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3 Preferred Stock ETFs Yielding More Than 4%

Preferred stocks have always been in the spotlight for income investors because of the high yields they provide. These hybrid stocks have the characteristics of both equities and debt as they provide a fixed income like debt and have less risk than equities. Despite rising rate concerns, these hybrid investments are considered to be a good bet owing to the current risks in the markets. The yields on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note closed lower at 2.384% on March 27, 2017 as... Read more

Southern Company: How Much Will It Hike Dividend?

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is expected to raise its dividend in the upcoming weeks. Just like all the utility stocks, the vast majority of its shareholders is holding the stock for its attractive dividend. Therefore, it is only natural that its shareholders are looking forward to this hike and are probably wondering what raise they should be expecting. First of all, Southern has an exceptional dividend record. While it has raised its dividend for 16 consecutive years, it has also managed... Read more

Who Needs A 7.95% Dividend Yield? Get 8.10% With Less Risk

Subscribers to The Mortgage REIT Forum had a live alert when I found this opportunity on 03/28/2017. Opportunity arrived again in the preferred shares for CYS Investments (NYSE: CYS). They were just barely on the edge of my buy range for buy ratings, as shown below: These values are coming from 03/28/2017, so they values are from before the shares go ex-dividend. The target share prices will be adjusted lower for about the level of the dividend. However, to really understand... Read more

5 Dividend Growth Predictions For April, 2017

Dividend growth investing is the strategy of buying shares in companies that offer reliable and consistently increasing dividend payouts to shareholders. In practicing this strategy, I have been keeping a log of the dividend increase announcements made by companies in my portfolio since its inception in early 2013. Earlier this year I gave my dividend growth predictions for the first quarter of 2017, and the results turned out pretty well. Reader response to the effort was also positive, as... Read more

Unlocking The Value Of GM's Dividend - A Rangeley Capital Discussion

Rangeley Capital's Portfolio Managers, Chris DeMuth and Andrew Walker, discuss General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Prince's estate. Rangeley Capital's portfolio managers Andrew Walker and Chris DeMuth Jr. host a 15-minute podcast, which you can subscribe to on iTunes, Stitcher, or audioBoom. If you missed the previous episode, please listen to From Bold To Boring: Elon Musk's Big Claims. If you have a question or comment, please email us at... Read more

Mattel: The Dividend Looks Unsustainable

Mattel's (NASDAQ: MAT) dividend will become unsustainable if the business continues on its current trajectory. It's not a matter of if but when. Mattel's payout ratio of 163% net income is bad enough, but when we look at cash flow, the picture is even worse. Mattel fails to cover its dividend with either net income or free cash flow. And to make matters worse; revenue has been declining for three years in a row at a CAGR of -5.26 from 2013 to 2016 while total dividends paid have... Read more

Joel Greenblatt Dividend Stocks In Focus: The Gap

Written by Bob Ciura on March 29th, 2017, for Sure Dividend Piggy-backing off of some of the world’s most well-known professional money managers is a good way for investors to find some new stock ideas. Joel Greenblatt is the Managing Principal and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Gotham Asset Management, which manages approximately $15 billion. Joel Greenblatt invests in several high-yield dividend stocks, many of which are also cheap value stocks. For example, among the... Read more

Sherwin-Williams: The Best Performing Dividend Aristocrat Over The Past Decade

Overview In this article, I will be reviewing Sherwin-Williams (NYSE: SHW), which has been the best performing Dividend Aristocrat over the past ten years. Looking at the chart below, you can see that Sherwin-Williams has seen a 375% increase in its stock price during this time, which is considerably better than the second best performing Dividend Aristocrat, Hormel Foods (NYSE: HRL), at 269.6%. HRL data by YCharts You can also see that it has outperformed the market in... Read more

Apple To $250? - A Dividend Perspective

Many people feel that Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is undervalued. While there are many ways to evaluate a stock, this post will look at Apple from a dividend perspective. Dividend issues Typically, dividend investors are long-term investors, less interested in share price growth than in the dividends and the growth of dividends over time. Therefore, the questions for them are: How safe is the investment over the long term? What is the current dividend yield? Does the company... Read more

Worried About Johnson & Johnson's Valuation? Consider This Crazy, Undervalued, 4.2% Yielding Pharmaceutical Stock Instead

