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February 2012

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4 Small To Mid-Cap Stocks With A Bright Future

February 28, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: RAX , QCOR , SPN

Investors look for growth stocks to provide return over a long-term period. These investors are looking to buy a small company that will grow to be a large company with a sustainable footprint. You can think of this in terms of market capitalization. Growth investors will buy a small-cap or mid-cap stock and own it for years until it matures as a large-cap stock. The best stocks to fit this strategy will usually have a high EPS growth rate and provide a product or service that is not a commodity. These companies create value for their customers, which creates a competitive advantage within their respective industries. Growth investors choose to invest in well-managed, fast-growing, appropriately-financed businesses that have significant competitive advantages and often solve societal problems. Here are four stocks with a high growth future.  [more]

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These REITs are Growing Their Dividends

February 24, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: HCP , O , DLR

In the current earnings season, many REITs have raised their dividends to reward their shareholders. For some of these REITs, they are still getting their dividends back to levels before the real estate crisis. REITs affected by the crisis are still showing negative dividend growth rates. However, the REITs listed below have positive dividend growth rates that will translate into higher yields on cost in the future. The projected dividend growth rates for the next five years were used to project the future annual dividend and their yields. Here is a listing of REITs growing their dividends (see table below).  [more]

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4 Dividend Growers Trading Below Fair Value

February 24, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CSCO , ORCL , V

It appears that the dividend trend will continue for the next two years as the Federal Reserve has declared to keep interest rates low until at least 2014. This means there are few places to find income with interest rates below inflation rates. One solution is to invest in dividend stocks for income and capital increases over time. I use a stock valuation model to determine the fair value of a stock's price and the future dividends based on growth rates. My methodology is shown at the bottom of this article. I have identified four stocks with growing dividends that are trading below their fair value.   [more]

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5 Dividend Growers Trading Below Market Radar

February 22, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: STX , ACN , NSC

Retired income investors usually invest for high yield as they need the income payout today. For others, they will look to the future for a much larger dividend as it continues to grow. This determination should include the dividend growth rate and the ability of the company to grow cash flow into the future. In addition, stocks with a bullish outlook (based on equity summary score) will also produce a capital gain to increase future returns. Here are the stocks below the radar to add to your watch list for fast dividend growers with a bullish outlook.  [more]

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High Yield Stocks with Growing Dividends that are Overpriced

February 21, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MO , T , HEP

My model for performing the intrinsic and future values are shown in the table below using three stocks that are trading at a premium or discount
to their fair value. By using the average PE ratio and projected EPS growth, you can use the future time value formula to get an estimate of earnings X number of years into the future. Once you have the future projected earnings per share, just multiply by the PE ratio to get a future stock price. All of the projected growth rates are available on most websites providing detailed stock information. This is great information when looking at the future of a stock in comparative terms. Take this one step further, and you can determine the intrinsic value of a stock. Here, you are using the present time value formula based on your required rate of return. The end result is having a fair value estimate of the stock to compare to the stock’s current trading price. This comparison will determine if a stock is overvalued or trading at a discount.  [more]

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Dividend Growth Stocks Selling At A 20% Or More Discount

February 21, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ABC , QCOM , SYK

Determining the intrinsic value of a stock can be a difficult task for most investors. Many take the easy road based on current value metrics, such as price to earnings ratio, price to book value, price to cash flow and many other value determinants. There is nothing specifically wrong with this approach, but it is difficult to be accurate. Have you ever looked at a stock that was cheap by PE ratio or book value but not so cheap using other valuation metrics? I like to take a different approach to valuing a stock based on its past and projected growth rates.  [more]

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4 Dividend Growers for a Cyclical Recovery

February 20, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: DE , CMI , ETN

Dividend-paying stocks could come under pressure as there is a sector rotation underway. High yielding sectors such as utilities, consumer staples, and telecommunication services, the darlings of the market in 2011, have been among the worst performers of 2012 as a strengthening domestic economy encourages investors to shift assets from defensive into more cyclical sectors. One of the sectors moving up is the industrial machinery industry. Year to date, the machinery industry is up 20% while utilities are down 4% and telecommunication services down 2%. There are still some bargain dividend growers in the machinery industry despite its recent run up in prices.  [more]

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Cheap A-Rated Stocks With High Dividend Yields

February 19, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: EPD , GE , DRI

As investors look for places to find dividend yield, they should not overlook the quality of these investments. Many investors have turned to more risky investments as they chase yields. However, there are still high quality stocks with high yield trading at a reasonable value. We are using the S&P ranking system to determine high quality stocks with a dividend yield of 3.0% and above.  [more]

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Get a $15.00 Special Dividend

February 18, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CCMP

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (CCMP), the world's leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry, today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special cash dividend of $15 per share,  [more]

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5 CEFs With Dividend Yields Of 12% Or More, Selling At A Discount

February 15, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: EOD , EXG , BOE

