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 Sky, and what it might mean for dividend investors in both companies.

July 27th, 2018|

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 harvesting front-end equipment such as: sugarcane loaders and pull-behind scrapers; tillage, seeding, and application equipment comprising sprayers, and nutrient management and soil preparation machinery. Construction and Forestry (19% of 2017 revenue): builds backhoe loaders; crawler dozers and loaders; four-wheel-drive loaders; excavators; motor graders; articulated dump trucks; landscape loaders; skid-steer loaders; and log skidders, loaders, forwarders, and timber harvesters. Financial Services (10% of 2017 revenue): finances the sales [...]

July 27th, 2018|

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 years of rising dividends) might be facing monstrous legal bills that could potentially put its dividend at risk of a cut or suspension. Let’s take a look at what dividend investors in Johnson & Johnson need to know about this looming liability.

July 27th, 2018|

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 of paper and paper products per year.   International Paper operates through three segments: Industrial Packaging (69% of 2017 revenue): manufactures containerboards, which are the linerboards that primarily get used in packaging products such as cardboard boxes. Printing Papers (19% of 2017 revenue): produces printing and writing papers, such as uncoated papers for end use applications, including brochures, pamphlets, greeting cards, books, annual reports, and [...]

July 21st, 2018|
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