81% Payable Feb. 15; for shareholders of record Jan. 15; ex-div Jan. 14.

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of December 10, 2018

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Disposals: Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) EVP T Richard Riney sold 15,676 shares of Ventas stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.00, for a total transaction of $1,018,940.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website . T Richard Riney also recently made the following trade(s): On Tuesday, November 20th, T Richard Riney sold 15,288 shares of Ventas stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $62.50, for a total transaction of $955,500.00. Shares of Ventas stock opened at $63.13 on Thursday. Ventas, Inc. has a twelve month low of $46.55 and a twelve month high of $65.70. The company has a quick ratio of 0.56, a current ratio of 0.56 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.00. The stock has a market capitalization of $23.34 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.18, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.85 and a beta of 0.06. Read more … Comcast Co. (N

Dominion Energy Increases Quarterly Dividend $D

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Dominion Energy (NYSE:D) declares $0.9175/share quarterly dividend, 9.9% increase from prior dividend of $0.835. Forward yield 4.8% First increased quarterly dividend will be payable in March 2019.

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of December 10, 2018

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Upgrades: ABB (NYSE:ABB) was upgraded by research analysts at HSBC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, The Fly reports. A number of other analysts also recently issued reports on ABB. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of ABB in a research note on Thursday, August 23rd. ValuEngine raised ABB from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 29th. DNB Markets started coverage on ABB in a research note on Monday, September 3rd. They issued a “buy” rating on the stock. Citigroup raised ABB from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 4th. Finally, Societe Generale raised ABB from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 13th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. ABB currently has a co

Pfizer Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend $PFE

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Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) declares $0.36/share quarterly dividend, 5.9% increase from prior dividend of $0.34. Forward yield 3.3% Payable March 1; for shareholders of record Feb. 1; ex-div Jan. 31.

AT&T Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend $T

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AT&T (NYSE:T) declares $0.51/share quarterly dividend, 2% increase from prior dividend of $0.50. Forward yield 6.82% Payable Feb. 1; for shareholders of record Jan. 10; ex-div Jan. 9.

10 Can’t-Miss Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy

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These stocks have grown payouts up to 733% in a decade Dividend growth stocks have obvious appeal. After all, dividend investing is based on buying and holding a stock for the payouts. So if a company can consistently increase its distributions to investors over time, all the better. Unlike traditional growth investing, where you depend on a stock increasing in value based on profits or sales trends, dividend investing focuses on the payouts above all else. The best dividend stocks to buy offer regular deposits into your bank account, but the best dividend stocks are committed to making those paychecks larger every year. Think of it this way: If you pay $40 a share and get a $1 annual dividend, you have a 2.5% yield on your investment. But if that payout increases to $1.40 annually after a few years your yield is now 3.5% based on your cost to buy the stock … and if the income growth continues to $1.80 annually, you’re now making 4.5% yield. And all by keeping your mo

Franklin Resources, Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend $BEN

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Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN) declares $0.26/share quarterly dividend, 13% increase from prior dividend of $0.23. Forward yield 3.3% Payable Jan. 11; for shareholders of record Dec. 31; ex-div Dec. 28.

Enbridge Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend $ENB

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Enbridge (NYSE:ENB) declares CAD 0.738/share quarterly dividend, 10% increase from prior dividend of CAD 0.671. Forward yield 7.02% Payable March 1; for shareholders of record Feb. 15; ex-div Feb. 14.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Increases Quarterly Dividend $CHRW

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C.H. Robinson Worldwide (NASDAQ:CHRW) declares $0.50/share quarterly dividend, 8.7% increase from prior dividend of $0.46. Forward yield 2.28% Payable Dec. 31; for shareholders of record Dec. 17; ex-div Dec. 14.

Pentair plc Increases Quarterly Dividend $PNR

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Pentair (NYSE:PNR) declares $0.18/share quarterly dividend, 2.9% increase from prior dividend of $0.175. Forward yield 1.81% Payable Feb. 8; for shareholders of record Jan. 25; ex-div Jan. 24.

10 Super Safe Growth Stocks for Long-Lasting Dividends

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These dividend stocks also offer steady growth for long-term security Despite the recent volatility, stocks are still mostly up for the year. When the stock market marches higher, it pushes the prices of many companies higher along with it. But as investors bid up good and bad businesses alike, that can make it hard to discern which companies are the  best dividend stocks  for long-term investors. That’s especially true in the world of dividends. In this income-centric world, income-starved investors face great temptation to reach for  high-dividend stocks  that offer juicy yields. Fortunately, Simply Safe Dividends identified the 10 best dividend growth stocks that investors can rely on for secure, fast-growing income. These companies all have very healthy  Dividend Safety Scores , which measure a firm’s most important financial metrics to gauge how likely it is to cut its dividend in the future. Let’s take a look at 10 of the safest dividend stocks in t

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of December 3, 2018

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Disposals: Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) Director Leslie S. Biller sold 2,811 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $160.40, for a total value of $450,884.40. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 57,842 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,277,856.80. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink . Ecolab stock opened at $156.74 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.90, a current ratio of 1.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79. Ecolab Inc. has a 52 week low of $125.74 and a 52 week high of $162.91. The firm has a market cap of $45.28 billion, a PE ratio of 33.42, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.33 and a beta of 0.88. Read more … Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) EVP Craig Steven Tyle sold 10,216 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 3rd.