One of the best places to find high yield investments is closed-end funds (CEFs). These investments were created to provide an investment focused on income distributions. As investors look for higher yields, CEFs can deliver the goods with some of the highest yields in the markets. In addition, the CEFs listed in this article have beaten the market over the past month. The S&P 500 Index has returned 4.06% over the past 4 weeks. These CEFs have doubled or tripled the S&P 500 return during this period. It gets even better, as these CEFs provide distribution yields greater than 12% while trading at a discount to their NAV.  [more]

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Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio Update

February 15, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: IBM , INTC , V

As of 12/31/2011, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) owns 34 stocks with a total value of $66.2 billion. The classic value investor Warren Buffett made a number of stock moves during the 4th quarter of 2011. These are the details of the buys and sells.  [more]

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5 High Yield Dividend Stocks Owned By Professional Investors

February 13, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MO , MRK , T

As more investors move into high yield dividend stocks, these stocks are seeing their valuations being distorted by increasing demand. Some of these investors will likely be paying too much for the dividend yield they are getting. This has happened with some MLPs and REITs as the yield have been pushed below their historical averages. One answer to this dilemma is to find support from stock gurus buying into dividend stocks, especially value-oriented gurus. These professional investors are known for seeking stocks trading below their intrinsic values before they add the stocks to their portfolios. The table below shows five high yield dividend stocks listed most frequently as buys by stock investing gurus.  [more]

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How to Get a Dividend Boost of 10 Times

February 11, 2012 – Comments (6) | RELATED TICKERS: SIX

See what company just boosted their dividend 10 times higher than the current dividend,

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Buy Silver Wheaton Ahead Of The Golden Cross Signal

February 09, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SLW , SSRI , SLV

When investors think of silver, they tend to view it as a cheaper version of gold. That's a mistake. On one hand, silver is like gold in that it is an investment-worth precious metal. However, there is also a strong industrial demand for its industrial uses. And the industrial uses of this white, lustrous metal only figure to increase. Silver has the highest electrical conductivity of any element and the highest thermal conductivity of any metal. That conductivity makes silver the perfect metal for solar-cell production, meaning the metal figures to be a critical component in the developing alternative energy sector.  [more]

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Will Emerging Market ETFs Outperform The S&P 500 In 2012?

February 08, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: FXI , EWZ , EPI

While the U.S. markets have been in an uptrend in early 2012, the emerging markets have been even hotter. The S&P 500 (SPY) is up 7% year to date, a nice return over 25 trading days ending February 6, 2012. Emerging market ETFs remain at attractive valuations after taking a beating over the course of 2011. But since the start of 2012, they've been advancing. Look at the performance of these emerging market ETFs (see price performance chart below):  [more]

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Best Performing REITs in 2012

February 08, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PEI , CBL , CLI

While the S&P 500 is up 7% year to date, there are several Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) that have performed better than the index. REITs have been popular the past year, as more investors have bought shares for the income they provide. Although many retail landlords continue to struggle with vacant space, the leading publicly traded retail REITS are well positioned to benefit from improving underlying operating trends. Nevertheless, challenges remain within the industry. The table below shows seven REITs that have outperformed the S&P 500 year to date. These REITs are from different sectors, with the retail REITs leading the outperformance in early 2012.  [more]

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Dividend Stocks with Bond-like Yields

February 07, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PFE , WM , AEP

While some wonder if dividend investing is a fad, the strategy probably has staying power. Bonds yield little, and short-term rates are near zero, leaving individuals with few places to find yield. Demographics favor income investing; millions of baby boomers retire each year, and they want income to supplement Social Security and minimize the drawdown of retirement assets.  [more]

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A $3.00 Special Dividend (15% Dividend Yield)

February 03, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: HSH

Sara Lee Corp (SLE) is planning a $3.00 special dividend in 2012 (see details below). SLE is trading at $20 per share so a $3.00 special dividend will be a 15% dividend yield. SLE also pays a quarterly dividend with a yield of 2.3% that will be continued throughout the capital process.  [more]

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How To Capture Rising Dividends From Gold Stocks

February 02, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GLD , NEM , EOG

When the U.S. Dollar started rallying at mid-year 2011, the price of gold plummeted from $1900 per ounce to $1525 per ounce in September. This was a 20% price drop in a month! This created a similar fear reaction in gold and gold mining stocks. Gold finished 2011 at around $1565 per ounce.  [more]

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Best Price Performance On CEFs With 10% Yield

February 01, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AGD , EOI , EOS

It seems little has changed in early 2012 as seeking dividends are still the most favorable investing strategy. As this trend plays out, it is getting more difficult to find high yield investments trading at a reasonable price. So how did investors approach this issue in January? We can find insights by looking at CEFs with distribution yields greater than 10%. Many of these CEFs had excellent market price returns in the last 4 weeks. This is insightful as most of these funds performed poorly in price performance in the last 52 weeks. This is indicating that investors are digging deeper in the barrel to find high yield funds in hopes of a price performance improvement. So far in January, this strategy is working as the price performance significantly improved in these funds. The table below shows the list of monthly income CEFs with 10% yields and the highest market price performance in the last 4 weeks.  [more]

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