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March 2009

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General Dynamics Corp. (GD) Stock Analysis

March 30, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: GD

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of General Dynamics Corp. (GD). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:   [more]

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Champion Dividend Stocks

March 28, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PBG.DL2 , RTN

There are winners and there are champions in every walk of life. The difference is subtle, but very real. A champion is driven for success and will not let anything stand in its way. Some dividend stocks can be classified as champions. A bad economy, tight credit markets and a dark cloud of uncertainty are enough send some dividend companies running for the exit. However, these are the times that champions stand firm.   [more]

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Three Warning Signs of a Dividend Cut

March 26, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BAC , GE , PFE

It seems each week another dividend Aristocrat, Achiever or Champion cuts its dividend after increasing it for 10 or more years. In most cases the companies’ investors were not surprised because they saw the early warning signs that indicated a dividend cut was imminent.  Here are three signs that a company is heading toward a dividend cut:  [more]

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Has Housing Finally Hit Bottom?

March 25, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: DHI , HD , LOW

Looking back to the beginning of the current recession, there were two things that initially put the brakes on the economy: 1.) the sub-prime melt-down and 2.) virtual halt of residential construction. They go hand-in-hand. As new homes are constructed, many were being bought by those wanting to upgrade. In turn they had to sell their house.  Eventually, as new home construction expanded while the buying population shrank, the only way to feed the beast was to expand the sub-prime market. Like most houses of cards, ultimately it failed. Has housing finally hit bottom?  [more]

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Stock Analysis: Genuine Parts Co. (GPC)

March 24, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GPC

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Genuine Parts Co. (GPC). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:   [more]

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The Birth Of A New Dividend Stock: Oracle (ORCL)

March 21, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: APD , FNET.DL , ORCL

It is a powerful statement when others are hoarding cash that a company has the confidence to declare its first dividend to eliminate excess cash. Oracle (ORCL) did just that on Wednesday when it reported third-quarter EPS of $0.35/share, $0.03/share better than the analyst estimate of $0.32/share, and it declared its first ever dividend of $0.05/share. The dividend yield is 1.15%. ORCL is a leading supplier of enterprise database management systems and business applications.  [more]

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Cash Is King In Dividend Investing

March 19, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GPC , GE

Are you looking for companies that can sustain and grow their dividend? In making that determination, a company’s Statement of Earnings is one of the last places you should look. Cash is king for the dividend investor and the Statement of Cash Flows is where astute investors begin when they want to understand the viability of a company.  [more]

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My Money Is on Intel

March 18, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: AMD , INTC

In January 2008, I considered the possibility of adding a tech company to my dividend income portfolio. It couldn’t be just any tech company since most are quite volatile and don’t produce sufficient cash to pay a consistent and rising dividend.  Two tech companies that were worthy of consideration were Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel Corp (INTC) due to their ability to generate free cash flow. I considered INTC the stronger of the two and had high hopes, but things didn’t initially work out. Eventually, patience paid off and when INTC’s price and interest rates dropped to the point the numbers made sense, I purchased it.  So what’s INTC’s outlook now?  [more]

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Stock Analysis: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)

March 16, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: WMT

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]

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The Few, The Proud, The Dividend Raisers!

March 14, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: KRFT , MSFT , TGT

his last week was similar to each of the two prior weeks in that we saw another large bank slash its dividend by more than 80%. Last Friday, Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) cut its dividend by 85% to $0.05. The company said it would help them retain an additional $5 billion in common equity each year.  [more]

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After A Dividend Freeze Should You Sell A Dividend Stock?

March 12, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: BAC , GE , PFE

When I add a stock to my dividend portfolio, it is my intention to hold the stock forever. However, sometimes selling a stock is the right thing to do. In determining when to sell a dividend stock, I have one hard and fast sell rule: When an individual stock held as a dividend investment lowers its dividend, immediately sell it. This rule has served me well. Since I have begun chronicling by investments online, there have been several stocks I sold immediately after a dividend cut. Here is a list of those stocks with my exit price and a recent price:   [more]

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The Wisdom Of Warren Buffett In Quotes

March 11, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BRK-A , BRK-B

As mentioned in previous articles, I love inspirational (and other) quotes. I see quotes as a portal to someone’s inner self. They reveal much about the person both good and bad. Read enough of a person’s quotes and you will get to know the person. Let’s spend some time getting to know Warren Buffett through his quotes.  [more]

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Stock Analysis: Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP)

March 09, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: ADP

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:   [more]

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One Titan Stands Strong As The Financials Wither

March 07, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: JPM , USB , WMT

Last week we mentioned that JPMorgan (JPM), the second-largest U.S. bank, slashed its dividend by 87% to $0.05. Possibly that wasn’t quite enough to keep keep big brother happy, so JPM took their quarterly dividend down to $0.01/share. The dividend is to be paid on Friday, April 3, 2009 to common stockholders of record as of Friday, March 20, 2009. JPM closed down 8.14% - it is always good to deliver bad news twice.  [more]

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TARP Trips: You Can’t Stop At Just One

March 05, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AIG , C

If you put a band aid on a gaping wound and tell the person that they are going to be all right, your actions have done more harm than good. In many ways this is what is happening with the TARP bail out. And like the old potato chip commercial, a lot of these banks can’t stop at one - they are lining up at the TARP trough to feed again on public money.  [more]

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Stock Analysis: Parker Hannifin Corp (PH)

March 04, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PH

Company Description: Parker-Hannifin Corp is a global maker of industrial pumps, valves and hydraulics. Its products are used in everything from jet engines to trucks and autos and utility turbines.  [more]

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Federal Reserve To Urge Banks to Stop Paying Dividends

March 02, 2009 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: ABT , KMB , WFC

Last Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that The Federal Reserve is urging Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) and dozens of banks getting bailout funds to put the money into new loans, bolster loss reserves and not to pay dividends to shareholders. It seems the message has been heard. JPMorgan (JPM), the second-largest U.S. bank, slashed its dividend by 87% to $0.05. CEO Jamie Dimon said the decision wasn’t “directly related” to the $25 billion it received under the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Not all companies have the government helping them run their businesses, so they are free to continue raising their dividends. Here are several that have done just that:  [more]

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General Electric (GE) Cuts Dividend

March 01, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GE

After months of saying the dividend was safe, the Board of Directors of General Electric Company (GE) Friday authorized a plan to reduce the Company’s quarterly dividend to $0.10 from $0.31 per outstanding share of the Company’s common stock, effective for the second half of 2009. The company’s news release stated the decision would preserve approximately $9 billion for the Company on an annualized basis. GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said:  [more]

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