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9 Highest-Yielding Dividend Aristocrats to Buy Today

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These companies have largely withstood the test of time and also have strong 'Dividend Safety Scores' Dividend aristocrats have a cult-like following among income investors, and for good reason. To be a dividend aristocrat, a company must be a member of the S&P 500 Index and have paid higher dividends for 25 consecutive years. Businesses that have rewarded shareholders with rising dividends over the course of several decades tend to generate dependable cash flow, operate in large and growing markets, and be managed very conservatively. As a result, dividend aristocrats have outperformed the S&P 500 by about 3% annually over the past decade, while also recording less volatility. Even during the worst of times, when the S&P lost 37% in 2008, the dividend aristocrats only lost 22%. Investors can view data on the complete  list of dividend aristocrats here . In this article, we identified nine of the highest-yielding dividend aristocrats that

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: April 23 - 27, 2018

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Disposals: Charles Schwab Co. (NYSE:SCHW) Chairman Charles R. Schwab sold 250,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.99, for a total transaction of $13,747,500.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website . Read more … Charles Schwab Co. (NYSE:SCHW) Chairman Charles R. Schwab sold 200,000 shares of Charles Schwab stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, April 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.60, for a total value of $10,920,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website . SCHW stock traded up $0.11 during trading on Wednesday, hitting $54.60. The company had a trading volume of 7,878,190 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,419,821. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30, a current ratio of 0.31 and a quick ratio of 0.30

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of April 23, 2018

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Upgrades: BP (NYSE:BP) was upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Monday, The Fly reports. Other equities research analysts have also issued reports about the stock. TheStreet lowered shares of BP from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. Vetr lowered shares of BP from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $44.43 price target on the stock. in a research note on Monday, March 12th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of BP from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, March 9th. Piper Jaffray reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $51.00 price target on shares of BP in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Societe Generale upgraded shares of BP from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, February 12th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold ratin

3 Reasons to Get Excited About Procter & Gamble Co

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1 Top Dividend Stock for 2018 Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE:PG) has just about all of the qualities we look for in a business: simple, timeless products; entrenched market position; and a long history of growing dividends. But while owning such wonderful asset represents a great wealth building formula, “Mr. Market” doesn’t operate on a set schedule. Since we recommended the stock to Automated Income readers in 2015, Procter & Gamble share price has barely budged. A number of positive corporate developments, however, keep us bullish on the consumer products giant. Procter & Gamble’s turnaround plan has started to pay dividends, to begin with. Management has culled around 100 brands from its product mix over the last few years, leaving the company with 65 labels. This might sound counterintuitive as first; after all, doesn’t it make for sense to grow revenues by adding up categories to the product line? Comtinue reading …

3 Tech Stocks for Dividend Investors to Buy Now

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Tech stocks have been unpredictable over the past few weeks, but there is no question that the technology sector has been at the forefront of the market’s strong multiyear run. However, this might mean that income investors—those focused on finding companies with solid dividends—might be feeling left out, as tech stocks aren’t really known for their payouts. Finding a strong dividend-yielding tech stock might feel like searching for a golden goose, but investors should not feel too intimidated. In fact, dividend-focused investors can search for the best tech stocks by using the Zacks Stock Screener, the perfect one-stop screening tool for investors of all kinds. By limiting our search to companies in our “Computer and Technology” sector with Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) or better rankings, we can ensure that we are finding the highest quality stocks to buy right now. Throw in your preferred dividend yield and voila—the best tech stocks for dividend investors to target!

7 Stocks to Buy for Big May Dividend Hikes

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While most income investors are reaching for big yields right now, a small group of “hidden yield” stocks are quietly handing smart investors growing income streams plus annual returns of 12%, 27.1% and even 54% or more per year. So if you want to double your money every few years – and double your income as well – then you need to focus on the seven stocks I’m about to share. (All seven are about to hike their dividends. Yet the “forward-looking market” hasn’t yet priced in these payout raises. This is free money the market is giving us, thanks to the most “underrated” shareholder return vehicle.) There are three – and only three – ways a company’s stock can pay us: A cash dividend. A dividend hike. By repurchasing its own shares. Everyone loves the dividend, but investors usually don’t give enough love to the dividend hike. Not only do these raises increase the yield on your initial capital, but also they often are reflected in a price increase fo

Johnson & Johnson: Is Now the Best Time to Consider JNJ Stock?

