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Is Ford’s (F) Dividend Safe?

Ford’s (F) dividend yield has not been this high since shortly before the company suspended its payout in 2006. Following the carmaker’s disappointing second-quarter earnings report and rather vague plans for large-scale restructuring in the years ahead, which sent Ford’s stock price to its lowest level since late 2012, some income investors are wondering if [...]

July 31st, 2018|High Yield|

S&P Global (SPGI): An Impressive Dividend Aristocrat With Double-Digit Payout Growth Potential

Founded in 1888 and formerly known as McGraw Hill Financial, S&P Global (SPGI) provide independent ratings, benchmarks, analytics, and data to the capital and commodity markets in 31 countries under several well-known brands including: Standard & Poor’s (S&P), S&P Capital IQ, Platts, and SNL. In 2017, S&P Global rated about $4 trillion in corporate and [...]

July 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

How Safe is Blackstone Mortgage Trust’s (BXMT) High Yield?

With roots tracing back to 1966, Blackstone Mortgage Trust (BXMT) is one of the largest commercial real estate mortgage REITs (mREITs). The firm is externally managed by BXMT Advisors, a subsidiary of Blackstone Group (BX), a world leader in real estate development and investment. BXMT itself has $120 billion in real estate assets under management [...]

July 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Despite Soaring Oil Prices Exxon Mobil Continues to Underperform

Oil prices have soared 60% over the past year, helping drive strong total returns between 20% and 40% for most integrated oil giants such as Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.B), British Petroleum (BP), and Chevron (CVX). However, a notable exception has been Exxon Mobil (XOM), whose stock has returned just 5% during this period, significantly underperforming [...]

July 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Disney and Comcast Bidding War for Fox, Sky: What It Means for Dividend Investors

The short but heated bidding war between Comcast (CMCSA) and Disney (DIS) for most of Twentieth-Century Fox’s (FOX.A) assets is now mostly over. However, the M&A drama isn't truly done, at least not globally. Let’s take a look at Comcast's decision to give up on its bid, why Comcast continues to battle Disney to buy [...]

July 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Deere & Company: Over 20 Years of Uninterrupted Dividends

Founded in 1837, Deere & Company (DE) manufactures and distributes agriculture and turf, and construction and forestry equipment worldwide. Deere has three operating segments: Agriculture and Turf (68% of 2017 revenue): agriculture and turf equipment including large, medium, and utility tractors; tractor loaders; combines, cotton pickers, cotton strippers, and sugarcane harvesters. This segment also makes related [...]

July 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Johnson & Johnson Loses $4.7 Billion Lawsuit: What Dividend Investors Need To Know

On July 12, 2018, a Missouri jury ordered Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) to pay $4.7 billion to 22 women who had accused it of giving them ovarian cancer due to asbestos in its name-brand talcum powders. With over 9,000 additional talcum powder cases pending, some investors are worried that this beloved dividend king (55 straight [...]

July 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

International Paper (IP)

Founded in 1898, International Paper (IP) is the world's largest global paper and packaging company with a No. 1 position in all of its key markets, which span North America, Europe, Latin America, North Africa, India, and Russia. The company owns over 290 facilities and has a total capacity of more than 20 million tons [...]

July 21st, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

An Update On The Wells Fargo Scandals: What Dividend Investors Need To Know

Wells Fargo has been fighting a number of scandals that are impacting its fundamentals. Let's take a look at how the bank's turnaround efforts are going and what they mean for dividend investors.   More Scandals Continue To Surface At this point, Wells Fargo has become well-known for its ever-growing list of scandals which include: [...]

July 21st, 2018|Dividend Stocks, Uncategorized|

AT&T: More Merger Drama

On July 12, just one month after the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T's merger with Time Warner was rejected by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon, the Justice Department appealed the ruling.   What does this mean for dividend investors? After all, AT&T already merged with Time Warner on June 15. Let's take [...]

July 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) (RDS.B)

Founded in 1833, Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.B) is one of the world's largest integrated oil companies with operations in over 70 countries. In addition to exploring for and extracting crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids, Royal Dutch Shell owns a number of refineries, distribution terminals, and LNG tankers.   The company also has [...]

July 21st, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Kellogg (K)

Kellogg (K), founded in 1906, is a global manufacturer and marketer of ready-to-eat cereal and convenience foods such as cookies, crackers, savory snacks, toaster pastries, cereal bars, fruit-flavored snacks, frozen waffles, and veggie foods.   Kellogg's core brands, which drive almost 40% of its sales in North America, include Kellogg’s, Pop Tarts, Eggo, Froot Loops, [...]

July 21st, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Vodafone (VOD)

Vodafone (VOD) was founded in 1984 in the U.K. and has quickly grown into one of the world’s largest telecom conglomerates.   Along with its joint venture partners, the company offers telephone, internet, cable TV, and wireless mobile services in 72 countries on six continents. In total, Vodafone serves 536 million mobile customers and 20 [...]

July 21st, 2018|High Yield|

Kimco Realty (KIM)

Founded 60 years ago, Kimco Realty (KIM) is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of March 31, 2018, the company owned interests in 475 U.S. shopping centers comprising 81 million square feet of leasable space primarily concentrated in major metropolitan markets along the coast.   The [...]

July 6th, 2018|REIT|

Apple Hospitality REIT (APLE)

Apple Hospitality (APLE) began trading as a publicly listed REIT in 2015. The firm's property portfolio consists of 243 Marriott and Hilton branded hotels located in 88 mostly large and urban markets throughout 34 states. Almost all of the REIT's hotels are located in high traffic locations such as suburbs, cities, or near airports. Source: [...]

July 6th, 2018|REIT|