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Nucor Corporation Increases Quarterly Dividend $NUE

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Nucor (NYSE:NUE) declares $0.40/share quarterly dividend, 5.3% increase from prior dividend of $0.38. Forward yield 2.68% Payable Feb. 11; for shareholders of record Dec. 31; ex-div Dec. 28.

The Walt Disney Company Increases Dividend $DIS

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Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) declares $0.88/share semi-annual dividend, 4.8% increase from prior dividend of $0.84. Forward yield 1.51% Payable Jan. 10; for shareholders of record Dec. 10; ex-div Dec. 7.

McCormick & Company, Incorporated Increases Quarterly Dividend $MKC

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McCormick (NYSE:MKC) declares $0.57/share quarterly dividend, 9.6% increase from prior dividend of $0.52. Forward yield 1.55% Payable Jan. 14; for shareholders of record Dec. 31; ex-div Dec. 28.

5 Top REIT Stocks You Can Buy Right Now

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Here are five excellent ways for investors of all experience levels to add real estate to their portfolios. Real estate investment trusts, or REITs, can not only be excellent income investments but also have the potential for massive long-term returns. Unfortunately, this potentially lucrative sector of the stock market isn't well-understood by many investors. With that in mind, here's a rundown of the basics of REIT investing as well as five excellent top-quality REIT stocks to put on your radar now. What is a REIT? A REIT (pronounced "reet"), or real estate investment trust, is a type of investment company that buys real estate assets. A real estate investment trust works somewhat like a mutual fund or ETF in the sense that while mutual funds pool investors money to buy stocks, bonds, or commodities, REITs pool investors money to buy commercial properties or other real estate assets. REITs were created to allow everyday investors to capital

3 Stocks To Buy Before 2019 (Dividends Up To 6.5%)

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Now that the election’s over, it’s time for us contrarians to get greedy! And I’ve got just the thing: 3 hated buys we can use to rack up serious gains and dividends while the rest of the herd struggles to get its bearings. Where do these 3 cash machines come from? The defense and infrastructure sectors. Now you might see where I’m coming from on infrastructure. Probably the one thing Republicans and Democrats agree on is that our ramshackle roads, bridges and power plants need a lot of work. More on this, including a rock-solid play for 6.5% dividends and “steady as she goes” upside, at the end of this article. Before we get to that, though, let’s talk defense, a sector that might surprise you given that the media regularly rolls out stories about Democrats’ reluctance to goose the Pentagon budget. Funny thing is, defense stocks crushed it during the Obama years, including from November 2008 to November 2010, when Democrats were elected to majorities

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of November 19, 2018

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Disposals: Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) Director Alan G. Hassenfeld sold 400,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $97.41, for a total value of $38,964,000.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 30,945 shares in the company, valued at $3,014,352.45. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website . Shares of NASDAQ HAS opened at $94.89 on Tuesday. The company has a current ratio of 2.41, a quick ratio of 1.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.90. Hasbro, Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $79.00 and a fifty-two week high of $109.60. The company has a market capitalization of $12.36 billion, a PE ratio of 17.38, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 0.96. Read more … Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) EVP Steven P. Cugine sold 15,000 shares of Church & Dwight stock in a

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of November 19, 2018

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Upgrades: JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of Novo Nordisk A/S (NYSE:NVO) from a neutral rating to an overweight rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday morning, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Other research analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Novo Nordisk A/S from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 31st. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Novo Nordisk A/S from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Thursday, October 4th. Cfra reissued a hold rating on shares of Novo Nordisk A/S in a research report on Friday, November 2nd. Guggenheim began coverage on shares of Novo Nordisk A/S in a research report on Monday, October 8th. They set a buy rating on the stock. Finally, Pareto Securities downgraded shares of Novo Nordisk A/S from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Friday, October 5th. One analyst has rated the stock with a

Texas Instruments: A Growth Stock Paying A 3.2% Dividend Yield

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Traditionally, the tech sector has not been a source of dividend stocks. Many tech companies, particularly those at earlier stages of their development, do not pay dividends at all. Instead, they typically need to reinvest as much cash flow as possible back into growing the business. And even among tech companies that do pay dividends to shareholders, yields are usually low. However, in rare cases investors can find highly profitable, mature tech companies with enough cash flow to pay high dividend yields to shareholders. For example, Texas Instruments (TXN) currently has a 3.2% dividend yield, which beats the average yield in the S&P 500 Index by a considerable margin. And, Texas Instruments is a dividend growth stock. It has raised its dividend for 15 consecutive years, including a 24% increase in 2018. Texas Instruments qualifies as a Dividend Achiever, a select group of stocks with 10+ consecutive years of dividend growth. Texas Instruments is a unique stock.

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 has 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. However, that still doesn’t take away from investor uneasiness with the White House’s economic policies. And since the start of the year, the Dow Jones is basically flat. 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

Becton, Dickinson and Company Increases Quarterly Dividend $BDX

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Becton, Dickinson (NYSE:BDX) declares $0.77/share quarterly dividend, 2.7% increase from prior dividend of $0.75. Forward yield 1.27% Payable Dec. 31; for shareholders of record Dec. 10; ex-div Dec. 7.

Hormel Foods Corp Increases Quarterly Dividend $HRL

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Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL) declares $0.21/share quarterly dividend, 12% increase from prior dividend of $0.1875. Forward yield 1.85% Payable Feb. 15; for shareholders of record Jan. 14; ex-div Jan. 11.

