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May 2009

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Dividend Stocks Are ‘Slow Good’

May 29, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: FRED , HNZ.DL , SVU

For years Heinz Ketchup ran commercials describing their product as ’slow good’. It was an obvious inference to ’so good’ and that it was worth waiting on.  Investing in dividend stocks in very similar. You certainly won’t find sudden wealth on any given day, but over time those compounding dividends will handsomely reward you.  [more]

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Is Now The Right Time To Start Investing?

May 28, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: CVX , JNJ , PEP

Over the last six to eight months, there have been several prognosticators saying the market has finally hit bottom. In most cases they were quickly proven wrong as stocks continued to decline. What’s an investor to do? When is the right time to start investing?  [more]

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News of the U.S.’s Demise May Be Premature

May 27, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: MCD , WMT , BA

Quick, who is the world’s largest exporter? China? Japan? Would you be shocked to learn it is the U.S.? Contrary to the “Made in China” stamps on clothing labels in Wal-Mart (WMT) and on the bottom of McDonald’s (MCD) Happy Meal toys, the U.S. still leads the world in exports. To be a successful investor, we must keep things in perspective.   [more]

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Stock Analysis: Eli Lilly and Co (LLY)

May 26, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: LLY

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Eli Lilly and Co (LLY). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]

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Eight Companies Secure In Raising Their Dividends

May 25, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: NOC , ABC , ACE

People want  to feel secure.  National security and  the military provide assurance that a country’s citizens will be protected, thus allowing them to focus their attention on other interests and endeavors.  National security is so large that no government can do it all alone. They all partner with companies like Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC) to provide the best defense products at the lowest price.  [more]

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Ten Dividend Stocks Beating The S&P 500

May 22, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: INTC , MCD , MMM

So far in 2009, the Dividend Aristocrats have under-performed the S&P 500. However there are several dividend stocks that have done quite well and beat the S&P 500 index, and some of those companies just might surprise you!  [more]

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Dividend Investing in a Bear Market

May 20, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: JNJ , PG , KO

Dividend stocks have long been considered defensive stocks - those that you buy when the economy and the market go south. While everyone else is panicked about their portfolio’s decline, dividend investors see a downturn as an incredible buying opportunity.   [more]

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Stock Analysis: Illinois Tool Works Inc (ITW)

May 19, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ITW

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Illinois Tool Works Inc (ITW). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Illinois ToolWorks Inc. is a diversified manufacturer operates a portfolio of about 750 industrial and consumer businesses located throughout the world.

Fair Value: I consider four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:  [more]

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Five Companies Confident and Secure In Raising Their Dividends

May 17, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AFSI , BG , FDS

I have read that most investors will lose money in the stock market over their lifetime. It is not that the market is a bad place to invest your money, but left unchecked the psychology of the market will lead you to do just the opposite of what you should to be doing. People become greedy when the market is surging to new highs and buy in only to become fearful and sell during the next slump.  The great investors know this and use it to their advantage.   [more]

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High-Quality Low-Risk Dividend Stocks

May 13, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: JNJ , KO , UTX

To a large extent we are a product of our environment. Our life experiences not only shape out behavior, but at its very core, they shape our thought process. The Great Depression forever changed a generation of people. It appears the “Great Recession” may be having a similar effect on another generation.  [more]

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Brady Corp (BRC) Dividend Stock Analysis

May 12, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BRC

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

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PepsiCo Sustains Its String Of Dividend Increases

May 09, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: ACL.DL , AVA , PEP

Dividend investors love companies that can sustain consistent dividend growth through the good times and the bad. For three years in a row PepsiCo (PEP) has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in recognition of the company’s economic, environmental and social performance.  [more]

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Are ETFs and CEFs Good Income Investments?

May 07, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: VFH , AOD , BLV

Dividend investing is not about buying high-yield stocks to generate a high income. Instead, dividend investing is all about finding solid dividend stocks that are reasonably priced and are expected to continue raising their dividends in the future. Most of the time their current yields aren’t eye-popping, but the growing divdends over time will more than compensate for the current yield.  So, are Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Closed Ended Funds (CEFs) a good fit for this strategy?  [more]

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Underfunded Pension Plans: The Next Shoe To Drop?

May 06, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GD , JNJ , KMB

As the government tries to thaw the credit freeze, the next potential catastrophe is starting to heat up. I am beginning to see more and more written on the pending problem of underfunded pension plans. Unfortunately, this problem could have many faces and take a significant amount of time to sort out.   [more]

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Stock Analysis: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)

May 04, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: JNJ

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Johnson & Johnson engages in the manufacture and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide.

Fair Value: I consider four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:  [more]

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IBM Assumes Familiar Leadership Role

May 03, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: IBM , SWY , XOM

IBM (IBM), a name once synonymous with blue-chip technology, faced a near-death experience in the early 1990’s when it misjudged the  importance of PCs at a time when demand for mainframes was waning and corporate downsizing was in full swing. IBM has never been able to regain it technology bellwether crown from Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC), but it has taken steps to regain its leadership role.  [more]

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