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  • Earn Over 10% Yields In MNC Investama Yankee Bonds, Maturing In May 2018
    PBHKF Today, 9:56 AM Randy Durig Comment!

    Summary

    • Strong year over year increases in revenues and net earnings.
    • Holds a commanding position in its primary field of media/television.
    • Good credit rating relative to the very high (over 10.2%) yield indications.
  • 6 High-Yielding Mega-Cap Stocks
    ABBV, CVX, PG Today, 9:53 AM Dividends4Life Comment!

    Summary

    • Giant corporations aren't randomly grown. Instead, they are carefully built through superior management and foresight.
    • Often these are more mature companies that also offer stability and predictability, usually at the expense of dynamic growth. These are your mega-cap stocks.
    • Mega-caps are generally viewed as a stable safe-haven for stock investors during times of uncertainty due to their size and industry dominance.
  • 10 Prize Bad-Boy Dividend Dogs Do 13% To 31% November Upsides
    APL, COT, DRI Today, 9:40 AM Fredrik Arnold Comment!

    Summary

    • Thirty top yield "Bad Boy All-Star" ("Bad-As") stocks from a selection of 50 notorious industry firms showed price upsides averaging 13.2% as of November 24 (per analyst 1-yr. targets).
    • Ten bad boy all-star dogs (by yield) dithered down as those of the Dow charged into November.
    • Analysts projected average 28% 1-yr. net gains from UAN, EROC, FCX, FSC, PSEC, OCIP SXE, SUN, COT, and APL. They saw losses averaging 8% from DRI and OB.
    • Consider these as starting points for your November stock purchase research into "bad-as" stocks.
  • Citi Continues To Be A Deeply Discounted Stock
    C Today, 9:37 AM Abba's Aces Comment!

    Summary

    • Unless you've been able to cherry pick at the bottom of the stocks cycle you're probably thinking it is dead money.
    • The stock remains deeply discounted when compared to 2015 earnings estimates making it coiled up and ready to bounce in the coming year.
    • FINRA recently fined the bank for $15 million but that barely amounts to 0.5% of net income from last quarter.
  • Seadrill Ltd. Collapses After Suspending Its Dividend
    SDRL Today, 9:32 AM Rupert Hargreaves 13 Comments

    Summary

    • Seadrill has been forced to suspend its dividend after profits collapsed.
    • The company had previously stated that the payout was safe through 2016.
    • This is a huge development for Seadrill and the offshore drilling industry as a whole.
  • Unraveling Apple's Increasing Return On Equity
    AAPL Today, 9:30 AM Abba's Aces 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Return on equity has increased due to an increasing equity multiplier.
    • The equity multiplier increased due to a decrease in retained earnings.
    • Apple's high return on equity is due to a high profit margin, a great asset turnover ratio, and a decent equity multiplier which are all good things.
  • A Closer Look At Targa Resources Partners' 3Q'14 Distributable Cash Flow
    NGLS Today, 9:14 AM Ron Hiram Comment!

    Summary

    • Impressive increases in operating margins and Adjusted EBITDA in the last 4 consecutive quarters.
    • Very solid coverage of sustainable DCF in the TTM ended 9/30/14.
    • Multiple of enterprise value to TTM EBITDA appears very reasonable relative to other MLPs with lower distribution growth prospects.
    • APL acquisition should be immediately accretive to DCF. Combined partnership will be one of the largest diversified MLPs with pro forma enterprise value of $23 billion.
  • Dividend Aristocrats In Focus Part 44: Medtronic
    MDT Today, 8:59 AM Sure Dividend 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Medtronic grew its EPS each year through the Great Recession.
    • See the company's strong competitive advantage analyzed.
    • Is Medtronic a solid choice for your dividend growth portfolio?
  • Active Investing: Opportunity In Gold
    GDX, GDXJ Today, 8:41 AM AdvisorShares Comment!

