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National Retail Properties, Inc.: 4.5% Yielder Has Raised Dividends for 32 Consecutive Years

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  Consider NNN Stock for Income & Growth   If you’re looking for a stock that provides consistent dividend growth and share-price gains—and a company that’s taking advantage of the post-pandemic economic recovery—National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN) might be the perfect opportunity.   Admittedly, having the word “retail” in its name might scare off a lot of investors. After all, traditional brick-and-mortar stores are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Fortunately, National Retail Properties, Inc. didn’t get that memo.   National Retail Properties is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that acquires, invests in, and develops high-quality properties that it leases to retailers under long-term (15–20 years) triple net leases. (Source: “Investor Update: November 2021,” National Retail Properties, Inc., last accessed November 25, 2021.)   With a triple net lease, the tenant is responsible for all expenses, including property taxes, building insurance, mainten

Dividend Increases Week 47, 2021

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  In this article, I will go through the weekly dividend increases and cuts in popular and well-known stocks. (Member of The Dividend Champions or Canadian All-Star list)   Recently, 5 companies announced dividend increases. Note that no dividend cuts or suspensions were announced during this period.   The table below summarises the dividend change announcements.   The table shows the current dividend, the new dividend and the percentage increase (%). Dividends are shown on an annual basis and in US dollars unless otherwise stated. Yield is the new dividend yield of the most recent price, and Years is the years of consecutive dividend increases.  

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of November 22 2021

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  Upgrades:   Kimco Realty (NYSE:KIM) was upgraded by equities researchers at Evercore ISI to an "outperform" rating in a note issued to investors on Monday, The Fly reports. KIM has been the topic of several other research reports. Capital One Financial raised Kimco Realty from an "equal weight" rating to an "overweight" rating and set a $26.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, August 2nd. BTIG Research restated a "hold" rating on shares of Kimco Realty in a research note on Sunday, September 26th. Truist upped their price objective on Kimco Realty from $23.00 to $25.00 and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a research note on Monday, August 30th. Truist Securities upped their target price on Kimco Realty from $23.00 to $25.00 and gave the company a "buy" rating in a research report on Monday, August 30th. Finally, Morgan Stanley upped their target price on Kimco Realty from $25.00 to $26.00 and ga

12 Best Monthly Dividend Stocks and Funds to Buy for 2022

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  Your bills come monthly. Why not your dividend checks? These are some of 2022's best monthly dividend stocks and funds for easier income planning.     For all the changes we've experienced in recent years, some things remain regrettably the same. We all have bills to pay, and those bills generally come monthly. Whether it's your mortgage, your car payment or even your regular phone and utility bills, you're generally expected to pay every month.   While we're in our working years, that's not necessarily a problem, as paychecks generally come every two weeks. And even for those in retirement, Social Security and (if you're lucky enough to have one) pension payments also come on a regular monthly schedule. But unfortunately, it doesn't work that way in our investment portfolios.   That's where monthly dividend stocks come into play.   Dividend-paying stocks generally pay quarterly, and most bonds pay semiannually, or twice per year.

7 Stocks to Watch Now as Consumer Prices Spike

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  Inflation is affecting each of these consumer picks differently. Proceed with care.     With inflation at its highest rate since 1990, it’s not just consumers that are feeling the pinch. Many stocks to watch in the consumer products and retail spaces are feeling it as well. Sure, rising prices are driving demand for some companies in the consumer staples sector, such as discount stores. But between the cost of inventory, labor, raw materials and shipping going up, increased sales may not correspond with increased profits.   At least across the board. Some companies have more proactively passed along rising prices to consumers. Coupled with cost-savings initiatives, some have also done a better job managing the unprecedented run-up in prices. What’s more, a strong earnings season has helped bolster the argument that fears of widespread inflationary pressures may be overblown.   However, if elevated rates continue into 2022, as consumer companies such as Unilever (NYSE:UL

Dividend Increases Week 46, 2021

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In this article, I will go through the weekly dividend increases and cuts in popular and well-known stocks.  (Member of The Dividend Champions or Canadian All-Star list)   Recently, 21 companies announced dividend increases. Note that no dividend cuts or suspensions were announced during this period.   The table below summarises the dividend change announcements.   The table shows the current dividend, the new dividend and the percentage increase (%). Dividends are shown on an annual basis and in US dollars unless otherwise stated. Yield is the new dividend yield of the most recent price, and Years is the years of consecutive dividend increases.  

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of November 15 2021

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  Upgrades:   Chevron (NYSE:CVX) was upgraded by research analysts at UBS Group from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, The Fly reports. CVX has been the topic of several other research reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut Chevron from an "overweight" rating to a "neutral" rating and cut their price objective for the company from $128.00 to $111.00 in a research note on Wednesday, September 15th. Wells Fargo & Company increased their price objective on Chevron from $109.00 to $115.00 and gave the stock an "equal weight" rating in a report on Monday, November 1st. Piper Sandler increased their price target on Chevron from $126.00 to $137.00 and gave the company an "overweight" rating in a research note on Friday, July 23rd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Raymond James increased their price target on Chevron from $134.00 to $137.00 and g

7 Top Dividend Stocks to Load up on as Winter Sets In

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  Here are seven top dividend stocks to consider right now ahead of the cold weather     There’s a tremendous amount of disagreement in the markets right now with respect to where the economy could be headed from here. Concerns related to inflation, overvaluation, and an eventual end to the existing accommodative monetary and fiscal stimulus measures have some investors considering taking the foot off the gas. Or, they’re looking at defensive dividend stocks to load up on heading into the winter.   Such a view certainly makes sense. Anything growth related has outperformed for so long, value has to catch up. At least, that’s the theory among many value investors who have been pushed aside for the past decade.   That said, technological innovation continues to drive the global economy. Perhaps taking an “all-in” or “all-out” approach doesn’t make sense. I’d agree with that view. However, easing off the gas and into some safer, dividend-paying stocks certainly seems like a

