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The 5 Best Dividend Aristocrats For 2018

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If you are looking for the best dividend stocks out there, look no further than these top dividend aristocrats. If you want to find the best dividend stocks to trust, look no further. The Dividend Aristocrats are a group of 50 companies in the S&P 500 Index, with 25-plus straight years of dividend increases. These companies span all eleven sectors within the index and encompass both large-cap growth and large-cap value stocks. But how can investors pinpoint the best Dividend Aristocrats to invest in right now? Here, we searched for Dividend Aristocrats that also boast a 'Strong Buy' analyst consensus rating on TipRanks. This is based on analyst ratings from only the last three months- giving a valuable perspective on how the Street perceives these stocks right now. The bullish outlook from the Street on these five stocks reassures us that the price of these stocks is set to rise rather than fall. Add in the consistent dividend payouts and you can see why thes

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) Analysis

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Verizon is the largest wireless service provider in the United States. The company’s 4G LTE network is available to more than 98% of the country’s population. Wireless operations, which include voice and data services and equipment sales, generate approximately 73% of Verizon’s revenue and account for over 86% of the company’s EBITDA (earnings before interest, depreciation, and amortization). Wireline operations account for about 27% of the company’s revenue but only generate 14% of Verizon’s EBITDA. This segment includes traditional voice offerings, as well as broadband video and internet services. The company has sold off many of its wireline assets in recent years to reduce its exposure to slower-growing, capital intensive areas of the sector. Overall, Verizon maintains more than 115 million wireless retail connections, 5.8 million Fios internet subscribers, and 4.6 million Fios video subscribers. Verizon’s business is (slowly) expanding into newer areas such as

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: January 22 - 26, 2018

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Disposals: Cardinal Health Inc (NYSE:CAH) CEO Michael C. Kaufmann sold 18,586 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $73.90, for a total transaction of $1,373,505.40. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 211,849 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $15,655,641.10. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink . Shares of Cardinal Health Inc (CAH) opened at $73.99 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $23,320.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.57, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.68 and a beta of 0.85. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.35, a quick ratio of 0.52 and a current ratio of 1.06. Cardinal Health Inc has a 12 month low of $54.66 and a 12 month high of $84.88. Read more … Target Co. (NYSE:TGT) insider Stephanie A. Lundquist sold 3,000 shares of Target s

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of January 22, 2018

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Upgrades AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) was upgraded by stock analysts at Citigroup to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday. The brokerage currently has a $100.00 price target on the financial services provider’s stock, up from their prior price target of $88.00. Citigroup’s price target would indicate a potential upside of 15.18% from the stock’s current price. Several other analysts have also weighed in on the stock. Janney Montgomery Scott reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of AFLAC in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of AFLAC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, January 11th. Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed a “market perform” rating and set a $90.00 price objective (up previously from $84.00) on shares of AFLAC in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. ValuEngine raised shares of AFLAC from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. Fina

7 More Dividend Stocks Benefiting From the Tax Cut

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Enjoy higher dividends in the future from these blue chips Here come those tax cuts! If you are an American corporation, especially a large publicly traded one, there is going to be a windfall. Now, some of these companies will plow the savings back into their businesses. Others will repurchase stock, which I don’t generally like considering how overvalued many of these companies are. Others may use the money to pay down debt. Still, others will have plenty of cash to reward shareholders by increasing dividends. With taxes being cut from 35% to 21%, that represents a 40% savings; companies paying tons in taxes may love the idea of boosting their dividend to attract more income investors. Here are seven companies I see as raising their dividends. Read more …

10 Top Dividend Stocks From Around the World

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The United States of America is one of the largest wealth creation machines in the history of the world. According to Credit Suisse, American stocks returned an inflation-adjusted annualized 6.5% between 1900 and 2014 – behind only Australia and South Africa, which lead all international stocks at 7.4% each. Go, ‘Merica! But while American stocks have been the better long-term bet, they’re not always the best bargain. In fact, the U.S. market is priced to deliver subpar returns over the next decade, whereas many international stocks are downright cheap. The cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings ratio (“CAPE”) is more than double its long-term average. And according to John Del Vecchio, co-manager of the AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF (HDGE), “The median price/sales ratio on the S&P 500 is the highest it has ever been in history. We are three standard deviations above the average. You don’t need to be a math whiz to understand that this is a big deal.” But