    Summary

    • As active managers, we embrace both a top down and bottom up investment philosophy as we look for opportunities for investment.
    • Always remember the advantage of being a debt investor: you aren’t looking for or in need of a quick trade or turnaround.
    • What I am interested in is gold’s potential reaction to the ultimate reality that global Central Bankers are in fact nothing more than government bureaucrats.
  • American Capital Agency Corp.: Is Now A Good Time To Buy This Mortgage REIT?
    AGNC Today, 8:37 AM Achilles Research 2 Comments

    Summary

    • American Capital Agency's shares already returned 21% so far in 2014.
    • The mortgage REIT trades at a persistent net asset value discount and at an (historically) appealing P/B ratio.
    • Capital gains potential could boost investors' total returns.
    • Book value momentum likely to be a major catalyst for American Capital Agency's share price in 2015.
  • HCP, Inc.: Dividend Growth Is A Beautiful Thing
    HCP Today, 8:13 AM Reuben Gregg Brewer 2 Comments

    Summary

    • HCP is the only REIT in the S&P Dividend Aristocrats Index.
    • Slow and steady is what allowed HCP to achieve this distinction.
    • And a commitment from HCP's management to return value to shareholders.
  • The REIT Way To Feast On Dividends And Sleep Well At Night
    CORE, DLR, DOC Today, 7:00 AM Brad Thomas 7 Comments

    Summary

    • Today there are over 200 REITs in the U.S. representing a growing number of property sectors and sub-sectors.
    • REITs are no longer an unknown asset class that is just an alternative, like desert.
    • Member to include REIT stuffing as a core component within your asset portfolio mix. The table is set and the menu is fit for a King!
  • Weak Commodity Prices Might Take A Toll On Seadrill
    SDRL Today, 6:46 AM IAEResearch 6 Comments

    Summary

    • OPEC will need to reduce production by about 1 million barrels per day in order to support the falling prices.
    • OPEC members might not be able to agree on a production cut as the falling prices have had different impacts on participating nations.
    • Seadrill has suffered heavily due to the weak commodity prices and the company might miss analyst estimates.
    • There are fears that the company might cut its dividend in the wake of low crude prices.
    • If Seadrill cuts its dividend then it will put strong downward pressure on the stock price.
  • Why Lowe's Stock Is A Good Investment Opportunity
    LOW Today, 6:14 AM Arie Goren 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Lowe's will benefit from the increasing desire of homeowners to invest in their homes, and from lower interest rates and falling fuel prices.
    • Lowe's has good valuation metrics and strong earnings growth prospects, and the company demonstrated significant improvement in its profitability.
    • Lowe's is generating strong free cash flows, and it returns value to its shareholders by stock buyback and increasing dividend payments.
  • Institutional Ownership Changes For BDCs
    AINV, ARCC, BKCC Today, 5:43 AM BDC Buzz 2 Comments

    Summary

    • This article discusses changes in institutional ownership levels for BDCs.
    • Earlier this year BDCs were excluded from certain indices that resulted in lower amounts of institutionally held shares.
    • One of the advantages to having larger shareholders is the positive influence they can have on decisions made by management.
  • Brookfield Infrastructure Partners Thesis Update
    BIP Today, 5:43 AM George Thoreson 3 Comments
  • Dumpster Diving The Dividend Challengers
    AIT, MAT, SDRL Today, 5:21 AM Eric Landis 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Don't look now, but the market is once again pushing towards all-time highs.
    • Although the market is trading at lofty levels, there are still some laggards that deserve a closer look.
    • The previous articles in the series covered the Dividend Champions and Dividend Contenders; this article will take a look at the Dividend Challengers' trash bin for prospective investment opportunities.
  • Seadrill's Likely Dividend Cut: Morgan Stanley Agrees With Me
    SDRL Today, 4:48 AM Economics Fanatic 17 Comments

    Summary

    • I had predicted a dividend cut by Seadrill earlier this month. Morgan Stanley came up with a similar view yesterday. I assign a dividend cut probability as "High".
    • More clarity is needed on the likely day rate trend for rigs going off-contract in 2015. This would help better estimate and discount the negative cash flow impact.
    • Rosneft deal remains uncertain and more clarity on the deal is critical as the potential growth from Russia could have been significant.
    • Conference call will throw more light on these factors and investors need to remain on the sidelines.
  • American Capital Mortgage's Portfolio: Too Risky, Too Safe Or Just Right?
    MTGE Today, 4:35 AM Christopher F. Davis 1 Comment

