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Reviewing Bristol-Myers’ $90 Billion Acquisition of Celgene

Large-scale M&A is nothing new to Wall Street, especially in the pharmaceutical industry. However, mega deals are often fraught with risks, so when a dividend stock announces an enormous purchase investors understandably get nervous. On January 3, 2019, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) announced it will be buying biotech giant Celgene (CELG) in a $74 billion deal ($90 billion [...]

January 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Digital Realty Benefits from Secular Growth in Data

Digital Realty Trust (DLR) is one of the largest publicly traded REITs in the country and supports the data center needs of more than 2,300 customers across industries such as financial services, information technology, and manufacturing. The REIT has a portfolio of 198 data centers in 12 countries and boasts the second highest global market [...]

January 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|

AT&T’s Dividend Profile and Business Evolution

Founded in 1983 as SBC Communications (the company bought AT&T in 2005 and adopted the more famous moniker), AT&T (T) is a telecom and media conglomerate that, after closing on its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner in June 2018, operates four business segments: Communications (79% of revenue, 75% of segment profits):provides wireless and wireline [...]

January 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Cisco’s Dividend Growth Appeal

Cisco (CSCO) was founded in 1984 and has grown to become one of the most important technology companies in the world. While the business sells a wide variety of products and services to businesses of all sizes, its main offerings connect computing devices to networks or computer networks with each other. The company’s website provides an overview [...]

January 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

PepsiCo’s Dividend Outlook Remains Solid

PepsiCo (PEP) traces its roots back to 1898 when its original formulation was created by North Carolina pharmacist Caleb Bradham. PepsiCo was formed by the 1965 merger of Pepsi-Cola and snack food giant Frito-Lay (founded in 1932). Today, Pepsi boasts 22 iconic brands with more than $1 billion in annual sales, including Lay’s, Pepsi, Tropicana, [...]

January 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Coca-Cola’s Beverage Portfolio Remains in Transition

Founded in 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia, Coca-Cola (KO) has grown to become the world’s largest drink purveyor and the fifth most valuable brand in the world. It markets over 3,900 products through more than 500 brands in over 200 countries. In fact, Coca-Cola is so geographically diversified that the U.S. market accounts for just  20% [...]

January 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

General Mills’ Turnaround Continues

General Mills (GIS) was founded in 1866, owning just a single flour mill at the time. Since then, the company expanded into a number of different industries, including restaurants, toys, and even apparel. However, the business refocused completely on consumer foods in 1995. And in early 2018, the company made a big push into premium [...]

January 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Kimberly-Clark Remains a Reliable Dividend Payer Despite Growth Challenges

Kimberly-Clark (KMB) was founded in 1872 (incorporated in 1928) and has grown into one of the largest global manufacturers of various tissue and hygiene products, selling its products in more than 175 countries. The company's products have such a wide reach that they are used by one-quarter of the world's population. Some of the company’s [...]

January 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Starbucks Banks on China to Continue Impressive Growth Story

The first Starbucks (SBUX) location opened in 1971, and the company has since grown to become the world’s largest coffee purveyor with over 29,000 stores in 78 countries. Starbucks stores sell not just premium coffee but also tea, packaged coffee, juices, bottled water, pastries, and various lunch items. In addition, the company licenses several of [...]

January 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Thoughts on Apple’s Recent Slump and Dividend Appeal

While the stock market, in general, has had a rough few months, many popular tech stocks have been hammered far harder. That includes Apple (AAPL), which saw its share price decline by as much as 40% since hitting an all-time high in October 2018. Apple's fall included a 10% single-day drop on January 2, 2019, [...]

January 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

REITs vs. Bonds in Retirement

Over the past decade, the U.S. has seen its lowest interest rates in history which has made REITs, with their naturally high yields and low volatility, attractive so-called "bond alternatives." However, in reality, there are important differences between bonds and REITs that investors need to understand when deciding what asset allocation is right for them. [...]

December 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Vector’s Dividend is on Shaky Ground Despite 20-Year Growth Streak

Tobacco stocks have historically been a dependable source of generous and growing income, plus solid long-term total returns. However, not all cigarette stocks are created equal. In 2018, Vector Group (VGR) has seen its stock price plunge nearly 50%, worse than its major tobacco rivals (shares of Altria and Philip Morris have lost 23% and [...]

December 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|

AT&T Reassures Investors It Remains on Track to Hit Deleveraging Targets

AT&T (T) has been in the spotlight much of this year. Not only does its satellite TV business continue bleeding subscribers, but the company's debt load ballooned following the firm's acquisition of Time Warner. With roughly $170 billion in net debt and $13 billion in annual dividend payments that consume more than half of AT&T's [...]

December 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Implications of United Technologies’ Plans to Split Up

United Technologies (UTX) is one of America's oldest and largest industrial conglomerates. That business model has served income investors well, with the company recently becoming a dividend aristocrat by announcing its 25th consecutive annual dividend increase and also boasting a track record of paying uninterrupted dividends since 1936. However, on November 26, 2018, the firm [...]

November 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|

When Should I Reinvest Dividends?

Have you ever wondered if you should reinvest dividends or take them in cash and decide where to invest the money yourself? After all, a downside of reinvesting dividends in a bull market is reinvesting automatically at higher stock prices. Perhaps it makes more sense to take cash dividends and invest them only in undervalued [...]

November 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|