One of the joys of investing in stocks is watching dividend payments roll in quarter after quarter. Giant capital gains from growth stocks may be more exciting, but a reliable and growing stream of dividend payments, reinvested in more stocks, unleashes the true power of compounding. Dividends have accounted for nearly half of the total return of the S&P 500 Index over the past 25 years. You ignore them at your own peril.
If you’re looking to add some solid dividend stocks to your portfolio, I have a few ideas. International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), General Motors (NYSE:GM), and Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), all of which I own in my own portfolio, are some of the best dividend stocks available.
A string of bad news
Shares of IBM have dropped about 15% since peaking earlier this year, driven down by a weaker-than-expected first quarter and news that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway had sold a substantial portion of its stake. IBM’s transformation is showing signs of progress, with adjusted earnings expected to return to growth this year. But five straight years of revenue declines wasn’t what Buffett was expecting.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Pilot Gold Inc (PLGTF)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
Wesdome Gold (OTC:WDOFF) is confirming the potential of its Kiena Deeps discovery with the latest batch of drill results from this venue. Itinerant Musings subscribers who joined us in this trade will be pleased. Treasury Metals (OTC:TSRMF) needs to find more underground ore to justify a construction decision of its Goliath gold project, and it’s doing just that as reported in the latest news release and explained in this article. NuLegacy Gold (OTCQX:NULGF) finally announced results from the twin hole of the Avocado discovery. A detailed discussion will be forthcoming for Itinerant Musings subscribers shortly. Pilot Gold (OTCPK:PLGTF) is making progress at its Goldstrike project in Utah. The latest set of results confirmed the Peg Leg and Covington targets as valid targets for further drilling. Arizona Mining (OTC:WLDVF) is countering controversy by releasing more drill results, and reporting the discovery of Taylor Deeps. The roller coaster continues.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Semtech Corporation(SMTC)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Semtech Corporation (NASDAQ: SMTC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $128.38 million.
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: OLLI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $190.44 million.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: American Financial Group, Inc.(AFG)
- [By Lee Jackson]
Aco-chief executive officer of American Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: AFG), Carl Linder, sold a total of 200,000 shares of the property and casualty insurance products provider at prices that ranged from $90.63 to $91.62. The total for the sale was set at $18 million. The shares closed Friday at $91.55, in a52-week range of $65.38 to $92.38. The consensus price target is $95.50.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc.(ACRS)
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap hair loss stocks Aclaris Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ACRS), Cytori Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CYTX) and RepliCel Life Sciences (OTCQB: REPCF; CVE: RP) are trying to tap into a big market as currently, there are only two FDA-approved drugs available for the treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) -also known as male or female pattern baldness (one of which cannot be used by women). Thus, a significant unmet need exists for a safe andefficacious product especially since its experienced by 70% of men and 40% of women as they age.
- [By Chris Lange]
Aclaris Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ACRS) saw its shares make a handy gain on Friday after the company announced the pricing of its secondary offering. The company intends to price its 4 million shares at $22.75 per share, with an overallotment option for an additional 600,000 shares. At this price the entire offering is valued up to $104.65 million.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: CF Industries Holdings, Inc.(CF)
- [By Chris Lange]
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) which jumped 3.7% to $30.37. The stocks 52-week range is $20.77 to $37.17. Volume was 5.3 million which is just under the daily average of around 5.4 million shares.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
CF Industries Holdings (CF) has climbed 3.3% to $30.25 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.
Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) has soared 21% to $18.80 after positive results from a pain-killer trial.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
We also want to reiterate our bullish view on the agricultural commodities and the ag-related stocks (e.g., CF Industries Holdings (CF), Mosaic (MOS), Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT), FMC (FMC), AGCO, Deere). Following sharp multi-year declines, trends continue to improve.
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers
Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
CF Industries (CF) rose to the top of the S&P 500 today, continuing strength that began earlier this month.
CF Industries gained 6.9% to $28.96 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.2% to 2,181.90. CF Industries has gained 21% in November.
Despite the rally, CF Industries is still down 29% this year, and as recently as Nov.3, Citigroup’s P.J. Juvekar and team were writing that the fertilizer company was “looking more like a 2008 story” after weaker-than-expected earnings. Donald Trump’s election victory, however, has jumpstarted CF Industries and prompted FBN technical analystJC OHara to list it among the top-50 stocks following Trump’s election, noting that “we want to own the stocks that were first to leave the gate…New Momentum should continue.” On Nov. 9, Barron’s Michael Kahn agreed, writing that “CF Industries does merit a look.”
CF Industries reported net income of $700 million on sales of $4.3 billion in 2015. Its market capitalization rose to $6.8 billion today from $6.3 billion yesterday.