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  • A Look at Target's Dividend Increase [View article]
    Target typically slows down on dividend raises during tough times, and tries to compensate with much rapid dividend growth during good times. The yield on the retail sector is low however. Speaking of FDO, WMT and TGT..
    Jun 12, 2009. 11:26 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Companies with Potential for Higher Dividends [View article]
    Well i guess cash is king. I do find the yields just right. Most of the highest yielding stocks of 2008 are currently spotting lower yields on cost or zero yields. The picks in this article have the potential to grow their distributions over time.
    Jun 11, 2009. 01:04 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Squandering Cash on a Meaningless Product [View article]
    I am a non-believer of technology dividends. Most technological innovations come and go, which makes it difficult to predict the next Microsoft, Cisco or Intel. The companies that truly benefit from technological breakthroughs are users of technologies, as they get to reinvest in their business by making it more efficient, which translates into higher earnings are hopefully higher dividend growth.
    Jun 9, 2009. 07:59 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Best Investments for Rising Oil? High Dividend Energy Stocks [View article]

    While I am a big fan of most pipeline MLPs, they won't necessarily earn higher profits if prices of oil and gas increase. They earn their money from transporting oil and gas. Very few of them have any exploration and production per se.

    I do however like the stability in their distributions, as well as the distribution growth potential in some of the largest pipelines.

    Best Regards,

    Dividend Growth Investor
    Jun 8, 2009. 10:32 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BreitBurn Energy Partners Generates Income, But What About Dividends? [View article]
    BBEP is an exploration MLP, while most of the other MLPs are pipelines. Thus its distributions are relatively riskier, and more dependend on fluctuations in the commodity prices. Pipelines are virtual monopolies that simply transport oil/gas and get paid a lot for that. Oil and gas consumption is relatively stable, thus pipeline MLPs could generate stable distributions.
    Jun 5, 2009. 09:39 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Investors: Running with the Bulls [View article]

    While it is true that these stocks are not yielding a lot, a dividend which grows would likely surpass the dividend that a higher yielding stock offers, even if you start at a low initial yield.

    These stocks could be something to look at if their prices get beaten down as well.
    Jun 1, 2009. 02:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • GM: Trading on Bankruptcy Expectations [View article]

    The stock would trade on the pink sheets ,rather than NYSE if delisted. Options would probably still be traded so you would have the time to exit the position. If the stock is no longer traded, your options would most probably be settled.


    That's an interesting view. I never thought that GM problems are a result of the baby boomer's parents not being an active consumer base anymore.
    Jun 1, 2009. 02:23 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Commodities for Income Investors [View article]
    The S&P 500 is consolidating between 929 and 875. A decisive move above/below these levels would be bullish/bearish. I wouldn't call the rising move from 680 to 930 a "range" however.
    May 29, 2009. 01:48 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Richelson: 100% Bond Allocation Is Appropriate [View article]
    I would only put my emergency fund which I could need anytime within the next 12 months in 100% fixed income.
    Other than that putting 100% of your net worth in fixed income would have been horrible had you been an investor in almost any european country over the 20th century.
    May 29, 2009. 05:23 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why You Don't Want Berkshire to Pay Dividends [View article]
    That's an interesting discussion. Now that BRK.A is so huge, I seriously doubt it would be able to outperform the S&P 500 by a significant margin over the next 2 decades. Why not return some of the cash to shareholders instead?
    May 28, 2009. 07:56 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Latest on Dividends vs. Buybacks [View article]

    In your example the sample company would probably pay 11.11 per share in the second year, thus buying back only 90 shares.
    As for Exxon, it recently raised its dividend for the 27th consecutive year. XOM does do a lot of buybacks, but at the end of the dat buybacks are subject to management's approval and are easy to discontinue, whereas a dividend suspension would signal a huge uproar..XOM cannot afford raising dividends too fast, as its mgmt probably expects oil prices and earnings to remain volatile ..

    I am all for buybacks and dividends at a reasonable level. However, if you are a retiree living off your dividends and stock buyback doesn't automatically make you better off. If you have to sell a stock to support your needs you would likely face high capital gains taxes, which could be higher than what you would have paid in dividends if you are a long -term investor.
    May 26, 2009. 03:31 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 High Dividend Stocks to Consider [View article]
    I would second YYM on FUN's debt concerns. After acquiring paramount parks in 2005 the company took on a pretty high amount of debt. With Six Flags facing challenges, the whole park amusement industry not doing too well, I wonder who would purchase the parks.
    Sure they could sell the park in Kansas City, but I doubt this is enough.
    May 20, 2009. 01:09 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • S&P Dividend Aristocrats Getting Through the Credit Crisis [View article]
    Actually your article is a little out-dates as JNJ has already raised dividends for 2009. In addition to that there have been about 20 increases in the Dividend Aristocrats index in 2009 versus 7 cuts.

    I did enjoy the article however. Always pays to know as much as possible about the Dividend Aristocrats!

    May 19, 2009. 10:59 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buying Dividends: Stocks Going Ex-Dividend in Last Half of May [View article]
    Actually dividend capture strategies are no free lunch. This article explains why:
    May 18, 2009. 03:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Modest Dividends Point to Delayed Recovery [View article]
    Despite the fact that Dow yielded 10% in 1932, the dividend payment was very volatile at the time, whereas the current dividend payment is less volatile.
    May 15, 2009. 02:09 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment