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  • Wisconsin Energy: Time To Buy The Dip In This Best-In-Class Utility?
    Mon, Aug. 4 WEC 17 Comments

    Summary

    • Wisconsin Energy is one of our "stocks to watch" in the Utility sector.
    • WEC is down almost 12% from its recent high.
    • Is it time to buy the dip?
  • Kellogg: Time To Buy The Dip Or Is The Cereal Too Soggy?
    Fri, Aug. 1 K 14 Comments

    Summary

    • Kellogg reported disappointing earnings last night due to slowing cereal sales.
    • The stock is down almost 14% from its recent high.
    • Is it time to buy the dip?
  • The 3% Yield Club: 25 Non-REIT, Non-MLP Dividend Stocks Yielding Over 3% (Part 4)
    Thu, Jul. 31 BMY, GIS, GRMN 11 Comments

    Summary

    • Good yield is getting harder to come by with stocks hovering around all-time highs.
    • Be cautious of getting too overweight in MLPs and REITs.
    • The 5 stocks highlighted below have an average yield of 3.4%.
  • The 3% Yield Club: 25 Non-REIT, Non-MLP Dividend Stocks Yielding Over 3% (Part 3)
    Sun, Jul. 20 GAS, HAS, KMB 63 Comments

    Summary

    • Good yield is getting harder to come by with stocks hovering around all-time highs.
    • Be cautious of getting too overweight in MLPs and REITs.
    • The 5 stocks highlighted below have an average yield of 3.3%.
  • The Self-Fulfilling Correction Of 2014?
    Wed, Jul. 9 DIA, SPY, QQQ 12 Comments

    Summary

    • Sentiment (or crowd psychology) is a powerful force in investing.
    • Remember that hogs get slaughtered.
    • Fear can lead to a self-fulfilling correction.
  • The 3% Yield Club: 25 Non-REIT, Non-MLP Dividend Stocks Yielding Over 3% (Part 2)
    Sat, Jul. 5 CLX, MAT, PAYX 22 Comments

    Summary

    • Good yield is getting harder to come by with stocks hovering around all-time highs.
    • Be cautious of getting too overweight in MLPs and REITs.
    • The 5 stocks highlighted below have an average yield of 3.4%.
  • The 3% Yield Club: 25 Non-REIT, Non-MLP Dividend Stocks Yielding Over 3% (Part 1)
    Thu, Jul. 3 D, LEG, SMG 16 Comments

    Summary

    • Good yield is getting harder to come by with stocks hovering around all-time highs.
    • Be cautious of getting too overweight in MLPs and REITs.
    • The 25 stocks in our "3% Yield Club" have an average yield of 3.5%.
  • DIY Dividend Investors Club (Part 5): Stocks To Watch And To Buy Now (Utilities)
    Wed, Jul. 2 APU, D, NJR 30 Comments

    Summary

    • This series is dedicated to building a dividend stock watch list by sector.
    • The Utilities sector has by far the highest average dividend yield (3.5%) of any sector in the S&P 500.
    • The 5 Utility stocks highlighted below have and average beta of 0.38 and an average dividend yield of 4.2%.
  • Merck: Buy The Dip... But Not Yet
    Wed, Jul. 2 MRK 13 Comments

    Summary

    • Merck is hovering around a 52-week high and the stock is up 30% from its recent trough.
    • Merck is one of our "stocks to watch" in the Healthcare sector.
    • Merck has raised its quarterly dividend 3 times in the past 11 quarters.
  • Baxter International: Buy The Dip... But Not Yet
    Wed, Jul. 2 BAX 9 Comments

    Summary

    • Baxter is hovering around its 52-week high and the stock is up 15% from its recent trough.
    • Baxter is one of our "stocks to watch" in the Healthcare sector.
    • Baxter is currently trading at 20.10x trailing earnings, which represents 25.0% and 20.5% premiums to the company's respective 3-year and 5-year historical averages.
  • Ford Motor: Buy The Dip... But Not Yet
    Fri, Jun. 27 F 35 Comments

    Summary

    • Ford is what we like to call a "Dividend in the Rough".
    • Q1 2014 marked Ford's 19th consecutive profitable quarter since restructuring.
    • We would consider buying the dip in Ford... but not yet.
  • Are You Prepared For Correction 2014?
    Thu, Jun. 26 VXX, SPY 34 Comments

    Summary

    • It has been almost 3 years since the market experienced a 10% correction, which is the 5th longest drought on record.
    • U.S. corporations, which were the biggest buyers of stocks in the first quarter of 2014, have cut their announced buybacks to the lowest level in seven quarters.
    • The cost of protection is cheap and investors should consider hedging their portfolios.
  • Bristol-Myers Is Almost In The 'Buy Zone'
    Tue, Jun. 24 BMY 13 Comments