When it comes to blue chip dividend growth stocks, they don't get any better than Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), whose 54 consecutive years of dividend growth makes it both a Dividend King and a true "buy and hold forever" stock. JNJ Dividend data by YCharts Best of all, despite weak 2016 sales growth, the company continues to make all the right moves to ensure that its legendary dividend growth prowess continues for decades to come. That being said, with the... Read more

A Muted 3% Dividend Raise In Store From Procter & Gamble

If you're looking for a dependable dividend growth company, it is difficult to avoid Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) in your search. The company is one of the more dependable dividend stocks out there with a full 60 years of unbroken dividend growth. PG data by YCharts Over the last five years this stock has gone from approximately $67.50 to the current level of $90.56 for a capital appreciation of 34%. It's positive returns, for sure, but not at all impressive, especially... Read more

Free Call Protection Going From 8.11% Dividend Yield To 8.34% Yield

Subscribers to The Mortgage REIT Forum had a live alert when I found this opportunity on 03/28/2017. Preferred shares in New York Mortgage Trust (NASDAQ: NYMT) disconnect from any rational pattern from time to time. The difference in share prices and stripped yields creates a materially more attractive investment in one case than the other. While I'm not endorsing either of these investments at the current price, for investors choosing to hold the preferred equity, the difference is... Read more

Dividend Growth Investors: Quality Might Be Only Half The Battle

"Quality" is a highly subjective term in the equity realm, with potentially variable assertions from investor to investor. One prevalent definition of a "quality" dividend growth stock is one with long history of upward climbing payouts, with durable business attributes, and positive current quantitative factors. Thus, it is no mistake that large-cap stocks with multi-decade dividend histories seem to dominate such portfolios. Some commentators or investors might refer... Read more

Should Frontier Communications Suspend Its Dividends?

Please follow this link to read my previous articles about Frontier Communications. Rumors about a possible dividend suspension at the end of the first quarter have caused a panic among Frontier Communications (NYSE: FTR) shareholders. While I have said in the past that there is no immediate threat to the dividend, it might not be a bad idea to divert this cash towards cleaning the balance sheet. Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) analyst Brett Feldman said this about the company in a research... Read more

Buy Big Tobacco On Or After The Ex-Dividend Date

Following up on my recent article which analyzed various total return scenarios concerning Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A) (NYSE: RDS-B) by comparing hypothetical $10,000 purchases on, before or after several ex-dividend dates, I have now taken that analytical approach and applied it to the tobacco sector. To also "celebrate" my 50th article on Seeking Alpha, I want to share with you why, as regards Big Tobacco, waiting for the ex-dividend date to occur or pass on average yields... Read more

Apollo Tactical Income Fund Inc. Declares April 2017 Monthly Distribution of $0.11 Per Share

(NYSE: AIF) - Apollo Tactical Income Fund Inc. (the “Fund”) today announced the declaration of its distribution for the month of April 2017 of $0.11 per common share, payable on the date noted below.... Read more

Apollo Senior Floating Rate Fund Inc. Declares March 2017 Monthly Distribution of $0.09 Per Share

(NYSE: AFT) - Apollo Senior Floating Rate Fund Inc. (the “Fund”) today announced the declaration of its distribution for the month of April 2017 of $0.09 per common share, payable on the date noted below.... Read more

A Dividend-Yielding Retailer Ahead Of Its Time

Retailers are having a hard time as customers shift to online shopping. In the just-ended earning season, most retailers announced plans to shut down thousands of stores. These closures will lead to more pain to the smaller retailers who depend partly on foot traffic in shopping malls. Most retailers ignored the shift to e-commerce and paid dearly for it. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) recently spent $3 billion in buying, a startup. In my research, only one firm stood out for its early embrace of... Read more

Assessing Dividend Coverage For The High-Yield BDC Sector: Part 2

This article is a follow-up to my previous "Dividend Coverage" and "Pricing Articles" discussing methods to assess dividend coverage, which is necessary for valuing business development companies ("BDCs"). Focusing on simple coverage of the dividend with the previous quarter net investment income ("NII") is not enough. Also, just because a BDC is trading below net asset value ("NAV") does not imply a cushion for investors and is basically... Read more

Dividend Stock Analysis Roundup - Hormel Foods Corp.

It's that time again -- a great time for a Dividend Diplomat stock analysis. As you know, we run the Dividend Diplomat stock screener in hopes of locating the undervalued dividend stock to analyze and to even potential purchase. Then, we place that company against two different competitors and see if there are enough "green lights" on those metrics specified, as well as seeing how the competition holds up, which allows a better decision to be made to make a stock purchase. The... Read more