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April 2009

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Elite Dividend Stocks

April 30, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: PG , JNJ , MMM

There are many lists of dividend companies such as S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, US Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index and The U.S. Dividend Champions. They all have one thing in common - trying to narrow the population to the very best dividend companies. When combined, as I did with the Stock Ideas list, this is a large and daunting list of 319 unique companies.  So, how do we find the Elite companies on this list?  [more]

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Buy-And-Hold Under Attack

April 29, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: C , GE , GS

Have you ever noticed those that most vehemently attack a buy-and-hold strategy really don’t understand how buy-and-hold works? They confuse a buy-and-hold strategy with day-trading with a longer duration.  [more]

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McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) Dividend Stock Analysis

April 28, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MCD

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of McDonald’s Corp. (MCD). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:   [more]

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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Increases Dividend For 47th Consecutive Year

April 27, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: JNJ , MS , PG

Last Thursday, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) declared a 6.5% increase in its quarterly dividend rate, from $0.46/share to $0.49/share (yield: 3.6%). This follows last week’s 10% increase from the other blue-chip ampersand company Proctor & Gamble (PG). JNJ’s CEO William C. Weldon stated, “Given our strong financial position, confidence in the future of Johnson & Johnson, and in recognition of our solid results in 2008, the Board has voted to increase the dividend for the 47th consecutive year.”  JNJ is engaged in the research and development, manufacture and sale of a range of products in the healthcare field. The Company has more than 250 operating companies within three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices and Diagnostics.  (Analysis

Below are several other companies joining JNJ and PG in rewarding their shareholders with higher cash dividends:  [more]

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A Two Step Process To Follow After A Dividend Freeze

April 25, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: ABT , GD , HD

I hate to sell a stock. When I buy a stock, my intention is to hold it forever and enjoy its ever-growing dividend income.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes a stock changes and no longer fits in my income portfolio. It could be a company that cuts its dividend or in some cases freezes its dividend. Let’s take a look at a two-step process designed to help us determine if we should sell a stock after a dividend freeze.  [more]

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Who is Irving Kahn and Why Should We Listen to Him?

April 22, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: ADM , DE , KO

Last week we looked at confidence in your investing process and noted that true confidence comes from knowledge and experience. Knowing how your investing process works is important in gaining confidence, but real comfort only comes from having been there before and experiencing the gains after coming out of a downturn.  Although experiencing tough times first hand, creates lasting memories it certainly is not pleasurable. Today we have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of someone who has lived through many downturns and profited from it.  [more]

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Stock Analysis: Abbott Laboratories (ABT)

April 20, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ABT

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Abbott Laboratories (ABT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:   [more]

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Procter & Gamble (PG) Increases Dividend 10%

April 18, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ANH , FUL , PG

If you closely follow the daily financial news, it is easy become jaded and start believing that there isn’t any good news good news out there. Don’t be confused by the noise. There are still great companies committed to generating superior returns and rewarding their shareholder ever-increasing dividends. One blue-blood aristocrat did just that this week.  [more]

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Nucor Corp. (NUE): Forging A Different Path

April 15, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: CAT , NUE

In a recent article looking at early warning signs of a dividend cut, two companies concerned me over their potential for a future dividend cut: Nucor Corp. (NUE) and Caterpillar Inc. (CAT).  The economic downturn lowered demand for the companies products which has resulted in sharply lower earnings.  It is interesting to contrast their responses to the slowdown. In short, the actions taken couldn’t have been more different.  [more]

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Stock Analysis: Progress Energy, Inc. (PGN)

April 13, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PGN

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Progress Energy, Inc. (PGN). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:   [more]

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Auto Parts Retailers Rallying

April 12, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: AZO , GPC

As consumers delay in purchasing new cars, they are forced to perform additional maintenance on their existing cars. The primary beneficiary of this phenomenon and one of the few industries experiencing success in this downturn are retail auto parts companies such as Autozone (AZO). AZO is the nation’s leading specialty retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories, focusing primarily on do-it-yourself consumers.  [more]

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Dividend Stocks: Confident and Secure

April 09, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: JNJ , MCD , PEP

Are you confident and secure in your investing process? It appears many people are not. From the famed Canadian dividend investor Derek Foster who sold all his dividend investments in February to co-workers who have moved to the sidelines waiting on the bottom, many investors are abandoning their process.  [more]

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10 Dividend Stocks Exceled In March

April 08, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: LLY , CVX , INTC

For many investors, the glass is always half full. Even in the darkest of times, they always see the bottom just around the corner and it really doesn’t take much good news to get them into the buying mood. The month of March provided those investors with a lot to celebrate, and they did!  [more]

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Stock Analysis: Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT)

April 06, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: FRT

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]

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Will ETFs Be The End Of Traditional Mutual Funds?

April 04, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: VTI , BLV , VIG

A relative new comer to the investment world is the Exchange Traded Fund (ETF).  You can think of it as a cross between individual stocks and mutual funds, with a mixture of advantages and disadvantages of each. An ETF trades on a stock exchange like a stock but the underlying investment holds stocks and bonds similar to a mutual fund. Like stocks, when you buy and sell an ETF you generally pay a commission.  Since the underlying securities are not being traded there are potential tax efficiencies from avoiding capital gain distributions and minimizing management fees.  [more]

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Low-Debt Dividend Stocks

April 02, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: MCD , PG , UTX

With the dramatic market declines over the last 18 months, most dividend stocks appear to be fairly priced on a historic basis. However, when you consider the record number of dividend cuts and near-term prospects, many of the lower valuations are justified. So how do you sort through the massive Dividend Stock list to find the companies worthy of consideration?  [more]

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Who is Raul Alvarez and Why Should We Listen to Him?

April 01, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: KO

Raul Alvarez was born in Havana Cuba in 1955 into a very successful family. Before fleeing to the U.S. during Castro’s takeover,  Raul’s mother worked as a marine biologist and his father was the President of Cuban Airways. Raul recalls, “As an immigrant, and losing everything they lost, [my parents] were so determined to ensure that their kids wouldn’t have to go through that and that they were absolutely self-sustaining.”  [more]

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