Electric utility firm Southern Company (NYSE:SO) recently delivered pleasant news to investors. The company announced a 8-cent hike in annual dividend to $2.32 per share. Notably, this marks the 16th straight year that the company has increased its annual payout. The quarterly dividend of the company will increase by 2 cents from 56 cents to 58 cents, representing a 3.6% hike. This marks....More>>>
Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS-B) has a fat yield of around 6.7%. But its long-term debt load has increased by more than 50% in the past year and by nearly 120% since the end of 2014. The oil and natural gas giant is now selling assets to get its stressed balance sheet under control. Although I’m fairly confident it will be able to save its dividend, investors should always question their....More>>>
Let’s get right to it, Village Farms International (OTCQX:VFFIF or TSE:VFF) has the potential to be the low cost producer in the Canadian medical marijuana industry. This investment is based on stages of development, which I plan to explore with readers and let you know, in likely the most transparent way possible, how I plan to “play” this player in this promising industry.
Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) is an excellent choice for risk averse investors with a long-term investment horizon. Like any other limited partnership, it also offers a great source of income. In terms of income growth, Magellan has been one of the best in the sector. Despite the stellar growth in its cash distributions even in the low-commodity price environment, most of the fundamentals....More>>>
Industrial conglomerate General Electric (GE, $23.19 as of Oct. 18) stunned income investors in 2009, in the wake of the financial crisis and bear market, with a then-unthinkable cut to its longstanding dividend. But after years of trying to regain Wall Streets trust by rebuilding its payout to shareholders, fears of another reduction are mounting just as the company prepares to release its latest....More>>>
American Express (NYSE:AXP) helped pioneer the charge card industry, and even now, the company’s brand carries an aura of affluence that rivals have struggled hard to try to duplicate. Yet American Express has fallen back from all-time highs over the past couple of years, and the loss of its branded-card partnership with retail giant Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) was a high-profile setback....More>>>
Ford (NYSE:F) is known for its attractive valuation, it currently trades at around 7 times its 2017 projected earnings and has an attractive dividend yield of 5.36 percent. It also has a very low price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) compared to most other companies on the S&P 500. The stock trades at around $11 during the time I am writing this. However, after digging a little deeper, I have found....More>>>
We’re still in the wake of calendar 2017’s first earnings season. So it wasn’t surprising to see a raft of dividend raises last week, especially considering that this year has already been stuffed with lifts from every conceivable type of company.
Here are three notables out of last week’s crop.
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I was having dinner with friends recently, and someone asked the question, “Stocks are expensive. How should I protect myself in case the market crashes? Should I short something, or maybe use options?”
For most investors, an exotic strategy like one of these isn’t necessary. Instead, you can protect yourself from a stock market correction or crash by keeping some defensive....More>>>
Are you a fan of the Big Screen?
If so, this interest apparently groups us with a shrinking share of Americans if you believe the media. AMC Theatres (NYSE:AMC) lost over 25% of its value recently because so few people are turning up to see the latest movies. And the shares of all the theater companies have continued to get pounded since.
It’s probably not that people....More>>>