Best Stocks To Buy For 2013: Dividend

[ March 21, 2015 | Author: Admin | Views: 91569 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

My top idea for conservative, income-oriented investors in the coming year is a closed-end fund that invests in public and privately-held companies doing work in the life sciences arena, writes Nate Pile of Nate’s Notes. The life sciences industry includes stocks in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, managed healthcare and medical equipment, and healthcare information technology and services. This recommended fundHambrecht & Quist Life Sciences Fund (HQL)was also our top pick last year, and the fund rose 44% in 2013. In addition to rising in value, the fund has a dividend policy of paying out 2% of its net asset value of each quarter. By choosing to take this payout in the form of a dividend reinvestment, rather than cash, investors have done very well for themselves as they’ve watched, both the size of their holdings, and the share price itself, increase as the years have rolled by. To be sure, you … Continue reading

[ March 8, 2015 | Author: Admin | Views: 49969 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Our buyback-based portfolio is up 121.46% since inception in 2000 versus a gain of 23.96% in the S&P 500 over the same time frame; here’s a look at the latest addition to this model portfolio, writes David Fried, editor of The Buyback Letter. People’s United Financial (PBCT) is the bank holding company for People’s United Bank, which provides commercial banking, retail and business banking, and wealth management services to individual, corporate, and municipal customers. People’s United Bank is a community-based, regional bank in the Northeast US, with 410 locations and some $33 billion in assets. Assets managed and administered, which are not reported as assets of the bank, totaled $16 billion in 2013. It has a market cap of $4.2 billion. Analysts praise the company’s strengths in several areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit … Continue reading

[ March 3, 2015 | Author: Admin | Views: 45608 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Even as the market hits new highs, there are still plenty of good stocks out there to invest in these days. With oil prices still rather elevated and natural gas off its recent lows, energy stocks are a great place to place your hard-earned investing dollars. That’s why the following three companies — which have above-average shareholder payouts, excellent long-term growth prospects, and solid balance sheets — top my list of the best stocks to invest in today. ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP  ) Among the large independent exploration and production companies, ConocoPhillips has the characteristics I look for in a long-term investment. The company has a steady growth plan, which will see it boost its production and margins by 3%-5% annually through 2017, with multiple opportunities to keep growing beyond that date. In addition to its exceptional growth opportunities here in the states, Conoco’s operations span the globe, including positions in the … Continue reading

[ February 20, 2015 | Author: Admin | Views: 67732 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

It might not be obvious to the casual observer, but right now, today, Campbell’s (NYSE: CPB  ) stock offers one of the best values available in the processed foods industry. Why? Three reasons. Campbell is cheap When you stack up the stock of Campbell Soup against a couple of its bigger rivals — H.J. Heinz (NYSE: HNZ  ) and Mondelez International (NASDAQ: MDLZ  ) — it’s clear that Campbell’s stock is the best bargain of the bunch. Its 19 price-to-earnings ratio is nearly 15% cheaper than Heinz’s 22.2 P/E, and it offers an eye-popping 37% discount to the 31 P/E at Mondelez. Granted, looking into the future, improved profits at all three companies will bring their forward P/E ratios down, with Mondelez making the biggest “gains” in a decline to just 17.2. Even so, Campbell stock retains its “cheapest foodmaker” label, with a forward P/E of just 16.3 — lower than Heinz or … Continue reading

[ January 30, 2015 | Author: Admin | Views: 68412 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Pepsi (PEP) stock has provided shareholders with a nice gain of about 22% so far this year. That PEP stock return is far better than the return for rival Coca Cola (KO), which has only gained around 8%. But Pepsi stock hasn’t always been stellar. The compound average return for the past three years was less than 11%, while the S&P 500 clocked an annual return north of 16%. Plus, PEP stock has been looking a bit weaker in recent trading. Will the good times continue with PEP? To see, lets take a look at the pros and cons: Pros for PEP Global Powerhouse. Besides its namesake brand, Pepsi also has other top-notch beverages like Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist, 7UP and Lipton. Balancing this is a broad portfolio of PEP products in the snack category –products that benefit from something called coincidence of purchase. This means that that when someone … Continue reading