    Summary

    • BMY is down over 15% from its recent high.
    • BMY is one of our "stocks to watch" in the Healthcare sector.
    • BMY is nearing a good entry point for long term investors.
  • Johnson & Johnson: Buy The Dip...But Not Yet
    Tue, Jun. 24 JNJ 13 Comments

    Summary

    • J&J hit a new 52-week high last week and the stock is up 20% in the past 4 months.
    • J&J is one of our "stocks to watch" in the Healthcare sector.
    • J&J is currently trading at 20.04x trailing earnings, which represents 2.7% and 15.2% premiums to the company's respective 3-year and 10-year historical averages.
  • How Low Will Apple Shares Go This Time?
    Mon, Jun. 23 AAPL 114 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple failed to breakout after the split a few weeks ago.
    • A pullback is likely now in the stock as the broader market appears ready to take a breather.
    • The million dollar question is...How low will Apple shares go this time?
  • Retire Like An Aristocrat: A 5-Stock Starter Portfolio To Consider
    Mon, Jun. 23 CVX, HCP, JNJ 57 Comments

    Summary

    • Retirement "nest eggs" come in all shapes and sizes.
    • You don't need to be a "pro" or have a $1 million portfolio to get started.
    • A diversified pool of 5 high quality dividend stocks is enough to get the wheels in motion.
  • DIY Dividend Investors Club (Part 4): Stocks To Watch And To Buy Now (Healthcare)
    Mon, Jun. 23 BAX, BMY, JNJ 10 Comments

    Summary

    • This series is dedicated to building a dividend stock watch list by sector.
    • The Healthcare sector shares two key attributes with its "defensive" brethren (Consumer Staples and Utilities): low beta and low volatility.
    • The 5 Healthcare stocks highlighted below have and average beta of 0.58 and an average dividend yield of 3.0%.
  • Clorox: 'Buy Zone' Entry Point And Valuation Analysis
    Fri, Jun. 20 CLX 7 Comments

    Summary

    • The goal of our DIY Dividend Investor Club series is to build a dividend portfolio "watch list" by sector.
    • Clorox is one of our "stocks to watch" in the Consumer Staples sector.
    • CLX is currently trading at 21.22x trailing earnings, which represents 6.0% and 10.3% premiums to the company's respective 3-year and 10-year historical averages.
  • Kimberly-Clark Hits A New 52-Week High: Buy, Sell, Or Hold?
    Fri, Jun. 20 KMB 11 Comments

    Summary

    • Kimberly-Clark hit a new 52-week high yesterday and the stock is up 22% from its recent low.
    • KMB is one of our "stocks to watch" in the Consumer Staples sector.
    • KMB is currently trading at 20.27x trailing earnings, which represents 5.7% and 17.0% premiums to the company's respective 3-year and 10-year historical averages.
  • Altria Hits A New 52-Week High: Buy, Sell, Or Hold?
    Fri, Jun. 20 MO 17 Comments

    Summary

    • Altria hit a new 52-week high yesterday and the stock is up 26% in the past 4 months.
    • Altria Group is one of our "stocks to watch" in the Consumer Staples sector.
    • Altria is currently trading at 19.94x trailing earnings, which represents 19.1% and 30.7% premiums to the company's respective 3-year and 5-year historical averages.
  • PepsiCo: 'Buy Zone' Entry Point And Valuation Analysis
    Thu, Jun. 19 PEP 6 Comments

    Summary

    • The goal of our DIY Dividend Investor Club series is to build a dividend portfolio "watch list" by sector.
    • PepsiCo (PEP) is one of our "stocks to watch" in the Consumer Staples sector.
    • PEP is currently trading at 20.08x trailing earnings, which represents 9.7% and 3.4% premiums to the company's respective 3-year and 10-year historical averages.
  • General Mills: 'Buy Zone' Entry Point And Valuation Analysis
    Thu, Jun. 19 GIS 10 Comments

    Summary

    • The goal of our DIY Dividend Investor Club series is to build a dividend portfolio "watch list" by sector.
    • General Mills (GIS) is one of our "stocks to watch" in the Consumer Staples sector.
    • GIS is currently trading at 20.05x trailing earnings, which represents 19.1% and 20.8% premiums to the company's respective 3-year and 10-year historical averages.
  • 2014 Market Correction Survival Guide: Prepare For The Worst
    Wed, Jun. 18 DIA, SPY, QQQ 8 Comments

