Dividends in Focus: AT&T vs.Verizon

Any dividend investor concerned with yield has probably come across high yield telecom companies, AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ). Both of these companies are excellent opportunities for dividend income, and are also great in Dividend Reinvestment Programs (DRIPs). Over the long term, these stocks have the potential to generate significant income for investors. … Continue reading Dividends in Focus: AT&T vs.Verizon

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

Aetna (AET) doubled dividend, but offers a yield below the market.

Aetna's (NYSE:AET) dividend was increased by an incredible 100%.  Its overall yield is now 1.54% with the new dividend increase. The firm started paying a dividend in 1993. Aetna operates as a health care benefits company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. The Health Care … Continue reading Aetna (AET) doubled dividend, but offers a yield below the market.

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) lifts dividend by 2% & posts better than expected sales growth

Wal-Mart's (NYSE:WMT) dividend was increased by 2%.  Its overall yield is 2.84%. The firm started paying a dividend in 1973. Wal-Mart is the largest retailer on the globe. Its annual revenue approaches $500 billion from over 11,000 stores in 28 countries. Of this revenue, nearly $15 billion is from on-line sales. Roughly half of all sales comes from … Continue reading Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) lifts dividend by 2% & posts better than expected sales growth

10 Interesting Dividend Articles from Early March

These are my highlights from the week from other dividend blogs, investing sites, and white papers. Which Biotech Is the Best Dividend Stock?     http://host.madison.com/business/investment/markets-and-stocks/which-biotech-is-the-best-dividend-stock/article_4c611181-1850-5a71-97a9-8ab30cce6e45.html Flight-To-Dividends: The Role of Earnings in Periods of Capital Scarcity  https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2929704 5 Value Stocks with Great Dividend Growth Prospects  https://www.zacks.com/stock/news/251961/5-value-stocks-with-great-dividend-growth-prospects 8 Stocks Beating Inflation With Higher Dividends       … Continue reading 10 Interesting Dividend Articles from Early March

Big-Name Earnings Reports to Watch This Week for 3 Dividend Paying Firms

Last week, I highlighted the top earnings reports which happened to feature seasonal businesses. The first report was tax preparer, H & R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB). The company's share price jumped over 14% last week after reported better-than-expected financial results. It also reported that it had gained market share. I also wrote about Vail Resorts … Continue reading Big-Name Earnings Reports to Watch This Week for 3 Dividend Paying Firms

Eaton (ETN) hikes dividend by 5% & offers a solid 3.3% yield.

Eaton's (NYSE:ETN) dividend was increased by 5%.  Its overall yield is 3.33%. The firm started paying a dividend in 1993. Eaton is one of the largest power-management solutions firms in the world. It provides these solutions to a broad list of companies with products in hydraulics, aerospace fuel, electrical transmission, lighting, and powertrain systems. The global firm … Continue reading Eaton (ETN) hikes dividend by 5% & offers a solid 3.3% yield.

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

76 Firms going Ex-Dividend next week, including Coca-Cola, Merck and Public Storage

There are several well known large cap stocks going ex-dividend next week including the following ten Top 100 Dividend Stocks: Coca-Cola, Merck, Public Storage, BCE Inc., Hess Corp., Eastman Chemical, Garmin, Macy's, T. Rowe Price, and Total. Ex-dividend dates are important to dividend investors because one must own a stock on its ex-dividend date in order to be … Continue reading 76 Firms going Ex-Dividend next week, including Coca-Cola, Merck and Public Storage

BCE (BCE) raises dividend by 1% & offers a level of safety.

BCE Inc.'s (NYSE:BCE) dividend was increased by 5%.  Its overall yield is 4.99%. The firm started paying a dividend in 1983. BCE is the AT&T or Verizon of Canada.  The telecommunications giant has nearly 10 million residential and business customers. It maintains traditional phone lines and is the third largest wireless firm in Canada. It also maintains a … Continue reading BCE (BCE) raises dividend by 1% & offers a level of safety.