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

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Disposals: Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) insider James S. Brown sold 15,989 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $40.53, for a total value of $648,034.17. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link . Shares of HAL stock traded up $0.35 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $41.06. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 7,406,300 shares, compared to its average volume of 8,873,424. Halliburton has a 52 week low of $35.75 and a 52 week high of $57.86. The company has a current ratio of 2.24, a quick ratio of 1.72 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.18. The firm has a market cap of $35.82 billion, a PE ratio of 33.67, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.53 and a beta of 1.01. Read more … T-Mobile Us Inc (NASDAQ:TMUS) CFO J Braxton Carter II sold 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 20th. The stock was sold

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

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Upgrades: Helmerich & Payne (NYSE:HP) was upgraded by equities research analysts at B. Riley from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday, MarketBeat.com reports. The brokerage presently has a $83.00 price target on the oil and gas company’s stock, up from their prior price target of $68.00. B. Riley’s price objective indicates a potential upside of 20.85% from the company’s current price. A number of other research firms have also issued reports on HP. ValuEngine lowered shares of Helmerich & Payne from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 16th. Jefferies Financial Group raised shares of Helmerich & Payne from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 27th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised shares of Helmerich & Payne from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $49.00 to $58.00 in a research note on

15 Safe Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2018

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Dividend stocks offer some much-needed stability for your portfolio In early June of this year, J.P. Morgan strategist Marko Kolanovic made a startling statement. Since March, President Donald Trump’s tough stance on fair trade practices have evaporated more than $1 trillion in market value. Such a drastic impact exponentially raises interest in safe dividend stocks to buy. Of course, since Kolanovic’s analysis went public, the markets have reasserted themselves. Since the start of the year, the Dow Jones index is up 7%. However, that still doesn’t take away from investor uneasiness with the White House’s economic policies. Grabbing the spotlight, of course, is our ongoing trade war with China. Neither side shows any indication that the conflict will resolve anytime soon. Love him or hate him, we can all agree that Trump doesn’t have a conciliatory personality. And China can’t afford to look weak, not when their people are openly expressing dissent. If only that

Starbucks Has Nowhere To Go But Grow

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This week I'm seeking a prestigious and long-term dividend-paying stock from the consumer cyclical sector. That cyclicals sector includes twenty-eight industries ranging from Advertising Agencies to Apparel, Autos, Broadcasting, Department Stores, Gambling, Leisure, Lodging, Packaging, Personal Services, Shoes, Restaurants, Rubber, Recreational Vehicles, Plastics, Textiles, and all such consumer aimed enterprises. Today I'm reviewing a large-cap restaurant firm named Starbucks Corporation. Its trading ticker symbol is SBUX. Starbucks Corp is the roaster, marketer and retailer of specialty coffee. Operating globally, it sells a variety of coffee and tea products. It sells goods and services under brands including Teavana, Tazo, and Seattle's Best Coffee. The company operates in four segments: Americas; China/Asia Pacific; Europe, Middle East, and Africa; and Channel Development. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, roasted whole bean and ground cof

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

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Disposals: UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) CEO Steven H. Nelson sold 8,142 shares of UnitedHealth Group stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $265.00, for a total transaction of $2,157,630.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 22,496 shares in the company, valued at $5,961,440. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link . Steven H. Nelson also recently made the following trade(s): On Friday, September 7th, Steven H. Nelson sold 26,033 shares of UnitedHealth Group stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $270.65, for a total transaction of $7,045,831.45. Shares of UNH opened at $265.33 on Thursday. UnitedHealth Group Inc has a 52 week low of $186.00 and a 52 week high of $271.16. The company has a market cap of $255.35 billion, a P/E ratio o

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

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Upgrades: Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) was upgraded by investment analysts at Nomura from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The firm currently has a $300.00 price target on the semiconductor manufacturer’s stock, up from their prior price target of $225.00. Nomura’s target price suggests a potential upside of 25.14% from the company’s previous close. Other research analysts have also issued reports about the company. Longbow Research lowered Broadcom from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, July 12th. BidaskClub lowered Broadcom from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, June 28th. B. Riley lowered Broadcom from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and lowered their target price for the stock from $308.00 to $245.00 in a report on Thursday, July 12th. BMO Capital Markets lowered Broadcom from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and

20 Best Recession Proof Dividend Stocks

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Preserving capital and generating safe income are core goals in retirement. So not surprisingly, conservative investors often worry about when the next recession will occur and how it will affect their portfolios. Safe dividend-paying stocks can be an appealing choice for retirees who desire a predictable income stream that can hold its ground regardless of economic conditions and short-term stock price fluctuations. In fact, over 240 dividend-paying stocks in our database maintained or increased their dividends each year during the financial crisis while also outperforming the S&P 500's 55% peak-to-trough plunge by more than 20%. In other words, there were some excellent recession proof investments a risk averse income investor could have owned prior to the last downturn. But what about the next recession? In this article, we analyzed 20 of the best recession proof dividend growth stocks. These companies have dividend yields near 3% or higher, stable busin

6 Monthly Dividend Stocks to Buy

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These 6 stocks offer monthly payouts -- and potential upside Most dividend stocks pay their shareholders quarterly, but a few dividend yielding stocks offer monthly distributions. The group is small: less than 100, with many of the offerings being exchange-traded funds (ETFs) or closed-end actively managed funds. And so investors looking for monthly dividend stocks to buy are limiting their universe quite a bit. Still, even in a market near all-time highs, there are attractive dividend-yielding stocks that pay out monthly. And several offer compelling cases for both their upside and safe dividends, with attributes that go beyond simply the timing of their distributions. These six stocks all fit that bill, offering not only monthly dividends but potential share price appreciation and reasonable payout ratios. Continue reading … In case you interested of stock analysis of other bloggers, click on link below: Analysis Collection