3 Stocks to Hold for the Next 20 Years

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The best way to grow your wealth with stocks is to buy and hold the best companies for as long as possible. We think these three will do very well by investors who own them over the next two decades. Investing in stocks has proven time and again to be one of the best ways for you to grow your wealth. Better yet, the simplest approach -- buying the best companies at reasonable prices and then holding onto them as long as possible -- has also shown to be one of the most effective. To paraphrase Warren Buffett, time is the friend of great companies, which will increase earnings and steadily build value for its owners -- the shareholder. To help you get started on your search for the best companies to buy and hold, we reached out to three of our contributing investors with long-term investing chops and asked them for their best ideas. The companies they came up with already have over 300 years of success behind them but are still going strong: American Express Company (

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: January 15 - 19, 2018

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Disposals: Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) insider Max A. Guinn sold 11,235 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, January 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $168.68, for a total transaction of $1,895,119.80. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 39,406 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,647,004.08. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link . Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) traded down $1.76 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $167.54. 2,011,811 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,543,099. The company has a current ratio of 2.12, a quick ratio of 1.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.71. Deere & Company has a fifty-two week low of $104.10 and a fifty-two week high of $170.73. The stock has a market cap of $53,830.00, a PE ratio of 25.19, a PEG ratio of 2.

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of January 15, 2018

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Upgrades Robert W. Baird upgraded shares of Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR) from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a research report released on Tuesday. The firm currently has $124.00 target price on the real estate investment trust’s stock. Several other brokerages have also issued reports on DLR. ValuEngine raised Digital Realty Trust from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. Wells Fargo & Co raised Digital Realty Trust from a market perform rating to an outperform rating and upped their target price for the company from $109.31 to $120.00 in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered Digital Realty Trust from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Monday. KeyCorp reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $130.00 target price on shares of Digital Realty Trust in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Finally, TheStreet lowered Digital Realty Trust from a b rating to a

10 Cheap Stocks With Growing Dividends

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My colleague Christine Benz once explored the question, should you manage your portfolio for income or total return? Her conclusion: Who says you have to choose? Savvy dividend investors have known this all along; investing in high-quality dividend-payers allows you to get the best of both worlds. But the key here is "quality." sometimes the highest yields portend danger. Those juicy dividends are likely to be cut, particularly if the payout constitutes a large percentage of earnings. That leaves only a small buffer to sustain those payments if earnings fall. (A stock's payout ratio can help you get a handle on this.) Rather than homing in on the market's juiciest yields, the Morningstar US Dividend Growth Index looks for companies whose cash flows have translated into a rising payout. Companies that are focused on growing dividends tend to be higher quality, cash-rich businesses that hold up well in down markets, participate in up markets, and are capable

DLR Stock: Combining Technology and Real Estate to Produce 12% Dividend Growth Every Year?

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This Company is Well-Positioned for Another Dividend Increase The technology sector has produced some of the fastest-growing companies in today’s stock market. The real estate sector, on the other hand, is known for its ability to generate a steady stream of rental income. So what would happen if a company manages to combine technology with real estate? Well, you get an income stock with huge dividend growth potential: Digital Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:DLR). Digital Realty Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in San Francisco, California. Unlike most REITs, the company doesn’t own apartment buildings, industrial warehouses, or shopping malls. Instead, it specializes in a very unique type of real estate asset: data centers. Right now, Digital Realty Trust owns more than 180 data center properties in 11 countries on four different continents. It offers a wide range of data center services, such as colocation, wholesale deployments, interco

3 of the Best Dividend Aristocrats for Retirement

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These Dividend Aristocrats are winners for those looking for growth and dividends Retirement investing is a bit different from regular investing, and not because it depends more on dividend investing. See, we’ve been led to believe inflation is 3%, when it’s really closer to 10%. That means that retired investors don’t think they need stocks that offer capital gains alongside dividends, but they most certainly do. Dividend Aristocrats were an important part of the retired investor’s portfolio then, because their cash flow is not only so fantastic that they can continue raising dividends year after year, but because they also have enough growth in some cases to boost annual returns to that important 10% level. I’ve got three Dividend Aristocrats that not only pay that yummy dividend, but that I think have a pretty decent shot at growing earnings enough that their stock prices should also rise to breach the 10% annual level. Read more …