    Summary

    • This is a follow-up to MTGE's key metric analysis.
    • What is the portfolio strategy?
    • What is the mix of holdings and hedges?
    • Is it playing safe or too risky?
  • Take Advantage Of Deere's Small Dip From Excellency
    DE Today, 3:55 AM Tim McAleenan Jr. 7 Comments

    Summary

    • Deere is an excellent company that grows revenues, earnings, and dividends at north of 10%.
    • The company is attractively valued in the 10x earnings range.
    • The profits and share price are volatile over time, and this is something that investors may be wise to take into account.
  • A 12-Month Recap Of Additions To Our High-Yield Emerging Market Bond Portfolio
    APDSF, CIFHY, CMPHF Today, 2:40 AM Randy Durig 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Average Yield Indications Were Over 9.6%.
    • Average remaining maturities of these additions is less than 3 1/2 years.
    • Over 75% are denominated in US dollars (also referred to as "Yankee Bonds").
  • 10 Monthly Pay Dividend Dogs Seek 20% To 73% Mid-November Upsides
    AGNC, ARCP, ARP Today, 2:30 AM Fredrik Arnold Comment!

    Summary

    • 10 monthly pay (MoPay) Small, Medium, and Large (SML) cap dividend dogs sought 1-yr. upsides averaging 42.44% as of November 21 (ranked by analyst targets).
    • MoPay SML top dividend dogs by yield were attacked by bears in mid-November as Dow dogs got bullish.
    • Analysts projected average 52% 1-yr. net gains BTE, NDRO, CPG, LNCO, ROYT, BBEP ARCP, LINE, and FSC, which are eight basic material and two financial sector representatives.
    • Consider these as starting points for your late-November MoPay SML dividend dog investment research.
  • General Electric: Hold On Tight, A Perfect Storm Of Profits Lies Ahead
    GE Today, 1:53 AM David Alton Clark 21 Comments

    Summary

    • General Electric is constantly looking for ways to expand into new areas to create opportunities for future growth.
    • The latest initiative is General Electric’s wind-power business. General Electric plans to expand its wind-power business globally while providing services such as data analytics to improve turbine performance as well.
    • General Electric plans to have a wind turbine business presence in 35 or more countries next year, up from merely eight in 2003.
    • Considering the amount of positive news out recently, 2015 could be the year shareholders are justly rewarded. Nevertheless, there are downside risks.
  • Why You Should Avoid Investing In Caterpillar
    CAT Yesterday, 5:05 PM Stock Market Sherpa 8 Comments

    Summary

    • After years of underperformance, Caterpillar shares have come to life in recent months and have gained more than 25% over the last year.
    • Analysts expect the company to deliver 13% annualized earnings growth over the next 5 years, which is attractive given its current valuation (15 times forward earnings).
    • However, Caterpillar's balance sheet is far from pristine and it has historically been unable to generate a strong return on invested capital.
    • Despite an attractive dividend yield and impressive history of dividend growth, Caterpillar shares are slightly overvalued at their current price and are too risky for the majority of investors.
  • Denbury Resources Inc. Sharply Alters Course
    DNR Yesterday, 4:26 PM Casey Hoerth 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Management suspended its buyback program and cup capex in half.
    • Several key management positions have been vacated.
    • Denbury not as well prepared for downturn as other independents are.
  • Hi-Crush Partners In A Low Oil-Price Environment
    HCLP Yesterday, 4:26 PM Casey Hoerth 10 Comments

