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  • Can General Electric Return To Its Previous Blue-Chip Dividend Growth Stock?
    Editors' Pick • Tue, Sep. 23 GE 60 Comments

    Summary

    • Since the beginning of 2010, operating earnings have progressed nicely, averaging 9.8% per annum growth.
    • General Electric's current dividend yield and current valuation appear very attractive considering current stock market valuations.
    • With good valuation, and attractive dividend yields hard to find, General Electric might deserve a second look.
    • The critical question to ask is - has General Electric returned to its legacy of a reliable blue-chip dividend growth stock?
  • Should EMC Corp. Break Itself Apart?: FAST FUNdamental Analysis
    Editors' Pick • Tue, Jul. 22 EMC 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Since the "tech bubble” period EMC Corp. has produced a steady stream of above-average earnings growth.
    • EMC Corp. is fundamentally sound with above-average growth potential.
    • The market is currently valuing the business fairly.
  • F.A.S.T. Fundamentals On CSX Corp.
    Wed, Jun. 25 CSX 21 Comments

    Summary

    • CSX has performed exceptionally well over the past decade.
    • The “usual suspect” metrics like P/E ratios, dividend yield and expected earnings growth indicate that the company might be a reasonable investment.
    • This article takes a “behind the scenes” view of a variety of additional fundamental data.
  • AT&T: Compelling Even Without Growth
    Wed, Jun. 18 T 66 Comments

    Summary

    • AT&T is one of the largest and most recognized companies in the world.
    • Due to its size, the overall expected growth prospects are rightfully subdued.
    • Yet this fact alone does not preclude AT&T from being a reasonable investment opportunity.
  • Taking A 'FUN' Look At Kimberly-Clark
    Wed, Jun. 11 KMB 11 Comments

    Summary

    • Kimberly-Clark is a storied company and often a reasonable investment opportunity based on ordinary metrics.
    • Frequently investors view these few basic metrics and come to an investment decision.
    • With this article we would like to highlight additional fundamental data on this specific company that that might be useful.
  • Medtronic: A Lesson On Reasonableness Despite New Highs
    Thu, Jun. 5 MDT 8 Comments

    Summary

    • People tend to lump all companies together as “stocks” and today the general characterization is that stocks are “expensive”.
    • While it is true that Medtronic is at an all-time high price, this certainly doesn’t translate to an all-time high valuation.
    • As such, many might be inadvertently passing over perfectly investable opportunities.
  • Microsoft: The Progression Of A Maturing Business
    Wed, May. 14 MSFT 10 Comments

    Summary

    • Everyone is well aware of Microsoft’s storied historical growth record, which provides a classic case to watch a company progress into the maturation phase.
    • As a result of this slower growth, one might be inclined to believe that an investment thesis today is “late to the party.”.
    • While it is true that the dynamics and capital attention of the business have changed, this does not necessarily rule out the possibility for a reasonable investment.
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron: A Solid Company With An 'Out Of Whack' Dividend
    Wed, May. 7 CBI 35 Comments

    Summary

    • Chicago Bridge & Iron has grown earnings per share by about 16% a year since 2000.
    • The dividend history has been largely inconsistent – with just 6% of expected earnings being paid out this year.
    • Overall shares are reasonably valued and might offer increased shareholder value in the future.
  • U.S. Bancorp: Don't Forget About This Fair Valued Bank
    Tue, Apr. 15 USB 9 Comments

    Summary

    • U.S. Bancorp’s isn’t mentioned as often as other banks when discussing large financial investment opportunities.
    • However, this bank has proven to be just as strong – perhaps even more so – than the others.
    • Today shares trade in line with U.S. Bancorp’s historical valuation and the company has the ability to grow dividends and earnings nicely in the coming years.
  • The Buckle: Something 'Special' For Your Portfolio
    Thu, Apr. 10 BKE 7 Comments

    Summary

    • At first glance The Buckle does not appear to be a large income provider – paying out just a fourth of its profits for a 1.9% current yield.
    • What is not readily apparent is the idea that The Buckle has paid a special dividend in each of the last 6 years – often in multiples of its regular.
    • Presently shares are trading in line with the company’s historical valuation – offering an average yield and perhaps an “option” on potentially higher dividends.
  • Johnson Controls: Back To Consistency?
    Thu, Mar. 27 JCI 9 Comments

    Summary

    • Johnson Controls has been an especially consistent company, paying a dividend every year since 1887 and increasing revenues for 62 straight years until 2009.
    • Earnings collapsed dramatically during the Great Recession due to JCI’s exposure to the cyclical automotive industry.
    • Since 2009 the company has shown a propensity to get back to its profitable ways and is expected to grow its business nicely in the intermediate term.
  • General Mills: Close To Being Generally Interesting
    Tue, Mar. 18 GIS 17 Comments

    Summary

    • General Mills (GIS) has been an especially consistent and shareholder friendly company.
    • The company’s prospects moving forward also appear reasonable, however, shares are presently trading at a valuation that is a bit higher than what has been historically normal.
    • The patient investor might have the opportunity to partner with GIS at a generally interesting level in the future.
  • Wells Fargo: A Lesson In Dealing With Fear
    Tue, Mar. 4 WFC 16 Comments
  • PepsiCo Dividend: Refreshing The Investor World
    Fri, Feb. 14 PEP 18 Comments
  • Archer Daniels Midland: The World Needs To Eat
    Fri, Jan. 31 ADM 3 Comments
  • Is Ingredion The Missing Ingredient In Your Portfolio?
    Fri, Jan. 17 INGR 7 Comments
  • Credit Card Companies: Poised To Continue Their Charge
    Fri, Jan. 10 AXP, DFS, MA 15 Comments
  • Aaron's Leases, You Should Buy
    Dec. 19, 2013 AAN 2 Comments
  • Macy's 'Way To Shop' For A Discount
    Dec. 13, 2013 M 2 Comments
  • Stanley Black & Decker: Powering Its Way Towards Fair Value
    Dec. 10, 2013 SWK 4 Comments
  • Aflac: Still Cheap Despite The Recent Price Run-Up
    Dec. 4, 2013 AFL 41 Comments
  • Wal-Mart: Fairly Valued Retail Powerhouse
    Nov. 26, 2013 WMT 3 Comments
  • Accenture: Continuing To Deliver A Growth Story
    Nov. 12, 2013 ACN 4 Comments
  • Penske Automotive Group: Fast Cars, Fast Growth
    Nov. 8, 2013 PAG 2 Comments
  • General Dynamics: Short-term Uncertainty, Long-term Opportunity?
    Oct. 30, 2013 GD 4 Comments
  • World Fuel Services: Fueling A Growing World
    Oct. 23, 2013 INT 6 Comments
  • Franklin Resources: Gain From Their Perspective ... Advertising
    Oct. 21, 2013 BEN 2 Comments
  • Deere & Co: Short-Term Risks, Long-Term Opportunities
    Oct. 15, 2013 DE 25 Comments
  • Can Energizer Holdings Energize Your Holdings?
    Editors' Pick • Oct. 10, 2013 ENR 11 Comments
  • Darden Restaurants: Popular Food, Unpopular Stock
    Oct. 8, 2013 DRI 25 Comments
  • Ball Corp: Boring Company, Interesting Prospects
    Oct. 4, 2013 BLL 3 Comments
  • CSX Corp: Weighing Efficiency Against Risks
    Sep. 30, 2013 CSX 8 Comments