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: January 8 - 12, 2018

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Disposals: Costco Wholesale Co. (NASDAQ:COST) VP James P. Murphy sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, January 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $187.48, for a total value of $937,400.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 53,834 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $10,092,798.32. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink . Costco Wholesale Co. (NASDAQ:COST) VP Roland Michael Vachris sold 5,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, January 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $187.98, for a total transaction of $977,496.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 15,694 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,950,158.12. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website . Costco Wholesale Co. (NA

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of January 8, 2018

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Upgrades: JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) from a neutral rating to an overweight rating in a research note released on Monday, Marketbeat reports. The brokerage currently has $200.00 target price on the industrial products company’s stock, up from their prior target price of $161.96. A number of other equities analysts also recently issued reports on the company. UBS Group set a $180.00 price target on Caterpillar and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Vetr downgraded Caterpillar from a sell rating to a strong sell rating and set a $141.37 price objective for the company. in a report on Thursday, January 4th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a buy rating and issued a $195.00 price objective (up from $165.00) on shares of Caterpillar in a report on Thursday, January 4th. ValuEngine raised Caterpillar from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Sunday, Dec

Is AT&T Inc. Stock Still Worth Its 5%-Plus Dividend?

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T stock can still weather storms that would sink others AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) stock is having a tough day. Actually … T stock has had a tough quarter. In its most recent quarter, AT&T announced that it lost 90,000 subscribers and that its hopes for a boon of new subscribers from its pending Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) deal may be more optimistic than previously anticipated. But T stock has dropped almost 2% in the past five days and 5% year-to-date. With all the evolution going on in the cable space and the competition in the mobile space, the question becomes, is AT&T stock still a good long-term stock to hold to take advantage of the transition, or is it becoming a dinosaur? Read more …  

3M (MMM): A Dividend King With A Wide Moat

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While fast-growing momentum stocks might get the headlines, some of the best long-term investments are often far less exciting dividend growth stalwarts such as 3M (MMM). This industrial powerhouse has made countless investors amazingly wealthy over the years (12.9% total returns vs 9.1% for the S&P 500 over the last 22 years) thanks to its disciplined and steady growth strategy, which includes 59 straight years of dividend increases at a double-digit annualized rate. Let’s take a look at what has made this venerable dividend king one of the best choices for almost any long-term income growth portfolio and if 3M’s valuation looks attractive today. Business Overview Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, or 3M, was founded in 1902 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The global industrial conglomerate markets over 60,000 products used in homes, businesses, schools, and hospitals in over 200 countries around the world. The company has five main business segments. Industrial:

7 Dividend Growth Stocks Worth Owning

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Do you invest in dividend growth stocks? If you don’t, you ought to consider doing so. These dividend stocks to buy could be your ticket to a better retirement. Many dividend investors get caught up focusing on yield when the growth is what’s truly important. By utilizing the power of compound interest, investors can achieve higher returns by merely owning the stocks of companies who regularly hike their dividends. A Canadian finance site, Hardbacon, provides an excellent example why investing in dividend growth stocks is a sound idea: “If you invest in a stock which pays $1 in dividends a year and costs $25, it means it yields 4% at the time you buy it (dividend yield on cost),” wrote Sam Kovacs. “If the company increases its dividend 10 cents every year, in 10 years those same stocks which you bought for $25 will be paying out $2 in dividends, an outstanding 8% yield on cost.” That’s the power of income-growth stocks. Here are seven dividend stocks to buy that ar

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: January 1 - 5, 2018

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Disposals: Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) EVP Robb L. Voyles sold 5,953 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total transaction of $297,650.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link . Read more … Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) EVP Robb L. Voyles sold 5,000 shares of Halliburton stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.85, for a total transaction of $244,250.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link . Shares of Halliburton Company (NYSE HAL) traded up $0.30 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $48.87. 5,194,700 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 8,712,148. The stock has a market cap of $42,830.00, a PE ratio of 203.63, a P/E/G ratio of 5.28