The Hershey Company: A Dividend Stock to Hold for the Next Century

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1 Stock to Hold Forever Since the Passive Monthly Income newsletter debuted in August 2015, we have added 52 stocks to the portfolio. We sold 13 of those picks over the period, nine of which were for large capital gains. The remaining 39 stocks still remain as active positions in the portfolio today. Does that mean we have a preference for longer holding periods? For sure. I respect anyone that can flip equities for quick profits. But that’s not how we do things around here. Let others fiddle with the Fibonacci retracements, stochastic oscillators, and chart price patterns to predict stock movements for the next hour or so. Our investment horizon is over the next decade or more. In paid newsletters, we seek out an elite group of businesses I’ve nicknamed “forever assets.” I highlighted several such firms in previous issues. These firms represent a group of stocks you could literally buy today and hold for the rest of your life. Thanks to their entrenched market po

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

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Upgrades: Guggenheim upgraded shares of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a report published on Monday morning, Marketbeat.com reports. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. A number of other research firms have also issued reports on AEP. Zacks Investment Research lowered American Electric Power from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 27th. ValuEngine upgraded American Electric Power from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, June 26th. Barclays initiated coverage on American Electric Power in a report on Tuesday, July 10th. They issued an overweight rating and a $81.00 price objective on the stock. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded American Electric Power from a neutral rating to a buy rating and decreased their price objective for the company from $76.00 to $74.00 in a report on Thursday, July 19th. Finally, Morgan Stanley upped their price objective on American Ele

10 Super Safe Growth Stocks to Buy for Long-Lasting Dividends

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These growth stocks also offer steady dividends for long-term security Whenever 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 dividend stocks, where 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 the market. These dividend-paying companies generate excellent free cash flow, maintain

7 Dividend Stocks to Buy Amid This Tough Market Environment

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As geopolitics and broader economic concerns weigh on Wall Street, dividend stocks offer both upside potential and passive income The markets have finally appeared to reassert themselves after suffering several months of wild choppiness. But even with this newfound bullishness, I’m angling for dividend stocks to buy. These aren’t merely empty words, as I’ll demonstrate later in this article. This summer, my InvestorPlace colleague Vince Martin wrote an excellent piece detailing the nitty-gritty of dividend stocks, including why you want to buy them, what nuances to look out for and real-world examples of various income-paying companies. Before you dive into this sector, I highly recommend learning from Martin’s expertise. Along with his factors for purchasing dividend stocks, I believe this present juncture provides enormous justification. With an income-bearing asset, you’re not entirely dependent on market performance for shareholder profitability. This is importan

Intel Corporation: 3 Reasons to Own INTC Stock

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A Choppy Ride for Intel Stock So far into 2018, the stock market seemed to have a hard time putting a price tag on Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC). The company started the year trading at $46.85 apiece, then went to as high as $57.03 in June, marking in 21.7% surge, before paring most of those gains in the last two months. Where does that leave us? Well, as of this writing, Intel shares trade at $47.75 apiece, meaning that INTC stock returned just 1.9% year-to-date. To put it in perspective, the S&P 500 Index went up 7.2%. That seems a bit disappointing. But before you cross Intel stock off your list, I want to show you three reasons why the company may still deserve a spot in an investor’s portfolio. Continue reading … In case you interested of stock analysis of other bloggers, click on link below: Analysis Collection

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

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Disposals: Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) EVP T Richard Riney sold 13,708 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.00, for a total value of $822,480.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link . NYSE:VTR opened at $60.12 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.56, a current ratio of 0.56 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97. The stock has a market cap of $21.34 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.45, a PEG ratio of 3.91 and a beta of 0.12. Ventas, Inc. has a 52-week low of $46.55 and a 52-week high of $69.92. Read more … Autoliv Inc. (NYSE:ALV) Director Jan Carlson sold 42,589 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $89.53, for a total transaction of $3,812,993.17. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 53,579 shares

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of September 3, 2018

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Upgrades: ABB (NYSE:ABB) was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports. ABB has been the topic of a number of other reports. ValuEngine raised shares of ABB from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 29th. Jefferies Financial Group raised shares of ABB from an “underperform” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $23.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, July 11th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of ABB in a research report on Monday, July 9th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of ABB from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 4th. Finally, DNB Markets initiated coverage on shares of ABB in a research report on Monday. They set a “buy” rating on the stock. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock.

Ford Motor Company: Is Ford Stock’s 6.2% Yield Safe?

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Ford Stock Takes a Beating While the stock market was soaring past its all-time highs, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) seemed to have gotten left behind. Shares of this Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker fell six percent after its second-quarter earnings report in July. And then last week, Ford stock took another beating due to a ratings downgrade. On Wednesday, August 29, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Ford’s credit rating from Baa2 to Baa3, just one notch above junk bond status. “The downgrade of Ford’s rating reflects the erosion in the company’s global business position and the challenges it will face implementing its Fitness Redesign program,” wrote Moody’s in a press release. (Source: “ Moody’s downgrades Ford ratings to Baa3; outlook is negative ,” Moody’s Investors Service, August 29, 2018.) In particular, the rating agency noted several negative developments at the automaker, including shrinking profit margins in North America, a slowing business in Ch