Top 30 Dividend Increases in the Consumer Discretionary Sector in 2017

To qualify, the company must pay a dividend over 1% and have a market capitalization of over $4 billion.  Our Top 100 Dividend Stocks are noted with an award icon. You may review any of our team's updates in the last 90 days on those stocks highlighted under "Announced" ; Company Ticker % Increase Mkt CAP Yield … Continue reading Top 30 Dividend Increases in the Consumer Discretionary Sector in 2017

Dividends in Focus: Apple vs. Microsoft

We recently published a comparative article called Dividends in Focus: AT&T vs. Verizon. This type of content is great for investors, as it helps someone who is interested in a specific industry, to compare two similar companies. For these two companies, however, there is a lot more to consider. These are not two similar yielding … Continue reading Dividends in Focus: Apple vs. Microsoft

Feeling Lucky? Check out These 3 Irish Stocks That Pay Dividends

There is a lot more green in our lives this week (hopefully your dividend stocks are making it greener). This week, we will conclude the trading week with Saint Patrick's Day. This year, instead of celebrating by simply eating Irish potatoes or drinking Shamrock Shakes, consider a dividend investment in an Irish company. What many … Continue reading Feeling Lucky? Check out These 3 Irish Stocks That Pay Dividends

3 Top Dividend Stocks in the Energy Sector

My last major article on the energy sector was written four years ago. I argued that the energy sector should be a key component to an investor's portfolio. At the time, the energy sector accounted for an 11% weighting of the benchmark S&P 500 Index. Since that time, the energy sector has dramatically underperformed the … Continue reading 3 Top Dividend Stocks in the Energy Sector

2 High Yield Infrastructure Stocks for Dividend Investors

The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached 21,000 last week. This came just over a month since the index hit its monumental 20,000 in January. Watching the market increase to such high levels (so quickly) has been shocking to most investors. Both the Dow 30 and the S&P 500 indices are up about 6% so far … Continue reading 2 High Yield Infrastructure Stocks for Dividend Investors

The Best ETFs for Dividend Investors

Dividend investors can often be overwhelmed with the number of high yield stocks to choose from. Even if an investor has a specific industry in mind, there are usually multiple options with similar performance and dividend yield. An alternative option that investors have is to invest in exchange-traded funds (ETFs). ETFs are bundles of securities … Continue reading The Best ETFs for Dividend Investors

The Best Restaurant Stocks for Dividend Investors

Restaurant stocks can be great investments for dividend investors. In fact, the average American eats at a restaurant 5.8 times a week (which equals an average of $2,600 annually, per person). However, the restaurant space is very competitive, and soaring profits can quickly turn into a slump. Think about Ruby Tuesday (NYSE: RT), for example.  … Continue reading The Best Restaurant Stocks for Dividend Investors

3 High Yield Energy ADRs to Consider

Foreign energy stocks, or American Depositary Receipts (ADR), have been on the minds of many investors over the last two weeks. Some of the biggest foreign energy players posted quarterly earnings last week, including Total S.A. and BP. Additionally, OPEC lowered its crude oil production by 890,000 barrels per day to 32.14 million from December to … Continue reading 3 High Yield Energy ADRs to Consider

The Best Dividend Stocks in the Retail Industry

Choosing retail stocks can be tough. Over the last couple years, we lost several retailers including Sports Authority, Aeropostale, and Radioshack.  While some retailers have lost their steam or even disappeared forever, others have thrived and have given investors impressive returns. Investors know that retail companies typically won’t give them outrageous returns like other industries, … Continue reading The Best Dividend Stocks in the Retail Industry

Top High Yield Dividend Stocks in the Financial Industry

The financial sector is a somewhat broad sector, although many of the industries within the sectors tend to move together. In the last twelve months, the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE: XLF) increased 32%. This compared to an increase of 25% of the S&P 500 index. On a year to date basis, the sector is flat … Continue reading Top High Yield Dividend Stocks in the Financial Industry