Merck Is a Dividend Play Ready to Get Back in Gear

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  MRK stock is a good buy here for conservative income investors   Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Merck (NYSE:MRK) stock was a good one to own. The performance of Merck stock matched that of the S&P 500, and it paid a steadily rising dividend.   Since then, the obsession with growth and vaccines has told a different story. Over the last two years the average S&P stock is up nearly 49%, Merck just 3.7%.   Recently, however, the charts for Merck have turned more bullish. It has a drug to treat Covid-19 that could be distributed worldwide. The third quarter results were upbeat.   Can we go back to curing cancer again?   The Good News Merck’s molnupiravir, an antiviral pill for people with mild Covid-19 at risk for more serious illness, was approved recently by U.K. regulators. It’s now expected to win emergency use authorization in the U.S. by December.   That would open $2.2 billion in orders from the Food and Drug Administration, with options for more. Merck

Dividend Increases Week 45, 2021

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  In this article, I will go through the weekly dividend increases and cuts in popular and well-known stocks.   Recently, 8 popular companies announced dividend increases. Note that no dividend cuts or suspensions were announced during this period.   The table below summarises the dividend change announcements.   The table shows the current dividend, the new dividend and the percentage increase (%). Dividends are shown on an annual basis and in US dollars unless otherwise stated. Yield is the new dividend yield of the most recent price, and Years is the years of consecutive dividend increases.        

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of November 8 2021

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  Upgrades:   The J. M. Smucker (NYSE:SJM) was upgraded by investment analysts at Guggenheim from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, The Fly reports. SJM has been the topic of several other research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of The J. M. Smucker from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating and set a $137.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Tuesday, July 27th. Morgan Stanley lowered their price objective on The J. M. Smucker from $126.00 to $117.00 and set an "underweight" rating for the company in a research report on Friday, August 27th. Jefferies Financial Group assumed coverage on shares of The J. M. Smucker in a research note on Thursday, August 26th. They issued a "hold" rating and a $140.00 target price on the stock. Credit Suisse Group cut their price target on shares of The J. M. Smucker from $130.00 to $125.00 and set a

7 Best Retirement Stocks to Buy to Build Long-Term Wealth

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  Stay ahead of the trend with these relevant companies   At surface level, the concept of finding the best retirement stocks to buy is a patently obvious one: acquire shares of stable blue chips that have a long history of consistent and robust dividend payouts. Then, just sit back during your golden years while these corporate giants work hard for you for a change.   While carrying plenty of truth, the reality is that retirement stocks represent a tricky subject because retirement itself is fraught with uncertainty. In prior generations, people could simply depend on the unprecedented strength of the U.S. economy during the post-World War II era. Frankly, no one could challenge this nation. But the rise of China along with shifting societal and technological trends suggest that American hegemony is no longer dependably viable.   For instance, banking on the rise of personal computers would have been a great opportunity if you were heading into your golden years during the

The Kiplinger Dividend 15: Our Favorite Dividend-Paying Stocks

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  All of our favorite dividend stocks hiked payouts over the past year, and yields, on average, trounced the yield of the S&P 500.     The past year was a recovery year for dividends.   A record profit rebound for U.S. companies powered by the reopening of the economy puts the S&P 500 Index on track in 2021 for its 10th straight year of record dividend payouts.   In the third quarter, S&P dividends hit a quarterly record of $15.36 per share, and forecasts point to a new record in the fourth quarter. For the full year, S&P Dow Jones Indices sees payouts rising nearly 5%, to $60.97, for stocks in the index, following 2020's record payout of $58.28.   Unlike last year, when 42 S&P 500 companies suspended dividends to preserve cash during the pandemic, just one stock halted payouts this year. "Dividends are back," says Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P.   Members of the Kiplinger Dividend 15, our favorite dividend st

Dividend Increases Week 44, 2021

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  In this article, I will go through the weekly dividend increases and cuts in popular and well-known stocks.   Recently, 15 popular companies announced dividend increases. Note that no dividend cuts or suspensions were announced during this period.   The table below summarises the dividend change announcements.   The table shows the current dividend, the new dividend and the percentage increase (%). Dividends are shown on an annual basis and in US dollars unless otherwise stated. Yield is the new dividend yield of the most recent price, and Years is the years of consecutive dividend increases. * Canadian Dollars

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of November 1 2021 (Part 2)

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  Upgrades:   Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) was upgraded by investment analysts at The Goldman Sachs Group from a “buy” rating to a “conviction-buy” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday, The Fly reports. Several other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on PSX. Piper Sandler upgraded Phillips 66 from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and lifted their price objective for the stock from $85.00 to $87.00 in a report on Wednesday, October 6th. Citigroup boosted their price target on Phillips 66 from $75.00 to $80.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 6th. Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price target on Phillips 66 from $94.00 to $95.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday. Barclays lowered their price target on Phillips 66 from $95.00 to $88.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, July 8th. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on Ph

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of November 1 2021 (Part 1)

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  Upgrades:   Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) was upgraded by analysts at Northland Securities from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note issued on Monday, PriceTargets.com reports. The firm presently has a $49.00 price target on the chip maker’s stock. Northland Securities’ price target indicates a potential downside of 0.39% from the company’s current price. A number of other equities research analysts also recently commented on INTC. The Goldman Sachs Group restated a “sell” rating and issued a $44.00 target price (down previously from $51.00) on shares of Intel in a research report on Friday, October 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Intel from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, July 9th. Citigroup reduced their target price on Intel from $57.00 to $52.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, October 22nd. Credit Suisse Group set a $80.00 p