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AbbVie’s Dividend Safety Score Downgraded to Borderline Safe Following Large Deal to Buy Allergan

AbbVie (ABBV) announced plans to acquire Allergan (ANG) in a deal valued at more than $80 billion, including assumed debt.  As a result of this planned transaction, we are downgrading AbbVie's Dividend Safety Score from a rating of Safe to Borderline Safe. This isn't necessarily a reason to sell the stock if you own it but simply reflects the company's [...]

June 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Disney’s Appeal as a Long-term Dividend Growth Stock

Walt Disney founded his namesake company in 1923, and since then the business has gone on to become one of the most iconic brands ever created. Today Walt Disney (DIS) is a leading entertainment company with about $60 billion in revenue.  The media conglomerate is highly diversified and vertically integrated, with four major business segments. [...]

June 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Is EQM’s Distribution Safe Following MVP Project Delay?

On Monday, EQM Midstream Partners, LP (EQM) announced yet another cost increase and delay to its targeted in-service date for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, or MVP.  The MVP project is by far the firm's most important growth opportunity, representing over two-thirds of EQM's current backlog and accounting for about 15% of firm-wide EBITDA upon completion. The successful [...]

June 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Southern Company: Uninterrupted Dividends Since 1948

In business for more than 100 years, Southern Company (SO) is a major regulated utility involved in selling electricity and distributing natural gas, primarily across the Southeastern U.S. The firm's eight vertically integrated electric and gas utilities serve customers across Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi.  Southern Company’s mix of business and service territories significantly changed [...]

June 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Omnicom: Uninterrupted Dividends Since 1986

Omnicom (OMC) was formed in 1986 by the merger of three large advertising conglomerates. Today the firm is the world's second largest provider of advertising and marketing communication services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.  As a full-service agency, Omnicom provides numerous services, including designing ad campaigns, making the actual ads, determining [...]

June 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners: A High-Yield Stock With Attractive Assets

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (BIP) is one of the fastest growing and most diversified utilities in the world. In fact, the limited partnership (a corporate structure similar to that of a Master Limited Partnership) owns dozens of infrastructure assets located across five continents. Some examples of the partnership's assets include electrical transmission lines, railroads, toll [...]

June 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Enbridge’s Largest Project Further Delayed But Dividend Safety Profile Remains Unchanged

Enbridge (ENB) investors have had a rough few years, with shares of North America's largest pipeline operator losing more than 20% since early 2015, including dividends. Unfortunately, investors received more bad news earlier this month. On June 3, the Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned approval for an important part of the firm's Line 3 Replacement Project, which [...]

June 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Why Phillips 66’s High Yield Continues to Look Safe

Phillips 66 (PSX) shares are down about 30% since their mid-2018 high. As a result, the stock's dividend yield now exceeds 4%, the highest level since Phillips 66 was spun off from ConocoPhillips (COP) in 2012.  Let's take a closer look at why the market has become pessimistic about Phillips 66 and assess why the [...]

June 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Lowe’s Long-term Outlook Appears Intact Despite Recent Weakness

Shares of Lowe's (LOW) have slumped more than 15% since the home improvement retailer released earnings on May 22, including the stock's worst-ever single-day loss of 12%. The market is notorious for overreacting to short-term results, even for quality dividend kings such as Lowe's. However, the world of retail is also evolving as e-commerce and trade wars [...]

June 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|