    Summary

    • Article discusses demand fundamentals for frac sand.
    • Article discusses feasibility of Hi-Crush's operations in a lower oil price environment.
    • Partnership has lost over a quarter of its value in last few months.
  • CCC Dividend Dogs: 25% Net Gain Advantage For 5 Lowest Price High Yield Stocks
    APU, BBEP, HCP Yesterday, 3:38 PM Fredrik Arnold 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Top ten champion, contender & challenger stocks by yield showed over 25% higher net gain from $5k invested in lowest priced five than from an equal amount invested in all.
    • Annual dividends divided by closing stock prices as of November 19 determined yields. Analyst net targets were used to calculate gains one year hence.
    • Five lowest priced high yield stocks on the composite group were: PSEC; BBEP; SDRL; PMT; STON. Five higher priced stocks completing the ten were: TLP; T; HCP; APU; UHT.
    • Consider these stocks as starting points for your November composite group of champion, contender & challenger stock investment research.
  • 52 Fairly Valued REITs For Substantial Total Income For Your Retirement Portfolios
    Editors' Pick CCG, CLDT, CONE Yesterday, 2:42 PM Chuck Carnevale 39 Comments

    Summary

    • Real estate is a favorite investment choice for many investors, and for good reason.
    • From the perspective of income generation, real estate also has great appeal to many investors.
    • REITs provide the opportunity to include liquid income-producing real estate investments in retirement portfolios.
    • Like all of their publicly traded common stock counterparts, REITs come in all shapes and sizes.
    • REITs can be utilized to increase the overall average yield of retirement portfolios.
  • Alpha Natural Resources' 1-Year Default Probability Drops But Bonds Lead Widest Credit Spread Rankings
    ANR Yesterday, 1:58 PM Donald van Deventer 14 Comments

    Summary

    • The one-year default probability for Alpha Natural Resources dropped 0.79% to 7.31% on Friday.
    • In spite of this drop, ANR bonds ranked first among all heavily traded corporate bond issues in the "widest credit spread" ranking.
    • The firm's bonds also were the lowest priced of any heavily traded issues in the corporate bond market.
  • The Benefit Of Reinvesting Into Something Like Kinder Morgan
    KMI Yesterday, 1:25 PM Eli Inkrot 28 Comments

    Summary

    • Everyone knows that there is a tangible benefit associated with reinvesting dividends over the long term.
    • What’s less talked about is trying to get the most “bang for your reinvestment buck.”.
    • This article looks at the benefits of reinvesting into something like Kinder Morgan.
  • Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, Prudential Financial Dominate Best Value Long-Term Bond Rankings
    KMP, PRU, AET Yesterday, 12:06 PM Donald van Deventer Comment!

    Summary

    • On November 24, there were 20,395 bond trades in 3,292 bond issues of 987 issuers representing $5.8 billion in notional principal.
    • We rank them by the ratio of credit spread to matched maturity default probabilities for all issues with maturities of 10 years or more.
    • Kinder Morgan Energy Partners bonds took the top three rankings, followed by The Williams Companies and Prudential Financial, with five bonds in the top 10.
  • Investment Strategy: Looking For Long-Term Mega-Trends, Part 2
    DE, MON Yesterday, 11:22 AM Ron Honig 9 Comments

    Summary

    • Choosing sectors and stocks to hold for a long period of time is a fundamental best practice in any investment strategy.
    • You should identify companies which strategies that are aligned with long-term mega-trends that you believe in.
    • An example of several mega-trends and companies from sectors that have a good correlation.
  • I'm Letting Amgen Cool Down Before Buying Any More Shares Right Now
    AMGN Yesterday, 11:17 AM Abba's Aces 4 Comments

    Summary

    • The stock has been on a massive move upwards just in the past two months, having moved up 17.73%, while the market has only moved 3.1% upwards.
    • Earnings estimates have increased for 2015 in the past couple of months, but the stock appears to be fairly valued based on those estimates.
    • The return assets and equity have deteriorated a bit after reporting earnings in the third quarter.
  • Linn Energy: Fears Of A Distribution Cut Are Way Overblown
    LINE Yesterday, 11:04 AM Albert Alfonso 31 Comments

    Summary

    • Lower oil prices have crushed Linn Energy’s stock.
    • The company is in the midst of a major portfolio shift.
    • How well hedged is Linn Energy heading into 2015?
    • Is Linn Energy’s distribution really in danger as some may argue?
  • Seadrill Ltd.: My Game Plan For Tomorrow
    SDRL Yesterday, 11:02 AM Achilles Research 91 Comments