    Summary

    • The S&P 500 (SPY) is up 185% since troughing in March 2009 and it has been almost 3 years since the market experienced a 10% correction.
    • The best kind of correction is one that you are prepared for.
    • A market correction is an excellent opportunity to buy great stocks on sale and its extremely important that investors establish a watch list ahead of time.
  • The Rookie Retirement Portfolio: Am I Diversified?
    Tue, Jun. 17 BAC, KO, PEP 24 Comments

    Summary

    • Retirement "nest eggs" come in all shapes and sizes.
    • You don't need to be a "pro" or have a $1 million portfolio to get started.
    • A diversified pool of 5 high quality dividend stocks is enough to get the wheels in motion.
  • DIY Dividend Investors Club (Part 3): Stocks To Watch And To Buy Now (Consumer Staples)
    Tue, Jun. 17 CLX, GIS, KMB 70 Comments

    Summary

    • This series is dedicated to building a dividend stock watch list by sector.
    • The Consumer Staples sector has the second lowest beta of all the major sectors and it is considered "defensive" in nature.
    • The sector is a great breeding ground for high-quality dividend stocks and it is a sector that we suggest an "overweight" allocation in.
    • The 5 Consumer Staple stocks highlighted below have and average beta of 0.35 and an average dividend yield of 3.4%.
  • Correction 2014: Are You Ready For Great Stocks To Be 'On Sale'?
    Thu, Jun. 12 AAPL, GE, MCD 7 Comments

    Summary

    • The S&P 500 (SPY) is up 185% since troughing in March 2009 and it has been almost 3 years since the market experienced a 10% correction.
    • As an investor, it is getting harder and harder to put new money to work in the current market environment due to high valuations.
    • A market correction is the best time to buy great stocks on sale and its extremely important that investors establish a watch list ahead of time.
  • DIY Dividend Investors Club: 'Fairly Valued' Dividend Stocks That You Could Buy Today
    Thu, Jun. 12 AFL, IBM, MAT 25 Comments

    Summary

    • The S&P 500 is up over 185% since troughing in March 2009.
    • It's slim pickings out there...but there are still a few stocks trading at reasonable valuations.
    • Patience is of the essence and investors should only buy good stocks in stages (as the markets could certainly turn lower soon).
  • Dow Is Waiting To 'Buy The Dip' In Apple, But Will It Get The Chance?
    Wed, Jun. 11 AAPL 58 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple will be the next stock added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average now that the stock price is below $100.
    • Index officials could be waiting for a general market pullback to make the swap.
    • Apple shares will surge once added to the index, which will accelerate the Dow recovery.
  • The Great Correction Of 2014: Be Prepared To 'Buy The Dip'
    Tue, Jun. 10 MCD, TGT, VZ 146 Comments

    Summary

    • Fears of a correction are rising as stocks continue to hover around all-time highs.
    • Each of the major rallies over the past 15 years have been followed by a significant correction.
    • As an investor, it is getting harder and harder to put new money to work in the current market environment due to high valuations.
    • A cash-secured put selling strategy will help you generate additional income as you patiently wait for your watch list stocks to trade into the "Buy Zone".
  • The All-Aristocrat Team: Dividend Stocks You Can Trust In An Uncertain Market (Part 5)
    Mon, Jun. 9 GPC, JNJ, KMB 25 Comments

    Summary

    • Fears of a major correction are rising as stocks continue to hover around all-time highs.
    • One of the best ways to generate stable income in any market environment is through dividend growth investing.
    • Ideally, you want to build a portfolio of dividend paying stocks that have a track record of increasing their dividends every year.
    • On average, the five Aristocrats highlighted below have 5-year and 10-year dividend CAGRs of 8.1% and 11.2%, respectively.
  • Life In Splitsville: Apple Will Probably Break Above $100 This Week
    Mon, Jun. 9 AAPL 32 Comments

    Summary

    • The long awaited 7-1 stock split for Apple Inc. (AAPL) took effect last Friday.
    • Fundamentally, the stock is probably a little ahead of itself as it is currently trading at almost 15.0x FY 2014 earnings.
    • That said, Apple will trade above $100 in the near-term because investors will make it a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • Correction 2014: Take Cover
    Sat, Jun. 7 IWM, JNJ, MO 64 Comments

    Summary

    • The S&P 500 is now up over 185% since troughing in March 2009 and it has been almost 3 years since the market experienced a 10% correction.
    • Historically, market corrections happen approximately every 2 years on average.
    • We think that this rally is getting very long in the tooth and we wouldn't be surprised if we have a healthy pullback in the coming weeks or months.
    • Investors should consider a covered call strategy to help dampen portfolio volatility.