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Johnson & Johnson Is Still a Top Dividend Stock Over the years, blue-chip stocks have delivered a tremendous amount of value to income investors. But because many large-cap companies have also become household names, their share prices have gotten expensive. Therefore, when something as solid as Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) stock is having a pullback, it deserves the attention of income investors. Johnson & Johnson is a healthcare giant. Starting out making ready-to-use surgical dressings in the 1880s, Johnson & Johnson has become a multinational medical, pharmaceutical, and consumer goods manufacturer. It’s one of the largest companies in the world, commanding more than $340.0 billion of market cap. Mega-cap companies with established market positions are not known for making big moves in their share prices. But in the recent correction of the U.S. stock market, even large-cap stocks took a huge hit. In particular, shares of Johnson & Joh

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: April 16 - 20, 2018

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Disposals: Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) EVP Sean E. Harper sold 1,525 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $172.68, for a total transaction of $263,337.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink . Sean E. Harper also recently made the following trade(s): On Friday, March 16th, Sean E. Harper sold 1,525 shares of Amgen stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $189.75, for a total transaction of $289,368.75. On Wednesday, February 14th, Sean E. Harper sold 1,525 shares of Amgen stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $174.18, for a total transaction of $265,624.50. On Tuesday, January 16th, Sean E. Harper sold 1,525 shares of Amgen stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $185.62, for a total transaction of $283,070.50. AMGN traded down $0.10 on Monday, reaching $171.38.

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of April 16, 2018

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Upgrades: C. H. Robinson (NASDAQ:CHRW) was upgraded by stock analysts at UBS from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report issued on Monday, The Fly reports. Several other analysts also recently commented on the company. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $100.00 target price on shares of C. H. Robinson in a research note on Tuesday, April 10th. BidaskClub downgraded C. H. Robinson from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, April 7th. Morgan Stanley cut their target price on C. H. Robinson from $70.00 to $68.00 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, April 6th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded C. H. Robinson from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 4th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded C. H. Robinson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten

10 Best Stocks to Buy and Hold Forever

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If you have to get married to companies, these are some of your best bets In a market environment that overwhelmingly encourages constant activity by investors who seemingly want to double their money every week, a discussion of stocks to buy and hold forever seems comically out of place. And yet, for better or worse, that’s the mindset all of us should adopt for most of our investing capital. More often than not, the more you trade, the worse you end up doing. It has been said (and verified) that 95% of true “day traders” — the most aggressive and active of all market participants — end up losing money by being too active for their own good. Conversely, the fact that Warren Buffett’s favorite holding period is “forever” and how he’s got a track record most investors would envy is just as telling. With that as the backdrop, here’s a rundown of 10 stocks to buy and hold forever … or at least until something significant changes with your life plans or the comp

High Dividend Stocks: 29 High Yield Stocks for Income – April 2018 Update

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High dividend stocks appeal to many investors living off dividends in retirement because their high yields provide generous income. Many of the highest paying dividend stocks offer a high yield in excess of 4%, and some even yield 10% or more. However, not all high yield dividend stocks are safe. Let’s review what high dividend stocks are, where stocks with high dividends can be found in the market, and how to identify which high dividends are risky. At the end of the article, we will take a look at 29 of the best high dividend stocks, providing analysis on each company. Almost all of these high yield stocks offer a dividend yield greater than 4%, have increased their dividends for at least five consecutive years, and maintain healthy Dividend Safety Scores . Analysis of these stocks was last updated on 4/6/18, and investors eager to jump straight into these high income ideas can click here .  The market’s strength has reduced the number of safe divide

Is Cisco Systems, Inc. a Buy?

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For years, the company's primary business of selling switches and routers has stalled. Is Cisco finally turning the ship around? The stock price of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) has recently enjoyed a bit of a renaissance. The company, which develops and sells networking hardware, has seen its shares increase almost 100% over the past five years compared to the S&P 500 index's 67% return. This, even though the business has not shown any fundamental improvements in its numbers over the same period. Don't believe me? Consider: In its 2013 fiscal year, Cisco reported $48.6 billion in revenue and $10 billion of net income. In its 2017 fiscal year, the company reported...wait for it...$48 billion in revenue and $9.6 billion in net income. That's right, over four whole years, the company's revenue and net income actually inched down, not up! So, if the company isn't recording more sales and earning more income, why are analysts upgradin