    Summary

    • Shares of Seadrill are among the worst performing stocks this year, down about 50% year-to-date.
    • Seadrill is also one of the most controversial investments, polarizing both bulls and bears.
    • Upcoming third quarter results could insert new volatility into the stock.
    • I will have a buy order ready tomorrow should shares fall below $20.
  • High-Yielding AT&T Down On Its Luck No Thanks To Verizon Downgrade
    T Yesterday, 10:41 AM Abba's Aces 22 Comments

    Summary

    • The stock is still inexpensively valued based on 2015 earning estimates, however the estimates have been slashed since the last time I wrote about the stock.
    • The dividend is very well supported by trailing earnings and future earnings estimates.
    • Continual slashes in estimates make me not want to buy anymore shares in the stock right now.
  • Equity Residential Could Benefit From Using A Special Dividend To Adjust Their Leverage
    EQR Yesterday, 10:38 AM ColoradoWealthManagementFund Comment!

    Summary

    • The market cap of the company has grown faster than debt. The result is a twist in their capital structure.
    • For years, the company was issuing new shares. That seems to have come to a close, but the repurchase authorization is not being used.
    • If management feels repurchasing shares is unattractive, they could use special dividends to return capital or use debt financing to expand the portfolio.
  • Does Health Care REIT Belong In Your Dividend Growth Portfolio?
    HCN Yesterday, 10:24 AM Sure Dividend 6 Comments

    Summary

    • Health Care REIT has not reduced its dividend payments in 22 years.
    • The company is the largest publicly traded health care REIT with a market cap of nearly $24 billion.
    • Health Care REIT has a solid 4.4% dividend yield.
  • Dividend Aristocrat: Johnson & Johnson
    JNJ Yesterday, 10:23 AM 100 Shares of Undervalued Stock 3 Comments

    Summary

    • J&J sports a healthy yield of 2.6% and payout ratio of only 45%.
    • J&J has paid and raised a dividend for over 51 years.
    • J&J is a member of the Dividend Aristocrats, which can be counted on for yearly dividend increases.
  • Disney Is A Great Earnings Growth Story That I Can Never Seem To Buy
    DIS Yesterday, 10:09 AM Abba's Aces 21 Comments

    Summary

    • The company is fairly valued on fiscal 2016 earnings estimates and possesses great near- and long-term earnings growth potential.
    • The dividend is tiny but has lots of room to grow while management has been able to increase all financial efficiency ratios.
    • I'll admit that the stock has been very elusive from my when trying to buy it because by chance I always take a look at it when fairly valued.
  • Valspar Just Grew EPS 42%, Should You Care?
    VAL Yesterday, 10:01 AM Sure Dividend Comment!

    Summary

    • Valspar increased its EPS 42% in its fourth quarter versus the same quarter a year ago.
    • The company saw full year EPS growth of 23%.
    • Additionally, Valspar appears to be somewhat undervalued.
    • Valspar just increased its dividend yield 15%.
  • Hormel's 25% Dividend Hike And 10%+ EPS Growth Potential
    HRL Yesterday, 9:22 AM Sure Dividend 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Hormel Release Strong fourth quarter results this morning.
    • The company grew EPS 9% in its fiscal 4th quarter and raised its dividend 25%.
    • Is Hormel a good fit for your dividend growth portfolio?
  • Be Thankful For This High Yield Infrastructure Play From North Of The Border
    EBGUF Yesterday, 9:14 AM James Jenckes Comment!

