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High Dividend Stocks: 26 High Yield Stocks for Income – July 2018 Update

High dividend stocks appeal to many investors living off dividends in retirement because their high yields provide generous income.   Many of the highest paying dividend stocks offer a high yield in excess of 4%, and some even yield 10% or more.   However, not all high yield dividend stocks are safe. Let’s review what [...]

July 6th, 2018|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

ONEOK (OKE)

Founded in 1906, ONEOK (OKE) is a large energy midstream service provider with an especially dominant presence in the shale formations of Oklahoma. The firm's pipelines and storage facilities are connected to over 140 gas processing facilities across the country, making it incredibly valuable to its core natural gas liquid (NGL) customers. Source: ONEOK Fact [...]

July 4th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Blackstone Group L.P. (BX)

Founded in 1985, Blackstone Group L.P. (BX) is the world’s largest alternative asset manager with about 2,400 employees and $450 billion in assets under management. The firm specializes in private equity (direct ownership of private companies), real estate, hedge funds, and investing in private debt. Source: Blackstone Investor Presentation Blackstone earns its money by charging [...]

July 4th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Annaly Capital Management (NLY)

Founded in 1997, Annaly Capital Management (NLY) is the largest and oldest mortgage REIT (mREIT) in America with over $100 billion in assets. The firm primarily invests in residential mortgages that are guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.   Like all mREITs, Annaly’s business model involves borrowing at short-term (lower) interest rates, in order [...]

July 4th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Stepan Company (SCL)

Founded in 1932, Stepan Company (SCL) produces and sells specialty and intermediate chemicals to other manufacturers for use in various end products around the world. The company operates in three segments: Surfactants (67% of sales, 56% of profits): offers surfactants that are used as principal ingredients in consumer and industrial cleaning products, such as detergents [...]

July 4th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Lancaster Colony (LANC)

Founded in 1961, Lancaster Colony (LANC) is a specialty food maker that owns several niche dip, bread, frozen roll, crouton, dressing, and flatbread brands, including Marzetti, New York Bakery, Sister Schubert’s, Flatout, Aunt Vi’s, Reames, Mamma Bella’s, Romanoff, and Chatham Lodge. In addition, Lancaster makes licensed products including Olive Garden dressing, Jack Daniel’s mustard, and [...]

July 4th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

General Electric: Another Dividend Cut Expected in 12 to 18 Months

General Electric (GE) announced a slew of major strategic initiatives today that will ultimately result in another dividend cut within 12 to 18 months. I estimate the dividend could be reduced by as much as 35%.   Specifically, the company decided to spin-off its healthcare segment (23% of profits in 2017) and divest its ownership [...]

June 26th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Starbucks (SBUX)

Shares of Starbucks (SBUX) dropped 9% today as investors digested the company’s disappointing update about its expected growth this quarter.   Specifically, management now expects just 1% growth in global same-store sales (locations open at least a year) in the current quarter, below prior expectations for 3% growth.   Additionally, Starbucks announced plans to “optimize” [...]

June 20th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Thoughts on PPL’s Recent Underperformance

Regulated utilities are often a core component of a conservative income portfolio thanks to their predictable earnings, generous dividends, and defensive profile. However, PPL (PPL) has been anything but defensive lately.   The stock has lost 26% over the past year, including dividends. While rising interest rates have weighed on the performance high-yielding, slow-growing companies, [...]

June 16th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

AT&T (T) and Time Warner (TWX) Get the Green Light: What You Need to Know

It’s official now. The U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T’s (T) merger with Time Warner (TWX) was rejected by U.S. District Court Judge Leon on June 12 with no conditions attached. AT&T plans to close the $85 billion mega-merger on or before June 20, altering the company’s future trajectory, for better or worse. [...]

June 14th, 2018|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Franklin Resources (BEN)

Founded in 1947 in New York City, Franklin Resources (BEN) is the 34th largest asset manager in the world. The firm's 9,000 employees (including about 650 investment professionals) manage over $730 billion in assets for a client base located in more than 170 nations around the globe.   Franklin Resources is almost a pure play [...]

June 8th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Dover (DOV)

Founded in 1947, Dover (DOV) is an international industrial conglomerate. In 2017, the company decided to spin off its energy division (18% of 2017 revenue) into a seperate company called Apergy (APY). The spin-off became official in May 2018 and left Dover with three less volatile business segments. Engineered Systems (40% of pro-forma revenue): Dover [...]

June 8th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

American States Water Company (AWR)

Founded in 1929, American States Water (AWR) is a regional regulated water and electrical utility serving 75 communities in Northern, Coastal, and Southern California. It also serves 24,000 electrical customers in San Bernardino county. Source: AWR Investor Presentation The company has two major segments. The Golden State Water Company owns the firm's regulated water and [...]

June 8th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

BCE (BCE)

Bell Canada Enterprises was founded in 1880 and changed its name to BCE (BCE) in 1983. The firm is one of Canada's big three telecom companies (the largest by customer base) and provides wireless, wireline, internet, and television services to residential, business, and wholesale customers in Canada. BCE has a total of 19.1 million customers [...]

May 24th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Diageo (DEO)

Tracing its roots back to 1886, Diageo (DEO) is the largest producer of spirits in the world and was formed in 1997 after the merger of Guinness and Grand Metropolitan. Diageo is a British company, but the UK does not impose any foreign dividend tax withholdings on investors.   Some of the firm's 200 leading [...]

May 24th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|