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of April 9, 2018

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Upgrades: General Motors (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) was upgraded by research analysts at Morgan Stanley from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday, Marketbeat reports. The brokerage presently has a $45.00 target price on the auto manufacturer’s stock. Morgan Stanley’s price objective indicates a potential upside of 15.18% from the stock’s current price. Other equities analysts have also issued reports about the stock. Berenberg Bank set a $34.00 price objective on shares of General Motors and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 7th. JPMorgan Chase restated an “overweight” rating and set a $55.00 target price (down from $56.00) on shares of General Motors in a research report on Tuesday, March 13th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of General Motors from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. TheStreet lowered shares of General Motors fro

3 Smart Buys For Big Spring Dividend Hikes

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The 10-Year Treasury yield is holding at 2.85%, but another run to 3% is coming soon. Let’s use this breather to sell our weakest dividends and replace them with stocks that should actually head higher as rates rise. You know the playbook by now. When the 10-Year yield rallies, it crushes stocks with pathetic yields or meager dividend growth. These “bond proxies” get dumped for the real thing as first-level investors scamper to the 3% yields on “safe” US government debt. If your portfolio relies on laggards like these—I’m talking about penny-a-year hikers like AT&T and Walmart, or stocks that haven’t hiked their payouts in years, like Wynn Resorts—I have two words for you: Sell now! Continue reading … In case you interested of stock analysis of other bloggers, click on link below: Analysis Collection

10 Safe Dividend Stocks for the Second Quarter

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These stocks have been paying their shareholders for a long time With the U.S. stock market fresh off its first quarterly loss since 2015, many conservative   investors are in need of dividend stock ideas that can provide safe income and preserve their capital over the long term. Using Dividend Safety Scores, a system created by Simply Safe Dividends to help investors avoid dividend cuts in their portfolios, we identified 10 high-quality dividend stocks from traditionally defensive sectors like telecom, healthcare and consumer staples. These stocks have an impeccable record of paying continuous dividends over the years given their durable business models, strong cash flows and disciplined approach to capital allocation. Many of these companies are also in Simply Safe Dividends’ list of the best high dividend stocks here and trade at yields above their five-year averages, providing an attractive combination of current income and growth. Let’s take a look at 10

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of April 2, 2018

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Upgrades: Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP) was upgraded by stock analysts at Royal Bank of Canada from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday, The Fly reports. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. Several other equities analysts also recently commented on the company. Bank of America upgraded Automatic Data Processing from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 5th. Goldman Sachs upgraded Automatic Data Processing from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price target for the company from $116.02 to $135.00 in a report on Monday, December 11th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Automatic Data Processing from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $133.00 price target on the stock in a report on Monday, February 5th. BidaskClub upgraded Automatic Data Processing from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Fin

Best Dividend Paying Stocks For Dividend Growth Investors - April 2018

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This article will look at companies reviewed by ModernGraham which have grown their dividends annually for at least the last 20 years. Out of over 900 companies covered by ModernGraham, only 70 have grown dividends annually for at least the last 20 years. Defensive Investors are defined as investors who are not able or willing to do substantial research into individual investments, and therefore need to select only the companies that present the least amount of risk. Enterprising Investors, on the other hand, are able to do substantial research and can select companies that present a moderate (though still low) amount of risk. The Elite The following companies have been rated as undervalued and suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor: Continue reading … In case you interested of stock analysis of other bloggers, click on link below: Analysis Collection

Genuine Parts Company: Market Dominance, Valuation And Dividend Growth Make This Dividend King A Buy

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Genuine Parts Company (GPC ) has one of the most impressive dividend growth histories in the market. With 62 years of dividend growth, Genuine Parts has the fourth longest dividend growth streak of any U.S. company. Because of this impressive dividend track record, Genuine Parts qualifies as a Dividend Kin. Dividend Kings are those companies that have managed to increase their dividend for at least 50 consecutive years. You can see the full list of all 25 Dividend Kings here. Genuine Parts is probably one of the least followed Dividend Kings out there. However, Genuine Parts’ business, dividend history, yield, and valuation make it a buy for dividend growth investors. Carlyle Fraser created the Genuine Parts Company that we know today when he purchased Motor Parts Depot for $40,000 in 1928. He gave the company the name it has today. What started as a fairly modest investment 90 years ago has become a publicly owned company with a market cap of almost $13 billion. T