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December 2011

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List of CEFs That Cover Their Distributions

December 30, 2011 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: AWF , NCZ , PHT

Investors in closed-end funds (CEFs) are constantly faced with uncertainty due to a lack of transparency within the industry. CEFs do not make it easy for the investor to make the most informed investment decision in determining the real value being delivered by the CEFs. This has led to a number of investing decisions based solely on distribution yield, premium or discount to NAV and other metrics that may not lead to the best investment decision. In general, investments in CEFs are used as a source of income for the investor. Therefore, it would seem logical for the investor to determine if the CEF can sustain the amount of income it is distributing to the investor as income.  [more]

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The Best Dividend Stocks for 2012 - Materials Sector

December 30, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BHP , VALE , TNH

S&P recommends marketweighting the S&P 500 Materials sector. Year to date through November 18, this sector, which represented 3.5% of the S&P 500 Index, was down 12.9%, compared to a 3.3% drop for the 500. In 2010, the sector index advanced 19.9%, versus a 12.8% increase for the 500. There are 12 sub-industry indices in this sector, with Diversified Chemicals being the largest at 25.2% of the sector’s market value.  [more]

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The Best Dividend Stocks for 2012 – Industrial Sector

December 27, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: LMT , ETN , NOC

S&P recommends marketweighting the S&P 500 Industrials sector. Year to date through November 18, the S&P Industrials Index, which represented 10.6% of the S&P 500 Index, was down 6.3%, compared to a 3.3% decline for the S&P 500. In 2010, this sector index advanced 23.9%, versus a 12.8% increase for the 500. There are 18 sub-industry indices in this sector, with Aerospace & Defense being the largest at 24.9% of the sector’s market value.  [more]

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3 Small Cap Stocks For Growth And Yield

December 27, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: TWO , APO , PSB

As a small cap investor, you should always be on the lookout for stocks with low valuation and growing cash flows. These are the types of investments that can lead the market when in moves into a sustainable uptrend. This article discusses three small caps that are undervalued and have potential to increase dividends in the future.  [more]

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Option Income Trades For Nike, Starbucks

December 27, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: NKE , SBUX

Selling put options offers several benefits to the seller. One benefit is the ability to generate income on your portfolio. If the sold put expires without exercise, the seller keeps the entire premium. Another key benefit is the ability to own the underlying stock for a price below the current market price. Since selling a put places you in an obligatory position of taking ownership of a stock, the most important rule of put selling is consider only selling a put if you are comfortable owning the security at the predetermined price, should it indeed be put to you. Otherwise, buy to close the put if it falls below the strike price.  [more]

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The Best Dividend Stocks for 2012 – Health Care

December 26, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AZN , SNY , LLY

S&P recommends marketweighting the S&P 500 Health Care sector. Year to date through November 18, the S&P Health Care Index, which represented 11.6% of the S&P 500 Index, was up 4.0%, compared to a 3.3% drop for the S&P 500. In 2010, this sector index rose 0.7%, versus a 12.8% advance for the 500. There are 10 sub-industry indices in this sector, with Pharmaceuticals being the largest, at 51.7% of the sector’s market value.  [more]

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The Best Dividend Stocks for 2012 – Energy Sector

December 25, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: COP , CVX , CEO

S&P recommends marketweighting the S&P 500 Energy sector. Year to date through November 18, the S&P Energy Index, which represented 12.4% of the S&P 500 Index, was down 0.1%, compared to a 3.3% decline for the S&P 500. In 2010, this sector index advanced 17.9%, versus a 12.8% increase for the 500. There are seven sub-industry indices in this sector, with Integrated Oil & Gas by far the largest at 56.7% of the sector’s market value.   [more]

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Best Dividend Stocks for 2012 – Mortgage REITs

December 22, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: TWO , CXS.DL , PMT

Attractive Returns to Continue, Prefer Non-Agency REITs  [more]

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The Best Dividend Stocks for 2012 – Consumer Discretionary Sector

December 22, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: FUN , PFCB , ALV

S&P recommends overweighting the S&P 500 Consumer Discretionary sector. Year to date through November 18, the sector index, which represented 10.7% of the S&P 500 Index, was up 1.1%, compared with a 3.3% drop for the S&P 500. In 2010, this sector index rose 25.7%, versus a 12.8% advance for the 500. There are 32 sub-industry indices in this sector, with Restaurants being the largest at 14.3% of the sector’s market value.  [more]

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The Best Buy-Write Closed-End Funds

December 19, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: NFJ , EVT

One of the more popular income strategies is to use a buy-write option strategy to sell option premiums for income. This is simply owning 100 or more shares of stock, and selling a one covered call option per 100 shares of stock. While many investors use this strategy in their portfolios, others invest in closed-end funds that use this strategy and distribute the proceeds to shareholders. This is a great strategy in specific type of markets, such as sideway movements in the general stock markets. The biggest myth to this strategy is that covered call writing does not work and the CEFs are only returning the investors' capital disguised as distributions. This is incorrect, as return of capital by CEFs is based on accounting definitions when using option strategies like covered call trades.  [more]

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the Next Great Bull Market

December 19, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PPA , IYM , PPH

Today, a government bond pays a 3% yield but inflation is running at 3.5% so this is a losing proposition. You can do better with a corporate bond at 5% but you are locked-in for 5 years. Of course, a savings account doesn’t do you any good at such low rates plus the taxes. Gold just broke below its 200-day moving average. Is it really a terrible world out there? So where does that leave stocks in the market mix? To compare the best place to allocate capital, you must use the earnings yield.  [more]

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5 CEFs With 10% Or More Distribution Yields

December 15, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: DNY , SLA , EAD

One of the easiest ways to beat the stock market over the last 10 years has been bond CEFs. Many of these investments have produced an average annual return of 8% during this period. With interest rates low and not expected to increase until maybe 2013 or later, these bond CEFs are an attractive way to avoid the stock market swings. These CEFs have a negative beta so they will move opposite of the market and their distributions will remain stable. The list below identifies 5 CEFs with a distribution rate of 10% or more paying monthly income.  [more]

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List of Quality Stocks with High Yield Dividends

December 09, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CXS.DL , FUN , FSC

This list is filled with high yield stocks, many above 10%, that are ranked buy or hold by Zachs Investment Research. Some of the popular names include: FUN that is being recommenmded by Jim Cramer; FSC & MAIN that are monthly dividend payers, CXS & PMT that offer mortgage REIT yields; and several energy stocks for continuing dividends. The table belows displays the list of high yield dividend stocks.  [more]

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Covered Call Trade on Dollar General

December 09, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: DG

Dollar General is in the right price point as a discount retailer in today's market. It is rated neutral by analyst due to its price appreciation over the last year. DG appears normally valued based on its Price/Earnings (TTM) of 20.80, which is between the Consumer Discretionary sector's top and bottom quintile values of 21.63 and 12.06, respectively. The neutral ranking and strong market position make DG a good candidate for a covered call trade.  [more]

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