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Boeing Retains Borderline Safe Dividend Safety Score After Production Halt, Dividend Freeze

Boeing (BA) said Monday it would temporarily suspend production of its grounded 737 MAX beginning in January. Many investors had anticipated this news, as demonstrated by Boeing's relatively muted stock price reaction (shares are down about 4% since Friday's close). As you may recall, the 737 MAX is Boeing's best-selling plane model (expected to account for about 40% of total profits) and has been grounded since March 2019 following two deadly crashes. Earlier this year Boeing had already reduced its planned production rate of 737 aircraft.

December 17th, 2019|

Archer-Daniels-Midland: Uninterrupted Dividends Since 1931

Founded in 1898, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) generates most of its revenue from procuring, transporting, and processing corn, oilseeds, wheat, and other commodities which are turned into products for food, beverage, animal feed, chemical, and energy uses around the world. The firm's end products include vegetable oil, protein meal, flour, corn sweeteners, starch, ethanol, and other food and feed ingredients.

December 16th, 2019|

Franklin’s Dividend Continues to Look Safe But Growth Challenges Seem Likely to Persist

Franklin Resources (BEN) has raised its dividend every year since 1981 and offers a 4% dividend yield, an all-time high for the stock. While the asset manager's payout continues to look safe, Franklin faces several headwinds that could weigh on its future performance and pace of dividend growth.

December 13th, 2019|

Converting to a Corporation Would Unlikely Affect Enterprise Products’ Distribution Safety

The 2014-16 oil crash, regulatory changes, and U.S. tax reform combined to upend the midstream MLP industry in recent years. As a result of these challenges, numerous MLPs have executed substantial corporate restructuring activities, with some converting from partnerships to corporations. Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD) has long defended its structure as a partnership. After all, unlike many other MLPs, the firm has never had trouble accessing affordable capital and runs its business conservatively. However, management's tune appears to be changing. On December 11, Bloomberg reported that Enterprise's CFO Randy Folwer said at a conference that "there may be an element of inevitability" regarding an eventual corporate conversion as "K-1 island is becoming very exotic." 

December 12th, 2019|
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