    Summary

    • Little known dividend growth opportunity could make your holiday season brighter.
    • This is a well diversified energy infrastructure company with a low risk asset base.
    • It is sending positive feedback to shareholders with a recently announced dividend increase of 12%.
  • Dividend Growth: Seeking Alpha Style Vs. The Professional
    VDIGX, VIG Yesterday, 8:06 AM Dale Roberts 49 Comments

    Summary

    • In a recent article I suggested that the wonderfully managed Vanguard Dividend Growth Fund might make a Nifty Fifty.
    • The fund has a history of beating the markets and delivering on the total return potential of dividend growth investing.
    • We'll look under the hood of the holdings (read the tea leaves) and see how the approach compares to the Seeking Alpha Nifty 50 for dividend growth.
    • You'll see that there is a distinct and different approach of the Vanguard manager vs the "Seeking Alpha" approach.
  • AT&T's Other Dividend Growth Story
    T Yesterday, 8:01 AM Josh Arnold 6 Comments

    Summary

    • When I first wrote about AT&T's debt issue, GYC, the price had hit lows and the payout was at the minimum.
    • Moving to today, the payout is still in the trough but the price has moved up about 10%.
    • I think GYC, with its floating rate structure, will shine when rates rise, producing not only higher income but higher prices as well.
    • Think of GYC as a dividend growth story with capital appreciation potential.
  • Safe Withdrawal Rates, Part 1: Retirement's 4% Rule
    Yesterday, 7:35 AM FinancialDave 39 Comments

    Summary

    • There is nothing wrong with the 4% rule if you do the math correctly and rely on real historical data.
    • Knowing the maximum amount of money you can withdraw from your portfolio is paramount to a successful retirement.
    • Once you know your safe withdrawal rate (SWR), you can decide if your strategy falls at or below this rate.
  • 10 CCC Dividend Dogs Fetch 12% To 43% November Upsides
    APU, BBEP, EVEP Yesterday, 7:20 AM Fredrik Arnold 3 Comments

    Summary

    • 10 top-yielding composite dogs paying increasing dividends for over five years revealed upsides calculated from 1-yr. analyst target prices averaging 26.5%, while two divi-hiker pups down-sided 7%.
    • Bears nearly got to the composite group of champion, contender and challenger (CCC) dogs while those of the Dow index were bullish as of November 19.
    • Analysts projected average 36% 1-yr. net for SDRL, BBEP, TOO, EVEP, KKR, TCAP, VNR, PSEC, TLP, and PMT; analysts saw average net loss of 4.6% for OHI and MCY.
    • Consider these stocks as likely starting points for your CCC Group November dividend dog stock purchase or sale research.
  • Champion Dogs: 54% Gain Edge For 5 Lowest-Priced, High-Yield Stocks
    BWL.A, ED, HCP Yesterday, 7:06 AM Fredrik Arnold 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Top ten Champion dividend stocks by yield showed over 78% higher net gain from a $5k investment in the lowest-priced five than from an equal amount invested in all.
    • Annual dividends divided by closing stock prices as of November 19 determined yields. Analyst net targets were used to calculate gains one year hence.
    • The five lowest-priced, high-yield stocks o the Champion list were: BWL.A; ORI; T; NNN; HCP. The five higher-priced stocks completing the ten were: NWN; UHT; MO; MCY; ED.
    • Consider these stocks as starting points for your November Champion dividend stock investment research.
  • I'll Pay More For A Latte, But I Can't Pay More For This REIT
    Editors' Pick NNN Yesterday, 7:00 AM Brad Thomas 20 Comments

    Summary

    • I must spend considerable time scrutinizing the opportunity to make sure that the brand promise supports the risk I’m taking of owning shares at a higher price.
    • National Retail Properties offers investors with an extraordinary brand promise based on growing dividends. The question remains however, should I buy the shares today?
    • Ben Graham also reminds me that the value investor’s purpose is to capitalize upon "a favorable difference between price on the one hand and indicated or appraised value."
    • I must maintain some kind of buffer to protect against market fluctuations, and perhaps the most logical time to pick up shares is in a sell-off.
  • Building Wealth With An Overvalued Stock?
    NKE Yesterday, 6:26 AM Tim McAleenan Jr. 9 Comments

    Summary

    • By historical accounts, the current P/E ratio of 32 indicates that Nike is overvalued compared to historical norms.
    • Despite this overvaluation, Nike is still building wealth as earnings per share are growing at 14% annually.
    • Holding an overvalued stock has benefits, such as receiving the recent 16.7% dividend hike.