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of November 12, 2018

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Disposals: Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) insider Richard Lumb sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $163.51, for a total transaction of $327,020.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 126,104 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $20,619,265.04. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink . Richard Lumb also recently made the following trade(s): On Tuesday, October 16th, Richard Lumb sold 2,000 shares of Accenture stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $160.63, for a total transaction of $321,260.00. Shares of NYSE:ACN opened at $160.29 on Thursday. Accenture Plc has a twelve month low of $143.68 and a twelve month high of $175.64. The company has a market capitalization of $107.90 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.78, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.18 and a beta of 1.0

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of November 12, 2018

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Upgrades: Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) was upgraded by research analysts at Argus from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday, MarketBeat.com reports. The brokerage currently has a $79.00 target price on the coffee company’s stock. Argus’ target price would suggest a potential upside of 17.19% from the company’s current price. Several other research analysts have also issued reports on the company. UBS Group lowered Starbucks from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, November 5th. DZ Bank lowered Starbucks to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, November 5th. Mizuho upgraded Starbucks from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price objective for the stock from $56.00 to $75.00 in a research note on Monday, November 5th. Barclays increased their price objective on Starbucks from $56.00 to $60.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, November 2nd

Brown-Forman Corporation Increases Quarterly Dividend $BFA

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Brown-Forman (NYSE:BF.A) declares $0.166/share quarterly dividend, 5.1% increase from prior dividend of $0.158. Forward yield 1.38% Payable Jan. 2; for shareholders of record Dec. 6; ex-div Dec. 5.

Nike Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend $NKE

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Nike (NYSE:NKE) declares $0.22/share quarterly dividend, 10% increase from prior dividend of $0.20. Forward yield 1.18% Payable Jan. 2; for shareholders of record Dec. 3; ex-div Nov. 30.

Sysco Corporation Increases Quarterly Dividend $SYY

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Sysco (NYSE:SYY) declares $0.39/share quarterly dividend, 8.3% increase from prior dividend of $0.36. Forward yield 2.36% Payable Jan. 25; for shareholders of record Jan. 4; ex-div Jan. 3.

5 Top Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

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These five income-generating stocks could power your portfolio to market-beating returns. There's no shortage of stock selection criteria that investors can use in pursuit of market-beating returns, but no strategy has more reliably created wealth than buying quality dividend stocks, setting the payments to reinvest, and holding for the long term. Whether an investor is young or old, new to the market or a seasoned pro, income-generating stocks can play a key role in elevating portfolio performance and paving a path to financial freedom. Owning a collection of dividend stocks shouldn't be thought of as a way to generate great returns without work, research, or risk, but dividend investing does present a blueprint that the average investor can thrive with once he or she knows what to look for and has a solid foundation to build on. Understanding the basics of dividends When you buy a stock, you're purchasing an ownership stake in that business, and some

Meredith is in Transition, But 25-year Dividend Growth Streak Continues

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Meredith (MDP) is one of the nation's oldest media and publishing companies, having been founded in 1902 as an agricultural publisher. More impressively, the firm has paid uninterrupted dividends for 71 consecutive years and has increased its dividend in each of the last 25 years. At its core, Meredith provides consumers with the content they want by leveraging print, digital, mobile, video, and broadcast TV media platforms. Advertising is the company's largest source of revenue. Meredith organizes its various media businesses into two segments: Local Media (31% of sales, 66% of operating profits): owns 17 local TV stations including: seven CBS affiliates, five FOX affiliates, two MyNetworkTV affiliates, one NBC affiliate, one ABC affiliate, and two independent stations. This segment also includes 12 websites and about 30 applications focused on news, sports, and weather-related information. The local TV stations reach 11% of all U.S. households. National Med

Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: Week of November 5, 2018

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Disposals: American Express (NYSE:AXP) Chairman Stephen J. Squeri sold 12,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $103.84, for a total value of $1,298,000.00. Following the sale, the chairman now owns 209,957 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $21,801,934.88. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink . Shares of NYSE AXP traded up $1.50 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $105.21. The company had a trading volume of 2,697,676 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,579,099. American Express has a twelve month low of $87.54 and a twelve month high of $111.77. The company has a current ratio of 1.88, a quick ratio of 1.88 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.58. The company has a market capitalization of $88.60 billion, a PE ratio of 17.92, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.40 and a beta of 1.06. Read more … NextEra Ene

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of November 5, 2018

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Upgrades: Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of Chevron (NYSE:CVX) from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a research report released on Monday, MarketBeat reports. Credit Suisse Group currently has $138.00 price objective on the oil and gas company’s stock. Several other brokerages have also recently commented on CVX. ValuEngine cut Chevron from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Chevron from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $137.00 price target for the company in a research report on Monday, October 1st. Redburn Partners cut Chevron from a buy rating to a neutral rating and reduced their price target for the company from $130.00 to $115.00 in a research report on Wednesday, October 3rd. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued an overweight rating on shares of Chevron in a research report on Tuesday, October 23rd. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada set a $150.00 price target on Chevron and gave t

7 Safe Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

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Worried about recent market volatility? These seven stocks will help calm your fears While it may seem like a coincidence that the market often tanks right around Halloween, there’s a good reason why fall is a scary time for investors. That’s because many traders and fund managers tend to relax in late summer, going on vacation and otherwise tuning out of the markets. After Labor Day, all the smart money gets back to work. If financial conditions have deteriorated significantly in the interim, it can lead to growing waves of technically induced selling that crescendo in October or early November. Value, growth, dividend stocks — everything is on edge. And in 2018, while the American economy remains robust, other headwinds are causing investors to panic. Causing perhaps the most concern, the new Federal Reserve chairman — 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,