Imperial Brands (OTCQX:IMBBY) is a less-known and thus often overlooked British tobacco stock, yet the company's dividend is attractive, and its valuation is rather low in comparison to how other big tobacco stocks are priced.
Imperial trades at $48 right now, which is near the upper end of its 52 week trading range, whereas the company's shares bottomed a little above $40 last fall.
The investment case, as stated by the company itself, looks rather simple: The company plans to invest for growth in promising markets, with a focus on high profitability, whilst generating additional value by holding costs down (or, even better, cutting them). At the same time the company's strong cash generation allows for attractive dividend growth, with the company's... more
Let's be honest...dividend investing is NOT rocket science!
However, as human beings, we tend to make things way harder than they need to be sometimes.
It's not that we try to (or want to), but in today's "I want it now" society, we tend to rush into things without thinking.
Time is of the essence in our lives, and if we can save a minute or two off of a task or project...we'll do it. But sometime, that minute or two we save on the front-end costs us hours on the back-end if we failed to complete our tasks properly (if you have ever painted a room without properly "prepping" first, you know what I'm talking about here).
The same is true about dividend investing (or any investing for that matter).
If you rush into it without... more
B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.465 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on July 31, 2017 to shareholders of record as of June 30, 2017.... more
The depressed oil market has amplified the struggles of many big names in the oil industry. Dividend aristocrat Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) is no exception to the phenomenon that has grappled this sector for a while now. Strong earnings announcements in the past two quarters are something that should boost investor confidence in this oil champion. Other than that, what should also help improve investor sentiments are the recent diversification moves that Exxon Mobil seems to be committed to, especially the geographical diversification and production diversification it has recently embarked upon.
Exxon has been reporting strong earnings for the past two quarters - an encouraging development given the prevalent situation in the oil market. What really spoke to me in the... more
Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE: KRC) announced today that its board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.425 per common share payable on July 12, 2017 to stockholders of record on June 30, 2017. The dividend is equivalent to an annual rate of $1.70 per share and is a 13.3% increase from the previous annualized dividend level of $1.50 per share.... more
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE: AEO) announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.125 per share, marking the company’s 52nd consecutive quarterly dividend. The $0.125 dividend was declared on May 23, 2017 and is payable on July 21, 2017 to stockholders of record at the close of business on July 7, 2017.... more
REITs are a phenomenal asset class for investors to generate passive income from property ownership without any of the headaches of being a conventional landlord.
However, there are so many REITs out there that ii can be difficult to find the best for investment. What makes a good REIT?
The best REITs tend to have built competitive advantages by operating with expertise in a subsector of the real estate industry.
Apple Hospitality REIT (NYSE: APLE) is a prime example of this – it is a hotel REIT that specializes in leasing to the upscale Marriott and Hilton hotel brands.
The company currently has a dividend yield of 6.5%, qualifying it for inclusion among the group of elite dividend stocks with 5%+ yields.
You can see the full list of 295 stocks with 5%+ dividend... more
Over the years, I have carefully built a portfolio of business development companies ("BDCs") that I am constantly having to adjust including my recent sale of Hercules Capital (HTGC) for the reasons discussed in "HTGC: External Management Analysis". Some of the primary considerations when building a portfolio include:
Assessing risk including portfolio credit quality, exposure to cyclical sectors, concentration risk, asset values, fee structures, quality of management, capital structure strength, vintages of loans, etc. Dividend coverage potential including the ability to sustain dividends with lower yields from new investments (yield compression) and worst case scenarios with lower portfolio growth, use of leverage, and lack of non-recurring (fee and dividend)... more
On May 23, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Farmers National Banc Corp. (Nasdaq: FMNB) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share, a 25% increase from the 2016 second quarter payment. The common stock cash dividend will have a record date of June 9, 2017, and is payable to shareholders on June 30, 2017.... more
If you are an income-focused investor, and you appreciate the price appreciation potential of a good contrarian opportunity, then you may want to consider some of the ideas highlighted in this article. Specifically, we provide an overview (and data) on "Dogs of the Dow," "Dividend Aristocrats," retail REITs, healthcare REITs, MLPs, closed-end funds, and options strategies, including 10 of our favorite high-yield, contrarian, blue chip opportunities right now.
Dogs of the Dow
The Dogs of the Dow strategy is a contrarian, income-focused, method for identifying attractive blue chip opportunities. Specifically, the strategy advocates investing annually in the 10 members of the bellwether Dow Jones Industrials Average with the highest dividend yield (these are the... more